NASDAQ OMX Announces Second Quarter and Mid-Year Financial Products Report

Tuesday, 15. July 2008 19:58
NEW YORK, July 15, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group,
Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced the second quarter and mid-year
activities report for NASDAQ OMX Global Financial Products (NOGFP).
NOGFP creates and licenses indexes and related financial instruments
for investors and provides full-scale index services to financial
product issuers, sponsors and investors.

Business Highlights

* The NASDAQ OMX Carbon Excess Return Index gained 28.90% in the
second quarter of 2008 and was NASDAQ OMX's top year-to-date
performer through June 30, 2008. The NASDAQ OMX Middle East North
Africa Index increased 5.46% through mid-year.

* NASDAQ OMX launched 19 new indexes in the second quarter and a
total of 21 through the first half of 2008.

* The NASDAQ ETF Market listed ten new exchange traded funds (ETFs)
in the first half of 2008, including four ETFs that are based on
NASDAQ OMX indexes.

Index Performance

During the second quarter and the first half of the year, NASDAQ OMX
indexes -- the benchmark for 28 ETFs worldwide -- paced the market
for both broad-based and sector performance. The table below shows
the second quarter and mid-year performances of some of NASDAQ OMX's
key indexes:

(Please see attached table)

New Indexes

In the first and second quarters, NASDAQ OMX developed the following
new indexes:

(Please see attched table)

New ETF Listings

The following ETFs listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market during the first
half of 2008:

* iShares FTSE China (HK Listed) Index Fund (Nasdaq:ICLN)
* iShares MSCI ACWI ex US Index Fund (Nasdaq:ACWX)
* iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund (Nasdaq:ACWI)
* iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index Fund (Nasdaq:FCHI)
* iShares S&P Global Nuclear Energy Index Fund (Nasdaq:NUCL)
* iShares S&P Global Timber & Forestry Index Fund (Nasdaq:WOOD)
* PowerShares FTSE NASDAQ Small Cap Portfolio (Nasdaq:PQSC)
* PowerShares NASDAQ-100 Buywrite Portfolio (Nasdaq:PQBW)
* PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio (Nasdaq:PNQI)
* PowerShares Next-QQQ Portfolio (Nasdaq:PNXQ)

About NASDAQ OMX Global Financial Products

NASDAQ OMX Global Financial Products (NOGFP) is engaged in the
design, development, calculation, licensing, and marketing of NASDAQ
OMX indexes. NOGFP specializes in the development of indexes focusing
on NASDAQ OMX's brand themes of innovation, technology, growth, and
globalization. NOGFP also provides custom index services and design
solutions as a third-party provider to selected financial
organizations. For more information about NASDAQ OMX indexes, visit
www.nasdaq.com/indexes.

About NASDAQ OMX

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's broadest and most diverse
exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology, and
public company services across six continents, and with over 3,900
companies, it is number one in worldwide listings among major
markets. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to
companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market; the
OMX Nordic Exchange, including First North; and the 144A PORTAL
Market. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes
including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured
products, and ETFs. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of
over 60 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities
depositories in more than 50 countries. OMX Nordic Exchange is not a
legal entity but describes the common offering from NASDAQ OMX
exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga,
and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit
www.nasdaqomx.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters described herein may contain forward-looking statements
that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We caution that these
statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results
may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a
number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ's
control. These factors include, but are not limited to, factors
detailed in NASDAQ's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports
filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake
no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking
statements.

(1)Index performance includes back-tested index values prior to the
index's dissemination date, which are indicative and NASDAQ OMX makes
no guarantee of the accuracy of the back-tested data.

NDAQG

CONTACT:
NASDAQ OMX
Media Contact:
Wayne Lee
+1.301.978.4875
Wayne.D.Lee@NASDAQOMX.com

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