NASDAQ OMX Named to S&P 500 Index

Monday, 20. October 2008 16:41
Leading Index Recognizes Company's Growth and Market Leadership

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group,
Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) announced that following the close of trading on
Tuesday, October 21, the company will be added to the membership of
the S&P 500 Index, aligning the company with America's most prominent

With "leading companies in leading industries" as the guiding
principal for S&P 500 inclusion, the index is widely considered to be
the single best gauge of the U.S. equities market.

"NASDAQ OMX's selection to the S&P 500 recognizes the company's
growth and evolution as a leading global financial services company,"
said NASDAQ OMX Group CEO Robert Greifeld. "We are pleased that the
selection committee has recognized our success and that we are
aligned with a distinguished list of corporate America's most
formidable companies."

Since Mr. Greifeld was appointed CEO of NASDAQ in 2003, the company
has transformed itself from a domestic equities market into a leading
global exchange and technology provider. NASDAQ OMX's stock has
returned 244% to investors over the last three years, net revenues
have grown 213%, and since going public in 2005 the company's market
capitalization has risen from $710 million to over $6 billion today.

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company.
It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services
across six continents, with over 3,900 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX
Group 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 Group technology supports the operations of over 70
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 Group exchanges in
Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius.
For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit



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