NASDAQ Announces 2009 New Listings Statistics

NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced that The NASDAQ Stock Market(R) (NASDAQ) captured a total of 131 new listings in 2009. Included were 33 initial public offerings, more than any other U.S. exchange.

The new listings are comprised of the following categories:



                                           4th Qtr 2009     2009 Total
                                          ------------     ----------

 Total New Listings                             64             131
 NYSE Group Switches                            10             24
 Initial Public Offerings                       18             33
 Upgrades from Over-the-Counter                 22             47 
 ETFs, Structured Products & Other Listings     14             27

NASDAQ OMX captured in 2009 $157 billion in global market capitalization from NYSE Group companies that switched to NASDAQ.

NASDAQ had 5 companies transfer from the New York Stock Exchange in the fourth quarter, the most switches ever in a single quarter. The transfers include global telecommunication company Vodafone Group (Nasdaq:VOD), which commands a global market capitalization of $120 billion, BMC Software (Nasdaq:BMC), a provider of technology solutions to large enterprises, integrated telecommunication provider Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN) and semiconductor pioneers Cypress Semiconductor (Nasdaq: CY) and Micron Technology (Nasdaq:MU). NASDAQ also welcomed 5 transfers from NYSE Amex during the fourth quarter including Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (Nasdaq:ROIC), a retail focused real estate investment trust, and Deerfield Capital (Nasdaq:DFR).

In the fourth quarter alone, NASDAQ captured a total of 64 new listings, highlighted by an emerging IPO market which brought 18 new companies to NASDAQ. The fourth quarter featured the two largest domestic IPOs of the year, of which both chose to list on NASDAQ. Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK), a provider of risk assessment solutions, and global biotechnology company Talecris Biotherapeutics (Nasdaq:TLCR) raised $1.8 billion and $950 million, respectively.

Other notable domestic IPOs included Education Management (Nasdaq:EDMC), AGA Medical Holdings (Nasdaq:AGAM), Ancestry.com (Nasdaq:ACOM), rue21 (Nasdaq:RUE), Fortinet (Nasdaq:FTNT) and Archipelago Learning (Nasdaq:ARCL).

NASDAQ welcomed seventeen companies from Greater China in the fourth quarter, bringing our total new listings from the region to 33 for 2009. NASDAQ currently lists 124 companies headquartered in Greater China, more than any other U.S. exchange. Fourth quarter Chinese listings were highlighted by the spin-off of China Real Estate Information Corp. (Nasdaq:CRIC) from E-House Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:EJ), along with the NYSE Amex transfers of Exceed Company Ltd. (Nasdaq:EDS), Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (Nasdaq:SVA) and Hong Kong Highpower Technology (Nasdaq:HPJ).

NASDAQ is also proud to announce the listing of nine new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) during the fourth quarter. The new products included seven Vanguard Bond Index ETFs (Nasdaq:VCIT), (Nasdaq:VGIT), (Nasdaq:VCLT), (Nasdaq:VGLT), (Nasdaq:VMBS), (Nasdaq:VCSH), (Nasdaq:VGSH) and the First Trust NASDAQ(R) Clean Edge(R) Smart Grid Infrastructure Index Fund (Nasdaq:GRID) which is based on the NASDAQ(R) Clean Edge(R) Smart Grid Infrastructure Index(SM)(Nasdaq:QGRD).

To view all new NASDAQ listings in 2009, visit http://media.globenewswire.com/cache/6948/file/7725.pdf

Statistics are sourced from internal NASDAQ information. IPOs include offerings done on a "best efforts" basis and do not include real estate investment trusts and closed-end funds. For more information about these and other NASDAQ statistics, visit http://www.nasdaqomx.com/listingcenter/usmarket/.

About NASDAQ OMX

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 approximately 3,700 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the U.S. 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit http://www.nasdaqomx.com. Please follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/NASDAQ-OMX/108167527653) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx).

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