NASDAQ Remote Opening/Closing Bell Overview:
The Opening and Closing Bell is a ceremonial event that represents The NASDAQ
Stock Market's virtual market model.
Given NASDAQ's electronic model, NASDAQ can be opened remotely from any
location and is used to mark important corporate milestones from NASDAQ listed
companies and for other celebratory occasions.
The Opening and Closing Bell events are symbolic ceremonies that represent the
open and/or close of the NASDAQ trading day, which brings together investors
and market participants from around the world to trade electronically.
Key Characteristics of Ceremony:
History of Virtual Ceremonies:
The NASDAQ remote ceremonies are held from locations outside the NASDAQ
MarketSite, however, are simultaneously displayed live from NASDAQ's MarketSite
broadcast studio and seven-story tower in Times Square.
These remote ceremonies capture the essence of a typical NASDAQ Opening and
Closing Bell event including:
A NASDAQ Market Open/Close podium at the site for the Company Executive to push
the electronic bell and sign-into the market.
The sign-in on the podium captures an electronic signature, which is a NASDAQ
tradition, that appears on the NASDAQ Tower in Times Square from the remote
location and is displayed on the MarketSite studio video wall and on NASDAQ's
Remote Opening/Closing Bell Timeline:
NASDAQ's first remote ceremony was in August of '05 and marked an important
milestone for a NASDAQ listed company at it's headquarters.
NASDAQ together with Cisco Systems recreated the virtual NASDAQ market open and
close experience in San Jose, California, in celebration of Cisco's 20th
The NASDAQ/Cisco remote open and close experience was coined a "Virtual" event
given technology built by Cisco Systems to produce real-time data, which
included a replica of NASDAQ's studio video wall for real-time NASDAQ data that
was displayed throughout the day.
Scholastic Corporation (SCHL) Opening Bell
July 20th, 2007
Soho, New York
Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO of Scholastic Corporation, presided over the opening bell in celebration of the release of the seventh and final Harry Potter book “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows.” Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, and U.S publisher of Harry Potter, announced an initial print run of 12 million copies of the book, which breaks the record held by the sixth and previous book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which had a 10.8 million first printing in 2005 and sold 6.9 million copies within the first 24 hours.
National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Opening Bell
June 5th, 2007
NASDAQ President & CEO Bob Greifeld and NIRI Interim CEO Linda Kelleher, presided over the opening bell. NIRI is the professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communications among corporate management, shareholders, security analysts and other financial publics. NIRI's 4,400 members represent over 2,100 publicly held companies in the United States.
Interactive Brokers (IBG) Opening Bell
May 4th, 2007
Thomas Petterffy, Chairman of Interactive Brokers (IBG), an automated global electronic market maker and broker that specializes in routing orders, and executing and processing trades in securities, futures and foreign exchange instruments, presided over the opening bell to celebrate the Company’s initial public offering on NASDAQ.
Chinese Companies Listed On NASDAQ Opening Bell
April 3rd, 2007
NASDAQ is the first-ever U.S. exchange to open it market from China. Chinese companies listed on NASDAQ, including Baidu, China Grentech, Ctrip, Focus Media, KongZhong Corporation, Origin Agritech, Sina Corporation, Vimicro International, Home Inns, eFuture Information, Harbin Electronic, and JA Solar Holdings, rang the NASDAQ opening bell from Beijing along with NASDAQ CEO Bob Greifeld and Ambassador Randt.
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH) Opening Bell
March 5th, 2007
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH), a leading provider of IT and
business process outsourcing services rang the NASDAQ opening bell from the
Company’s techno-complex. Charlotte Croswell, President of NASDAQ International
was joined by Cognizant CEO Francisco D’Souza and Cognizant Vice Chairman
US BioEnergy (USBE) Closing Bell
February 7th, 2007
Albert City, IA
Gordon Ommen, CEO and Chairman of US BioEnergy (USBE) presided over the remote
closing bell to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Albert City, IA Ethanol
Facility, which began operations in November 2006 and the Company’s recent
initial public offering in the NASDAQ Stock Market.
World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting Opening Bell
January 25th, 2007
NASDAQ Executives including Bob Greifeld, President and CEO, Bruce Aust,
Executive Vice President, Corporate Client Group, and various listed companies
rand the Opening Bell live from Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic
Forum’s Annual Meeting.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (CDNS) Opening Bell
November 1st, 2006
San Jose, CA
In 2005, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (CDNS), the leader in global
electronic-design innovation, became the first dual-listed company to move to a
sole listing on the NASDAQ Stock Market. In celebration of this one-year
anniversary, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (CDNS), President and Chief Executive
Officer, Mike Fister, rang the NASDAQ opening bell live from their San Jose,
Oracle (ORCL) Closing Bell
October 25th, 2006
San Francisco, CA
In celebration of Oracle OpenWorld 2006 and Oracle's 20th Listing Anniversary
as a public company, Oracle (ORCL) rang The NASDAQ Closing Bell ceremony live
from San Francisco. Oracle OpenWorld is an annual forum held in San Francisco,
California for business and technology leaders. It is the world's largest event
dedicated to helping enterprises understand the power of information.
Infosys Technologies Ltd. (INFY) Opening Bell
July 31st 2006
Mysore, India - Global Education Center
For the first time ever, The NASDAQ Stock Market opened its market remotely
from India. On Monday July 31st 2006, Nandan M. Nilekani, Chief Executive
Officer, President and Managing Director rang the opening bell from the Infosys
Global Education Center in Mysore, India, the company's largest education
facility, to celebrate the company's 25-year business anniversary.
Staples Inc. (SPLS) Opening Bell
May 24th 2006
Framingham, MA - Staples, Inc. Home Office
Staples invented the office superstore industry 20 years ago in May and to
celebrate this 20th anniversary, it hosted the first remote opening of The
NASDAQ Stock Market in the Northeast. Staples Chairman and CEO Ron Sargent and
NASDAQ President and CEO Bob Greifeld, rang the opening bell along with
hundreds of Staples associates.
Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN) Opening Bell
May 2nd, 2006
Louisville, KY - The Kentucky Derby Racetrack
Churchill Downs Incorporated President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas H.
Meeker and NASDAQ Executive Vice President Bruce Aust rang The NASDAQ Stock
Market Opening Bell celebrating the 132nd running of its famed 'Run for the
Roses' and commemorating its 13th year as a publicly listed company on The
NASDAQ Stock Market. Joining them at the ceremony was Louisville Mayor Jerry
Abramson, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
NASDAQ-100 Open Opening Bell
March 31st, 2006
NASDAQ Global Funds CEO John Jacobs lead the festivities at stadium court along
with Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2004 US Open Champion and 2006 NASDAQ-100 Open
Champion. This was the first live opening bell ceremony from the tournament to
help kick-off finals weekend. Joining them at the podium was tournament chair
Butch Buchholz, tournament ambassador Mary Joe Fernandez, tournament director
Adam Barrett, ball boys and tournament volunteers.
United Airlines Closing Bell
February 2, 2006
San Francisco SFO Airport
United Airlines' EVP and COO, Peter D. McDonald, and Adena T. Friedman,
Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Data Products, rang the
Closing Bell remotely from San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
UAL Corporation [UAUA] Opening Bell
February 2, 2006
Chicago O'Hare Airport
Glenn F. Tilton, Chairman, President and CEO of UAL Corporation (NASDAQ: UAUA), and Bruce Aust, Executive Vice President,
Corporate Client Group, The NASDAQ Stock Market, rang the Opening Bell of the
remotely from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to celebrate United
Airlines selecting NASDAQ to list its new shares
World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting Opening Bell
January 26th, 2006
NASDAQ Executives along with Sir Richard Branson, chairman and owner of the
Virgin Group of Companies, Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman of Intel Corporation and
various NASDAQ listed companies rang the Opening Bell live from Davos,
Switzerland at the World Economic Forum's Annual meeting.
NASDAQ's 16th Investor Program Opening Bell
December 6th, 2005
London, United Kingdom
NASDAQ executives, along with Morgan Stanley's Head of Equities in Europe,
opened the market to kick-off NASDAQ's 16th Investor Conference, which is held
in association with Morgan Stanley.
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) N-100 Opening and Closing Bell
August 10th 2005
San Jose, California
John Chambers, President and CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) N-100, and Bob Greifeld, President and CEO of The
NASDAQ Stock Market, along with 2,000 Cisco employees, rang the Opening and
Closing bell "virtually" to celebrate the closing of its 20-year anniversary on