Reykjavik, 1 February, 2010 - NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) announced today that Clearstream, the international central securities depository, will establish direct access to the Icelandic market as of today. This will ease international investors' access to equities and bonds listed on the Icelandic Securities Depository (NASDAQ OMX Icelandic markets). Furthermore it can facilitate domestic issuers' access to capital. Clearstream, a leading European supplier of post-trading services, will have direct access to the Icelandic Securities Depository and the Icelandic Central Bank's Real Time Gross Settlement System. ”We welcome Clearstream's access to the market. This is a step forward and a part of bringing back trust and confidence in the Icelandic economy.” said Thordur Fridjonsson, President of NASDAQ OMX Iceland. “We consider Clearstream's access a sign of increased interest in Iceland by foreign investors and believe it will strengthen relations with international financial institutions. We also want to recognize the Central Bank of Iceland for their efforts in establishing these relations.” # 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 over 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. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about NASDAQ OMX's products and offerings. 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 OMX's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX'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. NASDAQ OMX contact: Kristin Johannsdóttir +354 525 2844 firstname.lastname@example.org
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