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NASDAQ OMX and Axioma Introduce Equity-Based Indexes to Track Commodity Prices


NEW YORK, March 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) and Axioma, Inc. announced today a new family of indexes that use equities to provide exposure to the spot prices of commodities.

"These indexes deliver exposure to commodity prices by using equities whose share prices track prices for gold, oil or a basket of agriculture products," said John Jacobs, Executive Vice President, NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group.

The NASDAQ Axioma indexes offer an efficient way for portfolio managers to better match their returns with those of the overall oil, gold and agricultural markets. The indexes are rebalanced monthly and holdings information is available every business day.

"This is a valuable new tool for portfolio managers and other market participants who track commodities, particularly in this environment of increasingly volatile and complex markets," added Jacobs.

Ian Webster, Axioma's Managing Director EMEA, said, "The NASDAQ Axioma indexes are unique in terms of content, methodology, pricing and ease of access. By using Axioma's portfolio construction and analytical tools to develop these indexes, we've created a product that allows easy access to commodity exposure—access that is typically much more difficult to obtain."

The NASDAQ Axioma Equity-Commodity Index Series consists of three price and total return indexes—the NASDAQ Axioma Equity-Commodity Oil Index, the NASDAQ Axioma Equity-Commodity Gold Index and the NASDAQ Axioma Equity-Commodity Agriculture Index.

About NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group

NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group is engaged in the design, development, calculation, and licensing of NASDAQ OMX Indexes. NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group specializes in the development of indexes focusing on NASDAQ OMX's brand themes of innovation, technology, growth and globalization. NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group 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

About NASDAQ OMX Group

The inventor and transformer of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies with revolutionary technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the US and Europe, we own and operate 24 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 6 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to traffic more than 1 million messages per second at sub-80 microsecond speeds with 99.999% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 exchanges in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to 3,400 listed companies worth $5.1 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily. Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century.  To learn more, visit Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

About Axioma

Axioma, Inc. develops and markets innovative risk analysis, portfolio rebalancing and performance attribution products for the financial services industry. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in New York with additional offices in Atlanta, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Geneva and Sydney, Axioma helps leading financial firms manage risk, increase returns and improve operational efficiency. For more information about Axioma, please contact Topher Wurts at 212.991.4506, or visit the company's website at

Axioma Risk Model Machine, Axioma Portfolio Optimizer, Axioma Portfolio-Attribution and Axioma Backtester, Axioma Risk Analysis are trademarks of Axioma, Inc.

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 the NASDAQ Axioma Equity- Commodity Index Series and NASDAQ OMX's other 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.


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