NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) and BM&FBOVESPA announced today that the two companies have entered into non-binding memoranda of understanding on terms for a commercial partnership including trade order routing, distribution of products and services for public companies, and global distribution of market data. Additionally, NASDAQ OMX and BM&F BOVESPA will continue discussions around cooperation on technology opportunities.
The parties have extended their current exclusivity agreement until December 31, 2009 in order to facilitate the negotiation of definitive agreements for the partnership.
The current partnership is comprised of the following:
-- Development of an order routing system between the United States and Brazil, through which U.S. brokers connected to the system can enter orders to buy and sell stocks traded in the BM&FBOVESPA MegaBolsa system via introduction of a Brazilian broker, and for Brazilian brokers connected to the system to enter orders to buy and sell stocks traded in the NASDAQ Stock Market via introduction of a U.S. broker; -- Development of a commercial agreement for NASDAQ OMX to perform non-exclusive, international electronic distribution of market data related to the prices of stocks and financial assets traded on BM&FBOVESPA markets, and for the latter to perform non-exclusive distribution of market data related to the prices of stocks and financial assets traded on NASDAQ OMX markets, -- Development of a commercial agreement for BM&FBOVESPA to offer to Brazilian public companies products and services developed by NASDAQ OMX for support and facilitation of activities performed by these companies, including investor relations activities, structuring and assistance to boards of directors, communications with the market and market analysts. -- Discussions continue regarding opportunities for cooperation in technology.
BM&FBOVESPA S.A. - The Brazilian Securities, Commodities and Futures Exchange was created in 2008 with the integration between the Brazilian Mercantile & Futures Exchange (BM&F) and the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange (Bovespa). Together, the companies have created one of the largest listed exchange groups in the world, the second in the Americas, and the leading exchange in Latin America. The Exchange features a vertically integrated business model, with trading, registration, netting, settlement, risk management, market data, and central securities depository services. BM&FBOVESPA's state-of-the-art technological resources provide investors with an efficient and secure trading and post-trading environment. Among its broad range of trading products, the Brazilian Exchange offers equities, securities, financial assets, indices, interest rates, agricultural commodities, as well as foreign exchange futures and spot contracts, and acts as a central counterparty for all of its market segment through its four clearinghouses - equity, derivatives, foreign exchange, and securities.
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. *Please follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/NASDAQ-OMX/108167527653) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx).
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 potential strategic partnerships, 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.
CONTACT: NASDAQ OMX Media Contacts: Bethany Sherman +1.212.401.8714 Bethany.firstname.lastname@example.org Silvia Davi +1.646.441.5014 Silvia.email@example.com BM&FBOVESPA S.A Media Contact: Carmen Barcellos (55-11) 2565-6372 firstname.lastname@example.org