NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) and BM&FBOVESPA announced today that the two exchange companies will initiate exclusive discussions for the next 60 days with the purpose of establishing a possible strategic, commercial and technological partnership.
The possible partnership may comprise the following services and products:
* The development of an order routing system between the exchanges in order to allow international investors connected to the NASDAQ OMX trading platform to send buy and sell orders for stocks traded in the BM&FBOVESPA system (MegaBolsa), and Brazilian investors connected to the BM&FBOVESPA trading platform to send buy and sell orders for stocks traded in the NASDAQ OMX system in the US; * The development of a commercial agreement providing for BM&FBOVESPA to offer to publicly traded Brazilian companies' products and services developed by NASDAQ OMX, which could be licensed by BM&FBOVESPA. These products and services are designed to support and facilitate activities of publicly traded companies, such as those related to investor relations, structuring and management of board of directors, issuance of press-releases and communications to the market and analysts, among others; * The development of a commercial agreement providing for NASDAQ OMX to distribute internationally, on a non-exclusive basis, the market data related to equities trading activity in BM&FBOVESPA, and for BM&FBOVESPA to distribute, on a non-exclusive basis, the market data related to trading activity in NASDAQ OMX; and * The evaluation of technology cooperation opportunities for the two exchanges.
Once the exclusive discussions have concluded, NASDAQ OMX and BM&FBOVESPA intend to provide further information regarding any partnership agreed to by the parties.
BM&FBOVESPA S.A. - 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 formed one of the largest exchanges in the world in terms of market value, the second largest in the Americas, and the leading exchange in Latin America.
In today's global scenario, in which responding quickly to transformation has become a competitive asset, BM&FBOVESPA is an attractive investment option with cost efficient trading fees.
Among its broad range of trading products, the new Exchange offers equities, securities, financial assets, indices, interest rates, agricultural commodities, and foreign exchange futures and spot contracts.
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 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: The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Media Contacts: Jolene Libretto +1.646.441.5220 Jolene.Libretto@nasdaqomx.com BM&FBOVESPA S.A. Carmen Barcellos (55-11) 2565 7271/ 7943 / 7313 email@example.com