NASDAQ OMX and HQ Bank Launch New ETF Based on NASDAQ-100 Index
Stockholm, December 17, 2009 — NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, part of the NASDAQ OMX Group (NASDAQ:NDAQ), today starts trading in a new Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), NASDAQ-100 ETF. The ETF, issued by Sweden-based HQ Bank, is based on the NASDAQ-100 Index and includes 100 of the largest domestic and international securities listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market in the U.S. Jenny Rosberg, Deputy President at NASDAQ OMX Nordic said, “The NASDAQ-100 ETF allows Nordic investors easy and cost-efficient access to some of the world's largest and most well-known brands. This product is a great example of the possibilities of being a global exchange company, and how to transform this to benefits for our local customers.” NASDAQ-100 ETF, which is traded in SEK with USD as denominated currency, aims to give a daily return equivalent to NASDAQ-100 Index. The NASDAQ-100 Index includes 100 of the largest domestic and international non-financial securities listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market based on market capitalization. The Index reflects companies across major industry groups including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, retail/wholesale trade and biotechnology. The weight of the shares included in the underlying index (NASDAQ-100 Index) is based on the company's total market value but limited to ten percent. This is in line with the rules in the UCITS (Undertakings for Collective Investments In Transferable Securities) directive. Companies encompassed within the NASDAQ-100 ETF include Apple, Cisco, Dell, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Starbucks, Symantec and Yahoo. For a complete list of the companies included in NASDAQ-100 Index, visit: http://dynamic.nasdaq.com/dynamic/nasdaq100_activity.stm About Exchange Traded Funds An Exchange Traded Fund is a security that tracks an index, a commodity or a basket of assets like an index fund, but trades like a stock on an exchange. ETFs are a complement to actively managed funds and provide investors with the possibility to invest in well known global indices in the local currency. In the US, ETFs represent one of the most traded instruments with an annual total turnover of over 9000 billion USD in 2008. In Europe it is one of the fastest growing instruments in recent years and has more than ten folded its turnover since 2002, reaching an annual turnover of over 400 billion EUR in 2008. ETFs have been available in the US since 1993 and in Europe since 1999. 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 approximately 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 no 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. There can be no assurance that the FSA will give the NASDAQ OMX applicant the authorization and permissions which it seeks. - # - Media Contacts: Anna Rasin +46 8 405 66 12 firstname.lastname@example.org Carl Norell +46 8 405 66 39 email@example.com
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