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NASDAQ OMX and Nine Leading Financial Institutions Form The PORTAL Alliance LLC to Operate a Platform for 144A Equity Securities

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NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The PORTAL Alliance LLC, owned by a group of leading securities firms and The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.(sm) (Nasdaq:NDAQ) (NASDAQ OMX), today announced the formation of The PORTAL Alliance and its intention to operate a platform to facilitate the over-the-counter trading of 144A equity securities among qualified institutional buyers ("QIBs").

The founding members of The PORTAL Alliance are BofA Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., UBS and Wells Fargo Securities.

The PORTAL Alliance founding members contributed their expertise gained in connection with the development of legacy 144A trading and transfer platforms (including the 144A PLUS, GSTrUE, OPUS-5 and the PORTAL Electronic Marketplace) to create a trade negotiation platform for issuers and QIBs to bring greater efficiency and transparency to the 144A equity market.

The PORTAL Alliance will commence working with issuers, investors, broker-dealers and third-party service providers specializing in shareholder tracking and settlement services to enhance the efficiency of trading and transfer of 144A equity securities to be included in the PORTAL Alliance platform. The PORTAL Alliance intends to expand to meet growth in the 144A equity market by ultimately providing issuers of 144A equity securities and QIBs an electronic over-the-counter trade negotiation system, a broad suite of trade data generated by the PORTAL Alliance platform and resources to access issuer information.

"The members of The PORTAL Alliance believe that an institutional equity market will form an important part of the capital markets landscape in the future," stated Bob McCooey, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets Group, The NASDAQ OMX Group. "It is important to create an improved method for issuers and institutional investors to communicate to support expected growth in the 144A equity market."

About The PORTAL Alliance

The PORTAL Alliance seeks to facilitate the trading of 144A equity securities among qualified institutional buyers. The founding members of The PORTAL Alliance are BofA Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., UBS and Wells Fargo Securities. For more information about The PORTAL Alliance, visit http://www.portalalliancemarket.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 the future benefits of the initiatives described above. 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.

Note: The PORTAL Alliance LLC is not a facility of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, a registered national securities exchange.

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CONTACT: The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Media Contact: Wayne Lee +1.301.978.4875 Wayne.D.Lee@nasdaqomx.com

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