NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced year-end performance of its benchmark and sector indexes. In the U.S., the NASDAQ-100 and NASDAQ Composite benchmark indexes led the U.S. market with performances of 53.54% and 43.89%, respectively. In Europe, the OMX Stockholm 30 Index, the benchmark for the Swedish equity market, gained 43.69%, outpacing other European country benchmarks.
The NASDAQ-100 Index and NASDAQ Composite Index outperformed the other major U.S. benchmarks including the S&P 500 Index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the Russell 2000 Index.
During 2009, NASDAQ OMX's indexes paced the market for both broad-based and sector performance. The table below shows the performance in 2009 of some of NASDAQ OMX's key indexes:
Index Name 2009 % Change NASDAQ OMX Global Coal 135.36% NASDAQ OMX Russia 15(1) 121.09% NASDAQ OMX Global Steel 71.56% PHLX Semiconductor Index 69.63% OMX Oslo 20(1) 61.50% NASDAQ OMX Global Agriculture 60.86% PHLX Oil Services Index 60.57% NASDAQ China Index 55.31% NASDAQ-100 Index 53.54% NASDAQ OMX Global Gold & Precious Metals 50.36% NASDAQ OMX European Government Relief Index(1) 48.73% NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index 43.95% NASDAQ Composite 43.89% OMX Stockholm 30 43.69% OMX Copenhagen 20 35.92% OMX Helsinki 25 34.11% NASDAQ OMX Europe Index 26.44% NASDAQ Biotechnology Index 15.63%
NASDAQ OMX's innovative indexing business is managed by the Global Index Group (GIG). GIG creates and manages indexes including indexes for third-parties. In 2009 the group launched 78 new indexes across multiple asset classes. GIG also celebrated the 10 year anniversaries of the PowerShares QQQ(TM), an exchange traded fund based on the NASDAQ-100 Index, (Nasdaq:QQQQ) and the CME-listed E-mini NASDAQ-100 futures contract. The OMX Stockholm 30 Index exceeded the milestone of 400 million derivative contracts since its start in 1986.
For more information about the NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group, visit https://indexes.nasdaqomx.com/.
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. 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 may 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 OMX indexes and NASDAQ OMX Group'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.
The name of each of the indexes set forth above is a trademark of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. or one of its subsidiaries.
(1) Index performance includes back-tested index values, which are indicative, and NASDAQ OMX makes no guarantee of the accuracy of the back-tested data.
CONTACT: The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Media Contact: Wayne Lee +1.301.978.4875 Wayne.D.Lee@NASDAQOMX.com
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