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NASDAQ OMX INTRODUCES NEW INDEXES FOR ICELANDIC BOND MARKET

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Reykjavik, 11 June, 2013 - NASDAQ OMX (NASDAQ:NDAQ) today introduces six new indexes in the Icelandic bond market. The indexes are based on Icelandic nominal and inflation-linked benchmark bonds that are listed and traded on NASDAQ OMX Iceland. The new indexes will provide insight and transparency into the price development of bench­mark bonds which are the most liquid Icelandic government guaranteed bonds.

The new bond indexes will benefit investors and fund managers. They summarize important market information on the securites market‘s largest and most liquid asset classes, provide an easily understood performance benchmark and can be used as the basis for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). The index values are calculated end of day and are denominated in Icelandic Krona (ISK).

Magdalena Hartman, Vice President NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group said: "With the new Icelandic bond indexes we have a comprehensive product offering in the Icelandic bond index series. Investors, asset managers and analysts will now gain access to a reliable benchmark for Icelandic government guaranteed bonds.“

Magnus Hardarson, Vice President NASDAQ OMX Iceland said: "The Icelandic bond market is highly liquid and transparent as trading occurs mostly on exchange. The Icelandic bond market has a long tradition of trading government guaranteed bonds, and these new information tools will support liquidity in the market. We are particularly delighted that these new indexes will pave the way for exchange traded funds on the Icelandic market.“

The indexes available as of today June 11 are:

The NOMXI Benchmark Bond Index family consists of three indexes:

·         NOMXI Benchmark Bonds

·         NOMXI Nominal Benchmark Bonds

·         NOMXI Inflation-Linked Benchmark Bonds

The indexes are capped market value weighted total return indexes and are calculated in Icelandic Krona (ISK). All three indexes are also available in a market weighted non-capped version.

The Benchmark Bond Indexes have a base value of 1000 and a base date of December 28, 2012. Please find information on the calculation of the new indexes here.

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About NASDAQ OMX Index Products

NASDAQ OMX is a global leader in creating and licensing strategy indexes and is home to the most widely watched indexes in the world. As a premier, full-service provider, NASDAQ OMX is dedicated to designing powerful indexes that are in sync with a continually changing market environment. Utilizing the expanded coverage of our global company, NASDAQ OMX has more than 3,000 diverse equity, commodity and fixed-income indexes in the U.S., Europe, and throughout world. In addition, our calculation, licensing and marketing support provide the tools to measure and replicate global markets. The NASDAQ OMX Index Group range of services covers the entire business process from index design to calculation and dissemination. For more information about NASDAQ OMX indexes, visit https://indexes.nasdaqomx.com/

About NASDAQ OMX Group

The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 23 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-40 microsecond speeds with 99.99+% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,300 listed companies worth more than $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily.  Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century.  To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NASDAQ) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth in this communication contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  NASDAQ OMX cautions readers that any forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information.  Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our capital return initiatives.  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, NASDAQ OMX’s ability to implement its strategic initiatives, economic, political and market conditions and fluctuations, government and industry regulation, interest rate risk, U.S. and global competition, and other factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q which are available on NASDAQ OMX’s website at http://www.nasdaqomx.com and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  NASDAQ OMX undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

         Kristin Johannsdottir

         +354 525 2844

         kristin.johannsdottir@nasdaqomx.com

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