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Quarterly Changes to the NASDAQ Q-50 Index


NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) announced today the results of the quarterly evaluation of the NASDAQ Q-50 Index (Nasdaq:NXTQ), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, December 19, 2011.

The following sixteen securities will be added to the Index: ARM Holdings plc (Nasdaq:ARMH), BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq:BMRN), FLIR Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:FLIR), Fortinet, Inc. (Nasdaq:FTNT), Illumina, Inc. (Nasdaq:ILMN), LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq:LKQX), Liberty Media Corporation (Nasdaq:LMCA), Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:MDRX), NII Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:NIHD),, Inc. (Nasdaq:NTES), Patterson Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:PDCO), Panera Bread Company (Nasdaq:PNRA), Royal Gold, Inc. (Nasdaq:RGLD), Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), Urban Outfitters, Inc. (Nasdaq:URBN), and Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK).

The Index is designed to track the performance of the 50 securities that are next in line to replace the securities currently included in the NASDAQ-100 Index®. The NASDAQ Q-50 Index is re-ranked on a quarterly basis. For more information about the NASDAQ Q-50 Index, including detailed eligibility criteria, visit

As a result of the evaluation, the following fourteen securities will be removed from the Index: Acme Packet, Inc. (Nasdaq:APKT), Avago Technologies Limited (Nasdaq:AVGO), Dendreon Corporation (Nasdaq:DNDN), Focus Media Holding Limited (Nasdaq:FMCN), Fossil, Inc. (Nasdaq:FOSL), Rangold Resources Limited (Nasdaq:GOLD), Hansen Natural Corporation (Nasdaq:HANS), Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:HGSI), Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:NUAN), ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq:ONNN), Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCM), Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTEN), SXC Health Solutions Corp. (Nasdaq:SXCI) and Pharmasset, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRUS).

About NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group

NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group is engaged in the design, development, calculation, licensing, and marketing of NASDAQ OMX Indexes. NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group specializes in the development of indexes focusing on NASDAQ OMX's brand themes of innovation, technology, growth, and globalization. NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group also provides custom index services and design solutions as a third-party provider to selected financial organizations. For more information about NASDAQ OMX indexes, visit

About NASDAQ OMX Group

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 3,500 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX Group 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 *Please follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook ( and Twitter (


CONTACT: NASDAQ Media Contact: Wayne Lee +1.301.978.4875 Wayne.D.Lee@NASDAQOMX.Com NASDAQ Issuer and Investor Contact: Lisa Chaney +1.301.978.8281 Lisa.Chaney@NASDAQOMX.Com

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