NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Ryanair Holdings plc (Nasdaq:RYAAY) of Ireland, will become a component of the NASDAQ-100 Index(r) (Nasdaq:NDX) and the NASDAQ-100 Equal Weighted Index (Nasdaq:NDXE) prior to market open on February 14, 2007. Ryanair Holdings plc will replace American Power Conversion Corporation (Nasdaq:APCC). Ryanair Holdings plc will also be included in the NASDAQ-100 Index Tracking Stock(sm) (Nasdaq:QQQQ).
Ryanair Holdings plc today has a NASDAQ listed market capitalization of $5.6 billion, which will be used in the NASDAQ-100 Index weighting, and a worldwide market capitalization of $12.3 billion. Ryanair is Europe's largest low fares airline with 19 bases and 454 low fare routes across 24 countries. Ryanair currently employs a team of 3,900 people and expects to carry approximately 50 million passengers this year, making it the world's largest international scheduled airline. The NASDAQ-100 Index, launched in January 1985, is one of the most widely followed benchmarks in the world. The NASDAQ-100 Index Tracking Stock represents ownership in the NASDAQ-100 Trust. The Trust holds a portfolio of equity securities that compose the NASDAQ-100 Index and aims to provide investment results that generally correspond with the performance of the Index.
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