April 05, 2012 at 15:15 PM EDT
NASDAQ OMX Statement on President Obama's Signing of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act

NEW YORK, April 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Regarding the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, Bruce Aust, Executive V.P. of NASDAQ OMX, Global Client Group, provides the following statement: "NASDAQ OMX congratulates President Barack Obama for signing the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. This bill enacts the important recommendations from the IPO Task Force about how to help small companies access the capital markets. The JOBS Act will benefit the United States economy and help create jobs for Americans."

President Obama's signing of the JOBS Act brings to an end congressional debate about how small companies are treated by the regulatory system when they go public. It is now time for Congress to turn its attention to how the stocks of these and other small companies will actually trade in our equity markets. Our current securities laws apply the same trading regime to large-capitalization companies and small-capitalization companies. As the JOBS Act demonstrates, small companies can benefit from carefully crafted rules that apply to their narrow category of market capitalization. It is time to look for ways to help emerging growth and other smaller listed companies with innovative trading rules that will help liquidity and transparency, ultimately benefitting investors. NASDAQ OMX looks forward to engaging Congress, the SEC and investors on what we believe is an important discussion. 

About NASDAQ OMX Group

The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ), fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the US and Europe, we own and operate 24 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to traffic more than 1 million messages per second at sub-80 microsecond speeds with 99.999% 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 3,400 listed companies worth $5.1 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 (http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

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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. 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.

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CONTACT: NASDAQ OMX Media Contact:
         Wayne Lee
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         Wayne.D.Lee@Nasdaqomx.com
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