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Nasdaq Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 18, 2010 | About:

Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2009-12-31.

Nasdaq has a market cap of $3.92 billion; its shares were traded at around $18.57 with a P/E ratio of 10.1 and P/S ratio of 1.3. Nasdaq had an annual average earning growth of 32% over the past 5 years.NDAQ is in the portfolios of Murray Stahl of Horizon Asset Management, John Buckingham of Al Frank Asset Management, Inc., Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, Chuck Royce of ROYCE & ASSOCIATES.

Highlight of Business Operations:

On February 27, 2008, Nasdaq and OMX AB combined their businesses pursuant to an agreement with Borse Dubai Limited, a Dubai company, or Borse Dubai, and Nasdaq was renamed The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Concurrently with the business combination with OMX AB, we also acquired a 33 1/3% equity stake in NASDAQ Dubai Limited, or NASDAQ Dubai. In December 2009, we agreed to participate in the realignment of the ownership structure of NASDAQ Dubai. As part of this realignment, NASDAQ Dubai will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Financial Market PJSC, or DFM, a publicly traded company controlled by Borse Dubai. NASDAQ OMX will receive a 1% equity interest in DFM in exchange for our equity interest in NASDAQ Dubai.

In December 2008, we acquired a majority interest in the International Derivatives Clearing Group, or IDCG, and IDCG became an independently operated subsidiary of NASDAQ OMX. IDCG provides central counterparty, or CCP, clearing for interest rate swap products through its clearinghouse subsidiary, International Derivatives Clearinghouse, LLC, or IDCH. In January 2009, we acquired a 22% stake in European Multilateral Clearing Facility N.V., or EMCF, a leading European clearinghouse. In addition, we signed an agreement with EMCF to use its CCP services for all Nordic transactions. In December 2009, we entered into an agreement to increase our ownership interest in Agora-X, LLC, or Agora-X, to 85% resulting in a majority stake. Agora-X has developed an electronic communications network, or ECN, for over-the-counter, or OTC, contracts in the commodities market.

We operate in three segments: Market Services, Issuer Services and Market Technology. Of our 2009 revenues less liquidity rebates, brokerage, clearance and exchange fees of $1,453 million, 67.0% was from our Market Services segment, 22.3% was from our Issuer Services segment, 10.0% was from our Market Technology segment and 0.7% related to other revenues. Of our 2008 revenues less liquidity rebates, brokerage, clearance and exchange fees of $1,460 million, 67.5% was from our Market Services segment, 23.5% was from our Issuer Services segment, 8.2% was from our Market Technology segment and 0.8% related to other revenues. Of our 2007 revenues less liquidity rebates, brokerage, clearance and exchange fees of $812 million, 65.0% was from our Market Services segment and 35.0% was from our Issuer Services segment.

U.S. Derivative Trading. With the acquisition of PHLX and the launch of The NASDAQ Options Market, we established our position in the U.S. marketplace for the trading of equity options, index options and currency options. The NASDAQ Options Market is designed to leverage our existing technology, customer connectivity and market structure. The acquisition of PHLX provided us with the third largest options market in the U.S. Renamed NASDAQ OMX PHLX, it operates a hybrid electronic and floor-based market as a distinct market alongside The NASDAQ Options Market. During 2009, NASDAQ OMX PHLX and The NASDAQ Options Market had an average combined market share of approximately 21% in the U.S. equity options market, consisting of approximately 18% at NASDAQ OMX PHLX and approximately 3% at The NASDAQ Options

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