NEW YORK (Trefis) -- With Kraft Foods' (KFT) announcement that it will move its stock listing from the New York Stock Exchange uptown to Nasdaq, the latter finally has a reason to smile after three weeks of anxiety caused by its mishandling of Facebook's (FB) historic initial public offering, which attracted severe criticism from all directions. (See Facebook's Relationship Status With Nasdaq: It's Complicated. )
Kraft is the biggest company to ever switch an exchange and follows Texas Instruments (TXN), Western Digital (WDC) and Analog Devices (ADI) that moved their stock listings from NYSE Euronext's (NYX) NYSE to Nasdaq OMX's (NDAQM) exchange. Kraft shares will begin trading on the Nasdaq on June 26.
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Killing two Birds With one Stone
Kraft Foods expects the move will increase cost efficiency and brand visibility through Nasdaq's marketing initiatives. Additionally, it will bring not one, but two companies to Nasdaq, as Kraft Foods will later be split into Kraft Foods Group, which will entail the North American grocery business and use the symbol KRFT, and Mondelez International, which will incorporate the global snack division and will trade under the ticker MDLZ. (See Kraft Split No Guarantee of a Success, Too Early to Assess Impact.)The shift is a major sign of trust in Nasdaq's capabilities to handle trade, and we expect other companies, which were doubtful about the exchange after the Facebook IPO disaster, to regain confidence.
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