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NASDAQ OMX Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

Market Services (66% of total net exchange revenues) - Net exchange revenues were $269 million in the third quarter of 2012, down $31 million when compared to the third quarter of 2011.

Cash Equities (11% of total net exchange revenues) – Total net cash equity trading revenues were $47 million in the third quarter of 2012, down $20 million compared to the third quarter of 2011. Trading volumes declined from the prior year period when the European debt crisis and the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. debt ceiling generated substantial market volatility and volumes.

Derivatives (18% of total net exchange revenues) – Total net derivative trading and clearing revenues were $72 million in the third quarter of 2012, down $12 million compared to the third quarter of 2011. The decline was primarily due to lower industry trading volumes in the U.S. and the Nordics, as well as an unfavorable impact from foreign exchange of $2 million. This decline was partially offset by market share and revenue capture gains in our U.S. equity options business.

Access and Broker Services (16% of total net exchange revenues) – Access and broker services revenues totaled $66 million, up $1 million compared to the third quarter of 2011. The increase was primarily driven by the uptake of new products including 40G connectivity.

Market Data (21% of total net exchange revenues) – Total Market Data revenues of $84 million reflect a $1 million increase compared to the year ago quarter.  The increase in Market Data revenues was driven by growth in U.S. proprietary products and pricing initiatives, partially offset by lower net revenues in U.S. tape plans and European data.

Issuer Services (23% of total net exchange revenues) – Revenues were $93 million in the third quarter of 2012, up $3 million compared to the third quarter of 2011.  Corporate Solutions revenues increased $6 million, driven by the acquisitions of BWise in May 2012 and Glide Technologies in October 2011 and growth in our Shareholder.com and GlobeNewswire products. The Global Index Group's revenues increased by $1 million, or 8% year-over-year, driven by increased assets under management of licensed financial products.  

Market Technology (11% of total net exchange revenues) – Revenues of $47 million in the third quarter of 2012 increased $1 million compared to the third quarter of 2011. 

COST GUIDANCE – For the full year of 2012, total core operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $865 million to $873 million (down from prior core expense guidance of $870 to $890 million), plus $32 million to $36 million in incremental new initiative spending, and an additional $25 million to $26 million due to the BWise and NOS acquisitions, resulting in total operating expenses in the range of $922 million to $935 million, down from previous guidance of $935 to $965 million. This guidance excludes expenses related to the cost reduction plan and expenses for the proposed voluntary accommodation program and special legal expenses.

About NASDAQ OMX Group

The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 23 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-40 microsecond speeds with 99.99+% 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 $6 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 ( www.facebook.com/NASDAQ ) and Twitter ( www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx ). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

Non-GAAP Information

In addition to disclosing results determined in accordance with GAAP, NASDAQ OMX also discloses certain non-GAAP results of operations, including, but not limited to, net income attributable to NASDAQ OMX, diluted earnings per share, net exchange revenues, operating income, and operating expenses, that make certain adjustments or exclude certain charges and gains that are described in the reconciliation table of GAAP to non-GAAP information provided at the end of this release. Management believes that this non-GAAP information provides investors with additional information to assess NASDAQ OMX's operating performance by making certain adjustments or excluding costs or gains and assists investors in comparing our operating performance to prior periods. Management uses this non-GAAP information, along with GAAP information, in evaluating its historical operating performance.

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