NEW YORK , May 9, 2007- NYSE Euronext (NYSE Euronext: NYX) subsidiary, NYSE Group, Inc. today announced the listing of the Market Vectors – Global Alternative Energy ETF (NYSE: GEX). Sponsored by Van Eck Global, GEX seeks to replicate, as closely as possible, the price and yield performance of the Ardour Global IndexSM(Extra Liquid) (AGIXL) before fees and expenses.
Van Eck Market Vectors – Global Alternative Energy ETF Lists on the NYSE
As a listings leader in the energy industry, NYSE-listed companies represent 97% of the market value of all qualified companies with a combined total market valuation of more than $3.1 trillion. The following NYSE-listed companies are a part of the suite of alternative energy listings tracked by GEX: Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AVR), International Rectifier Corporation (NYSE:IRF), Headwaters Incorporated (NYSE: HW), Avx Corporation (NYSE: AVX), Evergreen Energy Inc. (NYSE Arca: EEE), Kemet Corporation (NYSE: KEM), VeraSun Energy Corporation (NYSE:VSE), and Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA). As members of the AGIXL, all of these companies are constituent stocks in the GEX.
In celebration of today’s listing, Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Alexander Karsner will ring the Opening BellSM.
“It is a pleasure to ring The NYSE Opening Bell, especially today as we celebrate a major step for renewable alternative energy," said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Alexander Karsner. “The initial listing of Market Vectors –Global Alternative Energy ETF creates a great opportunity to raise awareness about the availability of clean, affordable renewable energy.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Van Eck Market Vectors –Global Alternative Energy ETF to our family of listed issues,” said NYSE Euronext Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Client Group, Noreen Culhane. “GEX provides investors with direct access to a diverse portfolio of the world’s leading alternative energy stocks and furthers investor education in the rapidly growing alternative energy sector.”
“GEX has many attractive features for investors seeking exposure to the alternative energy industry,” said Jan van Eck, Principal of Van Eck Global. “Most importantly it’s a global fund, currently embracing companies from 16 different countries. And where better a place to list and gain visibility than the first truly global financial marketplace. We are proud to be a part of the NYSE-listed family. ”
Also participating in the day’s events is Robert Levin, Senior Vice President of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYSE: NMX).
"Alternative Energy is high on the NYMEX agenda,"Robert Levin, Senior Vice President of the New York Mercantile Exchange. "On Monday, we launched a Uranium futures contract and plan to introduce a futures contract on the AGIXL by the end of this quarter." The NYMEX is the primary trading forum for traditional energy products, including crude oil and natural gas."
NYSE Group markets have 186 primary ETF listings and trade all other eligible ETFs on a UTP basis. In first quarter 2007, NYSE Group handled 45% of all ETF shares traded in the U.S. market. As the largest exchange group for ETF trading, NYSE Group is committed to offering investors the most innovative new investment options with superior pricing and market quality.
Van Eck Associates Corporation
Founded in 1955, Van Eck Associates Corporation was among the first U.S. money managers helping investors achieve greater diversification through global investing. Today, the firm continues its 50+ year tradition by offering global investment choices in hard assets, emerging markets, precious metals including gold, and other specialized asset classes. Van Eck Global’s investment products are designed for investors seeking innovative choices for portfolio diversification. They are often categorized in asset classes having returns with low correlations to those of more traditional U.S. equity and fixed income investments.
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