MANILA/NEW YORK/PASIG CITY, 26 JUNE 2008 – NYSE Euronext (NYSE Euronext: NYX) CEO Duncan L. Niederauer and Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Chairman Jose C. Vitug today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that establishes cooperation between the two exchange companies to explore new opportunities in trading system architecture and technology, exchange traded products, market participant connectivity and market data management. The MOU, signed at a historic ceremony today at the New York Stock Exchange observed by Philippines President, H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, also covers the PSE’s intention to purchase new trading system technology from NYSE Euronext and its affiliates.
"We welcome this opportunity to partner with Mr. Vitug and his colleagues at the Philippines Stock Exchange," said Mr. Niederauer today at the historic signing ceremony. "We are committed to the success of this alliance, which will benefit and create growth opportunities for both markets and their respective customers."
Mr. Vitug hailed the MOU, "which will bring closer together the world's biggest stock market and Southeast Asia's oldest stock market." Mr. Vitug added: "This historic MOU will provide us a common base to explore together a whole new frontier of opportunities, from which we can re-energize our markets for future waves of growth."
Mr. Francis Ed. Lim, PSE president and CEO, said: "We in the PSE have very high hopes that our collaborative and cooperative understanding with the world’s leading stock market operator will help hasten the transformation of the PSE into a premier exchange."
Mr. Lim added that "each possible area of mutual cooperation identified in the MOU will hopefully serve as guide in pursuing definitive agreements in the future. This represents the recognition of each party of the important role that the other will play in developing our respective stock markets."
The MOU also includes details on the PSE’s acquisition of a new trading system from NYSE Euronext and its affiliates, which was announced in April 2008.
Areas of possible cooperation:
Under the terms of the NYX-PSE MOU signed today, areas of possible cooperation involve the sharing of information and experience on new stock markets products and services. The MOU also embodies the common goal of both companies to provide investors worldwide protection and operating fair, orderly and efficient markets. The MOU was drafted in the spirit that international cooperation between the two exchange companies will facilitate the development and efficient operation of all securities markets operated by the exchange groups.
· NYSE Euronext (New York), Media Relations, Christiaan Brakman, 1.212.656.2094, email@example.com
· NYSE Euronext (Paris), Media Relations, Caroline Denton, 18.104.22.1681133, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc.
The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) is a private organization that provides and ensures a fair, efficient, transparent and orderly market for the buying and selling of securities.
PSE traces its roots from the country's two former bourses: the Manila Stock Exchange ("MSE") and the Makati Stock Exchange ("MkSE"). Founded in March 1927, the MSE was the first stock exchange in the Philippines and one of the oldest in Asia. Originally housed in downtown Manila, the MSE moved to Pasig City in 1992. The MkSE, on the other hand, was established in May 1963 and became the second bourse to operate in the country. It was based in Makati City, a budding business district during those days. While trading the same listed issues, MSE and MkSE remained separate entities for almost thirty years. December 23, 1992 marked a milestone for the Philippine capital market when the MSE and MkSE were unified to become the PSE. At present, PSE maintains two trading floors -- one in Makati City and another in its head office in Pasig City. Even with two trading floors, PSE maintains a "one-price, one-market" Exchange through the MakTrade System. This is a single-order-book system that tallies all orders into one computer and ensures that these orders match with the best bid/best offer regardless of which floor the orders were placed. MakTrade likewise allows PSE to facilitate the trading of securities in a broker-to-broker market through automatic order and trade routing and confirmation. It also keeps an eye on any irregularity in the transactions with its market regulation and surveillance databases. In June 1998, the Securities and Exchange Commission conferred to the PSE the status of a Self-Regulatory Organization, which allows the PSE to implement its own rules and impose penalties on erring trading participants and listed companies. In 2001, or a year after the Securities Regulation Code of 2000 was enacted, the PSE was reorganized and transformed from a non-stock, member-governed organization into a shareholder-based, revenue-generating corporation. Along with this rebirth came the separation of the Exchange's ownership and trading rights, opening the doors for new market participants. On December 15, 2003, PSE shares were listed by way of introduction. The Philippine Central Depository, established in March 1995, provides the securities settlement system for both debt and equity instruments of the Exchange. Its computerized book-entry-settlement system paved the way for a safe and efficient scripless trading. Assuming the role of settlement coordinator and risk manager for broker transactions as well as administrator of the trade guaranty fund is the Securities Clearing Corporation of the Philippines ("SCCP"). SCCP is the clearing and settlement agency for depository eligible trades in the Exchange. Companies are listed in the PSE on the First Board, Second Board or the Small and Medium Enterprises Board. To help the investing public keep track faster of industry performance, listed companies are classified into the following sectors: Financial, Industrial, Holding Firms, Property, Services, and Mining and Oil. More importantly, PSE has adopted an online daily disclosure system to improve the transparency of listed companies and ensure full, fair, timely and accurate disclosure of material information from all listed companies.
To address public demand for speedy access to information on the securities market, the PSE's website, www.pse.com.ph, provides comprehensive market data, stock quotations, dividend declarations, trading activities, and other pertinent information on the PSE, trading participants, listed companies and other institutions.
About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) operates the world’s leading and most liquid exchange group, and seeks to provide the highest levels of quality, customer choice and innovation. Its family of exchanges, located in six countries, includes the New York Stock Exchange, the world's largest cash equities market; Euronext, the Eurozone's largest cash equities market; Liffe, Europe's leading derivatives exchange by value of trading; and NYSE Arca Options, one of the fastest growing U.S. options trading platforms. NYSE Euronext offers a diverse array of financial products and services for issuers, investors and financial institutions in cash equities, options and derivatives, ETFs, bonds, market data, and commercial technology solutions. NYSE Euronext's nearly 4,000 listed companies represent a combined $ 30.9/ € 19.8 trillion in total global market capitalization (as of April 30, 2008), more than four times that of any other exchange group. NYSE Euronext's equity exchanges transact an average daily trading value of approximately $161.9 / €106.9 billion (as of April 30, 2008), which represents more than one-third of the world's cash equities trading. NYSE Euronext is part of the S&P 500 index and the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index. For more information, please visit www.nyx.com.
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