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NYSE Euronext U.S. Options Markets to Trade Options on Volatility Index (VIX) Notes and Other Index Linked Securities

-Options on 9
  ETNs, Including iPATH VXX and VXZ S&P Futures ETNs Began Trading Today- 

NEW YORK, May 28, 2010 – NYSE Euronext   today announced that trading of options on Index Linked Securities, also known as Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs), including options on the actively traded iPATH S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) and iPATH S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (VXZ) are now available on both its NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex options platforms.  The products, which have primary listings on NYSE Arca’s equity exchange, began trading today, Friday, May 28, 2010 on both of NYSE Euronext’s U.S. options exchanges.

“As a pioneer in listing and trading these index-linked securities on our innovative NYSE Arca equities platform, we are pleased to also list these options products on our market-leading options platforms, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex options,” said Edward Boyle, Executive Vice President, Head of U.S. Options.  “We believe these new products will provide investors with important tools to manage risk and hedge more effectively, especially in the current volatile environment.  In listing and trading all of these products on NYSE Arca’s equities market and both our options platforms, we believe that we can offer our customers the greatest combination of efficiency, cost effectiveness and access to liquidity.” 

In addition to options on the two iPath VIX Futures ETNs, NYSE Amex is also listing options on the iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Total Return Index ETN (OIL) and NYSE Arca will be trading options in 6 other ETNs.  ETNs underlying options to be traded on Friday and the listing market are:

Product Name

Options Available on:

iPATH S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSE Arca: VXX) 

NYSE Amex/NYSE Arca 

iPATH S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (NYSE Arca: VXZ) 

NYSE Amex/NYSE Arca 

 iPath Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Total Return Index ETN (NYSE Arca: OIL)

NYSE Amex

JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSE Arca: AMJ) 

NYSE Arca 

iPath Dow Jones - UBS Natural Gas Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSE Arca: GAZ) 

NYSE Arca 

iPath Dow Jones - UBS Copper Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSE Arca: JJC) 

NYSE Arca 

Credit Suisse Cushing 30 MLP Index ETN (NYSE Arca: MLPN) 

NYSE Arca 

ELEMENTS Linked to the Rogers  International Commodity Index - Total Return
(NYSE Arca: RJI) 

NYSE Arca 

ELEMENTS Linked to the Rogers  International Commodity Index - Agri Tot Return    (NYSE Arca: RJA) 

NYSE Arca 


NYSE Euronext's U.S.  options exchanges, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex utilize state-of-the-art open outcry trading facilities with an advanced electronic trading platform capable of processing 400,000 orders and 3,500,000 quotes per second with 2 millisecond acknowledgment (ACK) times.

About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies.  The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products.  With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index and Fortune 500.  For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.

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Contact: Eric Ryan
Phone: 212.656.2411
Email:  eryan@nyx.com