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NYSE Euronext Global Index Group Announces 2010 Performance of Indices
New Indices and Services Introduced

NEW YORK – Jan. 20, 2010 - NYSE Euronext’s (NYSE Euronext: NYX) Global Index Group today announced the 2010 performance of its benchmark indices.

New Indices and Other Initiatives
In Europe, the NYSE Euronext’s Global Index Group added seven new indices. These new indices included the NYSE Alternext OSEO Innovation Index®, which covers French small cap companies which have been identified as innovative. Several new indices were also introduced that support trading strategies around the main proprietary indices, CAC 40® Index; leverage and short offering three, four and five times exposure. 

The Global Index Group continued to harmonize its European index offering, in which the AEX-Index® was converted from a fixed divisor basket index to a floating divisor portfolio index. Additionally, corporate action rules were further harmonized removing inconsistencies among the country indices. As of December, both net and gross total return index levels are available for the European country indices.

In the U.S., seven new indices were launched to further support efforts to expand the NYSE Treasury indices, both bond and futures based. Additionally, the NYSE Arca Junior Gold BUGS Index™ was launched, offering exposure to globally listed small cap gold mining companies that have no or limited hedging exposure.

At the end of 2010, the total number of warrant & certificate products and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) linked to NYSE Euronext’s European Indices increased 38% and 18%, respectively. New issuers of ETFs launched on the Global Index Group European Indices included ComStage with ETFs based on the CAC 40® and PSI 20® and ESAF® on the NYSE Euronext Iberian Index®.

NYSE LIFFE options and futures products on NYSE Euronext’s European Indices also posted strong results, with the average daily volume for options and futures on the AEX, CAC 40 and PSI 20 increasing by 6% in 2010.

In the U.S., ETFs tied to NYSE and NYSE Arca branded indices reached over $470 million in assets under management during 2010. NYSE Amex option trading based on the NYSE Arca indices grew 524% in 2010, largely in part from the increase in activity surrounding the NYSE Arca Mini-Oil Index™, which is 1/20 the value of the NYSE Arca Oil Index™ (XOI). 

Highlights of Index Performance
The index performance for Euronext’s blue-chips indices was mixed, following last year’s recovery. The CAC 40 lost 3.34% in 2010, while the CAC Next 20 returned 28.25%.  Amsterdam ’s AEX-Index was the strongest of the main indices rising 5.74% over the year, with a very strong December month of +8.30%. The BEL 20 had a strong December to post an annual increase of 2.67%; while the PSI 20 lost 10.34%. 

The NYSE Composite Index® gained 10.84% while the NYSE Amex Composite Index® was up 21.01%. The NYSE Arca Junior Gold BUGS™ and NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index™ returned 57.82% and 33.94% respectively.  The NYSE Arca Pharmaceutical Index™ was the only NYSE Arca index to have a negative return in 2010, losing only 1.03%. 

The Intellidex and Strataquant index families had a positive year, averaging 22.46% and 22.27% respectively across the entire index family.

New Capabilities
As a leading calculation and publication service for sophisticated new index strategies, the NYSE Euronext U.S. Global Index Group added new innovative services that objectively and accurately measure the performances of the global markets. In 2010, NYSE Euronext U.S. Global Index Group launched two new services: the new index calculation system and the Global Index Service Feed (GIF).

The new index calculation system leverages NYSE Euronext’s premier technology teams, internally sourced market data and Thomson Reuters market data to provide customers with expanded coverage of international equities, futures, commodities, fixed income and U.S. Treasuries.

NYSE Euronext Global Index Service Feed – The Global Index Feed or “GIF” enables NYSE Euronext to publish an expanded array of index and ETF related data. Additional capabilities allow for dissemination of proprietary indices and non-NYSE Euronext branded indices, index/portfolio values for listed and non-listed products,  increased publication frequency with sub-second calculation publication where warranted.  Subscribers can connect directly to the feed and can contact the Global Data Products Group for more information.

The full report can be retrieved using this link or http://www.euronext.com/fic/000/061/715/617157.pdf

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Background on NYSE Euronext’s Global Index Group:
With a collective portfolio of over 500 benchmark indices, NYSE Euronext is a leading provider of indices. NYSE Euronext develops proprietary indices to provide investors and issuers with benchmarks that measure performance of key segments of the world economy.  NYSE Euronext indices are available to be licensed as the basis for tradable products, including Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). For more information on NYSE Euronext index services please visit:  http://www.nyse.com/indices

NYSE Euronext®, AEX®, AMX®, AScX®, BEL®, BEL 20®, BEL Mid®, BEL Small®, CAC®, CAC 40®, CAC Next 20®, CAC Mid 100®, CAC Small 90®, SBF®, SBF 120®, SBF 250®, PSI 20®, Euronext FAS IAS Index®, Euronext IEIF SIIC France Index®, NYSE Euronext Iberian Index®, Euronext IEIF REIT Europe Index®, Low Carbon 100 Europe Index®, NYSE   ALTERNEXT OSEO Innovation Index®, Alternext®, NYSE®, NYSEArca®, NSYE Amex®, Intellidex® and StrataQuant® are registered trademarks of NYSE Group, Inc, Euronext N.V. or its subsidiaries.

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.

Disclaimer and Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
NYSE Euronext and its affiliates do not recommend or make any representation as to possible benefits from any securities or investments, or third-party products or services. Investors should undertake their own due diligence regarding their securities and investment practices.  Past performance of any index or other product is not an indicator of future results.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning NYSE Euronext’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements are based on NYSE Euronext’s current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause NYSE Euronext’s results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: NYSE Euronext’s ability to implement its strategic initiatives, economic, political and market conditions and fluctuations, government and industry regulation, interest rate risk and U.S. and global competition, and other factors detailed in NYSE Euronext’s reference document for 2009 ("document de référence") filed with the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (Filed on April 22, 2010 under No. D.10-0304), 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers. In addition, these statements are based on a number of assumptions that are subject to change. Accordingly, actual results may be materially higher or lower than those projected. The inclusion of such projections herein should not be regarded as a representation by NYSE Euronext that the projections will prove to be correct. This press release speaks only as of this date. NYSE Euronext disclaims any duty to update the information herein.

 

 

 

 

 



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