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NYSE Liffe expands range of Dutch products with the introduction of futures and options on the AMX-Index
Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Paris, 1 March 2012 – NYSE Liffe, the European derivatives market of NYSE Euronext (NYX), is to introduce futures and options on the AMX-Index®, the index for medium sized Dutch companies. AMX-Index®futures will be launched on Monday 26 March 2012, followed by trading in AMX-Index®options on Tuesday 10 April 2012.

The introduction of AMX-Index®futures and options marks the further expansion of NYSE Liffe’s successful range of products within the Amsterdam market. The existing options on individual AMX®equities are very popular, and in 2011  more than 5.3 million of them were traded. These products are particularly popular with retail investors, who account for 36% of all turnover in this market.

The AMX-Index®includes well known Dutch companies such as Imtech, Nutreco and Vopak and has been one of the best performing mid-cap indices in Europe in recent years. The AMX-Index®has risen by 70% since the end of 2008, and in 2011 average daily turnover of mid-cap shares totaled just under 15 million, for a value of €107 million. The total value of AMX-Index®component shares traded in 2011 was over €27 billion.

According to Cees Vermaas, CEO of NYSE Euronext Amsterdam,“NYSE Euronext is committed to supporting medium-sized companies. We continue to do everything we can to help these companies grow by facilitating an environment where medium-sized companies can develop into the large caps of the future. We believe that the introduction of futures and options on the AMX-Index®will have a positive influence on the liquidity of these mid-cap securities.”

Ade Cordell, Executive Director of Equity Derivatives at NYSE Liffe added: “We are excited about the launch of these new mid-cap index futures and options contracts. For NYSE Liffe, this is the first of a range of new products planned for the Amsterdam derivatives market in 2012.”

The new mid-cap index futures and options expire on the third Friday of the contract month, and are initially offered with one, two and three month maturities.

Last year a total of 150 million index futures and options were traded on NYSE Liffe, of which 25% represented futures and options on the AEX-Index®. The AEX-Index®options account for 50% of the index option volume on NYSE Liffe. This makes AEX-Index®options one of the most successful index options contracts in Europe.

More information:

NYSE Euronext Amsterdam
Rineke Reitsma
+31 20 550 4110 –
 rreitsma@nyx.com

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 worlds 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 Fortune 500. For more information, please visit: www.nyx.com.

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