updated 4/29/2011 5:46:43 PM ET 2011-04-29T21:46:43

NEW YORK, April 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced the NASDAQ Closing Cross broke a record for 2011 as it was used for the Special Rebalance of the NASDAQ-100 Index® (Nasdaq:NDX).

A total of 329.21 million shares representing $12.7 billion were executed in the Closing Cross in 779 milliseconds.

In all NASDAQ-100 Index stocks, 287.88 million shares representing $11.84 billion were executed in the Closing Cross in 779 milliseconds.

Trading in PowerShares QQQ Trust (Nasdaq:QQQ), an exchange-traded fund that tracks the NASDAQ-100 Index, totaled 494 thousand shares representing $29 million in 57 milliseconds during the Closing Cross.

The NASDAQ-100 Index's Special Rebalance will become effective prior to market open on Monday, May 2, 2011, based on today's NASDAQ Official Closing Price as determined by the NASDAQ Closing Cross®.

NASDAQ official closing prices (NOCPs) determined by the NASDAQ Closing Cross are widely used throughout the industry, including Russell Investments, Standard & Poor's, Dow Jones, and mutual funds across the country.

The Closing Cross brings together the buy and sell interest in specific NASDAQ, NYSE and NYSE Amex stocks and executes all shares for each stock at a single price, one that reflects the true supply and demand for these securities. All nationally-listed securities are eligible for the NASDAQ Closing Cross.

About NASDAQ OMX:

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with more than 3,500 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the U.S. 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit http://www.nasdaqomx.com . Please follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/nasdaqomx ) and Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx ).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the NASDAQ Closing Cross. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements.

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CONTACT: NASDAQ OMX Media Contacts:
         Wayne Lee
         +1 301 978 4875
         Wayne.Lee@NASDAQOMX.com
         
         Robert Madden
         +1 646 441 5045
         Robert.Madden@NASDAQOMX.com

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