November 19, 2012 at 08:02 AM EST
Semi-Annual Changes to the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ), parent of the world's first electronic stock market and a leading index provider, and CRD Analytics announced today the results of the semi-annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index (Nasdaq:QCRD), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, November 19, 2012.

The following seven securities will be added to the Index: ABB Ltd (NYSE:ABB), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN), Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.-Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT).

The NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index is an equally weighted equity index that serves as a benchmark for stocks of companies that are taking a leadership role in sustainability performance reporting and are traded on a major US stock exchange. The Index is made up of companies that have taken a leadership role in disclosing their carbon footprint, energy usage, water consumption, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, employee safety, workforce diversity, management composition and community investing. These are companies that are voluntarily disclosing their current environmental, social and governance risks as well as their revenue opportunities and how it will affect future performance. Qualifying companies are reporting using the Global Reporting Initiative G3/G4 Guidelines. The securities must also meet other eligibility criteria which include minimum requirements for market value, average daily share volume, and price. The Index is evaluated on a semi-annual basis in May and November. For more information about the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index, including detailed eligibility criteria, visit https://indexes.nasdaqomx.com/.

As a result of the re-ranking, the following seven securities will be removed from the Index: Bank Of Montreal (NYSE:BMO), The Bank Of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS), Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT), Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI), Portugal Telecom, SGPS, S.A. (NYSE:PT), Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX) and Telefónica, S.A. (NYSE:TEF).

About NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes

NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes has been creating innovative, market-leading, transparent indexes since 1971. Today, our index offering spans geographies and asset classes and includes diverse families such as the US All Market, Nordic, Green Economy, Sharia and Commodity Indexes. We continuously offer new opportunities for financial product sponsors across a wide-spectrum of investable products and for asset managers to measure risk and performance. NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes also provides custom index services and design solutions to selected financial organizations.

Daily index values, weightings and historical data for NASDAQ OMX indexes are available via NASDAQ OMX Global Index Watch and NASDAQ OMX Global Index Data Service.

For more information about NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes, visit https://indexes.nasdaqomx.com/.

About NASDAQ OMX Group

The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 23 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-40 microsecond speeds with 99.99+% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,400 listed companies worth $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily. Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century. To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NASDAQ) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500).

About CRD Analytics

CRD Analytics is a leading provider of independent sustainability investment analytics. Using its proprietary SmartView®360 Platform, CRD Analytics empowers its clients with actionable and performance-driven information distilled from large sets of complex data including financial, environmental, social, governance information. CRD Analytics partners with its clients to construct proprietary index-based products – Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), separately-managed accounts, mutual funds and Unit Investment Trusts (UITs). For more information about CRD Analytics, go to http://www.crdanalytics.com.

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CONTACT: NASDAQ OMX Media Contact:
         Wayne Lee
         +1.301.978.4875
         Wayne.D.Lee@NASDAQOMX.Com
         
         NASDAQ OMX Issuer and Investor Contact:
         Lisa Chaney
         +1.301.978.8281
         Lisa.Chaney@NASDAQOMX.Com
         
         CRD Analytics Contact:
         Michael Muyot
         +1.347.415.6243
         mmuyot@crdanalytics.com
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