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NASDAQ OMX BX OptionsSM Options Exchange Joins OCC

CHICAGO (June 29, 2012) - OCC and The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. announced today that NASDAQ OMX BX OptionsSM has become an OCC participant exchange. NASDAQ OMX BX OptionsSM began operations today, Friday, June 29.

The addition of NASDAQ OMX BX OptionsSM to the NASDAQ OMX exchange suite now brings the total number of options markets in the U.S. to ten.

"Our new platform will be a home for retail order flow that is transparent and it will compliment PHLX and NOM, giving our customers a complete liquidity destination for options trading," said Tom Wittman, Head of U.S. Options at NASDAQ OMX.

He added, "We will continue to strengthen our competitive offering for U.S. options so investors have more choices, more opportunities and more possibilities."

"It is a great pleasure to welcome NASDAQ OMX BX Options as the newest options market," said Wayne P. Luthringshausen, OCC Chairman and CEO. "As a participant exchange, NASDAQ OMX BX Options will experience the sound clearing and settlement services afforded to all of our exchanges."

OCC operates under the jurisdiction of the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and clears and guarantees the trades executed on all U.S. options exchanges. As a result of NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.'s affiliation with OCC, the standardized options contracts traded on NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. can be offset against the same options contracts traded on the other U.S. options markets, resulting in significant efficiencies for participating member firms.

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 24 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 99.999% 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 $6.2 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 Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

About OCC
OCC is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Registered Clearing Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a Derivatives Clearing Organization. OCC now provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 16 exchanges and trading platforms for options, financial and commodity futures, security futures and securities lending transactions. More information about OCC is available at

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