New York, Apr. 3, 2006 -- The NYSE Composite Index® (NYA) continued to outperform other major U.S. indexes in 2006, ending the first quarter up 6.2%.
On March 30, the NYA reached a new high of 8271.79, hitting 16 record highs during the first-quarter 2006. By comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and S&P 500 both ended the quarter up 3.7%.
In 2005, the NYA finished the year at 7753.95, up 7.0% from the last day of trading in 2004, ahead of all major U.S. indexes for the second consecutive year.
The NYA is designed to measure the performance of all common stocks, ADRs, REITs and tracking stocks listed on the NYSE. Reintroduced in 2003 with a new methodology and recalculated base value of 5,000, the NYA outperformed all major indexes in 2004 and 2005 while showing the lowest volatility in broad based indexes.
About NYSE Group, Inc.
The NYSE is the world’s largest and most liquid cash equities exchange. The NYSE provides a reliable, orderly, liquid and efficient marketplace where investors buy and sell listed companies’ common stock and other securities. Our listed operating companies represent a total global market capitalization of over $22.5 trillion. In January and February 2006, on an average trading day, over 1.8 billion shares, valued at over $69 billion, were traded on the NYSE.
NYSE Arca is the first open, all-electronic stock exchange in the United States and has a leading position in trading exchange-traded funds and exchange-listed securities. NYSE Arca is also an exchange for trading equity options. NYSE Arca’s trading platform links traders to multiple U.S. market centers and provide customers with fast electronic execution and open, direct and anonymous market access.
NYSE Regulation, an independent not-for-profit subsidiary, regulates member organizations through the enforcement of marketplace rules and federal securities laws. NYSE Regulation also ensures that companies listed on the NYSE and NYSE Arca meet their financial and corporate governance listing standards.
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