-The First India ETF Option Offered in U.S.-
NYSE Arca Options to Begin Trading Options on WisdomTree India Earnings Fund
-Further Proving the Value of an NYSE Euronext Listing-
New York , March 3, 2008 –NYSE Euronext (NYSE Euronext: NYX) today announced that NYSE Arca Options began trading options on WisdomTree India Earnings Fund (EPI). Listed on NYSE Arca on Feb. 22, 2008 , EPI is designed to track the performance of approximately 150 Indian companies included in the WisdomTree India Earnings Index on the annual index screening date. As the first ETF to offer pure exposure to local Indian securities, the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund grants investors access to one of the world’s fastest growing marketplaces.
"As a leader in ETFs, we are proud to operate a strong market model with an exceptionally diverse and unique balance of product and service offerings,” said Lisa Dallmer, Senior Vice President, ETFs and Indexes. “Trading the ETF and options on the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund is an excellent example of our overall business integration and our compelling value proposition to our visionary customers like WisdomTree.”
“We are pleased that the NYSE Arca has worked to promptly list options on EPI,” said WisdomTree CEO Jonathan Steinberg . “Our launch one week ago today marked the industry’s first ETF to provide direct exposure to local Indian securities. WisdomTree took care to build an index and fund specifically designed to comply with India ’s foreign investment limits and restrictions on derivatives. EPI is designed to be broad, investable and scaleable and has already traded 5,389,000 million shares in its first six days of trading.”
“We are excited to begin trading options on WisdomTree’s groundbreaking ETF, the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund,” said Ed Boyle, Senior Vice President, NYSE Arca Options. “The combined listing of the ETF and the options on the ETF illustrates our commitment to offering our issuers and investors the opportunity to trade more complex investment strategies in these products on one of the world’s best and most accessible exchange groups.”
Trading over a million shares in its first day on the market, the WisdomTree India Earnings Fund has an average trading volume of 898,167 with $82 million assets under management in only its first week of trading.
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NYSE Euronext (NYX) operates the world's leading and most liquid exchange group, and seeks to provide the highest levels of quality, customer choice and innovation. Its family of exchanges, located in six countries, include the New York Stock Exchange, the world's largest cash equities market; Euronext, the Eurozone's largest cash equities market; Liffe, Europe's leading derivatives exchange by value of trading; and NYSE Arca Options, one of the fastest growing U.S. options trading platforms. NYSE Euronext offers a diverse array of financial products and services for issuers, investors and financial institutions in cash equities, options and derivatives, ETFs, bonds, market data, and commercial technology solutions. NYSE Euronext's nearly 4,000 listed companies represent a combined $30.5 trillion/EUR 20.9 trillion in total global market capitalization (as of Dec. 31, 2007 ), more than four times that of any other exchange group. NYSE Euronext's equity exchanges transact an average daily trading value of approximately $141 billion/EUR 103 billion (as of Dec. 31, 2007 ), which represents more than one-third of the world's cash equities trading. NYSE Euronext is part of the S&P 500 index and the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index. For more information, please visit www.nyx.com .
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