NEW YORK, August 10, 2012– English soccer club, Manchester United, Ltd., opened for trading today under the ticker symbol “MANU” after its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). GETCO Securities is the designated market maker for the company’s stock.
Manchester United Lists Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange
NYSE Euronext welcomed the professional sports franchise on its first day of trading by bringing the soccer experience to the NYSE. Manchester United (Man U) enveloped the NYSE trading floor, from the backdrop and images on the bell podium where Manchester United executives rang The Opening BellSM, to the Astroturf path leading from the podium to Man U’s stock location on the NYSE trading floor. The NYSE trading floor community also marked the occasion by sporting Man U soccer jerseys.
The soccer theme extended to NYSE’s Experience Square where a large Man U banner adorned the NYSE façade -- illuminated in red last evening, along with the facades of NYSE Euronext markets in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon and Paris. Astroturf lined Experience Square where NYSE employees and traders showcased their soccer abilities in a goal shooting contest and skills challenge. Additionally, a youth soccer group joined in the day’s festivities by joining in freestyler activities with soccer coaches.
Manchester United CEO David Gill (far left), Executive Co-Chairman Joel Glazer (center/left with glasses), Executive Co-Chairman Avram Glazer (center/right with glasses), along with other Manchester United executives, rang the NYSE Opening Bell to celebrate the company’s initial public offering and first day of trading on the NYSE.
View of the NYSE trading floor as Manchester United executives ring the NYSE Opening Bell to commemorate the company’s initial public offering on the NYSE.
View of the trading floor as Manchester United’s stock opens for trading on the NYSE.
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NYSE Euronext brings the Manchester United soccer experience to the NYSE. A youth soccer group joined in freestyler activities with soccer coaches outside the NYSE.
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About Manchester United (NYSE: MANU)
Manchester United is the world’s most popular football club, with an estimated 659 million fans and followers and was recently named by Forbes magazine as the most valuable sports club in the world. Founded in 1878, the Club has won a record 19 English league championships to add to its record 11 English FA Cups, 3 European Cups, 1 European Cup Winners' Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 4 English League Cups. Its Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is the most successful manager in British history. Off the field, the Club enjoys similar success with record turnover for a British club and the highest operating profit levels in world football.
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