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United States Postal Service’s Operation Santa to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell

ADVISORY, Dec. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:

United States Postal Service’s Operation Santa, the popular holiday program where thousands of volunteers work with Post Offices to respond to letters from needy children of all ages listing their holiday wishes, will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to celebrate 102 years of helping make children’s holiday wishes come true.

In honor of the occasion, New York City Postmaster Elvin Mercado, New York District Manager William Schaars and USPS Area Vice President Richard Uluski will ring the Opening Bell. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus, on loan from Radio City Music Hall, will join the event.

Where:

Nasdaq MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio

When:

Monday, December 22, 2014 – 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET

USPS Media Contact:
Connie Chirichello
(631) 524-9735
Congetta.chirichello@usps.gov

Nasdaq MarketSite:
Christine Barna
(646) 441-5310
Christine.Barna@nasdaq.com

Feed Information:
Fiber Line (Encompass Waterfront): 4463

Gal 3C/06C 95.05 degrees West
18 mhz Lower
DL 3811 Vertical
FEC 3/4
SR 13.235
DR 18.295411
MOD 4:2:0
DVBS QPSK

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Webcast:

A webcast of the Nasdaq Opening Bell will be available at: https://new.livestream.com/nasdaq/live or http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx

Photos:

To obtain a hi-resolution photograph of the Market Open, please go to http://www.nasdaq.com/reference/marketsite_events.stm and click on the market open of your choice.

About United States Postal Service’s Operation Santa:

New York City’s Operation Santa program is the largest public adoption Post Office in the country, receiving nearly a half million letters a season. With that much Santa Mail, it stands to reason they need the public’s help. Every year the iconic James A. Farley Building on Eighth Avenue is visited by tens of thousands of people who come to adopt letters from needy New York families. A kick-off celebration is held, usually during the first week of December. The New York City program has changed very little since the 1940s when it was first opened to the public and continues to thrive much to the delight of both the writers and readers of Letters to Santa.

About United States Postal Service:

For more than 235 years, the Postal Service has lived by its unofficial creed: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation: 152 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With more than 31,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail. If it were a private-sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500.

About Nasdaq:

Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, exchange technology, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,500 listed companies with a market value of over $8.8 trillion and more than 10,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit www.business.nasdaq.com.

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Source:The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.