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Nasdaq Futures Market Showing Consistent Growth

Robust market support with more than 7 million contracts since July 2015 launch

Consistent growth of 20% in volume and open interest

More than 20% market share in natural gas options on multiple trading days demonstrates support from energy trading community

NEW YORK and CHICAGO, March 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nasdaq Futures, a U.S.-based designated contract market that offers futures and options on key energy benchmarks, has seen consistent growth and traction in the marketplace since its launch in July 2015.

“Since inception, Nasdaq Futures has focused on building robust liquidity in the core energy products, with specific strength in gasoil and natural gas options,” said Magnus Haglind, Vice President of Global Trading and Market Services and CEO of Nasdaq Futures. “This growth momentum highlights the value of Nasdaq Futures for customers. As we know, cost-efficiency is an important factor for our clients, based in part on the recent challenges in the underlying commodities markets. We remain dedicated to providing customers with value added pricing and an innovative clearing platform, and we are encouraged by the support from a wide variety of market participants.”

Nasdaq Futures has gained support from all sectors of the energy trading community: more than seven million contracts have been traded with consistent month-over-month growth above 20%. Open interest has grown quickly and is now at 700,000 contracts. An illustration of its consistent support from the broader market including traders and hedgers, Nasdaq Futures has registered more than 20% market share in natural gas options on multiple occasions and is consistently above 10% in gasoil.

Nasdaq Futures offers easy access to the market through 17 prominent global Futures Commission Merchants (FCM) serving the energy markets. There is strong interest from additional FCMs, which indicates the value for customers to connect to a market with competitive pricing and an innovative clearing solution for futures and options.

Haglind added, “We are pleased with the support from the FCM community, and thanks to the broad distribution and partnerships with leading independent software vendors, Nasdaq Futures is easily accessible for trading across the globe.”

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