Annual Changes to the NASDAQ-100 Index

NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) today announ짯ced the results of the annu짯al re-ran짯king of the NASDAQ-100 Index짰 (Nasdaq:NDX), which will beco짯me effec짯ti짯ve pri짯or to mar짯ket open on Mon짯day, Decem짯ber 24, 2018.

The fol짯lo짯wing six com짯pa짯nies will be added to the Index: Advan짯ced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), lulu짯le짯mon ath짯le짯ti짯ca inc. (LULU), Net짯App, Inc. (NTAP), United Con짯ti짯nen짯tal Hol짯dings, Inc. (UAL), Veri짯Sign, Inc. (VRSN) and Wil짯lis Towers Wat짯son Public Limi짯t짯ed Com짯pa짯ny (WLTW).

The NASDAQ-100 Index is com짯po짯sed of the 100 lar짯gest non-finan짯cial com짯pa짯nies lis짯ted on The NASDAQ Stock Mar짯ket and dates to Janu짯ary 1985 when it was laun짯ched along with the NASDAQ Finan짯cial-100 Index, which is com짯pri짯sed of the 100 lar짯gest finan짯cial stocks on NASDAQ. The짯se inde짯xes act as bench짯marks for finan짯cial pro짯ducts such as opti짯ons, futures, and funds. The NASDAQ-100 is re-ran짯ked each year in Decem짯ber, timed to coin짯ci짯de with the qua짯dru짯ple witch expi짯ra짯ti짯on Fri짯day of the quarter.

On a cumu짯la짯ti짯ve pri짯ce return basis, the NASDAQ-100 Index has retur짯ned almost 5,459.21% sin짯ce incep짯ti짯on, alt짯hough past per짯for짯mance is not indi짯ca짯ti짯ve of future performance.

The NASDAQ-100 Index is the basis of the Power짯Sha짯res QQQ Trust (QQQ) which aims to pro짯vi짯de invest짯ment results that, befo짯re expen짯ses, cor짯re짯spond with the NASDAQ-100 Index per짯for짯mance. In addi짯ti짯on, opti짯ons, futures and struc짯tu짯red pro짯ducts based on the NASDAQ-100 Index and the Power짯Sha짯res QQQ Trust trade on various exchanges.

As a result of the re-ran짯king, the fol짯lo짯wing six com짯pa짯nies will be remo짯ved from the Index: Express Scripts Hol짯ding Com짯pa짯ny (ESRX), Holo짯gic, Inc. (HOLX), Qura짯te Retail, Inc. (QRTEA), Shire plc (SHPG), Sea짯gate Tech짯no짯lo짯gy PLC (STX) and Voda짯fone Group Plc (VOD).

About Nasdaq Glo짯bal Indexes
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The infor짯ma짯ti짯on con짯tai짯ned abo짯ve is pro짯vi짯ded for infor짯ma짯tio짯nal and edu짯ca짯tio짯nal pur짯po짯ses only, and not짯hing con짯tai짯ned her짯ein should be con짯strued as invest짯ment advice, eit짯her on behalf of a par짯ti짯cu짯lar finan짯cial pro짯duct or an over짯all invest짯ment stra짯tegy. Neither The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. nor any of its affi짯lia짯tes makes any recom짯men짯da짯ti짯on to buy or sell any finan짯cial pro짯duct or any repre짯sen짯ta짯ti짯on about the finan짯cial con짯di짯ti짯on of any com짯pa짯ny or fund. State짯ments regar짯ding Nasdaq셲 pro짯prie짯ta짯ry inde짯xes are not gua짯ran짯tees of future per짯for짯mance. Actu짯al results may dif짯fer mate짯ri짯al짯ly from tho짯se expres짯sed or impli짯ed. Past per짯for짯mance is not indi짯ca짯ti짯ve of future results. Inves짯tors should under짯ta짯ke their own due dili짯gence and careful짯ly eva짯lua짯te com짯pa짯nies befo짯re inves짯t짯ing. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

Com짯pa짯ny Briefs:
The fol짯lo짯wing is brief infor짯ma짯ti짯on about the five com짯pa짯nies to be added to the NASDAQ-100 Index. 

Advan짯ced Micro Devices, Inc. ope짯ra짯tes as a semi짯con짯duc짯tor com짯pa짯ny worldwide.

lulu짯le짯mon ath짯le짯ti짯ca inc., an ath짯le짯tic appa짯rel com짯pa짯ny, tog짯e짯ther with its sub짯si짯dia짯ries, designs, dis짯tri짯bu짯tes, and retails ath짯le짯tic appa짯rel and access짯ories for women, men, and fema짯le youth.

 

Net짯App, Inc. pro짯vi짯des soft짯ware, sys짯tems, and ser짯vices to mana짯ge and share date on-pre짯mi짯ses, and pri짯va짯te and public clouds worldwide.

United Con짯ti짯nen짯tal Hol짯dings, Inc., tog짯e짯ther with its sub짯si짯dia짯ries, pro짯vi짯des air trans짯por짯ta짯ti짯on ser짯vices in North Ame짯ri짯ca, the Asia-Paci짯fic, Euro짯pe, the Midd짯le East, Afri짯ca, and Latin America.

Veri짯Sign, Inc. pro짯vi짯des domain name regis짯try ser짯vices and Inter짯net secu짯ri짯ty worldwide.

Wil짯lis Towers Wat짯son Public Limi짯t짯ed Com짯pa짯ny ope짯ra짯tes as an advi짯so짯ry, bro짯king, and solu짯ti짯ons com짯pa짯ny worldwide.