On Thursday, November 13, 2003 the American Stock Exchange will commence trading in BIOGEN IDEC Inc. (Symbol: BIIB) and SanDisk Corporation (Symbol: SNDK) pursuant to its Nasdaq UTP Program. BIIB is the new stock created as a result of the IDEC Pharmaceuticals acquisition of Biogen (Symbol: BGEN). The new entity will replace BGEN in the S&P 500 Index. Please note that the BGEN- IDEC merger is contingent upon shareholder approval.
SNDK will be added to the Nasdaq-100 Index on November 13, 2003 to replace BGEN. For a complete list of the Nasdaq securities currently trading on the Amex floor, please visit http://www.amex.com/
The Amex Specialist information for the two securities is as follows:
|BIIB||BIOGEN IDEC Inc.||Bear Hunter Structured Products|
|SNDK||SanDisk Corporation||Equitec Specialist, LLC|
S&P and Amex Pilot Program to Provide Closing Prices for Nasdaq Securities
On October 8, 2003, Standard & Poor's and the American Stock Exchange announced a pilot program to provide standardized auction market closing prices for Nasdaq securities in the S&P 500 Index, the most widely used benchmark to track U.S. stock market performance.
The Amex will provide a single closing price for six well-known Nasdaq stocks starting on December 1, 2003. In January, six additional Nasdaq stocks will be added to the program. If successful, the pilot could be expanded by Standard & Poor's to include changes in index pricing procedures for closing prices for all Nasdaq-listed securities in the S&P 500.
The first six stocks to participate in the program are:
For more information on this program, see http://www.amex.com/equities/nasdaqUTP/NqSnP500.htm
- Altera Corporation (Symbol: ALTR)
- Genzyme Corp. (Symbol: GENZ)
- Huntington Bancshares (Symbol: HBAN)
- NVIDIA, Inc. (Symbol: NVDA)
- Starbucks Corporation (Symbol: SBUX)
- Staples, Inc. (Symbol: SPLS)
Trading Rules: Please be advised that the Amex does not have a bid test or tick-test restriction for short sales in the UTP trading of Nasdaq securities.
Service Desk: The Amex has a Service Desk operation specifically focused on the Amex Program to Trade Nasdaq Listed Securities. The UTP Service Desk manager can be reached at 212-306-2600 and will answer any questions regarding orders and executions.
Regulation: For regulatory concerns you may contact the Amex at our UTP Regulation Hot Line: 212-306-AMEX. This number will put the caller in contact with a regulatory analyst from Amex Member Firm Regulation who will address your concerns. For immediate resolution of trade related issues, the call should be first placed to the Service Desk.
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