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In 2005, the NYSE ranked as the largest stock exchange in the world based on domestic market capitalization and value of shares traded.

With the addition of Archipelago’s volumes in: 1)Nasdaq-listed stocks (almost 25% market share; 2) Exchange Traded Funds (43% market share); and 3) options volumes from the Pacific Coast Exchange (11% market share) we believe that the NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE:NYX) is well positioned to maintain its premier positioning among the world’s financial exchanges.

Bear Stearns initiates Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ:NDAQ) with an Outperform.

Friedman Billings Ramsey upgrades SLM Corp Sallie Mae (NASDAQ:SLM) to Outperform. Price target is $65. They expect the new grad PLUS loan, private loan consolidations, higher Stafford borrowing limits, further market share gains and a stable student loan spread to drive top line growth.

Source: Rob Black's Financial Market Roundup (NDAQ, NYX, SLM)