THE RESULTS: Nasdaq OMX Group's third-quarter profit jumped 68 percent. It earned $101 million, or 50 cents per share. Analysts had forecast a profit of 46 cents per share.
MARKET SHARE STABILIZING: Nasdaq OMX Group handled 22.3 percent of U.S. stock trades during the quarter, up slightly from the 22.1 percent during the year-ago period. Older exchanges had seen their market share hurt in recent years by newer competitors.
GROWTH SIGNS: Expansion into other markets has helped Nasdaq OMX. It garnered the largest market share of U.S. stock options trading during the quarter.