Nasdaq reports lower third-quarter profit

Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:26am EDT

The Nasdaq logo is seen on the exterior of the Nasdaq MarketSite as a headline about the Facebook stock scrolls on the Times Square Newsticker, in New York, May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Nasdaq logo is seen on the exterior of the Nasdaq MarketSite as a headline about the Facebook stock scrolls on the Times Square Newsticker, in New York, May 22, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) - Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ.O) reported a lower third-quarter profit on Wednesday, due in part to a drop in trading volumes in U.S. and Nordic equities.

The New York-based exchange operator said it had earned $89 million, or 52 cents per share, down from $109 million, or 61 cents per share, a year earlier.

(Reporting by John McCrank in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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