Manchester United Goes Public on NYSE

Steven Bobson, Europe & Americas Editor
August 13, 2012 /

English soccer club, Manchester United, Ltd., opened for trading last week under the ticker symbol “MANU” after its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

GETCO Securities is the designated market maker for the company’s stock.

Manchester United is one of the world’s most popular football club, with an estimated 659 million fans and followers and was recently named by Forbes magazine as the most valuable sports club in the world.

NYSE Euronext welcomed the professional sports franchise on its first day of trading by bringing the soccer experience to the NYSE.

Manchester United (Man U) enveloped the NYSE trading floor, from the backdrop and images on the bell podium where Manchester United executives rang The Opening BellSM, to the Astroturf path leading from the podium to Man U’s stock location on the NYSE trading floor.

The NYSE trading floor community also marked the occasion by sporting Man U soccer jerseys.

The soccer theme extended to NYSE’s Experience Square where a large Man U banner adorned the NYSE façade — illuminated in red last evening, along with the facades of NYSE Euronext markets in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon and Paris.

Astroturf lined Experience Square where NYSE employees and traders showcased their soccer abilities in a goal shooting contest and skills challenge.

Additionally, a youth soccer group joined in the day’s festivities by joining in freestyler activities with soccer coaches.

 

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