Wall Street watchers, who are up and about and enjoying financial shows such as CNBC will be surprised on Monday, March 4, to see some familiar faces pressing the button that opens trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
Standing at the podium ready to get things underway will be officials from Alliance Gaming Inc. (ALLY).
Joining Nasdaq officials at the New York City Times Square MarketSite headquarters will be Alliance Gaming president and CEO Robert Miodunski and CFO Robert Saxton. But they won’t be alone. They will be accompanied by a colorful cast of the company’s slot machine characters including Betty Boop, Dagwood and Blondie, Popeye and Olive Oyl, a Playboy Bunny and The Lone Rangers.
Nasdaq, as well as the N.Y. Stock Exchange, make it a practice of inviting some of their participants to join them each trading day to begin and to close the trading activities. Alliance was selected to recognize the company’s 20th anniversary of trading on the Nasdaq, as well as to underscore ALLY’s recent strong turnaround that has boosted the company’s market capitalization from a low of $15 million less than two years ago to nearly $700 million today.
Nasdaq trading begins at 6:30 a.m. (PT).