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Nasdaq Options Market (NOM) Overview

The Nasdaq Options Market (NOM) is an all-electronic, price/time priority trading system running on Nasdaq’s high-speed INET technology. Liquidity on NOM is provided by market makers as well as other participants and is both order and quote based.

Features and Functionality

The NOM trading system maximizes liquidity, encourages price competition and rapidly executes orders of all sizes. Operating on a state-of-the-art, high-performance and low-latency INET trading platform, NOM offers sophisticated and innovative functionality to market participants.

Functionality Highlights:

  • Bulk Quoting: Market makers may provide liquidity using SQF, which allows market makers to supply up to 200 quotes in one message and is the same bulk quoting API provided on PHLX.
  • Rapid Fire Risk Protection: NOM monitors executions for each market maker and removes a given market maker's quotes/orders if firm-set thresholds are met.
  • Price Improvement: NOM accepts orders in penny increments in all series, which are displayed at the allowable quoting increment. NOM provides automatic and instantaneous price improvement to incoming orders.
  • High-Speed Opening Auction collects all pre-market orders and matches all eligible interest at the price at which any imbalance is minimized and matched contracts are maximized.
  • Varied Routing Strategies: All market participants may take advantage of NOM's routing capabilities to meet customer demand, including the ability to check the NOM book for price improving orders before routing to another exchange.


Through our primary data center, firms can access all eight of Nasdaq's U.S. Markets. Nasdaq also offers customers the ability to connect to our markets from key financial data centers outside our Carteret facility through our Point of Presence Service.

Access NOM through:

  • Specialized Quote Interface (SQF)
  • FIX
  • OTTO

To order ports, please complete the Options Port Request Form and contact Nasdaq Subscriber Services with questions at +1 212 231 5180.

Market Data

Nasdaq offers the following proprietary data products to support NOM participants:

To subscribe to any of our market data products, please contact your Nasdaq Global Data Products Account Manager at +1 301 978 5307 or visit the Global Data Products Administration page to complete the appropriate agreements and forms.