Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to “go public?”
A company "goes public" when it sells shares of stock to the public for the first time—called an initial public offering, or IPO. Companies go public in order to accumulate capital to expand.
Prior to going public, a company chooses an investment bank to underwrite its stock. Once the underwriting bank has approved the number and price of shares, it assumes responsibility for selling shares to public investors and handling the legalities of the deal.

Please review the IPO Center for more information about IPOs.

Why list with NYSE Euronext?
NYSE Euronext offers unparalleled advantages to listed companies. With more than 8,000 listed issues of all sizes, industries, and geographies, NYSE Euronext’s equities markets represent nearly 40 percent of the world’s equities trading—the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext’s unique features include:

  • A Unique Platform
  • A Global Network
  • Superior Visibility
  • Extensive Marketing and Visibility

For more information about listing benefits, please visit Going Public

NYSE Euronext offers a range of listing options. Where should each company list?
NYSE Euronext is a unique global exchange, as it has developed a wide range of liquid listing options to cater to businesses of all sizes. NYSE Euronext accommodates emerging markets by offering premier trading venues with more flexible standards and fees. As businesses mature, they have the option to move into larger, more exclusive markets to reach a distinguished global trading community, without ever leaving the NYSE Euronext family.

  • The fully electronic NYSE Arca exchange is designed to meet the needs of exchange traded funds. It offers the largest public exchange traded fund liquidity pool in the U.S.
  • For a small to medium-sized companies, NYSE MKT is the market of choice. Listed companies benefit from more flexible access requirements and innovative operating rules while ensuring market transparency and liquidity.
  • Medium- to large-sized companies looking for the primary market in the Eurozone turn to NYSE Euronext. As the first integrated, cross-border exchange, Euronext combines the stock exchanges of France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal in a single market.
  • For medium- to large-sized companies, NYSE is the premier listing venue. It is the largest and most liquid cash equities exchange in the world.

How does a company list with NYSE Euronext?
To maintain the highest quality of investment opportunities, NYSE Euronext maintains quantitative and financial standards for listed companies in every market. If a company is unable to comply with listing standards, it will not qualify as a candidate to list. Likewise, if a listed company falls below these standards, it is subject to delisting. 

Please follow the links below to learn more about listing processes, standards, and fees for each of our markets:

What company has been listed the longest?
The company that has been listed continuously for the longest time is Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc. It first listed in 1824 as the New York Gas Light Company.

What was the first-listed company on the NYSE?
The first company to be publicly traded on the NYSE was the Bank of New York in 1792. It is still traded today, though it has not been continuously listed on the NYSE.

Which NYSE-listed company is the oldest?
The NYSE-listed company that was founded the earliest is Sotheby's (NYSE-listed BID). Founded in 1744, it began trading shares on the NYSE in 1990.

What is a “blue chip” stock?
A blue chip stock is stock in a company with a national reputation for quality, reliability and profitable operations in good times and bad.

Who can I contact for more information about listing with the NYSE?
Issuers interested in listing on the NYSE should contact
Issuers interested in listing on NYSE Arca should contact

For more information, please review our Listings section.