NEW YORK (Reuters) -
Shares of International Securities Exchange Inc. soared more than 53 percent to $27.60 in its market debut on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.
The New York City-based options exchange, which priced an initial public offering at the top end of expectations on Tuesday, opened for business in 2000.
Since opening, it has established itself as a dominant force in options trading, and has become the largest U.S. options market with a 31 percent market share.
The International Securities Exchange (up $2.50 to $28.25, Research) is part of a growing trend among exchanges seeking to become publicly-traded. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which debuted in late 2002 below $40 a share, has seen its stock soar as high as $229.67, hit back in December.
The New York Stock Exchange is currently deliberating on a plan to become a for-profit institution -- a step that some market observers see as the springboard to an eventual IPO of its own.