Companies that choose to list their securities on the NASDAQ Stock Market must meet minimum initial and continued financial requirements. These requirements are designed to facilitate capital formation for companies worldwide and, at the same time, to protect investors and prospective investors in those companies.
NASDAQ’s quantitative listing requirements generally call for companies to meet higher thresholds for initial listing than continued listing, thus helping to ensure that companies have reached a sufficient level of maturity prior to listing. NASDAQ also requires listed companies to meet stringent corporate governance standards, standards to which NASDAQ itself adheres. NASDAQ listing standards are transparent to companies and investors alike, and are rigorously enforced.
[NASDAQ Global Select Market]
The NASDAQ Global Select Market has the highest initial listing standards of any stock market in the world. A company must meet specific financial and liquidity requirements for initial listing and must continue to meet standards to maintain its listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
[NASDAQ Global Market]
The NASDAQ Global Market, formerly the NASDAQ National Market®, has a new name that more accurately reflects the global leadership and international reach of this market and listed companies. A company must meet all initial listing criteria of one of the three listing standards for initial listing and must continue to meet standards to maintain its listing on the NASDAQ Global Market.
[NASDAQ Capital Market]
The NASDAQ Capital Market, formerly the NASDAQ Small Cap Market, was renamed in 2005 to reflect the core purpose of this market — capital formation. A company must meet the minimum financial requirements for initial listing and must continue to meet standards to maintain its listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market.
For more details, you may review NASDAQ Initial Listing Guide.