NEW YORK, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Stock Exchange(R) (Amex(R)) opened trading on Merrill Lynch's STARS Linked to the S&P 500 Index. Priced at $10.00 per unit with an initial offer size of 18,400,000 units, this equity trades under the ticker symbol SHJ and has a maturity date of March 08, 2010. The notes are issued by Merrill Lynch. The Amex specialist unit is Wolverine Trading LLP. If you would like to receive a copy of the prospectus for SHJ, please visit the American Stock Exchange website at The American Stock Exchange(R) (Amex(R)) offers trading across a full range of equities, options and exchange traded funds (ETFs), including structured products and HOLDRS(SM). In addition to its role as a national equities market, the Amex is the pioneer of the ETF, responsible for bringing the first domestic product to market in 1993. Leading the industry in ETF listings, the Amex lists 380 ETFs to date. The Amex is also one of the largest options exchanges in the U.S., trading options on broad-based and sector indexes as well as domestic and foreign stocks. For more information, please visit DATASOURCE: The American Stock Exchange(R) CONTACT: Maryellen Carew of American Stock Exchange, +1-212-306-1440, Web site: