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March 26, 2014
07:33 EDTKCG, CME, ICE, CBOE, ETFCBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
2014 Exchanges & Capital Markets 1:1 Conference is being held in Boston on March 26.
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November 19, 2015
08:05 EDTETFCE-Trade announces $800M share repurchase authorization
E*TRADE Financial Corporation announced that its Board of Directors authorized the company to repurchase up to $800M of its common stock. The authorization is effective immediately and extends through March 31, 2017. "Today's announcement brings our fourth major capital deployment action in 2015, after having reduced and refinanced corporate debt, terminated wholesale funding obligations, and begun the process of growing our balance sheet to our targeted size of approximately $50 billion," said Paul Idzik, CEO. "It also marks the first time in more than eight years that the Company has returned capital to shareholders through a repurchase program - a natural next step to continue driving value for our owners, while providing us with the flexibility to evaluate further opportunities, should they arise."
November 17, 2015
09:03 EDTICEICE Future Europe introduces white sugar futures contract in 2016
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November 16, 2015
07:40 EDTICEBGC and GFI agree to sell Trayport to Intercontinental Exchange for $650M
BGC Partners (BGCP) and its majority-owned division, GFI Group (GFIG) announced that GFI has entered into an agreement to sell its Trayport business to Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) for $650M. Trayport is a provider of trading and aggregation software primarily in the global OTC energy and commodities markets. Trayport, which is domiciled in the UK, generated revenues of approximately $80M over the twelve months ended September 30, 2015. These revenues were predominantly generated via recurring software license and subscription fees. Trayport's revenues increased by approximately 9 percent year-on-year in British pounds during the third quarter of 2015. Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Intercontinental Exchange will acquire the equity of the companies that comprise the Trayport business. The GFI sellers will receive $650 million in ICE common shares based on the closing stock price on November 13, 2015. The aggregate number of ICE common shares is approximately 2.5 million, and up to approximately 0.8 million additional ICE common shares based on a sliding scale from $193.85 to $258.47 in the event that ICE's weighted average stock price over a specified period leading up to closing is less than $258.47. GFI will have the right to sell its ICE common shares pursuant to a registration rights agreement. ICE may elect to substitute cash for part or all of the stock consideration owed to the GFI sellers. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close as early as the first quarter of 2016, subject to receipt of such approvals. After the close of the transaction, BGC and GFI are expected to remain customers of Trayport. The net tax the Company will pay with respect to the transaction is expected to be at a rate of 15 percent or less. The one-time gain will be reflected in BGC's consolidated results under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, but will be excluded from the Company's results for distributable earnings.
07:32 EDTICEIntercontinental Exchange to buy Trayport from BGC, GFI for $650M
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trayport for $650M in ICE common stock. Trayport is a subsidiary of GFI Group (GFIG), which was acquired by BGC Partners (BGCP) in March 2015. Trayport licenses its technology platform to serve brokers for electronic and hybrid trade execution primarily in the European over-the-counter utility markets. The transaction will enable ICE to provide new services to the European OTC energy markets, including European power, natural gas and coal. The $650M purchase price will be paid with 100% equity consideration comprising approximately 2.5M shares of ICE common stock. ICE anticipates an immaterial impact to 2016 adjusted earnings per share. The agreement was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to the completion of closing conditions and receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.
November 13, 2015
08:08 EDTETFCE-Trade reports October DARTs 144,607, up 4% from September
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07:35 EDTKCGKCG Holdings reports 3.8M U.S. equities trades per day in Oct. in Market Making
In Market Making, KCG averaged $30.3B dollar volume traded, 4.8B shares traded, and 3.8M trades per day in U.S. equities. In Global Execution Services: KCG electronic execution averaged 310.3M shares traded per day in U.S. equities and KCG BondPoint averaged $142.3M per day in fixed income par value. As for the overall market conditions in October, consolidated U.S. equity volume averaged $283.7B in dollar volume and 7.1B shares traded per day. The realized volatility for the S&P 500 was 12.8. In October, there were 22 trading days in U.S. equities and 21 in fixed income.
November 12, 2015
16:20 EDTETFCE-Trade, Jefferies announce retail alliance
E-Trade Financial (ETFC) and Jefferies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leucadia (LUK), announced a retail alliance to provide E-Trade customers with access to Jefferies' underwritings of municipal securities. Through this relationship, E-Trade customers have access to offerings originated by the Jefferies Municipal Securities platform. This builds on both firms' current alliance, in which E-Trade customers have access to Jefferies' underwritings of U.S. IPO and follow-on equity offerings, in place since January 2014.

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