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March 18, 2014
10:20 EDTNDAQ, ICENew York AG calls for new efforts to end high-frequency trading advantages
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called for tougher regulations and market reforms intended to eliminate what he called the unfair advantages commonly provided to high-frequency trading firms at the expense of other investors. Schneiderman detailed a number of services that trading venues offer to high-frequency traders and the damaging impact of those services on the rest of the market. Those services, "which in the hands of predatory high-frequency traders distort our markets," include allowing traders to locate their computer servers within trading venues themselves; providing extra network bandwidth to high-frequency traders; and attaching ultra-fast connection cables and special high-speed switches to their servers, the AG said. Each of these services offers clients a timing advantage – often in milliseconds – that allows high-frequency traders to make rapid and often risk-free trades before the rest of the market can react, Schneiderman added. To address this imbalance in the markets, which now tilt in favor of high-frequency traders, Attorney General Schneiderman today called on the exchanges and other regulators to review the feasibility of certain market structure reforms that could help eliminate some of the fundamental unfairness in our markets. One detailed proposal would seek to correct this imbalance by processing orders in batches in frequent intervals, to ensure that price – not speed – is the deciding factor in who obtains a trade. Publicly-traded companies that own exchanges include Nasdaq (NDAQ) and IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), which owns the New York Stock Exchange. Reference Link
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December 18, 2014
07:56 EDTICENYSE says raised $182B in 545 transactions in 2014
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06:17 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange wants to revamp U.S. stock market, WSJ reports
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December 14, 2014
17:21 EDTNDAQNasdaq announces annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100
The NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) announced the results of the annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100 (NDX), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, December 22. The following three companies will be added to the Index: American Airlines Group (AAL), Electronic Arts (EA) and Lam Research (LRCX). As a result of the revision in the index methodology allowing multiple share classes of index participants to be included in the index, the following three securities will also be added to the index: Comcast Corporation Class A Special (CMCSK), Twenty-First Century Fox Class B (FOX) and Liberty Global plc Class C (LBTYK). As a result of the re-ranking, the following three companies will be removed from the Index: Expedia (EXPE), F5 Networks (FFIV) and Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM).
December 11, 2014
07:24 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange not currently planning to sell NYSE, Reuters reports
Intercontinental Exchange CEO Jeffrey Sprecher said there are no immediate plans to sell the New York Stock Exchange, Reuters reports, citing comments made at a Goldman Sachs conference. Sprecher said the NYSE could have the fastest EPS growth of all the businesses ICE operates, and expects it will become more profitable as a result of ongoing restructuring. Reference Link
December 9, 2014
16:19 EDTICE, NDAQAMD announces move to NASDAQ
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December 8, 2014
15:08 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange sees EUR 96.8M proceeds from sale of Euronext stake
Intercontinental Exchange announced the pricing of the placement of 4.2M shares in Euronext, representing approximately 6% of Euronext’s share capital, by way of an accelerated book-building to institutional investors. The gross proceeds to ICE from the sale amount to EUR 96.8M. Following the sale, which is expected to close on December 11, ICE will no longer hold any of Euronext’s shares or voting rights and the transaction marks the final exit from Euronext by ICE initiated in 2014, the company said.
11:41 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange to sell remaining shares in Euronext
Intercontinental Exchange announced its intention to sell approximately 4.2M shares in Euronext N.V., representing approximately 6% of Euronext’s share capital, by way of an accelerated book-building to institutional investors. Following the sale, assuming all shares are sold, ICE will no longer hold any of Euronext’s share capital and voting rights. This transaction marks the final exit from Euronext by ICE, in line with its previously announced strategy. ICE received a waiver of the lock-up agreement entered into at the time of the Euronext initial public offering in June 2014, which was due to expire on December 21. The shares will be offered by way of a private placement to institutional investors. The book-building will commence immediately. ICE reserves the right to close the books at short notice. Pricing and allocations will be determined at the conclusion of the offering and are expected to be announced in a separate press release.
10:00 EDTNDAQOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
05:58 EDTNDAQNASDAQ upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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