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January 14, 2014
05:47 EDTNDAQ, MHFI, BCSNasdaq, S&P interested in acquisitions to grow index businesses, Reuters reports
Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ) and S&P Dow Jones Indices (MHFI) say they're interested in acquisitions to build their index businesses, reports Reuters. The CEOs of both firms recently told Reuters that they would be interested in looking at bidding on index businesses that come to market, including the index businesses run by Russell Investments and Barclays (BCS).Reference Link
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April 15, 2014
10:17 EDTMHFIHigh option volume stocks: FSL GDP SPR GWW MHFI
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07:28 EDTNDAQSEC officials weighing curbs on trading fees, WSJ says
SEC officials, including some commissioners, are considering a trial program to curb "maker-taker" fee plans that are a major source of revenue for exchanges and some high-frequency trading firms, according to The Wall Street Journal. Fund managers, including BlackRock (BLK), are concerned about the negative effects of maker-taker, the report added. IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) CEO Jeffrey Sprecher, along with representatives from T. Rowe Price (TROW) and from RBC Capital (RY), recently held a series of private meetings with SEC Chairman Mary Jo White to push for its elimination, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Like IntercontinentalExchange, which owns the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ) is a publicly-traded exchange operator. Reference Link
07:11 EDTBCSBarclays still deciding what to do with investment bank, WSJ reports
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06:58 EDTBCSBarclays appoints Gillies as non-executive director
Barclays announced that Crawford Gillies has been appointed as a non-executive director of Barclays and will become a member of the board remuneration committee with effect from May 1. The company said, "It is intended that Crawford Gillies will succeed Sir John Sunderland as chairman of the board remuneration committee at a date to be agreed, consistent with ensuring a smooth transition."
April 10, 2014
13:43 EDTNDAQFidelity to pitch new lost cost trading venue to large asset managers, WSJ says
Fidelity is working on a new trading venue, dubbed "Sakura," that it hopes will be a collaboration among big mutual-fund firms to reduce costs and streamline trading and will be an improvement over other "dark pools," reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The report said Fidelity is in the initial planning stages and has just started pitching the idea to other large asset managers. Publicly traded fund managers include BlackRock (BLK), Franklin Resources (BEN) and T. Rowe Price (TROW), while Investment Technology Group (ITG) currently operates dark pools that facilitate block trading among large institutions. Exchange operators Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Intercontinentalexchange's (ICE) NYSE have previously testified to legislators that too much trading occurs in dark pools, hurting investors. Reference Link
09:06 EDTNDAQSEC still struggling for data, slow to move on HFT, Bloomberg says
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April 9, 2014
10:06 EDTNDAQOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:23 EDTBCSBarclays relocates more suburban Singapore staff to city, Bloomberg says
Barclays is relocating more employees to an office in Singapore’s central business district from the suburbs to reduce expenses, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:16 EDTNDAQNASDAQ downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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April 7, 2014
13:43 EDTBCSBarclays reaches settlement with U.K. care home operator, Reuters says
Barclays reached a settlement with U.K. care home operator, Guardian Care Homes, that accused it of mis-selling products connected to benchmark interest rates just weeks prior to the beginning of a possibly embarrassing court case for the company, according to Reuters, citing a Barclays spokesman. Reference Link
07:33 EDTNDAQNASDAQ struggles to repair public image, FT says
Nasdaq has struggled to repair its public image following events including the troubled IPO of Facebook IPO in 2012, an outage that caused an unprecedented three-hour market halt, and now an investigation by New York's Attorney General into the relationship between stock exchanges and high-frequency trading firms, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:58 EDTNDAQDark markets could cause more harm than high-frequency trading, Reuters says
After a book by financial author Michael Lewis sparked worries that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market, former regulators and academics say a more serious threat to investors could be the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges, reported Reuters. Top internalizers include units of KCG Holdings (KCG), Citadel, UBS (UBS), and Citigroup (C). Dark pool operators include Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). In an attempt to earn back some of the retail orders, exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ), and BATS Global Markets, have allowed brokerages to place dark pool-style orders on their platforms, with the trade hidden until after it is executed. Reference Link
April 5, 2014
20:24 EDTNDAQIEX may look for exchange status sooner than planned, Reuters says
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April 3, 2014
09:02 EDTNDAQMeetMe to move stock listing to NASDAQ
MeetMe (MEET) announced that it will transfer its U.S. stock exchange listing to the NASDAQ Capital Market (NDAQ). Trading in the company’s shares currently takes place on the NYSE MKT (ICE). The company expects trading on NASDAQ to begin on April 15. Until that time, trading will continue on the NYSE MKT. The company will retain its current ticker symbol, “MEET,” when trading begins on NASDAQ.
07:30 EDTMHFIMoody's left off bond deal as risk appetites grow, WSJ says
Moody's (MCO), known for adopting more-cautious stances than its rivals, was conspicuously absent from rating more than $1B in commercial-mortgage bonds that recently sold at similar yields as other recent sales, reported The Wall Street Journal. McGraw Hill Financial 's (MHFI) Standard & Poor's, Fitch and Kroll Bond Rating were called on to rate the "conduit" commercial-mortgage-backed deal organized by Deutsche Bank (DB) and Cantor Fitzgerald, the report noted. Reference Link
April 2, 2014
09:35 EDTNDAQActive equity options trading on open
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