In Warsaw to lecture some delightful PHD students at the Systems Research Institute – my afternoon will clearly involve my brain overheating (beyond even the lofty ambient temperature in the prevailing heat wave) to keep up with these agile brilliant minds.
Today in Exchange Invest Daily: ICE results break records again as Russell Deal delayed and LSE pursues ill – considered open access fetish. TMX reflect soggy domestic economy. FTIL bewilders technophobic Indian blob (and some of the dead tree press) by using an autodirect…and much more, happy scrolling:
Q2 Rexsults Highlights
vs Q2 2014: total revenues, less transaction-based expenses $797 mln, up 6%, operating income $430 mln, up 31%, net income $289 mln, up 23%, diluted EPS $2.54
H1 2015 Highlights
vs H1 2014: total revenues, less transaction-based expenses $1,647 mln, up 6.4%, operating income $892 mln, up 24%, net income $612 mln, up 20%, diluted EPS $5.34
John McCrank – Reuters
Q4 2015 launch target for Singers’.
vs Q2 2014: revenue $178.7 million, down 2%, net income 27.6 mln vs. (26.4) mln, diluted EPS 51 cents vs. a diluted loss of 49 cents
vs Q2 2014: net revenues $2,839 mln, down 0.4%, net income $15 mln, down 79%
vs H1 2014: net revenues $6,024 mln, up 4%, net income $389 mln, up 146%
Zeke Faux – Bloomberg
Leucadia National Corp. said the value of its bailout loan to FXCM declined by more than $100 million even as the firm more than doubled its money on the deal.
The $300 million rescue loan and associated rights are now valued at $759 million. The company had valued the investment at $947 million as of March 31.
Leucadia also said it received $75.9 million in cash payments from FXCM during Q2, bringing the total received to $94.5 million.
PLY: The wonders of accounting and how the shareholders of FXCM must rue being involved with the clearly myopic (or at least one-sided to be precise) risk management approaches of FXCM, amongst many others in the retail leveraged forex broker field…
Arash Massoudi & Philip Stafford – Financial Times
A deal is not expected imminently. LSE has been working with JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs on a disposal of the unit, which has assets under management of $266bn.
Read our Premium LSE – Frank Russell Deal Brief.
PLY: Not so much a setback but clearly a speedier settlement would be better for LSE. For now dreams in Paternoster Square of being acquired remain on ice (to be precise, they are indeed ‘off ICE’ for those reading too much into the previous phrase).
Philip Stafford – Financial Times
Ryan Hoerger, Sam Mamudi & Matt Robinson – Bloomberg
The departures of CEO Bob Gasser and General Counsel Mats Goebels were a sign of the seriousness of SEC’s probe. ITG said last week that it could be slapped with a record $20.3 million fine for actions taken by a market-making unit in its Posit dark pool.
More on this in our Premium service: “ITG, Dark Fines & a Coalition for Change.”
PLY: Again a lot about management change – it is to Liquidnet’s unique credit that nobody was moved after their then significant SEC fine, given the upheaval at Pipeline before and now ITG.
PLY: Cash market led group continues to push a narrow and ill-considered attempt to please the sell side which does nothing to make markets safer – quite the opposite in fact. That the LSE is even coherently reported for such actions demonstrates how the legacy of cash market branding has a remarkable hold, even in a derivatives world (as indeed LSE tries desperately to get three dimensional albeit with very binary lobbying suggestions).
Alcoa has stepped up efforts to challenge CFTC’s intervention in LME’s warehousing reform plan, criticizing its handling of the issue for a second time in as many months. In a letter dated July 27, Alcoa general counsel Max Laun called on CFTC Chairman Massad, to retract its decision to delay ruling on the LME application to register as a “foreign board of trade” in the US.
Gabriel Wildau – Financial Times
China’s “national team” has probably spent about $144bn to bolster the country’s fragile stock market..
PLY: Some day we will look back and think “Ah yes that was when $144 billion was real money…”
John Detrixhe & Sam Mamudi – Bloomberg
Mark Melin – ValueWalk
CME and China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) signed a MoU in Shanghai.
AFP and ASIC uncover internet hacking, market manipulation and money laundering traded through Morgan Stanley Australia.
Sarah N. Lynch – Reuters
The debate over granting waivers to people with a history of regulatory violations heated up on Wednesday, when U.S. securities regulators proposed a process that would permit swap dealers to do business with those who have broken the law.
ICE announced a $0.75 dividend for Q3 2015, payable on September 30, 2015, record date September 16, 2015.
TMX announced a $0.40 dividend, payable on September 4, 2015, record date August 21, 2015.
Special Section: FTI, NSEL, India at the Crossroads
PLY: FTIL soars +6% as it shows regulators how to create a mail forward while MCX is down 1%:
N Sundaresha Subramanian – Business Standard
FTIL has told the Bombay High Court that it had devised an automated system to route shareholder responses to the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) on a draft order to merge it with NSEL.
Read our Premium NSEL Scandal Brief – Main File.
DB1 named Rob Jolliffe as Global Head of Sales. Rob will report as MD directly to CEO Carsten Kengeter. Rob has a long career in international investment banking. He has held senior positions at JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, RBS & UBS.
Bloomberg reports that Remco Lenterman, MD at IMC Financial Markets, is leaving the company and moving to London.
PLY: I wish Remco every success in the future. His presentation at “Gomberfest” at the e-Finance Lab Frankfurt event remains one which everybody ought to consider on either side of the HFT debate.
Sibex BoD appointed Mr. Buliga Mihai as interim Board member, until the next AGM.
Aug 06 2015
BVB H1 2015 Results
FXCM Q2 2015 Results
All forthcoming exchange / investment related events are now listed in our Events page.
LSE “Outperform” Rating Reiterated By RBC Capital – GBX 2,900 Price Objective
CBOE Upgraded By Zacks From “Hold” To “Buy” – $70.00 Price Target
Cian Burke – FOW
According to KBW.
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Dara Doyle – Bloomberg
Want to make money on Greece? Buy the company that runs the Athens stock exchange. At least, that’s the advice from Irish securities firm Merrion Capital.
PLY: Sensible suggestion, especially as Helex will make money on any restructuring transactions for government bonds and management is sound.
A full table of current analysis can be found on our Analyst Ratings page which is updated daily.
Statement On Final Rules For Security-Based Swap Dealer And Major Swap Participant Registration And On Proposed Rules For Applications To Waive Title VII Statutory Disqualifications, SEC Commissioner Kara M. Stein, Aug. 5, 2015
Statement At An Open Meeting On The Registration Process For Security-Based Swap Dealers And Major Security-Based Swap Participants And Applications For Relief From Statutory Disqualifications, SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar, Aug. 5, 2015