Two-plus months into the war waged over the New York Stock Exchange, and the participants are gearing up for a key battle: what to call it.
Nasdaq OMX Group has said it would consider selling NYSE Euronext’s American Stock Exchange division if it would help smooth its acquisition of the NYSE Euronext, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Low market volumes and stiff competition have led to a sharp fall in “high-frequency” trading as industry experts warn that the past two years of rapid growth may be coming to a halt, reports the Financial Times.
It was a major blow for the Singapore Stock Exchange. Its courtship for its Australian counterpart, the Australian Stock Exchange, came to an abrupt end when the Australian government rejected the deal last week saying it was not in Australia's national interests. SGX was left standing alone at the altar.
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The somewhat improbable, though long-awaited bid from Nasdaq and ICE came Friday with the desired effect. It sent shares of the NYSE up sharply (not to mention shares of the Nasdaq) and has changed the dynamic. Anyone expecting a swift resolution of this contest, however, is likely to be disappointed.
Three days after they unveiled their deal to merge, there are no shortage of conversations taking place amongst competitors of the NYSE Euronext/Deutsche Boerse about whether such a deal can be broken up through a higher bid for the NYSE.