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  • BRUSSELS, Feb 3- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, dropped deeper into junk territory on Tuesday after Standard& Poor's downgraded the company's debt due to weaker iron ore prices. The rating agency said it had lowered its long-term credit rating on ArcelorMittal to BB from BB+ after revising its benchmark iron ore price assumptions for 2015 and...

  • Most brokerages do not disclose the size of the payments they receive, but TD Ameritrade said it took in $304 million from the practice in 2014, up 29 percent from the year before. Now a group including TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab Corp and Fidelity Investments hopes to ease concerns about conflicts by giving investors more detailed reports including how much...

  • *New listings, Arrest of China Minsheng president weigh. SHANGHAI, Feb 2- Stocks in China and Hong Kong fell on Monday after regulators approved a flurry of IPOs and as official data showed China's factory activity unexpectedly shrank in January. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index dropped 0.3 percent to 24,438.50 points.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 30- GFI Group Inc shareholders on Friday voted down a proposed takeover by CME Group Inc, the companies said, opening the door for a hostile bid from rival BGC Partners. CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange operator, for months has been locked in a bidding war for GFI Group, a derivatives broker, with BGC Partners Inc.. CME Group had planned to...

  • CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange operator, for months has been locked in a bidding war for derivatives broker GFI Group with inter-dealer broker BGC Partners Inc. CME Group first agreed to acquire GFI Group last July for a total of around $820 million. CME Group had pursued GFI Group to acquire two GFI units that would allow it to expand its reach in...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator has launched a fresh probe into brokerages which are lending money to investors to speculate on stocks, amid concerns that the country's share markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the banking system. "The inspection belongs to normal regular supervision and should not be...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator will inspect the stock margin trading business of 46 companies, the official Xinhua news agency said, amid concerns that the country's stock markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the financial system. "The inspection belongs to normal regular supervision and should not be...

  • Jan 28- The London Stock Exchange Group Plc plans to put Russell Investments up for sale in mid-February and hopes to fetch around $1.4 billion for the unit, two sources told Reuters Wednesday. The exchange operator has tapped Barclays to sell the business, according to the sources, who wished to remain anonymous because they are unauthorized to speak to the...

  • Jan 28- KCG Holdings Inc said it will sell its foreign exchange trading platform, KCG Hotspot, to BATS Global Markets for $365 million in cash. Regulators in Britain are probing the $5 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market following allegations that bank traders used advance knowledge of client orders to try to manipulate foreign exchange benchmarks.

  • KCG to sell forex trading platform Hotspot to BATS Global Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    Jan 28- Financial services provider KCG Holdings Inc said it will sell its foreign exchange trading platform, KCG Hotspot, to BATS Global Markets for $365 million in cash. The transaction is expected to increase KCG's tangible book value by about $2 per share upon close. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2015, KCG said on...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 27- Wall Street began a regular stock and bond trading session on Tuesday after a storm that had threatened to blanket New York with up to 3 feet of snow ended up dumping just a few inches on the city. The New York Stock Exchange, a unit of Intercontinental Exchange Inc; Nasdaq OMX Group; and BATS Global Markets were all open for business as usual, spokesmen...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 27- Wall Street geared up for a regular stock and bond trading session on Tuesday after a storm that had threatened to blanket New York with up to 3 feet of snow ended up dumping just a few inches on the city. The New York Stock Exchange, a unit of Intercontinental Exchange Inc; Nasdaq OMX Group; and BATS Global Markets all expected to be open for business as...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 27- The decision by Standard& Poor's rating agency to cut Russia's sovereign credit rating to below investment grade was largely expected, RIA Novosti news agency cited First Deputy Central Bank Governor Ksenia Yudayeva as saying on Tuesday. "We believe that, to a large extent, this was expected," Yudayeva said. "In general, it was already taken into...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 27- Wall Street geared up for a regular securities trading session on Tuesday as a snow storm that effectively shut down New York City was downgraded from a blizzard to a winter storm in the immediate metro area. The New York Stock Exchange, a unit of Intercontinental Exchange Inc. and one of the main cogs of the U.S. financial markets complex, expected...

  • Russian shares fall on opening after S&P downgrade Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 2:06 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Jan 27- Russian share indexes fell on opening on Tuesday, a day after rating agency S&P downgraded Russian bonds to "junk".

  • The storm has led to the postponement of at least two conferences and quarterly results of several companies, including EMC Corp. The New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange Inc, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc and BATS Global Markets were open on Monday and expect to be open on Tuesday. JPMorgan Chase& Co Closed New York. New York and as Ocean City, New Jersey and...

  • Stock exchanges including Intercontinental Exchange Inc's New York Stock Exchange unit, Nasdaq OMX Group, and BATS Global Markets said their exchanges were expected to stay open for normal operating hours Monday and Tuesday. NYSE and BATS have backup data centers in Chicago, while Nasdaq's backup is in Ashburn, Virginia. Heavy snowfall has led the NYSE to...

  • But with doubts about whether Greece will stick to its EU, ECB and IMF-prescribed austerity policies after a cliff-hanger election on Sunday, some at the central bank would prefer not to include Greek bonds. For the top rating agencies, Standard and Poor's, Moody's, Fitch and DBRS, all of which upgraded Greece last year, any exclusion from ECB buying would pose a...

  • The amount raised through listings in the second half of 2014 fell 63 percent from the first six months of the year to $3.8 billion, Thomson Reuters data showed. Energy company listings shelved since July include Dubai's oil-rig contractor Shelf Drilling, which was planning to list on the London Stock Exchange, and Samudra Energy, which owns oil and gas...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 16- Exchange operator BATS Global Markets is in discussions to buy institutional foreign exchange trading platform Hotspot from KCG Holdings Inc for nearly $400 million, three sources close to the situation said on Friday. The $5 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market has been the focus of a probe by regulators in Britain following allegations...