The consolidated net after tax profits of HELEX in the first half of 2010 amounted to EUR10.0m compared to EUR16.9m in the corresponding period last year, reduced by 41%. It should be noted that this year's results include EUR7.9m in "extraordinary social responsibility tax", which was imposed on businesses on their profits for fiscal year 2009 (Law 3845/2010).
The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) and the Osaka Securities Exchange Co., Ltd. (OSE), the premier Japanese derivatives and securities exchange, today announced that the first domestic exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on the NASDAQ-100 Index® will soon be available to Japanese investors. The OSE has approved the listing of the NEXT FUNDS NASDAQ-100® EXCHANGE TRADED FUND (OSE:1545) on OSE's exchange-traded fund market. Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd., one of Japan's largest asset management companies and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc., is the sponsor of the ETF.
CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) today reported that second-quarter total revenues increased 26 percent to $814 million and operating income increased 29 percent to $515 million from the year-ago period. Second-quarter 2010 operating margin was 63 percent, up from 62 percent in second-quarter 2009. Operating margin is defined as operating income as a percentage of total revenues.
BME announced today it will overhaul its trading platform (SIBE) in order to offer greater capacity and flexibility for equity trading on the Spanish stock exchange. The new technological environment is designed to deal with the future growth of the stock market and the number of trades.
Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME) recorded a net profit of €84.4 million in the first half, up 4% over the same period the previous year, thus consolidating the positive trend followed in revenue, net profit and cost reduction. Stripping out extraordinary items, net profit for the first half increased by 17.7%.
On 21 July 2010, the Luxembourg Stock Exchange admitted to trading a bond issue, backed by
the state of Qatar, for a total amount issued of USD 3.5 billion.
Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) and Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) on 19 July 2010 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish mutually beneficial cooperation.
Nyse Euronext is set to launch a pan-European Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) for corporate bonds.
The exchange operator says the electronic platform - based on its Universal Trading Platform - will make it the first to respond to the specifications issued by the Cassiopeia Committee in April.
BM&FBOVESPA announces the conclusion of the issuance of USD 612 m in senior unsecured notes due 2020 in an offering exempt from registration under the US Securities Act of 1933.
Singapore Exchange (SGX) will be clearing four new over-the-counter (OTC) Container Swap contracts starting from Monday, 2 August 2010.
Container trade has been one of the fastest-growing segments of the global freight industry, reaching a value of US$137 billion in 2008.