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  • CME Sets New Stock Index Trading Volume Records

    Date 03/05/1999

    Trading in Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) stock index futures and options enjoyed their best April ever with new April trading records posted by five contracts and an all-time monthly volume record set by the popular E-mini S&P 500 contract. Meanwhile, several CME currency futures and options contracts also posted monthly records. Total exchange volume on the CME in April was 15,435,933 contracts. Total open interest on all CME products stood at 7,996,064 contracts as of April 28.

  • Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange Achieves New Trading Records

    Date 02/05/1999

    The Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) announced that a new daily record of 21,275 trades was achieved on Thursday, April 22. This was the highest number of trades processed in one day since the TACT (Tel Aviv Continuous Trading) system was launched in August 1997. Some 42,000 investor orders were matched to set a new TASE record in that category as well. Trading volume in shares, bonds and Treasury-Bills totalled USD250 million.

  • Key-Note Briefing: The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange presents its new European Equity products and LIFFE CONNECTâ„¢, LIFFE's new electronic trading platform

    Date 01/05/1999

    As part of its overall Euro strategy, LIFFE will offer a suite of futures and options contracts based on six key pan-European and EMU based indices calculated by FTSE International Limited (FTSE) and Morgan Stanley Capital International Inc. (MSCI). To update you on these new European Index products, LIFFE's strategy and its new electronic trading platform, LIFFE invites you to a key-note briefing. Guest speakers from FTSE and MSCI will present their indices.

  • Australian Stock Exchange Ltd ("ASX") and Sydney Futures Exchange Ltd ("SFE") sign Heads of Agreement for Merger Proposal

    Date 01/05/1999

    The Australian Stock Exchange Ltd (ASX) and the Sydney Futures Exchange Ltd (SFE) have signed a non-binding Heads of Agreement to facilitate the next stage of the proposed merger of the two entities. Following the unanimous approval of the ASX and SFE Boards, the parties have signed a heads of agreement reflecting in principle agreement on the key commercial, structural and integration issues in relation to the proposed merger. The aim of the merger is to enhance Australia's securities and deriv

  • ASX Third Party Clearing Flexibility

    Date 01/05/1999

    Changes to the rules of the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) have been made to allow third party clearing (3PC) in ASX equities and derivatives markets from Monday, 3 May 1999. Third party clearing is designed to increase flexibility and choice by participants (brokers) in ASX markets. It provides brokers with the ability the avoid substantial fixed costs and balance sheet pressures involved in clearing their own trades. It also paves the way for some market participants to become specialised tr

  • NYMEX to Change Eastern Electricity Margin Rates

    Date 30/04/1999

    The New York Mercantile Exchange will raise the initial margins for the June, July, and August 1999 Cinergy, Entergy, and Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Maryland (PJM) electricity futures contracts as of the close of business on Monday, May 3, 1999.

  • NYMEX Natural Gas Futures Set Electronic Trading Volume Record

    Date 30/04/1999

    Henry Hub natural gas futures set a record on Wednesday night on the New York Mercantile Exchange ACCESS(SM) electronic trading system when 12,530 contracts were traded, surpassing the previous record of 11,095 contracts, traded during the December 3, 1998, session.

  • LIFFE To File Request for No-Action Relief from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for placing its screens in the U.S.

    Date 30/04/1999

    Brian Williamson, LIFFE's Chairman announced at the Euromoney Conference on EMU in New York that LIFFE will file a request for No-Action Relief from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Brian Williamson said : "Having consulted with many of the most prominent American financial institutions, there is a clear demand to trade LIFFE's dominant euro money market products efficiently and on equal terms with European institutions. The only impediment to providing direct access to LIF

  • New Financing Opportunities for Emerging-Growth Companies on the Swiss Exchange SWX

    Date 29/04/1999

    The Swiss Exchange SWX has laid the groundwork for enabling young, rapidly-growing companies to raise capital in the Swiss equities market. The SWX Admission Board approved on 23 April a draft of the corresponding rules and regulations. Only the approval of the Swiss Federal Banking Commission (EBK) needs still to be obtained. It is expected that the Supplementary Listing Regulations will already take effect by summer of this year. SWX and introducing banks have already established contact with

  • CME Lean Hog Futures Top 50,000 Open Interest

    Date 29/04/1999

    Open interest in lean hog futures traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) rose to record levels at the close of trading on April 28. The 51,844 open futures positions marked the first time open interest in lean hogs has surpassed the 50,000 mark.