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CME Group plans office in Ukraine

Exchange operator CME Group Inc. intends to set up an office in Ukraine by the end of the year, the country’s agriculture minister said Thursday, in a move he hopes will help to boost the country’s status as a world agricultural power. Get the full story »

NYSE snub helps rival bid: Ex-CBOT executive

NYSE Euronext’s speedy rejection of a bid from Nasdaq OMX Group Inc and IntercontinentalExchange Inc could play into their hands, a veteran of the last bidding war for a U.S. exchange said. Get the full story »

Nasdaq, ICE to continue offer for NYSE

Nasdaq and Intercontinentalexchange Inc will continue to press management of rival exchange NYSE to accept their takeover offer, ICE CEO Jeffrey Sprecher said on Tuesday. Get the full story »

CME stakes out ground in emerging currencies

CME Group Inc. is promoting the soundness of futures markets to build on growth in contracts linked to the Brazilian and Russian currencies, according to a senior executive with the exchange company. Get the full story »

Nasdaq and ICE not walking away from NYSE bid

Nasdaq OMX Group and IntercontinentalExchange Inc are not going to walk away from their bid for NYSE Euronext, despite the NYSE board’s rejection of the unsolicited offer, according to people familiar with the matter. Get the full story »

NYSE rejects takeover proposal from ICE

The board of NYSE Euronext on Sunday unanimously rejected a takeover proposal from IntercontinentalExchange Inc. and Nasdaq OMX Group to break up the company, and reaffirmed its commitment to agreed merger partner Deutsche Boerse AG. Get the full story »

NYSE unswayed by Nasdaq bid

NYSE Euronext believes that any kind of merger with Nasdaq OMX — whether the Big Board were the buyer or the seller — makes little strategic sense, and antitrust regulators would block it, according to a source close to the company.

Nasdaq index rebalancing slashes Apple’s influence

Nasdaq’s late-night announcement of plans to rebalance its benchmark Nasdaq-100 Index spurred volatility in Apple shares and surprised U.S. fund managers who questioned the timing of the announcement. Get the full story »

NYSE board to meet on Nasdaq by April 14

NYSE Euronext’s board of directors plans to meet by April 14 to consider Nasdaq OMX Group’s unsolicited takeover bid, though no firm date has been set, a person familiar with the plan said on Tuesday. Get the full story »

CME’s Donohue: No need to bid on NYSE

CME Group CEO Craig Donohue stands in the lobby of its headquarters at 20 S. Wacker St. (Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune)

The top executive of CME Group Inc. said the company does not need to bid for NYSE Euronext to bolster CME’s ongoing drive to expand beyond the United States.

Craig Donohue, CEO of the Chicago-based exchange operator, reiterated a focus on organic growth by leveraging CME’s existing futures and options contracts through a broader range of electronic distribution. “We’re very focused on our core business,” Donohue said in an interview Monday with CNBC. Get the full story »

Corn futures match all-time high

U.S. corn futures matched their all-time high Monday on increased concerns federal forecasters will slash their supply outlook this week. Get the full story »

Nasdaq, ICE make rival bid for NYSE Euronext

Nasdaq OMX and IntercontinentalExchange on Friday announced a joint $11.3 billion bid to buy the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, topping an offer by Germany’s Deutsche Boerse. Get the full story »

CBOE to drop vice chairman post, trading panel

Chicago Board Options Exchange  is eliminating its vice chairman board post and doing away with its trading advisory committee, shedding trappings of a member-owned structure that held sway prior to its June 2010 initial public offering. Get the full story »

VIX heading for biggest 6-day drop since ‘08

The benchmark measure of U.S. stock options headed for its biggest six-day drop since November 2008 as concern that this month’s Japanese earthquake will curb the global economy eased. Get the full story »

SEC seeks rules to protect against ‘flash crash’

The top U.S. securities regulator wants new rules to help protect exchanges and other trading venues from computer-generated volume spikes and hackers seeking to harm the country’s capital markets. Get the full story »