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  • Mergers: European Commission Approves Acquisition Of Hungarian Exchanges And Central Clearinghouse And Depository

    Date 22/03/2005

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the Hungarian Budapest Stock Exchange (“BSE”), Budapest Commodity Exchange (“BCE”) and the Central Clearinghouse and Depositary (“KELER”) by a joint venture comprising the Austrian undertakings Wiener Börse AG, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank Aktiengesellschaft, Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG, Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG and the Hungarian subsidiary of the German HVB

  • JSE Securities Exchange South Africa Weekly Statistics For The Week Ended 18.03.2005

    Date 22/03/2005

    Attached is the weekly report of certain trading statistics. It must be noted that the statistics relevant to foreign transactions only represent transactions executed through the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa.

  • Futures Industry Association Elects Officers And Directors

    Date 22/03/2005

    The Futures Industry Association announced the election of officers at its annual board meeting on March 16 in Boca Raton, Fla. Joseph Murphy, Refco Incorporated, was elected chairman; Richard Berliand, J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd, was elected vice chairman; and Wendell Kapustiak, Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc., was elected secretary/treasurer.

  • Deutsche Börse To Repurchase Own Shares

    Date 22/03/2005

    Deutsche Börse AG (Deutsche Börse) announced today that it will commence an ongoing program to optimize Deutsche Börse Group’s capital structure. This program reflects the conviction of the Executive and Supervisory Boards to distribute to shareholders funds that are not required for the Group’s operations.

  • CME Introduces Options on Futures Trading On Handheld Devices - New Trading Functionality On CME®Galax-C Handhelds Will Further Improve Electronic Liquidity Of CME Options Markets

    Date 22/03/2005

    CME, the largest futures exchange in the United States, announced the launch yesterday of new software for the CME Galax-C™ handheld trading devices that enables trading of options on futures for any options contracts currently listed on CME Globex®, the exchange’s electronic trading platform.

  • American Stock Exchange Reports Increase In Short Interest

    Date 22/03/2005

    The American Stock Exchange (Amex) member and non-member organizations yesterday reported short interest of 722,105,442 shares as of the March 15 settlement date, an increase of 64,849,683 from the 657,255,759 (adjusted) shares reported in mid-February. The March figure represents trades through March 10, 2005.

  • Thailand: All mai-Listed Firms Participate In e-Dividend Program, Enabling Shareholders To Receive Dividends Through Bank Transfers In April

    Date 21/03/2005

    President of the mai (Market for Alternative Investment), Mr. Vichate Tantiwanich, said that: “Presently all 24 companies on the mai have joined the e-Dividend payment program provided by the Thailand Securities Depository Co., Ltd. (TSD). This enables all 20,000 shareholders of the mai-listed companies to receive their payments through direct bank transfers when these companies pay out their dividends.

  • Stock Exchange Of Thailand: 231 Listed Cos. Collectively Pay Out Nearly THB 150 Bln. In Dividends, Almost THB 60 Mln. Rise Over 2003

    Date 21/03/2005

    A total of 231 out of 468 listed companies on The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and Market for Alternative Investment (mai) have announced dividend payments for the year 2004. These companies have an average 4.09% dividend yield, or 1.62% higher that last year. Their total dividends were worth THB149.768 bln. (approx. USD3.744 bln.), or 42% of their total net profits of THB464.317 bln. (approx. USD11.61 bln.). The Resources Industry Group will be paying out the largest amount, totaling THB35.

  • Standard & Poor’s Announces Changes to U.S. Indices

    Date 21/03/2005

    Standard & Poor’s will make the following changes to the S&P 500 and S&P 100 indices after the close of trading on Thursday, March 24: S&P 500 constituent Sears, Roebuck & Co. (NYSE:S) is merging with Kmart Holding Corp. (NASD:KMRT) in a deal subject to shareholder approval. The surviving company, Sears Holdings Corp. (NASD:SHLD), will replace Sears Roebuck in the S&P 500. Comcast Corp. (NASD:CMCSA) will replace Sears, Roebuck in the S&P 100.

  • Standard & Poor’s Announces Changes In The S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index

    Date 21/03/2005

    Standard & Poor’s will make the following changes in the S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index after the close of trading on Monday, March 21, 2005: Rentcash Inc. (TSXVN:RCS) will be removed from the index. The company is going to graduate to trade on the TSX on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 under the ticker “RCS.” BDI Mining Corp. (TSXVN:BDI) will be removed from the index. The shares of the company will be delisted from the TSX Venture Exchange at the request of the company. The company