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  • Financial Sector Concerns Start Off Trading Week on a Negative Note - 26 August 2008
  • The week started off with light trading on the U.S. stock markets as concerns over the state of the financial sector in general were exacerbated by the fact that American International Group (AIG) fell to a thirteen year low. Persistent credit worries and apprehension with regard to global economic growth are also believed to have had a negative affect on trading, with major indexes losing around two percent and the Dow average falling by close to 250 points.

  • Signet Group Set to Move Primary Listing to NYSE - 21 August 2008
  • Signet Group plc has received the go-ahead from its shareholders to move their primary listing from the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Additionally, the company’s headquarters, which is currently situated in London, will be moved to Bermuda and the name will be changed to Signet Jewelers Ltd.

  • NASDAQ Issues Non-Compliance Warnings - 18 August 2008
  • During the past week a number of companies received notifications from NASDAQ’s Listing Qualifications division relating to various aspects of non-compliance with regard to minimum stock exchange listing requirements. Failure to fall back into line with listing requirements would result in the company being de-listed from the NASDAQ stock exchange.

  • Branson Launches Campaign against Proposed BA/Iberia Merger - 11 August 2008
  • The initial rumblings of Virgin Atlantic Airways against the proposed “merger between equals” of British Airways and Iberia Airlines, is growing into a thunderstorm as high profile owner of the airline, Sir Richard Branson, launches a campaign to stop the merger. He has reportedly written to both American presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain to warn them that an affiliation between the two airlines would be anti-competitive.

  • Nasdaq OMX Release Impressive Second Quarter Results - 7 August 2008
  • On Wednesday, Nasdaq OMX Group released better than expected results for the second quarter with an 81 percent increase in quarterly profit. This, together with the news that management are pushing ahead with the integration of recent acquisitions, no doubt contributed to the 16.9 percent rise in Nasdaq share prices.

  • Changing Trends and Threat to Market Share Prompts London Stock Exchange to Adjust Tariffs - 4 August 2008
  • World-wide stock markets have been on a roller-coaster ride for some time now and, as has been the case for stock exchanges all over, the London Stock Exchange has had its fair share of upheaval. In addition to factors such as fluctuating oil prices and anxiety over rising inflation, the London Stock Exchange is facing increasing competition from new trading platforms that will undoubtedly poach some of its business.

  • SEC Extends Ban on Abusive Short Selling - 30 July 2008
  • There has been a marked rebound in the financial sector since the announcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on 15 July to implement a temporary ruling on 21 July to curb short selling for nineteen of the financial sector’s biggest players. This has resulted in a mixed reaction from analysts who are left wondering whether this rebound is just coincidence, or is a direct result of the short selling curb.

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