European regulators scrutinizing IntercontinentalExchange Inc.’s plan to buy NYSE Euronext asked users if the merger would reduce competition in soft-commodities markets amid concern among traders over fees and trading hours.
The biggest-ever overhaul of European energy derivatives rules is poised to pit Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. against the European Energy Exchange AG in Germany as the share of power handled by bourses increases.
Coffee prices are set to stay low as roasters are buying less than usual, rules allowing Brazilian coffee to be delivered in New York come into force and a record global crop compensates for leaf rust losses in Central America.
Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd., host to the world’s fifth-largest equity market, agreed to pay 1.39 billion pounds ($2.15 billion) for the London Metal Exchange, which handles more than 80 percent of global trade in industrial-metal futures.
IntercontinentalExchange Inc. and Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. are the two companies left bidding for the London Metal Exchange, the world’s biggest metals market, after the CME Group Inc. was said to be removed.