German stocks were little changed as a report showed U.S. housing starts rose less than forecast last month and investors awaited signs from the Federal Reserve on whether it will begin to pare stimulus measures immediately.
European antitrust regulators have lodged no objections to IntercontinentalExchange Inc.’s takeover of NYSE Euronext as a decision on the transaction approaches, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
European Union nations will seek a deal on how far exchanges such as Germany’s Deutsche Boerse AG should be forced to open up their derivatives-clearing services to competition as part of an overhaul of the bloc’s financial market rules.
NYSE Euronext, the operator of stock exchanges in Paris, Brussels, Lisbon and Amsterdam, said a technical malfunction stopped users from entering orders and delayed the start of trading on its European bourses.
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.