Bats Global Markets Inc., whose board is preparing to review last week’s failed initial public offering, should weather any retreat in stock trading as the IPO debacle recedes, said Edward Wedbush, whose firm owns a stake in the nation’s third-largest operator of equities venues.
A U.S. regulatory proposal to broaden access to clearinghouses may help MF Global Holdings Ltd. , Jefferies Group Inc. and dozens of smaller banks and brokers win entry to a market dominated by Wall Street’s biggest banks.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has spent 15 years remaking the stock market into 11 competing exchanges and hundreds of computer-driven traders. In the process it has virtually eliminated the traditional market makers who bought and sold stocks when no one else would.
NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. are increasing price-quoting requirements for some market makers to help ensure adequate liquidity, as regulators and exchanges try to prevent another crash like the May 6 retreat.