Monday 24th April 2017
NEWS TICKER, 24st April: HSBC has secured the advisory mandate for Saudi Aramco’s upcoming IPO, which is expected to be the benchmark deal of this deal, both in terms of pricing, demand and size of offering -- InfraCo Africa will contribute $1.65m to the financing of the 50-MWp Abiba Solar project in Nigeria -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK Ltd has announced a major restructuring of its senior management team. The changes come with immediate effect. Alejandro Noriega has been appointed country manager, Fiat and Abarth, and will oversee retail sales and marketing for the two brands. Noriega was previously head of the Fiat Professional brand and his experience and track record in commercial vehicles equips him well to take on Fiat and Abarth. Richard Chamberlain is the new country manager, Fiat Professional, responsible for all business activities of FCA UK's award-winning commercial vehicle division. Richard joined FCA in November 2016 from Renault Trucks, and has experience at both OEM level and dealer retail, having also worked for Inchcape Mercedes as National Corporate Manager. Lee Titchner has been appointed Network Development Director, responsible for FCA dealers across the UK and Ireland. Lee moves from his previous role as head of FCA UK’s Mopar division to oversee the dealer network, where he is already well-regarded. Also, Sebastiano Fedrigo has been named as the new Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care Director. Sebastiano previously headed up the Fiat and Abarth brands in the UK and Ireland, and will now leverage his considerable passenger car and commercial experience to grow Mopar, its products and its services, in this country. Previous country manager for Jeep/Alfa Romeo, Damien Dally, has moved to a role in FCA HQ, Turin. His replacement will be announced in due course -- MNI PINCH reports market pricing no chance of a 25bp rate hike at the next meeting on May 3rd, however the probability of a hike in June has risento 66% from 41.5% seen last Wednesday and in July, markets are pricing in a 70% chance of a hike, up from 50%. While the next full 25bp rate hike has been brought forward to September 2017 from Dec, according to MNI PINCH calculations - According to US GovInfoSecurity E news, new documents dumped online by the Shadow Brokers group have revealed apparent NSA programs designed to target SWIFT service bureaus in the Middle East, as well as a slew of exploits designed to infect Windows systems, patched last month by Microsoft – The US is gradually upping the stakes in its attempt to change the terms of trade with selected countries. In the latest salvo by the Trump administration, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has announced the initiation of a new antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of carton-closing staples from the People’s Republic of China. “The Department will act swiftly, while assuring a full and fair assessment of the facts, to ensure that everyone trades on a level playing field,” says Secretary Ross. “The Trump administration is committed to the enforcement of America’s vital trade laws that ensure US businesses and workers have a fair chance to compete.” The petitioner, North American Steel & Wire, Inc./ISM Enterprises, filed a petition seeking relief from the effects of dumped merchandise on the US industry on March 31st. More than 30 Chinese producers of carton-closing staples are identified in the petition. The estimated dumping margins range from 13.76% to 263.43%. In 2016, imports of carton-closing staples from China were valued at an estimated $73.2m -- Private equity-owned ING Life Insurance Korea says it has priced its IPO near the lower end of an indicative range to raise a total of $973.54million. It priced the IPO at 33,000 won per share, compared with an indicative range of 31,500 won to 40,000 won per share, ING Life said in a filing.

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WFE reports 2.2% rise in derivatives contract volume in 2016

Thursday, 20 April 2017
WFE reports 2.2% rise in derivatives contract volume in 2016 The World Federation of Exchanges’ (WFE’s) annual report into the global derivatives market says contract volumes continued to grow in 2016 - increasing by 2.2% on 2015 - touching 24.9bn derivatives contracts, of which options accounted for 38% (9.4bn options contracts) and the rest in futures contracts. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

The World Federation of Exchanges’ (WFE’s) annual report into the global derivatives market says contract volumes continued to grow in 2016 - increasing by 2.2% on 2015 - touching 24.9bn derivatives contracts, of which options accounted for 38% (9.4bn options contracts) and the rest in futures contracts.

Growth was driven by volumes traded in the Americas (up 6.7%, and accounting for 41% of total volumes traded), with increases across stock index futures, interest rate, currency and commodity derivatives. However, in a reversal of the trend observed in 2015, the Asia-Pacific region (36% of the total volume), saw a decline of 5.5% in volumes traded vs 2015. This was mainly due to the decrease in volumes of single stock derivatives and stock index derivatives, whilst volumes of commodity derivatives grew by 27%.

In the EMEA region (23% of the total), volumes rose by 7.8% on 2015, driven by stock index futures, interest rate and commodity derivatives.

There were volume increases in all product lines, except equity derivatives and ‘other derivatives’ such as REIT derivatives and CFDs, (declines of 11% and 1.1% respectively vs 2015).

Commodity derivatives volumes - the most actively traded contract type in both 2016 and 2015 - grew by 27.5%, while currency derivatives also continued strong with volume growth, up 10.4% on 2015. Finally, interest rate derivatives were up 5.5% in 2016, a reversal of the declines seen in 2014 and 2015. Nandini Sukumar, chief executive officer, WFE says “The global derivatives market[is] in robust health, with volumes ticking up more than 2% compared to last year. The swing from equity to commodity derivatives in the Asia-Pacific region is a particularly interesting shift, and one we started to see in 2015. This trend towards commodity derivatives is also mirrored in EMEA and the Americas, with growth of 57% and 13% respectively, supported by strong growth in agriculture, base metal and energy contracts.”

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