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STA's Toes Exhorts Stock Market to Learn from Auto Industry's Woes

in the wake of public outcry and government examination, STA president Jim Toes exhorts the stock market to learn from the auto industry's recent woes and follow its example of how to recover after a crisis.

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– Modern Network's Tim Quast discusses Michael Lewis's cage-rattling bestseller about high-speed trading, "Flash Boys," and how it left one thing out. Quast notes Lewis didn't say why exchanges pay fast traders. The answer spotlights the importance of getting right whatever corrective market-structure measures may come.

LME to Start Network Service Optimized for High-Frequency Trade

– The London Metal Exchange, the biggest metals bourse, will upgrade its network service to provide three access levels to its electronic systems, including one geared to high-frequency traders.

Barclays Seeks Dismissal of New York’s Dark Pool Lawsuit

– Barclays Plc asked a judge to throw out New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit that accused the bank of lying to customers and hiding the role of high-frequency traders to boost its dark pool profile.

Tokyo Exchange Reduces Tick Sizes for Some of Biggest Stocks

– Tokyo’s stock exchange allowed smaller price increments on shares of about 80 of Japan’s biggest companies from today as the bourse seeks to win back business from private trading venues.

TECHNOLOGY: Barchart App Provides Data for Stocks, Futures and Forex in Single Place

– Barchart.com, a provider of market data and information, has upgraded its free financial mobile app to include global data for stocks, futures and foreign exchange for traders

NasdaqOMX Posts $523m Q2 Revenues, Up 16% YoY

– So far, so good. That's what executives at NasdaqOMX must be thinking as the exchange posted second quarter net revenues of $523 million, which was up 16 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Don’t Tell Anybody About This Story on HFT Power Jump Trading

– Far from Wall Street in a Chicago neighborhood once synonymous with urban blight, two futures industry veterans are using secrecy and speed to mint fortunes. Read about their tale at Jump Trading to market supremacy.

TECHNOLOGY: Thomson Reuters Ups OTC Data Coverage with BGC Pricing

– Thomson Reuters wants to give traders the most data that they can get for OTC Securities and has joined with BGC Partners to give it to them. The two companies forged a strategic agreement to expand customer access to the broker's OTC pricing data.

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ALGO UPDATE: UBS Brings Low-Touch Trading to Derivatives

UBS has launched a new algorithm trading platform designed to handle more complicated equity derivatives and their strategies. The bulge firm's goal - make the trading of more complex Over-The-Counter derivatives as simple as trading cash equities.

New Equity Research Platform Coming from Buysider

Institutional investors looking for a research platform that covers equities, exchange traded funds and options can now get information from one of their own.

Working With Emerging Brokers

As pension funds move to use the services of minority and woman-owned brokerages, the buyside must move beyond the old-boy network of firms to include emerging brokers.

In the CARDS - Is Finra's Data System Protecting Brokers or Investors?

Guest columnist Robert Stowksy reviews how FINRA's use of broker data to protect investors is under attack and asks the question, "Are they protecting investors or covering for bad brokers?"

BOOK REVIEW: 'Flash Boys' Burns HFT

Traders' reviews the controversial Michael Lewis tome 'Flash Boys' and how it has changed the way Americans think about high-frequency trading "if they even thought about it all" and its impact that may be seen in new regulations.

HFT Hype Should Give Way to Serious Market Discussion, Experts Say

With the immediate furor over Michael Lewis's book, Flash Boys, finally dying down, many market players are hoping the receding hype gives way to a discussion of the real problems and possible solutions to some of the issues the book brought up - namely market structure.

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