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Trading Firms See Merit in Social Media Strategies, But Also Risks

Trading firms see the advantages of implementing execution strategies driven by social media alerts, including Twitter and Facebook updates, and some are already doing so. But many also are wary of the risks associated with leveraging information sources that are not subject to the same quality controls as traditional news media. Those are the findings…

Activ Taps Solarflare for Gen 3 Ticker Plant, Focuses on TCO Reduction

Moving away from its DIY past, Activ Financial Systems has turned to Solarflare to provide FPGA and network technology for its Generation 3 market data processing unit (MPU), which will be rolled out to customers from this month. While its use of FPGAs has low latency benefits, Activ CTO Mike Dunne says the increasing focus is…

NYSE Technologies’ Robson Calls for Collaboration; Pushes Shared Infrastructure to Reduce Costs

Nine months after taking the reigns at NYSE Technologies, CEO Jon Robson has begun to articulate a renewed vision for NYSE Euronext’s IT services operation with “A Call for Collaboration” to the financial markets. Of course, in Robson’s mind, that collaboration hopefully means trading firms will embrace the cloud platform, global network and open sourced middleware…

Connectivity Providers Pile into Equinix LD4 to Offer Access to CBOE Futures Exchange

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) is opening the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) to European trading markets through exchange hosting and low-latency connectivity solutions at the Equinix LD4 co-location data centre situated to the west of London. Initial market data access and connectivity set up by managed service provider GuavaTech is live at LD4 and…

Knowsis Offers Social Media Sentiment Data to Support Trading Strategies

Start-up data and analytics firm Knowsis is working with an initial five clients to incorporate its social media sentiment data into their trading strategies. The company declines to name the clients, but says one will go live imminently with strategies built around signals from Knowsis data, while others are considering how to add sentiment data…

Datawatch Acquires Panopticon

Visualisation specialist Panopticon Software is being acquired by Datawatch, in an all stock deal valued at $31.4 million. The deal should close by the end of September, subject to Datawatch shareholder approval. Before agreeing this deal, sources say that Panopticon was in discussions with partner SAP to be acquired by that company. Datawatch focuses on…

Q&A: Fred Malabre of FPL on High Performance Trading with FIX

As some exchanges have adopted proprietary binary protocols for HFT and other latency sensitive trading, the FIX Protocol organisation has been hard at work bringing FIX messaging into the world of high performance trading. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com found out what’s been happening from Fred Malabre, co-chair of the FPL High Performance Working Group (and senior director at…

Nasdaq OMX NLX Achieves Low Latency and Rising Trade Volumes in Start-up Phase

Nasdaq OMX NLX opened for business on the last day of May, offering a market for European short-term and long-term interest rate derivatives designed to provide ease of access, efficiency and the flexibility to respond to customer demands and list new products rapidly. Fast forward a couple of weeks and Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of NLX,…

About Software AG’s Acquisition of Apama

This must be the week for complex event processing (CEP) operations to change ownership. Following on from the news of Tibco Software snapping up StreamBase Systems comes word that Software AG is acquiring the Apama division of Progress Software. The acquisition is an opportunistic one for Software AG, though it does fit nicely into its ‘big…

STAC Redline and Kx Benchmarks Illustrate Leverage of Hardware Advances

Two benchmark tests from STAC relating to low-latency trade execution and analytics illustrate how applications are benefiting from hardware advances to boost performance. The tests – on Redline Trading Solutions’ InRush market data platform, and on Kx Systems’ kdb+ database – demonstrate different approaches to leveraging hardware functionality related to Intel’s latest Xeon “Sandy Bridge” microprocessors. In the case…