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On Thursday the 6. The gap between the offering price and the market price raised questions about why the offering's underwriters didn't price it even higher. That helps in terms of using stock as a currency. Saying there was "no question" about further consolidation among exchanges, NYMEX chief executive James Newsome told CNBC television after the debut that the exchange was "very flexibly positioned to look at all potential opportunities to the benefit of shareholders.
Enormous deals, like the merger of the CME, the world's largest exchange by market value, and its smaller rival, the CBOT, have recently swept the industry. NYX , which owns the No. The rumors on the floor at that time were the Arab producers would trade gold futures as a proxy for oil prices since the Arabs were major purchasers of gold and would buy more when their pockets were filled by rising oil prices, and conversely sell when oil revenues fell and reduced their ability to buy gold.
Most of the trading volume had been in potatoes. Without a good commodity, the traders had trouble making money. Eventually, the new chairman, Michel Marks — the son of commodities icon Francis Q. When the government deregulated heating oil, the contract had a chance of becoming a good object of trade on the floor. A new futures contract was carefully drawn up and trading began on a tiny scale in NYMEX provided an "open market" and thus transparent pricing for heating oil, and, eventually, crude oil, gasoline, and natural gas.
The open outcry floor became a cacophony of shouting traders and pit cards. The pits became a place where many people without much education or ability to fit into Wall Street could have a chance at being rich. Goodman's book tells the stories of many of the personalities that built the exchange in this era.
Despite the area's devastation, the exchange's management and staff quickly had the exchange working. The last-ever exhibit there was a solo show by actualist painter Terry Ward. This backup was in case of another terrorist attack or natural disaster in Lower Manhattan. NYMEX held a virtual monopoly on "open market" oil futures trading as opposed to the "dark market" or over-the-counter market. However, in the early s the electronically based exchanges started taking away the business of the open outcry markets like NYMEX.
Enron 's online energy trading system was part of this trend. The open outcry NYMEX pit traders had always been against electronic trading because it threatened their income and their lifestyle. The executives at NYMEX felt that electronic trading was the only way to keep the exchange competitive. The trading pits emptied out as many traders quit.
Banks, hedge funds, and huge oil companies stopped making telephone calls to the pits and started trading directly for themselves over screens. The final executive management of NYMEX decided to sell it off in pieces, take golden parachute buyouts, and leave. The executives and exchange members owning seats on the exchange saw their net worth increase by millions of dollars in a few hours - many of the pit traders, who leased their seats instead of owning, did not.
In it was reported that holders of COMEX gold futures contracts experienced problems taking delivery of their metal. Along with chronic delivery delays, some investors received delivery of bars not matching their contract in serial number and weight. The delays could not be easily explained by slow warehouse movements, as the daily reports of these movements showed little activity. Because of these problems, there were concerns that COMEX did not have the gold inventory to back its existing warehouse receipts.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American futures exchange. For other uses of Commodity Exchange, see Commodity exchange disambiguation. Former buildings. Schwarzmann . CME Group Retrieved on Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 31 December The open-outcry trading floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange in lower Manhattan will shut down after markets close Friday, the latest step in the inexorable shift toward electronic trading.
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