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BATS reports 8% US options market share in Feb


BATS Global Markets (BATS) had its second best month on record in February for US Options market share, which was 8.2%, up from 3.6% one year ago.

In the US, February market share was 20.7%, up from 20.4% one year ago. Average daily matched volume on the BATS Exchanges was 1.41 billion shares vs 1.43 billion a year ago.

In Europe, BATS Chi-X Europe – the region’s largest equities exchange – reported 23.7% overall market share. Average daily notional value traded was EUR12.3 billion, up substantially from EUR8.9bn in February 2014. Year-on-year, market share rose in 14 of the 15 markets BATS Chi-X Europe covers.

BXTR, BATS Chi-X Europe’s trade reporting facility, had its second-most successful month ever with more than EUR369.3bn reported in total during February, an average of EUR18.5bn each trading day.

On 24 February, BATS announced that Chris Concannon will be appointed to the additional role of chief executive officer, effective March 31, 2015. Joe Ratterman will assume the role of chairman of the BATS board.

BATS welcomed two new exchange-traded funds (ETF) to its US listings market. The KraneShares Emerging Markets Plus ETF commenced trading on 17 February and the iShares US Fixed Income Balanced Risk ETF commenced trading on 26 February.

On 3 February, BATS announced that it had formally filed a petition for rule-making on market structure reform with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and issued a call-to-action to the industry to drive regulatory reform.

BATS continues to make progress towards the closing of its acquisition of the Hotspot FX market, with closing scheduled for 13 March.

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