Filed by IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.
Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
NYSE Euronext (Commission File No. 001-33392)
IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (Commission File No. 001-32671)
ICE Plans to Align Trading Hours of London, N.Y. Softs Contracts – Dow Jones
By Alexandra Wexler
22 Mar 2013 16:29 EDT
--Low trading volume in early hours is impetus for aligning, shortening softs trading hours
--ICE plans to keep both the New York and London cocoa contracts
--Paris-listed commodities could be spun off in potential Euronext IPO
SAN FRANCISCO--IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (ICE) plans to shorten and align trading hours of the London and New York softs contracts once its purchase of NYSE Euronext (NYX) is complete.
“We’ll work with the committees across the London markets and U.S. markets to come up with the right hours and shorten them,” said Ben Jackson, president and chief operating officer of ICE Futures U.S. at a coffee-industry conference in San Francisco on Friday.
ICE will create “product committees” for the London white sugar, robusta coffee and cocoa contracts, which will consult with the product committees already in place for the New York softs contracts, Mr. Jackson said.
“We think it’s time that we shorten the trading hours,” he said on the sidelines of the conference, citing a lack of participation from China and other Asian markets during the early trading hours. “It’s taking longer for the Chinese markets to open up than we originally anticipated. While we’re seeing increased participation from people in Asia, when they’re participating is the normal London hours.”
The two cocoa contracts in London and New York are “completely non-competitive,” because of their respective structures, and the exchange operator plans to keep them both, he said. The Liffe cocoa contract is deliverable only in Europe, while the New York ICE cocoa contract is deliverable only in the U.S.
“A global chocolate company [will] utilize both” cocoa contracts, Mr. Jackson said. But “if you’re a producer in Brazil, you would use a contract that you could deliver against,” which is the New York contract. And, “if you’re a European-specific chocolate company, you’re only going to use the Liffe contract,” he said.
The committee for the London cocoa contract will also be tasked with determining the currency that the contract will be traded in. The currency that the London contract is traded in could switch to the euro from the pound, Mr. Jackson said.
ICE is seeking comment from commercial users and trade houses “as to what is the right thing to do” in regards to the currency for the London cocoa contract, Mr. Jackson said. Commercials and trade houses have been pretty consistent in their input, that they would like to see the contract in euros, he said.
ICE also plans to clear the soft commodities traded in London through ICE Clear Europe by the middle of 2013. Mr. Jackson said that operationally, there will be “no change” for traders of the London contracts.
Mr. Jackson said fees for screen trades will be no greater than the current ones for the ICE Brent, West Texas Intermediate and gasoil contracts, for five years. The screen-trade fees for those contracts are currently 82 cents, and fees for some other trades will be slightly less than current levels for the softs, Mr. Jackson said.
ICE also plans to spin off the NYSE Liffe commodity contracts listed in Paris, including rapeseed and milling-wheat futures, in a potential initial public offering of the Euronext business, Mr. Jackson said.
ICE expects European antitrust regulatory approval of its NYSE Euronext purchase early in the third quarter, Mr. Jackson said.
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