Sector Update: Financial

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Financial stocks are moderately, with the NYSE Financial Sector Index gaining 0.5% and the S&P Financial 100 Index adding 0.3%.

In company news, CME Group Inc. ( CME ) is down 0.9% at $72.72 a share in afternoon trade, bouncing as low as $72.00 following reports trading on its European bourse will begin Sept. 30 - three weeks later than first planned - according to a memo obtained by the Financial Times.

"We are currently working very closely with regulators in order to achieve both recognition and a successful CME Europe launch," the company said in the memo, which was provided by a spokeswoman to the newspaper saying she could not make further comment.

Chicago-based CME has been working to launch its first full overseas exchange in a direct challenge to to Eurex, part of Deutsche Borse, for clients in Europe and Asia. The new venue also provides the company a platform to take on IntercontinentalExchange ( ICE ) ahead of its $10-billion acquisition of NYSE Euronext ( NYX ) expected to close later this year.

CME in March began clearing interest rate swaps in London in its first major foray into the European markets. ICE is down about 1.1% today at $178.96 while NYX shares are off 1% at $41.77 each.

In other sector news,

(+) MHGC, (+1.9%) Kerrisdale Capital Management announces plans to nominate a dissident board slate to bring about a sale of the company. Another shareholder, Ron Burkle this week also demanded MHGC put itself up for sale. MHGC has had no comment so far.

(+) RVT, (+0.3%) Shareholders approve $100-mln contribution to Royce Global Value Trust Inc., a newly formed closed-end investment company to be spun off from RVT, in exchange for $100 million of Royce Global stock.



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