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Markit, a leading global diversified provider of financial information services, today announced that Jefferies, a leading global investment bank will join Collaboration Services, the open messaging network from Markit.

Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities has expanded its use of SunGard’s Valdi to help achieve greater operational efficiency through an integrated software and services approach for needs ranging from connectivity to trading screens and downstream system interfacing.

ITRS Group, the leading global provider of performance monitoring and management technology, today announced the appointment of Guy Warren as Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mr Warren replaces Kevin Covington, who will remain as a Senior Advisor to ITRS.

Horizon Software, innovative provider of front-end trading solutions, is the first vendor to offer an options trading system in China’s booming market. With the long-awaited opening of the options markets, market participants in China have been looking for a flexible, powerful and easily-integrated solution. This initiative was mandated by the Chinese government some three years ago in order to develop investment banking and, in particular, derivatives trading in China.

Misys, which provides the broadest portfolio of financial services software on the market, has simplified its offerings and launched a new set of solutions under a common architecture. Misys unveiled a range of new open componentised software at its European, Middle East and African Market Forum in Barcelona this week.

Markit, a leading global diversified provider of financial information services, today announced the development of a new comprehensive service for electronic trade confirmation and exercise management for the FX options market. The service will be deployed by MarkitSERV, Markit’s trade processing service for the OTC derivatives industry.

Cinnober Financial Technology today announced the acquisition of Markit Trade Reporting (“BOAT”) from Markit with Cinnober taking full control of BOAT’s European trade reporting service as of July 1st. Earlier this year, Markit announced plans to discontinue the trade reporting service. However, with significant market demand for an independent trade reporting service and an extensive client base, Cinnober has decided to acquire BOAT. Cinnober has provided the core technology and operated the BOAT platform since its inception in 2007.

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) and NASDAQ OMX, have signed an agreement for NASDAQ OMX to deliver its industry-leading trading technology, X-stream Trading, to PSE. The new system will power PSE's trading platform, which currently trades equities and ETFs. X-stream Trading, which will replace the current platform, is expected to go live in mid-2015.

Actian Corporation (“Actian”), the first company to deliver an end-to-end big data analytics platform that runs natively in Hadoop, today announced all-in-one platform pricing that gives organisations the affordability and flexibility to grow and change with their business needs. The platform pricing includes capacity-based and subscription models as well as an innovative Right-to-Deploy option, helping customers successfully and economically scale to get the most business value from their data assets. While other vendors are locked into traditional approaches that penalise customers for growth with big data, Actian’s single platform pricing provides the broadest set of pricing options with the ability to deploy the platform’s capabilities that best address individual big data challenges.