From the November 01, 2011 issue of Futures Magazine • Subscribe!

New for traders: Commodities, the retail division of GAIN Capital Holdings, announced its expanded CFD offering, which includes copper, natural gas, heating oil, sugar, cotton, corn, wheat and soybeans.

Platts expanded its offering of benchmark price references for the natural gas markets in North America to include daily balance-of-the-month price assessments.

ICE will launch New Expiry (NX) Brent contracts in 4Q11, with the first expiry of NX Brent to be February 2013. The contracts will have an expiry calendar based on 25 days instead of 21 days to reflect the change in how the forward cash market is assessed by Platts’ oil price assessment service

LCH.Clearnet extended the range of eligible collateral types to include gold bullion by the end of October 2011.

CME Group announced CME Co-Location Services, comprised of hosting, connectivity and support services, will officially launch for trading on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) announced the launch of 22 new cleared OTC contracts for global refined petroleum products, North American power and North American natural gas. ICE also announced the introduction on ICE Futures Europe of single-expiry coal options, as well as Dutch TTF Natural Gas options.

VelocityShares announced the launch of eight first-to-market leveraged and inverse precious metals-related Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs) on the NYSE Arca stock exchange.

ICE Futures Canada announced its intention to introduce new futures contracts for milling wheat, durum wheat and barley if federal legislation providing marketing freedom for farmers is enacted by the Canadian Parliament.

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