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Chicago, IL – August 25, 2022 – Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (
ICE Quick Quote ICE - Free Report) , CME Group ( CME Quick Quote CME - Free Report) , Cboe Global Markets ( CBOE Quick Quote CBOE - Free Report) , Nasdaq ( NDAQ Quick Quote NDAQ - Free Report) and MarketAxess Holdings ( MKTX Quick Quote MKTX - Free Report) .
Industry: Securities & Exchanges
A compelling and diversified product portfolio helps drive revenues of Zacks
Securities and Exchanges industry players. An increase in trading volumes, product expansion through prudent acquisitions and the increased adoption of a greater number of crypto assets are expected to benefit Intercontinental Exchange Inc., CME Group, Cboe Global Markets, Nasdaq and MarketAxess Holdings.
Increasing focus on accelerating their non-trading revenue base, which includes market technology, listing and information revenues, infuses dynamism in the business profile of industry players. However, alterations in investment patterns and priorities and compliance with regulations pose challenges.
About the Industry
The Zacks Securities and Exchanges industry comprises companies that operate electronic marketplaces, which facilitate the buying and selling of stocks, stock options, bonds or commodity contracts. These players facilitate trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies. These companies generate revenues from fees received from the listed companies on their exchanges.
They also provide a range of data and listing services to global financial and commodity markets, including pricing and reference data, exchange data, analytics, feeds, index services, investments, risk management, desktops and connectivity solutions as well as corporate and ETF listing services on the cash equity exchanges of the industry players. The industry is also witnessing increased adoption of a greater number of crypto assets.
3 Trends Shaping the Future of Securities and Exchanges Industry : The players in the industry are largely dependent on product and service portfolios for revenues. Major services include trade execution, clearing, settlement services for securities and commodity contracts, listing services plus trading, and clearing systems services. Other revenue sources include data products, and financial indexes along with information and public company services. Volatility Fuels Trading Volume
The maximization of transaction and clearing fees and lowering of transaction-based expenses drive profits. Sustainable trading volume growth, driven by trading volatility, fuels transaction and clearing fees (a major component of the top line of industry players). Increasing focus on accelerating its non-trading revenue base, which includes market technology, listing and information revenues, infuses dynamism in its business profile.
: The industry continues to witness mergers and acquisitions with companies evaluating opportunities to supplement their internal growth story by forging strategic alliances or acquiring businesses or technologies. These enable them to penetrate untapped markets, provide new products or services and enhance the value of their platform and the existing trade-related operations. Additionally, strategic buyouts lead to a diversified product portfolio (the primary growth catalyst) and help industry participants maintain their domestic market share as well as fortify their global footprint. Mergers and acquisitions : Industry players continue to invest heavily in technological development. Focus on building a strategic economic market model via technological advancements and upgrades of products and services will help all exchanges to stay afloat amid changing industry dynamics. Continuous Investment in Technology
In recent years, the players have launched a number of innovative technologies that rely on machine learning, automation and algorithms designed to improve trading decisions while reducing trading inefficiencies, cyber threats and human errors, thus accelerating trading frequency. Players are also investing in automating non-trading operations that play an important part in revenue generation for the companies.
Zacks Industry Rank Indicates Bright Prospects
The Zacks Securities and Exchanges industry is housed within the broader Zacks
Finance sector. It carries a Zacks Industry Rank #92, which places it in the top 37% of the 253 Zacks industries.
Zacks Industry Rank, which is basically the average of the Zacks Rank of all the member stocks, reflects bright near-term prospects. Our research shows that the top 50% of the Zacks-ranked industries outperforms the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.
The industry’s positioning in the top 50% of the Zacks-ranked industries is a result of a positive earnings outlook for the constituent companies in aggregate. Looking at the aggregate earnings estimate revisions, it appears that analysts have been gaining confidence in this group’s earnings growth potential.
Before we present a few securities and exchanges stocks worth considering for your portfolio, let’s take a look at the industry’s recent stock-market performance and valuation picture.
Industry Underperforms Sector and S&P 500
The Zacks Securities and Exchanges industry has underperformed the broader Zacks Finance sector as well as the Zacks S&P 500 composite over the past year. The industry has lost 22.4% compared with the broader sector’s decrease of 10.6% and the Zacks S&P 500 composite’s decline of 9.2% in the said time frame.
Industry's Current Valuation
On the basis of trailing 12-month price-to-book (P/B), which is commonly used for valuing finance stocks, the industry is currently trading at 2.89X compared with the S&P 500’s 5.58X and the sector’s 2.89X.
Over the last five years, the industry has traded as high as 4.53X, as low as 2.3X and at the median of 3.12X.
5 Securities and Exchanges Stocks to Keep an Eye On
We are presenting five Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stocks from the Securities and Exchanges industry. You can see
. the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here Nasdaq: Headquartered in New York, Nasdaq is a leading provider of trading, clearing, marketplace technology, regulatory, securities listing, information and public and private company services. Its strategy of accelerating its non-trading revenue base, successfully maximizing opportunities as a technology and analytics provider, and growing core marketplace businesses as well as intensifying its focus on Market Technology and Information Services businesses should continue to drive growth.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 EPS indicates a rise of 5.6% while that for 2023 projects a 6.6% increase from the year-ago figure. It came up with a four-quarter average surprise of 5.59%. The expected long-term earnings growth rate is pegged at 8%. The consensus estimate for 2022 has moved 0.5% north in the past 60 days.
Intercontinental Exchange: Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, ICE is a leading global operator of regulated exchanges, clearing houses and listings venues and a provider of data services for commodity, financial, fixed income and equity markets. ICE is poised to grow banking on an expansive product and service portfolio and strength in global data services. Accelerated digitization taking place in the U.S. residential mortgage industry should favor Mortgage technology. ICE boasts the largest mortgage network.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 EPS indicates a rise of 4.3% while that for 2023 projects a 5.7% increase from the year-ago figure. It came up with a four-quarter average surprise of 2.76%. The expected long-term earnings growth rate is pegged at 5.2%. The consensus estimate for 2022 has moved 1 cent north in the past 30 days.
Cboe Global Markets: Based in Chicago, IL, CBOE Global Markets is one of the largest stock exchange operators by volume in the United States and globally for ETP trading. The company is poised for growth, given an expanding product line across asset classes, broadening geographic reach, a diversifying business mix with recurring revenues. and leveraging technology.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 and 2023 EPS indicates a rise of 5.8% and 3.2%, respectively. It came up with a four-quarter average surprise of 3.59%. The consensus estimate for 2022 and 2023 has moved up 1.3% and 0.5%, respectively in the past seven days.
CME Group: Headquartered in Chicago, IL, CME Group boasts the largest futures exchange in the world in terms of trading volume as well as notional value traded. Efforts to expand futures products in emerging markets, non-transaction related opportunities, OTC offerings, cross-sell through alliances, strong global presence, and solid liquidity should drive CME Group’s growth.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 and 2023 EPS indicates an increase of 19.3% and 4.7%, respectively. It came up with a four-quarter average surprise of 3.14%. The expected long-term earnings growth rate is pegged at 7.8%. The consensus estimate for 2022 has moved 0.5% north in the past 30 days.
MarketAxess Holdings: New York-based MarketAxess Holdings is a leading multi-dealer trading platform that offers institutional investors access to global liquidity. Increasing commission received on trading volumes, continuous product upgrades and introduction leading to higher bond trading volumes, and strategic alliances and buyouts or technologies that enable it to enter new markets and provide new products or services bode well for growth.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2023 EPS indicates a rise of 14.7%. It came up with a four-quarter average earnings surprise of 2.17%.
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