Stocks are trading lower despite better-than-expected economic data, but the main benchmarks are on track to finish the week with marginal gains.
A Morgan Stanley trading unit was fined $200,000 for exceeding speculative position limits in soybean meal futures contracts trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Going for Gold: Just as China's hunger for commodities drove prices of copper and oil higher, so too could demand for gold.
U.S. stock-index futures pushed higher on Wednesday as traders parsed through data out of Europe and awaited bigger events later this week.
Helped by higher market data revenues, the IntercontinentalExchange posted an 8% increase in profit.
The largest U.S. futures exchange operator reported a rise in quarterly profit amid increased demand for over-the-counter clearing.
Trading of all Nasdaq-listed securities was halted Thursday afternoon. As the halt neared the two-hour mark, traders provided some reaction to the halt and growing market complexity.