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News Article | May 15, 2017
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-- Recently an innovative Bridgeport grounding product saved the day for an electrical contractor. The contractor had wired a new electric room for a hospital lab but the job failed inspection because of improper bonding.The contractor was required to install rigid metal conduit to protect the grounding electrode conductors (GEC) from physical damage between panels and the grounding electrode. The NEC requires the ferrous metal raceway (RMC) to be electrically continuous and be bonded at both ends of the raceway with the same or larger size wire to ensure the raceway and GEC are in parallel.These raceway-bonded connections are necessary so the ferrous raceway does not create an inductive choke on the grounding electrode conductor; in other words, produce resistance to the grounding systems path to earth [NEC (Articles 250.64(E) and (Exhibit 250.28)]. For this particular hospital project, the grounding electrode conductor needed to be #4/0 per NEC (Article 250.66).The contractor used a one-inch grounding bushing with #14- #4 AWG size grounding lug and #4 AWG bonding jumper. But because one-inch grounding bushings with 4/0 lugs were not available, the contractor was faced with the possibility of a major rework job.Fortunately, the project's AHJ inspector remembered seeing Bridgeport's Mighty-Bond®Equipment Grounding Hubs at an IAEI conference and recommended the solution. The contractor immediately placed an order with a Bridgeport distributor. Once in hand, using Bridgeport's one-inch MCH-100 Equipment Grounding Hub, it took just under an hour to install and pass inspection!The Mighty-Bond MCH-Series Rain tight Grounding and Bonding Hubs are part of Bridgeport's full range of electrical fittings and can be found in the" – a completely stocked selection of quality electrical fittings and innovative product solutions available from your local electrical distributorship across the U.S. and Canada.For more information about Bridgeport's other problem solving products that help contractors become more productive on the job and in the shop, contact: Bridgeport Fittings, Inc.,705 Lordship Blvd., Stratford, CT 06615; Tel: (203) 377-5944; Fax: (203) 381-3488; or visit Bridgeport's Website at http://www.bptfittings.com


News Article | May 4, 2017
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"After welcoming VelocityShares' EVIX ETNs to our Bats ETF Marketplace (http://ir.cboe.com/press-releases/2017/05-03-2017.aspx), and thereby packaging European volatility into exchange-traded products for the first time, we are now excited to offer EVIX options," said John Deters, CBOE's Chief  Strategy Officer and Head of Multi-Asset Solutions.  "The new options highlights how our recent acquisition of Bats Global Markets enables us to work with issuers as a one-stop-shop to develop, list, and trade ETN and ETF products.   We are particularly pleased that the first options on ETNs to be offered under the combined company expand our global volatility offering." CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE), owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world's largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. The company offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products.  CBOE Holdings' 14 trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange in Europe, and the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETF trading. CBOE Holdings is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world's barometer for equity market volatility; the CBOE Options Institute, the company's world-renowned education arm; CBOE Livevol, a leading provider of options technology, trading analytics and market data services; CBOE Vest, an asset management company specializing in target-outcome investment strategies; CBOE Risk Management Conferences (RMC), the premier financial industry forums on derivatives and volatility products; ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis; and Hotspot, a leading platform for global FX trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Ecuador.  For more information, visit www.cboe.com. CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, BATS®, Livevol®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are US registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM, EVIXSM, CBOE VestSM and CBOE Options InstituteSM are service marks of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. VelocityShares® is a US registered trademark of VelocityShares, LLC. Euro STOXX 50® is an EU registered trademarks of STOXX AG. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. CBOE Holdings and its affiliates do not recommend or make any representation as to possible benefits from any securities or investments, or third-party products or services. Investors should undertake their own due diligence regarding their securities and investment practices. You cannot invest directly in an index. This press release speaks only as of this date. We disclaim any duty to update the information herein. Nothing in this announcement should be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell any securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or solicitation would be unlawful under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. Nothing contained in this communication constitutes tax, legal or investment advice. Investors must consult their tax adviser or legal counsel for advice and information concerning their particular situation. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cboe-begins-trading-options-on-velocityshares-evix-300451739.html


News Article | May 18, 2017
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Additional information about each of the matters acted upon by shareholders at the Annual Meeting is in the proxy statement that was furnished to shareholders in connection with the meeting.  The proxy statement is also available in the Investor Relations section of www.cboe.com.  The vote totals for the matters acted upon by shareholders at the Annual Meeting will be reported in a current report on Form 8-K filing with the SEC and posted on http://ir.cboe.com. CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE), owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world's largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. The company offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products.  CBOE Holdings' 14 trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange in Europe, and the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETF trading. CBOE Holdings is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world's barometer for equity market volatility; the CBOE Options Institute, the company's world-renowned education arm; CBOE Livevol, a leading provider of options technology, trading analytics and market data services; CBOE Vest, an asset management company specializing in target-outcome investment strategies; CBOE Risk Management Conferences (RMC), the premier financial industry forums on derivatives and volatility products; ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis; and Hotspot, a leading platform for global FX trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Ecuador.  For more information, visit www.cboe.com. CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, BATS®, Livevol®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM, CBOE VestSM and CBOE Options InstituteSM are service marks of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cboe-holdings-announces-2017-annual-meeting-results-300460302.html


News Article | May 18, 2017
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CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE), owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world's largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. The company offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products.  CBOE Holdings' 14 trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange in Europe, and the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETF trading. CBOE Holdings is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world's barometer for equity market volatility; the CBOE Options Institute, the company's world-renowned education arm; CBOE Livevol, a leading provider of options technology, trading analytics and market data services; CBOE Vest, an asset management company specializing in target-outcome investment strategies; CBOE Risk Management Conferences (RMC), the premier financial industry forums on derivatives and volatility products; ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis; and Hotspot, a leading platform for global FX trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Ecuador.  For more information, visit www.cboe.com. CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, BATS®, Livevol®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are US registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM,  CBOE VestSM and CBOE Options InstituteSM are service marks of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries.  All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cboe-holdings-declares-second-quarter-2017-dividend-300460437.html


News Article | May 4, 2017
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RMC Pharmaceutical Solutions, Inc. enhances its global expert services team with the addition of Duane Bonam and Molly Sherrard as senior consultants. Duane brings over 25 years of experience in bio-pharmaceutical process development, manufacturing support, and global CMC regulatory filings including marketing applications and post-approval changes. His expertise is with the development, scale-up and improvement of investigational and commercial manufacturing processes, process characterization, qualification and verification and QbD, viral clearance and safety issues; as well as authorship and technical review of CMC sections in regulatory filings. Before joining RMC, Duane was at Amgen for over 15 years. As a Scientific Director, he supported late-stage development and commercial processes, implementation of QbD, and participated in the FDA QbD pilot program. Prior to Amgen, Duane was at Wyeth (formerly Genetics Institute) where he helped develop the purification process for recombinant Factor IX and provided ongoing commercial life-cycle support. Duane received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.S in chemistry/biochemistry from the University of Illinois. “As RMC’s global reputation for excellence continues to grow, Duane brings valuable strategic and tactical CMC experience to RMC,” said Timothy Joy, President of RMC. “Duane’s depth of experience in highly successful programs, lets him hit the ground running with practical, knowledgeable hands-on execution and assistance that our clients have come to expect from RMC. Several of our staff have worked with Duane in the past, and we’re confident that he will fit in well with RMC’s “Bolt On” strategy for CMC development for all kinds of pharmaceutical and biological products” Molly comes to RMC with over 18 years of pharmaceutical experience gained across technical and leadership roles at several large-scale API manufacturing and drug product packaging sites. Prior to joining RMC, Molly established her adaptive skillsets with successful roles as a production engineer, manager API manufacturing and operational excellence at Pfizer; and manager of packaging technology and project manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca. She also brings extensive experience with quality investigations, process improvement, new product launches, packaging line startup, general technical operations support and multiple implementation options to meet global product serialization expectations. Molly received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, as well as training in the Rath & Strong Method 4 Lean methodology and Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. “Molly’s solid engineering background and technical project management leadership, which transcends both API manufacturing and drug product packaging systems, is exemplified in her cross-functional adaptability and expertise,” said Timothy Joy, President of RMC. “We expect that Molly’s broad background, commitment to success and her contemporary understanding of key global product packaging and commercialization challenges, will have an immediate positive impact on our RMC teams and the clients they support.” Founded in 2004, RMC is the privately-held global leader providing Bolt-on CMC™ expert services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and allied industries. RMC was founded to provide comprehensive services to companies developing and commercializing health care products and has now served more than 150 different clients across North America, Europe and Asia. Through our Bolt-on CMC™ expert services offering, RMC provides an experienced integrated team to directly support Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) areas such as process, analytical and formulation development; quality control/quality assurance; and oversight of GMP manufacturing. RMC experts also support the full range of pharmaceutical development and commercialization of GxP activities. Our clients have access to the considerable expertise of the RMC team, as well as physical assets; including an analytical and process development laboratory, document management, and advanced software tools. For more information about RMC and how we can help you, please visit http://www.rmcpharma.com.


News Article | May 5, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

DANVERS, Massachusetts, May 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Abiomed, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABMD), provedora líder de tecnologias inovadoras de suporte cardíaco, anunciou hoje o cadastro do primeiro paciente no estudo de viabilidade prospectivo, aprovado pela Food and Drug Administration (FDA), IMEST Door to Unloading (DTU), com o sistema Impella CP®, em infarto agudo do miocárdio. Esse teste irá concentrar-se na viabilidade e segurança de descarga do ventrículo esquerdo utilizando a bomba cardíaca CP antes da intervenção coronária percutânea (ICP) primária em pacientes que apresentam infarto do miocárdio com elevação do segmento ST (IMEST) sem choque cardiogênico, com a hipótese de que isso irá potencialmente reduzir a dimensão do infarto. A pesquisa, que recebeu aprovação da FDA em outubro de 2016, é um estudo de viabilidade prospectivo e multicêntrico conduzido pelos pesquisadores principais Dr. Navin K. Kapur, do Tufts Medical Center, e Dr. William W. O'Neill, do Henry Ford Medical Center. Até 50 pacientes em 10 locais serão cadastrados no estudo, cuja estimativa de conclusão é de 18 meses. O primeiro paciente no estudo foi cadastrado no final de abril, no Northwell Health System, em Long Island, NY, sob a liderança do Dr. Perwaiz Meraj. Os objetivos principais do estudo de viabilidade irão concentrar-se na segurança, incluindo Eventos cardiovasculares e cerebrovasculares adversos (ECCAM), em 30 dias. Todos os pacientes serão submetidos a imagiologia de ressonância magnética cardíaca (RMC) para avaliar a dimensão do infarto como porcentagem de massa do ventrículo esquerdo 30 dias após a ICP. Os pacientes serão escolhidos aleatoriamente para colocação do Impella CP com ICP primária imediata, ou para colocação do Impella CP com 30 minutos de descarga antes da IPC primária. A hipótese dessa nova abordagem para tratamento de pacientes com IMEST, baseada em uma ampla pesquisa mecanicista, é a de que a descarga do ventrículo esquerdo antes da ICP reduz a carga de trabalho do miocárdio e a demanda de oxigênio e também inicia um efeito cardioprotetor no nível celular do miocárdio, que pode atenuar o dano ao miocárdio causado por lesão de reperfusão no momento da revascularização. Esse estudo de viabilidade irá ajudar a refinar o protocolo e criar as bases para um futuro importante estudo com mais locais e pacientes e será criado para significância estatística. A Abiomed não planeja anunciar status adicionais de cadastramento. O logo da ABIOMED, ABIOMED, Impella, Impella 2.5, Impella CP, Impella 5.0, Impella RP e Recovering Hearts. Saving Lives. são marcas comerciais registradas da ABIOMED, Inc. nos EUA e em outros países. O registro cVAD é uma marca comercial da ABIOMED, Inc. SOBRE A ABIOMED  Baseada em Danvers, Massachusetts, a Abiomed, Inc. é uma provedora líder de dispositivos médicos que oferecem suporte circulatório. Nossos produtos são projetados para permitir que o coração descanse ao melhorar o fluxo sanguíneo e/ou realizar o bombeamento do coração. Para obter informações adicionais, acesse: www.abiomed.com DECLARAÇÕES PROSPECTIVAS  Esse comunicado contém declarações prospectivas, incluindo declarações em relação ao desenvolvimento dos atuais produtos da Abiomed e de novos produtos, ao progresso da Empresa rumo ao crescimento comercial e futuras oportunidades e aprovações regulatórias esperadas. Os resultados reais da Empresa podem diferir materialmente dos que foram antecipados nessas declarações prospectivas com base em vários fatores, incluindo incertezas associadas com desenvolvimento, testes e aprovações regulatórias relacionadas, incluindo a possibilidade de futuras perdas, fabricação complexa, requisitos de alta qualidade, dependência de fontes de suprimento limitadas, competição, alteração tecnológica, regulamentação governamental, litígios, necessidade futura de capital e incerteza de financiamento adicional e outros riscos e desafios detalhados nos registros da Empresa na Comissão de Títulos e Câmbio, incluindo o registro do Relatório Anual mais recente no Formulário 10-K e do Relatório trimestral no Formulário 10-Q. Os leitores são advertidos a não depositarem confiança indevida em qualquer declaração prospectiva, que vale apenas a partir da data deste comunicado. A Empresa não assume qualquer obrigação de divulgar publicamente os resultados de qualquer revisão dessas declarações prospectivas, o que pode ser feito para refletir eventos ou circunstâncias que ocorram após a data deste comunicado ou refletir a ocorrência de eventos imprevistos.


News Article | May 8, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

BMC is designed to challenge this dynamic. Under the current proposal, participants can elect to route Market-On-Close (MOC) orders to BMC on Bats' BZX Exchange, where they are pre-matched with other MOC orders at 3.35 p.m. ET. Pre-matched trades are then executed when the primary exchange closing price is published. As a result, participants obtain a closing price for a fraction of the cost. Further, the timing of the BMC match allows any MOC orders that go unmatched to be sent to the primary exchange closing auctions. A variety of brokers already provide Market-On-Close prices for investors. Subject to regulatory approval, BMC will be the first such functionality to be offered by an equity venue operator, incorporating unique on-exchange features including anonymity and trade transparency. Bryan Harkins, Head of U.S. Equities and Global FX said: "Over the past few years, we have seen the primary market auction operators steadily increasing auction fees while, conversely, intraday exchange trading fees have steadily dropped as a result of competition. This has made a critical part of the trading day markedly more expensive. As a result, market participants have asked us to provide competitive pressure of the sort that we apply during the trading day. The Bats Market Close is our response that provides an alternative that reduces costs for market orders but preserves a single, consolidated closing price, all through an exchange platform." Most importantly, the BMC does not create a rival, price-forming auction for non-listed securities. This is because the BMC avoids removing Limit-On-Close orders from forming price in the primary market closing auctions, only matching market-on-close orders. This reduces participant costs without distorting auction price formation. CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE), owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world's largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. The company offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products.  CBOE Holdings' 14 trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange in Europe, and the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETF trading. CBOE Holdings is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world's barometer for equity market volatility; the CBOE Options Institute, the company's world-renowned education arm; CBOE Livevol, a leading provider of options technology, trading analytics and market data services; CBOE Vest, an asset management company specializing in target-outcome investment strategies; CBOE Risk Management Conferences (RMC), the premier financial industry forums on derivatives and volatility products; ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis; and Hotspot, a leading platform for global FX trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Ecuador.  For more information, visit www.cboe.com. CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, BATS®, Livevol®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM, CBOE VestSM and CBOE Options InstituteSM are service marks of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bats-announces-alternative-to-closing-auctions-300453047.html


News Article | May 10, 2017
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The Fund invests in securities of issuers located throughout the world, including U.S. and foreign companies in foreign and emerging market securities. The Fund typically holds investments tied economically to at least three countries outside of the U.S. More information is available here. Laura Morrison, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Exchange-Traded Products at Bats, said: "Growing our issuer list to include investing and retirement leaders like Principal has been a goal of ours since the creation of the Bats ETF Marketplace and we are proud to welcome them today." Year-to-date, Bats has welcomed 36 ETFs to its U.S. market. In the first quarter of 2017, Bats welcomed a total of 23 ETFs from eight issuers to the Bats ETF Marketplace, and year to date, has won 39% of all new U.S. ETF listings. There are now 171 ETFs listed on Bats ETF Marketplace, from 33 different issuers. Additional information regarding listing and trading on the Bats ETF Marketplace is available on ETFMarketplace.com. Firms interested in listing products with Bats may email listings@bats.com. CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE), owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world's largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. The company offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products.  CBOE Holdings' 14 trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange in Europe, and the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETF trading. CBOE Holdings is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world's barometer for equity market volatility; the CBOE Options Institute, the company's world-renowned education arm; CBOE Livevol, a leading provider of options technology, trading analytics and market data services; CBOE Vest, an asset management company specializing in target-outcome investment strategies; CBOE Risk Management Conferences (RMC), the premier financial industry forums on derivatives and volatility products; ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis; and Hotspot, a leading platform for global FX trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Ecuador.  For more information, visit www.cboe.com. CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, BATS®, Livevol®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM, CBOE VestSM and CBOE Options InstituteSM are service marks of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. Bats, a CBOE Holdings company, and its affiliates do not recommend or make any representation as to possible benefits from any securities or investments, or third-party products or services. Investors should undertake their own due diligence regarding their securities and investment practices. You cannot invest directly in an index. This press release speaks only as of this date. Bats disclaims any duty to update the information herein. Nothing in this announcement should be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell any shares of the portfolio in any jurisdiction where the offer or solicitation would be unlawful under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. Nothing contained in this communication constitutes tax, legal or investment advice. Investors must consult their tax adviser or legal counsel for advice and information concerning their particular situation. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bats-welcomes-new-issuer-principal-to-the-bats-etf-marketplace-300455377.html


News Article | May 11, 2017
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The Hartford Multifactor Low Volatility US Equity ETF (Bats: LVUS) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond to the total return performance of an index that tracks the performance of exchange traded U.S. equity securities. More information is available here. "These strategies arrive at a time when market volatility is top-of-mind for investors," said Darek Wojnar, Head of ETFs at Hartford Funds. "They were designed to reduce volatility for investors pursuing long-term growth potential while introducing positive exposure to other potentially return-enhancing factors such as value, momentum, quality and size." Added Laura Morrison, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Exchange-Traded Products at Bats: "The utility of ETFs in packaging expert strategies into cost-competitive, tax-efficient liquid products is epitomized by today's launches, and we are looking forward to introducing investors to Hartford Funds through the Bats ETF Marketplace." Year-to-date, Bats has welcomed 38 ETFs to its U.S. market. In the first quarter of 2017, Bats welcomed a total of 23 ETFs from eight issuers to the Bats ETF Marketplace, and year to date, has won 39 percent of all new U.S. ETF listings. There are now 173 ETFs listed on Bats ETF Marketplace, from 34 different issuers. Additional information regarding listing and trading on the Bats ETF Marketplace is available on ETFMarketplace.com. Firms that are interested in listing products with Bats may email listings@bats.com. CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE), owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world's largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. The company offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products.  CBOE Holdings' 14 trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange in Europe, and the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETF trading. CBOE Holdings is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world's barometer for equity market volatility; the CBOE Options Institute, the company's world-renowned education arm; CBOE Livevol, a leading provider of options technology, trading analytics and market data services; CBOE Vest, an asset management company specializing in target-outcome investment strategies; CBOE Risk Management Conferences (RMC), the premier financial industry forums on derivatives and volatility products; ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis; and Hotspot, a leading platform for global FX trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Ecuador.  For more information, visit www.cboe.com. CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, BATS®, Livevol®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM, CBOE VestSM and CBOE Options InstituteSM are service marks of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. Bats, a CBOE Holdings company, and its affiliates do not recommend or make any representation as to possible benefits from any securities or investments, or third-party products or services. Investors should undertake their own due diligence regarding their securities and investment practices. You cannot invest directly in an index. This press release speaks only as of this date. Bats disclaims any duty to update the information herein. Nothing in this announcement should be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell any shares of the portfolio in any jurisdiction where the offer or solicitation would be unlawful under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. Nothing contained in this communication constitutes tax, legal or investment advice. Investors must consult their tax adviser or legal counsel for advice and information concerning their particular situation. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bats-welcomes-new-issuer-hartford-funds-to-the-bats-etf-marketplace-300455953.html


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

During the first quarter of 2017, SFR continued with its company transformation, its large-scale network deployments and the expansion of its fiber convergence strategy. With 4,201 new municipalities getting 4G or 4G+ during the last quarter, SFR's 4G service now covers 88% of the population. For the 6th consecutive quarter, SFR remains the leader in terms of new 4G network deployments and had a total of 11,122 base stations in service as at 31 March 2017 (source ANFR)[2]. In February, SFR reached second place in terms of the number of 4G sites activated and is still the leading operator with regard to the number of 4G antennas deployed (19,478). This investment has translated into a significant increase in the quality of SFR's mobile network services as shown by the latest nPerf barometer[3] which ranks SFR second for all technologies combined (2G, 3G, 4G) and best operator for 4G+ coverage. With regard to SFR's fiber-optic network (FTTH/FTTB), 318,000 new fiber connections were built during the first quarter, enabling SFR to remain the leading FTTB/FTTH provider with more than 9.6 million connections. SFR continued its policy of selectively acquiring content and enhancing its offers, including adding Discovery channels on an exclusive basis and NBCU channels (13th Street, SyFy and E! Entertainment Television) in Q1. SFR also aired the preview of "The Same Sky" and "Taken" has been distributed on an exclusive basis on SFR Play, its VOD and SVOD platform. Separately, the SFR Presse application saw the arrival of new flagship titles such as L'Équipe, Le Figaro, Elle, Paris Match, Télé 7 Jours and even La Voix du Nord, contributing to a total of over 80 magazines and newspapers. In addition, SFR has continued to expand its OTT ("over-the-top") strategy to enable the largest number of people to access its content with the launch of SFR Play at €9.99 (incl. tax)/month as well as launching a package combining the best in sport including SFR Sport and beIN Sports for €19.99 (incl. tax)/month. SFR also launched the first "unlimited" mobile package with unlimited 3G and 4G mobile internet and 100GB to share among SFR FAMiLY! members. The Red by SFR product range has been significantly enhanced as well with packages at €20 including 100GB of data and €15 including roaming in Europe and North America. For B2B, SFR Business launched the High-Definition voice service on 4G (VoLTE or Voice HD 4G) for all its customers. This technological development has significantly improved the quality of voice services. Finally, as part of its transformation, on 31 March SFR Group concluded the restructuring of its distribution business and as of 1 July will start the restructuring of its telecom business. SFR continues to invest in improving network quality, customer experience, retention processes and content bundles to reduce the churn of its customer base. As a result, the B2C and B2B mobile businesses (together representing c.46% of total revenues) have shown significant improvements in financial and operational trends. SFR is focused on stabilizing the fixed customer base in a similar way, working through every issue which has been identified as well as enhancing the value of its bundles to improve customer service and brand perceptions as soon as possible. At the same time, management is executing on the company transformation, completing the restructuring of the distribution business by the end of Q1 and planning the next phase of the voluntary plan which will commence in earnest from July 2017. Management remains confident in executing on its strategy despite the continued very competitive environment: SFR's Adjusted EBITDA declined by -5.1% in Q1 2017 YoY to €820 million with margins contracting by 1.8% pts YoY to 30.3% reflecting recently acquired content rights and with savings from the voluntary leavers yet to be fully realized. Pro forma information for Q1 financial performance, including reconciliation with reported figures, is provided in Annex 1. Key financial indicators for Q1 2017 and Q1 2016 Incorporation of media assets into SFR's financial statements On 25 May 2016, SFR announced the completion of the acquisition of Altice Media Group France (AMG). The minority voting stake in NextRadioTV was transferred from Altice to SFR as of 12 May 2016. The results for NextRadioTV and AMG are incorporated into SFR's Q1 2017 financial statements. The key financial indicators table shown above reflects the consolidation of both media assets on this basis. Capex Total capex spent by SFR Group in Q1 amounted to €486 million, an increase of €45 million pro forma compared to Q1 2016 reflecting accelerated investments in expanding SFR's 4G/4G+ mobile and fiber networks. As a result of its successful investment strategy, SFR is now the number 2 operator in terms of 4G sites, and remains the market leader in terms of its total number of 4G antennas. Net debt SFR Group Net Debt amounted to €15,343 million at the end of Q1 2017, an increase of €547 million from Q4 2016. The group's Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA 6 ratio was 4.0x as of the end of March 2017. Pro forma key financial indicators for SFR are presented in the table below, assuming contributions from the recently acquired media assets for the entire reporting periods. The Group considers it relevant to present pro forma information to analyze the Q1 financial performance About SFR Group - www.sfr.com SFR Group is the second largest telecoms operator in France with a turnover of 11 billion euros in 2016 and prime positions in all market segments, from consumer, to Business to Business (B2B), local authorities, and wholesale. Equipped with the leading fibre optic network (FTTB/FTTH) with more than 9.6 million eligible connections, SFR also provides 3G coverage for more than 99% of the population and 4G/4G+ coverage for 88%. With regard to the Consumer segment, the Group operates under the SFR and RED by SFR brands. In the B2B segment, it operates under the SFR Business brand.   SFR Group is also adopting a new and increasingly integrated model around access and content convergence. Its new SFR Media entity consists of SFR Presse, which gathers all the group's media activities in France (Groupe L'Express, Libération, etc.), and NextRadioTV including the group's audiovisual activities in France (BFM TV, BFM Business, BFM Paris, RMC, RMC Découverte). Listed on Euronext Paris, SFR Group (SFR) is owned by Altice Group (90%). Follow the Group's latest news on Twitter: @SFR_Groupe [2] 2G/3G/4G monitoring carried out by the National Agency of Frequencies: http://www.anfr.fr/gestion-des-frequences-sites/lobservatoire-2g-3g-4g/actualites/actualite/actualites/observatoire-anfr-3/#menu2 [3] The barometer of mobile internet connections in mainland France in Q1 2017 carried out by nPerf: https://media.nperf.com/files/publications/FR/2017-04-11_Barometre-connexions-mobiles-metropole-nPerf-2017-T1.pdf. [4] Financials shown in these bullet points, unless otherwise stated, are pro forma defined here as results of SFR Group as if all acquisitions had occurred on 1/1/16, including NextRadioTV and Altice Media Group France media assets. [6] Calculated as Net Debt / Adjusted EBITDA (Last Twelve Months). Definitions of Adjusted EBITDA and Net Debt are specified in note 2.4 and 24.3 of the Annex to 2016 consolidated accounts.

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