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FCStone Group, Inc. operates as an integrated commodity risk management company that provides risk management consulting and transaction execution services to commercial commodity intermediaries, end-users, and producers in the United States, Canada, Asia, and Latin America. The company, through its subsidiaries, assists primarily middle market customers in optimizing their profit margins and mitigating their exposure to commodity price risk. It operates through four segments: Commodity and Risk Management Services, Clearing and Execution Services, Grain Merchandising, and Financial Services. The Commodity and Risk Management Services segment offers commodity consulting services to its customers with an emphasis on risk management using futures, options, and other derivative instruments traded on exchanges and through over-the-counter markets. The Clearing and Execution Services segment offers clearing and direct execution services to commodities firms, fund operators, commodities traders, and others. The Grain Merchandising segment serves as a financing vehicle for various commodities, including grain, energy products, and renewable fuels and enables elevators and grain marketers maximize the value of their grain by locating domestic and international buyers. The Financial Services segment serves as a grain financing and facilitation business through which it lends to commercial grain-related companies against physical grain inventories. This segment also serves as a financing vehicle for a number of different commodities, including grain, energy products, and renewable fuels. FCStone Group was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
AMPAL-AMERICAN ISRAEL CORPORATION (AMPL)
Ampal-American Israel Corporation acquires interests in businesses located in the State of Israel or that are Israel-related. It invests in companies in telecommunications, real estate and project development, energy, leisure time, and high technology sectors. The company provides its investee companies with ongoing support through its involvement in the investees' strategic decisions and introduction to the financial community, investment bankers, and other potential investors both in and outside of Israel. Ampal is a New York corporation founded in 1942 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.
CHARLES SCHWAB CORPORATION (SCHW)
The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, and related financial services to individual and institutional investors primarily in the United States. It provides various asset management accounts; individual retirement accounts; 401(k) record keeping and other retirement plan services to corporations and professional organizations; 529 college savings accounts; and margin loans, as well as access to fixed income securities, and equity and debt offerings. The company also offers first mortgages, home equity lines of credit, pledged-asset mortgages, checking accounts linked to brokerage accounts, certificates of deposit, demand deposit accounts, and credit cards. In addition, it provides third-party mutual funds, including no-load mutual funds; proprietary mutual funds; and mutual fund trading and clearing services to broker-dealers. Further, the company provides custodial, trading, technology, practice management, and other support services to independent investment advisors. It also has operations in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC (GS)
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide investment banking, securities, and investment management services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Investment Banking, Trading and Principal Investments, and Asset Management and Securities Services. Investment Banking segment provides financial advisory services, which include advisory assignments with respect to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate defense activities, restructurings, and spin-offs; and underwriting services that include public offerings and private placements of equity, equity-related, and debt instruments. Trading and Principal Investments segment markets and trades interest rate and credit products, trade equities and equity-related products, mortgage-backed securities and loans, currencies and commodities, and derivatives, as well as executes and clears customer transactions on stocks, options, and futures exchanges. This segment also involves in the merchant banking investments. Asset Management and Securities Services segment offers a range of investment advice services, as well as provides brokerage, financing services, and securities lending services to mutual funds, pension funds, hedge funds, foundations, and high-net-worth individuals. The company serves institutions, such as pension funds, governmental organizations, corporations, insurance companies, and foundations and endowments, as well as high-net worth and retail investors. Goldman Sachs Group was founded in 1869 and is based in New York City.
MARKETAXESS HOLDINGS INC (MKTX)
MarketAxess Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates platforms for the electronic trading of the U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, and sovereign and corporate bonds issued by entities domiciled in an emerging markets country. The company, through its electronic platform, facilitates transactions between its broker-dealer and institutional investor clients. It also provides data and analytical tools that enable clients in making trading decisions; and facilitate the trading process by electronically communicating order information between trading counterparties. In addition, the company offers the Corporate BondTicker, which combines the National Association of Securities Dealers (NSAD) TRACE data with MarketAxess tools to provide market participants with corporate bond price information. The data include trade time and sales information, including execution prices, as well as MarketAxess-estimated spread-to-treasuries. The data also include actual execution prices and spread-to-treasury levels for the U.S. high-grade corporate bond trades executed on the MarketAxess platform. Corporate BondTicker enables institutional investors to search for and sort bonds based upon specific criteria, such as volume, time/date of transaction, spread change, and issuer or security. The company provides fixed-income, macroeconomic, and strategy research reports offered by its broker-dealer clients, as well as offers broker-dealers and institutional investors with tools that enable straight-through processing, including online allocation tools and post-trade messaging features that enable institutional investors to communicate electronically between front-and back-office systems. MarketAxess was formed in 2000 and is headquartered in New York City.
TD AMERITRADE HOLDING CORPORATION (AMTD)
Ameritrade Holding Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage services and technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, financial planners, institutions, and business partners in the United States and Canada. It offers common and preferred stock; exchange traded funds; option trades; mutual funds; and treasury, corporate, government, and municipal bonds, as well as online advisory services. The company also provides trading execution and clearing services. Ameritrade offers its products and services through Internet, wireless telephone or personal digital assistant, interactive voice response, and registered representatives. The company was founded by J. Joe Ricketts in 1971 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.
KBW, Inc., along with its subsidiaries, operates in the financial services industry. The company provides a range of investment banking services, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory services, equity and fixed income securities offerings, capital raising services, structured finance, and mutual thrift and insurance company conversions. It trades in financial services stocks, primarily equity and fixed income securities in the small and mid cap segment for institutional investors. The company also provides research services, including fundamental analysis that identifies investment opportunities, and assists investors to make investment decisions in the United States and Europe. It serves banking companies, thrift institutions, insurance companies, broker-dealers, mortgage banks, asset management companies, mortgage real estate investment trusts, consumer and specialty finance firms, financial processing companies, and securities exchanges. The company was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in New York, New York with additional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Hartford, Red Bank, Richmond, San Francisco, and London.
LADENBURG THALMANN FINANCIAL SERVICES INC (LTS)
Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, Inc. (LTFS), through its subsidiary, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., engages in retail and institutional securities brokerage, investment banking services, and investment activities. The company's corporate finance and investment banking services include merger and acquisition advisory services, underwriting of public equity offerings, placement of private debt and equity offerings, rendering fairness opinions and financial valuations, and general investment banking and corporate finance consulting services. It also offers a range of asset and wealth management services, including portfolio management and financial planning, access to money managers, and investment funds to manage their financial resources. Ladenburg provides its services principally to middle market and emerging growth companies, corporations, and high net worth individuals through a coordinated effort among corporate finance, capital markets, investment management, brokerage, and trading professionals. The company, formerly known as GBI Capital Management Corp., was established in 1876 and changed its name to Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, Inc. in 2001. LTFS is headquartered in New York City.
OPTIONSXPRESS HOLDINGS INC (OXPS)
optionsXpress Holdings, Inc., a holding company, provides Internet-based options and stock brokerage services to retail customers located worldwide. The company offers its services to stock, mutual fund, option, and fixed-income product investors. It also offers securities brokerage products and services for investor education, strategy evaluation, and trade execution. optionsXpress is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
SEI INVESTMENTS COMPANY (SEIC)
SEI Investments Company provides investment processing, fund processing, and investment management business outsourcing solutions to the financial services industry. The company operates in five segments: Private Banking and Trust, Investment Advisors, Enterprises, Money Managers, and Investments in New Businesses. The Private Banking and Trust segment provides investment processing, fund processing, and investment management programs to banks and other trust institutions located in the United States and Canada. The Investment Advisors segment offers investment management programs to affluent investors through a network of independent registered investment advisors, financial planners, and other investment professionals in the United States. The Enterprises segment provides retirement and treasury solutions to corporations, unions, municipalities, and hospitals; and an endowment and foundation solution for the not-for-profit market in the United States. The Money Managers segment offers investment processing and fund processing to investment managers and mutual fund companies in the United States; and to investment managers of alternative asset classes, such as hedge funds, fund of funds, and private equity funds. The Investments in New Businesses segment provides investment management programs and fund processing to investment advisors, corporations, and money managers located outside the United States; and private banking outsource solutions to institutions in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. SEI Investments was incorporated in 1968 and is headquartered in Oaks, Pennsylvania.
NOMURA HOLDINGS INC ADR (NMR)
Nomura Holdings, Inc., a holding company, primarily operates as a securities and investment banking firm in Japan. Its service offerings include investment consultation services to retail customers; fixed income and equity trading, investment banking, and merchant banking services in and outside Japan; and development and management of investment trusts, and investment advisory services. The company's primary customers include individuals, corporations, financial institutions, governments, and governmental agencies. Nomura Holdings operates in approximately 20 countries and regions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong. The company was incorporated in 1925 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
THOMAS WEISEL PARTNERS GROUP INC (TWPG)
Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc., an investment bank, provides investment banking, brokerage, research, and asset management services. The company's investment banking services include corporate finance and strategic advisory services. Its corporate finance practice advises on capital raising solutions for corporate clients through public and private offerings of equity and convertible debt securities, as well as offers various financial services, including initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary offerings, equity-linked offerings, private investments in public equity, or private placements. The company's strategic advisory services consist of general strategic advice, as well as transaction specific advice regarding mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, privatizations, special committee assignments, and takeover defenses. It also provides assistance in acquisition financing and market intelligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions transactions. The company's brokerage services include institutional brokerage services that comprise equity and convertible debt securities sales and trading services to institutional investors; and private client services that include brokerage and advisory services to high-net-worth individuals and cash management services to corporate clients. Its equity research services comprise Discovery Research, a subscription-based research product that focuses on the uncovered stocks in the growth sectors of the economy. Further, the company provides private equity and public equity services, including management of investment funds and seed investment funds; and distribution management services consisting of management of securities' distributions from private equity and venture capital funds. Thomas Weisel Partners Group was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California with additional offices in New York, Boston, Silicon Valley, and Portland, the United States; and Mumbai, India.
Morgan Stanley, a financial services company, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides various products and services to a range of clients and customers, including corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals. The company operates in four segments: Institutional Securities, Individual Investor Group, Investment Management, and Credit Services. The Institutional Securities segment provides investment banking services, including securities underwriting and distribution; and financial advisory services, which include advice on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, real estate, and project finance. It also engages in selling, trading, financing, and market-making activities in equity securities and related products, and fixed income securities and related products, including foreign exchange and commodities, as well as in other activities, such as real estate investment management, aircraft financing, benchmark indices and risk management analytics, and research. Individual Investor Group segment offers brokerage, investment, and financial services designed to accommodate individual investment goals and risk profiles. The Investment Management segment provides asset management products and services, such as open- and closed-end funds, and separately managed accounts, as well as investment management products and services for individual and institutional investors primarily through its representatives, third-party broker-dealers, banks, financial planners, and other intermediaries. The Credit Services segment provides credit cards, consumer finance products and services, including residential mortgage loans; and a network of merchant and cash access locations primarily in the United States. Morgan Stanley was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in New York City.
TRADESTATION GROUP INC (TRAD)
TradeStation Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an online brokerage firm. It offers TradeStation, an electronic trading platform, which enables customers to design, test, and monitor their own custom trading strategies and then automate them with direct-access order execution. This platform also offers streaming equities, options, futures, and forex market data; manual or automated direct-access execution of equities, options, and futures trades; and manual execution of forex trades through a third-party platform. The company also offers various subscription services, including strategy trading software tools that generate buy and sell alerts based upon the subscriber's programmed strategies, charts and quotes, news, and other features included in the TradeStation electronic trading platform. The company offers its products and services to institutional, professional, and individual traders. TradeStation Group, Inc. has strategic relationships with Bear, Stearns Securities Corp.; R.J. O'Brien & Associates, Inc.; and R.J. O'Brien Foreign Exchange, Inc. The company was co-founded by William R. Cruz and Ralph L. Cruz in 1982. TradeStation Group is headquartered in Plantation, Florida.
MERRILL LYNCH & CO. INC (MER)
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services worldwide. It operates in three segments: Global Markets and Investment Banking, Global Private Client, and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Global Markets and Investment Banking segment provides equity, debt, and commodities trading, capital markets services, investment banking, and strategic merger and acquisition advisory services to issuer and investor clients. It also provides underwritings, private placements, and loan syndication services. In addition, this segment distributes fixed income products, as well as provides financing, securities clearing, settlement, and custody services. Global Private Client segment provides a range of advice-based wealth management products and services, which include commission and fee-based investment accounts; brokerage and investment advisory products and services; credit products, and consumer and small business lending; banking and cash management services, such as credit cards; trust and generational planning; retirement services; and insurance products. Merrill Lynch Investment Managers segment manages various investment products, including money market funds and other forms of short-term fixed income investments, long-term taxable, and tax-exempt fixed income funds. This segment also offers taxable and tax-exempt fixed-income, equity and balanced mutual funds and segregated accounts; and index-based equity and alternative investment products. The company offers its products and services to individual investors, small and large businesses, public companies, financial institutions, and governments and government agencies. Merrill Lynch was founded in 1820 and is headquartered in New York City.
Cowen Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an investment bank. The company provides research, sales and trading, and investment banking services to companies and institutional investor clients primarily in the healthcare, technology, media and telecommunications, alternative energy, and consumer sectors in the United States and internationally. It trades both common and convertible securities on behalf its clients and has relationships with approximately 1,000 institutional investor clients; provides strategic advisory and capital raising services to public and private companies; and offers a range of advisory services in relation to mergers, acquisitions, and similar corporate finance matters. Its capital raising services are principally focused on public and private equity products, including private placements of equity, initial public offerings, follow-on public offerings, and convertible offerings. In addition, the company manages a portfolio of merchant banking and venture capital investments. The company offers sales and trade offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, and Geneva. Cowen Group was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
LEHMAN BROTHERS FIN SA (LEH)
Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. provides financial services to corporations, governments and municipalities, institutional clients, and individuals worldwide. It offers an array of equities and fixed income sales, trading, and research; investment banking services; and investment management and advisory services. The company operates in three segments: Investment Banking, Capital Markets, and Investment Management. Investment Banking segment provides advice to corporate, institutional, and government clients on mergers, acquisitions, and other financial matters. It also raises capital for clients by underwriting public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. Capital Markets segment includes institutional customer flow activities, prime brokerage, research, and secondary-trading and financing activities in fixed income and equity products. Its equity and fixed income products include U.S., European, and Asian equities; government and agency securities; money market products; corporate high grade; high yield and emerging market securities; mortgage- and asset-backed securities; real estate; preferred stock; municipal securities; bank loans; foreign exchange; and financing and derivative products. Investment Management segment consists of private investment management, which provides investment, wealth advisory, and capital markets execution services to individuals and businesses; and Asset Management, which provides proprietary asset management products to traditional and alternative asset classes, through various distribution channels to individuals and institutions. The company operates in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region. Lehman Brothers Holdings was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York City.
BEAR STEARNS COMPANIES INC (BSC)
The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., a holding company, provides investment banking, securities and derivatives trading, clearance, and brokerage services worldwide. It operates in three segments: Capital Markets, Global Clearing Services, and Wealth Management. Capital Markets segment consists of institutional equities, fixed income, and investment banking operations. Its institutional equities operations involve the sale, trading, and research of domestic and international equities, block trading, convertible bonds, over-the-counter equities, equity derivatives, and risk and convertible arbitrage. The fixed income operations comprise the sale, trading, and research of various products, such as mortgage- and asset-backed securities, corporate and government bonds, municipal bonds, high yield products, foreign exchange, interest rate, and credit derivatives. This segment's investment banking operations involve the provision of capital raising, strategic advice, mergers and acquisitions, and merchant banking services. Global Clearing Services segment provides clearing, custody, financing, securities lending, trade execution, and technology solutions for hedge funds, broker-dealers, and registered investment advisors. Wealth Management segment manages equity, fixed income, and alternative assets for corporate pension plans, public systems, endowments, foundations, multiemployer plans, insurance companies, corporations, families, and high-net-worth individuals. The company was formed in 1923 and is based in New York City.
E*TRADE FINANCIAL CORPORATION (ETFC)
E*TRADE Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, offers financial solutions to retail and institutional customers worldwide. It provides retail investments and trading, which include automated order placement, and execution of market and limit equity, futures, options, exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and bond orders, as well as offers quick transfer, wireless account access, extended hours trading, quotes, and research and advanced planning tools. The company also offers interest-earning checking, money market, savings, sweep deposit, and certificates of deposit products, as well as provides access to deposit account balances and transactions. In addition, it offers mortgage, home equity, and margin and credit card products; real estate loans; and various consumer loans, including recreational vehicle, marine, commercial, automobile, and credit card loans. The company provides advisory and asset management services to retail clients. E*TRADE Financial primarily provides services through its Web site at www.etrade.com. The company also offers services through its network of customer service representatives, relationship managers, and investment advisors. It provides branded retail Web sites in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. E*TRADE Financial was founded in 1982 and is based in New York, New York.