Execution Quality in the NYSE Market

January 9, 2009
Operations/ Benchmarking
North America


New York, NY, USA January 9, 2009


An extensive study from Celent compares and ranks execution venues for NYSE stocks.

In a new report, Execution Quality in the NYSE Market, Celent examines the execution quality achieved by market centers for NYSE-listed securities for the period July 1, 2008 to September 30, 2008. A total of 179 market participants covering more than 18.8 billion orders for over 7 trillion shares were measured and ranked by Octavio Marenzi, head of Celent, and Chermaine Lee, analyst with Celent’s Securities and Investments group according to the execution speed and prices.

Overall, market centers’ frequency of price improvement has increased for all types of venues since the last report, which covered the period December 2007 to March 2008. Electronic order books have gained ground by growing their share of the NYSE market from almost 25% to more than 40%. On the other hand, exchange specialists have experienced the most significant fall in market share from 65.6% to 44.4%.

Overall, BIDS Trading retained its leading price performance in NYSE-listed issues from the last execution ranking, while alternative trading system-turned-exchange BATS Trading was ahead in the speed rankings.

Table 1: Overall Ranking of Market Centers

Price Ranking Market Center Speed Ranking Market Center
1 BIDS Trading 1 BATS Trading
2 EBX 2 Nasdaq MC
3 NYFIX 3 ArcaEx
4 E*Trade Cap Mkt 4 Van der  Moolen
5 Nasdaq MC 5 Direct Edge (ADF)
Source: Celent analysis      

In this report, Nasdaq MC (Nasdaq Market Center) achieved the best prices, whereas BATS Trading retained its top speed ranking in this study among major electronic order books. In the market maker category, E*Trade Capital Markets achieved the best prices for client orders, while Knight executed incoming orders at the fastest rate. With Susquehanna dropping its services and Van der Moolen being bought over by Lehman Brothers (now Barclays Capital), there has been a shakeup among the NYSE specialists. La Branche and Van der Moolen ranked first among their peers in the cumulative price and speed tables.

Table 2: Ranking the Major Electronic Order Books (EOB)

Price Ranking Major EOB Speed Ranking Major EOB
1 Nasdaq MC 1 BATS Trading
2 ArcaEx 2 Nasdaq MC
3 Direct Edge ECN 3 ArcaEx
4 BATS Trading 4 Direct Edge ECN
5 LavaFlow 5 LavaFlow
Source: Celent analysis      

Table 3: Ranking the Major Market Makers

Price Ranking Major Market Makers Speed Ranking Major Market Makers
1 E*Trade Capital Markets 1 Knight
2 Citadel Derivatives UBS Securities 2 UBS Securities
3 Getco Execution Services 3 ATD
4 ATD 4 Citadel Derivatives
5 Citadel Derivatives 5 E*Trade Capital Markets
Source: Celent Analysis      

Table 4: Ranking the NYSE Specialists

Price Ranking Major Specialists Speed Ranking Major Specialists
1 La Branche 1 Van der Moolen
2 Wagner Stott Bear 2 Wagner Stott Bear
3 Spear Leeds & Kellogg 3 Spear Leeds & Kellogg
4 Van der Moolen 4 La Branche
5 Banc of America Specialists 5 Banc of America Specialists
Source: Celent Analysis      

The 38-page report contains 23 figures and 9 tables. A table of contents is available online.

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Celent is a research and advisory firm dedicated to helping financial institutions formulate comprehensive business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports identifying trends and best practices in financial services technology and conducts consulting engagements for financial institutions looking to use technology to enhance existing business processes or launch new business strategies. With a team of internationally based analysts, Celent is uniquely positioned to offer strategic advice and market insights on a global basis. Celent is a member of the Oliver Wyman Group, which is a wholly-owned operating unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

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Table of Contents

New York, NY, USA January 9, 2009


Executive Summary 3
Background 5
Methodology 5
Caveats About Data 6
Measuring Execution Quality 8
Overview of Market Data 11
Summary Statistics 11
Ranking by Type of Market Center 31
Comparison and Ranking 34


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