HAYWARD, Calif. - January 11, 2005 -- eSignal, a division of Interactive Data Corporation (NYSE: IDC) and a leading provider of streaming, real-time financial market data, news, analytics and decision support tools to professional and individual traders, today announced the immediate availability of eSignalÂ® 7.8. As part of eSignal's plan to broaden its business in Europe, eSignal 7.8 now includes London Stock Exchange (LSE) Level 2 data, Euronext Equities Level 2 data, OFEX data and Bern Stock Exchange data. In addition, eSignal has completed an agreement with AFX News Limited - a leading European provider of international economic news coverage to professional and private investors - that will expand eSignal's set of current AFX offerings to include services such as dpa-AFX, German language news, and AFX-CNF. AFX-CNF is a real-time aggregation of the headlines and full text bodies delivered by all of the Primary Information Providers (PIPS), including the London Stock Exchange Regulatory News Service (RNS).
"Successful expansion into British and other European markets requires that we offer the best decision support tools for investors in these regions, with comprehensive coverage of their own national market as well as international markets," said Chuck Thompson, president of eSignal. "With critical content provided by LSE Level 2 data, AFX News and Dow Jones International News, eSignal 7.8 delivers a well-balanced combination for our European-based users to further extend their access to global markets. Our U.S.-based customers seeking to invest in international securities will also be able to access the newly added content."
David Lester, chief information officer at the London Stock Exchange, commented: "We are delighted to see eSignal supply its customers Level 2 data from the London Stock Exchange. eSignal's involvement in providing UK market data and decision support tools to investors worldwide will help further broaden awareness of the LSE in international markets."
The additional market sources included in eSignal 7.8 further expand its long list of market data and news offerings. With LSE Level 2 data, eSignal 7.8 now gives investors real-time access to the quotations of individual market makers on the London Stock Exchange. With LSE Level 2 data and the Level 2 data also now available from the Euronext Equities markets of Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon and Paris, investors are able to watch trades being executed virtually instantaneously.
Also newly added to eSignal 7.8 is data from the OFEX, a U.K.-based exchange for previously unquoted and unlisted companies. With just a few hundred companies listed, the OFEX includes many firms that are considered to be fast growing, but under researched. With the inclusion of OFEX, eSignal 7.8 now provides complete coverage of UK-listed market securities - from the largest FTSE 100 company to the smallest, fastest moving, growth company.
Thanks to expanded agreements with AFX and Dow Jones, eSignal users may also receive additional European and Asian news, including local language news from both German and Dutch news services. AFX News Ltd. is one of the world's leading financial news agencies with real-time, comprehensive business and financial news services designed to meet the requirements of the international banking and investor community.
In addition to the expanded European market news and data services, eSignal 7.8 includes several new features and extended data from U.S and Asian markets. The extended data includes NYSE and AMEX Corporate Bonds and Osaka Stock Exchange equities and indices. Finally, customers of eSignal 7.8 will also have the opportunity to subscribe to new Add-on Studies from Fari Hamzei, and Power Tools from Teresa Lo.