Why This Analyst Downgrades Nasdaq, Upgrades Virtu Financial

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Elevated market volatility typically boosts trading volumes and risk management activity, which is what followed the banking crisis.

The uncertain macro outlook and recent bank events support more defensive exchanges and transactional-skewed beneficiaries, according to Morgan Stanley.

The Exchanges Analyst: Michael Cyprys downgraded the rating for Nasdaq Inc NDAQ from Overweight to Equal Weight, while reducing the price target from $70 to $60. The analyst also upgraded the rating for Virtu Financial Inc VIRT from Underweight to Equal Weight, while raising the price target from $18 to $21.

The Exchanges Thesis: There are risks to the growth outlook for Nasdaq’s Solutions business, which comprises more than 70% of revenues, Cyprys said in the note.

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“NDAQ is least exposed to a cyclical uplift to volumes, as trading revs comprise <30% of revs,” he added.

The downside risks are priced into Virtu Financial’s shares, the analyst stated. “Yet VIRT is a potential beneficiary in an uncertain and volatile backdrop that can support revenues and upward est revisions,” he added.

Cyprys named CBOE Global Markets Inc CBOE and Tradeweb Markets Inc TW as the top picks.

NDAQ, VIRT Price Action: Shares of Nasdaq were up 0.23% at $54.51; Virtu Financial were up 3.06% at $19.02 Tuesday afternoon at publication.

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