BIG GAINS, LOWER COSTS: NYSE Euronext Inc. posted a 38 percent jump in second-quarter profit, helped by higher revenue from derivatives trading and a 7 percent reduction in expenses so far this year.

BIG GAINS, LOWER COSTS: NYSE Euronext Inc. posted a 38 percent jump in second-quarter profit, helped by higher revenue from derivatives trading and a 7 percent reduction in expenses so far this year.

THE RESULTS: The exchange operator earned $173 million, or 71 cents per share. Excluding one-time items, NYSE earned an adjusted 63 cents per share, topping Wall Street predictions.

PENDING TAKEOVER: InterContinentalExchange is in the midst of acquiring NYSE for about $8.2 billion. The European Commission and NYSE shareholders have approved the deal. NYSE continues to work with other European regulators to get the remaining needed approvals.