Bet on NYSE Before Euronext Closes

After the deal goes through, analysts will see the health of this hybrid.
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This column was originally published on RealMoney on Oct. 31 at 9:38 a.m. EST. It's being republished as a bonus for TheStreet.com readers.

If you look at which big-cap

NYSE

-traded stock should, theoretically, have the most gain over the next few years, I'd wager it just might be the

New York Stock Exchange

(NYX)

itself.

There's a very important change going on at the New York Stock Exchange, the changeover to a hybrid system where technological changes make for faster, better, deeper trading that uses the specialist system only to get still better execution than you can get from the machines. It's been going on for a few months but now it's kicking into high gear, and the results are pretty astonishing.

There's been a lot of money bet against the Exchange. I believe those bets stem from a sense that the NYSE is going to lose share because of its outmoded ways. This hybrid move already puts the lie to that view.

In the meantime, with the market getting better, listings are picking up, trading is picking up and the public is coming back. People want to play this change with

E*Trade

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or

Ameritrade

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or

Schwab

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. I wonder if it wouldn't be better to play it with the NYX.

There's more good news ahead. This Euronext deal is going to go through and it will be accretive in 2007, in part because of tech savings and in part because of global domination of euro and dollar trading. If the NYSE and Euronext get together with the Tokyo Stock Exchange, you are talking about one mega exchange that could dominate the world's stock and currency businesses.

You have to understand that the history of organizations that demutualize, like the

Chicago Merc

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, the CBOE or

Prudential

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for that matter, is outstanding. Typically these companies weren't run all that efficiently because they didn't have to.

Now they do, and the results are amazing.

NYX has been sitting here in the low $70s waiting for the Euronext deal to close. I think you have to make a move before that deal closes, because numbers will come up when it does. Some of the vast preponderance of negative analysts on NYX will raise numbers ... and change their minds about the ratings.

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