‘Massive Land Grab’: S&P’s IHS Markit Buy Creates Data Juggernaut, But Users Fear Price Hikes

The deal reflects the broader trend of market participants pursuing scale to create true front-to-back trading and data environments, which may signal a trading platform acquisition in the future—though the IHS Markit acquisition may face regulatory hurdles, first.

Index and data provider S&P Global’s proposed acquisition of data vendor IHS Markit has garnered praise from analysts and investors, but has left clients nervous that the deal will not see cost savings passed on to end-users, and will ultimately result in price increases.

The deal—announced earlier this week, and expected to close in the second quarter of next year, subject to investor approval and clearing any regulatory hurdles—will combine S&P’s famous equities index benchmarks with Markit’s

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