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Cristiano Ronaldo Launches “Striker Force 7” Comic Book As Part Of “Free Comic Book Day” On May 4th

~ Closes 3-Book Graphic Novel Deal With Over 8 Territories in Europe ~

LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The world’s biggest superstar is now becoming the world’s next big superhero! Cristiano Ronaldo, the iconic superstar athlete released his first comic book for “Striker Force 7” as part of “Free Comic Book Day” through comic book retailers across the country this weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Striker Force 7 Cover for Free Comic Book Day

Led by Cristiano, a motley crew of super-powered agents from around the world must protect the Earth from annihilation – provided Cristiano can teach them how to work as a team! They’re here to save the Earth – but who’s going to save them from each other!?

“I have always been a fan of superheroes and I ‘m thrilled to help to create this new animated series,” commented Cristiano Ronaldo. “In the same way football connects cultures and people around the world, I believe great animated characters and heroes can do the same and that’s why I am excited to bring together these passions of football and superheroes through this project and share it with my fans.”

Striker Force 7 is a new story, created by Cristiano Ronaldo and superhero creator, Sharad Devarajan, and the comic book is based on the animated series currently in production. Cristiano and Devarajan are Executive Producers on the animated series, along with Diego Guarderas of VMS Communications, Polaris Sports team and Jeevan J. Kang, Graphic’s EVP Creative.

The Free Comic Book Day special edition was written by animation writer, Merill Hagan and illustrated by Jeevan J. Kang and for Cristiano’s millions of fans, special limited edition variant cover versions of the book are now also available at StrikerForce7.com

Beyond the Free Comic Book Day special, Cristiano and Devarajan have also closed an 8-territory European publishing deal to launch a series of three original graphic novels based on their characters, with the first book launching later this year.

Additional information can visit www.strikerforce7.com to stay updated on new information.


GRAPHIC INDIA is a character entertainment company focused on creating leading characters, comics and stories through mobile and digital platforms. Through their award-winning creative animation studio in India, Graphic’s mission is to create enduring stories and heroes that foster the imaginations and fuel the inspirations of a new globalized generation of youth around the world. www.graphicindia.com

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Miami International Holdings Reports April 2019 Trading Results And New Market Share Records for MIAX Exchange Group; MIAX Emerald Reaches 1% Market Share

PRINCETON, New Jersey, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH) today reported the April 2019 trading activity for its three fully electronic options exchanges – MIAX®, MIAX PEARL™ and MIAX Emerald™ (together, the MIAX Exchange Group™). The MIAX Exchange Group collectively executed over 37 million equity option contracts in April for a combined average daily volume (ADV) of 1,765,446 contracts, representing a total U.S. equity options market share of 10.75%.

Trading Volume for MIAX Exchange Group,

Current Month

Year-to-Date Comparison
Equity Options Contracts April-19 April-18 % Chg. Mar-19 % Chg. April-19 April-18 % Chg.
Trading Days 21 21 21 82 82
U.S. Equity Options
344,847,772 356,177,370 -3.2% 365,585,219 -5.7% 1,402,047,031 1,550,451,011 -9.6%
MIAX Exchange Group 37,074,375 30,457,841 21.7% 36,139,275 2.6% 142,066,631 126,986,412 11.9%
MIAX 14,929,614 15,707,143 -5.0% 15,205,060 -1.8% 59,407,698 68,931,145 -13.8%
MIAX PEARL 18,750,520 14,750,698 27.1% 19,797,373 -5.3% 78,127,850 58,055,267 34.6%
MIAX Emerald 3,394,241 1,136,842 198.6% 4,531,083
Equity Options ADV April-19 April-18 % Chg. Mar-19 % Chg. April-19 April-18 % Chg.
U.S. Equity Options
16,421,322 16,960,827 -3.2% 17,408,820 -5.7% 17,098,135 18,907,939 -9.6%
MIAX Exchange Group 1,765,446 1,450,373 21.7% 1,720,918 2.6% 1,732,520 1,548,615 11.9%
MIAX 710,934 747,959 -5.0% 724,050 -1.8% 724,484 840,624 -13.8%
MIAX PEARL 892,882 702,414 27.1% 942,732 -5.3% 952,779 707,991 34.6%
MIAX Emerald 161,631 54,135 198.6% 55,257
Equity Option Market Share for MIAX Exchange Group,

Current Month

Year-to-Date Comparison
Equity Options Market
April-19 April-18 % Chg. Mar-19 % Chg. April-19 April-18 % Chg.
MIAX Exchange Group 10.75% 8.55% 25.7% 9.89% 8.8% 10.13% 8.19% 23.7%
MIAX 4.33% 4.41% -1.8% 4.16% 4.1% 4.24% 4.45% -4.7%
MIAX PEARL 5.44% 4.14% 31.3% 5.42% 0.4% 5.57% 3.74% 48.8%
MIAX Emerald 0.98% 0.31% 216.5% 0.32%

Other news and achievements include:  


  • Announced partnership with the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Inc. (MGEX) pursuant to which MGEX will serve as the exclusive exchange to list, trade and clear futures products on the SPIKES® Volatility Index, subject to CFTC approval.
  • Announced partnership with Templum Inc., a leading innovating financial technology company, and its subsidiary, Templum Markets, LLC, to develop a fully regulated, SEC-registered exchange to list and trade digital securities operated as a facility of an exchange owned by MIH, subject to SEC approval.

MIAX Emerald

  • Reached 1% market share on April 2, 2019, 23 days following launch.
  • Completed its strategic symbol rollout on April 29, 2019 and now list over 2,680 symbols.

MIAX Exchange Group

  • New daily record for market share during April 2019
    • 11.64% market share achieved collectively on MIAX, MIAX PEARL, and MIAX Emerald on April 15, 2019
  • New monthly record for market share during April 2019
    • 10.75% market share achieved collectively on MIAX, MIAX PEARL, and MIAX Emerald

For further information regarding the MIAX Exchange Group, please visit www.MIAXOptions.com or contact MIAX Trading Operations at TradingOperations@MIAXOptions.com.

For further information on SPIKES, please visit: https://www.miaxoptions.com/spikes.

Corporate Communications Contact: Dominique Prunetti-Miller
(609) 897-1465
JConnelly Media Contact: Tony Kono
(973) 525-6855

About MIH and the MIAX Exchange Group

Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH) is the parent holding company of Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (MIAX®), MIAX PEARL, LLC (MIAX PEARL™) and MIAX Emerald, LLC (MIAX Emerald™ and together with MIAX and MIAX PEARL, the MIAX Exchange Group), three fully electronic options trading exchanges.

MIAX, MIAX PEARL and MIAX Emerald leverage the MIAX Exchange Group’s industry-leading technology and infrastructure to provide their member firms with traditional pricing and pro rata allocation (MIAX), maker-taker pricing and price-time allocation (MIAX PEARL) market structures, and a hybrid market structure with maker-taker pricing and pro rata allocation (MIAX Emerald).

MIAX Options serves as the exclusive exchange venue for cash-settled options on the SPIKES® Volatility Index (Ticker: SPIKE), a measure of the expected 30-day volatility in the SPDR® S&P 500® ETF (SPY).

The MIAX Exchange Group’s executive offices and National Operations Center are located in Princeton, NJ, with a Miami Operations Center and additional offices located in Miami, FL.

To learn more about MIH and the MIAX Exchange Group visit www.MIAXOptions.com.

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The 125th Canton Fair Showcases Growing Influence of Textiles and Garments Industry

GUANGZHOU, China, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Phase 3 of the 125th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) has gathered nearly 5,000 exhibitors from the areas of textiles and garments, shoes, cases and bags, recreational products, medicine and healthcare products and food, offering a detailed overview of evolving global trade.

Canton Fair Showcases Growing Influence of Textiles and Garments Industry

Maggie Pu, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Canton Fair, noted that facing pressure from uncertainties related to global trade and stricter import standards, Chinese companies’ constant efforts in innovation and improvement of product performances guarantee an increasingly global market share.

Customization and Innovation: A  New T rend  Among Domestic Companies

In response to an expanding market and the continuously evolving specialist tastes of consumers, top Chinese textile and garments companies are not only offering high-quality products but also actively pursuing customization and the development of new techniques.

Tianshan Wool Tex, the leading Chinese cashmere brand and exhibitor, known for its creation of a new-standard in Chinese cashmere, has maintained its competitive edge by tailoring production techniques to different countries’ consumption habits, winning international recognition such as the Spanish International Textile and Apparel Quality Gold Award and the 15th Paris Quality and Technology Award.

Chinese Textiles and Garments Industry Show Increasing International Influence

Latest statistics data from General Administration of Customs, People’s Republic of China shows that the exports of Chinese garments, toys and seven additional labour-intensive products in the first quarter 2019 increased a combined total of 6.5 percent more than last year. Aiming to increase global market potential, Chinese textile and garment companies are gaining increasing market competitiveness on the world stage with comprehensive research and development capability, quick response and service support.

Hebei Bailixin, China’s leading home textile manufacturer, which produces a total of 3,200 tons of a variety of towels annually, exports to 34 countries and regions in Southeast Asia, Europe, North America and Japan. Through cooperation with design teams in Japan and Italy, the company is introducing two to three new products every week, with annual export volume reaching US$14.9 million in the global market.

Company manager Liu Hong said: “We might face pressure and a more competitive global market this year. But we are optimistic and expect greater demand from emerging markets.”

In addition to showcasing Chinese manufacturing, the Canton Fair also strives to introduce leading international brands into the Chinese market. The 125th edition features Gohar Textiles and Cotton Empire from Pakistan, the century-old houseware brand, R.L. Khanna and Shiv Shakti Exports from India, and companies from Turkish textiles and apparel center Denizli.

For more information, visit: http://cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.aspx

About Canton Fair

China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and fall. Established in 1957, the fair is now a comprehensive exhibition with the longest history, highest level, largest scale and largest number of products as well as the broadest distribution of buyer origins and the highest business turnover in China.

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LONGi Capacity Planning: By end 2021, Mono wafer: 65GW, mono module:30GW

XI’AN, China, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On April 30, 2019, LONGi released its 2018 annual report and first quarterly results. The report shows LONGi’s operation revenue in 2018 was RMB 21.988 billion, an increase of 34.38% over the previous year and net profit attributed to shareholders of listed companies was RMB 2.558 billion. As of the first quarter 2019, the company’s total assets was RMB 43.165 billion. Independent third-party research data showed LONGi accounted for 40% of the industry’s monocrystalline silicon wafer capacity, reinforcing its position as the largest monocrystalline module manufacturer in the world. According to BNEF, the financial health index, as measured by Alman-Z score, LONGi ranks second in all global photovoltaic enterprises and first in China.

Product shipment and capacity planning

7.072GW Mono Cell and Module Shipment in 2018

In 2018, LONGi overseas shipments of monocrystalline silicon wafer were 3.483 billion pieces, an increase of 59% over the previous year. Annual shipment of solar cells andmodules reached 7.072 GW, a 50% increase over the previous year. LONGi has actively promoted its brand internationally, made breakthroughs in business operations, and achieved rapid growth in shipments in the US, Europe, India, Latin America, Japan, Australia and Africa.

Looking ahead, LONGi will continue its focus on the global market and strive to achieve customer, service and management globalization to serve customers with high-efficiency advanced products.

By the end of 2021, mono wafer 65GW, mono module 30GW

By the end of 2018, the production capacity of LONGi monocrystalline silicon ingot/wafer had reached 28GW. The Chuzhou 5GW module factory in Anhui Province was operational in March 2019, further expanding LONGi’s global high-efficiency monocrystalline module capacity.

LONGi Solar Logo

LONGi also released the latest capacity planning: By the end of 2019, the capacity of ingot/wafer will be 36GW, cell capacity 10GW and module capacity 16GW. By the end of 2020, the capacity of ingot/wafer will be 50GW, while cell capacity will be 15GW and module capacity 25GW. By the end of 2021, the capacity of ingot/wafer will reach 65GW, the capacity of cell 20GW and the capacity of module 30GW.

The report consistently showed that sustained R&D investment has provided strong support for the development of new technologies and products in LONGi. In 2018, LONGi has obtained 526 patents.

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