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NYSE snub helps rival bid: Ex-CBOT executive

NYSE Euronext’s speedy rejection of a bid from Nasdaq OMX Group Inc and IntercontinentalExchange Inc could play into their hands, a veteran of the last bidding war for a U.S. exchange said. Get the full story »

Nasdaq index rebalancing slashes Apple’s influence

Nasdaq’s late-night announcement of plans to rebalance its benchmark Nasdaq-100 Index spurred volatility in Apple shares and surprised U.S. fund managers who questioned the timing of the announcement. Get the full story »

FDA issues warning letter to Lifeway Foods

US health regulators issued a warning letter to Morton Grove-based health food products manufacturer Lifeway Foods, saying certain products of the company were wrongly marketed as drugs on its website. Get the full story »

Nasdaq, ICE consider bid on NYSE

Nasdaq OMX and IntercontinentalExchange are in talks to team up on a possible bid for NYSE Euronext, in an attempt to break up the Big Board’s deal with Deutsche Boerse, the New York Times’ Dealbook reported on Friday. Get the full story »

Nasdaq, IntercontinentalExchange may team up

Nasdaq OMX Group is scrambling to respond to Deutsche Boerse AG’s $10.2 billion takeover of NYSE Euronext, and may team up with IntercontinentalExchange Inc, Fox Business Network said.

Nasdaq has hired an investment bank and has discussed launching a joint bid for NYSE with Chicago-based CME Group, the report said. The deal to team up with ICE had not gone to Nasdaq’s board of directors as of Tuesday, the report said.

It was unclear whether the report was referring to a potential Nasdaq merger with ICE, or to a possible joint bid for NYSE. Get the full story »

Nasdaq network hit by hackers

The company that owns the Nasdaq Stock Market confirmed over the weekend that its computer network had been broken into, specifically a service that lets leaders of companies, including board members, securely share confidential documents.

The fact that the Web-based service, called Directors Desk, was penetrated could lend credence to one theory that law-enforcement authorities investigating the matter are considering, namely that hackers may be aiming to extract nonpublic inside information that could be used illegally to gain a trading edge. Get the full story »

S&P 500 heads for best December since 1991

The S&P 500 headed for its best December in nearly two decades as U.S. stocks advanced in thin trade Wednesday, lifted by investor optimism about the economy in 2011. Get the full story »

CEO: OptionsXpress followed all dividend rules

OptionsXpress Holdings Inc.’s  chief executive said the company followed all  required procedures for a big special dividend to be paid under rules that confused many investors.

The Chicago brokerage’s shares dipped as much as 14 percent before the open last Tuesday as investors wrongly thought that holding shares through the previous day, the so-called “record” date of Dec. 13, would entitle them to the $4.50 per-share payout. Get the full story »

Huron settles lawsuit for $38M, takes Q4 charge

Huron Consulting Group said it agreed to settle a securities lawsuit for $38 million and expects to take a related non-cash charge of about $11 million in the fourth quarter. Get the full story »

Nasdaq OMX No. 1 in options market share

Nasdaq OMX Group’s two option trading venues together handled more volume than rival markets for the third straight month, figures from the Options Clearing Corp. showed on Wednesday. Get the full story »

Nasdaq to further secure trade reference numbers

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc., operator of the Nasdaq stock exchange, will strip information from stock orders that some traders say is too revealing.

Starting Dec. 6, Nasdaq will hide reference numbers assigned to orders meant to be invisible to the market, the exchange said Thursday in an alert to traders. Some traders were concerned that sophisticated computer programs could use those reference numbers to identify a larger pattern in orders and use that to manipulate prices. Get the full story »

Stocks close week higher for first time in month

The stock market has posted its first winning week in a month after news on the economy started getting better. Get the full story »

CBOE parent to add electronic exchange

The parent of the Chicago Board Options Exchange is hooking up some of the biggest Wall Street banks and trading firms to a long-planned electronic exchange, set to launch in late October.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Interactive Brokers Group Inc. are among the dozen firms forging connections to the new market, according to persons involved in the process. Get the full story »

Material Sciences plans move to Nasdaq

Material Sciences Corp. announced Thursday it filed an application to list its common stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market. Get the full story »

RIM looks to reassure users after UAE spat

Research In Motion pledged to satisfy the security needs of customers and governments, a day after the United Arab Emirates threatened to cut off some BlackBerry services because authorities could not access encrypted messaging data.

In the latest of several disputes over BlackBerry security, the UAE said over the weekend that it would suspend BlackBerry Messenger, email and Web browser services from Oct. 11 until it could access encrypted messages. Get the full story »