This same kind of talk arose back in 2008, the first time NYSE and the Deutsche Boerse were reportedly talking about a merger. That deal fell apart, reportedly because of regulatory concerns.
The most talked about possible deals are some combination of the Nasdaq, the CME, CBOE, and ICE. The stocks are moving.
Jon C. Ogg at Wall Street 24/7 describes the market action:
Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NASDAQ: NDAQ) is up almost 4% at $26.85 and volume has more than tripled a normal day’s volume to over 7.8 million shares.
CME Group Inc. (NYSE: CME) is up 2.1% at $307.30, but volume is light at 305,000 shares.
CBOE Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE), the most recent public exchange, is up a sharp 7% at $26.24 and volume is up 8-fold at more than 2.6 million shares.
IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) is up 2.3% at $120.95 and volume is already almost twice its normal daily volume at 1.35 million shares.
According to Jon Najaran,
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