Nasdaq, ICE make rival bid for NYSE Euronext

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Posted: Apr 01, 2011 7:43 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nasdaq OMX and IntercontinentalExchange unveiled a rival bid to buy NYSE Euronext for about $11.3 billion in cash and stock, a 19 percent premium to an offer made by German competitor Deutsche Boerse.

The move, announced on Friday, represents an intense bidding war for NYSE Euronext, whose derivatives trading operations are highly valuable.

The new bid could also sit better politically, because the idea of a German company taking over the emblematic NYSE headquarters had stirred some political opposition in the United States.

The offer is valued at $42.50 per share, a premium of 19 percent to the agreement proposed by Deutsche Boerse in February, the companies said in the statement.

Shares of NYSE Euronext were up 11.6 percent at $39.26 in trading before the market opened.

(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore and Lauren Tara LaCapra in New York; Editing by Unnikrishnan Nair and Lisa Von Ahn)