The proposed sale will face antitrust hurdles, as regulators have blocked previous exchange mergers.
While Washington continues to argue about a budget deal, companies are making real business deals left and right.
Concerns over a budget deal overshadow Japanese easing.
Stocks are mixed as investors appear content to sit on the sidelines on the eve of Election Day.
Humana is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Vertex is initiated with a 'buy.'
Nasdaq is downgraded at 2 firms, and Dendreon is initiated with an 'underperform.'
Hertz Global is initiated with an 'overweight, and Tesla Motors is initiated with a 'buy.'
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