Merrill to Sell Bloomberg Stake: Report

The investment bank could reap up to $5 billion by selling its interest back to the financial information firm.
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Merrill Lynch

(MER)

is expected to announce an up to $5 billion deal to sell its minority stake in

Bloomberg LP

back to the financial information provider, according to various media reports.

Merrill, which reports results Thursday after the bell, holds a 20% interest in Bloomberg. The firm has been under pressure to raise capital amid writedowns to securities and derivatives tied to the flagging mortgage market. The Bloomberg sale was first reported by

CNBC

.

The cable outlet said Merrill did not plan to sell its 49% stake in investment management firm

BlackRock

(BLK) - Get Report

.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect Merrill to post a loss of $1.91 a share.

Merrill shares closed Wednesday's regular session up 13.4% to $28, buoyed by a rally in the financial sector spurred by a dividend boost from

Wells Fargo

(WFC) - Get Report

.

In recent after-hours action, Merrill shares were losing 1.3% to $27.65.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.