) --

Nasdaq OMX Group


is looking into putting together a bid to acquire

NYSE Euronext


, according to a

Wall Street Journal



Citing undisclosed people familiar with the matter, the


said Nasdaq executives are trying to determine if the company can muster a strong enough bid to wrest the parent of the New York Stock Exchange away from

Deutsche Borse

, which agreed to merge with NYSE Euronext last week.

If Nasdaq determines a hostile offer isn't feasible, it could look to sell itself or buy another exchange, the article says. The exchange is also considering partnering up with

CME Group

(CME) - Get Report

, the parent of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and


(ICE) - Get Report

, as has been widely reported, the



Shares of Nasdaq OMX closed Tuesday at $28, down 3.8%, on volume of 4.8 million vs. the issue's three-month trailing daily average of 2.9 million.



added that IntercontinentalExchange appears to be more open to teaming up with Nasdaq to go after NYSE Euronext than CME Group, and noted that the NYSE Euronext-Deutsche Borse deal includes a hefty $337 million break-up fee.


Written by Michael Baron in New York.

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