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National Discount Brokers


got an offer from a

Deutsche Bank

affiliate to buy 84% of the discount brokerage firm for $49 a share, nearly double the stock's Monday closing price.

National Discount also said it received inquiries from unnamed third parties regarding a merger or strategic alliance, and added that it hired investment bankers to mull its alternatives. The company said talks with Deutsche Bank continue.

National Discount closed Monday at $25.25.