Just last month, the Nasdaq withdrew a $4.2 billion offer for all of the LSE. However, at the time, the Nasdaq said it reserved the right to renew the offer. Shares of Nasdaq were gaining $1.35, or 3.3%, to $42.20.

Intervest Bancshares ( IBCA) saw its stock gain 3% after the company posted first-quarter earnings of $6.4 million, or 77 cents a share. Analysts were calling for 69 cents. Intervest gained $3.2 million and 48 cents a share in the first quarter of 2005.

Total assets at March 31 rose 5% to $1.79 billion. Shares of Intervest added $1.07 to $36.

Commerce Bancshares ( CBSH) had net income of $52.9 million and 78 cents a share in the first quarter, topping estimates by 3 cents. The company earned $49.8 million, or 69 cents a share, in the same quarter a year ago. Shares of Commerce edged down 10 cents, or 0.2%, to $51.30.

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