has upped its bid for Ameritrade
from $1.5 billion in cash and 47 percent of the combined company, to $2 billion in cash and 49.5 percent, the Wall Street Journal
According to the unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the E*Trade offer includes provisions to allow "significant operations" in Omaha, Nebraska and some continuation of the Ameritrade brand.
Meanwhile, Ameritrade and TD Waterhouse
are still in negotiations and may come to an agreement in the upcoming weeks, reports the Journal. The two are considering two deals: in one deal, Ameritrade shareholders would get 67 percent of the new company; in the second deal, Ameritrade shareholders would get a special dividend, but less than 67 percent of the new company.
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