Update: Nasdaq Eyes Index Growth with Acquisition of Mergent Index Biz

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Nasdaq OMX announced Wednesday that it has reached a deal to acquire company data provider Mergent's indexes business, to expand the exchange's family of indexes and custom index calculation capabilities, alongside existing efforts in a continuing strategy to grow its indexes business, including a new global equity index calculator to be launched later this quarter, which is now in internal testing.

As part of the deal, Nasdaq acquires Mergent's Dividend Achievers Indexes, which tracks dividend-