Shopping Around

ON BALANCE

Last week we talked about integration. Maybe we were jumping the gun, because this week's issue is full of news about acquisitions. Perhaps we're in for another industry consolidation?

First is the news that Thomson Financial is off on another shopping trip (see page 1). The vendor has been working on the development of a datafeed offering for several years now, and sources say it has now decided that it makes more sense to buy such technology rather than build it.

Certainly we haven't heard

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