Bloomberg's All-Star Deal

Mayor Mike takes that MVP title for the deal he-or perhaps his advisors-closed Thursday with Merrill Lynch to buy the dealer's 20 percent stake in his eponymous data vendor. When interviewed on TV ahead of the game, Bloomberg declined to wear a baseball cap he was given that featured both Yankees and Mets logos. Perhaps he wanted to keep his head clear. With billions of dollars at stake, no doubt his mind was elsewhere.

Merrill's decision to sell its long-held stake in the vendor was one of t

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