Nasdaq moves in on OMX

The Stockholm stock exchange could soon be owned by US giant Nasdaq, according to the Financial Times.

Swedish stock exchange operator OMX is in preliminary talks with the American giant, the paper writes.

Neither company would comment on the FT’s reports, although the talks are said to be in the very early stages. OMX has attracted the interest of several potential purchasers, according to reports. Shares in OMX rose sharply on Friday after reports that the London Stock Exchange wanted to buy OMX.

Nasdaq in turn wants to buy the London exchange, and already owns 25 percent of the British market.