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TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade in $4-billion cash-and-stock deal

TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade in $4-billion cash-and-stock deal
A TD Ameritrade logo displayed at an office in Omaha on July 18, 2010. (Nati Harnik / Associated Press)

Online brokerage TD Ameritrade is buying Scottrade in a $4-billion cash-and-stock deal that would tie two major players in the day-trading industry at a time when an increasingly large number of investors are choosing index funds over stock picking.

In the two-stage deal announced Monday, TD Bank Group will buy Scottrade Bank from Scottrade Financial Services Inc. for $1.3 billion in cash. Scottrade Bank will be folded into TD Bank and it will buy 11 million shares from TD Ameritrade for $400 million. Then, TD Ameritrade will buy Scottrade Financial Services for $4 billion.

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The deal is targeted to close by Sept. 30, 2017.

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