The London Metal Exchange (LME) has received a good number of first-round bids for the 130-year-old bourse, the world's largest metals market place, an LME spokesman said on Friday.
Separate sources familiar with the situation said the list includes NYSE/Euronext
Everything is on track with a good number of bids for the board to consider next week, an LME spokesman said.
The LME board meets on February 23.
The Financial Times newspaper reported that the CME Group
Sources said potential suitor Deutsche Boerse
NYSE Euronext, Deutsche Boerse and the LSE declined to comment.
European antitrust regulators scotched an attempt by Deutsche Boerse to buy NYSE Euronext earlier this month on concern it would create a dominant player in European listed derivatives.
One source familiar with the situation said despite the setback with Deutsche Boerse, NYSE Euronext was in a good position to bid for the LME given the synergies with its London-based soft commodities and grains exchange NYSE Liffe.
The source described the LME as a nice bolt-on to help build scale, and a possible bridge to emerging markets including Asia. The source added that the exchange was not looking to strip the LME if it won.
Analysts and industry sources have valued the exchange at between 500 million pounds and 1.5 billion pounds ($783.4 million-2.4 billion) based on expectations of higher earnings boosted by new products and by self clearing.
(Additional reporting by Edward Taylor in Frankfurt, Victoria Howley and Susan Thomas in London, and Tom Polansek in Chicago)