Charles Schwab to Buy TD Ameritrade for $26 Billion, Reports Say

Charles Schwab to Buy TD Ameritrade for $26 Billion, Reports Say(Bloomberg) -- Charles Schwab Corp. is buying TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. for $26 billion, with a deal expected to be announced Thursday morning, Fox Business reports, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.Shares in Charles Schwab reversed an earlier decline in pre-market trading and are up 2.4%, while TD Ameritrade reduced some of the earlier gains and is up 17%. Both companies didn’t immediately respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment.A deal would create a firm with roughly $5 trillion in combined assets, consolidating an industry under pressure from a price war that escalated when Schwab last month announced plans to eliminate commissions for U.S. stocks, exchange traded funds and options.The move forced other brokerages to follow suit and triggered a slump in the shares of such firms, with TD Ameritrade among the hardest hit.TD Ameritrade has lost 11% since then, valuing the company at $22 billion. Schwab gained 7% in the same period, giving it a stock market value of $57 billion.CNBC reported earlier the firms were in talks, with a deal likely as soon as today.(Updates with purchase price from new report.)To contact the reporters on this story: Katerina Petroff in Frankfurt at [email protected];Sarah Jacob in Amsterdam at [email protected] contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Kingdon at [email protected], Christian BaumgaertelFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.