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NYSE, ICE shares halted; sale talks reported

FILE - Trader Richard Scardino, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in this Dec. 14, 2012 file photo taken in in New York. World stock markets faced resistance Thursday Dec. 20, 2012 after talks turned sour among U.S. political leaders trying to reach an agreement over how to avert an economically disastrous "fiscal cliff" before the end of the year. A downturn in U.S. housing starts also hurt sentiment. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of the company that runs the New York Stock Exchange and a rival exchange have been halted in premarket trading amid reports that one of the most prominent symbols of global capitalism may be up for sale.

The Wall Street Journal and CNBC are reporting that IntercontinentalExchange Inc. is in talks to buy NYSE Euronext Inc.

The reports published late Wednesday cited unnamed persons close to the discussions.

NYSE declined to comment. IntercontinentalExchange did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

NYSE's stock is rose 21 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday.

Last year, IntercontinentalExchange and Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. made a failed $11 billion bid to buy NYSE Euronext.

Earlier this year, European regulators blocked Deutsche Boerse AG from buying NYSE Euronext.