WisdomTree’s stock pops by more than 6% amid report it sought a sale to JPMorgan

Shares of WisdomTree Investments Inc. WETF, +5.53% on Monday soared by more than 6%, amid a report that it had explored a sale late last year to JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, -0.18% According to Bloomberg News, citing people familiar with the matter, officials at WisdomTree, one of the largest managers of exchange-traded funds in the world, held talks with JPMorgan about a tie-up that ultimately ended in December without a deal materializing. The report on WisdomTree comes after a separate Bloomberg report published nearly a year ago said JPMorgan was aiming to increase its presence in the $3 trillion-plus ETF market. Shares of WisdomTree are down 4.2% so far this year, compared with a 7.5% gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.25% a 8.1% gain for the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.02% and a 10.2% return for the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.06% over the same period. Meanwhile, shares of JPMorgan are up 3.8% so far this year. On Monday afternoon, JPMorgan’s shares were trading virtually unchanged. The Bloomberg piece indicated that WisdomTree is no longer actively pursuing a sale but could put resume sales talk if its shares rebound.

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