Charles Schwab uses $1 billion in stock to buy OptionsXpress

Today, Charles Schwab Corp. agreed to use $1 billion in stock to purchase OptionsXpress, a retail options brokerage.  The brokerage will be used in the Schwab’s equity and mutual funds offerings.

In the purchase, Schwab agreed to exchange 1.02 of its shares for each OptionsXpress share.  OptionXpress’s acquisition price totaled 20 percent more than their closing price on March 18th.

Since 1999, Schwab has made at least 15 business purchases.  Last year, the company bought Windward Investment Management Inc. for $150 million.

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ISU purchases veterinary hospital

Upon approval by the Iowa Board of Regents, Iowa State University will purchase Iowa Veterinary Specialties in Des Moines.  The university announced their plans to purchase the emergency and specialty care hospital yesterday.  The purchase will join the IVS as a part of ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Officials say that the college’s current medical center, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, and Iowa Veterinary Specialties will continue to operate separately and will remain in their current locations.

“The timing is right for creating this affiliation.  Our hospital has grown considerably throughout its 30-year history and is well positioned for future growth.  Iowa State can help IVS recognize its potential much sooner than would be otherwise,” said one of the founders of IVS.

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Exelon purchases John Deere wind

Exelon, one of the nation’s largest utilities providers, recently purchased John Deere Renewables.  Exelon has approximately 5.4 million customers and generates around $17 billion of revenue every year.

John Deere Renewables can provide 735 megawatts of clean wind energy to nearly 220,000 homes.  Under Exelon, John Deere Renewables will change its name to Exelon Wind and will involve 36 wind energy projects in 8 states.

Exelon CEO and chairman John W. Rowe called the purchase “an economically sound transaction that adds value for shareholders”.  In addition, Rowe noted that the purchase will help Exelon to reach its goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 2020.

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