Charles Schwab Buys Online Trader OptionsXpress For $1B

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – San Francisco-based Charles Schwab is buying online brokerage services provider OptionsXpress for $1 billion.

The discount broker said OptionsXpress shareholders will receive 1.02 shares of Schwab stock for each share of OptionsXpress share. Based on Schwab’s closing price on Friday of $17.91, the transaction is valued at $1 billion.

OptionsXpress Holdings Inc., based in Chicago, provides brokerage services for equity options and futures trading. At the end of February, the company had 385,200 client accounts and $8.1 billion in client assets.

Charles Schwab Corp. has $1.6 trillion in client assets at the end of the same period.

The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

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