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The London Stock Exchange logo is pictured in London, 17 March 2006.... Nieuwsfoto'sBeurs,Beurs van Londen,Economie,Groot-Brittannië,Horizontaal,Logo,Londen - EngelandPhotographer Collection: AFP 2010 AFP(FILES) The London Stock Exchange logo is pictured in London, 17 March 2006. The US Nasdaq stock exchange Monday 20 November 2006 launched an improved takeover bid for the London Stock Exchange worth 2.9 billion pounds in a further sign that US financial companies are muscling into the European share trading sector. The increased bid, equivalent to 4.3 billion euros or 5.5 billion dollars, represents a 20.8-percent increase on Nasdaq's previous offer in March. Nasdaq, which was already the biggest shareholder in Europe's biggest stock market, added that it has snapped up another tranche of shares, taking its total LSE holding to 28.75 percent, from 25.1 percent previously. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)