UPDATE 1-Recent acquisitions help boost Nasdaq earnings

Wed Feb 5, 2014 7:51am EST
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* Q4 earnings excluding items 69 cents/share

* Analysts tipped 67 cents/share earnings

* Revenues rise 23 percent

Feb 5 (Reuters) - Transatlantic exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group Inc on Wednesday reported a higher fourth-quarter profit, helped by increased revenue from recent acquisitions.

Net income attributable to Nasdaq totaled $141 million, or 81 cents per share, up from $85 million, or 50 cents per share, a year earlier.

Not including one-time items, the New York-based company earned 69 cents per share, topping the consensus of analysts by 2 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue rose 23 percent to $520 million.

Nasdaq last year closed a $390 million deal to buy Thomson Reuters Corp's investor relations, public relations and multimedia services businesses.

It also financed a $750 million deal to buy eSpeed, the electronic Treasuries-trading platform, from BGC Partners Inc , giving it a foothold in fixed income.   Continued...