Yahoo and eBay end merger talks, CNBC reports

The transaction falls apart even though the two Internet companies had been close to agreeing on a purchase price, CNBC said.

Yahoo and eBay have ended talks to merge, CNBC reported today.

The transaction fell apart even though the two Internet companies had been close to agreeing on a purchase price, CNBC said.

CNBC reported two weeks ago that Santa Clara, Calif.-based Internet search engine had been negotiating a possible acquisition of eBay or an alliance with the online auctioneer, though analysts said they doubted that the talks would result in a merger or acquisition.

Both companies declined to comment.

"Yahoo does not comment on market speculation or discussions with partners," a Yahoo spokeswoman said.

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