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Shares of WisdomTree Investments Inc. on Monday soared by more than 6%, amid a report that it had explored a sale late last year to JPMorgan Chase & Co. . According to Bloomberg News, citing people familiar with the matter, officials at WisdomTree, one of the largest managers of exchange-traded funds in the world, held talks with JPMorgan about a tie-up that ultimately ended in December without a deal materializing. The report on WisdomTree comes after a separate Bloomberg report published nearly a year ago said JPMorgan was aiming to increase its presence in the $3 trillion-plus ETF market. Shares of WisdomTree are down 4.2% so far this year, compared with a 7.5% gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average , a 8.1% gain for the S&P 500 index and a 10.2% return for the Nasdaq Composite Index over the same period. Meanwhile, shares of JPMorgan are up 3.8% so far this year. On Monday afternoon, JPMorgan's shares were trading virtually unchanged. The Bloomberg piece indicated that WisdomTree is no longer actively pursuing a sale but could put resume sales talk if its shares rebound. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.