BlackRock and Bank of New York Mellon are reportedly potential bidders for Barclays Global Investors, Barclays' asset-management division. An initial auction for BGI's exchange-traded funds unit, iShares, resulted in negotiations over the potential sale of BGI. Last month, Barclays agreed to sell iShares to CVC Capital Partners, but the bank can seek alternative bidders under the sale's "go-shop" provision.

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