A woman talks on her phone as she walks past T-mobile and Sprint wireless stores in New York July 30, 2009. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidBankers said Sprint had a handful of options after AT&T swooped in to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, but none of them would give it the clout to compete in a market dominated by AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which would collectively hold an almost 80 percent market share. Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead said he had no interest in buying Sprint.

Charles Schwab will buy online brokerage optionsXpress Holdings in a $1 billion deal that gives Schwab a stable of the most active retail traders, as options continue to boom.

Shutterfly said it agreed to buy privately held card design company Tiny Prints in a $333 million cash-and-stock deal, as the photo-sharing service tries to win back customers in a market increasingly dominated by social networking sites like Facebook.

Buyouts in Asia are chiefly dependent on bank loans but in a first-of-its-kind for the region, the debt portion of one deal last week was financed entirely through a bond issue, likely opening a new funding route for private equity firms, writes Stephen Aldred.

Secondary market trading has provided a valuation boost for many venture capitals’ assets, like Facebook and Twitter. Now, the expansion of startups’ market inclusion is set to generate greater short-term profit and higher expectations for investors, many of which have no affiliation to venture capital or to venture capital limited partnerships, writes peHUB’s Jonathan Marino.