The $71 million acquisition of internet measurement firm Jupiter Media Metrix by rival NetRatings [WAMN: 26-Oct-01] has been called off after the Federal Trade Commission voiced concerns.

Announcing the decision, NetRatings revealed the FTC had threatened to oppose parts of the deal involving security arrangements and a loan to Jupiter of up to $25m.

The news prompted a 70% fall in Jupiter’s stock to 81 cents, while NetRatings rose by over a dollar to $15.15.

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