NEW YORK — LaBranche & Co., one of the largest specialist firms on the New York Stock Exchange, said Tuesday that it had signed a letter of intent to acquire Bocklet & Co. LLC, a competitor.

LaBranche said Bocklet would add 60 companies to its own current 512. Terms were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to due diligence, execution of a definitive acquisition agreement, and regulatory approval, LaBranche said.

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