NU Online News Service, Sept. 6, 1:34 p.m. – Speculators have been debating on Yahoo! message boards about whether American International Group Inc., New York, would or should acquire the American Express Company, New York.

Representatives for AIG and American Express declined to comment on the speculation.

Messages about the topic appear on the Yahoo! site at http://messages.yahoo.com/bbs?action=t&type=r&board=7080689&sid=7080689