In response to a report in The Boston Globe that Fidelity Investments is exploring a sale, chairman Edward C. “Ned” Johnson issued a rare response denouncing the rumor.

“I must confess that this is the very first time I’ve heard that we are selling Fidelity. I appreciate The Globe letting me know this important fact,” he joked. “In all seriousness, this sounds like a rumor put out by an investment banker looking for business.”

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