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  • July 25- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd is in advanced talks to buy Allergan Plc's generic drug business following a thus far unsuccessful effort to acquire peer Mylan NV, according to a person familiar with the matter. Jerusalem- based Teva, which has offered to buy Mylan for $40 billion, is now close to an agreement to acquire Dublin- based Allergan's...

  • July 24- Anthem Inc said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership and accelerating the industry's consolidation from five national players to three. The proposed acquisition, the health insurance industry's largest, comes three weeks after Aetna Inc agreed to buy Humana Inc for $37...

  • NEW YORK— Even as TV watchers increasingly go online, AT&T has become the country's biggest traditional TV provider with its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. That's more than Comcast as well as a bigger Charter, which is seeking government approval to buy Time Warner Cable. DirecTV also has 19.5 million customers in Latin America, where AT&T wants to grow.

  • July 24- Shareholder advisory group Institutional Shareholder Services said it had "significant concerns" about a proposed takeover of PartnerRe Ltd by Axis Capital Holdings Ltd and recommended that PartnerRe's shareholders vote against the deal. ISS said a competing offer by Italian holding company Exor SpA was "more prudent" as it had the certainty of...

  • *To pay $103.40 in cash and 0.5152 for every Cigna share. July 24- Anthem Inc said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership. Anthem and Cigna are two of just four major insurers that administer self-insured plans for major companies.

  • July 24- Anthem Inc said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership. Anthem said it will pay $103.40 in cash and 0.5152 of its shares for every Cigna share held. The deal- the biggest ever in the health insurance industry- comes three weeks after Aetna Inc agreed to buy Humana Inc for $37...

  • "Japan corporates are definitely wanting to acquire more. Corporate profits have risen a lot and with that has come increased confidence for CEOs to make quick decisions, "said Mark Williams, head of investment banking for Asia ex- Japan at Nomura. That deal nudged Japan past China to become Asia's biggest acquiring nation this year, according to Thomson Reuters...

  • TOKYO, July 24- Japan's Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co said on Friday it has agreed to buy U.S.-based StanCorp Financial Group Inc for $5 billion, the latest multi-billion deal by acquisitive Japanese insurers. Meiji Yasuda, Japan's third-largest life insurer by premium revenue, has said previously it was looking for targets in the world's largest life...

  • July 23- Asset manager Ares Management L.P. said that it would buy Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors for $2.55 billion. Ares said that it will pay majority of the deal consideration with Ares Operating Group Units. The combined company would have $113 billion of assets under management, Ares said.

  • LONDON, July 23- Japanese media group Nikkei on Thursday agreed to buy the Financial Times from Britain's Pearson in a $1.3 billion deal that brings together two leading financial news organisations from Europe and Asia. The sale of the FT Group does not include its 50 percent stake in The Economist magazine or the London headquarters of the newspaper on the...

  • LONDON, July 23- Unilever expects a recent series of beauty deals to give its performance extra lustre while consumer demand remains weak for staple products from soup to soap. The wisdom of the transition was evident on Thursday when Unilever reported better-than-expected second-quarter sales, fueled by gains of 3.3 percent and 5.9 percent for its personal...

  • Japan's Nikkei to buy Financial Times: Report Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 10:13 AM ET
    Japan's Nikkei to buy Financial Times: Report

    Japan's Nikkei newspaper will become the new owner of the Financial Times. CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports.

  • *Syngenta CEO says sees no need for deal. ZURICH, July 23- Syngenta and unwanted suitor Monsanto squabbled over an earnings report from the Swiss pesticides maker on Thursday, with both sides claiming it strengthened their case in a $45 billion takeover battle. Monsanto wants to combine its world-leading seeds business with Syngenta's own seeds and pesticides.

  • Wal-Mart's move also comes after China said last month it will allow full foreign ownership of some e-commerce businesses, with the goal of encouraging foreign investment and the development and competitiveness of the sector. "1/ 8 Yihaodian's 3/ 8 local experience, combined with Walmart's global sourcing and our strong local retail presence and supply chain...

  • ISTANBUL, July 22- HSBC is set to agree to sell its Turkish business to Dutch lender ING Group for around $700 million- $750 million in the next few days, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. Acquiring HSBC's business would allow ING to roughly double its around $15 billion of assets in Turkey, putting it on better footing in a highly...

  • St. Jude Medical adds more heart devices in $3.4B buy Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 7:35 AM ET

    NEW YORK— St. Jude Medical will spend $3.4 billion in cash to acquire Thoratec, further bulking up its array of devices that are used to treat heart conditions. Thoratec's key product is an implantable device that helps patients' hearts pump more blood. Thoratec Corp. will be required to pay a termination fee of about $30 million if it backs out of the deal during the...

  • July 21- Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc, which is being acquired by larger rival Halliburton Inc, said it expects unfavorable market conditions to persist for the rest of the year. "In North America, we don't anticipate activity to increase while commodity prices remain depressed," Baker Hughes Chief Executive Martin Craighead said in a statement...

  • Horizon Pharma raises offer for Depomed Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 7:12 AM ET

    July 21- Ireland- based Horizon Pharma Plc said it raised its offer to buy smaller drugmaker Depomed Inc to $33 per share, contingent on Depomed agreeing to start takeover talks. Horizon raised its offer by 12.8 percent from its earlier bid of $29.25 per Depomed share. Horizon Pharma took that offer hostile after Depomed refused to engage in talks.

  • *Bonduelle in talks with Centerview to buy Green Giant-sources. July 21- French food group Bonduelle SCA is in discussions to team up with Centerview Partners in a bid to acquire General Mills Inc's Green Giant frozen and canned vegetable business, according to people familiar with the matter. General Mills and Centerview declined to comment.

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- Lockheed Martin Corp said Monday it would buy Black Hawk maker Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp for $9 billion, cementing Lockheed's dominance in weapons making. The Pentagon's largest supplier called Sikorsky a "national icon" and said the net cost of the deal was around $7.1 billion, taking into account tax benefits.