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  • Freeport-McMoran Sets Two Deals Worth $9 Billion Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 9:05 AM ET
    Copper coil

    Freeport-McMoran bought Plains Exploration and McMoran Exploration -- a company in which it already owns a partial stake -- in two deals worth a combined $9 billion.

  • Bull & Bear Case for Toll Brothers   Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 12:15 PM ET
    Bull & Bear Case For Toll Brothers

    The FMHR traders debate whether Toll Brothers is a buy after the company missed its earnings estimates and the stock tumbled on the news.

  • It's Official; OfficeMax & Office Depot Merge, But Who Will Lead?

    The "Squawk on the Street" team report office supply retailers, OfficeMax and Office Depot announced an all-stock merger of equals, but neither company's current CEO has been named to lead the newly formed company.

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  • ConAgra Seals Ralcorp Deal With $5 Billion Handshake Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 9:08 AM ET
    Baxter International Inc. in Toronto, Canada.

    ConAgra Foods announced on Tuesday it will acquire Ralcorp Holdings for about $5 billion to boost its presence in the private-label food market.

  • Mahindra Hopes for Quick Aston Martin Deal Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 7:39 PM ET

    Aston Martin, purveyors of fast cars to a fictional British spy and to real-life billionaires, could be partly owned by India's Mahindra and Mahindra by the end of the week if the Mumbai tractor moguls have their way.

  • It's a Hoax! Google Not Buying ICOA: ICOA CEO Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 2:47 PM ET
    google headquarters sign in wood gettyp

    The chief executive of wireless hotspot provider ICOA said his company has never had acquisition talks with Google and is contacting authorities about a "hoax" press release on Monday that said Google acquired his company for $400 million.

  • Knight Capital Up for Sale, May Merge With Rival Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 1:16 PM ET
    Knight Capital Up for Sale, May Merge With Rival

    Four months after a massive trading-technology glitch that cost it nearly half a billion dollars, Knight Capital Group is on the block, say people involved with the discussions, and could be merged in to one of its chief competitors.

  • How the Decision to Close the Exchanges Came Down

    In 2010, the billionaire hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen gave a rare interview to Vanity Fair. He said that he wanted to combat persistent rumors that his firm, SAC Capital Advisors, routinely violated securities laws by trading on confidential information, the New York Times reports.

  • HP Is 'Epitome of a Value Trap': Ritholtz Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 2:23 PM ET

    Hewlett-Packard shares took a beating after a dismal earnings report was blamed on a shocking $8.8 billion write-down. The question now is whether the company can get out its rut of poor decision making.

  • Under Fire: Dissecting the Words of Autonomy's Founder

    Mike Lynch, the founder of Autonomy who is engaged in a war of words with Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Meg Whitman over allegations of fraud, is firmly at the heart of the British establishment and was once dubbed the “British Bill Gates” by the media.

  • How Jim Chanos Spotted the HP Scandal Tuesday, 20 Nov 2012 | 10:17 AM ET
    How Jim Chanos Spotted the HP Scandal

    While many investors were caught off-guard Tuesday morning by the giant, fraud-ridden write-down by Hewlett-Packard of the value of Autonomy, hedge fund manager Jim Chanos wasn’t one of them.

  • US Stocks Seen Flat; Morgan Stanley Earnings Awaited Friday, 16 Nov 2012 | 6:08 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures indicated a slightly lower open on Wall Street on Friday, following declines in Europe on worries about the U.S. “fiscal cliff” and Greece’s prospects of securing further aid.

  • Leucadia's Upside-Down Acquisition of Jefferies Monday, 12 Nov 2012 | 5:33 PM ET
    Leucadia's Upside-Down Acquisition of Jefferies

    The deal only makes sense if you think of it the other way—Jefferies taking over Leucadia. Which, actually, is what’s happening, even if technically the deal is structured the other way.

  • Leucadia to Buy Jefferies in a $3.7 Billion Deal Monday, 12 Nov 2012 | 8:17 AM ET
    Jefferies Group

    Leucadia National, a holding company with investments in a broad array of businesses, is buying the investment banking firm Jefferies Group in an all stock transaction worth roughly $3.7 billion, according to people familiar with the transaction.

  • Weak Trading Activity Hits NYSE Euronext Revenue Tuesday, 6 Nov 2012 | 4:49 AM ET
    Weak Trading Activity Hits NYSE Euronext Revenue

    NYSE Euronext reported higher-than-expected third-quarter earnings on Tuesday but revenue missed expectations as global trading activity remained weak.

  • Warren Buffett Wants to Make the World More "Fun" Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:28 AM ET
    Warren Buffett Wants to Make the World More

    It isn't a big-game elephant, but Warren Buffett has captured a smaller "party" prize. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway announced today it has acquired privately-held Oriental Trading, based in Buffett's home town of Omaha, Nebraska.

  • Advance Auto Parts Exploring Possible Sale Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 3:29 PM ET
    Advance Auto Parts Exploring Possible Sale

    Advance Auto Parts, an aftermarket retailer of automotive parts with over 3700 stores and a $5.2 billion market value, has hired Blackstone to explore a sale of the company, according to people familiar with the situation.

  • Beyond Films, Here's How Disney Will Cash in on Lucas Deal Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 11:53 AM ET
    Iger, Lucas Weigh in on Disney's $4 Billion Lucasfilm Acquisition

    The surprise acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney Tuesday will certainly shake up the film world, but the deal also looks set to have substantial ripple effects in other parts of the entertainment industry.

  • George Lucas Just Made $4 Billion—Without VC Money Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    An entrepreneur by the name of George Lucas just cashed out of the company he founded and built: Lucasfilm. Unlike many entrepreneurs who build companies these days, George Lucas didn't raise any VC money.

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