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  • July 21- Time Warner Inc's board moved to prevent its shareholders from calling special meetings, effectively throwing up a hurdle to any quick move to approve a potential takeover by Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox.

  • Ackman says Valeant-Allergan deal looks closer-CNBC Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    July 21- Investor William Ackman, who owns nearly 10 percent of Botox maker Allergan Inc, said on Monday that the likelihood of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc succeeding in its hostile takeover for Allergan increased on Monday.

  • Newell Rubbermaid to buy water bottle maker Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Newell Rubbermaid said Monday that it plans to buy a maker of reusable water bottles and travel mugs for about $308 million as it seeks to expand into different product categories. Newell Rubbermaid said the acquisition, which is expected to close by the third quarter, will add $125 million of revenue to its business this year.

  • Fox not giving up on Time Warner deal Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    Sources says Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox may sell off some of its European assets to bolster its Time Warner offer, according to Bloomberg.

  • Diamondback to buy oil and gas assets for $538M Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 9:48 AM ET

    MIDLAND, Texas— Diamondback Energy will spend about $538 million to acquire drilling interests in Texas' Midland Basin. That money will go toward an earlier asset acquisition in West Texas. Shares of Diamondback Energy Inc. slipped 23 cents to $86.43 in morning trading Monday.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Reynolds American shares slide Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:22 AM ET

    Shares of Reynolds American stumbled in premarket trading Monday in the first trading since a Florida jury awarded $23.6 billion in punitive damages against its R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.. Even so, the analyst said the award may stir concern about its near-term impact on a $25 billion acquisition Reynolds American Inc. announced last week.

  • July 21- CBS Outdoor Americas Inc said Monday it would buy the billboard business from Van Wagner Communications LLC, a privately held company with outdoor advertising in New York's Times Square and on buses on the Las Vegas strip, for $690 million in cash.

  • NEW YORK, July 18- Many investors say the best trading strategy around a potential takeover of Time Warner Inc by Twenty-First Century Fox is to wager that media baron Rupert Murdoch will pay up to get what he wants.

  • July 18- Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc moved on Friday to blunt a key criticism by takeover target Allergan Inc of its Bausch+ Lomb business by releasing data showing strong sales growth.

  • July 18- Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc moved on Friday to blunt a key criticism by takeover target Allergan Inc of its Bausch+ Lomb business by releasing data showing strong sales growth.

  • One such deal came on Tuesday, when Camel cigarettes maker Reynolds American said it would buy rival Lorillard for $26.8 billion. As part of the takeover, Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group bought a number of brands and assets from both companies for $7.1 billion. Imperial adviser Goldman Sachs ranked top in the M&A league tables, ahead of Morgan Stanley and Citi.

  • NEW YORK, July 18- Many investors say the best trading strategy around a potential takeover of Time Warner Inc by Twenty-First Century Fox is to wager that media baron Rupert Murdoch will pay up to get what he wants.

  • July 17- Allergan Inc, trying to fend off a hostile takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, has thrown up obstacles to a special shareholders meeting, its biggest investor said on Thursday.

  • UPDATE 2-Gambro acquisition boosts Baxter's sales Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:30 PM ET

    July 17- Medical device and drug maker Baxter International Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly adjusted earnings, driven primarily by a surge in sales of the dialysis products it gained from its acquisition of Gambro AB last year.

  • July 17- Allergan Inc, trying to fend off a hostile takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, has stacked the odds against a special shareholders meeting, its biggest investor said on Thursday.

  • *Woolworths confident of securing Country Road deal. SYDNEY/ JOHANNESBURG July 17- South Africa's Woolworths cleared the final hurdle to its $2 billion takeover of David Jones after an Australian court gave the upscale clothing and food retailer the green light on Thursday.

  • *BSkyB in talks to buy into Germany, Italy. LONDON, July 17- U.S.-based cable group Liberty Global has bought BSkyB's 6.4 percent stake in ITV, Britain's biggest free-to-air commercial broadcaster, boosting its shares on hopes of a wider bid.

  • *BSkyB in talks to buy into Germany, Italy. LONDON, July 17- John Malone's cable group Liberty Global has bought a 6.4 percent stake in ITV from BSkyB, lifting shares in Britain's biggest free-to-air commercial broadcaster on hopes of a wider bid.

  • SYDNEY, July 17- An Australian court on Thursday approved the takeover of Australia's David Jones Ltd by South Africa's Woolworths Holdings Ltd, clearing a final hurdle for the $2 billion deal. Shareholders of both companies have already voted in favour of the A $4.00 per share bid for Australia' No.2 department store by sales.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood. NEW YORK— In a move that aims to counter consolidation among TV distributors, Rupert Murdoch's Fox has made an unsolicited takeover offer for rival media giant Time Warner for about $76 billion in cash and stock.