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  • June 29- Amag Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would buy the largest newborn stem cell bank in the world for $700 million in cash and stock to strengthen is maternal health business, in its biggest deal ever. The acquisition of CBR is Amag's first in the maternity-related business since it bought Lumara Health Inc for $675 million in September. Deutsche Bank and...

  • BASEL, Switzerland, June 29- Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG boosted its presence in pain management on Monday by agreeing to buy U.S.-Australian biotech firm Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, the companies said in separate statements on Monday. Spinifex said Novartis was paying $200 million upfront and Spinifex shareholders could get further payments based on...

  • FRANKFURT, June 26- Shares in German potash miner K+ S leapt almost 40 percent on Friday after a takeover proposal from Canada's Potash Corp which sources close to the matter said was worth more than 7 billion euros. K+ S believes Potash Corp wants to take capacity out of an over-supplied market to boost its profitability, the sources said, adding the Canadian firm...

  • June 25- German potash producer K+ S said on Thursday it has received a takeover proposal from larger Canadian rival Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc, starting a new takeover saga in the fertilizer industry. Potash Corp would not comment. In 2010, Potash Corp itself was the target of a $39 billion hostile bid from global mining giant BHP Billiton.

  • Thermo Fisher buying research chemicals maker for $403M Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Scientific instruments maker Thermo Fisher will spend $403 million to acquire a Massachusetts research chemicals producer. Alfa Aesar, which is located about 30 miles north of Boston, is a unit of Johnson Matthey, a British company that makes specialty chemicals. Thermo Fisher, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, recorded $16.89 billion in revenue last...

  • *Vivendi now owns 14.9 pct of Telecom Italia. PARIS, June 24- Vivendi said on Wednesday it raised its stake in Telecom Italia to 14.9 percent, replacing Telefonica as its biggest shareholder and gaining a foothold in a country it said had significant growth prospects. With Telecom Italia seen by sector executives and bankers as a potential takeover target,...

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- Zimmer Holdings Inc said it closed a $14 billion deal to buy rival orthopedic products maker Biomet Inc on Wednesday shortly after winning U.S. antitrust approval on condition that it divest certain assets. Zimmer said in a statement that with the acquisition it was changing its name to Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. The assets to be sold...

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- Zimmer Holdings Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy rival orthopedic products maker Biomet Inc on condition that it divest certain assets, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Zimmer had said when it announced the proposed transaction in April 2014 that the $13 billion deal would double the size of its spine and dental...

  • June 24- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, said on Wednesday that it would still pursue an acquisition of Swiss rival Syngenta AG, which has rebuffed talks about its $45 billion offer, even as it warned of market challenges. Executives at Monsanto, which also reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, said they hoped for a friendly deal to...

  • June 24- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported a better-than-expected profit for the third quarter on Wednesday but warned of market challenges ahead, and said it continues to pursue the acquisition of Swiss rival Syngenta AG. Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as its popular Roundup...

  • Monsanto posts higher 3Q profit, pursues Syngenta tie-up Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 8:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Monsanto Co. reported better-than-expected earnings results for the third quarter on Wednesday as executives continued to pursue a $45 billion takeover of Swiss competitor, Syngenta AG. The St. Louis company reiterated its goal to more than double its 2014 earnings per share by 2019, emphasizing the potential benefits of a combination with...

  • HOUSTON, June 23- Williams Companies Inc has spurned Energy Transfer Equity's $48 billion takeover offer for now but a tie-up would give the company a dominant position in the fastest-growing natural gas market in the United States: the Northeast's Marcellus Shale. The deal, which would be one of the largest pipeline acquisitions ever, also would give Energy...

  • TEL AVIV, June 23- Mylan NV chief financial officer John Sheehan will arrive in Israel on Wednesday for a meeting with the head of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to discuss a possible listing of its shares if it succeeds in buying Perrigo Co, an industry source said. Mylan has offered to acquire Perrigo for $34 billion in an attempt to fend off a bid from Israel's Teva...

  • *Telecoms outperform after Bouygues approach. LONDON, June 22- European shares surged to their highest level in more than a week on Monday, anticipating some progress on Greece's debt crisis after months of wrangling with international creditors. The telecoms sector outperformed the broader market after a takeover bid for France's Bouygues Telecom...

  • *Telecoms outperform after Bouygues approach. LONDON, June 22- European shares surged to their highest level in more than a week on Monday, anticipating some progress on Greece's debt crisis after months of wrangling with international creditors. The telecoms sector outperformed the broader market after a takeover bid for France's Bouygues Telecom...

  • Cypress Semiconductor boosts bid for chipmaker ISSI Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Cypress Semiconductor has fattened its takeover offer for the chipmaker Integrated Silicon Solution Inc., coming over the top of a bid from China's Uphill Investment Co.. Cypress on Monday offered $22.25 per share for ISSI, or about $706.7 million, up from its offer last month of $19.25 per share. Shares of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., based in San Jose,...

  • *Telecoms outperform after Bouygues approach. LONDON, June 22- European shares climbed to their highest level in more than a week on Monday, anticipating some progress on Greece's debt crisis after months of wrangling with international creditors. The telecoms sector outperformed the broader market after a takeover bid for France's Bouygues Telecom...

  • Martha Stewart Living acquired for $353 million Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 9:49 AM ET
    Martha Stewart

    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will be acquired by Sequential Brands in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $353 million.

  • MSO bought by Sequential for $6.15 per share Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 9:19 AM ET
    MSO bought by Sequential for $6.15 per share

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports the acquisition for Martha Stewart Living is a half cash, half stock deal.

  • Cigna to Anthem: Nope, $54B still isn't enough Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 | 5:19 PM ET
    Pedestrians walk past the entrance to the Cigna Corp. headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Cigna on Sunday rejected an increased $53.8 billion bid from Anthem as inadequate.