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  • Feb 4- Staples Inc, the No. 1 U.S. office supplier, agreed to buy nearest rival Office Depot Inc in a $6.3 billion cash-and-stock deal to better compete against online and big-box retailers. Staples said it would pay $7.25 per share in cash and 0.2188 of its shares for each Office Depot share. The offer, which is likely to face close antitrust scrutiny, values Office...

  • Feb 3- Diversified chemicals maker Tronox Ltd said it would acquire FMC Corp's Alkali Chemicals division for $1.64 billion to expand in faster-growing developing economies. Tronox said all of Alkali Chemicals' revenue is booked in the United States, enabling the company to utilize its U.S. tax attributes to offset Alkali Chemicals' pretax income.

  • Feb 3- J M Smucker Co, the maker of Folgers coffee, said it would buy pet food maker Big Heart Pet Brands, known for brands such as Meow Mix and Milk-Bone, for $3.2 billion to enter the pet food market. Big Heart, formerly Del Monte Corp, changed its name following the sale of its fruit, vegetable, and other consumer foods business in February last year.

  • Lenovo's big challenge ahead Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 10:46 PM ET
    Lenovo's big challenge ahead

    After better-than-expected third-quarter revenue, Lenovo's decision to re-launch Motorola into China will be its biggest challenge ahead, says Jean-Louis Lafayeedney, Technology Analyst at SG-Ji.

  • Feb 2- Verizon Communications Inc is nearing wrapping up deals to sell more than $10 billion in assets, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Divesting assets could also help Verizon repurchase some shares it issued after it announced the Vodafone deal, he added. In 2013, Verizon announced its plans to acquire the 45 percent...

  • Feb 2- Food distributor Sysco Corp said it would sell 11 distribution centers run by takeover target US Foods Inc to Performance Food Group to satisfy antitrust concerns. Sysco's $3.5 billion offer for US Foods is awaiting approval from the Federal Trade Commission as the deal would combine the two largest U.S. food distributors. Sysco and US Foods are the only...

  • Feb 2- Mylan Inc said it would buy Indian drugmaker Famy Care Ltd's female health businesses for about $750 million in cash and $50 million in contingent payments to expand its line of women's health products. Monday's announcement marks Mylan's second deal with an Indian drugmaker after it bought Bangalore- based Strides Arcolab's injectable drugs unit for...

  • Feb 2- Food distributor Sysco Corp said it would sell 11 distribution centers run by takeover target US Foods Inc to Performance Food Group to satisfy antitrust concerns. The centers generated $4.6 billion in revenue in US Foods' most recent fiscal year, Sysco said on Monday. Sysco announced its agreement to buy US Foods for $3.5 billion in December 2013.

  • Wilmington, Del., Jan 30- Hedge funds lost a court bid to get extra cash for their shares of online family research site Ancestry.com Inc, in a ruling involving an increasingly popular hedge fund strategy. A Delaware judge ruled on Friday that a private equity firm paid a fair value of $32 per share in 2012 to acquire Ancestry.com and rejected hedge fund claims the...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 30- GFI Group Inc shareholders on Friday voted down a proposed takeover by CME Group Inc, the companies said, opening the door for a hostile bid from rival BGC Partners. CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange operator, for months has been locked in a bidding war for GFI Group, a derivatives broker, with BGC Partners Inc.. CME Group had planned to...

  • CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange operator, for months has been locked in a bidding war for derivatives broker GFI Group with inter-dealer broker BGC Partners Inc. CME Group first agreed to acquire GFI Group last July for a total of around $820 million. CME Group had pursued GFI Group to acquire two GFI units that would allow it to expand its reach in...

  • Wilmington, Del., Jan 30- A Delaware judge ruled on Friday that a private equity firm paid a fair value of $32 per share to acquire Ancestry.com Inc and rejected hedge fund claims the price should have been as high as $47 per share. The online family research company was sold to European private equity firm Permira Advisors in 2012. The private equity firm paid 40...

  • Jan 28- Camel cigarettes maker Reynolds American Inc's shareholders approved its $25 billion acquisition of Newport menthol cigarette maker Lorillard Inc, a deal that would combine the No.2 and No.3 U.S. cigarette companies. A combination of Reynolds and Lorillard would create an entity that would control about 40 percent of the U.S. cigarettes market.

  • Reynolds American shareholders approve to buy Lorillard Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:40 AM ET

    Jan 28- Camel cigarettes maker Reynolds American Inc's shareholders approved its $25 billion acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc.. The proposed deal, which was announced last July, has attracted intense antitrust scrutiny as it seeks to combine the No.2 and No.3 U.S. cigarette makers. About 451 million of Reynolds' outstanding shares were voted in...

  • Jan 27- Chocolate maker Hershey Co is in late-stage talks to acquire Krave, a maker of healthy beef, turkey and pork jerky snacks, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal is expected to value Sonoma, California- based Krave at between $200 million and $300 million, the people said this week. It sells to retailers that include Target Corp, Vitamin Shoppe...

  • *IAG would operate Aer Lingus as separate brand. DUBLIN, Jan 27- The board of Irish airline Aer Lingus has recommended an improved 1.36- billion-euro takeover offer from the owner of British Airways which now must sooth government concerns to win shareholder approval. Aer Lingus said its recommendation is subject to being satisfied with how IAG proposes to...

  • The star of "Shaolin Soccer" and "Red Cliff" and Huang Youlong, her husband, paid more than HK $3 billion for 9.18 percent of Alibaba Pictures Group Ltd, according to Hong Kong stock exchange filings. This month, Alibaba Pictures unveiled its first movie project under its new ownership, a romance to be produced by acclaimed Hong Kong director Wong Kar- wai.

  • Jan 26- Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners LP said on Monday it would buy affiliate Regency Energy Partners LP for about $11 billion, the latest example of master limited partnerships trying to simplify their structures and lift returns. Unlike the $44 billion deal industry leader Kinder Morgan Inc led last year to fold all of its units into a...

  • Jan 26- Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc said it would acquire privately held rival MOM Brands Co for about $1.15 billion in cash and stock to expand in the bagged and hot cereal categories. Post has been aggressively pursuing deals since it was spun off from Ralcorp Holdings in 2012. The cereal maker said in April that it would buy egg and dairy producer and...

  • Jan 23- Expedia Inc has acquired online travel agency Travelocity from technology company Saber Corp for $280 million in cash, the companies said in a statement on Friday, as consolidation in the online booking industry continues. The deal follows a 2013 marketing agreement in which Expedia Inc's technology powered platforms for Travelocity's U.S. and...