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  • June 2- Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc on Monday prepared to take its $53.8 billion takeover bid for Allergan Inc directly to the Botox maker's shareholders in a battle that could last late into the year. The fight escalated when Valeant ally Pershing Square, a hedge fund that owns 9.7 percent of Allergan, called for a meeting to replace the company's board.

  • June 2- U.S.-based Sterigenics International has sweetened its takeover offer for Nordion Inc, the Canadian medical isotope producer, to $805 million after a previous bid failed to attract enough shareholder support, Nordion said on Monday.

  • June 2- Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc on Monday prepared to take its $53.8 billion takeover bid for Allergan Inc directly to the Botox maker's shareholders, and ally Pershing Square called for a meeting to turn over the target company's board.

  • June 2- Chipmaker Broadcom Corp said it was looking to sell or wind-down of its cellular baseband business. The company said on Monday that a sale or wind-down of the business would likely save $700 million annually. Baseband chips are used in mobile devices to process wireless communication.

  • Ventas to buy ARC Healthcare in $2.6 bln deal Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    June 2- American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust Inc, a real estate investment trust focused on acquiring medical office buildings, said it would sell itself to rival Ventas Inc in a stock and cash deal valued at $2.6 billion. ARC Healthcare said Ventas would pay $11.33 per share, a premium of about 14 percent to the stock's Friday close.

  • TOKYO, June 2- Japan's Nikkei share average climbed to a two-month closing high on Monday after strong Chinese factory data lifted sentiment. But Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co Ltd tumbled on news that it is in talks to buy a U.S. life insurance company, with investors wondering how the company would fund the acquisition.

  • TOKYO, June 2- Japan's Nikkei share average climbed to an eight-week high after strong Chinese factory data and rising Japanese corporate spending lifted sentiment. But Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co Ltd tumbled on news that it is in talks to buy a U.S. life insurance company, with investors wondering how the company would fund the acquisition.

  • EL TIGRE, Venezuela May 30- Venezuela will appeal an arbitration ruling allowing refiner Phillips 66 to acquire state oil company PDVSA's 50 percent stake in a delayed coking unit at the Sweeny refinery, the oil minister said on Friday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, May 30- Erik Huggers is leaving Verizon Communications Inc just five months after joining the company via the acquisition of the Intel Corp "OnCue" streaming service he developed, signaling the communications giant's waning interest in providing an Internet-delivered TV service.

  • A federal jury in Manhattan found Nelson Obus, a fund manager at Wynnefield Capital Inc, not liable on an SEC claim he traded on inside information about a takeover of industrial products supplier SunSource Inc..

  • Music the right battle for Apple?     Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt and Liz Gannes, Re/code senior editor, discuss what Jimmy Iovine brings to Apple and if music is really that important to the tech giant's future.

  • Apple all about option value: Pro     Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    Toni Sacconaghi, Sanford C. Bernstein senior research analyst, discusses what the Beats deal means for Apple and if this was the best decision for the tech giant to invest its capital.

  • May 29- Surgery center operator Amsurg Corp said it would buy Sheridan Healthcare from private equity firm Hellman& Friedman in a cash and stock deal valued at about $2.35 billion to enter the outsourced physician services market. The acquisition is expected to immediately add to Amsurg's adjusted earnings and cash flow, the company said in a statement.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 28- Apple Inc will buy Beats for about $3 billion and bring recording mogul Jimmy Iovine into its ranks, in a bid to make headway in the fast-growing music-subscription market. Dre will join Apple as part of the acquisition. Pandora Media Inc and Spotify have raced ahead while Apple's eight-month-old iTunes Radio has not made much of an impact.

  • Apple to buy Beats for about $3 bln Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 4:44 PM ET

    May 28- Apple Inc said it would buy headphone maker Beats Electronics and streaming music provider Beats Music for about $3 billion. Dre will join Apple as part of the acquisition. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, Apple said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, May 28- Hikma Pharmaceuticals said on Wednesday it had agreed to acquire assets from the U.S. generic injectable drugs business of Germany's Boehringer Ingelheim for up to $300 million, boosting its presence in the injected medicine market.

  • May 28- Social network Facebook has asked European Union antitrust regulators to examine its $19 billion takeover of mobile messaging service WhatsApp, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Hillshire Brands Co saw a spike in bullish options bets in the days prior to a Tuesday takeover offer from Pilgrim's Pride Corp, even as the company was in the midst of a big acquisition of its own that had hurt its share price.

  • "Squawk Box" host Andrew Ross Sorkin has the latest details on Pilgrim's Pride's bid for Hillshire Brands.

  • LONDON, May 27- Shares in AstraZeneca fell 2.3 percent on Tuesday after U.S. drugmaker Pfizer said it would not make a formal bid to acquire its smaller British rival. Pfizer's decision- announced on Monday during a public holiday- had been widely expected after a rejection by AstraZeneca's board of its final offer of 55 pounds a share.