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  • Alcatel and Nokia declined to comment. Bloomberg reported later on Monday that the companies had examined a full takeover of Paris- based telecom equipment maker Alcatel, but that Nokia was more likely to buy the wireless business. The newspaper added that any deal would be closely watched by French politicians, as Alcatel was considered a strategic business.

  • April 13- Several shareholders of chipmaker Altera Corp, including Cadian Capital Management and TIG Advisors, have urged the company to resume takeover talks with Intel Corp, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. In letters to Altera's management, shareholders have raised concerns about the company's ability to create value on its own...

  • PARIS, April 13- Finland's Nokia Oyj is close to a deal to buy Alcatel-Lucent's mobile networks business to boost its core business, especially in the United States and China, Les Echos newspaper reported on Monday. Alcatel and Nokia declined to comment. Bloomberg reported on Monday that the companies had examined a full takeover of Paris- based Alcatel, but that...

  • Zoetis agreed with Pershing Square and Sachem Head Group in February to add two independent directors. The agreement prevents Pershing Square from raising its stake in Zoetis to above 12.5 percent and soliciting any takeover offers for the company or its units. Pershing Square was Zoetis's largest shareholder as of Feb. 3 with an 8.35 percent stake, according...

  • LinkedIn CEO: Lynda.com is a 'great fit'   Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 7:07 PM ET
    LinkedIn CEO: Lynda.com is a 'great fit'

    Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, explains the professional social network operator's decision to acquire online education company Lynda.com for $1.5 billion.

  • April 9- Discussions over a takeover by Intel Corp of smaller chip maker Altera Corp have ended as the companies were unable to agree on price, a person familiar with the matter said, but Altera shares rose, suggesting it is still a potential target. Altera's shares surged 4 percent at $43.75 in afternoon trading on Nasdaq after earlier falling as much as 8 percent.

  • LinkedIn's big Lynda.com acquisition   Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 11:01 AM ET
    LinkedIn's big Lynda.com acquisition

    LinkedIn's biggest acquisition ever is of Lynda.com for $1.5 billion, with CNBC's Jon Fortt, and Jon Steinberg, The Daily Mail North America CEO.

  • April 9- Takeover talks between Intel Corp and Altera Corp have broken off as the chipmakers could not come to an agreement on price, a person familiar with the matter said. Altera's shares fell as much as 8 percent to $38.67 in early trading, while Intel was down about 2 percent to $30.57. Intel and Altera did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

  • NEW YORK, April 8- Global equity markets rose on Wednesday, with European shares hitting eight-year highs on a $70 billion takeover bid by Royal Dutch Shell, but shares pared gains after the largest U.S. crude inventory build since 2001 slammed oil prices. Equity markets briefly sold off after U.S. Energy Information Administration data showed stockpiles of U.S....

  • More energy M&A ahead?   Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 3:30 PM ET
    More energy M&A ahead?

    After Shell's big deal, are more takeouts coming down the pike? Lawrence McDonald and Andrew Keene discuss with Brian Sullivan.

  • HOUSTON, April 8- Royal Dutch Shell Plc's $70 billion agreement to buy BG Group Plc may be just the signal that other dealmakers need to make their own energy takeover bets, particularly in the U.S. shale sector. "Things may be changing," said Rich Eychner, an equity research associate at Raymond James in Houston. There are literally dozens of shale oil and gas...

  • Family Dollar beats 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    MATTHEWS, N.C.— Family Dollar, which is in the process of being bought by rival Dollar Tree Inc., reported a 16 percent drop in its fiscal second-quarter net income as severe winter weather hurt sales. In January, Family Dollar's shareholders approved Dollar Tree's $8.5 billion takeover bid, despite higher competing offers from Dollar General Corp. On Tuesday,...

  • *Canon says set to secure 76 percent of Axis. *Offer period extended to April 21. TOKYO, April 8- Canon Inc said it was extending the offer period for its proposed $2.7 billion takeover of Swedish video-surveillance firm Axis AB after falling short of its ownership goals, but stressed it would not be raising its bid.

  • Proposed BG-Shell tie-up boosts top UK stocks Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 4:23 AM ET

    *BG Group at highest level in over 6 months. *Sky also up after report of Vivendi interest. LONDON, April 8- A proposed $70 billion takeover of BG Group by energy firm Royal Dutch Shell lifted top UK shares on Wednesday to outperform pan-European equities and buoyed the battered energy sector.

  • *Sky rallies after sources say Vivendi mulling takeover. PARIS, April 8- European shares rose in early trading on Wednesday, led by a rally in energy stocks after Royal Dutch Shell agreed to buy BG Group for 47 billion pounds in the first oil super-merger in a decade. Shares in BG jumped 39 percent, while Tullow Oil soared 10 percent, BP gained 4 percent, Repsol added 1.8...

  • April 7- Private equity firms Blackstone Group LP and Corsair Capital are in talks to acquire a major stake in First Eagle Investment Management, valuing the company at around $4 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. The negotiations with First Eagle's owner, buyout firm TA Associates, are expected to continue for weeks and a deal...

  • US OKs Wisconsin Energy acquisition of Integrys Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 6:19 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Federal regulators have approved Wisconsin Energy Corp.' s proposed $9.1 billion takeover of Chicago- based Integrys Energy Group Inc.. The combined company will be called WEC Energy Group Inc. and serve more than 4.3 million total gas and electric customers across Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. The utility is expecting decisions...

  • April 7- Business software maker Informatica Corp said it would be bought for about $5.3 billion by private equity firms Permira Funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, in the biggest U.S. leveraged buyout so far this year. Informatica shareholders will get $48.75 per share in cash. The stock rose 4 percent on Monday after Reuters reported that...

  • Informatica going private in $5.3 billion sale Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Informatica Corp. is being acquired by private equity firms Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for about $5.3 billion. Under the deal, shareholders of the data and software company will receive $48.75 per share in cash, a 6.4 percent premium to Monday's closing price of $45.83. Informatica shares rose $1.93, or 4.2 percent, to $47.76...

  • FedEx agrees to take over Dutch rival TNT Express Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 3:52 AM ET

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands— FedEx has agreed to take over Dutch delivery company TNT Express for 4.4 billion euros, bolstering its global business with an acquisition that rival UPS had tried but failed to complete two years ago. FedEx said Tuesday it reached a conditional agreement with TNT Express' management on an all-cash offer of eight euros per TNT share.