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  • Jan 11- Canada's Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp agreed to buy Pennsylvania- based OnCore Biopharma Inc to focus on developing hepatitis B virus treatment by combining multiple therapeutic methods. The implied market value of the merged company is about $750 million, based on Tekmira stock's closing price of $15.70 on the Nasdaq on Jan. 9, the companies said in a...

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The owner of British Airways said on Friday that Aer Lingus had rejected a revised takeover approach valuing the Irish airline at 2.40 euros per share. Aer Lingus said in December it had rejected a takeover approach from its larger rival, which is keen to gain control of its highly coveted runway slots at London's Heathrow Airport.

  • Facebook buys video startup QuickFire Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 6:18 PM ET

    Jan 8- Social network operator Facebook Inc said it bought QuickFire Networks, a startup that helps view high-quality video with low bandwidth. QuickFire announced the acquisition on its blog on Thursday. Facebook's acquisition of the video technology company comes a day after it said in a blog it averaged more than 1 billion video views every day since June...

  • NBA franchise for sale. Cost: Anybody's guess Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 2:49 PM ET
    Dennis Schroder and Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks go after a rebound during the NBA game at Staples Center on January 5, 2015 in Los Angeles.

    In the first post-Steve Ballmer sale of an NBA team, many wonder who will buy the Atlanta Hawks——and for how much.

  • Family Dollar is being pursued by both Dollar General Corp and Dollar Tree Inc, which see an acquisition of the company as way to help fend off rising competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Amazon.com Inc.. Family Dollar has agreed to be bought by smaller rival Dollar Tree for about $8.5 billion in cash and stock, saying Dollar General's $9.1 billion all-cash...

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 4- Mexico will publish preliminary terms on Jan. 14 for a $3.75 billion high-speed train contract that was abruptly canceled in November, Mexico's Transportation Ministry said on Sunday. Revelations that his wife was acquiring a home worth nearly $4 million from Grupo Higa, whose subsidiary was part of the consortium that initially won the...

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 4- Mexico will publish preliminary terms on Jan. 14 for a high-speed train contract that was abruptly canceled in November, Mexico's Transportation Ministry said on Sunday. The government revoked the single-bid deal, shortly before disclosures that the first lady was acquiring a luxury home from a Mexican company that was part of the winning...

  • Matt Murray, The Wall Street Journal, and Alan Murray, Fortune editor, discuss word Yahoo is looking to acquire a cable asset.

  • CAIRO, Dec 24- Kellogg Co, the world's largest maker of breakfast cereals, raised its bid for Egyptian snack maker Bisco Misr on Wednesday, topping a rival offer from UAE's Abraaj in an intensifying $144 million takeover battle. Kellogg's latest bid, for 89.86 Egyptian pounds per share, came on the heels of an offer earlier in the day by Abraaj Asset Management for...

  • Smith & Nephew outperforms sluggish European markets Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    *UK's FTSE 100 rises 0.2 pct to 6,609.93 points. The 7.7 percent jump in Smith& Nephew, after Bloomberg News reported U.S. rival Stryker was planning a takeover offer for it, allowed Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index to end 0.2 percent higher at 6,609.93 points. France's CAC ended down 0.4 percent as data showing another set of record unemployment figures in...

  • New York Life will also assume 60 percent of certain life insurance policies of Manulife's U.S. unit, John Hancock Financial, on a reinsurance basis, the Canadian company said. The combined business will have 2.5 million plan participants, Manulife said. Manulife and Britain's Standard Life agreed in September to a near- $4 billion deal for the Canadian...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Patent risk management company RPX Corp said on Tuesday it would buy patents owned by Apple Inc and other firms for $900 million, helping to further scale back lawsuits over smartphone technology. The deal puts an end to litigation started last year by Rockstar against several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on Google Inc's Android...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Patent risk management company RPX Corp on Tuesday announced a $900 million deal to buy most of the patents owned by Rockstar Consortium, formed by Apple Inc. and other major technology firms in 2011 following the bankruptcy of Nortel Network Corp.. The consortium last year also sued several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on...

  • *Nutreco falls as Cargill drops takeover bid. *FTSE up but pares gains as UK external deficit rises. Dutch animal feed company Nutreco also fell, sliding 5 percent after U.S. commodities company Cargill said it was dropping a bid for Nutreco.

  • TOKYO, Dec 22- Japanese stocks briefly hit a two-week high on Monday morning, led by oil-related shares on rebounding crude prices and as Showa Shell Sekiyu surged over 25 percent on a media report of an impending takeover bid. Oil refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu was the highlight of the session, surging 25.6 percent after media reported the oil refiner was in talks to...

  • UPDATE 1-China's Fosun raises offer for Club Med Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:48 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 19- Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang on Friday sweetened his bid for struggling Club Mediterranee at the last minute, trumping a 24 euros offer from Italian tycoon Andrea Bonomi in France's longest-running takeover battle. The new offer was made by Gaillon Invest II, majority controlled by Guo's Fosun conglomerate. It now includes Fosun with a...

  • BANGKOK, Dec 19- Thai Union Frozen Products PCL may need to raise equity capital to lower its debt-to-equity ratio after a $1.5 billion acquisition of U.S. tuna producer Bumble Bee Seafoods, the company's chief executive said on Friday. TUF's debt-to-equity ratio will more than double to 2.0 from 0.8 after the acquisition, Thai Union's President and Chief...

  • *Third acquisition for Thai Union so far this year. Thai Union, which makes "Chicken of the Sea" brand tuna and counts Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Costco Wholesale Corp among its clients, said on Friday its biggest-ever purchase will give it North America's largest seafood brands like Bumble Bee, Brunswick and Sweet Sue. Bumble Bee is the third acquisition deal this...

  • BANGKOK, Dec 19- Thai Union Frozen Products PCL, the world's largest canned tuna producer, said on Friday it has signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of North American tuna company Bumble Bee Foods for $1.51 billion from a private equity firm. The deal is part of a plan by Thai Union, the world's largest canned tuna producer, to boost the group's portfolio of...

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 17- Brazilian billionaire Abilio Diniz agreed to buy a 10 percent stake in Carrefour SA's Brazilian unit, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said on Wednesday, potentially strengthening its ability to take on the supermarket chain Diniz's father founded. Under terms of the deal, Diniz, whose Peninsula Participações holding...