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  • Ahead of the Bell: H&R Block Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK— H&R Block's shares climbed almost 7 percent before the opening bell Friday after the tax preparer found someone to acquire its banking business. BofI Federal Bank will also offer H&R Block- brand financial programs like Emerald Prepaid Master Card and Emerald Advance lines of credit under a program management agreement between the two companies.

  • Amazon to buy digital comics company Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Online retailer Amazon said Thursday it's buying digital comics company comiXology for an undisclosed sum. Amazon said the acquisition will help it offer more and better digital comic books and graphic novels. Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell $14.79, or 4.5 percent, to $317. amid a broader market sell-off.

  • TORONTO/ VANCOUVER, April 10- Goldcorp Inc raised its hostile takeover offer for Osisko Mining Corp on Thursday, squeaking above a white knight bid by Yamana Gold Inc and heightening a bidding war that has helped inject life into a depressed gold mining sector.

  • *Battle for Deoleo turned political this week. MADRID, April 10- The board of Spain's Deoleo, the world's top olive oil bottler, agreed on Thursday to back a takeover bid from British private equity fund CVC Capital Partners.

  • TORONTO/ VANCOUVER, April 10- Goldcorp Inc raised its hostile takeover offer for Osisko Mining Corp on Thursday, squeaking above a white knight bid by Yamana Gold Inc and heightening a bidding war that has helped inject life into a depressed gold mining sector.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The European packaging company Ardagh Group S.A. won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Saint-Gobain Containers Inc after agreeing to sell six of its nine glass container manufacturing plants in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday.

  • Ardagh wins U.S. go-ahead to buy Saint Gobain unit Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 10- The European packaging company Ardagh Group S.A. won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Saint-Gobain Containers Inc after agreeing to sell six of its nine glass container manufacturing plants, the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday.

  • TORONTO, April 10- Goldcorp Inc hiked its hostile takeover offer for smaller Canadian gold miner Osisko Mining Corp to about C $3.6 billion on Thursday as it sought to top a complex white knight bid from Yamana Gold Inc..

  • The deal announced by Ladbrokes on Wednesday follows a similar-sized acquisition last September when Ladbrokes- Britain's second-biggest bookmaker- bought online company Bookmaker.com. au and launched a website in Australia.

  • *Beats nil-premium merger proposal from Australia's Myer. SYDNEY, April 9- South African retailer Woolworths Holdings Ltd is set to buy Australia's second-largest department store David Jones for $2 billion, trumping an offer from Australian rival Myer Holdings Ltd with a hefty premium.

  • April 8- A six-year-old online news startup has agreed to buy the Anchorage Daily News, the largest daily newspaper in Alaska, from the McClatchy Co for $34 million, the two companies announced on Tuesday. Alice Rogoff, publisher of the online-only Alaska Dispatch, said the deal was meant to serve Alaskans, many of whom still read a print newspaper.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, April 8- Comcast Corp sought to rebut critics of its planned $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc, arguing that newcomers like Google Inc and Apple Inc would ensure competition in both Internet and video markets.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, April 8- Comcast Corp sought to rebut critics of its planned $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc, arguing that newcomers like Google Inc and Apple Inc would ensure competition in both Internet and video markets.

  • Comcast argues benefits of Time Warner Cable deal Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Comcast Corp. on Tuesday presented its case to government regulators arguing that its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition.

  • HONG KONG, April 8- The Shanghai- listed retail arm of Sanpower Group said on Tuesday it was in talks to buy an 89 percent stake in Britain's Highland Group Holdings, which owns department store House of Fraser. Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store said it planned to set up a subsidiary in Britain to acquire Highland Group.

  • Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 3:43 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Rahm Emanuel has been a force in politics— the mastermind behind a Democratic takeover of Congress, dealmaker in two White Houses and now the hard-charging mayor intent on fixing what ails the nation's third-largest city, no matter whom he ticks off in the process.

  • Laclede buys Energen's gas utility for $1.28B Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— The Laclede Group Inc. is acquiring Alabama Gas Corp., the natural gas utility business of Energen, for about $1.28 billion in cash. For Energen Corp., the sale pushes it closer to becoming a pure exploration and production company. Energen shares added 17 cents to reach $81.69.

  • European shares retreat from highs, techs slip Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    *Bouygues, Iliad fall; Numericable spikes on SFR deal. The stock market also came under pressure from a drop of 5.4 percent in Bouygues and 5.7 percent in Iliad, after Numericable won a bid to acquire Vivendi's SFR telecom unit. Iliad investors were disappointed because the company stood to benefit if Bouygues's bid for SFR succeeded.

  • *Investors to get 0.8 Sun Pharma share per Ranbaxy share.

  • India's Sun Pharma to buy Ranbaxy in $4 bln deal Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 2:26 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India— India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is buying troubled generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $4 billion deal, the companies said Monday. Shares of Ranbaxy, which is 63- percent owned by Japan's Daiichi Sankyo, were down 4.8 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

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