NEW YORK-- Iconix Brand Group Inc. said Friday that it bought the remaining 49 percent stake in the Ecko portfolio of brands for about $45 million in cash. The clothing brand licensing company previously held a 51 percent stake in IP Holdings Unltd LLC, which it bought in 2009. Marc Ecko Enterprises will remain the core apparel licensee for the brands.» Read More
ICE has proposed a deal that would value NYSE at $33 per share, a 37 percent premium to its closing price on Wednesday, and would be funded one-third by cash and the rest in stock, CNBC said. At the close of trading on Wednesday, NYSE was worth about $5.8 billion, indicating that ICE may be willing to pay roughly $8 billion for the Big Board operator.
Dec 19- IntercontinentalExchange Inc and NYSE Euronext are in talks about a possible merger, which may be structured as a takeover of NYSE, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
Dec 19- Knight Capital Group Inc, which nearly collapsed in August following a software glitch, is being bought by rival automated trading firm Getco Holding Co in a cash-and-stock transaction that values Knight at around $1.4 billion and creates a dominant player in the industry.
NEW YORK, Dec 19- A relatively unknown German holding company this week made its third move on a coffee company as it tries to assemble a juggernaut that can challenge chains like Starbucks Corp and Dunkin' Brands Group Inc.
Dec 19- General Motors Co said it will buy back 200 million of its shares from the U.S. GM Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann said on Wednesday the automaker will pay $5.5 billion, or $27.50 a share, for the Treasury-held shares in a deal expected to close by year-end.
Dec 19- Knight Capital Group Inc, which was nearly brought down by a trading error in August, said it will be acquired by rival electronic trading firm Getco Holdings Co in a cash-and-stock deal that the companies valued at $1.4 billion. The offer represents a 13- percent premium to Knight's closing stock price of $3.33 on Tuesday.
Dec 19- General Motors Co said on Wednesday it will buy back 200 million of its shares from the U.S. Treasury, which intends to sell the rest of its GM stake over the next 15 months, bringing to an end ownership that led to the nickname " Government Motors."
*Nielsen to acquire its radio counterpart for $1.26 bln. *Arbitron shares up 24 pct, Nielsen up 2.6 pct. Nielsen on Tuesday struck a deal to acquire its radio counterpart, Arbitron Inc, for $1.26 billion.
Dec 18- Nielsen Holdings NV, known for its television viewership ratings, agreed to pay $1.26 billion to acquire its radio counterpart, Arbitron Inc.. Ratings- Nielsen's in TV and Arbitron's in radio- determine how much advertisers are charged to run commercials during TV programs and radio listening hours.
WILMINGTON, Del, Dec 17- Ancestry.com Inc must provide more details about the $1.6 billion sale of the genealogy website before its shareholders vote on the acquisition by private equity firm Permira Investment Advisors, a Delaware judge ruled on Monday.
Elliott Management is offering a $2.3 billion offer to buy Compuware, reports CNBC's David Faber.
*Telekom Austria shares rise 2.8 percent. VIENNA, Dec 14- Hutchison Whampoa's managing director flew into Vienna on Friday to fight for his company's 1.3 billion euro takeover of Orange Austria held up for almost a year by regulatory wrangling.
NEW YORK, Dec 14- Italian carmaker Fiat SpA fully intends to acquire the 41.5 percent of Chrysler Group shares that it does not now own, but wrangling over the price could continue for a while, Fiat-Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne said on Friday.
MOSCOW/ LONDON, Dec 14- Russia's Rosneft could raise as much as $10 billion on bond markets to finance its takeover of Anglo-Russian oil firm TNK-BP, potentially matching loans backed by future oil exports.
The boss of paint maker Akzo Nobel has told CNBC he is "excited to be back" after his temporary departure from the firm and has revealed the U.S. arm of the business will be sold off to focus on Europe and high growth markets.
Dec 14- Discovery Communications Inc said it would buy 12 Nordic television channels from Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG for about $1.7 billion to add fiction and sports to its program offerings. "It means the private equity owners are able to place up to their full 53 percent stake on the market at some point," said Goldman Sachs analyst Richard Jones.
NEW YORK, Dec 13- Softbank Corp's founder Masayoshi Son has told Sprint Nextel Corp that the Japanese firm will not consent to a takeover of Clearwire Corp by Sprint if the offer price exceeds $2.97 per share, two sources close to the matter said on Thursday.
Best Buy founder Richard Schulze is expected to make a fully financed offer to buy the consumer electronics retailer by the end of the week.
Dec 13- MetLife Inc has received regulatory approval for the sale of its deposit-taking business but does not know yet how that will affect its participation in the next Federal Reserve bank stress test, Chief Executive Steve Kandarian said on Thursday.
Dec 13- MetLife, the largest life insurer in the United States, warned 2013 earnings may be well below what Wall Street expects and said it needed to accelerate its strategic plans, which include the sale of its banking business. Metlife shares traded down 1.8 percent at $33 before the bell on New York Stock Exchange.