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  • SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, March 6- Avago Technologies Ltd may be one of the pacesetters among companies looking to make a purchase in the semiconductor industry after its advanced talks last month to acquire Freescale Semiconductor Ltd fell through. Demand for cheaper chips and new products to power Internet-connected gadgets is expected to drive chip...

  • LONDON, March 5- AbbVie's $21 billion deal to buy Pharmacyclics shows big pharma's hunger for new drugs at a time when research at smaller biotechnology companies is driving some of the most promising advances in medicine. AbbVie's planned purchase of Pharmacyclics is the largest global pharmaceutical deal of 2015 to date and takes M&A activity in the sector...

  • March 5- Mallinckrodt Plc said it would buy privately held Ikaria Inc, a maker of a respiratory drug and its delivery system, for $2.3 billion to expand its reach in hospitals. Shares of Mallinckrodt, a seller of generics, specialty drugs and medical imaging agents, were up 5 percent at $122 in premarket trading. Mallinckrodt expects the acquisition to add at least...

  • Arrowhead buys Novartis' RNAi portfolio Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 7:34 AM ET

    March 5- Arrowhead Research Corp said it acquired Novartis AG's RNAi assets to fortify its position in the field of gene therapy that aims to wipe out disease-causing proteins. Novartis is eligible to receive $25 million in Arrowhead shares within 30 days, which would make it the second-largest shareholder based on Arrowhead's market value on Wednesday.

  • *AbbVie to pay $261.25 per share in cash and stock. The deal gives AbbVie access to Pharmacyclics' cancer drugs portfolio, lessening the Chicago- based company's dependence on its rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira that accounts for most of its sales. "Imbruvica is not only complementary to AbbVie's oncology pipeline, it has demonstrated strong clinical...

  • AbbVie will pay $261.25 per share in cash and stock, a 13 percent premium to Pharmacyclics stock's closing price on Wednesday on the Nasdaq. Pharmacyclics stockholders can elect cash, AbbVie stock or a combination, subject to proration, the company said in a statement. "Imbruvica is not only complementary to AbbVie's oncology pipeline, it has demonstrated...

  • March 4- U.S. solar project developer SunEdison Inc is expanding into the fast-growing market for grid energy storage with the acquisition of a startup that pairs big batteries with solar installations. SunEdison said its purchase of Solar Grid Storage LLC, to be announced on Thursday, will allow it to begin building a storage plan across the country, Tom Leyden,...

  • UPDATE 1-Starboard says Staples needs to "improve" board Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:49 AM ET

    March 4- Activist investor Starboard Value LP asked office supplies retailer Staples Inc to "improve" the composition of its board to complete the acquisition of Office Depot Inc and fully integrate its smaller rival. Office Depot's shares were slightly down at $9.42. The hedge fund's founder and Chief Executive Jeffrey Smith in January pushed Staples to...

  • March 4- Private equity firms Bain Capital LLC and Golden Gate Capital Corp are competing to acquire Ann Inc, the struggling U.S. women's retailer and owner of the Ann Taylor brand, according to people familiar with the matter. The negotiations with the buyout firms make Ann, which has a market capitalization of $1.6 billion, the latest retailer to seek a leveraged...

  • Starboard says Staples needs to "improve" board Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 9:58 AM ET

    March 4- Activist investor Starboard Value LP asked office supplies retailer Staples Inc to "improve" the composition of its board to complete the acquisition of Office Depot Inc and fully integrate its smaller rival. Starboard, which did not suggest any candidate for the board in a letter to Staples on Wednesday, said the combined company could be worth $32- $37...

  • *Sale a major step in Citi's plan to sell unwanted assets. Springleaf shares touch record high, Citi marginally higher. March 3- Springleaf Holdings Inc said it would buy Citigroup Inc's OneMain Financial Holdings Inc for $4.25 billion in cash, creating the largest subprime lender in the United States.

  • TOKYO, March 3- Canon Inc Chief Executive Fujio Mitarai said the company had both the funds and willingness for more acquisitions this year, even after a planned 23.6 billion-Swedish-crown takeover of network video surveillance leader Axis AB. Asked about Canon's offer for Axis, which represented a premium of nearly 50 percent to the share price prior to the...

  • SAO PAULO, March 2- Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc, the world's largest fertilizer company by market value, agreed on Monday to pay about $56 million for a 9.5 percent stake in Brazilian rival Fertilizantes Heringer SA, the latest effort by Potash to grow in Latin America's largest economy. Under terms of the agreement, PotashCorp will acquire the stake...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- British Airways-owner International Airlines Group raised its 2015 profit forecast by more than 20 percent, outperforming struggling continental rivals and sending its shares to an all-time high. IAG, which is trying to acquire Ireland's Aer Lingus, said on Friday that the profit increase would be driven by cost control across the group and...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- British Airways-owner International Airlines Group increased its 2015 profit forecast by more than 20 percent, outperforming weaker continental rivals and sending its shares to an all-time high. IAG, which is trying to acquire Ireland's Aer Lingus, said on Friday that the profit increase would be driven by cost control across the group and...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- Nikon, the 98- year-old Japanese company best known for its cameras, has agreed to buy British retinal imaging firm Optos for 259.3 million pounds as it moves into the medical sector. Nikon has previously said it intended to enter the medical sector to leverage its optical technologies and the Japanese group sees buying Optos as an important step...

  • *Salesforce.com climbs after results, outlook. Among the top boosts for the Nasdaq and S&P 500 were shares of Avago Technologies, which jumped 14.7 percent to $129.25. The company reached a deal to acquire Emulex for $8 per share.

  • Here is a timeline of key events for Monte dei Paschi in the wake of the takeover: November 2007- Monte dei Paschi offers Spain's Santander 9 billion euros cash for Antonveneta, an Italian regional lender, just months after Santander paid 6.6 billion euros for it. January 2008- Monte dei Paschi announces a 5 billion euros rights issue, a 1 billion euro convertible...

  • In a 2006 audit, the Bank of Italy found that Antonveneta was inefficient, inadequately governed and filled with debts likely to default. Months later, the Bank of Italy approved its takeover with few reservations. "Clearly the Bank of Italy overestimated the strength of Monte dei Paschi at the time," said Nicolas Veron, a senior fellow at the Bruegel think tank.

  • Feb 24- Office Depot Inc said it expected sales to fall this year, mainly due to weak demand for office supplies and a stronger dollar. Office Depot's North America retail sales fell 7 percent in the fourth quarter, including the acquisition of OfficeMax. Staples said earlier this month that it would acquire Office Depot to better compete with online retailers.