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  • *Carillion raises merger offer for third time. LONDON, Aug 19- British construction firm Carillion ramped up the pressure on Balfour Beatty to reopen merger talks on Tuesday, making a third offer which valued the engineering company at 2.1 billion pounds.

  • UPDATE 1-Carillion sweetens merger offer for Balfour Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 19- British construction firm Carillion on Tuesday raised for the third time its merger proposal for engineering company Balfour Beatty, with new terms that value its rival at 2.1 billion pounds.

  • US tax burden not as heavy as it looks, report says Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    The American tax code’s loopholes result in effective rates that make corporations more competitive than their competitors based overseas, not less.

  • *BHP UK shares drop 4 pct. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $16 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.

  • *H2 profit up 8 pct to $5.69 bln. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $14 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets it acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.

  • BHP unveils spin-off as profit just misses forecasts Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    MELBOURNE, Aug 19- BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $14 billion company to shareholders, offloading assets it acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, but held off announcing a highly anticipated buyback with its results on Tuesday.

  • In Silicon Valley, deals must meet toothbrush test Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 7:37 AM ET
    Silicon Valley encompasses all of the Santa Clara Valley, including the San Jose (pictured).

    Companies like Google, Facebook and Cisco Systems are employing unorthodox new criteria to size up their deal targets.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 15- Coca-Cola Co's $2.15 billion wager on a stake in Monster Beverage Corp highlights the growth-starved soft drink company's embrace of deals that fall short of a full-blown merger and acquisition but allow it to test-drive potentially risky targets.

  • *Merger to create Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. MILAN, Aug 14- Sergio Marchionne has shown he is determined to let nothing stand in the way of Fiat's merger with Chrysler, but a share price slide may yet force the CEO to hit the brakes on plans to turn the world's No. 7 carmaker into a top player.

  • Growth through deal-making     Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 4:37 PM ET

    Michael Nemeroff, Vedder Price, and the "Closing Bell" panel discuss growth opportunities provided by mergers and acquisitions.

  • Future of MLPs     Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    Kinder Morgan struck a $44 billion deal to merge its MLPs. Chris Faulkner, Breitling Energy, says the MLP market will still be attractive to investors following this "unique" story. John Spallanzani, GFI Group, provides perspective.

  • Parade of mergers: for better or for worse? Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    The M&A wave could be a harbinger of a booming economy...or a collection of last-minute attempts to beat higher debt rates. NYT reports.

  • *Blackstone, KKR, TPG to apportion settlement. The payment by Blackstone Group LP, KKR& Co LP and TPG Capital LP will benefit shareholders of some merger targets during a buyout boom that predated the 2008 financial crisis, and was disclosed in a Thursday court filing.

  • MILAN, Aug 7- Norway's sovereign wealth fund was the single largest shareholder to vote against Italian carmaker Fiat's merger with its U.S. unit Chrysler, according to minutes of the Aug. 1 shareholder meeting.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 7- Deutsche Telekom rejected an offer from Iliad for its mobile business in the United States and said regulators there should help smaller players compete against bigger rivals if they are not allowed to merge.

  • *Seeks to create Dutch-registered Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. MILAN/ DETROIT Aug 6- Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne on Wednesday blamed overblown press reports and a "lack of understanding" of the merger with its U.S. unit Chrysler for a share sell-off that threatens to blow the planned tie-up off course.

  • MILAN/ DETROIT, Aug 6- Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne on Wednesday blamed overblown press reports and a "lack of understanding" of the merger with Chrysler for a share sell-off that threatens to prevent the tie-up's completion.

  • DETROIT, Aug 6- Amid concerns that Fiat shareholders will prevent a merger of the Italian automaker with Chrysler Group, the American automaker reported that second-quarter profit was up 22 percent to $619 million.

  • DETROIT, Aug 6- Amid concerns that Fiat shareholders will prevent a merger of the Italian automaker with Chrysler Group, the American automaker reported that second-quarter profit was up 22 percent to $619 million.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 6- U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday said maintaining four large U.S. wireless carriers was "good for American consumers" after news that two of them, Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US, were abandoning plans for a merger.