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  • *Oil regains some lost ground ahead of OPEC meeting. NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday, extending a global equity rally in Asia and Europe fueled by merger activity and signals that central banks were willing to step further into the economic breach to support growth and inflation. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi also looked to be...

  • Former American Airlines CEO joins Wal-Mart board Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    DALLAS— The executive who led American Airlines successfully through bankruptcy reorganization but did not remain long after a huge merger with another carrier has joined the board of Wal-Mart. But US Airways CEO Doug Parker, and not Horton, was named to run the merged company, American Airlines Group Inc. Horton served briefly as chairman before stepping...

  • Starz exploring sale of its business: Report Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 10:16 AM ET
    The screening room at the Starz Denver Film Festival.

    Pay-TV channel Starz is seeking as much as $5 billion in a potential sale, the New York Post reports.

  • *RenaissanceRe to buy Platinum for $1.9 bln. NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, with major indexes hitting fresh records on the back of multiple merger deals and hopes that China will take further accommodative monetary policy action. "The carry-over effect from China, taken with the fact that the U.S. is pretty healthy, and you have a market with a bias to...

  • *RenaissanceRe to buy Platinum for $1.9 bln. NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, indicating that major indexes would move further into record territory on the back of multiple merger deals and hopes that China will take further accommodative monetary policy action. Equities closed a fifth straight week of advances Friday,...

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise, boosted by merger activity Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:14 AM ET

    *RenaissanceRe to buy Platinum for $1.9 bln. NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday, indicating that major indexes would move further into record territory, on the back of multiple merger deals and hopes that China will take further accommodative monetary policy action. Equities closed a fifth straight week of advances Friday, with the Dow and S&P...

  • UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 7:46 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers. The companies issued a statement Friday announcing they had reached agreement on the financial terms of a transaction under which...

  • The FCC had asked media companies to disclose their contracts with pay-TV providers as it reviewed AT&T Inc's acquisition of DirecTV and Comcast Corp's merger with Time Warner Cable Inc.. Media companies including Time Warner, Walt Disney Co and CBS Corp had approached the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, saying the FCC's order would...

  • SEOUL, Nov 21- Investors are challenging the unilateral decisions made by South Korea's biggest family-run firms, putting pressure on the chaebols that form the backbone of Asia's fourth-largest economy to take their interests into consideration. This week, investor backlash led Samsung Heavy Industries and Samsung Engineering, affiliates of Samsung...

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 20- The leaders of Mexico's fourth largest bank Banorte resigned on Wednesday after a power struggle, and the board named a new chairman who analysts believe could push through a merger with a smaller Mexican bank. Grupo Financiero Banorte said on Thursday that its chairman and chief executive had resigned. "The changes determined by the board...

  • Nov 20- Discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc said it was confident it would need to divest fewer stores than anticipated to win antitrust approval to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc.. Dollar Tree's shares rose as much as 7 percent to a record high of $67.08 on Thursday. Dollar Tree will become the largest U.S. dollar store chain if it pulls off the deal by fending off a...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- ICAP's shipping business is in merger talks with rival shipbroker Howe Robinson, the latest potential tie-up among sector players looking for scale after years of freight market turmoil. ICAP, the world's largest interdealer broker, said in a joint announcement on Wednesday with Howe Robinson, one of the world's oldest shipbrokers founded in...

  • Mega-mergers are popular again on Wall Street Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:47 AM ET

    Deals worth $100 billion on Monday put the Street on pace for a year rivaling the dot-com bubble era and the private equity surge just before the financial crisis.

  • *Brent falls toward $78 as Japanese growth stalls. NEW YORK, Nov 17- Oil prices fell and global equity markets were mixed on Monday after news that Japan unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter renewed concerns about the world economy, but merger activity and comment about European stimulus capped declines. Brent oil initially fell more than $1...

  • *Baker Hughes rallies, Halliburton tumbles after deal. Shares of Baker Hughes, up 10.2 percent, and Allergan, up 5.1 percent, led gains on the S&P 500 after Halliburton said it would buy Baker Hughes and Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis. The largest percentage gainer on the S&P 500 was Baker Hughes, while the largest decliner was Halliburton, down 10.1 percent.

  • Shutterfly buys photo printing app GrooveBook Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    A photo-printing app that obtained backing through the show "Shark Tank" has been purchased by Shutterfly, according to a report in TechCrunch.

  • *Baker Hughes rallies, Halliburton tumbles after deal. The M&A news partly offset the declines as Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis while Halliburton said it would buy Baker Hughes. Allergan and Baker Hughes were the top point gainers on the S&P 500..

  • *Merck gains after Pfizer deal. EDINBURGH, Nov 17- European shares turned solidly positive on Monday after ECB President Mario Draghi reasserted that he was ready to do more to fight deflation. Shrugging off worries that Japan's economy has unexpectedly slipped into recession, the market also drew confidence from earnings reports, merger and acquisition news...

  • *Baker Hughes rallies on Halliburton deal; crude futures fall. *DreamWorks shares slide as Hasbro talks stall. Merger and acquisition news offset the declines as Halliburton said it would buy Baker Hughes and Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis.

  • *Baker Hughes rallies on Halliburton deal; crude futures fall. *DreamWorks shares slide as Hasbro talks stall. Merger and acquisition news partly offset the declines as Halliburton said it would buy Baker Hughes and Allergan is close to a buyout by Actavis.