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  • Asia stocks uneven as Greece deadline looms, Tokyo gains Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:58 AM ET

    Investors remain focused on Greece's debt problems. MERGER APPROVAL: Tobacco companies Lorillard and Reynolds American rose after the Federal Trade Commission gave its tacit approval to the companies' $27.4 billion merger. Lorillard, maker of Newport cigarettes, was up 84 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $72.96.

  • Reynolds American wins US approval to buy Lorillard Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 7:20 PM ET
    Newport cigarettes, made by Lorillard Inc.

    Reynolds American won U.S. antitrust approval to buy rival Lorillard in a deal that would combine the No. 2 and No. 3 U.S. cigarette companies.

  • Charter-Time Warner deal: A lower cable bill? Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 2:35 PM ET

    Charter Communications' plan to acquire Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks could slow price hikes and improve service.

  • Proof the stock market has gone nuts Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:08 PM ET
    Casino jackpot

    Crowdsourcing earnings estimates makes sense. But crowdsourcing speculation on THIS topic is downright dangerous, says Herb Greenberg.

  • Charter-TWC will be 'relatively small': Rutledge Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    Charter CEO Thomas Rutledge explains why his company's bid for Time Warner Cable will succeed where Comcast's failed.

  • Australia's gold miners drive M&A revival Monday, 25 May 2015 | 10:08 PM ET

    SYDNEY, May 26- Gold miners are spearheading a wave of merger and acquisition activity in Australia, riding a rebound in local gold prices to pounce on projects promising quick growth. We've seen more M&A in Australia in 2015 than in the past five years, " Ian Murray, chairman of Perth- based Gold Road Resources Ltd told Reuters, referring broadly to the level of...

  • May 25- Charter Communications Inc is nearing a $55 billion agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc, combining the third- and second-largest U.S. cable operators, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday. The cash and stock deal, which values Time Warner Cable at $195 per share, comes just one month after Comcast Corp dropped its $45.2 billion merger...

  • May 23- As part of his quest for a mega merger, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne sent an email to General Motors Co Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra in March suggesting combining the automakers but was rebuffed, the New York Times reported on Saturday. During his presentation on April 29, Marchionne said that if traditional...

  • *PartnerRe says Exor's offer price is "unacceptable". MILAN/NEW YORK, May 22- Bermuda- based reinsurer PartnerRe will ask its shareholders to vote on a merger with Axis Capital Holdings agreed in January, after rival bidder Exor refused to further sweeten its $6.8 billion offer. Exor has become PartnerRe's largest shareholder after acquiring a stake of 9.9...

  • Staples sales dip as stores close ahead of merger attempt Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Staples suffered a 36 percent decline in first-quarter earnings as businesses increasingly go digital, a shift that has compelled its attempted merger with Office Depot. Staples had been under pressure from the private equity firm Starboard Value LP to attempt to combine its business with Office Depot and earlier this year it did just that.

  • Liberty, Vodafone merger would make sense: Analyst   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:45 AM ET
    Liberty, Vodafone merger would make sense: Analyst

    Ian Whittaker, media equity research analyst at Liberum, says Liberty Global's chairman, John Malone is "absolutely right" on the benefits of merging with Vodafone.

  • Altice enters US cable market with Suddenlink buy Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:58 AM ET

    French telecommunications group Altice said it agreed to buy Suddenlink Communications in a deal valuing the company at $9.1 billion.

  • May 19- French telecommunications group Altice SA has held talks to buy Time Warner Cable Inc, and is close to buying smaller peer Suddenlink, moving into the U.S cable market, according to people familiar with the matter. Time Warner Cable has a market capitalization of $44.5 billion. Since Time Warner Cable's merger with Comcast fell apart last month, Time...

  • Charter, Bright House Networks say merger on track Monday, 18 May 2015 | 2:17 PM ET

    May 18- Cable operator Charter Communications Inc's planned buyout of Bright House Networks is on track, the companies said, defying expectations that the deal would fall through after the collapse of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Charter, the No. 4 U.S. cable operator, clinched the deal with Bright House in March contingent on completion of Comcast...

  • NEW YORK— Exelon and Pepco said Monday that they will work to meet the 46 conditions set by Maryland regulators in order for the two energy providers to combine, even though the companies said completing them will be a challenge. "It poses some stringent conditions that will be difficult to fulfill," said Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane, "but all of us at Exelon...

  • Why the FTC is wrong about our merger: Sysco CEO Friday, 15 May 2015 | 12:02 PM ET
    Sysco tractor-trailers sit parked outside the company's distribution center in Louisville, Ky.

    Sysco's CEO says the FTC, which is suing to block the company's merger with US Foods, has it all wrong.

  • Chile's CorpBanca says Itau merger deal undervalues it Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:38 PM ET

    SANTIAGO, May 13- Chilean bank CorpBanca said a deal with Brazil's Itau Unibanco last year now considerably undervalues it, casting fresh doubt on the troubled merger between the two Latin American lenders. In a letter to the local regulator on Wednesday evening, CorpBanca said that solid results over the last year, plus a weak performance at the local arm of Itau,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 13- Dish Network Corp, Cogent Communications Holdings Inc and advocacy groups are asking U.S. regulators to restrict AT&T Inc's power over online video and other content as part of its proposed purchase of DirecTV. Reviewers at both the Justice Department and the FCC are nearing a decision that is poised to clear the deal with some conditions,...

  • *Vimpelcom CEO says no guarantee deal will be reached. AMSTERDAM/ MILAN, May 13- Russian telecoms group Vimpelcom is in talks with Asia's Hutchison Whampoa about merging their mobile phone businesses in Italy as a joint venture, Vimpelcom Chief Executive Jean-Yves Charlier said on Wednesday. But hammering out terms has proven difficult given the interests of...

  • LONDON/ BERLIN, May 13- TUI Group, the world's largest leisure and tourism company, expects annual profit growth of more than 10 percent over the next three years and said it will retire the Thomson brand in Britain as part of its post-merger shake-up. In its first strategy update since last year's merger of London- listed TUI Travel and German owner TUI AG, the...