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  • *Lafarge confirms 2014 targets, says forex hit to lessen. PARIS, July 25- Cement maker Lafarge said on Friday it was well on track for its planned merger with Swiss peer Holcim and was seeing the first signs of recovery in Europe. Lafarge shares rose after the group said it was confident of completing its deal with Holcim in the first half of 2015..

  • *Lafarge confirms 2014 targets, says forex hit to lessen. PARIS, July 25- Cement maker Lafarge, which is preparing to merge with Swiss peer Holcim, stuck to its full-year targets on Friday and said it was seeing the first signs of recovery in Europe.

  • UPDATE 1-Fiat and Peugeot dismiss latest tie-up report Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    MILAN/ LONDON, July 24- PSA Peugeot Citroen and Fiat Chrysler denied a Financial Times report on Thursday that the companies were preparing a merger to create the world's fifth-largest carmaker.

  • SodaStream pops amid reports of deal to go private Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:45 AM ET
    Employees pack boxes of SodaStreams at the factory in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim.

    SodaStream International is in talks with a firm about taking the company private, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

  • An American Airlines plane (left) and a USAirways jetliner at Dallas-Fort Worth.

    *Adj Q2 profit of $1.98 a share compares with $1.95 estimate. American, the largest airline by traffic, which was formed from the late 2013 merger of US Airways and AMR Corp, declared a dividend of 10 cents a share for shareholders of record Aug. 4.

  • AT&T CEO SAYS BRAZIL'S ANTITRUST REGULATOR APPROVED WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS DIRECTV MERGER.

  • The U.S. appliance maker said its sales in China plummeted 80 percent last quarter as retailers in that country, anticipating its pending merger with Hefei Rongshida Sanyo Electric Co and the new line the merged entity will produce, stopped buying Whirlpool-branded products.

  • July 22- Omnicom Group Inc, the No.1 U.S. advertising company, said it was sticking with its annual organic revenue growth target, showing little effect from its aborted $35 billion merger with France's Publicis Groupe. Omnicom shares, which have gained 9 percent since the deal fell apart in May, rose as much as 1.4 percent on Tuesday.

  • CIT Group buying OneWest Bank in $3.4B deal Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 7:20 AM ET

    CIT Group is buying regional bank OneWest Bank in a $3.4 billion cash-and-stock deal.

  • CIT Group buying OneWest Bank in $3.4B deal Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK— CIT Group will buy privately owned OneWest Bank in a $3.4 billion cash-and-stock deal. IMB shareholders will receive $2 billion in cash and 31.3 million CIT Group shares that are currently valued at $1.4 billion. OneWest will merge with CIT Group's banking subsidiary CIT Bank, and all locations will operate under the CIT Bank sign.

  • July 21- A former top executive at Autonomy Corp is seeking to block Hewlett-Packard Co's settlement of three shareholder lawsuits over its troubled purchase of the British software company, saying HP officials are wrongly absolved of a $8.8 billion writedown.

  • Canadian firm buying Pennsylvania's PBS Coals Inc. Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    Corsa Coal Corp. of Toronto plans to merge PBS with its Wilson Creek Energy, based in Somerset.

  • Early movers: GM, AGN, VRX, HAS, V, MA, IBM & more Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before the closing bell in New York.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • *Holcim says interest in assets has doubled in past 2 weeks. ZURICH/ PARIS July 21- Cement makers Holcim and Lafarge have received more than 100 expressions of interest in assets they must sell ahead of their planned merger, the Swiss company's chief executive said on Monday.

  • Holcim, Lafarge antitrust reviews "on track"-paper Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    PARIS, July 21- Cement makers Holcim and Lafarge are in "advanced" talks with European competition regulators over their proposed merger, and have filed formal notifications in five major markets, Holcim Chief Executive Bernard Fontana told the Wall Street Journal.

  • Value of worldwide M&A hits $2 trillion this year Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Worldwide merger and acquisition activity has reached $2 trillion so far this year, up 75 percent from last year, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured $4.3 billion into stock funds in the week ended July 16, encouraged by strong corporate earnings and big potential merger deals in the United States, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.

  • July 17- Shire Plc and U.S. drugmaker Abbvie Inc plan to announce a $53 billion merger as soon as Friday morning, two people said on Thursday. Dublin- based Shire, which sells drugs for rare diseases, said earlier this week it was ready to recommend a deal to shareholders after AbbVie increased its offer.

  • July 17- Shire Plc and U.S. drugmaker Abbvie Inc plan to announce a $53 billion merger as soon as Friday morning, two people said on Thursday. Dublin- based Shire, which sells drugs for rare diseases, said earlier this week it was ready to recommend a deal to shareholders after AbbVie increased its offer.

  • Megamergers in media: Who might be next? Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    After 21st Century Fox's failed bid to acquire Time Warner, the question arises as to what other media giants are now in play for purchase?