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  • Jan 26- Packaging companies Rock-Tenn Co and MeadWestvaco Corp agreed to form a combined $16 billion company to take on market leader International Paper Co in the United States and abroad. Shares of MeadWestvaco and Rock-Tenn rose to record highs. MeadWestvaco shareholders will have a 50.1 percent stake in the new company, which will be named before the deal...

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stocks were little changed on Monday after a decisive Greek election victory by the Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, even as the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. The leftist Syriza party looked set to take on Greece's...

  • US STOCKS-Wall Street lower after Greek elections Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 9:56 AM ET

    *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stocks fell on Monday after a decisive Greek election victory by the Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, even as the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. The leftist Syriza party looked set to take on Greece's international lenders, with...

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open Monday after a decisive Greek election victory by the Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, though the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. While Greece is a relatively small economy that the...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after Greek elections Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:53 AM ET

    *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday after a victory by the leftist Syriza party in Greece raised concerns about new instability in the euro zone. Last week's larger-than-expected stimulus program announced by the European Central Bank could offset some concerns over Greece.

  • US STOCKS-Futures drop on concerns over Europe Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 AM ET

    *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday after a victory by the leftist Syriza party in Greece raised concerns about new instability in the euro zone. *The party looked set to take on Greece's international lenders, with leader Alexis Tsipras pledging to end five years of austerity and renegotiate Greece's...

  • Jan 26- Packaging companies Rock-Tenn Co and MeadWestvaco Corp said they would combine to form a company worth $16 billion, with MeadWestvaco shareholders owning a majority stake. In the new company, which will be named after the deal closes, MeadWestvaco shareholders will have a 50.1 percent stake, while Rock-Tenn shareholders will hold the rest.

  • Packaging companies Rock-Tenn, MeadWestvaco to merge Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 6:26 AM ET

    Jan 26- Packaging companies Rock-Tenn Co and MeadWestvaco Corp said they would combine to form a company worth $16 billion, with MeadWestvaco shareholders owning a majority stake.

  • Jan 25- Axis Capital Holdings Ltd and PartnerRe Ltd have agreed to an $11 billion merger to create one of the world's largest reinsurers, PartnerRe said on Sunday. The combined company will have gross premiums topping $10 billion, total capitalization of more than $14 billion, and total cash and invested assets of more than $33 billion, according to the PartnerRe...

  • Why is Li Ka-shing going on a buying spree in Europe?   Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 10:36 PM ET
    Why is Li Ka-shing going on a buying spree in Europe?

    Asia's richest man Li Ka-shing set his sights on Europe likely because asset prices could inflate after the ECB's stimulus package, says Alex Wong, Director, Asset Management at Ample Capital.

  • Telecommunications are 'scale games': Analyst   Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:50 PM ET
    Telecommunications are 'scale games': Analyst

    Chris Lane , Senior Research Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, discusses news that Telefónica may sell its British mobile business to Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa..

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON, Jan 22- Irish cement maker CRH and a consortium led by Blackstone are battling for assets which Lafarge and Holcim must sell ahead of their planned merger, several people familiar with the matter said. France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim announced merger plans last year, hoping to cut costs and tackle overcapacity and weak demand.

  • Jan 22- Family Dollar Stores Inc's shareholders approved the discount retailer's deal to be bought by Dollar Tree Inc, derailing a higher hostile offer from larger rival Dollar General Corp.. Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter, reported on Wednesday that Family Dollar's shareholders would likely support the Dollar Tree merger.

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 22- Preferred shares of Brazilian telecom Oi SA jumped over 20 percent in early Thursday trading in a sign of growing confidence that shareholders at merger partner Portugal Telecom SGPS would approve an asset sale later in the day.

  • EBay's breakup plans may open door for e-commerce M&A Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:45 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 21- EBay Inc's plans to break up into three different companies could accommodate would-be suitors, signaling a potential merger fight after the breakup. The moves come as Wall Street analysts question how long eBay and PayPal can withstand growing competition from online rivals such as Amazon.com Inc, Google Inc and Alibaba Group Holding...

  • Why CIMB walked away from a three-way merger   Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:24 PM ET
    Why CIMB walked away from a three-way merger

    Nazir Razak, Chairman of CIMB, explains why a planned merger with RHB and Malaysia Building Society to create Malaysia's biggest bank fell through.

  • Jan 20- Activist investor Starboard Value LP called for office-supply chains Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc to merge, saying a combined company would lead to greater savings. The hedge fund owned a 5.1 percent stake in Staples, as of last month, and it boosted its holdings in Office Depot to nearly 10 percent. A merger will result in synergies of at least $2 billion,...

  • Starboard asks Staples to merge with Office Depot Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    Jan 20- Activist investor Starboard Value LP called for office-supply chains Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc to merge, saying it would lead to greater savings. A merger will result in synergies of at least $2 billion, which would more than double operating profits, and the two chains will be more efficient at closing stores when combined, Starboard said in a...

  • Hutchison & O2: 'A deal that makes sense'   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 4:35 AM ET
    Hutchinson & O2: 'A deal that makes sense'

    Hutchison Whampoa is in talks with Telefonica about buying O2. CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi says Telefonica is known for its high amount of debt, so it's "a keen and willing seller."

  • BlackBerry-Samsung deal will make sense: Analyst   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 10:23 PM ET
    BlackBerry-Samsung deal will make sense: Analyst

    Jan Dawson, Chief Analyst at Jackdaw Research, says a buyout by Samsung will remove uncertainties for BlackBerry and allow it to rebuild itself, while Samsung gets a good deal for BlackBerry's assets.