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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 26- Activist investor Starboard Value LP said on Friday it has acquired a "significant" stake in Yahoo Inc and urged the Internet company to explore a merger with AOL Inc..

  • UPDATE 1-Two U.S. home loan banks agree to merge Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    Sept 25- The Des Moines and Seattle Federal Home Loan Banks agreed on Thursday to merge in a move that, if approved by their regulator and members, would result in an entity with nearly $120 billion in assets.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 24- Media company Discovery Communications Inc demanded business concessions as a condition for not opposing Comcast Corp's bid for Time Warner Cable Inc, Comcast told U.S. regulators in a filing on Tuesday. "Such extortionate demands are patently improper," Comcast said in a summary of the filing.

  • *UniCredit, Santander to hold around one third each of new entity. MILAN, Sept 23- Italian bank UniCredit SpA and Spain's Santander SA are in talks to merge their fund management businesses and create a European powerhouse overseeing some 350 billion euros of assets.

  • ZURICH, Sept 22- Swiss pump maker Sulzer said it had ended talks over a merger with Dresser-Rand Group Inc after Germany's Siemens offered to buy the U.S. oilfield equipment maker for $7.6 billion. "Sulzer has terminated the talks with Dresser-Rand," Sulzer spokesman Verena Goelkel said in an emailed statement on Monday.

  • EXCLUSIVE-LAW FIRMS BINGHAM, MORGAN LEWIS, AGREE TO MERGE. Sept 20- Leaders of two of the United States' largest law firms, Boston- based Bingham McCutchen and Philadelphia's Morgan Lewis& Bockius, have agreed to merge, according to three people familiar with the matter.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 19- General Electric Co and Germany's Siemens are considering bids for compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand that could derail a merger between Dresser-Rand and Swiss pump maker Sulzer, according to media reports.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 19- Germany's Siemens is considering a bid for compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand that could potentially derail a merger between Dresser-Rand and Swiss pump maker Sulzer, according to several media reports on Friday.

  • Siemens to offer $6.1B for Dresser Rand: Report Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 8:55 AM ET
    A worker installs components at the base of a wind turbine blade at the Siemens AG turbine blade plant in Fort Madison, Iowa.

    Siemens plans to offer more than $6.1 billion for U.S. compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand, Germany's Manager Magazin said on Friday.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 19- Germany's Siemens is considering a bid for compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand that could potentially derail a merger between Dresser-Rand and Swiss pump maker Sulzer, according to several media reports on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- Microsoft Corp urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve AT&T's Inc $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, saying in a filing that the acquisition is crucial to expanding Americans' access to the internet. The letter, which was dated Sept. 16 and released publicly on Thursday, comes as the FCC conducts a formal review of the merger.

  • LONDON, Sept 18- Irish cement maker CRH is exploring a bid for all the assets rivals Lafarge and Holcim must sell to steer their mega-merger past competition watchdogs, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Bain, Onex and another limited partner form the fourth consortium, the sources said.

  • *Sulzer worth $4.6 bln, Dresser-Rand worth $5.6 bln. Sept 17- Swiss pump maker Sulzer said on Wednesday it is in talks on a potential combination with U.S. compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand, a deal that would create a machinery company with a combined market valuation exceeding $10 billion.

  • Exodus hits U.S. law firm Bingham amid merger talks Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    Sept 17- Twenty-two partners have jumped ship en masse from Bingham McCutchen's marquee restructuring practice, raising questions about the fate of the law firm's closely watched merger talks with the larger Morgan Lewis& Bockius.

  • Mojang deal is a 'good low-risk bet': Morningstar  Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 8:40 PM ET

    Norman Young, Senior Equity Analyst at Morningstar, says the acquisition of the "Minecraft" gamemaker is a "good low-risk bet" that will shore up Microsoft's mobile strategy.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Talk about further consolidation in the brewing industry was helping lift consumer staple stocks on the S&P 500, with the largest gainers Altria, in point terms, and Molson Coors, percentage-wise.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- Satellite television service DirecTV expects its merger with wireless operator AT&T Inc to be completed next April, Chief Executive Mike White told investors at a conference on Friday. AT&T's $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, announced in May, is being reviewed by U.S. regulators.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- State attorneys general working to determine whether Comcast Corp's deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc is legal have expanded their investigation to include AT&T Inc's plans to buy DirecTV, according to sources close to the merger probe.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 11- European Union antitrust regulators approved on Thursday British broadcaster BSkyB's planned $9 billion takeover of Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, which will make it the biggest pay-TV provider in Europe. The merged company will have operations in Britain, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy.

  • Venezuela's PDVSA: Let's make a deal on Citgo Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:28 AM ET
    Caracas, Venezuela.

    Venezuela's state-run oil company is seeking offers for its U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum in a deal that could fetch up to $10 billion.