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  • May 30- Three funds that voted against or did not vote for Zale Corp's merger with rival Signet Jewelers Ltd plan to seek an independent valuation of their shares from a judge, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • WASHINGTON, May 30- U.S. antitrust officials on Friday gave the green light for the proposed merger of Men's Wearhouse Inc and Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc to move ahead, citing ample competition in the market for men's suits and tuxedo rentals.

  • WASHINGTON, May 30- U.S. antitrust officials on Friday said they had closed their investigation into the proposed merger of men's clothing retailers Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, a move that will allow the deal to move ahead.

  • *Weir dropped bid for Metso this week. *Omnicom and Publicis cancelled merger plan. LONDON, May 30- Investors looking for big merger-driven gains on Europe's stock markets this year are having to temper their expectations after a number of multi-billion euro deals have fizzled out.

  • Who stand to win from Apple-Beats deal?     Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 11:24 PM ET

    Bob O'Donnell, Founder and Chief Analyst at Technalysis Research, outlines what Apple stands to benefit from its purchase of Beats Electronics.

  • CNBC anchor turns rapper on Apple-Beats deal     Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 9:54 PM ET
    Jimmy Lovine and Dr Dre, co-founders of Beats.

    CNBC's Sri Jegarajah breaks down the Apple-Beats deal in a unique rap.

  • Did Apple-Beats deal come a little too late?     Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 7:41 PM ET

    Alex Gauna, MD & Senior Research Analyst at JMP Securities, outlines the doubts he has about Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics.

  • Apple-Beats deal is all about streaming: Pro     Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 7:06 PM ET

    Daniel Wiener, CEO, Adviser Investments, describes how the acquisition of Beats Electronics may give Apple a boost in the music-streaming space.

  • *Telefonica's German deal could be set similar conditions. BRUSSELS, May 28- Hong Kong- based Hutchison Whampoa got the approval of the European Union's competition authority on Wednesday for its $1 billion bid for Telefonica's Irish mobile business in a case that could set the regulatory tone for Telefonica's bigger pending German merger deal.

  • *Hillshire Brands shares soar after Pilgrim's Pride bid. NEW YORK, May 27- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as the S&P 500 scored a second straight record close, buoyed by the latest round of merger activity and as expectations for rate cuts by the European Central Bank stoked investors' appetite for equities.

  • *Hillshire Brands shares soar after Pilgrim's Pride bid. NEW YORK, May 27- U.S. stocks advanced on Tuesday after the S&P 500 touched a record high, buoyed by the latest round of merger activity and as expectations for rate cuts at the European Central Bank stoked investors' appetite for equities.

  • WASHINGTON, May 27- U.S. regulators should challenge the proposed $45 billion merger of the two largest American cable providers, Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, the New York Times said in an editorial in Tuesday's newspaper.

  • *Hillshire Brands shares jump after Pilgrim's Pride bid. *Cisco shares up on Deutsche Bank upgrade, price target hike. NEW YORK, May 27- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday with the S&P 500 hitting a fresh record high supported by merger activity and as expectations for rate cuts at the European Central Bank stoked bids for equities.

  • *Hillshire Brands shares jump after Pilgrim's Pride bid. *Cisco shares up on Deutsche Bank upgrade, price target hike. *Aeropostale jumps after it secures $150 mln credit facility.

  • US STOCKS-Futures up on ECB hopes, merger activity Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    *Hillshire Brands shares jump after Pilgrim's Pride bid. NEW YORK, May 27- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, ahead of a data-heavy session, as expectations for rates cuts by the European Central Bank stoked bids for equities even as the benchmark S&P 500 index closed at a record on Friday.

  • Pilgrim's Pride offers to buy Hillshire Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 7:10 AM ET
    Packages of Sara Lee Corp. Hillshire Farm deli meat are displayed for sale in a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois.

    Pilgrim's Pride is offering to acquire meat producer Hillshire Brands in a deal worth about $5.52 billion.

  • European shares buoyed by merger hopes Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 3:22 AM ET

    EDINBURGH, May 27- European shares edged higher on Tuesday, supported by hopes for more mergers and acquisitions activity that helped UK shares outperform mainland Europe.

  • Emilia Falcetti, Analyst, Japan Healthcare Equity Research at Cantor Fitzgerald, discusses whether Asian pharmaceuticals will follow their global peers in "ditching the diversification model."

  • Partners at 1,300- lawyer Squire Sanders voted on Friday, after 300- lawyer Patton Boggs, known for its lobbying presence in Washington, D.C., had earlier approved the combination.

  • NEW YORK, May 23- The law firms Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs said on Friday they had agreed to combine, striking a deal that is expected to save Patton Boggs from growing financial strain. In a news release, the two firms said they would begin operating under the name Squire Patton Boggs effective June 1.