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  • *CEO says eyes acquisition opportunities from Lafarge/ Holcim merger. HEIDELBERG, Germany, May 7- HeidelbergCement could seize opportunities to snap up assets from rivals Lafarge and Holcim which may be forced into disposals to get the go-ahead from regulators for their planned merger.

  • May 6- Merck& Co Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier said he does not expect a wave of giant mergers in the drug industry despite a spate of recent activity, adding that Merck will seek out promising medicines rather than lower taxes in any future deals.

  • Comcast to bring high-speed service to LA and NYC Monday, 5 May 2014 | 12:50 PM ET
    A Comcast truck in Pompano Beach, Florida

    Comcast is merging with Time Warner Cable and within a year the X1 cable service should be available to customers in L.A. as well as in New York.

  • Trucks load coal at the Baosteel Group Corp. facilities in Shanghai, China.

    Baoshan Iron and Steel (Baosteel) and Aurizon Holdings launched a A$1.14 billion ($1.06 billion) takeover bid for Aquila Resources.

  • May 4- B/E Aerospace, a $9 billion maker of aircraft cabin interior products, said Sunday it was exploring strategic alternatives including a possible sale, merger or spin off of the company or selected businesses.

  • Los Angeles, May 4- Within a year after its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc closes, Comcast Corp aims to make its advanced X1 cable service available in areas such as New York and Los Angeles and other markets where it will gain a commanding new presence.

  • Employees at Pfizer Inc's U.S. research centers may want to dust off their resumes if the company's proposed acquisition of Britain's AstraZeneca comes to fruition.

  • NEW YORK, May 3- Employees at Pfizer Inc's U.S. research centers, such as the La Jolla, California site that specializes in cancer drugs, may want to dust off their resumes if the company's proposed acquisition of Britain's AstraZeneca comes to fruition.

  • May 1- Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca Plc have resumed talks about a trans-Atlantic merger of the two drug giants after Pfizer sweetened the terms of an earlier takeover offer for its British rival, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • May 1- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd more than doubled its adjusted quarterly profit as its merger advisory revenue soared in a thriving M&A market. Lazard's financial advisory revenue soared 64 percent to $275.5 million in the first quarter ended March 31, driven by a doubling of M&A and other advisory fees.

  • Why rivals are jealous of Pfizer's AstraZeneca deal Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 7:15 AM ET
    U.S. drugmaker Pfizer proposed buying AstraZeneca for about 58.8 billion pounds ($98.7 billion) in what would rank as the industry's biggest-ever takeover, surpassing Pfizer's $64 billion purchase of Wyeth in 2009.

    As rivals assessed what Pfizer's play for AstraZeneca could mean for the industry, one aspect touched nearly everyone: What it could mean for a U.S. tax loophole.

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK/ PARIS, May 1- Publicis and Omnicom have lost more than $1.5 billion of client work in recent weeks and face a fight to retain billions more, including a huge Samsung contract, just as the two advertising firms struggle to keep their merger on track.

  • Faber Report: Tobacco consolidation coming     Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    Wells Fargo's Bonnie Herzog thinks a Lorillard-Reynolds merger would make a profitable combination, reports CNBC's David Faber.

  • LONDON, April 29- European stocks rose on Tuesday, lifted by well-received corporate earnings and merger and acquisition activity as investors pushed mixed signals on the European Central Bank policy outlook and crisis in Ukraine onto the back burner.

  • April 29- Alliant Techsystems Inc said it would merge its aerospace and defense business with Orbital Sciences Corp in stock. Alliant Techsystems said its shareholders will own about 53.8 percent of the combined company, with Orbital shareholders holding the rest. Alliant also said it would spin off its outdoor sports business.

  • April 29- American Realty Capital Properties Inc and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp said they were not currently in merger talks, a day after reports that American Realty was looking to buy the real estate financing company.

  • LONDON, April 29- European stocks rose on Tuesday, as optimism surrounding corporate earnings and merger moves eclipsed the crisis in Ukraine, while rising euro zone money market rates and strong German consumer confidence supported the euro.

  • NEW YORK, April 28- A U.S. judge declared a mistrial on Monday in a case brought by the Justice Department against a former executive at a Chinese company accused of misappropriating corporate funds after a reverse merger.

  • NEW YORK/ SAO PAULO, April 28- Grupo Oi SA took the biggest step yet toward combining with partner Portugal Telecom SGPS SA late on Monday by pricing Brazil's only share offering this year at the lowest price expected.

  • *Wall St rebounds on merger speculation, rotation into Apple. NEW YORK, April 28- Global equity markets rebounded in rocky trade on Monday after a $100 billion bid for AstraZeneca boosted speculation of further corporate deal-making, while crude oil prices fell as major producer Libya prepared to resume exports.