• 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."

  • Lorillard down amid merger talks     Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    The "Squawk on the Street" crew weigh in on the potential merger between tobacco companies Reynolds American and Lorillard.

  • Ackman: Allergan CEO has 'disabling' deal conflict Monday, 19 May 2014 | 10:23 AM ET
    Bill Ackman

    Activist investor William Ackman told Allergan's board that the CEO has a 'disabling' conflict of interest because a takeover means losing his job.

  • Pfizer CEO grilled by UK lawmakers     Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports both Pfizer and AstraZeneca CEOs are facing tough questions by the UK Parliament on the possible merger.

  • Valeant to sweeten Allergan's 'cut and slash' offer Tuesday, 13 May 2014 | 8:44 AM ET
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals sign at the company's headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.

    Valeant said it planned to "improve" its $47 billion takeover offer for drugmaker Allergan, a day after the U.S. company rejected the bid.

  • Allergan rejects Valeant's 'cut and slash' takeover Monday, 12 May 2014 | 11:26 AM ET
    Botox by Allergan

    U.S. medical firm Allergan rejected the unsolicited takeover offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, saying it substantially undervalued the company.

  • Hillshire to buy Pinnacle Foods for $6.6 billion Monday, 12 May 2014 | 8:54 AM ET
    Packages of Sara Lee Corp. Hillshire Farm deli meat are displayed for sale in a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois.

    Packaged food company Hillshire Brands said it would acquire Pinnacle Foods for about $6.6 billion, including debt, in a cash and stock deal.

  • Apple + Beats: Wall Street says why bother? Friday, 9 May 2014 | 7:48 AM ET
    The Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

    Apple knows music and Beats knows putting music in peoples' ears - but beyond that, Wall Street can't see much point in putting the two together.

  • Too big to work? Why ad giants called off merger Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 10:24 PM ET
    Omnicom CEO John Wren and Publicis CEO Maurice Levy after announcing a merger of their companies

    The $35 billion merger between Omnicom and Publicis has collapsed as challenges proved too immense for the partners.

  • Comcast to face House critics at merger hearing Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 7:03 AM ET
    David Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp., left, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Arthur Minson Jr., executive vice president and chief financial officer of Time Warner Cable Inc., in Washington, D.C.

    Comcast's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable is expected to face criticism when U.S. lawmakers meet for a second time to discuss the deal.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.