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  • Fast U.S. merger pace raises risk - Fitch Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK, June 10- A record pace of mergers and acquisitions in the United States has increased the risk some companies are overloading on debt and some deals may end up souring, Fitch Ratings said on Wednesday. M&A activity totaled $245.2 billion in May, surpassing the previous record of $225.8 billion in May 2007, Fitch said, citing data from Dealogic.

  • BERLIN/ STUTTGART, June 10- Germany's HeidelbergCement said it would return more cash to shareholders and be "disciplined" about acquisitions, having chosen to stay out of a merger between rivals Holcim and Lafarge that is reshaping the industry. HeidelbergCement shares rallied on the company's comments to close 4.8 percent higher, the top gainers on the...

  • DETROIT, June 9- General Motors Co Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said on Tuesday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne sent an email proposing a potential merger, and that GM's board gave "strong support" to her strategy of going it alone. In comments late last month, Marchionne and FCA Chairman John Elkann said they had reached out to rivals,...

  • June 9- General Motors Co Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said on Tuesday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne sent an email proposing a potential merger, and that proposal was "vetted" by GM's board.

  • June 9- Mobile games developer China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group Ltd said it agreed to merge with Pegasus Investment Holdings Ltd in a deal valued at about $690 million.

  • Armstrong: Verizon wanted AOL's content too Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 8:48 AM ET
    Tim Armstrong, chairman anc CEO of AOL.

    Tim Armstrong on Tuesday said AOL's content brands were always part of merger talks with Verizon, offering a rebuttal to reports to the contrary.

  • *Results in Austria likely to affect future deals in Europe. VIENNA/ PARIS, June 9- When the number of mobile network operators competing in Austria was cut by a merger from four to three in January 2013 it was seen as an important test case just as a deal-making frenzy was about to break out among telecoms firms across Europe. "The debate on what metrics to use to judge...

  • *Results in Austria likely to affect future deals in Europe. VIENNA/ PARIS, June 9- When the number of mobile network operators competing in Austria was cut by a merger from four to three in January 2013 it was seen as an important test case just as a deal-making frenzy was about to break out among telecoms firms across Europe. Yet two years after Hutchison Whampoa...

  • *Results in Austria likely to affect future deals in Europe. VIENNA/ PARIS, June 9- When the number of mobile network operators competing in Austria was cut by a merger from four to three in January 2013 it was seen as an important test case just as a deal-making frenzy was about to break out among telecoms firms across Europe. Yet two years after Hutchison Whampoa...

  • SINGAPORE/ TAIPEI, June 9- Chip companies are merging, signing $66 billion worth of deals this year alone in preparation for an explosion of demand from all walks of life as the next technological revolution takes hold: the Internet of Things. Last month saw the biggest-ever chip merger with Avago Technologies Ltd agreeing to buy Broadcom Corp for $37 billion.

  • "Extraordinary" reaction from Diageo merger report Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 5:10 AM ET

    Reports suggests that "Brazil's richest man", Jorge Paulo Lemann, is mulling over a bid to buy UK spirits business, Diageo. CNBC's Catherine Boyle, discusses how markets have reacted to the claims.

  • Shire: From 'prey' to 'predator' in markets Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    Shire: From 'prey' to 'predator' in markets

    Shares in Actelion have hit a record high, after reports that UK rival Shire is considering a multibillion takeover. CNBC's Catherine Boyle discusses.

  • Diageo: Too big to be bought? Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    Diageo: Too big to be bought?

    Reports suggests that "Brazil's richest man", Jorge Paulo Lemann, is mulling over a bid to buy UK spirits business, Diageo. CNBC's Catherine Boyle, discusses the claims.

  • *Vodafone shares fall as Liberty merger ruled out. LONDON, June 5- Britain's top share index fell on Friday to post its biggest weekly drop in nearly six months, mirroring a broad sell-off in Europe, with some food retailers losing ground after Deutsche Bank cut its estimate for the UK grocery market. Vodafone Group fell 2.4 percent to trim 6.3 points off the index, as...

  • LONDON, June 5- Vodafone, the world's second-biggest mobile telecoms company, said on Friday it was in talks with Europe's largest cable operator, Liberty Global, about an exchange of "selected assets" but was not discussing a full-blown merger. "Vodafone is not in discussions with Liberty Global concerning a combination of the two companies," the company said in a...

  • LONDON, June 5- Vodafone, the world's second-biggest mobile operator, said on Friday it was in talks with cable company Liberty Global regarding an exchange of "selected assets" but was not discussing a full-blown merger, a combination which has been the subject of long-running speculation. "Vodafone is not in discussions with Liberty Global concerning a...

  • Dish & T-Mobile love affair Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 10:08 AM ET
    Dish & T-Mobile love affair

    CNBC's David Faber provides insight to talks taking place between Dish Networks and T-Mobile to potentially merge.

  • June 3- Lions Gate Entertainment Corp could buy television network Starz and other "free radicals" in the industry, media mogul John Malone told the Wall Street Journal. Lions Gate had a 2.3 pct stake in Starz's series A common stock as of March 30. Lions Gate was interested last year in pursuing a merger with Starz, but the two sides could not come to terms over...

  • European shares fall from highs, turn lower after ECB Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 1:10 PM ET

    *Ahold and Delhaize rise on merger reports. *Adidas rises after FIFA president resigns. LONDON, June 3- European shares turned lower late on Wednesday, mirroring a selloff in German bonds, after the European Central Bank raised its inflation forecasts and said it would look through any debt market volatility.

  • June 3- Stock Building Supply Holdings Inc and fellow construction materials supplier Building Materials Holding Corp said they would combine to expand in the fast-growing south and west regions in the United States. BMC's shareholders will receive 0.5231 new shares of Stock Building Supply for each share held and own about 60 percent of the merged entity,...