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  • LONDON, Nov 19- ICAP's shipping business is in merger talks with rival shipbroker Howe Robinson, the latest potential tie-up among sector players looking for scale after years of freight market turmoil. ICAP, the world's largest interdealer broker, said in a joint announcement on Wednesday with Howe Robinson, one of the world's oldest shipbrokers founded in...

  • Mega-mergers are popular again on Wall Street Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:47 AM ET

    Deals worth $100 billion on Monday put the Street on pace for a year rivaling the dot-com bubble era and the private equity surge just before the financial crisis.

  • *Brent falls toward $78 as Japanese growth stalls. NEW YORK, Nov 17- Oil prices fell and global equity markets were mixed on Monday after news that Japan unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter renewed concerns about the world economy, but merger activity and comment about European stimulus capped declines. Brent oil initially fell more than $1...

  • *Baker Hughes rallies, Halliburton tumbles after deal. Shares of Baker Hughes, up 10.2 percent, and Allergan, up 5.1 percent, led gains on the S&P 500 after Halliburton said it would buy Baker Hughes and Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis. The largest percentage gainer on the S&P 500 was Baker Hughes, while the largest decliner was Halliburton, down 10.1 percent.

  • Shutterfly buys photo printing app GrooveBook Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:10 PM ET
    Grovebook app

    A photo-printing app that obtained backing through the show "Shark Tank" has been purchased by Shutterfly, according to a report in TechCrunch.

  • *Baker Hughes rallies, Halliburton tumbles after deal. The M&A news partly offset the declines as Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis while Halliburton said it would buy Baker Hughes. Allergan and Baker Hughes were the top point gainers on the S&P 500..

  • *Merck gains after Pfizer deal. EDINBURGH, Nov 17- European shares turned solidly positive on Monday after ECB President Mario Draghi reasserted that he was ready to do more to fight deflation. Shrugging off worries that Japan's economy has unexpectedly slipped into recession, the market also drew confidence from earnings reports, merger and acquisition news...

  • *Baker Hughes rallies on Halliburton deal; crude futures fall. *DreamWorks shares slide as Hasbro talks stall. Merger and acquisition news offset the declines as Halliburton said it would buy Baker Hughes and Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis.

  • *Baker Hughes rallies on Halliburton deal; crude futures fall. *DreamWorks shares slide as Hasbro talks stall. Merger and acquisition news partly offset the declines as Halliburton said it would buy Baker Hughes and Allergan is close to a buyout by Actavis.

  • US STOCKS-Futures slip as Japan dips into recession Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    *Merger and acquisition news partly offset the declines as Halliburton said it would buy Baker Hughes and Allergan is close to a buyout deal by Actavis. *Baker Hughes rose 16.4 percent on news Halliburton would acquire it in a cash and stock transaction of about $34.6 billion. *Allergan added 4.5 percent as the Actavis buyout values the company as high as $65.5...

  • DreamWorks-Hasbro talks fade   Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:22 AM ET
    DreamWorks-Hasbro talks fade

    Rich Greenfield, BTIG media & tech analyst, shares his thoughts on why a deal between DreamWorks and Hasbro may no longer be in the works.

  • Halliburton buys Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion   Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:01 AM ET
    Halliburton buys Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion

    Kurt Hallead, RBS Capital Markets analyst, breaks down details of the deal between the oil services companies and which shareholders came out on top.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2200 GMT / 5 PM ET Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama defends the transparency of his signature healthcare law after a White House adviser on the reform said the law passed, in part, because of the "stupidity" of American voters. ALLERGAN, ACTAVIS NEAR DEAL, ANNOUNCEMENT AS EARLY AS MONDAY. NEW YORK- Allergan nears a deal to merge with Actavis Plc, with an announcement coming as soon as...

  • Nov 16- Allergan Inc is near a deal to merge with Actavis Plc, with an agreement to be announced as soon as Monday, according to a person familiar with the matter. Actavis is likely to pay Allergan between $210 and $220 per share, according to the source. Actavis and Allergan declined to comment.

  • Nov 14- Oilfield services provider Halliburton Co is seeking to replace the board of smaller peer Baker Hughes Inc, as merger talks between the companies stalled. Baker Hughes said late on Friday that it had rejected Halliburton's initial proposal, which was made more than a month ago, in a deal that would create $2 billion in synergies after divestitures.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Talks that could lead to oilfield services provider Halliburton Co buying rival Baker Hughes Inc may herald increased deal-making in the energy business as companies bet on a protracted drop in oil prices, industry bankers said. The Baker Hughes/ Halliburton talks have stalled after the companies weren't able to agree on issues including...

  • Nov 14- The proposed merger of oilfield service companies Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc would create a serious challenger to Schlumberger NV in international markets and cement the two companies' dominance in North America. A combined Halliburton-Baker Hughes would have combined revenue of about $52 billion, based on 2013 results, outstripping...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- National CineMedia and Screenvision LLC have agreed to put their proposed merger on hold until a court rules on a U.S. government lawsuit that claims it would create a movie advertising monopoly, a lawyer for National CineMedia said Friday. "We have agreed that the defendants will not close the transaction pending the decision of the court," said...

  • *Baker Hughes confirms merger talks with Halliburton. *Geron jumps on licensing deal with Johnson& Johnson. NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. stocks opened flat on Friday, with the S&P on track for a fourth straight weekly advance, after data on retail sales and ahead of a report on consumer sentiment.

  • *Baker Hughes confirms merger talks with Halliburton. *Geron jumps on licensing deal with Johnson& Johnson. NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. stock index were set to open little changed on Friday, with the S&P on track for a fourth straight weekly advance, after data on retail sales and ahead of a report on consumer sentiment.