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  • NEW YORK, June 17- About a quarter of U.S. merger and acquisition deals have insider-related options trading activity before official announcements, but only a fraction are being investigated by regulators, according to an academic study.

  • France wants better Alstom offer Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    Rival suitors GE and Siemens were told by the French government to come up with better offers for engineering group Alstom on Tuesday.

  • Study reveals suspiciously profitable trades     Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    FMHR trader Pete Najarian provides perspective on a new study which reveals suspicious profitable trades surrounding public company deals. Andrew Ross Sorkin, weighs in.

  • 1 in 4 deals involves insider trading: Study     Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin provides insight to a new study which reveals just how prevalent insider trading is on Wall Street.

  • Siemens CEO: Our Alstom bid is 'superior'     Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, says that his group's offer for Alstom's power assets is "compelling", and "superior" to the one proposed by General Electric.

  • Valeant officially goes hostile in bid for Allergan Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 11:12 AM ET
    Botox by Allergan

    Valeant said it plans to launch an exchange offer to Allergan shareholders this week, soliciting proxies to call for a meeting to discuss its offer.

  • LONDON, June 17- Merger and acquisition speculation gave European stocks a shot in the arm on Tuesday, while commodity and emerging market investors were somewhat calmed by the absence of an escalation in the Iraq crisis overnight.

  • Yukihiro Kumagai, Analyst at Jefferies, says the joint bid by Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is "a little behind" General Electric's formal offer.

  • CHICAGO, June 16- Well before Medtronic Inc and Covidien Plc announced their $43 billion merger, the two medical device makers had reached common conclusions about how they needed to change. U.S.-based Medtronic on Sunday said it would buy Covidien and moving its executive headquarters to Ireland to take advantage of lower corporate tax rates.

  • June 16- Medtronic Inc's $43 billion deal for Dublin- based Covidien Plc should accelerate already intense efforts by medical device rivals to seek merger partners, industry analysts and bankers said on Monday.

  • *Medtronic to buy Covidien for $42.9 bln. *U.S. considering talks with Iran over Iraq. NEW YORK, June 16- U.S. stocks closed slightly higher on Monday, supported by a flurry of merger news, but turmoil in Iraq drove oil prices up and kept trading choppy.

  • *Medtronic to buy Covidien for $42.9 bln. *U.S. considering talks with Iran over Iraq. NEW YORK, June 16- U.S. stocks edged higher on Monday afternoon, reversing a midday dip, supported by a flurry of merger news, but the advance was limited as investors kept a close watch on rising oil prices caused by turmoil in Iraq.

  • Level 3 Communications to buy TW Telecom Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    Level 3 Communications said it would buy internet services provider TW Telecom for $40.86 per share in a cash and stock deal.

  • Europe's lame ducks attract restructuring bets Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    *KPN, Abengoa, Pandora among stocks with potential for gains. LONDON, June 16- A weaker-than-expected economic recovery in Europe, a bleak outlook for corporate profits and the resurgence of hostile merger activity are pushing investors to bet on troubled firms with restructuring potential.

  • June 16- Hillshire Brands Co said it will withdraw its recommendation to its shareholders to vote for its acquisition of Pinnacle Foods Inc, following Tyson Foods Inc's offer to buy Hillshire. Hillshire said it does not have the right to terminate the merger agreement with Pinnacle Foods on the basis of the Tyson Foods offer.

  • Hillshire drops bid for Pinnacle after Tyson deal Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 8:07 AM ET
    Tyson Food and Hillshire Brands food products

    Hillshire Brands said it will withdraw its recommendation to its shareholders to vote for its acquisition of Pinnacle Foods.

  • Hillshire withdraws recommendation for Pinnacle deal Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    June 16- Hillshire Brands Co said it will withdraw its recommendation to its shareholders to vote for its acquisition of Pinnacle Foods Inc, following Tyson Foods Inc's to buy Hillshire. Hillshire said it does not have the right to terminate the merger agreement with Pinnacle Foods on the basis of the Tyson Foods offer.

  • A subsequent merger of Williams' MLP, Williams Partners LP, with Access, will, if successful, create one of the largest MLPs by enterprise value- close to $100 billion.

  • Priceline snaps up OpenTable for about $2.6 billion Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    Priceline announces it is buying online reservation site OpenTable for $103 per share, or about $2.6 billion.

  • LONDON, June 13- The world's biggest would-be drugs merger hit a wall last month but speculation about smart ways that Pfizer could yet seal a deal with AstraZeneca remains intense. Even as talks fell apart last month, some in Pfizer's camp remained optimistic the transaction could be revived- and certain AstraZeneca advisers have not ruled out renewed talks.