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Mergers and acquisitions momentum has driven the markets today. Four big deals were initiated: Bank of New York and Mellon Financial; LSI Logic and Agere Systems; Pilgrim’s Pride and Gold Kist; and Station Casinos got a buyout offer from a group including its chairman for $4.7 billion.
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A bit more on this M&A Monday--we mentioned LSI Logic buying Agere Systems. Now it's the Bank of New York announcing its intentions to buy Mellon Financial for $16.5 billion dollars in stock. The new company will have $1.1 trillion dollars in assets under management – making it one of the top 10 asset managers in the world.