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  • July 15- Growing doubts that regulators may not approve Halliburton Co's $35- billion takeover of fellow oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc this year has thrown up a high-reward opportunity for investors with an appetite for risk. Baker Hughes' stock was trading at a discount of 8 percent to $67, which is what Halliburton's cash-and-stock offer was...

  • Comcast sells HBO + TV online for $15 a month Monday, 13 Jul 2015 | 6:23 AM ET
    A Comcast service van in Miami.

    Comcast is now competing with HBO, Showtime, Sony and Dish's Sling TV, all of which will sell you at least one TV channel delivered over the Web.

  • John Malone: M&A in content will happen Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 2:28 PM ET
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    John Malone said that after so many mergers in the content distribution space, consolidation in the content space is inevitable.

  • Time Warner Cable Inc must pay the insurance claims specialist $229,500 for placing 153 automated calls meant for someone else to her cellphone in less than a year, even after she told it to stop, a Manhattan federal judge ruled on Tuesday. King, of Irving, Texas, accused Time Warner Cable of harassing her by leaving messages for Luiz Perez, who once held her...

  • CEOs, deals in focus at 'summer camp for moguls' Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 10:35 AM ET
    The Sun Valley Inn ahead of the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference

    Here's what to expect from this year's annual "summer camp for moguls" in Sun Valley, Idaho.

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • July 2- U.S health insurer Aetna Inc is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc for about $34 billion in a cash and stock deal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. One person said Aetna's offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and that a deal could be announced as early as Friday. A $230 per share offer would be at a premium of nearly...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- AT&T Inc's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is expected to get U.S. regulatory approval as soon as next week, according to people familiar with the matter, a decision that will combine the country's No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest satellite-TV provider. The FCC, which reviews if deals are in public interest, is poised to...

  • M&A close to record in Q2 amid mega deals Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 6:54 AM ET
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    Mergers and acquisitions worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 almost matched the record set in the second quarter of 2007.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 29- Mergers and acquisitions worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 almost matched the record set in the second quarter of 2007, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as big companies turned to deals to boost their market share. These include Royal Dutch Shell Plc's $70 billion acquisition of British rival BG Group Plc, cable...

  • June 26- Charter Communications Inc formally argued for regulatory approval for its Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House Networks deals, saying consumers would benefit as Internet services would become cheaper and faster. Charter said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that it would not block or suppress Internet traffic...

  • Why Alibaba and Best Buy set up shop in Washington Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 6:55 AM ET

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gives his take on why companies like Alibaba, HBO and Apple have set up shop in his state.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 22- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc on Monday dismissed concerns that buying smaller competitor Cigna Corp would be considered anti-competitive, even as antitrust experts said the combination would earn regulatory scrutiny. Besides the possible Anthem deal, Humana Inc is considering a sale, possibly to Cigna or Aetna Inc, a source...

  • Roberts, who set up Comcast after he bought a small cable television operator in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1963, died of natural causes in Philadelphia, Comcast said in a statement. He led Comcast from its humble beginnings to a $150 billion media conglomerate. Roberts, who was chairman emeritus of Comcast's board, had spent more than five decades at the company.

  • Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dies at 95 Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 11:10 AM ET
    Ralph Roberts, founder of Comcast Corp.

    Roberts, who served as the company's chairman emeritus, founded Comcast when he bought a small cable system in Mississippi in 1963.

  • NEW YORK/ FRANKFURT, June 17- U.S. cable company Comcast Corp is not interested in buying wireless carrier T-Mobile US, a person familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. Manager Magazin of Germany, citing sources, had said earlier that the largest U.S. cable operator was in talks with T-Mobile US parent Deutsche Telekom AG about buying the No. 4 U.S. wireless...

  • Alcatel's Combes to join Altice - Challenges magazine Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    PARIS, June 11- Alcatel-Lucent Chief Executive Michel Combes will leave the group that he is selling to Nokia on July 15 and join billionaire Patrick Drahi's Altice holding company from September, Challenges magazine reported. Combes will in particular be responsible for the development of telecoms group Altice in Europe, the French magazine reported.

  • Mega-M&A: Number of large deals to set record Friday, 5 Jun 2015 | 12:12 PM ET

    So far this year, 27 global M&A deals with a value greater than $10 billion were announced, a record pace for mega-dealmaking.