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  • WASHINGTON, July 24- The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier AT&T Inc and the biggest satellite-TV provider DirecTV became the country's largest pay-TV company on Friday, completing their $48.5 billion merger after receiving final regulatory approval. The requirements from the FCC, which ensures that deals are in the public interest, include protections for rival...

  • Anthem Inc.' s purchase of Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.' s acquisition of Humana Inc., both announced this month, are worth more than $80 billion combined. Many of the purchases have been designed to bulk up their Medicaid and Medicare Advantage businesses because both of those programs keep growing. If all of the recent deals go through, Anthem, Aetna and...

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- AT&T Inc's proposed $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV has cleared its final regulatory hurdle as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to approve the merger, according to people familiar with the votes. At least three of the five FCC commissioners have voted in favor of the deal with conditions, according to the...

  • UPDATE 1-AT&T profit beats Street on customer additions Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    The company, which in May last year offered to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion to create the largest U.S. pay TV company, is close to wrapping up its deal as U.S. telecom and antitrust regulators signaled a green light for the merger. Last month, the company had extended the "termination date" of the merger agreement with DirecTV for "a short period of time," the second time...

  • Visa says in deal talks with Visa Europe Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 4:17 PM ET

    July 23- Credit and debit card issuer Visa Inc said it was in talks for a deal with former subsidiary Visa Europe, which it expected to conclude by the end of October. Bloomberg reported in May that the companies were in talks for a possible merger. Visa's net income rose to $1.70 billion, or 69 cents per Class A share, in the third quarter ended June 30 from $1.36 billion,...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- AT&T Inc is close to wrapping up its deal to buy DirecTV as U.S. telecom and antitrust regulators signaled a green light for the $48.5 billion merger that would create the country's largest pay-TV company. AT&T and the FCC have spent recent weeks negotiating the conditions of the deal that combines the No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest...

  • Justice Department gives nod to AT&T-DirecTV merger Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 6:34 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 21- AT&T Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, an acquisition that will combine the country's No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest satellite-TV provider, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Tuesday said it had granted conditional approval to merge Cit Bank into OneWest Bank into a combined bank named CIT Bank. U.S. small-business lender CIT Bank said last year it would buy California bank OneWest Bank NA for $3.4 billion in cash and stock, a deal that will give CIT a more reliable...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday circulated an order to approve, with conditions, AT&T Inc's bid to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter. The FCC reviews proposed mergers to ensure that they are in the public interest while the Justice Department ensures...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Tuesday said it had granted conditional approval to merge Cit Bank into OneWest Bank into a combined bank named CIT Bank. U.S. small-business lender CIT Bank said last year it would buy California bank OneWest Bank NA for $3.4 billion in cash and stock, a deal that will give CIT a more reliable...

  • European shares hit fresh six week highs, OCI surges Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 4:32 AM ET

    *Julius Baer slides after tax-dodging charge. Top riser was OCI, up 11 percent after the Amsterdam- listed chemical company confirmed it is in advanced merger talks with U.S. fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings Inc.. Yara sold a 50 percent stake in its British fertilizer manufacturer to CF Industries, its joint venture partner, three weeks ago and traders...

  • European shares near six-week highs, OCI surges Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 3:23 AM ET

    LONDON, July 20- European shares edged higher on Monday, closing in on fresh six week highs, with Greece fears receding further as the country's banks re-opened and with Dutch chemical firm OCI surging on merger talks. Greek banks are ready to open their branches across the country after a three-week shutdown, officials said, although trading shares in these...

  • July 17- As Monsanto Co struggles to convince rival Syngenta AG to discuss a potential merger, the seed and agrochemical giant is also wooing U.S. farmers, aiming to ease concerns about the proposed tie-up that could prompt regulatory challenges. Monsanto leaders have also been making appearances on national and regional broadcasts to make their case that...

  • July 17- U.S. fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings Inc is in advanced merger talks with Amsterdam- listed chemical company OCI NV, the Wall Street Journal reported. Shares of CF Industries, which has a market value of about $14.8 billion, were up 7.4 percent at $67.22 after the report. Both CF Industries and OCI were not immediately available to comment on the...

  • CF Industries in merger talks with OCI - WSJ Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 1:32 PM ET

    July 17- U.S. fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings Inc is in advanced merger talks with the Netherlands- based chemical company OCI NV, the Wall Street Journal reported. Both CF Industries and OCI were not immediately available to comment on the report. CF Industries and OCI are in discussions about a tie-up that could be reached as early as this month, the...

  • What Samsung merger says about South Korea's chaebols Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 12:18 AM ET
    What Samsung merger says about South Korea's chaebols

    Richard Harris, chief executive at Port Shelter Investment Management, says the mighty chaebols will likely continue to play a central role in the South Korean economy.

  • Samsung shareholder vote will be a close call: Pro Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 7:25 PM ET
    Samsung shareholder vote will be a close call: Pro

    Ji-Soo Lee, senior consultant at the Center For Good Corporate Governance, outlines his expectations for a shareholder vote on a merger of two Samsung companies on Friday.

  • July 16- Specialty insurer and reinsurer Axis Capital Holdings Ltd and PartnerRe Ltd agreed to sweeten the terms of their merger agreement to fend off a rival bid from Italy's Exor SpA. The companies agreed on Thursday to raise the special dividend component to $17.50 per share from $11.50, and match Exor's exchange offer for PartnerRe's preferred...

  • PARIS, July 16- Coty Inc's boss Bart Becht believes he is the right man to run what will become the world's biggest perfume maker, despite industry doubts over its planned mega-merger and faltering sales at the beauty products group. With Coty due to gobble up Procter& Gamble's beauty business for $12.5 billion, Becht has no intention of seeking anyone else to lead...

  • Celgene raises 2015 EPS outlook Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 5:32 PM ET
    Celgene raises 2015 EPS outlook

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports Celgene released Q2 earnings early, and will acquire Receptos for about $7.2 billion.