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Mergers and Acquisitions Mergers


  • WASHINGTON, June 23- Sysco Corp's $3.5 billion merger with US Foods should be stopped for further review, a U.S. federal judge ruled on Tuesday, handing a major victory to the U.S. government, which had filed an antitrust lawsuit aimed at blocking the controversial merger. Sysco Chief Executive Officer Bill DeLaney said the company was "profoundly disappointed"...

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- Sysco Corp, the nation's largest food distributor, lost a battle with the U.S. government as a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the company could not merge with its biggest competitor, US Foods, without a go-ahead from antitrust enforcers. "The FTC has shown that there is a reasonable probability that the proposed merger will substantially...

  • Why Obamacare may be behind the M&A bonanza Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 12:07 PM ET
    Pediatrician Lanre Falusi examines an infant's ear in an exam room at a Community Clinic Inc. health center in Takoma Park, Maryland.

    Deal fever appears to have overtaken the health insurers. And Obamacare may be part of the reason why.

  • The appeal of health insurer Humana in one chart Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 10:45 AM ET
    The Humana Inc. headquarters office stands in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Nearly 75 percent percent of Humana’s revenue comes from Medicare, more than the other big insurers. Here's why Humana is such a hot commodity.

  • After 26% jump, walk away from this stock: Traders Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 8:03 AM ET
    A Williams Companies natural gas drilling rig in Rifle, Colorado.

    Shares of one energy company have soared on deal news. But now is no time to get greedy, two traders say.

  • June 23- Shares in British bookmaker Ladbrokes PLC jumped by more than 10 percent on Tuesday after the company confirmed it was in merger talks with privately owned Gala Coral Group. In its statement, Ladbrokes said the talks were to combine the entities of Ladbrokes and Coral Retail, Eurobet Retail and Gala Coral's online businesses. Ladbrokes said the...

  • VANCOUVER, June 23- The global gold mining industry is showing signs of life as merger activity picks up and industry veterans set up new companies and hunt for projects, taking advantage of weak prices to lay the groundwork for a rebound. In the first quarter, Paris- based asset manager Carmignac Gestion bought 11.65 million shares of Goldcorp, the highest valued...

  • Ladbrokes says in merger talks with Gala Coral Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 7:14 PM ET

    June 22- British bookmaker Ladbrokes PLC said on Monday evening that it was in talks with the board of Gala Coral Group Limited to combine their businesses and list the entity on London's stock market. Ladbrokes, which issued a statement saying it was confirming the discussions in response to press speculation, said the talks are to combine the entities of...

  • Trying to create a health care Internet: Athenahealth CEO

    Jonathan Bush, Athenahealth CEO, gives perspective to major health insurance stocks and discusses all the merger talk in the space.

  • Cramer's Mad Dash: Pipeline consolidation Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 9:22 AM ET
    Cramer's Mad Dash: Pipeline consolidation

    Jim Cramer says he sees signs oil and gas prices are headed lower.

  • Altice confirms offer for Bouygues Telecom Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 2:45 AM ET

    Bouygues said separately that its board would meet on Tuesday to discuss what it called Altice's "unsolicited offer."

  • June 21- Health insurer Cigna Corp rebuffed Anthem Inc's $47 billion merger proposal on Sunday, saying it was "deeply disappointed" with Anthem's recent actions and the offer was not in the best interest of shareholders. Anthem's offer for smaller rival Cigna is part of a daisy chain of potential deals in the health insurance sector. Cigna Chairman Isaiah Harris,...

  • Cigna to Anthem: Nope, $54B still isn't enough Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 | 5:19 PM ET
    Pedestrians walk past the entrance to the Cigna Corp. headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Cigna on Sunday rejected an increased $53.8 billion bid from Anthem as inadequate.

  • With deals afoot, Obamacare haunts health stocks Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 | 11:16 AM ET
    Obamacare supporters outside Supreme Court

    If the Supreme Court invalidates Obamacare subsidies for millions, analysts say health-system profits could take a hit.

  • NEW YORK, June 20- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc said on Saturday it had offered $47 billion in cash and stock for smaller rival Cigna Corp but that the deal was stalled over Cigna CEO David Cordani's role in the merged company. Insurers Aetna Inc and Cigna are participating in an auction to acquire another rival, Humana Inc, according to a person familiar with the...

  • NEW YORK, June 20- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc said on Saturday it had offered $46 billion in cash and stock for smaller rival Cigna Corp but that a deal was being held up in part over what role Cigna CEO David Cordani would have in a merged company. Anthem, the second largest health insurer in the United States, said that it had made four offers for Cigna in June,...

  • The Ryland Group Inc and Standard Pacific Corp merger announced earlier this week- the first big deal since PulteGroup Inc's buyout of Centex in 2009- is a sign of things to come. Mid-cap builders that went public recently such as Tri Pointe Homes Inc, Taylor Morrison Home Corp and William Lyon Homes are expected to be more active dealmakers than their larger...

  • June 19- Office Depot Inc said its shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the $6.3 billion buyout offer from larger rival Staples Inc, in a deal that would combine the two largest U.S. office suppliers. Staples said it would buy Office Depot in February in a cash-and-stock deal, following calls by activist investor Starboard Value L.P. for a merger, saying a...

  • Will Elliott succeed in blocking Samsung merger? Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 8:23 PM ET
    Will Elliott succeed in blocking Samsung merger?

    Mark Newman, senior analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, discusses U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott's campaign to block a proposed merger between two subsidiaries of Samsung Group.

  • DETROIT, June 18- United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday the union has not taken a position on merger comments made by Fiat Chrysler's chief executive, but said he would be against any plan that would cut union-represented jobs. The union is evaluating outcomes of a possible merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with General Motors Co or...