The company's S-1 lays the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the largest initial public offerings of the year, second only to Uber's IPO in May. It's also...Technologyread more
Fraud investigator Harry Markopolos' accusations extended beyond GE's management to actuaries, auditors and analysts who he claims overlooked billions in liabilities.Marketsread more
Trump's tweet comes a day after Apple put out a press release describing the money it spends on U.S.-based suppliers and vendors.Technologyread more
CNBC combed through Wall Street research to see which stocks are still a buy after their earnings reports.Marketsread more
President Donald Trump held a call on Wednesday with the CEOs of three major U.S. banks, according to people with knowledge of the situation.Marketsread more
Despite aggressive strides, Waymo needs one thing before their self-driving cars become a seriously useful transportation system: people. We talked to the ones closest to it.Technologyread more
Scientists say the smoke plumes, filled with megatons of tiny, harmful particles, could travel to other areas of the world and cause serious respiratory problems for people.Weather & Natural Disastersread more
Some Weight Watchers loyalists applaud Kurbo by WW. But nutritionists worry Kurbo promotes an unhealthy relationship with food during an especially impressionable time.Health and Scienceread more
Benefits from what President Trump called "the biggest reform of all time" to the tax code have dwindled to a faint breeze just 20 months after its enactment, writes John...Politicsread more
Epstein, 66, was found in his cell in Manhattan federal lockup Saturday morning and transferred to a nearby hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead.Politicsread more
Air travelers faced delays at U.S. airports on Friday afternoon after a computer issue snarled processing of international arrivals.Airlinesread more
A drawn-out bidding war for one of the entertainment industry's most coveted assets will be decided by a sealed bids auction, unless there is a best-and-final offer by the end of the week.
Comcast and Twenty-First Century Fox have been locked in a transatlantic battle for British broadcaster Sky for almost two years, although the very public contest appears to be entering its final phase.
That's because if neither of the U.S. media giants drop out by Saturday, the companies will head to a blind auction overseen by regulators, according to British takeover rules.
"For now, Comcast seems to be in pole position, but it's not a slam dunk. There's so much to play for and expect both companies to open up the war chest," Paolo Pescatore, an independent telecom and media analyst, told CNBC via email on Monday.
"This represents a great opportunity to own a prized asset which will prove to be a worthy long-term investment," he added.
On Tuesday, Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that the takeover battle for Sky would likely be settled at a brief auction.
In such auctions, bidders submit secret offers to a third-party arbiter. And while this method is relatively common for commercial transactions, it is extremely unusual when it comes to deal-making for such a high-profile public company.
Britain's Takeover Panel — the body that regulates U.K. mergers and acquisitions — would administer an auction, drawing the curtain on one of the U.K.'s longest-running takeover battles.
Sky's appeal to U.S. media firms is such that owning the company would give them both a rare opportunity to diversify out of North America and reach consumers more directly. It has a stock market value of around £26.8 billion ($35 billion).
"It is so close to call that a sealed bid will be the only way to decide the outcome," Pescatore said.
On July 11, Comcast raised its cash offer for Sky to $34 billion, topping Fox's much-improved offer for the same company.
Comcast said its renewed bid had been recommended by the independent committee of Sky. The company also said it had earmarked funds to fulfil the terms of the deal.
Just hours earlier, Fox had raised its offer to about $32.5 billion. Fox had originally reached a deal in December 2016 to buy the part of Sky it does not already own.
To make things slightly more complicated, Comcast and Disney separately traded bids to buy Fox. Disney won that particular contest, agreeing to buy a chunk of Fox assets — including its existing Sky stake — for $71 billion.
The public skirmish to control some of Rupert Murdoch's global empire comes as some of the worlds' most influential media moguls try to find ways to stay relevant at a time when American consumers are cutting their cable subscriptions and spending more time online.
A rapidly changing media landscape is forcing legacy entertainment giants to consider spending tens of billions of dollars in order to keep pace with upstarts like Netflix and Amazon.
Fox owns a 39 percent stake in British broadcaster Sky. And the European pay-television group boasts a market-leading platform that is thought to have approximately 23 million customers across the continent.
Sky also has a range of other sought-after television content, most notably rights to show English Premier League soccer matches.
Comcast's Brian Roberts has previously said the appeal of Sky left him feeling "terribly impressed," while Disney's Bob Iger called the British broadcaster the "crown jewel" of Fox's television and movie assets.
Disclosure: Comcast is the owner of NBCUniversal, parent company of CNBC and CNBC.com.