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  • Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Thursday April 17, 2014 Benzinga - 2 hours 57 minutes ago

    The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Thursday April 17, 2014. Post Holdings to Acquire Michael Foods for $2.45B The Deal : Post Holdings (NYSE: POST ) confirmed ...

  • About That TIAA-CREF Deal @ Morningstar - 11 hours ago

    Why buy Nuveen?

  • Alibaba plans IPO in U.S., not Hong Kong @ Los Angeles Times - 23 hours ago

    Alibaba's IPO could raise $15 billion at an estimated valuation of up to $200 billion. It could be the largest tech IPO ever.

  • Comcast-Time Warner deal can claim one prominent Silicon Valley supporter @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 3:00 PM EDT

    The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger has at least one high-profile backer here in Silicon Valley -- Carl Guardino, president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and an ever-present present ...

  • Criterion Collection streaming library to remain a Hulu exclusive @ Engadget - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 3:31 PM EDT

    The Criterion Collection became a part of Hulu's lineup back in 2011, quickly turning into an essential feature within the company's premium video streaming service, Hulu Plus. Today, Hulu announced it ...

  • Earlier today, Twitter announced that it acquired Gnip, one of its partners that takes the firehose of its data and parses it for third parties who mine the social network for market insights. The natural follow-up question is, what happens to the other companies that take the firehose? “There is no change to our relationship …

  • Twitter acquires data analytics firm Gnip @ USA TODAY - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 1:27 PM EDT

    Colorado-based company provides analyses based off public tweets.

  • Bazaarvoice (Nasdaq: BV ), the network connecting brands and retailers to the authentic voices of consumers wherever they shop, today announced that it has acquired FeedMagnet, a privately-owned social ...

  • Should Walgreen Move to Europe for Leaner Taxes? @ BusinessWeek - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 3:27 PM EDT

    That's what a Goldman Sachs fund and a bevy of hedge funds say it should do

  • Glencore Xstrata buys Chad-focused oil and gas group Caracal @ Financial Times - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 2:56 PM EDT

    Glencore Xstrata has offered $1.35bn to buy Caracal Energy, a Chad-focused exploration company, in a deal that underscores its ambitions to build a sizeable oil and gas business. The Swiss-based commodities ...

  • Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ ...

  • As startup app developer Triage moves from the Bay Area to New York, the company is preparing to close on roughly $1.1 million in a seed round of financing.

  • Minmetals flexes its might @ Financial Times - Sun, Apr 13, 2014 4:48 PM EDT

    China Minmetals, which on Sunday concluded China's biggest-ever overseas mining acquisition, traces its roots to a US-led trade embargo against China. Struggling to get the economy on its feet and blocked ...

  • China snaps up Glencore copper mine for $6bn @ Financial Times - Sun, Apr 13, 2014 2:34 PM EDT

    Glencore Xstrata is selling its Las Bambas copper mine project to a Chinese consortium for at least $5.85bn, underscoring China's continued demand for commodities to feed industrial growth and bolstering ...

  • Walgreens urged to leave US to gain tax benefit @ Financial Times - Sun, Apr 13, 2014 2:15 PM EDT

    Walgreens has come under pressure from an influential group of its shareholders, who want the US pharmacy chain to consider relocating to Europe, in what would be one of the largest tax inversions ever ...

  • [$$] CEO William Stiritz Charts a Tasty Future for Post @ Barrons.com - Sat, Apr 12, 2014 1:49 AM EDT

    Post Holdings, like its larger competitors General Mills and Kellogg, has been taking active steps to combat the decline. CEO William Stiritz has taken Post (POST) into private-label foods and popular, fast-growing "active nutrition" products, including protein bars and shakes. Since its spinoff from Ralcorp in February …

  • Facebook’s WhatsApp deal gets US approval, with a caution @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 1:20 PM EDT

    WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has said he understands the importance of privacy, as an immigrant who grew up in the old Soviet Union.  When Facebook bought the service earlier this year, Koum and Facebook ...

  • Alibaba to acquire mapping company AutoNavi for $1.5B @ USA TODAY - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 11:02 AM EDT

    Chinese retailer to buy the mapping and navigation firm.

  • Fidelity Hopes To Create New Trading Venue Alternative To Dark Pools @ Barrons.com - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 9:34 AM EDT

    Anonymous sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Fidelity is building a new trading venue. According to people close to the firm, Fidelity is looking to create an alternative to the 'dark pools' of today, a venue that is a collaboration between big mutual fund companies and increase the cost-efficiency of trading.

  • Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Thursday April 10, 2014 Benzinga - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 5:59 PM EDT

    The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Thursday April 10, 2014: Amazon.com to Acquire Comixology The Deal : Amazon (NASDQ: AMZN) announced Thursday that it is ...

  • We have discovered that Criteo, the French ad tech company that raised $250 million in an IPO on NASDAQ last October, has quietly made an acquisition. It's bought AdQuantic, another ad tech startup from ...

  • Goldcorp sweetens offer for Osisko @ Financial Times - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 12:41 PM EDT

    Goldcorp has sweetened its hostile takeover offer for rival Canadian gold producer Osisko Mining, a week after the target unveiled an alternative "white knight" tie-up with another gold miner. ...

  • Is Athlon Energy's Shopping Spree Good News for Linn Energy? @ Barrons.com - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 12:35 PM EDT

    On Tuesday night, Athlon Energy (ATHL) announced that it had agreed to buy more than 23,000 acres of land ion the Midland Basin for $873 million. In a report released yesterday, Citigroup's Faisel Khan and Vikram Bagri explain why that's good news for Linn Energy (LINE): We view Athlon's acquisition as a positive for Linn …

  • Etihad and Alitalia talks stall over job cuts @ Financial Times - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 11:32 AM EDT

    Talks between Etihad, Alitalia and the Italian government that would see the Gulf carrier taking a stake of up to 49 per cent in Italy's national airline have hit turbulence over mooted job cuts. Etihad ...

  • Sky Italia pushes beyond satellite focus with Telecom Italia deal @ Financial Times - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 10:16 AM EDT

    Sky Italia has agreed to sell its sports and entertainment channels though Italy's biggest broadband supplier, Telecom Italia, as it seeks to expand beyond satellite in the country's tough pay TV market. ...

  • In a report published Thursday, Morgan Stanley analyst Nicole DeBlase reiterated an Equal-Weight rating and $99.00 price target on United Rentals (NYSE: URI ). In the report, Morgan Stanley noted, “We ...

  • Senators grill Comcast on cable merger benefits @ USA TODAY - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 11:09 PM EDT

    Comcast tells lawmakers merger won't reduce competition.

  • Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, has acquired Longreads, the platform for discovering and reading long-form writing content on the web. In an email to TechCrunch, Longreads founder and CEO Mark Armstrong (pictured here) said that the Longreads service will continue to function exactly as it did before the …

  • Comcast's Merger Hearing Was a Sideshow. Now Comes the Real Action @ BusinessWeek - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 4:42 PM EDT

    The fate of the merger rests with two federal agencies, not with the Senate

  • Barnes And Noble Sparks After News Of Spin-off Hits Surface Benzinga - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 4:31 PM EDT

    Shares of Barnes and Noble (NYSE: BKS ) on Wednesday afternooon were up more than six percent after an unconfirmed report from dealReporter leaked that the retailer would spin-off its Nook brand. Shares ...

  • Comcast and Time Warner Cable tell Congress: We'll be good-promise! @ Los Angeles Times - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 4:11 PM EDT

    Comcast and Time Warner Cable today brought their road show to the U.S. Senate, trying to prove that their proposed $40-billion merger will bring fabulous service to consumers, create new competition and, ...

  • Comcast-TWC would create 'national octopus', Senate committee told @ Financial Times - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 1:34 PM EDT

    Comcast's proposed $45.2bn takeover of Time Warner Cable will limit consumer choice and could spur higher prices, a Senate judiciary committee was told, as critics of the deal made their case to block ...

  • Shares of Facebook (NASDAQ: FB ) are trading higher by 1.65 percent to $58.19 after Gene Munster, analyst at Piper Jaffray, made bullish comments on Instagram. Piper Jaffray conducted a survey of 7.5 thousand ...

  • News Corp. Acquires Handpicked Companies Limited Benzinga - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 7:05 AM EDT

    News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS ) (NASDAQ: NWSA ) announced today the acquisition of a luxury shopping website in the United Kingdom that two of its leading publications will help to promote in a new digital venture. ...

  • Wolverton: Time for some tough questions about the Comcast-Time Warner deal @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 9:29 PM EDT

    If the Senate Judiciary Committee does its job on Wednesday, the dangerous perception that the Comcast-Time Warner merger is inevitable won’t become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  • Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Tuesday April 8, 2014 Benzinga - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 4:57 PM EDT

    The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Monday April 7, 2014: Xerox Acquires Smart Data The Deal : Xerox (NYSE: XRX ) announced Tuesday the acquisition of Smart ...

  • CVC favourite to take control of Deoleo @ Financial Times - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 4:07 PM EDT

    CVC has emerged as the frontrunner to take control of Deoleo, Spain's biggest olive oil producer, in a controversial auction that has prompted members of the Spanish government to raise concerns about ...

  • Bazaarvoice, Inc. (Nasdaq: BV ), the network connecting brands and retailers to the authentic voices of consumers wherever they shop, and Viewpoints, LLC, a consumer reviews platform, today announced the ...

  • Alibaba continues buying spree @ Financial Times - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 2:45 PM EDT

    Alibaba Group, the Chinese ecommerce group, continued a string of deal making designed to strengthen its appeal ahead of a widely anticipated initial public offering this year, with a closely allied fund ...

  • Will Blue Bottle Coffee Take On Starbucks, Or Become It? Entrepreneur - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    The coffee company that positions itself as the anti-chain is poised for an ambitious expansion.

  • Lyft Lowers Prices in All Cities by 20 Percent Entrepreneur - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 1:26 PM EDT
    Lyft Lowers Prices in All Cities by 20 Percent

    Fresh off of a new $250 million round of funding, the ridesharing service said it is cutting prices across all markets.

  • Comcast filing stresses competitive industry @ Financial Times - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 11:13 AM EDT

    Comcast is positioning itself as a limited player in a dynamic media and technology industry dominated by Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon as the US media group attempts to convince regulators to approve ...

  • Comcast and Time Warner Cable try to make case for deal with FCC @ Los Angeles Times - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 11:05 AM EDT

    Comcast and Time Warner Cable told the government that their proposed marriage would "enhance consumer welfare and competition and deliver substantial public interest benefits."

  • China clears Microsoft acquisition of Nokia @ USA TODAY - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:33 AM EDT

    Microsoft's $7.2 billion acquisition expected to close this month.

  • Tempur Sealy International, Inc. (NYSE: TPX ), the world's largest bedding provider, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Sealy brand rights in Japan and certain assets from ...

  • Chinese regulators have approved Nokia’s planned sale of its devices business to Microsoft, taking the $7.2 billion deal one step closer to closing. Nokia said today it has received regulatory approval from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. “Nokia and Microsoft have now received regulatory approvals …

  • GrabTaxi Raises Series A, Prepares To Expand In Southeast Asia @ TechCrunch - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    GrabTaxi, which claims to be the largest taxi app in Southeast Asia, has raised its Series A round from Vertex Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek, an investment company owned by Singapore's ...

  • Mallinckrodt to buy Questcor Pharmaceuticals @ Los Angeles Times - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 9:45 PM EDT

    The Irish company agrees to pay $5.6 billion for Questcor, an Anaheim firm that makes drugs primarily to treat chronic autoimmune and inflammatory disorders.

  • India's Sun Pharmaceutical to buy Ranbaxy Labs in $4-billion deal @ Los Angeles Times - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 9:39 PM EDT

    India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is buying troubled generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $4-billion deal, the companies said Monday.

  • Cement makers Holcim and Lafarge plan on 'merger of equals' @ Los Angeles Times - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 7:56 PM EDT

    Holcim and Lafarge, two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials, announce plans to merge, creating an industry giant with $44 billion in annual revenue.

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