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  • Tesoro Logistics LP is a master limited partnership (or MLP) which was formed by Tesoro Corporation in 2011.

  • Deals bubble up in big pharma @ USA TODAY - 13 hours ago

    Blockbuster deals raise questions about whether Wall Street is overdosing on drug stocks.

  • If there's one thing Valeant Pharmaceuticals knows how to do, it's to buy other drug makers. Yet early Tuesday, Valeant (VRX) stunned Wall Street when it confirmed earlier reports of an alliance with William Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management to buy wrinkle-treatment Botox maker Allergan (AGN) in a deal valued …

  • [$$] Barrick-Newmont Deal Would Be Gold @ Barrons.com - 20 hours ago

    Morgan Stanley Recent media reports suggest a potential merger between Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining was in the final stages before falling apart last week. We provide a base case, assuming no synergies or SpinCo [spin-off operations] (which presumably would enhance the value of a potential transaction). We can see …

  • Ackman and Valeant make bid for Allergan @ Los Angeles Times - 20 hours ago

    Activist investor Bill Ackman and his unlikely Canadian partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., unveiled details of their bid for Irvine pharmaceutical company Allergan Inc., which makes the ...

  • Airbnb seals $450M investment @ San Jose Mercury News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 7:13 PM EDT

    Airbnb has closed a mega investment deal that values the room- and home-rental site at a whopping $10 billion. The company, which launched in 2008 after the founders were accepted into the esteemed Y Combinator ...

  • Earnings Previews: Verizon vs. AT&T @ 24/7 Wall St. - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

    This week will mark the floodgates opening as far as the number of key companies reporting earnings. AT&T reports Tuesday morning and Verizon Communications reports on Thursday morning.

  • Microsoft to close Nokia deal on Friday @ USA TODAY - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 1:49 PM EDT

    Deal to acquire Nokia's handset business worth $7.2 billion.

  • Today Microsoft announced that it will complete its purchase of the preponderance of Nokia’s hardware assets on Friday. The deal has undergone minor adjustment since its initial formulation. Microsoft won’t pick up a Korean “manufacturing facility,” 21 Nokia employees that were not part of the original agreement will …

  • What a Combined Pfizer and AstraZeneca Would Look Like, and Face @ 24/7 Wall St. - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 1:25 PM EDT

    It is not that common that you hear about mergers in the $50 billion range. But what about when you hear of mergers in the $80 billion or $100 billion range? AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE: AZN) is trading higher ...

  • Branson's Latest Bet: Will 2014 Be the Year of Virgin Hotels? Entrepreneur - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT
    Branson's Latest Bet: Will 2014 Be the Year of Virgin Hotels?

    The billionaire has announced plans for a 240-room hotel in trendy Nashville, Tenn., following additional slated properties in Chicago and New York.

  • Hillshire Brands to buy Van's Natural Foods for $165 million @ Los Angeles Times - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:03 AM EDT

    Hillshire Brands Co., the maker of Jimmy Dean sausage links and Ball Park franks, said Monday it will pay $165 million to buy Van's Natural Foods from Catterton Partners, a private equity firm.

  • Perfect World to Acquire 30.32M Shares of Shanda Games Benzinga - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 6:33 AM EDT

    Perfect World (NASDAQ: PWRD ) announced that it has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire a total of 30,326,005 class A ordinary shares of Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ: GAME ). Pursuant to ...

  • Barrick-Newmont Merger Off: WSJ @ Barrons.com - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 3:15 PM EDT

    Advanced merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM) have broken down, according to sources close to the negotiation. The world's two largest gold producers—who have pondered a combination in the past—couldn't reach an agreement this week, as The Wall Street Journal reports. In the past year, …

  • On Friday morning, Sallie Mae (SLM) named Steven McGarry as chief financial officer of the future holding company of Sallie Mae Bank, to begin as soon as the student lender completes the split of its consumer banking and loan management, servicing and asset recovery businesses. And several pieces of news from yesterday: …

  • Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Thursday April 17, 2014 Benzinga - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 5:39 PM EDT

    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 - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Why buy Nuveen?

  • Alibaba plans IPO in U.S., not Hong Kong @ Los Angeles Times - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 8:57 PM EDT

    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.

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