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Microsoft Hires Qualcomm Exec To Make Deals

August 6, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market.                       

Allergan Sues Valeant

August 5, 2014 7:38 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox and eye-drug maker Allergan is suing a Canadian drug maker and a hedge fund over their hostile takeover attempt, alleging insider trading and other fraud before their plan became public.           

With Vote For Chrysler Merger, Fiat Looks Abroad

August 4, 2014 8:31 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.              

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Tyson Selling Mexico, Brazil Poultry Operations

July 28, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

Tyson Foods says it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt tied to its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.                    

EU Antitrust Body Clears $3B Apple-Beats Deal

July 28, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services.                       

Severstal Selling U.S. Plants For $2.3B

July 21, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion.                           

Axed Nokia Phones Suffered From Lack Of Identity

July 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Nokia X project is an example of clashing priorities that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is trying to curb with a refocusing effort that includes 18,000 job eliminations over the next year.                   

Yaskawa Acquires Solectria Renewables

July 18, 2014 11:59 am | by Yaskawa Electric Corporation | News | Comments

Yaskawa Electric Corporation and Solectria Renewables, LLC announced that the companies have reached a definitive agreement whereby Yaskawa Electric will acquire Solectria Renewables through its US subsidiary, Yaskawa America Inc. Solectria Renewables will continue to ...

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AbbVie, Shire Agree On $55B Deal

July 18, 2014 7:58 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

AbbVie has reached a roughly $55 billion deal to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from corporate income tax rates back home.                 

Fiat Denies VW Merger Talks

July 17, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

The report, which did not cite sources, said VW was interested in acquiring Chrysler to help it improve its struggling footing in the United States. Volkswagen has often expressed interest in Fiat's sporty brand Alfa Romeo.             

Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.                      

3M To Buy Subsidiary Stake For About $885M

July 16, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

3M will take full control of its Sumitomo subsidiary by acquiring the 25 percent of the company that it doesn't already own for $885 million.                      

Albemarle To Buy Rockwood In $6.2B Deal

July 15, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals company Albemarle is buying counterpart Rockwood Holdings Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.2 billion.                    

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Reynolds American To Buy Lorillard For $25B

July 15, 2014 8:06 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is planning to buy rival Lorillard Inc. for about $25 billion in a deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies.                      

Sharp May Buy Apple's LCD Production Facility

July 15, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy out Apple Inc.'s liquid crystal display production facility at a Sharp plant in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, an industry source said.                     

ConAgra Buying Chinese Potato Processor For $93M

July 14, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc., the company behind Chef Boyardee canned pasta, said Monday that it bought a Chinese potato processor for $93 million to help it sell more frozen potato products in Asia.              

Mylan Buying Abbott Business Line In $5.3B Deal

July 14, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The generic drug maker Mylan is buying Abbott Laboratories' generic-drugs business in developed markets for stock valued at about $5.3 billion.                         

Lindt Buying U.S. Candy Maker Russell Stover

July 14, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli says it is buying U.S. manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum.                       

Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake In Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                            

Reynolds, Lorillard In Merger Talks

July 11, 2014 8:18 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's biggest tobacco companies.                

Unilever Selling Slim-Fast Brand To Kainos Capital

July 11, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

Unilever said it sold its Slim-Fast brand to the private equity firm Kainos Capital. Unilever said it will keep a minority stake in Slim-Fast, which sells weight loss and nutrition products in North America, the U.K., and Ireland.         

More 'Headline-Grabbing' Deals Expected

July 10, 2014 7:52 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

More "headline-grabbing" acquisitions are likely over the coming year as businesses take advantage of a period of improving economic growth and cheap financing.                 

Corporate Marriages: How To Avoid Divorce

July 9, 2014 7:51 am | by Nissan | Blogs | Comments

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn takes a look at why so many joint ventures, partnerships, alliances and mergers fail – especially in the auto industry.                    

AbbVie Raises Bid For Shire

July 8, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

U.S. drugmaker AbbVie is boosting its offer for Shire by 11 percent to about $51.3 billion, hoping it will be enough to pique the interest of its British counterpart.              

Mitsubishi Will Acquire Stake In UAE Water Firm

July 8, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have entered into an agreement with a water firm in the United Arab Emirates to acquire a 38.4 percent share in its water and wastewater projects.           

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