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Nestle Paying $1.4B For Skin Treatments

May 28, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Nestle says it is paying $1.4 billion in cash for the rights to sell lip and wrinkle treatment Restylane and other skin products in the U.S. and Canada.                  

Boeing Buys AerData

May 27, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

Boeing said Tuesday that it bought airplane software company AerData Group to offer its customers a way to manage maintenance records.                    

Pfizer Pulls Plug On Bid To Buy AstraZeneca

May 27, 2014 8:09 am | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Pfizer said Monday that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drug maker AstraZeneca, pulling the plug for now on what would have been the largest deal in the industry's history.           

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Pilgrim's Pride Makes $5.58B Bid For Hillshire

May 27, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Pilgrim's Pride says the deal is a better offer than Hillshire's plan to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion. Pinnacle makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables and Duncan Hines cake mixes.            

Boeing Buys Fuel-Saving Software Maker

May 23, 2014 8:49 am | News | Comments

The Boeing Co. said Friday that it has agreed to buy British aviation software maker ETS Aviation to offer its customers a way to manage how much fuel it uses.               

GE To Delay Alstom Deal Vote

May 23, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

General Electric has agreed to give Alstom three additional weeks to consider GE's $17 billion offer for the French engineering company's energy-related operations.                  

Harman Acquiring AMX For $365M

May 22, 2014 3:07 pm | News | Comments

Harman International Industries Inc. said Wednesday that it is buying audio and visual equipment maker AMX LLC for $365 million.                        

Oregon Iron Works And Vigor Industrial To Merge

May 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Steven Dubois, Associated Press | News | Comments

The firms, both based in the Portland area, said joining Oregon Iron Works' fabrication abilities with Vigor's shipbuilding and marine-launch capabilities allows them to complete large-scale projects that neither company could do alone.         

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Unilever Selling Ragu Brand For $2.15B

May 22, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

Unilever PLC says it has agreed to sell ownership of its Ragu and Bertolli brand sauces in North America to Japan's Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion.                     

Another AstraZeneca Shareholder Voices Criticism

May 21, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

Another AstraZeneca shareholder has criticized the pharmaceutical company's handling of Pfizer's $119 billion takeover bid, saying it was "arguably wrong" to reject it quickly.             

Google Eyes Up To $30B In Foreign Buyouts

May 21, 2014 8:15 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Pressed to provide more details about its plans for its overseas cash, Google revealed that $20 billion to $30 billion is earmarked for the acquisition of foreign companies and technology rights held outside the U.S.            

Shareholder Urges AstraZeneca To Rethink Pfizer Bid

May 20, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

AstraZeneca shareholder Schroders has urged the pharmaceutical firm to reconsider its rejection of a takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer.                  

Cobham Buying Aeroflex For $920M

May 20, 2014 8:44 am | News | Comments

Aeroflex, based in Plainview, New York, makes products and test equipment used by the aerospace, medical and wireless industries. Cobham makes everything from aircraft fuel tanks to antennas.            

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AstraZeneca Board Rejects New Pfizer Offer

May 19, 2014 7:40 am | by Gregory Katz and Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer Inc., which is the world's second-biggest drug maker by revenue, has been courting No. 8 AstraZeneca PLC since January, arguing that their businesses are complementary and would be stronger together.        

Abbott Spending $2.9B On CFR Pharmaceuticals

May 16, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories says it will spend about $2.9 billion to broaden its reach in Latin America with the acquisition of fellow drugmaker CFR Pharmaceuticals.                

Merck Makes Deal Worth At Least $600M With Santen

May 13, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

Merck & Co. will receive at least $600 million in a deal with Japanese drug maker Santen Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. for the purchase of Merck eye care products in several markets.            

Volkswagen To Complete Scania Purchase

May 13, 2014 8:50 am | News | Comments

German automaker Volkswagen AG has enough shares to take complete ownership of Swedish truck-maker Scania and move ahead with integrating its commercial vehicle business.                 

British Lawmakers Press Pfizer For Job Guarantees

May 13, 2014 8:14 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers pressed the chief executive of Pfizer to guarantee jobs should the American company succeed in taking over London-based AstraZeneca, prodding him on whether he could be trusted to honor promises made as part of the bid.    

Qualcomm Managers Charged With Insider Trading

May 13, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

Two former Qualcomm Inc. managers were criminally charged with insider trading for allegedly buying shares of a semiconductor maker before Qualcomm announced an agreement to buy the company.           

Allergan Board Rejects Valeant Takeover Offer

May 12, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Botox maker Allergan is rejecting a takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, saying that the unsolicited $46 billion offer undervalues the company and carries significant risk.            

Chrysler Reports $690M 1Q Loss

May 12, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

Chrysler Group lost $690 million in the first quarter due to charges related to its merger with Italian automaker Fiat SpA.                       

Hillshire Brands Buys Pinnacle Foods For $4.23B

May 12, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

Hillshire Brands is buying Pinnacle Foods, whose brands include Duncan Hines and Aunt Jemima, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $4.23 billion.                   

Report: Apple Close To Buying Beats For $3.2B

May 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is orchestrating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, according to a published report.             

Mondelez, DE Master Combining Coffee Businesses

May 7, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

The deal is part of a $3.5 billion restructuring program underway at Mondelez that is projected to create $1.5 billion in savings by 2018.                                

Snyder's-Lance To Sell Private Brands For $430M

May 7, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The pretzel and chip maker is selling its private brands and two manufacturing plants to Shearer's Foods LLC for $430 million as it hones its focus on its well-known brands.                       

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