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Sun Pharma Buys Ranbaxy In $4B Deal

April 7, 2014 7:50 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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

Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of that proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its birthplace, possibly as a city-owned brewery.        

Stratasys Buys Solid Concepts, Harvest Tech

April 2, 2014 8:46 am | News | Comments

Solid Concepts Inc. is the biggest independent additive manufacturing service bureau in North America and a partner to RedEye, Stratasys' existing digital manufacturing service business.             

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Actavis Plans To Spend $100M On Generic Drug Maker

April 1, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

Drug maker Actavis Plc plans to expand its reach into Southeast Asia by spending about $100 million to buy Silom Medical Co., a generic pharmaceutical company focused on Thailand.              

Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.             

J&J Accepts $4B Offer For Diagnostics Unit

March 31, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson has accepted an offer of about $4 billion from the private equity firm The Carlyle Group to buy its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business.                 

Marchionne: Fiat Chrysler Can Boost Output To 6M Cars

March 31, 2014 11:19 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Marchionne said the merged company will be able to increase production to more than 6 million cars a year, a level he has long said is the minimum for an automaker to compete in the global market.           

Facebook Buys Up Virtual-Reality Designers For $2 Billion

March 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Barbara Ortutay and Ryan Nakashima, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Beyond games, Zuckerberg said virtual reality headsets might someday be used to enjoy a courtside seat at a basketball game, study in a classroom, consult with a doctor face-to-face or shop in a virtual store. The technology also has social applications, he said.

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Wanxiang Affiliate Buys Fisker Plant

March 25, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

California-based Fisker planned to build cars at the former General Motors plant, but it filed for bankruptcy protection in November.                    

Nokia-Microsoft Delayed Until April

March 24, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. says the $7.3 billion deal will be delayed until next month because it is still waiting for approval from regulatory authorities in Asia.                       

Horizon Pharma Buying Vidara For About $660M

March 19, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Horizon Pharma plans to buy Vidara Therapeutics International in a cash-and-stock deal that will add the immune system disorder drug Actimmune to the specialty drug maker's product portfolio.           

Textron Closes $1.4 Billion Purchase Of Beechcraft

March 14, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

The company said it would preserve the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker general-aviation brands under Cessna CEO Scott Ernest.                                     

Top Banana: Chiquita And Fyffes To Merge

March 10, 2014 2:08 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fruit supply companies Chiquita of the United States and Fyffes of Ireland said Monday they had agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana supplier.                 

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J&J's McNeil Unit Sells K-Y Brand

March 10, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser is buying K-Y personal lubricants from U.S. health care giant Johnson & Johnson.                      

2014: The Year Of The Big Deal

March 6, 2014 8:12 am | by Ken Sweet, AP Markets Writer | News | Comments

Flush with cash and high stock prices, companies are buying up the competition at levels not seen since the dotcom bubble.                        

Mattel To Buy Mega Brands

February 28, 2014 2:51 pm | News | Comments

Mattel Inc. has made a friendly takeover offer for Canadian toy maker Mega Brands Inc., which has the world's No. 2 line of construction sets after Lego.                  

Minerals Tech Lifts Offer For Amcol To $1.38B

February 25, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Minerals Technologies Inc. has sweetened its offer to buy out Amcol International Corp. to about $1.38 billion in hopes the minerals and oilfield services company will be persuaded to nix its proposed sale to a French company.     

RF Micro, TriQuint Semi Combining In $1.56B Deal

February 24, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Chip maker RF Micro Devices Inc. and TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. are combining in an all-stock deal valued at about $1.56 billion. The deal announced Monday represents an implied price of $9.73 for each TriQuint share. This is a 5 percent premium to the company's Friday closing price of $9.23.

Lilly Buys Animal Health Business, Lowers Forecast

February 24, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Eli Lilly is buying a privately held, poultry vaccine maker to strengthen its Elanco animal health subsidiary. No terms were released, but Lilly said Monday that its 2014 earnings forecast will be trimmed due to acquisition costs.    

Scania Owners Hesitant About VW's $9.2B Bid

February 24, 2014 9:24 am | News | Comments

Minority shareholders of Swedish truck maker Scania say they are hesitant about Volkswagen's 6.7 billion-euro ($9.2 billion) offer to take over the rest of the company. Swedish pension fund AP4 said in a statement Monday it will review the offer but that "it is not obvious that the price now offered is best in the long term."

Jack Link's To Acquires Unilever's Meat Snack Business

February 21, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Jack Link’s® announced plans on Friday to purchase Unilever’s® meat snacks business, primarily sold under the BiFi brand (Germany, Benelux, Austria and Switzerland) and the Peperami brand (UK and Ireland). Terms were not disclosed.      

Lydall Acquires Industrial Filtration Business Of Andrew Industries Limited

February 21, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL), today announced that it has acquired the industrial filtration businesses of Andrew Industries Limited, an Altham, United Kingdom-based corporation, for $83 million in cash. The acquired business consists of operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, and approximately 500 employees.

Toshiba To Actively Pursue M&A To Boost Health Care Business

February 20, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. said Thursday it will spend hundreds of billions of yen by the business year ending March 2018 on mergers and acquisitions to expand its health care business, as part of efforts to make the area a new pillar of its management.  

What Would The iCar Look Like? It's Fun To Dream

February 20, 2014 7:59 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With $158.8 billion in cash on its balance sheet, Apple certainly has the money to buy Tesla, which has a market cap of about $24 billion. Although a pairing of the two companies is a likely long shot and far off at best, it's kind of fun to think about a car made the company that brought us the iPhone and iPad.

Actavis To Buy Forest Labs In $25B Deal

February 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Actavis PLC says it will acquire fellow drugmaker Forest Laboratories Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $25 billion. The deal would create a combined company spanning both generic and branded drugs, including Forest's Alzheimer's treatment Namenda and the antidepressant Lexapro.

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