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Siemens, Mitsubishi Make Offer For Alstom

June 16, 2014 12:52 pm | by David Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Engineering giants Siemens of Germany and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan on Monday jointly offered to buy parts of France's Alstom and start a long-term partnership, a move that could derail a competing bid by General Electric.   

Hillshire Backs Off Of Pinnacle Foods Offer

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

Hillshire Brands Co. is backing off of its offer to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc., a move that it needs to make in order for its $7.75 billion proposed deal with Tyson Foods to go through.               

Medtronic Buying Irish Medical Device Maker

June 16, 2014 7:46 am | by Josh Boak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic announced Sunday night that it has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.                 

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Valeant Plans Hostile Bid For Allergan

June 11, 2014 2:03 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals aims to take its bid for Allergan to the Botox maker's shareholders after Allegan's board unanimously rejected its latest offer of about $53 billion.             

Mitsubishi, Siemens Mull Joint Alstom Bid

June 11, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and German rival Siemens AG say they are considering making a joint bid for parts of French engineering firm Alstom.                  

Google To Buy Satellite Maker Skybox For $500M

June 11, 2014 8:19 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of satellites to take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world.          

Georgia-Pacific Completes Chip Mill Purchase

June 10, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Georgia-Pacific says it has completed the acquisition of a chip mill in Bernice from Hunt Forest Products, Inc., headquartered in Ruston, for an undisclosed price.                   

Allergan Board Rebuffs Valeant's Latest Offer

June 10, 2014 10:56 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Allergan's board is unanimously rejecting the latest takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, and the Botox maker says the offer isn't even worth talking about.                

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Merck Buys Idenix Pharma For $3.85B

June 9, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

Merck will spend nearly $4 billion for Idenix Pharmaceuticals with a per-share bid worth more than triple the per-share price of the hepatitis C drug developer.               

Analog Devices Buying Hittite Microwave For $2.4B

June 9, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

Semiconductor maker Analog Devices says it agreed to buy Hittite Microwave Corp. for $78 per share in cash in a deal worth about $2.4 billion.                   

Tyson Wins Bid War For Hillshire

June 9, 2014 8:05 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. has won a bidding war for Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, with a $7.75 billion offer.                   

TreeHouse Foods Buying Maryland Company

June 5, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

Maryland officials say the food processing company Protenergy Natural Foods in Cambridge is being acquired by Oakbrook, Illinois-based TreeHouse Foods for $150 million.               

Henkel To Buy Spotless For $1.28B

June 5, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

Henkel, the German-based maker of Persil laundry detergent and Dial soap, says it is buying French laundry products company Spotless Group in a deal valued at $1.28 billion.               

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Teva To Spend $200M On Labrys Biologics

June 4, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. plans to expand its lineup of migraine treatments by purchasing Labrys Biologics in a deal that could ultimately be worth more than $800 million.             

Hillshire Will Talk With Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride

June 3, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

The board of Hillshire Brands has decided to hold separate talks with Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson Foods, as the two major meat processors engage in a bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.      

GE Chief Woos French Leader, Seeks Alstom Deal

May 29, 2014 3:37 pm | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of General Electric is promising to create jobs in France and trying to charm the French president into backing a $17 billion GE buyout of manufacturer Alstom's energy operations.            

Tyson Makes Rival $6.2B Bid For Hillshire

May 29, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

Two days after poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride made a $5.58 billion bid for the maker of Ball Park hot dogs and Jimmy Dean sausages, Tyson Foods Co. barged in with a $6.2 billion offer.           

Apple Acquires Beats For $3B

May 29, 2014 7:53 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Apple is buying more flair, swagger and song-picking savvy with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist founded by rapper Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.           

Valeant Raises Offer For Allergan

May 28, 2014 12:58 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals has pumped more cash into its bid to buy Botox maker Allergan, and it also defended its business model on Wednesday, a day after its reluctant acquisition target aired more concerns about a deal.               

Applied Industrial Technologies To Acquire Knox Oil Field Supply

May 28, 2014 11:51 am | by Applied Industrial Technologies | News | Comments

Knox Oil Field Supply is a family owned and operated distributor of oilfield supplies and related services established in 1978. Products include downhole pumps, rods, valves and fittings, and general supplies.                

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.           

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.               

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