AstraZeneca CEO says new Pfizer bid unlikely: Swedish daily DI


STOCKHOLM - U.S. Pfizer is unlikely to come back with a fresh bid for AstraZeneca, the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals group's top executive was quoted as saying by Swedish business daily Dagens Industri on Saturday.

Fear factor fades as global M&A hits seven-year high 8:08am GMT

LONDON - Chief executives got their deal-making confidence back in 2014, emboldened by a clearer outlook for their businesses to take the global value for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to their highest annual level since 2007.

Urenco owners test market for possible sale: official 20 Dec 2014

FRANKFURT - The owners of Urenco are testing the market to gauge investor interest in the uranium enrichment company, said Uwe Beckmeyer, parliamentary state secretary in the German economy and energy ministry.


U.S. judge rejects HP settlement in Autonomy shareholder case 20 Dec 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge on Friday rejected Hewlett-Packard Co's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the information technology company's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc.

Spain's Ferrovial to raise offer for Australia's Transfield: report 20 Dec 2014

MADRID - Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial plans to raise its full takeover offer for Australia's Transfield Services Ltd, daily financial newspaper Expansion reported on Saturday, citing unnamed sources.

Flipkart raises $700 million in fresh funding 20 Dec 2014

MUMBAI - Flipkart, India's largest online retailer, on Saturday said it had raised funding worth $700 million, as it tries to compete with Amazon, which is rapidly scaling up operations in the country.


Thai Union Frozen to buy U.S. tuna firm Bumble Bee for $1.5 billion 19 Dec 2014

BANGKOK - Thai Union Frozen Products PCL , the world's biggest producer of canned tuna, has agreed to buy U.S. competitor Bumble Bee Seafoods for $1.5 billion as part of a plan to double revenue through overseas acquisitions.


Cirque du Soleil hires Goldman Sachs to look for partner 19 Dec 2014

- Canadian performance company Cirque du Soleil has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc to help in its previously disclosed effort to find a strategic partner, a spokeswoman for the company said on Friday.

Raytheon wins $2.4 billion contract for Qatar Patriot system 20 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co has won a contract valued at $2.4 billion to supply 10 Patriot missile defense systems to Qatar, which is beefing up its defenses to counter a growing perceived threat from Iran.

Wristband maker Fitbit in talks with banks for IPO: Bloomberg 20 Dec 2014

- Fitness tracking wristband maker Fitbit Inc is in talks with banks for its initial public offering in the United States, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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