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Feds' Crackdown on Tax Dodges Kills $160B Pfizer Merger

New Treasury rules on tax 'inversions' squashed deal with Allergan

(Newser) - Allergan and Pfizer are calling off a record $160 billion merger after the Treasury issued new rules to make tax "inversions" less lucrative, the AP reports. The aggressive changes to US tax laws announced this week helped kill the deal, handing what Reuters calls a "major victory" to... More »

CEO: Pfizer Leaving US Is Good for ... US

Freed-up cash from tax savings could be reinvested back into US: Ian Read

(Newser) - It may seem antithetical that the largest US drugmaker taking off for Ireland would actually prove beneficial to the US, but that's exactly what the CEO of Pfizer is saying after Monday's announcement of its estimated $160 billion "inversion" deal with Allergan, creating the world's biggest... More »

Pfizer Leaving US in World's Biggest Drug Merger

It's combining with Allergan, based in Ireland, in $160B deal

(Newser) - The world is getting a new No. 1 drug company and the US is losing a giant: Pfizer and Allergan agreed to merge Monday in a deal worth an estimated $160 billion, reports Reuters . Pfizer makes blockbusters such as Viagra and Lipitor, while Allergan makes Botox. The deal will result... More »

Dish May Merge With T-Mobile: 3 Reasons to Care

Purchase price hasn't been agreed upon

(Newser) - Today's merger rumblings: Dish Network and T-Mobile are in talks to merge, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Though details, including a purchase price, have yet to be finalized, the companies agree that Dish CEO Charlie Ergen would be chairman of the combined company, while T-Mobile CEO John Legere... More »

Heinz, Kraft to Become Food Giant

Merger will make them continent's No. 3 food and beverage company

(Newser) - News that might interest those whose favorite pantry staples are ketchup and mac and cheese: Kraft Foods Group Inc. and H.J. Heinz Co. have announced they will merge in a deal that will create the Kraft Heinz Co.—the third largest food and beverage company on the continent... More »

Staples Grabs Office Depot for $6B

The deal values Office Depot at $11 per share

(Newser) - Look out, David: There's set to be an office-supply Goliath. Staples is buying Office Depot in a cash-and-stock deal valued at some $6 billion. The two have a combined 4,000 stores and do about $35 billion in sales each year. Office Depot Inc. shareholders will receive $7.25... More »

New Real Estate Behemoth: Zillow Buys Trulia for $3.5B

All-stock deal may drastically affect real estate agents' livelihood

(Newser) - Apparently, we're starting the workweek with competitors eating each other for breakfast. First Dollar Tree announced it would be buying rival Family Dollar, and now real estate heavyweight Zillow is snatching up competitor Trulia for a hefty $3.5 billion, reports the AP . The all-stock deal will result in... More »

DOJ, States Sue to Block US Air-American Merger

Lawsuit filed in federal court

(Newser) - The Justice Department and a number of US state attorneys general are challenging the proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, DC, seeks to prevent the companies from making the deal in order... More »

OfficeMax, Office Depot Talk Merger

Struggling firms seek boost against, you know, Amazon

(Newser) - OfficeMax and Office Depot could be close to a merger, the Wall Street Journal reports: They're deep into talks and, while there are no guarantees, they could announce the deal within days. The arrangement would likely be via stock trade. Both companies have struggled over the past few years... More »

American, US Airways to Create No. 1 Airline

Boards to announce merger tomorrow, says AP

(Newser) - American Airlines and US Airways will merge and create the world's biggest airline. The boards of both companies approved the merger late today, according to three people close to the situation. The carrier keeps the American Airlines name but will be run by US Airways CEO Doug Parker. American'... More »

American, US Air Close In on Merger

New firm would be world's biggest airline

(Newser) - The world could soon have a new biggest airline. American Airlines' parent AMR and US Airways are ironing out a merger that would surpass national leader United Continental in traffic, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . The merger, part of American's path out of bankruptcy, could create a firm... More »

Avis Buying Zipcar for $500M

Car-sharing company's stock has been rising

(Newser) - Car renting meets car sharing? Avis Budget Group has agreed to buy Zipcar for around $500 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. Avis will pay $12.25 per share, a 49% premium over Zipcar's closing price Monday. Zipcar's stock has risen in recent months as car sharing grows... More »

Random House, Penguin to Merge

Some literary agents concerned

(Newser) - Random House, already the biggest consumer book publisher in the English-speaking world, will get even bigger next year after a planned merger with Penguin. The plans, rumored last week, were confirmed today by the media companies that own the two publishing divisions, Bertelsmann and Pearson. Bertelsmann, the Random House owner,... More »

T-Mobile, MetroPCS Agree to Merge

The move leaves Sprint in a tough spot

(Newser) - Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile USA, has agreed to a merger with the smaller MetroPCS Communications, a move that inches the two struggling competitors closer to industry leaders Verizon and AT&T, reports Reuters . The company will retain the name T-Mobile, and Deutsche will hold 74% of the... More »

US Airways Takes First Step Toward American Merger

Reaches deal with three labor unions

(Newser) - US Airways has taken a big step in its plan to merge with bankrupt American Airlines, it announced today by filing a form with the SEC. A letter to US Airways employees from the CEO explains that to win a merger the company still needs the OK of American-parent AMR'... More »

AT&T: Forget T-Mobile Merger

Wireless giant ends $39B bid to buy T-Mobile

(Newser) - AT&T Inc. said today that it is ending its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA after facing fierce government objections. The cell phone giant said that the actions of the US government to block the deal do not change the challenges of the wireless phone industry, which it... More »

AT&T 'Pretty Confident' It Can Save T-Mobile Deal

Phone giant tries to duck antitrust concerns

(Newser) - AT&T is dead set on getting its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile past anti-trust regulators, and it’s developing a two-part plan to do so. While one of the telecom giant’s hands is preparing to battle the Justice Department in court, the other will be trying to strike... More »

Senator Says AT&T, T-Mobile Merger Must Die

Urges FCC, Justice Department to block it on anti-trust grounds

(Newser) - AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile must be blocked on antitrust grounds, Sen. Herb Kohl declared today. The chair of the Senate subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights released a letter urging the FCC and Justice Department to step in before the two phone companies get hitched, the... More »

AT&T, T-Mobile Merger Bad News for Consumers

The consensus: 'Ma Bell is back'

(Newser) - Reactions to the surprise AT&T-T-mobile merger are pouring in, and, not surprisingly, most conclude this isn't a good thing for consumers:
  • The Bell telephone system—"aka AT&T"—was broken up in 1984 to increase competition, and the US telecommunications market was deregulated in 1996, again to
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Germans Close to Buying NY Stock Exchange

Cradle of US capitalism about to fall to Deutsche Börse

(Newser) - The raucous cathedral of American capitalism, the New York Stock Exchange, is about to be bought by the Germans. If regulators approve the deal, the acquisition of NYSE Euronext (which owns the NYSE) by Deutsche Börse AG (which owns the Frankfurt stock exchange) would create the world's largest financial... More »

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