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  • US judge blocks proposed merger of Staples, Office Depot

    05/10/2016 4:30:06 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 15 replies
    A federal judge has blocked the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot, saying the government had made the case that the merger had a "reasonable probability" of hurting competition in office supplies.
  • Pondering Gravitational Waves

    02/13/2016 5:52:10 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 2/11/16 | Paul Gilster
    Pondering Gravitational Wavesby Paul Gilster on February 11, 2016 "Einstein would be beaming," said National Science Foundation director France Córdova as she began this morning's news conference announcing the discovery of gravitational waves. I can hardly disagree, because we have in this discovery yet another confirmation of the reality of General Relativity. Caltech's Kip Thorne, who discussed black hole mergers way back in 1994 in his book Black Holes and Time Warps, said at the same news conference that Einstein must have been frustrated by the lack of available technologies to detect the gravitational waves his theory predicted, a lack...
  • DuPont and Dow Chemical are merging to form a $130 billion chemical giant

    12/11/2015 8:40:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/11/2015 | Swetha Gopinath, Reuters
    The chemical giants DuPont and Dow Chemical Co. agreed to merge in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $130 billion, with plans to eventually split into three. The deal, which is likely to face intense regulatory scrutiny, allows the new company — to be called DowDuPont -- to rejig assets based on the diverging fortunes of their businesses that make agriculture chemicals and plastics. Dow and DuPont have been struggling to cope with falling demand for farm chemicals because of falling crop prices and a strong dollar, even as their plastics businesses have thrived thanks to low natural-gas...
  • Albertsons to Buy Back 33 Stores It Sold as Part of Merger With Safeway

    11/26/2015 6:00:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | Brent Kendall and Peg Brickley
    Grocery store chain Albertsons Cos. is buying back 33 stores the government required it to sell when it acquired rival Safeway Inc. earlier this year, a highly unusual development approved by a judge on Tuesday that highlights a misfire by U.S. antitrust enforcers. Little has gone according to plan since the Federal Trade Commission allowed the Albertsons-Safeway tie-up in January on the condition that the companies sell 168 stores to preserve competition in several Western states. Without the divestitures, Albertsons would be too dominant in 130 local markets, the FTC said when it agreed to a settlement with the merging...
  • It's Official: Allergan, Pfizer To Combine In Biggest Ever Tax-Inversion, Defy Jack Lew

    11/23/2015 9:02:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/23/2015 | Tyler Durden
    As was extensively reported over the weekend, the Pfizer-Allergan tax-inverting, reverse-merger (in which the far The combinsmaller Allergan would end up "buying" Pfizer, courtesy of fungible debt which doesn't care where it ends up as long as there are cash flows) would be announced this morning, and sure enough, moments ago the long-awaited press release finally hit. Here are the details:Pfizer and Allergan to Combine Creates a new global biopharmaceutical leader with best-in-class innovative and established businessesEnhances revenue and earnings growth profile of innovative and established businessesBroadens innovative pipeline with more than 100 combined mid-to-late stage programs in developmentTransaction...
  • The largest takeover of the year could be about avoiding US taxes: Another Tax Inversion Play

    10/29/2015 9:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/29/2015 | Portia Crowe
    The drug giants Pfizer and Allergan are in talks to merge. If successful, the deal could be the largest this year. Allergan has a market value of about $113 billion. It could also offer Pfizer something the US company has been after for a while -- a way to slash its tax bill. It could do so with a so-called tax inversion, a legal move in which a US company merges with a foreign-domiciled company to shift its address to a country with a lower tax rate. In this case it would have Pfizer moving its tax domicile — not...
  • AB InBev makes $104 billion bid for rival brewer SABMiller (Budweiser to merge with Miller)

    10/07/2015 3:32:06 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 7, 2015 | Philip Blenkinsop
    Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, launched an improved offer for SABMiller on Wednesday, offering just over 68 billion pounds ($104 billion) for its largest rival to extend its reach into Africa and other markets.
  • Health insurer Anthem near $48 billion deal to buy Cigna [Shrinking Competition]

    07/24/2015 3:32:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Deal could reduce the number of major U.S. insurance companies from five to three. U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc is close to finalizing negotiations to acquire peer Cigna Inc and could announce a roughly $48 billion deal as early as this week, two people familiar with the matter said.
  • Cash-strapped State ObamaCare Exchanges Considering Mergers

    05/31/2015 6:06:25 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 31 May 2015 | Michael Tennant
    State ObamaCare exchanges are fast running out of cash because of higher-than-expected costs and lower-than-expected enrollment. In an attempt to keep their heads above water, many exchanges are considering combining some of their operations with those of other states a tactic that may prove as difficult as setting up the exchanges in the first place and that raises the specter of fully nationalized health insurance.The Obama administration, under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), disbursed about $5 billion in subsidies to states to get their exchanges up and running. After that, the exchanges were supposed to be...
  • UK Govt To Oppose Any Moves On BP

    04/27/2015 1:36:10 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-04-2015 | Banana
    The U.K. government wants BP to still stand for British Petroleum. The Financial Times reported that Downing Street would do all it could to block a takeover of BP. Weakened and shrunken down due to the massive, and still rising, toll stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP could become a takeover target from one of the larger oil majors out there. Rumors have been swirling in recent weeks that perhaps ExxonMobil or Chevron could be eyeing the British oil giant, so much so that BPs CEO Bob Dudley had to publicly dispel any notion that his company is for...
  • GM CEO dismisses talk of merger with Fiat Chrysler

    04/23/2015 9:36:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015 11:11 AM EDT
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra is dismissing any talk of a possible merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. [] Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne recently floated the idea of merging with GM or another global automaker. He is a proponent of industry consolidation and says only the biggest automakers will survive.
  • Kraft and Heinz merger to create food giant

    03/26/2015 1:22:27 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    cnnmoney ^ | March 25, 2015 | Poppy Harlow
    Heinz is buying Kraft Foods to create the world's fifth largest food and beverage company, with sales of about $28 billion. Kraft shares surged more than 33% Wednesday. Kraft owns popular brands such as Jell-O, Maxwell House coffee and Planters peanuts. Heinz, of course, is famous for its ketchup, and also owns Lea & Perrins and Ore-Ida.
  • The Latest Merger... and the Big Lie of the Obama Recovery

    02/13/2015 10:57:33 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 13, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    This weeks business news concerns yet another high profile corporate merger. Less than two years after office supply and computer retailers Office Depot and Office Max were forced into a merger, it now looks like Staples will be acquiring them. Where once there were three retailers, soon (or eventually, since such consolidations do take time), there will be only one. The Resident of the White House, no doubt remembering that the success of Staples was an early credit to his rival Mitt Romneys storied career as an investment wizard, lost no time in taking pot-shots against Staples for its employee...
  • 1,000 stores likely to close, as Staples buys Office Depot

    02/04/2015 9:48:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 02/04/2015 | Joseph N. DiStefano
    In a move expected to accelerate the shutdown of office-supply stores across the U.S., Staples Inc. has agreed to pay stock worth $6.3 billion to acquire rival Office Depot, which last year absorbed the former Office Max chain. The price works out to $11 per Office Depot share, up from $7.60 on Monday (Office Depot shares started rising Tuesday as deal rumors were reported in the financial news). "Financially this transaction makes sense and is necessary to the longterm health of these two companies," retail analyst David Strasser told investors for Janney Capital Markets in a report today. Both Staples,...
  • Report: Dish, DirecTV Discuss Possible Merger

    03/27/2014 5:16:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Fox ^ | Matt Egan
    In response to Comcasts (CMCSA) $45 billion buyout of Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dish Network (DISH) has reportedly sent feelers out to rival DirecTV (DTV) about a possible combination of the two satellite television companies. The potential tie-up would marry the two largest U.S. satellite TV operators, creating a juggernaut with about 34 million subscribers. According to Bloomberg News, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen recently approached DirecTV CEO Mike White about a merger. White is reluctant to go ahead with formal talks due to concerns about opposition from antitrust regulators, the news service said.
  • Here's The One Sentence That Has Every Comcast And Time Warner Cable Employee Terrified

    02/13/2014 2:48:31 PM PST · by lbryce · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | FEbruary 14, 2014 | Staff
    Earlier today, Comcast Cable announced that it agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion mega-deal. What's in it for Comcast Cable shareholders? "This combination creates a company that delivers maximum value for our shareholders," said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. How are they going to do that? The company explains in one sentence that probably has every Comcast and Time Warner Cable employee nervous. "The transaction will generate approximately $1.5 billion in operating efficiencies and will be accretive to Comcasts free cash flow per share while preserving balance sheet strength." "Operating efficiencies" usually means the closing and combining...
  • Comcast Reportedly Set to Acquire Time Warner Cable in $45.2B Deal

    02/13/2014 2:23:46 PM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | February 13, 2014 | Staff
    Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, will buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, combining America's two biggest cable operators, The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday. Under the deal expected to be announced Thursday morning, Time Warner Cable shareholders will receive $158.82 per share in stock for their shares, roughly $23 a share above where Time Warner has been trading, people familiar with the situation told the newspaper. The deal is expected to end a takeover battle for Time Warner by Charter Communications, the nation's fourth biggest cable operator, and its biggest shareholder, Liberty Media, The Journal...
  • Will You Facebook, Take Thee Netflix...?

    01/22/2014 9:58:02 PM PST · by publius321
    "...The numbers they have make the valuation of Facebook dependent more on how many ways can they monetize their 1.2 billion subscribers. Pardon me for being crass but when we talk about "monetization" with regard to Facebook, the question put bluntly really boils down to how many ways can they extract money from them? This discussion usually leads to contemplating the number of ways Facebook can advertise to them without driving users away. This is all pretty much "inside the box" thinking. It doesn't require a stretch because..." (continue)
  • US Airways-American Airlines Merger Challenged (Holder: 'higher airfares, fees, fewer choices')

    08/13/2013 1:37:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    KLFM967 ^ | 8/13/13
    The US Justice Department and a number of state attorneys general have challenged the proposed $11bn (7bn) merger between US Airways and American Airlines. The Justice Department says the merger would result in the creation of the world's largest airline and reduce competition for commercial air travel in local markets. In a joint statement, the airlines said they would "mount a vigorous defence" of the planned merger, adding that blocking the deal would "deny customers access to a broader airline network that gives them more choices".
  • Google And Apple Are Crazy Not To Attempt To Acquire eBay

    With the cash position and the powerful currency Google (GOOG) has in its own share price, it seems crazy that it has not made an attempt to acquire eBay. It is more difficult to justify not acquiring eBay (EBAY) in this price range than it would be to actually buy it. It should be immediately accretive to earnings, both companies are highly profitable and would be a rare corporate marriage that would benefit the acquiree and the acquirer perhaps equally. In a world of impetuous, hair-brained M&A activity, the word "synergy" has become a bit of a clich. In the...
  • Dish launches unsolicited $25.5B bid for Sprint

    04/15/2013 5:03:45 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2013 | Chris Isidore
    Satellite TV provider Dish Network on Monday announced a $25.5 billion cash-and-stock bid for mobile phone company Sprint Nextel. The apparently unsolicited offer is an attempt to top the $20.1 billion agreement for a 70% stake in Sprint by Japanese tech company Softbank (SFTBF) in October. That deal was widely seen as giving Sprint a much needed cash infusion, one that staved off a possible bankruptcy filing that many investors feared.
  • Time, Meredith Explore Magazine-Spinoff Deal

    02/13/2013 7:01:00 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 13, 2013 | KEACH HAGEY and JOHN JANNARONE
    Time Warner Inc. TWX +0.67% is in talks to divest most of its Time Inc. magazine group in a deal with Meredith Corp., MDP -0.13% said people familiar with the situation, potentially ending its long reign as the biggest U.S. magazine publisher. Under the proposal being discussed, Time Warner would retain its flagship newsweekly Time, along with Sports Illustrated and Fortune. But the rest of its magazines, including People, InStyle and Real Simple, would end up combined with Meredith's titles, which include Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle, whose readers are mainly women. The proposal calls for both companies...
  • T-Mobile and MetroPCS to Merge

    10/03/2012 2:57:33 PM PDT · by Heavyrunner · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/3/2012 | ANTON TROIANOVSKI AND ARCHIBALD PREUSCHAT
    T-Mobile USA will merge with smaller rival MetroPCS Communications Inc., a deal that would give the fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier more scale as it tries to compete with the industry's leaders.
  • FCC in uncharted terrain on AT&T-T-Mobile

    11/25/2011 10:03:07 AM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/24/11 | KIM HART
    Faced with an unprecedented turn of events, the Federal Communications Commission must figure out how to handle the AT&T/T-Mobile deal now that the companies have asked to withdraw their applications from the agency. AT&T and T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom asked the FCC on Wednesday night to dismiss their merger applications without prejudice, which means the companies would be free to refile an amended application at any time. The companies made clear that they plan to continue to fight to win approval from the Justice Department, either at trial or through a settlement. FCC officials have three options: They can...
  • Justice Department blocks AT&T-T-Mobile merger

    08/31/2011 8:05:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Justice Department is blocking AT&Ts $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA, saying the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and raise prices. The deal has faced tough opposition from consumer groups and No. 3 carrier Sprint since it was announced in March. AT&T could challenge the Justice Departments action in court.
  • U.S. files to block AT&T bid for T-Mobile: source

    08/31/2011 8:04:59 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:59am EDT | Reuters
    The Obama administration on Wednesday filed to block AT&T's proposed acquisition of wireless rival T-Mobile USA ...
  • FCC temporarily halts review of AT&T merger with T-Mobile

    07/21/2011 6:24:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/21/11 | Cecilia Kang
    The Federal Communications Commission has stopped its 180-day review shot clock for AT&Ts proposed merger with T-Mobile, saying it needs more time to evaluate new information AT&T promises to deliver to the commission later this month.
  • Mommys Home!

    03/30/2011 8:29:32 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 5 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-30-11 | Pino
    In the news last week was the surprise acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T. NEW YORK/FRANKFURT, March 20 (Reuters) AT&T Inc (T.N) struck a $39 billion deal to buy Deutsche Telekom AGs (DTEGn.DE) T-Mobile USA, to create a new U.S. mobile market leader and bolster its constrained network against a near insatiable appetite for videos and data from Apple iPhone and iPad users. The reaction was as big as the news with the largest reaction coming from those who claim that the merger will reduce choice and stifle competition. The newly formed corporation would boast the largest collection of cell...
  • Seton Motley weighs in on Comcast-NBC Merger

    01/18/2011 2:10:39 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 3 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Jan. 18, 2011 | Andrea Shea King
    Tonight at 9p ET on THE ANDREA SHEA KING SHOW Seton Motley, President ofLess Government &Editor in Chief ofStopNetRegulation.org Hey FCC: Approve the Comcast-NBC Merger, AlreadybySeton Motley Comcast and NBC-Universal (NBCU) have been waiting to merge for, well, ever. Or at least it seems that way. Mergers of this sort are supposed to be approved within 180 days of applying to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Justice Department for permission. (As offensive as that may sound two companies reaching mutually agreeable business terms having to then play Mother May I with the government that is the...
  • United and Continental merge to create world's biggest airline (unions fear job cuts)

    09/17/2010 12:18:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Guardian ^ | 09/17/2010 | Andrew Clark
    Airlines' shareholders approve tie-up, as unions fear job cuts and customers mourn end of United's tulip logo The world's biggest airline got clearance for take-off today as shareholders of United Airlines and Continental Airlines backed a multi-billion dollar merger that will create a carrier dwarfing rivals on both sides of the Atlantic. The combined airline, which will adopt United's name, is forecast to have $30bn of annual revenue, carrying 144m passengers a year to 59 countries. It will be larger than Europe's top carrier, Air France-KLM, and will overtake its US rival, the newly merged combination of Delta Air Lines...
  • Amid United-Continental merger details, operation center hits a nerve

    05/21/2010 2:05:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies · 292+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 20, 2010 | Julie Johnsson
    As United and Continental executives hammer out plans to meld their airlines into the world's largest carrier, construction speeds ahead on one of the merged company's loftiest emblems: United's cutting-edge operations center in the Willis Tower. Where Bank of America traders once tracked the world's financial markets, United's dispatchers will guide thousands of its airplanes around the globe from the tower's 28th floor. It's the highest of nine floors United will occupy in the tallest skyscraper in the U.S.
  • Merger to cause doubling of airfares

    05/01/2010 5:47:45 PM PDT · by dWeasel · 18 replies · 624+ views
    The State ^ | 5/1/2010
    Continental-United merger may send fares soaring Expert calls marriage 'almost all bad' for consumers' Houston Chronicle Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2010/05/01/1267380/continental-united-merger-may.html#ixzz0miip9993
  • Airlines Approach Final Deal to Merge (UAL and Continental form one giant airline company)

    04/30/2010 6:27:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 416+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/30/2010 | GINA CHON And SUSAN CAREY
    Continental Airlines Inc. and UAL Corp.'s United Airlines are expected to announce Monday that they are merging to form the world's largest airline, people familiar with the matter said. UAL's board of directors is meeting Friday, while Continental's board is meeting Friday and Sunday to discuss the deal, these people said. These people cautioned that negotiations could still fall apart as they did in 2008, when Continental backed away. But after a hiccup over pricing, the talks appear on track, they said. The combination would leapfrog over Delta Air Lines Inc. as the biggest airline by passengers carried. United is...
  • Shares of US Airways, UAL climb as merger talks reported (Deal will need labor support)

    04/08/2010 1:38:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 297+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 04/08/2010 | Christopher Hinton
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Shares of both US Airways Group and UAL Corp., the parent of United Airlines, climbed Thursday on reports the carriers were in early merger talks after a nearly two-year break. Negotiations could still break down, and it could still be several weeks before any transaction is announced, according to media reports that cite anonymous sources. Battered and bruised from the recession but facing an industry-wide recovery in demand and revenue, the two legacy carriers may now believe it's the time to combine operations to lower costs and shake out overlapping capacity. Both airlines have overlapping domestic...
  • 5 things Comcast must do to save NBC

    12/03/2009 11:51:42 AM PST · by DBCJR · 37 replies · 1,001+ views
    TheWrap.com ^ | Thursday, December 3, 2009 8:24 AM | By Josef Adalian
    Here are five suggestions for how to bring the network back: 1. Part ways with Jeff Zucker -- or at least ban him from any oversight of the network. ... Take out the performance of the broadcast network, and Zucker's tenure at the Peacock has seen plenty of successes (and profits). ... But this story is about what can be done to save the NBC television network. Zucker has done far more harm than good to that part of the business. ... 2. Don't make any hard and fast rules. The last decade at NBC has been marked by a...
  • The Secret Paulson-Goldman Meeting

    10/21/2009 7:18:23 PM PDT · by arthurus · 4 replies · 422+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | October 20, 2009 | Felix Salmon
    When Paulson learned that Goldmans board would be in Moscow at the same time as him, he had [Treasury chief of staff] Jim Wilkinson organize a meeting with them. Nothing formal, purely social for old times sake.
  • Wall Street to open higher with M&A boost (M&A => layoff?)

    09/28/2009 7:11:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 664+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/28/09 | Rodrigo Campos
    Wall Street to open higher with M&A boost By Rodrigo Campos 1 hr 15 mins ago NEW YORK (Reuters) U.S. stocks were set for a higher open on Monday as more merger and acquisition activity and the last days of the third quarter encouraged investors following three sessions of losses. Xerox Corp (XRX.N) will buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc (ACS.N) for $6.4 billion in a cash and stock deal that expands the copier company into technology outsourcing and data management. Xerox shares fell 9.4 percent to $8.17 in premarket trade while ACS shot up 21 percent to $57.27.
  • VW plans merger with Porsche (Article Doesn't Mention Once How Their Founder Designed the Bug)

    07/23/2009 12:24:34 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 29 replies · 1,113+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 07/23/2009 | Oliver Scmale and Matt Moore
    The best thing Volkswagen AG can do when it carries through its proposed merger with Porsche is this: Leave Porsche alone and reap the revenue from a glossy brand with loyal, rich customers, analysts say. Having emerged Thursday atop a power struggle among members of the Piech and Porsche families who control Porsche Autombil Holding SE and cost Wendelin Wiedeking his job as chief executive, Volkswagen is left to gather the spoils, namely the marquee Porsche name that will soon be counted with Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini, already among its stable of luxury brands. "I don't think Volkswagen...
  • When a takeover battle goes nuclear

    07/08/2009 5:44:07 AM PDT · by Freeport · 10 replies · 1,166+ views
    Fortune ^ | July 7, 2009 | David Whitford
    (Fortune Magazine) -- David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy and a father of five, was standing in a stubby cornfield in Bucks County, Pa., one windy evening last October when his BlackBerry began to stir. He checked his in-box, but he didn't respond, not right away. It was Sunday night, and he was on an outing with his family, waiting in line for a Halloween hayride. Nor did he respond an hour later on his way to the Amtrak station to catch a train to Washington, D.C. How could he, when he drives a Mini Cooper with a stick shift?...
  • Washington Examiner parent company acquires the Weekly Standard

    06/17/2009 12:59:31 PM PDT · by LachlanM · 9 replies · 612+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 17, 2009 | LachlanM
    Clarity Media Group CEO Ryan McKibben announced today that the company had acquired The Weekly Standard magazine, which he characterized as one of the most highly respected publications of public policy and political commentary in America. According to McKibben, Clarity Media Group intends to build on the editorial strengths of The Weekly Standards current staff and increase the magazines circulation and ad pages. We have the highest regard for the editors and staff of The Weekly Standard, particularly founder William Kristol and executive editor Fred Barnes. The Weekly Standards content deals with the most critical public policy issues of our...
  • The Riskiest Merger (FDICs plan to insure 85 percent of the Treasury-issued debt)

    05/11/2009 10:43:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 336+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 5/11/2009 | Jared Walczak
    Bumpy though the last decade has been, most Americans have continued to trust in the basic institutions that undergird the nations economy. Until now. Recent polling reveals a public toying with doubts about American-style capitalism yet equally suspicious of the alternatives. Ironies abound: Nearly half of Americans express reservations about capitalism, yet overwhelming majorities distrust large government stakes in major industries and object to the way federal stimulus dollars are being spent. As a dyspeptic public alternately blames and looks to Congress, President Obama, and big business for solutions to our economic woes, Americans have largely missed the real sea-change:...
  • Why Barack Obama Will Join Bruce Springsteen To Stop Ticketmaster & Live Nation's Merger

    Power duet-Why Barack Obama will join Bruce Springsteen to stop Ticketmaster & Live Nation's merger February 6 Turns out Hell hath no fury like a crossed Boss, especially if you mess around with his fans.
  • Reported talks to buy Wyeth could transform Pfizer

    01/23/2009 3:15:57 PM PST · by Dysart · 5 replies · 292+ views
    AP ^ | 1-23-09 | LINDA A. JOHNSON and MARLEY SEAMAN
    NEW YORK (AP) Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, may be seeking to buy rival Wyeth in a deal that could be valued at more than $60 billion, the biggest in recent memory.The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the companies have been in talks for months, although the report said any deal is not near completion and the state of the global markets could undo any plans.Such a deal could cheer investors and analysts who have been pushing Pfizer struggling with flat revenue, diminishing returns on research and looming generic competition to the world's top-selling drug ...
  • SEIU merger to create healthcare 'mega-local' in California (UHW saya No No No..)

    01/11/2009 9:37:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 334+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/11/09 | Evelyn Larrubia
    The board of the Service Employees International Union has decided to merge 240,000 members from three California locals into one mega-local representing nursing home workers and home health aides, making the yet-unnamed group the nation's second-largest SEIU branch. Some members from San Jose-based Local 521 and Oakland-based United Healthcare Workers West will merge with all of Los Angeles-based Local 6434's members in the next 30 days, officials said Friday. "What it does is allows them to have the strongest voice possible in Sacramento," said Mary Kay Henry, SEIU executive vice president. "We think it's long overdue because we need to...
  • 1/3 of Banks Will Disappear Next Year

    12/25/2008 1:47:11 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 1,850+ views
    CNBC ^ | 12/24/08
    Video link: Many banks don't have enough money to survive in 2009, but mergers will keep their brands alive, said Ralph Silva of TowerGroup.
  • G.M. and Chrysler Explore Merger

    10/10/2008 7:56:27 PM PDT · by Azzurri · 58 replies · 1,558+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 10, 2008 | By BILL VLASIC and ANDREW ROSS SORKIN
    DETROIT General Motors is in preliminary talks about a possible merger with Chrysler, a deal that could drastically remake the landscape of the auto industry by reducing the Big Three of Detroit automakers to the Big Two. The talks between G.M. and Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that owns Chrysler, began more than a month ago, and the negotiations are not certain to produce a deal. Two people close to the process said the chances of a merger were 50-50 as of Friday and would most likely still take weeks to work out. A merger would be...
  • Wells Fargo buying troubled Wachovia for $15.1 billion

    10/03/2008 4:51:21 AM PDT · by neal1960 · 107 replies · 3,249+ views
    MSNBC News Services ^ | 10/03/2008 | MSNBC
    NEW YORK - Wells Fargo says it is acquiring Wachovia in an all-stock transaction worth about $15.1 billion, as Wachovia ends talks with rival suitor Citigroup.
  • Morgan Stanley weighing possible merger: report

    09/17/2008 6:08:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 186+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/17/08
    Morgan Stanley weighing possible merger: report Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:46am EDT SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Investment bank Morgan Stanley is weighing whether it should remain independent or merge with a bank, given the recent turbulence in the company's share price, broadcaster CNBC reported on Wednesday. Morgan Stanley officials were not in merger talks as of late Tuesday, CNBC said, citing unnamed people close to the matter. "But senior people at Morgan concede that further zig-zags in the company's stock price could and possibly will force the company to change course and seek a merger partner, probably a well capitalized bank,"...
  • Howard Stern on XM/Sirius Merger: 'I Will Never Vote For a Democrat Again'

    07/24/2008 1:00:49 PM PDT · by Saint X · 47 replies · 1,416+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | July 24, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    Sirius Satellite Radio host Howard Stern supports the merger of his network with XM Satelitte Radio and is fuming at Democratic opposition on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) panel. After FCC commissioners announced they have reached a deal to approve the merger of Sirius (NASDAQ:SIRI) and XM (NASDAQ:XMSR), Stern ranted about Democrats gangsterism and communism and the obstacles to the merger.
  • Radio Merger Under Fire From Black Lawmakers

    06/17/2008 3:05:36 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 20 replies · 133+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | 17 June 08 | Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
    Senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus yesterday criticized a compromise plan for the proposed merger of the XM and Sirius satellite radio companies, saying the deal does not provide enough opportunities for minority-owned programming. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said over the weekend that he would support the merger after XM Satellite Radio Holdings and Sirius Satellite Radio voluntarily agreed, among a series of other concessions, to lease 4 percent of their radio spectrums, or 12 channels, for programming run by minorities and women. Members of the black caucus on Capitol Hill have been arguing for the...