3 Mergers and Acquisitions Stock Stories for Thursday Appraisal

Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC): Current price $117.09

Two sources told Reuters that the owners of video streaming site Hulu LLC have called off discussions with Time Warner Cable after failing to reach agreement on a price. Hulu’s owners started talks with Time Warner Cable in early July, after they were unable to entice satisfactory bids in an auction of the service.

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Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST): Current price $16.27

On Thursday, Rosetta Stone said it will acquire the education tech firm Lexia Learning Systems Inc., whose English reading products are employed in more than 14,000 schools and used by more than one million students online, for $22.5 million. The cash transaction represents Rosetta Stone’s first extension beyond language learning and takes the company deeper into the education tech industry.

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Spirit Aerosystems Holdings (NYSE:SPR): Current price $25.60

Chatter continues that the U.K. car and aerospace supplier GKN might tender an offer for part or all of Spirit Aerosystems, but the latter said on Thursday that it is laying off some 360 workers in Kansas and Oklahoma. The action affects salaried support and management employees, and is said to be part of a strategy to make the aerospace supplier more cost-competitive, according to a Spirit statement. The company manufactures airplane body sections for the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 jets, along with wing pieces and other components for other aircraft makers, among which include Bombardier, Gulfstream, and Mitsubishi.

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