4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories Attracting Notice On Thursday

Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA): Current price $2.86

Zynga continues its shopping spree for talent in strategic areas such as social casino gaming, as it has acquired a 40-person team named Spooky Cool Labs, which is comprised of real-money gaming talent. The Spooky Cool Labs team is made up of experts from companies like Aristocrat, and slot machine makers such as IGT (International Game Technology) and WMS Gaming. Joe Kaminkow, who founded the firm, was ranked as one of the 10 most influential people in the history of slots by Strictly Slots Magazine. Spooky Cool Labs. The team will stay in Chicago and work with Zynga’s San Francisco-based social casino gaming team.

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The Carlyle Group (NYSE:CG): Current price $25.60

On Thursday, the world alternative asset manager said that a firm which is wholly owned by funds it manages will acquire Marelli Motori from Melrose Industries. The transaction will be carried out via the sale of Marelli Overseas Limited, the holding company of Marelli Motori, and should close in August. Funding for this investment will come from Carlyle Europe Partners III, a 5.3-billion Euro fund that makes mid- and large-capital investments. Marelli Motori was founded in 1891, and is one of the biggest makers of industrial generators and electric motors on the planet, serving global markets for marine, power generation, oil & gas, and industrial manufacturing.

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Forest Laboratories (NYSE:FRX): Current price $40.21

Forest, which counts the investor Carl Icahn as a major shareholder, is among a few firms interested in bidding for Elan Corporation, according to two inside sources. Elan currently has a market capitalization of nearly $7 billion, and put itself on the block last week in an attempt to resist a hostile offer from the investment firm Royalty Pharma. The sources said on Wednesday that Forest is among a number of mid-sized drugmakers thinking of making for Elan.

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Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF): Current price $22.55

Fidelity National said Thursday that it is exercising its option to modify the consideration mix in the previously reported purchase of Lender Processing Services, by upping the cash component of the total consideration by roughly $500 million, and correspondingly lowering the stock component of the total consideration by an equal amount. The firm will directly supply $300 million of the $500 million increase, with funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners providing the other $200 million.

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