4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories Deserving Wednesday Scrutiny

Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK): Current price $4.09

Nokia announced Wednesday that it has completed its purchase of Siemens’ interest in Nokia Siemens Networks. The proposed deal was initially announced on July 1. Pursuant to the terms of the transaction, the Siemens name is being transitioned out from Nokia Siemens Networks’ name and branding. The new name and brand is Nokia Solutions and Networks, also known as NSN, which will be employed for financial reporting purposes as well. Nokia Solutions and Networks is wholly owned by Nokia and will continue to be consolidated.

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT): Current price $77.37

The retailing behemoth is mulling an offer for the Hong Kong supermarket business being divested by a firm controlled by Asia’s richest man Li Ka-shing, said inside sources to Reuters. Li’s Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. conglomerate has placed an August 16 deadline for initial bids for ParknShop, which it values at up to $4 billion, enticing interest from corporate and private-equity buyers. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart is said to be collaborating with a bank as it explores its options for ParknShop prior to next week’s preliminary bid deadline, according to the sources. Wal-Mart declined comment.

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE:VRX): Current price $97.59

The number-one publicly traded drug maker in Canada continues to mention a potential “merger of equals,” and also expects to be active for the rest of they year with smaller purchases, said Chief Executive Michael Pearson. During a conference call to discuss second-quarter results, Pearson observed that accomplishing a merger of equals “can’t be predicted.”

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Swift Transportation Co. (NYSE:SWFT): Current price $18.03

On Wednesday, Switf Transportation said that it has acquired the privately-held Central Refrigerated Transportation, Inc., which provides refrigerated trucking services, in a transaction of$225 million, including roughly $189 million in cash and $36 million of assumed capital lease obligations along with other financial debt. The transaction should be immediately accretive to net earnings per diluted share before the consideration of synergies and is expected to raise Swift’s full year 2013 adjusted earnings by approximately 10 cents per share, excluding one-time transaction costs.

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