4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories for Investors to Appraise

Legg Mason (NYSE:LM): Current price $26.96

The asset manager Legg Mason could go private in the near term, if some sources are correct in their assertions that the firm has been approached in recent months by a number of its senior managers and private equity firms, with plans to take the struggling company private. However, its board has decided against looking into that option until the company has a new chief executive, according to the sources.

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Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN): Current price $23.14

Looks like another purchase for the speech and natural language tech major Nuance, as TechCrunch has a copy of a memo showing that the company acquired VirtuOz, which develops intelligent virtual assistant services for online sales, marketing and support. The company originated in France and is now co-headquartered in the Bay Area. Thus far, no financial terms have c0me forward.

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Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU): Current price $1.63

The vendor major Alcatel has purchased the Wavelength Selective Switch expert Capella Photonics in a transaction for which the terms were undisclosed. According to the buyer to Light Reading, the move was made “late last year… to add to our overall optical capabilities.” Capella is based in San Jose and produces WSS products for use in reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers and optical cross connects.

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BlackRock (NYSE:BLK): Current price $218.13

The world’s biggest asset manager has acquired a $17.6 billion exchange-traded funds business from Credit Suisse Group. The purchase of the unit is meant to reinforce its footprint in Switzerland and should close by the end of the second quarter. The purchase price was not disclosed.

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