4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories for Midweek Due Diligence

Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO): Closing price $81.36

Thermo Fisher made a binding bid for Life Technologies Corp on Tuesday. while private equity firms hurried to finalize a consortium to take the genetic testing equipment maker private, said several inside sources. With its present market value in excess of $11 billion, Life Tech has become an alluring target because of its strength in advanced diagnostics and gene sequencing, and if Thermo Fisher were to win out, the deal would make it a major player in the genetic sequencing market.

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Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI): Closing price $34.00

DealReporter reports say that Johnson Controls should get to the first round of bids for its auto electronics division during the next week. Investors heard Johnson Controls was looking at a sale in March, when it hired JPMorgan to explore the divestiture; the firm hopes to get $1 billion for the unit.

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Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S): Closing price $6.24

As the Japanese wireless carrier Softbank buys an interest in Sprint Nextel for about $20 billion, it intends to sell $2 billion of bonds in the United States and in Europe to help fund the acquisition, says Bloomberg. The company might sell seven-year notes denominated in dollars and euros later in April, according to an inside source, who added that the bonds may be rated Baa3, the lowest level of investment grade, by Moody’s Investors Service. The billionaire Masayoshi Son’s Softbank offered last October to purchase a 70-percent stake in Sprint Nextel so as to enter the United States market and form the world’s third-biggest mobile-phone services provider.

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First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR): Closing price $36.55

On Wednesday, First Solar and NorthLight Power aid that former has purchased the 60-megawatt North Star solar project that NorthLight has developed in Fresno County. NorthLight is a joint venture of Renewable Energy Corporation and Summit Power Group. Financials of the transaction were not divulged. The photovoltaic solar plant should to commence construction in 2014 and be finished in 2015, providing as many as 410 construction jobs.

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