4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories for Tuesday Investor Appraisal

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM): Current price $89.98

ExxonMobil and other American companies want to acquire offshore blocks in Peru in 2013 in that country’s first bidding round since 2010, according Luis Ortigas, president of state oil-contracting agency Petroperu, who commented that “companies have shown increasing interest following offshore discoveries by BPZ and Savia. We need to increase the number of exploration wells being drilled to 40 or 50 a year from about six now.” The government will also auction the Argentine firm Pluspetrol SA’s Block 1-AB, whic his Peru’s largest oilfield. State oil company Petroperu will take an approximate 25 interest stake in all blocks.

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The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG): Current price $32.90

Ensign Group’s urgent care subsidiary, Immediate Clinic Healthcare, will sell Doctors Express, which is a national urgent care franchise system, to American Family Care. The buyer was founded in 1982 and is based in Birmingham. AFC ranks among the largest and oldest operators of urgent care and accessible primary care facilities in the country, with 37 clinics in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The asset sale should be effective on April 15, and remains subject to certain closing conditions. Financials were not mentioned in the press release.

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PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL): Current price $24.13

PolyOne will divest its vinyl dispersion, blending and suspension resin assets to Mexichem for $250 million in cash, with the sale being subject to satisfaction of regulatory requirements and the usual closing conditions. The resin assets are part of its Performance Products and Solutions segment and brought revenues of $147 million last year. PolyOne is a provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions.

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Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL): Current price $31.55

On Monday, Oracle said it will buy the mobile software maker Tekelec, to reinforce its position as a vendor to the communications industry and to fit in with a larger recent announced purchase. The transaction terms were not disclosed. The world enterprise software giant has been on a buying series, using purchases to expand its cloud computing offerings. Tekelec’s software helps communications firms better manage the increasing number of multimedia applications, along with growing mobile data traffic on their networks.

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