4 Mergers and Acquisitions Stock Stories Making Monday Headlines

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:APC): Current price $91.02

Anadarko said Monday it will divest a 10 percent interest in Mozambique’s Offshore Area 1 to ONGC Videsh Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd., for $2.64 billion in cash. Anadarko will stay the operator of Area 1 with a working interest of 26.5 percent. The transaction should close around the end of the year.

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AstraZeneca Group (NYSE:AZN): Current price $50.47

AstraZeneca said Monday that its global biologics research and development unit, MedImmune, will purchase privately held biologics firm Amplimmune, which is centered on developing novel therapeutics in cancer immunology. The deal should reinforce MedImmune’s oncology pipeline by obtaining multiple early stage assets for its immune-mediated cancer therapy portfolio including AMP-514, according to a press release.

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Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE:CVC): Current price $17.68

Analyst Amy Yong at Macquarie Group told Bloomberg that with its valuation surpassing $4.8 billion, Cablevision should take advantage of its surge in value and consider selling. Yong also observed that Cablevision is far smaller than its peers Time Warner and Charter Communications, and that this puts it at a disadvantage if it does not get in on the wave  of consolidation analysts think will occur.

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W.W. Grainger Inc. (NYSE: GWW): Current price $252.25

W.W. Grainger on Monday purchased E&R Industrial Sales Inc., which distributes metalworking, production supplies, and MRO materials to manufacturers and industrial customers spanning the Midwest and eastern United States, as well as its subsidiaries. With this agreement, Grainger adds an industry-leading team of metalworking experts and extends its capabilities for serving customers in the manufacturing space, the company said.

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