4 Mergers and Acquisitions Stock Stories Making Waves

Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO): Current price $29.67

Yahoo said Thursday that it acquired the Beijing-based Ztelic Technology, which specializes in data analysis from social websites, but the purchase price was not reported. Ztelic offers services like social network-based hiring, online network management, and third-party data analysis, and was founded by former Yahoo U.S. senior Web architect Zheng Hao. Zheng at one time served as the chief Web architect for Yahoo’s global research and development institute in Beijing, and also as the chief tech officer at the online game maker Zynga. Following the close, he will serve as the vice president of Yahoo’s Beijing research center.

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Sherwin Williams Co. (NYSE:SHW): Current price $168.88

The competition authority of Mexico reports that it denied the United States paint maker Sherwin Williams’s $2.34-billion acquisition of Mexican paint company Consorcio Comex because of fears that it might create unfair market conditions. The commission said it worried that the merger would form a company having a large part of the local market for decorative paint, which could potentially impede competition. Sherwin Williams reported the deal in November 2012, saying that it would help it grow its presence in markets like Mexico, the American West Coast and Canada, where its store count is low. However, the authority said its analysis indicated that a tie-up would create an entity with between 48-58 percent of the decorative paint market, and one that would be six to 10 times larger than its closest competitor.

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Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE:DGX): Current price $59.02

The global provider of diagnostic information services announced Thursday that it finalized the sale of its rights to royalties from commercialization of the drug candidate Ibrutinib to Royalty Pharma, which buys royalty interests in marketed and late-stage biopharmaceutical products, at a cash price of $485 million.  The sale should result in after-tax cash proceeds of about $300 million before associated transaction costs. The gain linked with the sale will be recorded in the third quarter and will be excluded from adjusted earnings.

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Washington Post Co. (NYSE:WPO): Current price $514.96

The company said it will purchase Forney Corp., which provides products and systems that control and monitor combustion processes in electric utility and industrial applications on a global basis. The transaction is expected to close in early August. Forney is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. Forney Corporation general manager Tom Demrick and the Forney management team will continue to run the business. The purchase price was not divulged.

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