Dell and 6 Stocks Making Deal Buzz This Week

Here’s your Cheat Sheet to this week’s top mergers and acquisition news:

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France Telecom (NYSE:FTE): Current Price $10.79

The entertainment group Vivendi has extended a bid to purchase France Telecom’s Dailymotion, which is an online video-sharing service at the center of a dispute over political interference in French firms, according to the news website Wansquare, which added that a consortium comprised of Iliad founder Xavier Niel, Lazard banker Matthieu Pigasse and the industrialist Pierre Berge has also made an offer, but at a much lower price than previously offered by Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO). France Telecom had been in discussions to divest a 75-percent interest in Dailymotion to Yahoo, but that was faced with opposition from French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg, who does not want American companies to gobble up French entities.

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Unilever (NASDAQ:UL): Current price $42.52

The company wants to sell its Wish-Bone salad dressing unit, said Mergermarket, citing a knowledgeable source and three industry bankers, who also said that Unilever has hired Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE:GS) for the sale process.

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Dell (NASDAQ:DELL): Current price $13.45

Dell has announced its purchase of Enstratius, an enterprise cloud-management software and services provider that delivers single and multi-cloud management capabilities. The acquisition of Enstratius further advances Dell’s end-to-end solutions strategy, affording critical capabilities to deliver cloud-management solutions to customers. Enstratius is available as software-as-a-service or as on-premises software, permitting full control from within a customers data center, or by means of a hosted service. Financials of the transaction were not reported.

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B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS): Current price $30.51

B&G announced Tuesday that it has bought the TrueNorth nut cluster brand from DeMets Candy Company, effective May 6. Terms of the transaction were not reported. Houlihan Lokey Capital served as the investment banking advisor to DeMets.

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TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP): Current price $53.84

TripAdvisor has purchased the vacation rentals website Niumba.com. The latter features over 230,000 properties worldwide and brings to the buyer the world’s top collection of Spanish vacation rentals with in excess of 120,000 properties in Spain.

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Telefonica (NYSE:TEF): Current price $14.39

Telefonica is reexamining a plan to divest its Madrid headquarters,  some five years after first failing to locate a buyer for the buildings, according to inside sources. The complex, Distrito Telefonica opened at the peak of Spain’s property boom in 2008, and is valued at roughly $1.3 billio. Telefonica could lease back up to 90 percent of the project’s space, including its iconic glass towers, said another source.

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Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU): Current price $95.46

Weeks of chatter was confirmed Tuesday, as Baidu finally said that it has purchased the online video unit of Shanghai-based PPS for $370 million. PPS will be integrated into iQiyi, which is Baidu’s video platform Baidu, to create China’s largest online video platform by the number of mobile users and video viewing time. The sale should close in the second quarter, with PPS continuing to operate as a brand of iQiyi.

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