12 Stocks Making Big M&A News and Rumors This Week

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

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DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV): Current price $61.21

A knowledgeable source said Friday that the satellite operator DIRECTV, alongside two other bidders have offered in excess of $1 billion apiece for Hulu, which makes it more likely that the owners News Corp and The Walt Disney Company will be able to divest the video streaming service they were unable to unload in 2011. Hulu board members are being advised by Guggenheim Partners on the auction, and entertained a minimum of seven buyout offers last week, according to the source, who added that the figure will be trimmed down in the next two or three weeks.

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France Telecom (NYSE:FTE): Current price $10.11

Global investment firm The Gores Group and France Telecom-Orange announced Monday that the former has finalized the purchase of Etrali, Orange Business Services Trading Solutions, which is a subsidiary of France Telecom Orange. Subsequent to the acquisition, the firm will be rebranded as Etrali Trading Solutions. Etrali is headquartered in Paris and is a top supplier of voice and electronic trading infrastructure and services for the trading communities.

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HEICO Corporation (NYSE:HEI): Current price $51.74

On Monday, HEICO said that its Flight Support Group concluded its planned purchase of Reinhold Industries from certain affiliates of The Jordan Company. HEICO anticipates that the purchase should be accretive to its earnings per share in the first twelve months following the close, and that Reinhold’s management is staying with the firm in their prior positions and that no employee turnover is expected due to the acquisition. Reinhold will continue to operate under the Reinhold name in its current locations.

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Mid America Apartment Communities (NYSE: MAA): Current price $66

MAA and Colonial Properties Trust (NYSE:CLP) announced Monday that they have reached a definitive merger agreement through which MAA and Colonial Properties Trust will merge, forming a publicly traded, multifamily real estate investment trust having enhanced capabilities to provide superior value for residents, shareholders, and employees.  The combined entity should have a pro-forma equity market capitalization of roughly $5.1 billion, and a total market capitalization at $8.6 billion.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD): Current price $94.46

Anheuser-Busch and Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V announced Tuesday that the former has successfully finalized its merger with Grupo Modelo in a transaction valued at $20.1 billion, or $9.15 per share.

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Office Depot (NYSE:ODP): Current price $4.35

On Tuesday, the worldwide supplier of office supplies and services, said that it will sell its 50-percent interest in the Latin American Joint Venture Office Depot de Mexico S.A. de C.V. to Grupo Gigante, S.A.B. de C.V. for the 8,777.36 million pesos in cash. The agreement is contingent upon on receiving approvals from Mexican regulatory officials and Grupo Gigante S.A.B. de C.V. shareholders, which Office Depot expects will be secured within 30 days. After the transaction closes, Grupo Gigante, S.A.B. de C.V. and its affiliates will hold a 100 percent ownership of Office Depot de Mexico.

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Smithfield Foods (NYSE:SFD): Current price $32.82

Smithfield’s biggest shareholder, Continental Grain Co, reported Monday that it would divest its interest in the pork producer, thus averting an impending proxy fight following Shuanghui International Holdings moving in to acquire Smithfield in a multi-billion dollar deal. Continental was first formed in 1813 as a grain-trading company in Arlon, Belgium. Reuters data indicates that it held a 5.84 percent stake in Smithfield as of April 25.

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Zimmer Holdings (NYSE:ZMH): Current price $78.57

Zimmer announced Tuesday that it has bought NORMED Medizin-Technik GmbH, which provides innovative technologies for the foot and ankle and hand and wrist reconstruction and trauma markets. The German firm develops a wide array of specialized plates, screws, and instruments, among which include systems for bone reconstruction and fracture repair, fusion procedures, and external fixation.  The purchase of NORMED will reinforce Zimmer’s Extremities and Trauma product portfolios and new product development capabilities in the quickly-growing foot and ankle and hand and wrist segments.

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H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ): Current price $72.49

A proposed takeover of the organic baby vendor Rafferty’s Garden by H.J. Heinz has been disallowed by Australia’s competition regulator, over fears that the acquisition could significantly shrink competition . The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said that the proposed deal would have taken out a strong rival for Heinz, which itself is the target of a $23.2 billion takeover offer from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the Brazilian financier Jorge Paulo

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Apollo Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:AINV): Current price $8.07

The business lender Apollo is reportedly close to an agreement to purchase the health-care lender MidCap Financial for roughly $500 million, according to inside sources, who went on to say that a deal for MidCap could be announced as soon as next week. Thus far, no agreement has appeared, and the negotiations might still collapse. The sources also said that Fifth Third Bancorp had shown interest in MidCap. In May, knowledgeable sources said that the firm was working with Bank of America Corp. to search for suitors.

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Entropic Communications (NASDAQ:ENTR): Current price $4.47

The producer of semiconductor solutions for the connected home said Thursday that it acquired Mobius Semiconductor, which is a product development firm focused on low power, high performance analog mixed-signal semiconductor solutions. Through the terms, Entropic bought Mobius for roughly $13 million in a cash transaction, plus employee equity-based incentives. The purchase of Mobius permits the buyer to add advanced analog mixed-signal expertise and reinforce its competitive product offerings in both the cable and satellite markets.

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AT&T (NYSE:T): Current price $35.45

Kara Swisher at AllThingsD reports that sources close to the carrier say that AT&T is in talks with the Chernin Group about tendering a joint offer to buy the Hulu premium video site. While well-endowed Chernin could make use its extra financial reserves in the multi-player rivalry to acquire Hulu, and sources near the owners have speculated of late that they expected more joint efforts in the divestiture of the unit, which is owned by News Corp., The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA).

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