19 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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Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO): Current price $20.90

On Monday, the company announced the purchase of the privately-held SolveDirect, which is headquartered in Vienna. The acquired firm provides innovative, cloud-delivered services management integration software and services. Cisco’s Hilton Romansky commented on the company blog that, “The move towards multi-sourcing and cloud services is accelerating the development of large ecosystems of companies – from enterprise IT and manufacturing, to SaaS providers – that need to share data in a secure and scalable way.”

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Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO): Current price $23.57

Early on Monday, Yahoo reported that it had purchased the news reading application Summly, along with its very young entrepreneur Nick D’Aloisio. The buyer said it will close down the actual app and use the algorithmic summation tech that the 17-year-old D’Aloisio built with a small team of five throughout its products. The actual purchase was not divulged, but a number of sources told Kara Swisher that Yahoo paid $30 million, 10 percent in stock and 90 percent in cash, to buy the London-based Apple smartphone application.

It was last week when Amir Efrati and Sam Shechner at The Wall Street Journal said that Yahoo was nearing the acquisition of a controlling interest in the YouTube version for Europe, Dailymotion, valued in the ballpark of $300 million. BusinessInsider says that “we cannot confirm that the deal is done – but we can say that two separate sources, one, close to Yahoo, another, involved in the deals space, believe the deal is as good as done, and talked to us as though it was.”

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Shire (NASDAQ: SHPG): Current price $91.37

Shire announced Monday that it will buy SARcode Bioscience, a privately-held biopharmaceutical firm based in Brisbane, California. This acquisition reinforces Shire’s presence in the ophthalmology therapeutic category and brings a new phase 3 compound, Lifitegrast, currently under development for the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease, into Shire’s lineup. Shire expects to introduce the drug in the United States as early as 2016, pending a positive outcome of the phase 3 clinical development program and regulatory approvals. The firm is buying the world rights to Lifitegrast and will examine an appropriate regulatory filing strategy for markets outside of the U.S.

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TIBCO Software (NASDAQ: TIBX): Current price $20.22

The firm announced Monday that it has purchased the privately-held Maporama Solutions, which provides location intelligence and geospatial analytics solutions. Beyond that, Maporama permits enterprises to compress decision-making cycles, optimize resource allocation, and match supply with demand within the context of location. Financials of the transaction were not divulged.

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Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM): Current price $90.02

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 $33.47

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 $24.44

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 $32.34

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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CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS): Current price $46.71

CBS and Lionsgate Entertainment Corp.  have formed an equal partnership for the well-distributed entertainment cable network TVGN as well as the website TVGuide.com. The basic cable network is available in over 80 million homes, and will continue to be entertainment-centered, with a specific rebranding and programming strategy to be announced later on. Through the terms, CBS will purchase a 50-percent interest in TVGN and TVGuide.com, and will also buy the ownership interest currently held by One Equity Partners, which is the world private equity investment arm of JPMorgan Chase. The transaction closed Tuesday on signing.

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Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN): Current price $38.74

The New York Times reports that Urban Outfitters recently contacted the 28-year-old Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso regarding a potential acquisition, according to knowledgeable sources. When asked about it, Amoruso said no more than, “We’re talking.” If such a deal were to come off, it is thought that Nasty Gal would afford Urban Outfitters some street credence, and the latter would provide the neophyte e-retailer the sort of support, money, and infrastructure that only a major corporation can. However, Nasty Gal made almost $128 million in sales, and netted around $100 million. Beyond that, Amoruso raised almost $50 million from Index Ventures, which had invested in e-commerce sites like Net-a-Porter, Etsy, and Asos.

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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Current price $21.83

Intel is progressing in its discussions with Time Warner, NBC Universal, and Viacom, through which to obtain television shows and films for its online pay-TV service, says Bloomberg. According knowledgeable sources, Intel is negotiating financial terms with the firms and the broad terms have already been agreed upon.

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New Energy Systems Group (AMEX:NEWN): Current price $0.40

NewEnergy announced Tuesday that its board has received a notice from its Chairman and Chief Executive Weihe Yu, to withdraw his preliminary, non-binding proposal dated February 28, which stated that Yu intends to purchase all of the outstanding shares of the firm’s common stock not currently owned by him. Yu presently beneficially owns around 13.65 percent of the common stock.

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Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS): Closing price $22

The Wall Street firm will divest its wealth management units in Europe, excluding Switzerland, the Middle East and Africa, to Credit Suisse, which  announced that it has inked an agreement to that effect. The divisions with an aggregate of more than $13 billion in assets under management are based in the United Kingdom, Italy, and Dubai, and serve predominantly international Ultra High Net Worth and High Net Worth clients across Europe. The acquired units will be integrated into Credit Suisse’s Private Banking & Wealth Management division. The purchase is structured as an asset transaction for those involved and should close later in 2013.

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Protective Life Corporation (NYSE:PL): Closing price $35.71

The American insurer leads the bidding to buy some of AXA’s United States life insurance assets in a transaction that could be valued at approximately $1 billion, said two knowledgeable sources, who went on to tell Reuters that AXA hired Morgan Stanley in 2012 to help find a buyer for the assets, among which include remnants of the Mony Group units that it bought in 2004.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Current price $28.61

Microsoft is in discussions to divest its IPTV unit to Ericsson, and a deal could be announced in a few weeks, says Bloomberg, citing inside sources. The report notes that the division makes software used by phone companies that include AT&T to deliver television over the Internet.

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US Airways Group (NYSE:LCC): Current price $16.99

AMR Corp., the parent of American Airlines, has been awarded court approval for its merger with US Airways Group as a bankruptcy judge turned down a $20 million severance arrangement for AMR Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton. United States Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane in Manhattan okayed the merger at a hearing Wednesday while denying approval for Horton’s severance following opposition by the government, which termed the pay a “golden parachute.” Lane commented that “The merger is a terrific result,” but added that approving Horton’s severance now “is just not appropriate.”

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ENI (NYSE:E): Current price $44.93

The Italian oil and gas group Eni is thinking about opening its business in Iraq up to investment by the Chinese oil firm CNPC after offering it an opportunity to acquire a stake in its bumper Mozambique gas field earlier in March, according to two sources, who went on to say that no discussions were presently under way with the Chinese group. The sources explained that  ”The idea is being examined, though we have not yet reached that point.” No comment came from Eni.

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 EDAC Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:EDAC): Current price $18.54

Through an affiliate, MidOcean Partners on Thursday announced that it has submitted a proposal to the board of directors of EDAC Technologies through which to purchase all of the outstanding shares at $18.25 each in cash. The proposed bid is a 50-cents per share premium to that offered by GB Aero Engine, an affiliate of the Greenbriar Equity Group, which was announced March 18th. It also represents a 23.2 percent premium to the average close of EDAC during the 30 trading days ending March 15th, which precede the announcement of the deal with Greenbriar.

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Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR): Current price $3.24

The wireless service provider reported on Wednesday that it would draw on $80 million in financing from Sprint Nextel Corporation, which is attempting to acquire it. Clearwire said that it would still continue discussions with the rival bidder Dish Network Corp, but that it has not changed its recommendation in favor of the Sprint offer. In December, Sprint, already the majority owner of Clearwire, reached a deal to purchase the rest of the company at $2.97 per share, also allowing Clearwire the option to draw on $800 million in convertible debt in 10 monthly installments.

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