4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories Ready for a Midweek Appraisal

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Current price $500.53

A knowledgeable source says that Apple has purchased the recently-shut down second-screen TV/video application Matcha.tv, which was an iOS app that provided a comprehensive overview of all that is available to watch by means of cable TV providers, streaming video services, and digital video stores. In addition, users could manage what they viewed from a universal queue, obtain video recommendations, and link with social networks to see what their friends were watching and/or liking. The service shut down in May without saying why.

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Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN): Current price $32.82

Nielsen is running into increasing regulatory inconvenience regarding its $1.26-billion acquisition deal for Arbriton, which is the dominant radio measurement company. The Federal Trade Commission has not concluded its months-long review of the deal as was expected, but is sending out additional requests for information, according to The New York Post. The latest batch of questionnaires were sent out to TV station owners which could be impacted by the merger of the two measurement majors say sources. The FTC will either allow the deal to go through or move to block it, but it also could enter into a resolution with Nielsen through which the company would agree to divest assets or make other changes to win approval.

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Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY): Current price $27.81

Weyerhaeuser has stepped up its plans to shop its home-building division, valued at over $3 billion, as prospective unnamed bidders submitted preliminary expressions of interest in a purchase, say inside sources. The majority of the United States’s biggest home builders are expected to examine a possible acquisition of the business, which was the number-18 U.S. builder in 2012, with sales of about 2,300 homes, according to Builder Magazine. The big draws within the Weyerhaeuser unit are its thousands of lots ready for home construction or near, especially in California.

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B/E Aerospace Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAV): Current price $71.73

On Wednesday, B/E said that it has begun an expansion of its Consumables Management Segment into the oil and gas services industry by means of the purchase of Blue Dot Energy Services, LLC, which supplies parts distribution, rental equipment, and on-site services. The purchase price, which includes expenses, is around $75 million. The transaction should close by the end of August, and is expected to be accretive to 2014 earnings per share. B/E Aerospace is the world’s largest manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and a distributor of aerospace fasteners and consumables.

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