Markets & Finance

Bid & Ask


1. Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ), with IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), bid $11.3 billion for NYSE Euronext (NYX), topping an earlier offer from Deutsche Börse. The CEO of the all-electronic Nasdaq has pledged not to shut down the New York exchange's 108-year-old trading floor.

2. Vivendi is paying $11.3 billion for Vodafone Group's (VOD) 44 percent stake in SFR to get full control of France's No. 2 mobile carrier.

3. Texas Instruments (TXN) agreed to buy National Semiconductor (NSM) for $6.5 billion, further cementing its leadership in the market for analog chips that go into everything from washing machines to military hardware.

4. Solvay offered $4.8 billion for Rhodia, a French specialty-chemical maker that supplies the cosmetics and auto-parts industries.

5. Pfizer (PFE) sold Capsugel, which makes hard capsules for drugs, for $2.4 billion to a group of investors led by KKR (KKR).

6. SRA International (SRX), a provider of computer services to the U.S. government, agreed to be bought by Providence Equity Partners for $1. 9 billion.

7. Diamond Foods is paying $1.5 billion for Procter & Gamble's (PG) Pringles chip brand in a deal that will more than triple the size of its snack business.

8. LivingSocial, a smaller competitor of coupon site Groupon, raised $400 million from a group of investors including Amazon (AMZN) and T. Rowe Price (TROW). The transaction values the company at $3 billion.

9. Satellite TV provider Dish Network won an auction for the bankrupt movie-rental chain Blockbuster with a $320 million bid that beat offers from financier Carl Icahn and other investors.

10. A triptych painting by Zhang Xiaogang fetched $10.2 million, including fees, at a Sotheby's (BID) auction in Hong Kong, setting a new record for a work by a contemporary Chinese artist.

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Lindblad is an associate news editor for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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