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Cablevision Systems (CVC) says the Dolan Family Group proposes to take the company private by acquiring Cablevision's cable and telecommunications businesses. The company says the deal would deliver an estimated $33.50 to public shareholders.

H.J. Heinz (HNZ) inks a deal with Groupe Danone S.A. to acquire number of leading culinary sauce brands for about $855 million in cash.

Ebay (EBAY) shares were lower on a Wall Street Journal story suggesting Google (GOOG) is readying an electronic-payment classifieds service. S&P keeps hold.

Air Canada canceled a $6 billion order for 32 jets from Boeing (BA).

Interpublic Group (IPG) was trading far below historic norms compared to earnings and sales. Tim Fidler of Ariel Capital Management thinks Interpublic is worth "somewhere around $17 or $18 per share," according to Barron's Online.

Calpine Corp. (CPN) prices $650 million of contingent convertible notes due 2015.

Cemex S.A. ADS (CX) sees $970 million second-quarter EBITDA on $4.4 billion in revenue.

Steelmaker Ipsco (IPS) says second-quarter earnings per share will be close to $2.45, lower than expected. The company cites increased pricing pressure for steel products and delayed purchase orders.

Transkaryotic Therapies (TKTX) announced positive top-line results from Phase III clinical trial evaluating its investigational human enzyme replacement therapy, iduronate-2-sulfatase, for treatment of patients with Hunter syndrome.

Shire Pharmaceuticals (SHPGY) was higher on news Transkaryotic Therapies announces positive results from its Phase III study evaluating iduronate-2-sulfatase. Transkaryotic Therapies agreed to be acquired by Shire in April.

Used-car superstore chain CarMax (KMX) posted 37 cents, vs. 33 cents, first-quarter earnings per share on a 6% same-store sales rise and 19% total sales rise. The company sees 3% to 9% second-quarter same-store sales growth and 29 cents to 34 cents earnings per share.

SkyePharma PLC (SKYE) says German pharmaceutical regulatory authority approved Foradil Certihaler for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Office-furniture company Steelcase (SCS) posted 5 cents first-quarter earnings per share, vs. a 4-cent loss, on a 13% revenue rise. It sees 8 cents to 13 cents second-quarter earnings per share on a 10% to 15% sales rise.

Centex (CTX) says it is exploring various strategic alternatives regarding its United Kingdom Home Building Group, which operates under the name of Fairclough Homes. Alternatives include a possible sale of this group.

Walter Industries (WLT) agrees to purchase Mueller Water Products, a privately held supplier of flow control products, for an aggregate value of about $1.91 billion. The company expects the deal to be accretive by 20 cents to 24 cents in the first full year after closing.

Essex (KEYW) files a shelf registration with the SEC, allowing Essex to issue up to $100 million in stock from time to time.


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