Noteworthy expenditures of the week
1. Northeast Utilities (NU) is merging with NSTAR (NST) in a $4.2 billion deal. The combined company will supply power and gas to over half of New England's customers.
2. Global Logistic Properties, a unit of the Government of Singapore Investment Corp., raised $2.7 billion in Singapore's largest initial public offering since 1993.
3. Russia's biggest oil producer, Rosneft, is buying Petróleos de Venezuela's 50 percent stake in a German refining venture for $1.6 billion to expand into Western Europe. The remaining 50 percent is held by BP (BP).
4. Royal Bank of Canada (RY) is paying $1.5 billion for BlueBay Asset Management, a London-based manager of fixed-income funds with about $40 billion in assets under its control.
5. St. Jude Medical (STJ) is acquiring AGA Medical (AGAM), a Minnesota-based maker of devices used to treat heart defects, for $1.3 billion.
6. MAC Services, an Australian provider of services and housing for miners, accepted a $651 million bid from Oil States (OIS), a U.S. firm in the same business.
7. Carlisle (CSL), a U.S. maker of construction materials, tires, and trailers, is buying Ohio-based Hawk, for $413 million, to boost its brake business.
8. An Andy Warhol silk screen of shoes sold for nearly $2.6 million at auction in London, bringing Sotheby's (BID) total for its annual Frieze Art Fair contemporary art auction to $21.3 million.
9. The Palm Beach, Fla., home of convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff was sold for $5.65 million, the U.S. Marshals Service reported. The property was listed for $8.5 million in September 2009.
10. A sheet of 10 stamps depicting Audrey Hepburn fetched $606,000 at a charity auction in Berlin. The Bundespost printed 14 million of the stamps in 2001 and destroyed all but a few sheets because of a copyright dispute.