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Markets & Finance: Bid & Ask


Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Exco Resources, T. Boone Pickens, Chateau Lafite, and others

1. Spain's Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) is paying $5.8 billion for a 24.9 percent stake in Turkiye Garanti Bankasi, gaining a foothold in Europe's fastest economy.

2. Douglas Miller, CEO of Exco Resources (XCO), a Dallas-based oil and natural gas producer, has proposed taking the company private in a $4.4 billion deal. Texas energy investor T. Boone Pickens wants to take part in the buyout.

3. Enel, Italy's largest utility, raised $3.1 billion in an initial public offering of shares in its renewable energy unit.

4. In its second telecom deal in a week, private equity firm Carlyle Group offered $2.6 billion for Florida's Syniverse Technologies, which specializes in mobile messaging and network technology.

5. McKesson (MCK), the biggest U.S. drug distributor, acquired US Oncology for a total of $2.2 billion. US Oncology provides clinical tools, information, and supplies to doctors treating cancer.

6. Spain's Ferrovial is selling its airport ground services business to Paris-based PAI Partners for $909 million.

7. Ares Life Sciences, a health-care investment company, is paying $500 million for a 47 percent stake in French allergy medicines maker Stallergenes, in preparation for an eventual takeover.

8. After posting six straight quarterly losses, Wilmington Trust (WL), the Delaware lender founded by the du Pont family, is selling itself to M&T Bank (MTB) for $351 million, about half its Oct. 29 market value.

9. In a sign that the market for classic cars may be cooling, a DB5 Aston Martin that appeared in the James Bond movie Goldfinger sold for $4.6 milion at auction in London—close to $1 million below the presale estimate.

10. Three bottles of Chateau Lafite's 1869 vintage sold for a record price of $230,000 each at a Sotheby's (BID) auction in Hong Kong.

Lindblad is an associate news editor for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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