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Nasdaq, ICE consider bid on NYSE

Nasdaq OMX and IntercontinentalExchange are in talks to team up on a possible bid for NYSE Euronext, in an attempt to break up the Big Board’s deal with Deutsche Boerse, the New York Times’ Dealbook reported on Friday. Get the full story »

Sara Lee credit default swaps up on possible bid

From Bloomberg News | Credit-default swaps on Sara Lee Corp. climbed to a record following a report that buyout firm Apollo Global Management LLC teamed up with investor C. Dean Metropoulos to consider a bid for the company.

BP gains, with traders citing Exxon bid talk

Shares in BP gained on Friday, with traders citing talk that Exxon Mobil was considering a bid for the oil company.

By 10:29 a.m. EDT, BP shares were up 1.1 percent at 450 pence, having hit an intraday high of 451.35 pence on the rumor. Get the full story »

Northern Trust shares pop as takeover rumors swirl

Shares of Northern Trust Corp. jumped 4.4 percent on Tuesday as talk swirled that HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, may be planning to make a bid for the U.S. trust bank and investment manager. Get the full story »

OfficeMax shares soar on takeover chatter

OfficeMax Inc. shares rose 9.3 percent to $15.69 in heavy trading Tuesday after a J.P. Morgan analyst said that the office supply company was ripe for a leveraged buyout.

The Naperville-based retailer is undervalued compared to its larger rivals Staples Inc. and Office Depot Inc., analyst Christopher Horvers said in the report. Even though OfficeMax is five years into a turnaround effort, there is still plenty of room left to restructure the business, he said. The report valued OfficeMax at $28 a share, citing the company’s cash pile along with a slew of expiring leases that would allow OfficeMax¬† to move to higher traffic locations and open smaller, more productive stores. Get the full story »

MB Financial among 17 banks named as takeover targets

Some say the wave of bank consolidation seen in the last two decades is over, but an outspoken analyst who developed a formula for identifying banks that could be takeover targets on Thursday listed 17 he says are ripe, including Chicago-based MB Financial. Get the full story »

HSBC may be pursuing bid for Northern Trust

HSBC is in focus after the Telegraph reported on renewed speculation that the bank is preparing a $15 billion bid for Chicago-based Northern Trust. Sources said the UK bank asked Goldman Sachs to advise it on a possible $65-a-share offer.

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