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  • Comcast-TWC Merger Raises Consumer Concerns - 27 February 2014
  • Comcast's $45 billion bid to acquire Time Warner Cable has raised a host of objections from various consumer and social action groups, with the main concern being that the merging of the two companies would dominate the cable television and broadband industry, edging out competition and leaving consumers with fewer choices. The combined company would have up to 33 million cable subscribers and close to that number of broadband users, a scenario which could give it the power it needs to influence networks with regard to licensing fees, as well has being able to set market rates on its products and services.

  • American Airlines/US Airways Merger Edges Forward - 16 may 2013
  • The American Airlines/US Airways merger moved a step closer to completion, when US Judge Sean Lane signed off on the proposed agreement to merge the two airlines, thereby creating the largest airline in the world, one that will have more than 100,000 workers in its employ. The signing off of the agreement came more than six weeks after Judge Lane heard the motion in a hearing during which he rejected the proposal to hand AMR Corporation CEO Thomas Horton a severance package of $20 million.

  • M&A Activity Benefits Investors - 21 February 2013
  • A series of mergers and acquisitions in the past few months have been rewarding for investors fortunate enough to have had shares in the companies involved. Just last week, Berkshire Hathaway and 3G capital joined forces to buy HJ Heinz, resulting in Heinz shares rising by 20 percent to $72.50 per share, while shares of Warren Buffet's company rose by one percent. The acquisition of Heinz represents the largest deal of its kind in the food industry ever to have taken place.

  • NYSE Euronext/Deutsche Boerse Deal Inches Forward - 14 July 2011
  • Deutsche Boerse shareholders, representing up to 60 percent of the German exchange's voting shares, indicated on Wednesday just hours before the close of the deal that they approve of the proposal to merge with NYSE Euronext. While 75 percent is required for the deal to move forward, it is reportedly quite common for institutional investors to hold back tendering their shares until just before an offer ends. Based on past trends, analysts have voiced confidence that the 75 percent requirement will be attained. The merger of these two historic exchanges will result in the largest stock exchange in the world. However, there is still plenty of red tape to cut through, and scrutiny by anti-trust authorities to be dealt with before it is a done deal.

  • Nasdaq/ICE Bid for NYSE Fails - 11 April 2011
  • The New York Stock Exchange board of directors has rejected the merger bid by Nasdaq/ICE in favor of the deal with Deutsche Börse, expressing the belief that the influential German exchange is offering what it termed as "substantially more long-term value for shareholders". However, while expressing disappointment in the decision, spokesperson for Nasdaq, Frank De Maria noted that it is their belief that this response by NYSE "clearly does not reflect the best interest of their shareholders".

  • AT&T Proposes Merger With T-Mobile - 24 March 2011
  • The telecom sector of the US economy is a hive of merger and acquisition activity that investors are no doubt following with intense interest. The latest activity to hit the news is the planned $39 billion merger between AT&T (NYSE: T)and T-Mobile USA. This development threw a spanner in the works for Sprint Nextel's investors who had been anticipating positive results from the recent merger talks between Sprint and the German mobile telecom provider T-Mobile. Should the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger meet with the approval of regulatory authorities, the combined company will have in the region of 130 million subscribers, becoming the largest mobile carrier in the United States - a position which is currently held by Verizon.

  • CenturyLink & Qwest: Creating a Telecom Giant - 17 March 2011
  • Regulators in Washington State have given the nod to the acquisition of Qwest Communications by CenturyLink – two of the largest telecommunication companies in the United States. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CTL) and a member of the S&P500 index, CenturyLink is set to become the third-largest telecommunications company in the country upon the successful conclusion of the buyout – AT&T being the largest, followed by Verizon.

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