(Adds Newmont declines to comment, paragraph 3)
April 18 Merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp
and Newmont Mining Corp, the world's top two
gold producers, broke down in the past few days, the Wall Street
Journal reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.
The two companies, with a combined market capitalization of
about $33 billion, were in advanced talks about a merger this
week, the Journal said. (r.reuters.com/guk68v)
Spokesmen for Barrick and Newmont declined to comment.
Barrick had twice reached deals to buy Newmont, first in
2008 and then in 2010, but scrapped the agreements, Reuters
reported last year, citing unnamed sources.
(Reporting by Sagarika Jaisinghani and Devika Krishna Kumar in
Bangalore; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)