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Merger action lifts Wall Street at open

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks opened modestly higher on Monday, pushing the Dow and S&P 500 further into record territory on the back of multiple merger deals and hopes China will take further accommodative monetary policy action.

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Tesla says in talks with BMW over car batteries, parts

FRANKFURT - U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors is in talks with Germany's BMW over a possible collaboration in batteries and lightweight components, Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk told German weekly Der Spiegel.

7:01am EST

RenaissanceRe to buy Platinum Underwriters for $1.9 billion

- RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd said it would buy fellow Bermuda-based reinsurer Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd for about $1.9 billion to boost its U.S. business.

7:48am EST

Carlyle seeking $5 billion for fund with longer life: Bloomberg

- Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP is looking to raise about $5 billion for a fund that can hold stakes in companies for as long as 20 years, Bloomberg reported.

7:59am EST

BioMarin to buy Prosensa in $840 million deal

- BioMarin Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would buy Dutch drug developer Prosensa Holding NV for about $840 million including milestone payments, aiming to add to its portfolio of drugs to treat rare diseases.

7:40am EST

China corruption watchdog launches inspections, eyes Sinopec

BEIJING - China's corruption watchdog has launched a series of inspections into state-owned enterprises and government bodies including China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec Group), Asia's largest oil refiner, state media said on Monday.

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