Deals - Americas Headlines

Marquette Transportation up for sale for more than $1 billion - sources

- Marquette Transportation Company LLC, a U.S. towboat operator, is exploring a sale that could value it at more than $1 billion and has attracted the interest of Dell Inc Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Spotify expresses interest to raise $500 million: WSJ

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- Online music streaming service Spotify is working with Goldman Sachs for a new round of private fundraising which could potentially put off the initial public offering for another year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Shake Shack IPO prices far above expected range

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- Growth-hungry investors snapped up shares offered by Shake Shack Inc , setting the stage for a sizzling debut for the New York-based burger chain when its stock starts trading on Friday.

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Crane maker Manitowoc to spin off foodservice business

- Crane maker Manitowoc Co Inc said it would spinoff its high-margin foodservice business into a publicly traded company, sending the company's shares up 8 percent in extended trading.

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Macquarie in talks to buy Jefferies' futures arm: sources

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MELBOURNE/NEW YORK - Macquarie Group Ltd is in talks to buy Jefferies Group LLC's [JGLL.UL] commodities and financial derivatives brokerage, three sources said, as the Australian bank continues to expand its commodities business while rivals retreat.

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Germany's Mahle seeks to buy Delphi's Thermal business: paper

FRANKFURT - Germany's Mahle has launched a takeover bid for the air conditioning business of U.S. car parts maker Delphi , business daily Handelsblatt said on Thursday without citing sources.

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Altice lowers pricing on acquisition financing: bankers

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LONDON - Pricing has tightened on an 825 million euro-equivalent ($932.83 million) loan backing telecoms group Altice's acquisition of Grupo Oi's Portuguese operations after strong demand for the paper, banking sources said on Thursday.

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Regulators may delay approval for Sysco-U.S. Foods deal: NY Post

- Sysco Corp , the biggest U.S. food distributor, may have to wait longer for its $8.2 billion deal to buy US Foods Inc [USFOO.UL] to be approved by regulators, the New York Post reported.

Wed, Jan 28 2015

U.S. Air Force awards $383 million launch deal to Boeing, Lockheed venture

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded a $383 million contract for more launch services to United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp , bringing the total value of the contract to $4.08 billion.

Advent Software options unusually active ahead of deal news

NEW YORK - Bullish activity in Advent Software Inc's options surged weeks ahead of a report on Wednesday that U.S. financial software company SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc plans to buy Advent for about $2.3 billion.

Tech, Deals 28 Jan 2015
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.