August 15, 2014 / 4:30 AM / 5 years ago

Market Chatter- Corporate finance press digest

Aug 15 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media:

* Petrovietnam has bid for a stake in Murphy Oil Corp’s Malaysian oil and gas assets, challenging other suitors including Mitsubishi Corp and Indian state oil companies, a person with direct knowledge of the plan said.

* French telecoms group Orange is looking to sell around 9,400 mobile antennas in Spain to cut costs and boost profitability as the sector consolidates, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

* AAC Capital UK is looking to sell kettle safety firm Strix in a deal that could value the company at $500 million and draw interest from other private equity firms and Chinese buyers, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

* Japanese property developer Mori Trust Co is in final talks to buy a complex of buildings in Tokyo from U.S. buyout firm Lone Star for more than 100 billion yen (about $1 billion), five people with knowledge of the matter said.

* Thousands of British construction jobs could be lost if Balfour Beatty Plc was to accept Carillion Plc’s proposed merger offer to create a 3 billion pound (5.01 billion US dollar) giant, the Times reported on Thursday, citing sources.

* Supervalu Inc is in the early stages of investigating a potential data breach that could have affected more than 1,000 stores, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

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