Deals of the day Mergers and acquisitions

March 7 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1600 GMT on Monday:

** French asset manager Carmignac said it would not buy Russian securities and would divest from existing assets, following a raft of other fund managers who have made similar announcements following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. read more

** Cornerstone Building Brands (CNR.N), a manufacturer of exterior building products, said it has agreed to be taken private by shareholder Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) in a $5.8 billion deal, including debt. read more

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** Oasis Petroleum Inc (OAS.O) and Whiting Petroleum Corp (WLL.N) will merge in a $6 billion deal including debt, the U.S. shale oil and gas producers said. read more

** Billionaire investor Ryan Cohen said he now owns nearly 10% of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY.O) and wants the housewares retailer to explore strategic alternatives that include a full sale of the company. read more

** German diversified group Merck KGaA (MRCG.DE) is preparing to put its pigments business up for sale to fund investments at its drugs and electronic chemicals divisions, daily Handelsblatt reported.

** British electrical engineering firm Spectris Plc (SXS.L) said it had ended talks regarding a possible bid worth 1.79 billion pounds ($2.37 billion) for Oxford Instruments (OXIG.L), due to global economic uncertainties caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. read more

** South Africa's TFG (TFGJ.J) will buy the owner of Coricraft, Volpes and Dial-a-bed chains for 2.35 billion rand ($152.78 million) as it looks to expand further into the furniture and bedding market, the retailer said on Monday. read more

** Australia's AGL Energy confirmed it rejected a sweetened A$5.4 billion ($4.0 billion) takeover proposal from tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and Canada's Brookfield Asset Management (BAMa.TO), saying it still undervalued Australia's top power producer. read more

** Private equity firms including Advent International and companies including Aveanna Healthcare Holdings Inc (AVAH.O) have expressed interest in acquiring the home health and hospice business of Encompass Health Corp (EHC.N), people familiar with the matter said. read more

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Compiled by Rajarshi Roy, Niket Nishant amd Manya Saini in Bengaluru

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