Bain Capital to Buy Gymboree for $1.8 Billion

Children's clothing retailer Gymboree (GYMB) has agreed to be acquired by private-equity firm Bain Capital Partners for $1.8 billion in an all-cash deal, the companies said Monday.

Big Tech's Buying Binge: Who Will Be Acquired Next?

IBM, Oracle, Hewlett Packard and Intel have been on a buying spree of late, and it's virtually guaranteed that they'll be purchasing more companies over the next several months. But which companies will they target next? Here are eight strong possibilities you might want to buy into.

CNBC Anchor's Book Is a Fly on the Wall for Lehman's Fall

This week marks the second anniversary of an event that shook the financial industry to its core. In her newly released book, 'The Weekend that Changed Wall Street,' CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo gives an insider's look at the fateful days surrounding the fall of Lehman Brothers.

Coca-Cola Buys Russian Juice Maker

In a move to gain a larger share of the beverage market outside of North America, Coca-Cola (KO) has bought Russian juice maker Nidan Juices, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday

HP Tops Dell's Bid in Battle for 3Par

Hewlett-Packard raised the stakes once again in its bidding war with Dell over data-storage company 3Par, offering $1.8 billion and topping Dell's own higher bid made earlier in the day.

Potash Rejects BHP Billiton Offer as 'Grossly Inadequate'

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (POT) rejected an offer to be bought by BHP Billiton Limited (BHP), saying it was "grossly inadequate." BHP Billiton offered to pay $130 per share in cash, PotashCorp said in a statement. PotashCorp%u2019s board unanimously rejected the offer. PotashCorp Chairman Dallas Howe sent a letter to Jacques Nasser, chairman of BHP Billiton, saying that the offer fails of reflect the value of PotashCorp%u2019s position in the industry, the value of planned capacity expansions and the value of the company%u2019s equity investments.

News Corp. May Be Considering Bid for Texas Rangers

News Corp. may bid for the bankrupt Texas Rangers baseball franchise, according to The New York Post. News Corp. is "leaning toward making an offer" at Wednesday's bankruptcy court auction, The Post, which is owned by News Corp. said without naming its sources. News Corp. is "leaning toward making an offer" at Wednesday%u2019s bankruptcy court auction, The New York Post said without naming its sources. News Corp owned the LA Dodgers from 1998 until 2004.

Pabst Blue Ribbon May Get a Facelift Under Food Tycoon

Pabst Blue Ribbon may be on the fast-track to an extreme makeover. The super-cheap beer brand was recently bought by C. Dean Metropoulos, an investor who is renowned for his ability to reinvigorate tired brands, including Chef Boyardee and Bumble Bee.

SAP Will Acquire Sybase for $5.8B

SAP, a massive provider of business software, is making its biggest acquisition in three years with a $65-a-share offer for Sybase.

Blockbuster on the Block: Who'll Buy Busted Video Chain?

Blockbuster's days as an independent video rental chain appear to be numbered. It faces delisting from the NYSE, it's closing more stores, and has conceded it might have to file for bankruptcy. But for the right buyer, it's vast video library and customer base would make it a great purchase.

Investing in Global Mergers: What You Need to Know

The trend of global mergers is picking up as companies start buying their way into new and growing markets. Companies are turning to capital markets to finance these deals, opening up new opportunities for investors.

EU Approves $7.4 Billion Oracle-Sun Merger

The European Union has spoken. The EU's support of Oracle Corp.'s $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems Thursday didn't come as a big surprise but it is no doubt a key moment for the industry -- especially for Sun, the fourth largest maker of server computers.

Hershey Is Finally Ready to Bid for Cadbury

After weeks of sitting on the sidelines while Cadbury played cat-and-mouse with Kraft Foods, Hershey is finally ready to make a bid for the U.K.-based chocolate maker. Sources close to the Hershey board say that the company will bid $17.9 billion for Cadbury.

Insurers Feeling the Urge to Merge in 2010

Mergers and acquisitions will dominate the insurance and reinsurance market next year. The industry will fuel its urge to merge with balance sheets rehabilitated over the past year.

Sanofi-Aventis Buys Chattem, a Leader in Over-the-Counter Sales

Sanofi-Aventis announced Monday it will acquire Chattem Inc. for about $1.9 billion -- paying $93.50 per share, a 34% premium over Chattem's closing price Friday. The deal will create the world's fifth-largest consumer health-care company by revenues and helps Sanofi diversify into over-the-counter and consumer brands: a strategy used by Johnson & Johnson, and one many pharmas seek to adopt before the coming patent cliff.

Icahn Buys Big Stake in Take-Two

Take-Two Interactive, publisher of popular video games such as Grand Theft Auto, announced disappointing earnings Thursday. But that didn't deter Carl Icahn from buying an 11% stake in the company the same day.