acquisitions

Disney to Buy "Star Wars" Producer for $4.05 Billion

Walt Disney has agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd and the "Star Wars" franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, a blockbuster deal that adds one of the most beloved franchises in entertainment history to Disney's lineup.

Marissa Mayer to Move Yahoo Back to Tech Roots

Long torn between whether it should focus on media content or on tools and technologies, Yahoo under Marissa Mayer is being positioned firmly in the latter camp, according to sources inside and outside the company.

Did Warren Buffett Just Save the Newspaper Industry?

Last week, Warren Buffett moved to save Media General, paying $142 million to buy 63 of its struggling newspapers. The move helps backstop the newspaper industry, giving it breathing room to figure out a way to survive in the Internet age.

Here's the Next Company Buffett Should Buy

Warren Buffett recently said he was anxious to pull the trigger on another large deal. Sheldon Liber, who has correctly predicted some of Buffett's earlier acquisitions, writes here about which company Buffett could acquire next. You heard it here first.

M&A Mania: Early 2011 Deals Already Hit a 10-Year High

Companies such as Duke Energy and DuPont are off and running with megamergers early this year. Even Playboy is among the dealers. And market pros say the trend is far from over. Why are so many U.S. companies tying the knot? Fast growth is hard to come by in any other strategy.

Novatel Wireless Strikes a Deal for Enfora

Wireless technology company Novatel has agreed to buy Enfora, a provider of asset management solutions for $64.5 million in cash, in a move to expand its presence into new markets.

Natural Gas Firm Exco Gets $4.4 Billion Offer to Go Private

Natural gas prices have been persistently sluggish lately, but it looks like deal-making is revving up: The latest offer comes from the CEO of Exco Resources, Douglas Miller, who has offered to buy the energy company for $20.50 per share or about $4.4 billion.

Is Pre-Paid Legal Ready for a Buyout?

Pre-Paid Legal Services' stock surged today after it announced it was evaluating "strategic alternatives" for the company, including a possible buyout.

Is Coal Miner Massey Buyout Bait?

Shares in Massey Energy were climbing today on reports that the coal mining company was "exploring strategic alternatives" -- in other words, a possible sale.

H&R Block Buys Maker of TaxACT Tax Software

H&R Block has been a laggard in its online efforts, while competitor Intuit's TurboTax keeps gaining market share. To start remedying the situation, H&R Block this week agreed to pay $287.5 million for 2SS Holdings, which develops the desktop and online tax prep software TaxACT.

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.

J&J to Acquire Vaccine Maker Crucell

Giant drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has agreed to buy Dutch vaccine maker Crucell. The deal will give J&J a bigger piece of the vaccine market and better access to emerging markets.

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.

Hewlett-Packard Outbids Dell for 3Par

The bidding war between rival PC makers Dell (DELL) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) over small data storage company 3Par (PAR) has heated up once again. HP announced Thursday that it is increasing its tender offer to acquire 3Par to $33 per share in cash, or about $2.1 billion. The board of 3Par has determined that HP's revised proposal constitutes a "Superior Proposal" and notified Dell of its intention to terminate its merger agreement with it.