Zynga and 31 Stocks Making Deal Buzz This Week

Here’s your Cheat Sheet to this week’s top mergers and acquisition news:

Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA): Closing price $3.60

Shares of the largest maker of online social games touched their highest price since July on chatter it could be acquired by Yahoo. at 11:15 a.m. in New York, the stocks had risen by 7.9 percent to $3.85, after earlier hitting $3.90. Shares had advanced 51 percent in 2013 through March 8, compared with a 9.1 percent gain for the Russell 1000 Index. Analyst Blake Harper at Wunderlich Securities wrote in a research report Monday that Yahoo might consider buying Zynga as Chief Executive Marissa Mayer searches out acquisitions to reinforce the company’s mobile and social capabilities. Since Mayer came upon the scene, Yahoo has ceded market share in its core business of display advertising amid mounting competition from Google and Facebook.

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Aurizon Mines (AMEX:AZK): Closing price $4.36

The company’s board announced Monday that it has adopted a new shareholder rights plan to ensure equal treatment for all shareholders in regards to any transaction to purchase control of Aurizon. Worries concerning potential unequal treatment of the shareholders have emerged due to the March 6 waiver by Alamos Gold of the 66.66 percent minimum tender condition to its unsolicited take-over bid.

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The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX): Closing price $20.85

A buyer for the Australian poultry producer Inghams Enterprises is expected to be chosen within days subsequent to at least four bids being made ahead of a Thursday deadline, say sources to The Wall Street Journal. Separate offers were made by Blackstone Group, TPG, and a consortium led by Chinese agribusiness New Hope Group, which includes an unnamed Australian private equity firm.

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Dominion Resources (NYSE:D): Closing price $56.75

The firm reported Monday that it will divest three merchant generation power stations to a subsidiary of funds controlled by Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm with offices in Short Hills, New Jersey, and San Diego. The sale should close in the second quarter.

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