4 Merger and Acquisitions Stock Stories Needing Attention

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ): Current price $47.67

As recently as December, Verizon and the Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD) were in talks regarding a full combination of their two enterprises, say knowledgeable sources, as the former seems dedicated to resolving its relationship with the latter this year, studying options ranging from terminating its wireless venture with its European ally to a full merger of the firms. The sources also reported that the December discussions ‘stumbled’ over disagreements about leadership and headquarters location, making a buyout or partial sale of Vodafone’s 45-percent interest in the Verizon Wireless subsidiary a more probable outcome. Analysts estimate that the stake is worth roughly $115 billion.

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Allscripts-Mysis Healthcare Solutions (NASDAQ:MDRX): Current price $12.57

Allscripts purchased the Israeli healthcare software supplier dbMotion at a price of $235 million, according to the Calcalist financial news website on Tuesday. The buyer is the principal distributor of dbMotion’s products and both parties collaborate in developing healthcare information-sharing software. Allscripts markets systems that permit hospitals and physicians to share patient records electronically, and has a market value of $2.15 billion.

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Ferro Corporation (NYSE:FOE): Current price $6.59

On Tuesday, Ferro confirmed that its board had previously received and rejected an unsolicited proposal from A. Schulman to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Ferro common stock at $6.50 per share in cash and stock. The board unanimously decided that the A. Schulman proposal was “not in the best interests of Ferro shareholders and that continued execution of the company’s value creation strategy will deliver greater value to Ferro shareholders.”

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Aurizon Mines  (AMEX:AZK): Current price $4.26

Aurizon reiterated its recommendation that shareholders reject the previously announced takeover bid by Alamos Gold. At the same time, the company also said that Aurizon shareholders support the arrangement whereby Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) will purchase all of its outstanding common shares. Reasons given in favor of a Hecla purchase included a superior value and greater value certainty.

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