updated - January 24, 2020 Friday EST
Royal Dutch Shell plc has announced in a press release that its recommended combination with BG Group plc has received approval from the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). The recommended combination now only needs approval from China’s regulatory authorities.
Qualcomm Inc. has announced in a press release that it has entered into a new 3G and 4G China patent license agreement with Xiaomi Inc., a leading Chinese smartphone and Internet company. The announced agreement quells investors’ fears that Chinese vendors are ignoring Qualcomm’s patent licensing.
RadioShack has announced in a press release published in PR Newswire that it has named Nick Cannon, one of the most successful and multi-faceted artists in the entertainment industry today, to be its new chief creative officer (CCO).
Great Western Bancorp, Inc. has announced in a press release that it will be acquiring HF Financial Corp. for approximately $139.5 million in a cash and stock transaction. The acquisition of HF Financial, the holding company and parent of Home Federal Bank, solidifies Great Western’s market leadership in Sioux Falls.
The Swatch Group Ltd. has announced in a press release that Swatch SA has signed an agreement with Visa, Inc. and Visa Europe about a partnership. The partnership will allow Visa cardholders in the U.S., Switzerland and Brazil the ability to tap and pay with Swatch’s new “pay-by-the-wrist” watch called Swatch Bellamy.
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is planning to sell the Peroni and Grolsch brands that it would gain following its acquisition of SABMiller PLC, a person familiar with the matter told the Financial Times. The proposed transaction is AB InBev’s attempt to head off European regulatory concerns that may arise with its merger with SABMiller.
Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corp., said in a tweet on his Twitter account that he had “strong word” that Tribune Publishing Co.’s newspaper group will bought by a “big Wall Street firm.” He also said that the Los Angeles Times would be split off and be purchased by philanthropist Eli Broad and local group.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG has reached an agreement with Verdi, a trade union, with regards to the wages and pensions of about 33,000 ground crew and other personnel, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The German airline has agreed to pay its workers as it looks to avoid further strikes.
Boeing Company has announced in a press release that its final C-17 Globemaster III military aircraft has departed the company’s plant in Long Beach, California on Sunday, November 29, 2015. The departure marks the end of the aircraft production in Long Beach.
Neiman Marcus, an American luxury specialty department store, has suffered an outage on Black Friday, according to a report from CNBC. The outage could dampen on Neiman Marcus’ sales performance during the holiday shopping season.
NextEra Energy Inc. has announced in a press release that its affiliate NextEra Energy Resources LLC will be selling its ownership interest in two fossil generating assets in Texas to an affiliate of Energy Future Holdings. The transaction will help the energy company reduce its exposure in the competitive power business.
Merck KGaA, a German drugs and chemicals maker, is considering the sale of its allergy business Allergopharma, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. The German company is looking to reduce its debt following the $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich Corp.
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