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Bid & Ask

Bid & Ask: The Deals of the Week

1. Düsseldorf-based utility E.ON (EOAN:GR) sold its German natural gas pipeline network to a group led by Macquarie Group (MQG:AU) for $4.1 billion, shoring up funds as nuclear earnings decline.

2. Mortgage company Residential Capital declared bankruptcy and will be sold to Fortress Investment Group (FIG) and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM) for about $2.3 billion.

3. Pipeline Partners Australia made a $1.3 billion cash offer for Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund (HDF:AU), an Australian natural gas pipeline owner, trumping a bid made last year by APA Group (APA:AU).

4. U.S. oil and natural gas developer Concho Resources (CXO) will acquire the oil and gas assets of closely held Three Rivers Operating for $1 billion to expand its operations in Texas.

5. Piramal Healthcare (PIHC:IN), controlled by Indian billionaire Ajay Piramal, will pay $635 million for health-care research provider Decision Resources Group.

6. Northern Iron (NFE:AU), an iron-ore producer with assets in Norway, rejected an initial takeover offer of as much as $476 million from Aditya Birla Group.

7. Global professional services company Towers Watson (TW) will pay $435 million for Extend Health, which operates the largest private Medicare exchange in the U.S.

8. The No. 1 uranium producer, Cameco (CCJ), is buying trader Nukem Energy for $135 million to boost sales of nuclear fuel from non-mining sources such as decommissioned Russian warheads.

9. New York-based Shutterstock, an online seller of stock photos and images, filed to raise $115 million in a U.S. initial public offering.

10. A charity auction of jewels owned by the Brazilian-born billionaire Lily Safra raised $37.5 million. A ruby and diamond ring fetched $6.6 million, an auction record for rubies. The proceeds will go to 20 charitable institutions.

Clockwise from top: Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images; Theodore Gray/Visuals Unlimited/Corbis; Courtesy Christie's; Milton Montenegro/Photodisc/Getty Images
Winter is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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