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Bid & Ask: The Deals of the Week

1. To expand beyond a lagging domestic market, Japan’s No. 3 mobile operator, SoftBank (9984:JP), is buying a 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel (S) for $20.1 billion, looking to challenge Verizon and AT&T.

2. ExxonMobil (XOM) will add to its Canadian portfolio by paying $2.9 billion for Calgary-based Celtic Exploration (CLT:CN) and its fields in Alberta’s Montney and Duvernay shale.

3. Netherlands-based ASML (ECL), an equipment supplier to chipmakers including Intel and Samsung, is buying Cymer (CYMI) for $2.6 billion to help meet demand for more advanced technology.

4. As part of an effort to pay down more than $75 billion in debt, Madrid-based phone operator Telefónica (TEF) is seeking to raise $2.2 billion in a public offering a portion of its German unit.

5. Ecolab (ECL), a water treatment company, will pay $2.2 billion for Champion Technologies, which specializes in chemicals used in oil production.

6. Buyout firm Advent International is offering $1.9 billion for German retailer Douglas Holding (DOU:GR), bringing a takeover closer after years of talks.

7. Financial Times publisher and Penguin Group owner Pearson (PSO) will pay $650 million in cash for EmbanetCompass, an online learning provider for colleges and universities.

8. French jet engine maker Safran (SAF:FP) is buying United Technologies’ (UTX) power systems unit, Goodrich, for $400 million, a move it says will eliminate the need for a decade of research.

9. Two 1941 Chinese postage stamps bearing the image of revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen sold for $709,000 at an auction in Hong Kong, setting a record for a Republic of China stamp.

10. An original copy of the 1989 document that banned baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose from the sport for gambling is up for auction with a starting bid of $100,000.

Photographs by Focus on Sport/Getty Images (Rose); Bloomberg (stamps)
Boudway is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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