Noteworthy expenditures of the week
1. General Motors raised at least $20.1 billion selling common and preferred shares in its initial public offering, which enjoyed strong investor demand. Exercising an overallotment option may push the share sale to as much as $23.1 billion.
2. Japan's Mistubishi UFJ Financial Group is acquiring a $6.1 billion portfolio of project-finance loans from struggling British lender Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
3. Caterpillar (CAT) logged its biggest acquisition ever, paying $7.6 billion for Bucyrus (BUCT), a Wisconsin company that makes mining equipment.
4. Nathaniel Rothschild, scion of the European banking dynasty, is investing $3 billion in two Indonesian coal companies through his company Vallar.
5. EMC (EMC) is paying $2.3 billion for Seattle's Isilon Systems to solidify its position in the $19 billion market for external data storage and help fend off rivals such as NetApp (NTAP) and IBM (IBM).
6. Australia's Brambles bid $1.3 billion for Ifco Systems, a Dutch company that makes plastic produce containers used by Wal-Mart (WMT) and other large retailers.
7. France's Casino Guichard-Perrachon outbid Tesco and other supermarket rivals, paying $1.2 billion for 42 stores in Thailand owned by its French rival, Carrefour.
8. Allegheny Technologies (ATI), a U.S. specialty metals producer, is acquiring Ladish, a supplier of parts to the aerospace industry, for $778 million.
9. Frenzied bidding among Asian buyers at a London auction pushed up the value of an 18th century Chinese vase to $83.2 million, a record for Chinese art.
10. Bennett LeBow, chairman and CEO of bookseller Borders, is donating $45 million to alma mater Drexel University in Philadelphia. The gift will help fund construction of a new building for the LeBow College of Business.