Shareholder Group Sweetens Venturian Bid

Also: news on Alliance Capital and IVI Checkmate

A stockholder group sweetened its offer to buy Venturian Corp. (VENT ) to $5 per share.

According to a market observer quoted in BusinessWeek's Inside Wall Street column, further declines in Alliance Capital's (AC ) share price will make the company more attractive to AXA (AXA ).

Ingenico S.A. will buy IVI Checkmate (CMIV ) for $3.30 per share cash.

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