Bid & AskBy
1. BP (BP) agreed to pay Reliance Industries $7.2 billion for a 30 percent interest in 23 oil and gas fields in India, as the company continues to expand into fast-growing economies.
2. Abu Dhabi's state-owned International Petroleum Investment will pay France's Total (TOT) $5.4 billion for a 48.8 percent stake in Spain's No. 2 oil company, known as Cepsa.
3. Mining giant BHP Billiton (BHP) is buying Chesapeake Energy's (CHK) Arkansas shale gas assets for $4.8 billion, more than doubling its U.S. oil and gas reserves.
4. London-based Diageo (DEO), brewer of Guinness, agreed to purchase Mey Icki, a Turkish liquor company, for $2.1 billion.
5. Zurich Financial Services said it will pay up to $2.1 billion for 51 percent of Banco Santander's (STD) insurance business in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, making the Swiss company the fourth-largest insurer in Latin America.
6. Activist investor Carl Icahn offered to buy Mentor Graphics (MENT) for about $1.9 billion in cash in hopes of luring other suitors for the software maker.
7. Forest Laboratories (FRX) will buy Clinical Data (CLDA) for up to $1.2 billion, gaining the antidepressant Viibryd, approved by U.S. regulators in January. Forest's Lexapro loses patent protection next year.
8. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (NWS) agreed to buy his daughter Elisabeth Murdoch's U.K.-based TV production company Shine Group for $673 million.
9. Blockbuster, the bankrupt movie rental chain, will sell itself to a group of debtholders for $290 million unless it gets a better offer. The company is seeking authorization from the bankruptcy court to auction itself.
10. The French Riviera home that once belonged to chanteuse Edith Piaf is on sale for $9.5 million. The estate's five acres of gardens feature a swimming pool, tennis court, and boules area.