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Shenhua, China Guodian Said to Mull $267 Billion Power Giant

  • Largest coal miner, coal-fired power giant said to be in talks
  • Shanghai-listed units request trading halt starting Monday
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China's Shenhua, Guodian Said to Mull Merger

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Shenhua Group Corp., China’s biggest coal miner, and China Guodian Corp., one of the nation’s largest coal-fired power generators, are in merger discussions, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The talks are preliminary and the merger may not go ahead, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t public. The Hong Kong-listed units of the state-owned giants, which jumped Monday, said Sunday they were notified by their parent companies of “significant” matters, while subsidiaries in Shanghai requested trading halts. Neither parent, which have combined assets of almost 1.82 trillion yuan ($267 billion), responded to requests for comment.