UPDATE 2-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions
(Recasts, adds Ford Motor Co, Morgan Stanley, Kopran)
Jan 3 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 1430 GMT on Thursday.
(For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK/])
** U.S. cable channel The Weather Channel is to be put up for sale and could fetch more than $5 billion, The New York Times said in an online report, quoting people briefed on the auction.
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** Ford Motor Co (F.N: Cotización) said India's Tata Motors Ltd (TAMO.BO: Cotización) was the front-runner to buy its European brands Jaguar and Land Rover, which the U.S. carmaker is selling to counter mounting debt. [nL03141022]
** Norwegian liquid gas tanker group Golar LNG GOL.OL has agreed to sell its Golar Frost vessel for about $231 million to a part-owned project that is building a gas terminal at Livorno on the Italian coast. [nL03423207]
** Alembic Ltd (ALMC.BO: Cotización) said it has acquired the bulk drug manufacturing unit of Nirayu Pvt Ltd for 175 million rupees. [nBOM35261]
** Neste Jacobs, a joint venture company owned by Finland's Neste Oil NES1V.HE and U.S.-based Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC.N: Cotización), said it would buy engineering company Rintekno. [nL03494871] Continuación...