UPDATE 3-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

lunes 25 de febrero de 2008 22:14 CET

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Feb 25 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Monday. (For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK/])

** A dissident investor group pushing for four new nominees to the New York Times Co's (NYT.N: Cotización) board will report on Monday it has raised its stake in the publisher, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.

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** U.S. video game giant Electronic Arts Inc ERTS.O said it had made an unsolicited $1.9 billion offer for "Grand Theft Auto" publisher Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO.O: Cotización), escalating its battle with Activision for the title of biggest video game maker. [nN2491939]

** Getty Images Inc GYI.N said it had agreed to a takeover bid of about $2 billion from affiliates of Hellman & Friedman, putting the struggling photo and video supplier in the hands of a private equity firm. [nN25221621]

** HDFC Bank (HDBK.BO: Cotización), India's third-biggest by market value, offered $2.4 billion in shares for smaller Centurion Bank of Punjab CENB.BO to bulk up ahead of the bank sector being opened to foreign competitors. [nBOM243313]

** Malaysian engineering and construction firm MTD Capital Bhd MTDC.KL signalled a buy-out bid for its two listed property and toll-road units. [nKLR215173]

** A unit of Singapore state investor Temasek may sell its 55.78 percent stake in Bank Internasional Indonesia Tbk (BII) (BNII.JK: Cotización), the country's sixth-biggest lender, sources told Reuters. [nSIN43586]   Continuación...