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

lunes 3 de marzo de 2008 22:17 CET

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March 3 (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/])

** Australian miner Oxiana Ltd OXR.AX launched an agreed A$6 billion ($5.7 billion) takeover offer for Zinifex Ltd ZFX.AX, looking to diversify to benefit from booming global minerals demand.

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** Microsoft (MSFT.O: Cotización) still considers its takeover offer for Yahoo YHOO.O, currently valued at about $42 billion, to be reasonable despite Yahoo's rejection of the bid, Microsoft's chief executive said. [nL03041151]

** German sports car maker Porsche (PSHG_p.DE: Cotización) will inrcease its 31 percent voting stake in Volkswagen (VOWG.DE: Cotización) to a majority but does not intend to merge the two carmakers, Porsche said. [nL03699182]

** Volkswagen (VOWG.DE: Cotización) will take majority control of Swedish truckmaker Scania SCVb.ST in a $4 billion deal that brings it a major step closer to its goal of creating Europe's truck market leader. [nL0320413]

** Russian miner and steel maker Mechel OAO is in preliminary talks to acquire Oriel Resources Plc OLR.L (ORL.TO: Cotización), a $1.2 billion London-listed company with chrome assets in Russia and Kazakhstan. [nL03383971]

** British bank Barclays (BARC.L: Cotización) said it had agreed to buy Russia's Expobank for 373 million pounds ($745 million), as part of its strategy to expand in emerging markets. [nWLB8006]   Continuación...