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

lunes 17 de marzo de 2008 21:14 CET

(Adds Iomega Corp, Captaris)

March 17 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday.

(For Reuters columns on deals, click on [DEALTALK/])

** CME Group Inc CME.N, the world's largest derivatives exchange, forged a definitive agreement to buy energy and precious metals market NYMEX NMX.N for about $9.4 billion. [nN17544169]

** International Paper (IP.N: Cotización) has agreed to pay $6 billion in cash to buy the packaging and recycling unit of Weyerhaeuser Co (WY.N: Cotización), the timber and forest products company. [nN17535033]

** Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, who made his fortune buying businesses in distressed industries, said he would buy H&R Block Inc's (HRB.N: Cotización) mortgage servicing business for $1.1 billion. [nN17552319]

** JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Cotización) said it would buy stricken rival Bear Stearns BSC.N for just $2 a share in an all-stock deal that values the U.S. investment bank at the centre of the credit crisis at about $236 million. [nN16710089]

** Business software maker BMC Software Inc BMC.N said it has agreed to buy data center automation company BladeLogic BLOG.O in a cash deal valued at about $800 million. [nN17554359]

** Russia's Development Bank will buy the entire share issue of electricity import-export firm Inter RAO for 20 billion roubles ($768 million), taking a stake of more than 25 percent.   Continuación...