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

jueves 5 de marzo de 2009 22:10 CET

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March 5 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday.

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

** WellPoint Inc WLP.N, the largest U.S. health insurer by membership, has put its pharmacy benefits management (PBM) business up for auction, the Financial Times reported.

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** Investors in Roche Holding AG ROG.VX are growing more confident it will succeed in buying out Genentech Inc DNA.N after the Swiss drugmaker raised more funds than it needs to finance its current offer. [ID:nL5545689]

** Human resources firm Gevity HR Inc GVHR.O agreed to be acquired by privately held TriNet Group Inc for about $98 million in cash. [ID:nBNG458944]

** Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N: Cotización), the world's largest bookseller, said it acquired e-book seller Fictionwise for $15.7 million in cash to expand its presence in digital world. [ID:nBNG461301]

** Taiwan will set up a new company to pull together its struggling computer memory chip makers and bring in technology from Japan's Elpida 6665.T or U.S.-based Micron MU.N to overhaul a sector suffering from its worst ever slump. [ID:nSEO107706]   Continuación...