UPDATE 2-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions
** Japan's Panasonic Corp (6752.T: Cotización) said it would launch a tender offer for shares in Sanyo Electric Co 6764.T on Thursday, moving closer to becoming a powerhouse in hybrid car batteries and other green-energy businesses through the bid worth at least 402.3 billion yen ($4.5 billion). [ID: nT182667]
** Hungary's government may get a stake in loss-making national airline Malev [MALV.UL] through converting some of its financial guarantees into equity, but it does not plan to pay cash, Finance Minister Peter Oszko said. [ID:nTST000029]
** U.S. fertilizer maker Terra Industries TRA.N said it's board has reviewed CF Industries (CF.N: Cotización) latest takeover proposal and unanimously rejected it as inadequate. [ID: nN04543202]
** Colossus Minerals Inc CSI.TO has signed confidentiality agreements with six global mining companies that may be interested in buying the company, its chief executive said. [ID: nWNAB9829]
** Turkey's Privatisation Administration (OIB) will put four sugar factories belonging to Turkseker up for sale on Thursday, OIB officials said. [ID: nL47695]
** Spanish utility Gas Natural's (GAS.MC: Cotización) planned divestments could surpass the planned 3 billion euros ($4.42 billion), which should be completed by end 2009, the company said after nine-month net profit missed forecasts.Gas Natural is talking to three potential buyers for the 2 gigawatts of generation capacity it is obliged to sell for regulatory reasons, and could reach a deal to sell them in the next few months.[ID: nL469836]
** Israeli holding company Koor Industries KOR.TA said it had raised its stake in Credit Suisse CSGN.VX in recent days to 1.9 percent or 22.49 million shares. [ID:nL4167461] Continuación...