UPDATE 2-Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions

miércoles 30 de enero de 2008 15:42 CET

(Adds Broadpoint, Kesa, Daimler, Pearson and others)

Jan 30 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 1430 GMT on Wednesday.

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

** BHP Billiton Ltd/Plc (BHP.AX: Cotización)(BLT.L: Cotización) could afford a 4.25-for-one offer for Rio Tinto Ltd/Plc (RIO.AX: Cotización)(RIO.L: Cotización), advisers to Rio have calculated, which would be worth more than $157 billion.

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** Iceland's Kaupthing Bank KAUP.IC called off plans to buy Dutch merchant bank NIBC for 3 billion euros ($4.44 billion), saying that recent credit market turbulence would make it hard to justify a merger. [nL30331817]

** India has deferred approval to a proposal by German vehicle maker Daimler (DAIGn.DE: Cotización) for a joint venture to make and sell commercial vehicles, a government statement said. [nDEL242747]

** Investment bank Broadpoint Securities Group Inc BPSG.O said it agreed to buy the New Jersey-based institutional fixed income division of BNY Capital Markets Inc, a unit of The Bank of New York Mellon Corp (BK.N: Cotización). [nWNAS8408]

** Ukraine will try again to privatise the Odessa Pre-Port chemicals plant and hopes it will fetch $1 billion, the country's privatisation authority said. [nL30726871]   Continuación...