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

martes 8 de enero de 2008 22:02 CET

(Adds ACS, MutualFirst Financial and others)

Jan 8 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving European, U.S. and Asian companies were reported by 2100 GMT on Tuesday.

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

** South Korea's Dongkuk Steel (001230.KS: Cotización) said it may seek a consortium with other steel makers to buy Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (042660.KS: Cotización), which has a market value of $9.4 billion. To read more, please double click on [nSEO247841]

** The bidders for Swedish security services firm Securitas Direct SDIRb.ST said they had extended the acceptance period for their $1.5 billion offer to Feb. 1 from the beginning of January. [nL08510402]

** Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Cotización) bid $1.2 billion to buy Norwegian business search software company Fast Search & Transfer FASA.OL in a deal focused on helping corporations manage and sift through their own files, a growing market also targeted by Google Inc (GOOG.O: Cotización). [nL08611544]

** China Eastern Airlines (0670.HK: Cotización) shareholders rejected a deal to sell a 24 percent stake to Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI: Cotización) for US$920 million, opening the door for bigger rival Air China (0753.HK: Cotización) to make a play for the country's third-largest carrier. [nHKG244885]

** Spanish builder ACS (ACS.MC: Cotización) said it had bought another 4.83 percent of utility Union Fenosa UNF.MC for 655 million euros ($962.9 million), but the company denied it was planning a full takeover bid. [nL08216344]

** Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (MAHM.BO: Cotización) said it has sold 2 percent stake in its unit, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd, for 800 million rupees to State Bank of India (SBI.BO: Cotización). [nBMB000370]   Continuación...