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Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Wednesday April 9, 2014

The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Wednesday April 9, 2014:

Yongye Accepts Revised 'Going Private' Proposal of $7.10/Share; Enters into Amendment to Merger Agreement

The Deal:
Yongye International (NASDAQ: YONG) announced Wednesday that it has agreed to an amended proposal to be acquired in a 'going private' transaction at $7.10 per Share. That is up from the previous offer of $6.69 per share.

The deal is expected to close before the end of Q3 of FY 2013.

Yongye International shares closed Wednesday at $6.96, a gain of 2%.

Mars to Acquire Portion of P&G's Pet Food Business for $2.9B in Cash

The Deal:
Mars and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) announced Wednesday that Mars has agreed to acquire the IAMS, EUKANUBA, and NATURA brands in major markets for $2.9 billion in cash.

The companies expect to complete the transaction in H2 of 2014.

Procter & Gamble closed Wednesday at $81.49, a gain of $0.14%.

News Corp Acquires UK Luxury Website Owner

The Deal:
News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) (NASDAQ: NWSA) announced Wednesday the acquisition of Handpicked Companies, owner of The Handpicked Collection luxury website (www.handpickedcollection.com). Terms were not disclosed.

News Corp closed Wednesday at $17.20, a gain of $0.15.

<bspinoff of="" barnes="" noble="" nook="" business="" rumored="" again="">The Rumor:
Shares of Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) moved sharply higher Wednesday on a renewed rumor from Deal Reporter that it was considering a spinoff of its Nook business. Liberty Media (NASDAQ: LMCA) announced on April 3 it had sold off most of its BKS stake, making a spinoff of Nook easier, according to the publication.

A source close to the situation told Benzinga there was no truth to the rumor.

Barnes & Noble closed Wednesday at $19.24, a gain of almost 6%.</bspinoff>

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