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Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Wednesday February 26, 2014

Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Wednesday February 26, 2014

The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Wednesday February 26, 2014:

Walmart Acquires Yumprint

The Deal:
WalmartLabs (NYSE: WMT) announced on their blog Tuesday that they were acquiring recipe site Yumprint. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Walmart closed Wednesday at $74.78 a gain of 2%.

Rumor of Microsoft Interest in Pandora Acquisition

The Rumor:
Shares of Pandora (NYSE: P) rose sharply higher Wednesday on unconfirmed market chatter of a potential bid from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). Analyst Albert Fried dismissed the rumor as a "fairy tale".

Spokespersons for the two companies would not comment on the report.

Pandora closed Wednesday at $38.87, a gain of 2.72%%.

Report Blackstone Near Deal for 20% Stake in Versace

The Rumor:
Private equity firm Blackstone (NYSE: BX) is close to a deal to acquire Italian luxury goods company Versace, according to sources. Financial Times reported the deal could be be as much as €1B for the stake in the firm headed by Donatella Versace.

Spokespersons for Blackstone and Versace declined comment.

Blackstone closed Wednesday at $32.67, a loss of $0.26.


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