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The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Friday October 2 through Sunday October 4, 2015:

Apple Acquires VocalIQ

The Deal:
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has acquired artificial-intelligence startup VocalIQ. Terms were not disclosed.

The VocalIQ software allows users the ability to talk more naturally with smart devices.

Apple closed at $110.38 on Friday, a gain $0.80.

Microsoft Acquires Havok

The Deal:
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has acquired provider of 3D physics, Havok, from Intel (NASDAQ: INTC). Terms were not disclosed.

Microsoft closed at $45.57 Friday, up 2%.

Hearing Renewed Takeover Chatter in Whole Foods

The Rumor:
Shares of Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) rose Friday, on unconfirmed market chatter regarding private equity interest. Whole Foods Market has reportedly hired JP Morgan Chase & Co. as an advisor to assist in a potential sale.

"Sources" are mentioning a takeover at $46.50 per share or around $16 billion deal.

Whole Foods is the subject of frequent takeover chatter, with privately-held Publix being mentioned most often as the possible suitor. The company did not respond to a request for comment.

Whole Foods closed at $33.92 Friday, a gain of 8.5%.

Hearing Goldman Sachs Hired By Juniper Networks to Take Company Private for $32/Share

The Rumor:
Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) is said to have hired Goldman Sachs as an advisor to assist it in handling offers to take the company private for $32 per share, according to unconfirmed market chatter on Friday. Shareholder Elliott Management, which now owns a 4.5% stake, is said to be in agreement with the plan.

Elliott Management and Juniper did not respond to requests for comment.

Juniper Networks closed at $27.17 on Friday, a gain of 4.34%.

 

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