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Wall Street's M&A Chatter From June 27: Bankrate, Sprint, Rite Aid-Walgreens, National Enquirer-Time


The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Walgreens Said to be Skeptical about Rite Aid Deal Getting Regulatory Approval

The Rumor:

Shares of Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) pulled back Tuesday, following a New York Post report that sources close to Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA) are skeptical that the FTC will vote to approve the merger of the drug chains. The Post report contradicts a Monday CTFN report that the proposed merger will likely be approved by the Federal Trade Commission, with a vote expected this week.

One source commented "There is not much hope [of it being cleared]”, citing the fact that FTC Chair Maureen Ohlhausen is holding a meeting Thursday, as opposed to waiting till July 7, when the merger would pass without a vote.

Rite Aid closed at $3.74, down $0.31.

National Enquirer Owner Interested in Making Bid for Time

The Rumor:

The New Yorker is reporting in its July 3 edition that National Enquirer owner David Pecker is interested in acquiring Time Inc (NYSE: TIME). The potential deal is mentioned in an article entitled "The National Enquirer’s Fervor for Trump." Previous bids from a group led by Edgar Bronfman and from Meredith Corp (NYSE: MDP) fell short of the $20.00 per share sought by Time, according to various media reports.

Time shares spiked as high as $14.51 and closed at $13.75, unchanged.

Betaville Reporting Bankrate Exploring a Sale

The Rumor:

Shares of BankRate Inc (NASDAQ: RATE) spiked to a high of $12.95. The Betaville blog reported the provider of personal finance content is exploring a sale.

BankRate closed at $8.18, up $0.17.

Report of Potential Investment in Sprint from Comcast, Charter

The Rumor:

Sprint Corp (NYSE: S) in exclusive talks with Charter Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) regarding a potential wireless partnership, according to sources as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The two-month, exclusive agreement puts merger talks with T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) on hold, the sources said.

A Sprint spokesperson told Benzinga, "We're not commenting one way or the other."

Sprint closed at $8.18, up $0.17.


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