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Merck to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $17B in cash, eyes huge cost savings



Merck says it has agreed to acquire chemical and equipment maker Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in cash. The German drugmaker says the acquisition of the St. Louis-based chemical company will all… Read More

Congress departs Washington, leaving TRIA unresolved


  • Reuters

Congress has adjourned, leaving the fate of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act unclear. It will return after the elections in November, leaving only a few weeks for the House of Representatives to pass … Read More

Commentary: Consolidation expected in derivatives industry


  • Trade News (U.K.) (tiered subscription model), The

The derivatives industry is facing a variety of regulations and prompting speculation about consolidation, writes Jon Watkins. GFI Group, which is reviewing bids for its interdealer-broker business, i… Read More

Wearables startups gain more traction


  • TechCrunch

Support for wearable technology is exploding among crowdfunding investors. "It seems that consumer interest is highest in the wrist/hand wearable category, specifically with connected watch projects,"… Read More

Mich. governor gets federal lawmakers' support for Detroit flood aid


  • Detroit Free Press

Damage from last month's flash flooding in the Detroit area has prompted some members of Congress representing Michigan to support Gov. Rick Snyder in pursuing a federal disaster declaration. The even… Read More

Analysis: The divergent paths of auto, mortgage lending


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Lenders are loosening terms for auto loans, but mortgage standards remain tight. Reasons for the divergent paths include fewer losses for auto-loan investors during the financial crisis and the fact t… Read More