Anthem, the nation’s secondlargest health insurer, will acquire Cigna in a $48.3 billion deal that will create the largest private health insurer as measured by the number of members.
AT&T’s $48.5 billion bid to purchase DirecTV, a mega deal that joins the country’s largest satellite TV firm with the second-biggest provider of cellular service, cleared its final regulatory hurdle.
Japanese media company Nikkei is buying the Financial Times as part of a $1.3 billion deal with Britain’s Pearson. As part of the deal, Pearson has agreed to sell most of the assets in FT Group, including the Financial Times business daily newspaper and the popular FT.com.
Lockheed Martin announced a $9 billion deal to buy Black Hawk helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky, pushing further into the world of military hardware despite a recent slowdown in Pentagon spending.