Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions
April 25 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday.
** Verizon Communications Inc has hired advisers to prepare a possible $100 billion bid to take full control of Verizon Wireless from its partner Vodafone Group Plc, two people familiar with the matter said.
** German steelmaker Salzgitter denied market talk it was considering a bid for Aurubis, leading Aurubis shares to reverse earlier gains. Traders had earlier said there was talk that Salzgitter was considering a bid for Aurubis at 58 euros per share, which would value the company at 2.6 billion euros ($3.4 billion).
** Investment group Eurazeo is to offload its stake in French dairy group Danone ahead of schedule via an early repayment of 700 million euros ($909.7 million) in bonds convertible into Danone stock.
** Greece gave the sole bidder for gambling monopoly OPAP a week extra to raise its terms in a last-ditch attempt to save its first big privatisation from an embarrassing failure that could derail its bailout. Continued...