Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
Dec 26 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday:
** French cement maker Lafarge SA said it would sell its remaining 20 percent stake in its former European and South American gypsum operations to Belgian building materials group Etex for 145 million euros ($198 million) in cash.
** Vale SA, the world's No. 1 iron ore producer, sold a 44.25 percent stake in purified phosphoric acid producer Fosbrasil SA to Israel Chemicals Ltd for $52 million, according to a securities filing.
** Billionaire financier George Soros bought 3 percent of heavily indebted Spanish infrastructure firm FCC from the group's founding family, Spanish media reported.
Last week, the Koplowitz family sold 3.8 percent of its majority stake in FCC for 72 million euros to reduce personal debt.