Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Wed May 21, 2014 4:01pm EDT
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(Adds Element Financial, PSP, AstraZeneca, Alstom, General Electric, Magnetar, Flipkart, Telus, Talvivaara; Updates Rio Alto)

May 21 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Wednesday:

** European Union antitrust regulators are asking British retailers whether the 3.8-billion-pound ($6.41 billion) merger of mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail will push up the prices of mobile phones and tablets.

** Canadian equipment finance company Element Financial Corp is in exclusive talks to buy PHH Corp's fleet-leasing business for about $1.35 billion in a deal structured to include significant tax benefits, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

** Canadian pension fund PSP Investment is making a surprise comeback in the race to buy broadcasting masts group TDF's French unit, opening a new episode in a protracted selloff saga, said three sources familiar with the matter.