Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

Thu Oct 9, 2014 4:00pm EDT
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Oct 9 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday:

** Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc agreed to be bought by Endo International Plc for $1.67 billion and terminated its deal to buy Canadian eye-drug maker QLT Inc .

** Kindred Healthcare Inc said it would buy Gentiva Health Services Inc in a cash and stock deal valued at $1.8 billion, including the assumption of net debt.

** Sime Darby Bhd, the world's top oil palm planter by land size, has offered to buy New Britain Palm Oil Ltd for about $1.74 billion as the Malaysian firm looks to add high yielding plantations that can immediately boost its earnings.

** Lafarge and Holcim are about to request approval from the European Commission for their planned merger, Lafarge Chief Executive Bruno Lafont said.   Continued...