Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:31pm EDT
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(Adds Volkswagen, Discovery, United Parcel Service, Halliburton; Updates Curro, Raiffeisen Bank)

July 22 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Wednesday:

** AT&T Inc is close to wrapping up its deal to buy DirecTV as U.S. telecom and antitrust regulators signaled a green light for the $48.5 billion merger that would create the country's largest pay-TV company.

** Heart device maker St. Jude Medical Inc said it would buy smaller rival Thoratec Corp for $3.4 billion to expand its portfolio of heart failure devices.

** Volkswagen is in advanced talks to sell its 50 percent stake in financing arm LeasePlan as the carmaker cuts costs and refocuses its business, and a decision may be announced this week, people familiar with the matter said.