Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions
(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.