Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Thu Jan 7, 2016 4:14pm EST
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(Adds Nexstar Broadcasting, Linde, Supervalu Inc and others; updates Charles River Laboratories)

Jan 7 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2115 GMT on Thursday:

** U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co said it signed $157 billion in transactions in 2015 as part of its efforts to divest most of its finance business, GE Capital.

** Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Media General said they had reached a $2.25 billion deal to combine to create the second-largest U.S. broadcaster, in a deal that faces opposition from rival broadcaster Meredith Corp.

** Apple Inc has bought Emotient Inc, an artificial intelligence startup that reads people's emotions by analyzing facial expressions, the Wall Street Journal reported.

** Saudi Arabia's government is considering whether to sell shares in state oil giant Saudi Aramco as part of a privatization drive to raise money in an era of cheap oil, deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman told The Economist magazine.