Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
(Adds Tribune, National Aluminium Co, JBG Cos, Vertafore, Aeromexico; updates Baker Hughes, Airbus-Safran)
May 2 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:
** Baker Hughes Inc sought to reassure investors by announcing a $2.5 billion plan to buy back stock and pay down debt, using the breakup fee it would receive following the collapse of its long-stalled takeover by fellow oilfield services provider Halliburton Co.
** Airbus Group and fellow France-based company Safran said they had signed an agreement for the second phase of a merger of their space launcher activities.
** Oaktree Capital Group LLC, the second largest shareholder in Tribune Publishing Co, wants the U.S. newspaper company to explore a sale, people familiar with the matter said.