Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:09pm EDT
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(Adds Martin Marietta Materials, Philips, TreeHouse Foods, Natixis, Banca Popolare di Vicenza; updates Gazprom, Petrofac, Auxilium, AMS, London Stock Exchange)

June 26 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Thursday:

** Aluminum group Alcoa Inc expanded its aerospace business and took a step away from the light metal on Thursday, announcing a $2.85 billion deal to buy Firth Rixson, which makes jet engine parts largely out of nickel-based alloys and titanium.

** ThyssenKrupp Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger said there were no plans to sell the German industrial group's elevators business.

** Gazprom is in talks to buy a 24.9 percent stake in Austrian oil and gas firm OMV, a source familiar with the talks told Reuters, a deal that would deepen already controversial Austro-Russian ties if it comes to fruition.

** The London Stock Exchange unveiled the largest purchase in its history, snapping up U.S. indexes group Frank Russell for $2.7 billion to move deeper into the world's largest financial services market.   Continued...