Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
(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...