UPDATE 1-Market Chatter-Corporate finance press digest
(Adds Freescale Semiconductor)
Feb 13 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media:
* Chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor has hired investment bankers to explore a possible sale, the New York Post reported, citing a source familiar with the situation.
* Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc has arranged financing for a potential bid for bowel-drug maker Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
* Pipeline company TransCanada Corp is planning to ask the U.S. government for a permit to build a new 200-mile (322-km) pipeline from North Dakota across the border into Canada, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a source.