January 16, 2017 / 9:01 AM / 7 months ago

BUZZ-Acacia: leads UK midcaps on possible merger talks with Endeavour

** Gold miner Acacia Mining in talks about possible merger with Canadian gold miner Endeavour Mining Corp ; top FTSE 250 gainer

** Endeavour confirmed preliminary discussions took place, Acacia said no certainty of deal on Friday

** About a fifth of 30-day average volumes traded by 0832 GMT

** Up to Friday's close, stock had risen 11.88 pct YTD compared with a 11.13 pct rise in the FTSE 350 Mining index ; co top gainer on index (Sanjeeban.Sarkar.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)

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