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    Crescent Point Energy Corp (CPG), Canada's No. 4 independent oil producer, said on Thursday it will acquire privately owned light oil producer Coral Hill Energy Ltd, operating in west central Alberta. The deal comes just days after Crescent Point's plan to buy another Canadian light oil producer, Legacy Oil + Gas (LEGPF), was approved by Legacy shareholders.

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    Tech stocks in the S&P 500 rose more than 1% to outperform the wider S&P index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, both of which fell slightly. Shares of Xoom (XOOM), a provider of digital money transferring services soared more than 21% after an announcement that PayPal would acquire the San Francisco-based company in a deal worth about $890 million.PayPal will pay about $25 a share for Xoom (XOOM), which...

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    Deal flow has been massive in the first half of 2015 from health care to technology to insurance. "The merger arbitrage business has a positive correlation to interest rates, so as interest rates rise, we will see an increase in our rates of return," said Pultz.

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    Dollar Tree Inc. (DLTR) said Thursday it has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission to acquire Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO), bringing to a close a merger saga that started nearly a year ago. Dollar Tree (DLTR) anticipates closing the deal--worth nearly $9 billion--on July 6, according to a regulatory filing. The company had targeted a May close date.

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    Former shareholders of Dole Food Co pressed a Delaware judge on Thursday to award them a judgment of more than $1 billion for what they claim was a lowball buyout of the company in 2013 by its chief executive, David Murdock. If Court of Chancery Judge Travis Laster adopts the shareholders reasoning, it could result in one of the largest judgments in a lawsuit over a buyout deal.

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    Former shareholders of Dole Food Co pressed a Delaware judge on Thursday to award them a judgment of more than $1 billion for what they claim was a lowball buyout of the company in 2013 by its chief executive, David Murdock. If Court of Chancery Judge Travis Laster adopts the shareholders reasoning, it could result in one of the largest judgments in a lawsuit over a buyout deal.

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    Shares of ACE Limited (ACE) are rising, up 1.51% to $103.94 in afternoon trading Thursday after JMP Securities raised its 2016 earnings estimate to $9.60 from $9.55 per share. The firm reiterated its "market perform" rating with a price target of $125. Yesterday ACE announced that it will acquire The Chubb Corp. (CB) for $28.3 billion in cash and stock.

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    By Walter Brandimarte RIO DE JANEIRO, July 2 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies rallied on Thursday after disappointing U.S. jobs data raised hopes that the Federal Reserve may not hike interest rates in September after all. The prospect that U.S. policymakers could soon start increasing borrowing costs following a string of encouraging economic data had been reducing the allure of higher-yielding emerging market assets over the past few weeks. Some economists practically ruled out the possibility of a September rate hike, however, after a report showed U.S. employers opened 223,000 new jobs last month, less than the 230,000 new positions forecast. The number of new jobs created in April and May was also revised down. The Brazilian real led gains in the region as it jumped 1.4 percent. The Mexican peso gained 0.6 percent, one day after hitting its weakest level on record. Traders said that reports that Brazil's antitrust agency was investigating 15 international banks suspected of manipulating exchange rates in the country did not have an impact on prices for the real. Despite Thursday's gains, economists expect Latin American currencies to test new lows in coming months as prospects of higher U.S. rates, weak commodity prices and uncertainty over Greece boost market volatility. In equity markets, shares of Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, rose 1.6 percent after the state-run oil producer announced the sale of stakes in two offshore oilfields and said it is mulling a share offering for its fuel distribution unit, Petrobras Distribuidora SA. Petrobras has been struggling to reduce its debt burden after a corruption scandal involving its contractors caused additional delays of its oil production targets. Shares of Brazil's JBS SA climbed 1.6 percent after the world's largest meat packer announced the purchase of Cargill Inc's pork business in the United States for $1.45 billion. The Brazilian meat packer said on Thursday it expects to benefit from synergies of more than $75 million after the deal is approved by antitrust authorities in the next four to seven months. Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1835 GMT: Stock indexes daily % YTD % change change Latest MSCI Emerging Markets 972.19 0.03 1.63 MSCI LatAm 2521.98 1.18 -8.62 Brazil Bovespa 53133.41 0.71 6.25 Mexico IPC 45319 0.87 5.04 Chile IPSA 3847.21 0.4 -0.10 Chile IGPA 18769.49 0.34 -0.53 Argentina MerVal 11707.56 0.31 36.47 Colombia IGBC 10167.93 0.47 -12.61 Venezuela IBC 13299.46 3.1 244.66 Currencies daily % YTD % change change Latest Brazil real 3.1017 1.37 -14.32 Mexico peso 15.6919 0.56 -6.04 Chile peso 634.5 0.67 -4.43 Colombia peso 2634 0.21 -9.34 Peru sol 3.1711 0.16 -6.06 Argentina peso (interbank) 9.0950 -0.03 -5.99 Argentina peso (parallel) 13.56 -1.18 3.24 (Editing by Grant McCool)

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    Royal Bank of Canada (RY) was the top adviser on Canadian equity issues in the first half of 2015 as acquisitions and the energy industry's need to strengthen balance sheets fueled record high deal flow, according to data from Thomson Reuters. The investment banking units of Bank of Montreal (BMO) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM) rounded out the top three by value of deals, the figures showed.

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    Shares of Yelp Inc. (YELP) fell further after being halted following a report that the consumer-review website was holding off on pursuing a sale of the company. Yelp shares were halted briefly following an 8% drop, and were down 14% at $36.77 after trading resumed. Bloomberg reported Yelp's CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has decided to hold off on a possible sale despite the interest of several suitors.

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    Shares of Cigna (CI) were gaining 0.5% to $162.80 Thursday following reports that the health insurance company it once again talking to Anthem about a possible merger. Cigna (CI) recently held its first meeting with the competitor insurance company since its rebuffed Anthem's $47 billion merger proposal in June, according to Reuters.

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    A week after its last acquisition, Swift and Swift Premium pork brand owner JBS is hungry for more. The Brazilian buyer, already the world's biggest meat producer, announced an agreement Wednesday, to buy Cargill's U.S.-based pork business for $1.45 billion.