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    Refiner LyondellBasell said it had pulled out of talks to sell its Berre refinery in southeastern France to Monaco-based Sotragem, adding that the bid offered no guarantee that the mothballed site would restart.

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    Shares of Johnson Controls Inc.  are up 1.83% to $46.81 after the industrial company today announced it reached a definitive agreement with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to acquire its Air Distribution Technologies business for about $1.6 billion.

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    The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1330 GMT on Wednesday: ** Twitter Inc said on Tuesday that it bought social data provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount, signaling that it would take on a new role of packaging and selling data, a service in demand by business and government.

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    At-home soda leader SodaStream International (SODA) is in early talks to sell a 10 to 16 percent stake in the company to a large strategic entity, the Calcalist financial news website reported on Wednesday. The talks involve a company valuation for SodaStream (SODA) of $1.1 billion, Calcalist said, noting that there are still differences between the parties over the type of deal that would be carried out.

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    * Foreigners buy C$6.08 bln in Canadian securities. * Sold C$4.28 bln in December, bought C$1.22 bln in January. * Bought C$2.18 bln bonds, led by fed govt business enterprises. * Buy C$2.33 bln in money market paper but sell fed govt paper. * Canadians buy C$6.03 bln in foreign securities.

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    Moelis & Co. (MC), the newest investment bank to hit public stock markets, priced its initial public offering below an expected range, raising less money for the Kenneth Moelis-run M&A advisory firm. Ken Moelis Wants Your Money, Not Your Input.

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    China's CITIC Pacific (CTPCF) has agreed to buy the main operating unit of its parent, state-backed CITIC Group, for $36.5 billion in a stock and cash deal aimed at diversifying its metals and mining business. The purchase will give a much-needed boost to CITIC Pacific's (CTPCF) ailing finances after it miscalculated the huge cost of developing a mine in Western Australia.

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    * PM Abe puts focus on ROE, a tailwind for some internet firms. * Foreign investors eye nimble, founder-led firms. By Ayai Tomisawa. Some Japanese Internet companies are getting a boost from foreign investors as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes for an elusive strength his country's firms are not known for - high returns.

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    Dutch cable operator Ziggo (ZIGGF), which accepted a bid by U.S. group Liberty Global (LBTYA), said on Tuesday its core profit fell 4.3 percent in the first quarter, as it spent more to keep its customers and fend off competition. The group, which in January agreed to be bought in a deal that values it at 10 billion euros, said its spending drive would be highest in the first half of the year.

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    * Cargill previously in negotiations to buy ADM -sources. * ADM has chocolate plants in North America, Europe. By Marcy Nicholson and Tom Polansek. Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM) on Tuesday said it will keep its cocoa presses but still wants to sell its chocolate business after long-running negotiations to sell the money-losing operations to a buyer collapsed.

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    Twitter Inc (TWTR) said on Tuesday it bought social data provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount, signaling that it would take on a new role of packaging and selling data, a service in demand by business and government. The social media company said separately that it hired a Google executive to lead its consumer product development, filling a position that had been vacant since January.

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    Associated Materials Group Inc , a maker of home-building products, said on Tuesday it had decided to withdraw its plans for an initial public offering. Last July, the company, owned by buyout firm Hellman & Friedman LLC, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an IPO of up to $100 million.

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    Canadian power company TransAlta Corp (TAC) said on Tuesday it has been selected as the preferred bidder to build a A$550 million natural-gas fired generating station in South Hedland, Western Australia. The company said that subject to final approvals, it expects the 150-megawatt power plant to be in service in 2017.

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    * German RWE begins small gas deliveries to Ukraine. * Ukrainians, Slovaks scramble to reach reverse flow deal. * Russia to start laying South Stream pipes in autumn. By Jan Lopatka and Christoph Steitz. U nprecedented talks across the European Union on Tuesday showed it scrambling for solutions on the ground to break its dependence on Russian gas and help supply Ukraine.

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    Shares of Archer Daniels Midland Company  are down -1.23% to $44.14 after the company announced "three significant actions in the company's ongoing portfolio management:"An agreement to sell the company's South American fertilizer business, pursuit of the sale of the company's chocolate business, and the acquisition of the remaining stake of Alfred C. Toepfer International GmbH."