Updated from 6:43 p.m. ET to include response from Pfizer spokesperson.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Pfizer (PFE) may be close to deciding on a sale of its baby nutrition unit and an initial public offering of its animal health business, The Wall Street Journal reported after the market close on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.
While Pfizer CEO Ian Read has telegraphed the divestiture of both units since mid-2011, The Journal reports that the pharmaceuticals giant may announce a baby health sale to Nestlé for $9 billion as early as next week.
Meanwhile, Pfizer may hire JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to lead an initial public offering of its animal vaccine and drug unit as early as this summer. The potential deals would be a boost to M&A and IPO markets, which have stalled in 2012.
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