The consolidation wave continued to sweep the telecommunications industry this weekend, while deals on various fronts kept U.S. regulators busy.
The race for dominance of Europe's mobile phone industry could erupt in a record bidding war. Germany's
said Sunday it turned down an unsolicited offer from Britain's
worth $106 billion. (
Coming Week in Europe provides some background on the deal.)
Other potential buyers eyeing Mannesmann have included
Meanwhile, the U.S. high-speed communications industry is about to draw itself a little closer.
, which produces fiber-optic cable, will buy
, which makes fiber-optic equipment, for $1.8 billion in stock.
The only word this weekend from
was that there would be no word prior to a planned announcement before the start of trading Monday. The company and its parent, Germany's
, declined comment before a news conference set for 1200 GMT (7 a.m. EST) Monday. For several weeks, Danzas has been rumored to be negotiating a $1.4 billion takeover of
Air Express International
. The deal would create the biggest cargo forwarder in Europe.
will help develop offshore oil fields in Iran, despite the threat of sanctions from the U.S. The deal announced Sunday is worth $800 million.
Elsewhere in the Middle East,
expects its sale of 80 F-16 warplanes to the United Arab Emirates to be signed "in the very near future," a company VP tells
. The U.S. has been holding up the $7 billion sale because of the aircrafts' weapons systems.
In the Papers
won't settle for any settlement in the antitrust case against
that limits what new software the company can include in its Windows operating system. He tells
magazine, "We'd love to resolve this thing, and we're going to be pragmatic about it."
say they have not yet taken a stance on the proposed $115 billion merger of MCI WorldCom and
, following a report in the
Saturday. Unnamed sources told the newspaper regulators were unlikely to approve the deal, which would be the largest in corporate history.
The latest issue of
, which hopes to succeed in the satellite-communications business with the launch of its 48-satellite system and with lessons learned from the failure of its rivals.
Here's something different: an Internet company with strong sales growth and a weak stock price. It's no contradiction, and the company,
National Data Corp.
, is featured in
. Reasons cited for its slump include lower-than-expected earnings, compounded by CEO Robert Yellowlees' remarks blaming Wall Street's expectations.
also features an interview with Scott Merlis, a managing director at
Wasserstein Perella Securities
who studies the auto industry. He forecasts another strong year for U.S. automakers. Hence, his stock picks:
Delphi Automotive Systems
it is not negotiating to buy a stake in
. The airline denied a report in the
of London that it was in talks to bring Virgin into its partnership with
Delta Air Lines
David Rheingold is a New York-based freelance writer. At the time of publication he had no positions in any of the securities mentioned, although holdings can change at any time.