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•    BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE:BHP) said it will be acquiring Petrohawk Energy Corporation (NYSE:HK) for $12.1 billion

•    Investor Carl Icahn offered to buy Clorox Corporation (NYSE:CLX) for $12.6 billion. Shareholders of Clorox are to get $76.50 per share in cash under the terms of the offer

•    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NASDAQ:TEVA) announced the completion of the acquisition of effectively 100% of the outstanding shares of Taiyo Pharmaceutical Industry Co. Ltd. for $934 million in cash

•    Mattel Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) reported second quarter 2011 earnings of $0.23 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.16 per share and the year-ago quarter earnings of $0.14 per share

•    News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWS) reported that Rebekah Brooks, News International Chief Executive Officer, will resign immediately

•    Sterne Agee initiated coverage of Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd. (NASDAQ:AERL) with a “Buy” rating

•    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) upgraded Rock-Tenn Co. (NYSE:RKT) to “Overweight” rating from a “Neutral” rating

•    Janney Montgomery initiated coverage on OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPEN) with a Neutral rating

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