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Monsanto’s shares ended 0.8 per cent lower at $106.10 in New York on Tuesday amid uncertainty over whether any agreed deal will clear antitrust hurdles. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Bayer is bracing itself for tough regulatory scrutiny of its $66 billion deal to acquire Monsanto, which will transform the German aspirin-to-chemical(...)

A deal with Monsanto would give Bayer a shot at grabbing the top spot in the fast-consolidating farm supplies industry. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

German pharmaceutical and crops manufacturer Bayer said its negotiations with Monsanto Co had advanced, and it was now willing to offer more than $65 (...)

Germany’s DAX Index was in focus as the benchmark dropped 0.4 per cent, weighed down by EON and exporters such as ThyssenKrupp and Bayer as the euro strengthened. Photograph: Reuters

European shares halted a five-day rally, retreating from their highest prices in almost seven weeks, on disappointing earnings at companies including (...)

Bayer’s  pharmaceutical division continues to grow, with sales in 2016 likely to top €16 billion.

Bayer, the German chemicals company seeking to acquire Monsanto, reported a 5.7 per cent increase in second-quarter profit as prescription-drug sales (...)

 Swiss agrochemicals maker Syngenta: China’s state-owned ChemChina hopes to have  regulatory clearance to complete the takeover deal by the end of the year.  Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Syngenta, which has agreed to be taken over by China National Chemical for $43 billion (€39bn), said talks with regulatory authorities to win approval(...)

Banners fly outside the offices of De Ruite and Seminis, the vegetable seeds division of Monsanto  in the Netherlands. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Bayer raised its offer for Monsanto in a bid that values shares of the US company at $54.7 billion after being rebuffed in its initial efforts to comb(...)

Monsanto’s weak earnings could increase the possibility of M&A for the company

Monsanto is in talks with Bayer AG and other companies regarding “alternative strategic options,” a month after it rejected the German company’s $62 b(...)

 Starting a person on aspirin immediately after a TIA reduces the risk of a stroke within the coming weeks by up to 80 per cent. Photograph: iStockphoto

Jim came to see me with his wife. The night before, he noticed some tingling in his right hand and some weakness in his right arm. The symptoms settle(...)

The Iseq  closed up 4.5 per cent or 2.72.43 points higher to 6,263.94, with Ryanair jumping 5 per cent to €13.52. Photograph:  Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Top European shares indexes posted their biggest rallies since August yesterday, led by heavyweight banking stocks, as weekend opinion polls boosted (...)

Monsanto: farmers say glyphosate, the basis for the company’s topselling weedkiller Roundup, is vital for robust yields of crops. Photograph: Juliette Michel/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union risks a legal showdown with agrichemical group Monsanto and farming unions after leading member states yesterday refused to extend (...)

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