German companies are on a buying spree, and the U.S. is their biggest target. On Monday, pharmaceutical firm Merck KGaA said it would buy Sigma Aldrich for $17 billion. A few hours earlier, Siemens agreed to buy energy-equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group for more than $6 billion.
The FTC is considering a possible antitrust suit to block the merger of Sysco and US Foods, concerned that combining the nation's two biggest food-service suppliers could threaten competition, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said it expects to pay more than $30 million in an award under its whistleblower program, more than double the agency's previous high for a payout under the plan.
DuPont's hotel, theater and country club assets offer a glimpse at a faded era in American industry, when big companies invested in such operations as icons of corporate pride and to entice employees with the amenities of a major metropolitan center.