Family Dollar Stores Inc. , which billionaire investor Nelson Peltz offered to buy for $7.7 billion, is the most likely to fail among 2011 deals, according to traders who profit from mergers and acquisitions.
Williams-Sonoma Inc.’s shares jumped to a two-year high and trading of bullish options surged to the highest level since July on renewed speculation that the U.S. gourmet-cookware retailer may be acquired.
Office Depot Inc. and OfficeMax Inc. may need to merge after heightened competition for office-supply sales and a 26-year high in the U.S. unemployment rate helped wipe out almost $13 billion of shareholder value.
Leonard Green & Partners LP is trying to buy 99 Cents Only Stores on the cheap, and almost no one says it will succeed unless the deal is valued at least 10 percent more than what is now the lowest bid for a discount retailer in five years.
RadioShack Corp. tumbled to its lowest price in 31 years after the consumer-electronics retailer reported an unexpected first-quarter loss, hurt by falling U.S. demand for mobile phones and laptop computers.
There’s never been a cheaper time for private-equity firms to gamble on Best Buy Co., with founder Richard Schulze’s 20 percent stake up for grabs and the electronics retailer near its lowest-ever valuation.