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Report: Merck in Talks to Acquire Cubist Pharmaceuticals for More Than $7 Billion

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Merck & Co Inc (MRK) is in talks to acquire Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc (CBST)for more than $7 billion in a deal that could be announced as early as next week, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the matter.

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Merck will likely pay roughly $100 a share for Cubist, valuing the company that makes drugs to fight superbugs, in the range of $7.5 billion, the people said. (http://nyti.ms/1IbKXcJ)

It was not immediately clear if Merck would pay for Cubist shares with cash, stock or a mix of the two, the newspaper said.

Cubist shares rose about 22.7 percent to $91.25 on the Nasdaq in extended trade. Merck shares were flat. Both companies were unavailable for comment outside of regular business hours.

Earlier in June, Merck agreed to buy Idenix Pharmaceuticals for $3.85 billion to boost its hepatitis C drug portfolio.

(Reporting by Natalie Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)