By Evan Applegate



American Realty Capital Properties will pay $807 million for hundreds of commercial properties owned by General Electric. The buildings are mostly occupied by chain restaurants including Burger King, Taco Bell, and IHOP. GE Capital, the finance arm of the conglomerate, lost $32 billion during the financial crisis; and Jeffrey Immelt, GE’s chief executive officer, has been trying to unload real estate-related businesses.


To strengthen its balance sheet, Lloyds Banking Group sold $5 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities to Goldman Sachs and other investors.


Customer-management software giant continued its acquisition spree with the $2.5 billion purchase of ExactTarget, an e-mail marketer.


Mid-America Apartment Communities agreed to buy Colonial Properties Trust for $2.2 billion in stock. The combined company will own 85,000 rental units.


IBM will pay $2 billion for cloud-storage provider SoftLayer Technologies to strengthen its position against’s dominant cloud business.


Carlyle Group will sell 650 Madison Ave. in New York to Crown Acquisitions and Highgate Holdings for $1.3 billion, the most for a U.S. building since 2010.


Verizon Wireless struck a $1 billion deal with the National Football League for rights to stream Sunday afternoon games to customers’ smartphones.


Kodiak Oil & Gas will pay $660 million to Liberty Resources for 42,000 acres of prime shale-drilling territory in North Dakota.


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