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Morning Meeting: There's one hot U.S. real estate market Add to ...

A look at some must-read news on deals and deal makers around the world





The one hot real-estate market in the U.S.: Farmland



What's hot in U.S. real estate? Not much, except farmland in the middle of the country's agricultural belt, Bloomberg News reports. Fourth quarter farmland prices are up the most in two years.





Merger of Equals?

There's a lot of mergers of equals being trotted out in the exchange world right now, not least right here in Canada with the proposed combination of TMX Group Inc. and London Stock Exchange Group Plc. What are they really saying? The Wall Street Journal's Deal Journal takes a look at the terms of the Deutsche Boerse transaction with NYSE Euronext and calls "fake" on the idea that it's anything but a takeover.





What do we call this thing?

So what should they call it? How about Das Borse, The Journal suggests. If you have a better idea, it is holding a naming contest.

Similarly, if you have an idea for what TMX-LSE should be called, we're all ears at streetwise. Post thoughts in the comments, on Twitter at @streetwiseblog or email us -- berman@globeandmail.com.



Stevie Cohen, the softer side

The web is abuzz with talk of this one:

The New York Times DealBook pieced together this picture of Steven A. Cohen, the head of SAC Capital, based on comments he made at a conference that others shared with DealBook.





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