September 13, 2012, 6:21 PM UTC

BAE Systems (LSE: BAE) and EADS NV (parent of Airbus) said yesterday that they are in merger talks, for a deal that could create a European aerospace and defense giant worth nearly $50 billion.

Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) has hired Goldman Sachs to “keep activist investors at bay,” according to Reuters. www.abercrombie.com

ACE Ltd. (NYSE: ACE) has agreed to acquire Mexican surety lines company Fianzas Monterrey fromNew York Life Insurance Co. for approximately $285 million in cash. www.acegroup.com

Blu Homes
, a green homebuilder with offices in Waltham, Mass. and San Francisco, has raised nearly $60 million in an outside funding round led by Skagen Group (The Netherlands). www.bluhomes.com

Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Co. has sold Nyloncraft, a Mishawaka, Ind.-based provider of plastic molding solutions for the automotive, transportation, industrial and medical markets, to Dickten Masch Plastics, a unit of Patmian Group. No financial terms were disclosed. Lincoln International managed the process. www.nyloncraft.com

Sowell & Co. has agreed to sell Omaha-based pet supplies company Sergeant’s Pet Care Products Inc. to Perrigo Co. (Nasdaq: PRGO) for $285 million in cash. www.sergeants.com

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