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Monday, June 16, 2014

Hillshire withdraws recommendation for Pinnacle deal, (NYSE: PF)

Hillshire Brands Co said it will withdraw its recommendation to its shareholders to vote for its acquisition of Pinnacle Foods Inc, following Tyson Foods Inc's offer to purchase Hillshire.Tyson, the largest U.S. meat processor, last week said it would buy Hillshire for $63 per share, valuing the company at $8.55 billion.Hillshire said it does not have the right to terminate the merger agreement with Pinnacle Foods on the basis of the Tyson Foods offer.If Pinnacle Foods terminates the deal before Hillshire stockholders vote, Pinnacle may be entitled to a termination fee of $163 million.

Shares of PF traded higher by 2.93% or $0.94/share to $33.04. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $23.56 and as high as $35.67. On average, 1737230 shares of PF exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 1399760.