Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
(Adds Songbird Estates, Staples Inc, Comcast, EPH, Ronson Europe, Borsa Istanbul, Eni)
Dec 11 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday:
** Songbird Estates, the subject of a 2.6 billion pound ($4 billion) hostile takeover bid from a Qatari-led group, said it was too early to speculate on the intentions of the majority of its shareholders.
** Activist investor Starboard Value wants to merge office-supply chains Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc , CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
** Two Pennsylvania senators urged regulators to approve "as soon as possible" Comcast Corp's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable Inc, saying there were many potential benefits from the proposed tie-up that is opposed by some consumer groups and rival companies.