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March 5 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media:
* Avago Technologies Ltd held advanced talks last month to acquire Freescale Semiconductor Ltd, and is still looking for an acquisition that could be transformative, according to four people familiar with the situation.
* HBO network is in talks with Apple Inc, Google Inc and some other companies to be its launch partner for the highly anticipated HBO Now video streaming service, according to two media reports.
* Simon Property Group Inc, owner of malls and outlet centers, made its latest approach to buy rival Macerich Co in the past few weeks, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
* India's Flipkart will soon offer online advertising and brand consulting for vendors using its electronic marketplace, its diversification into fee-based businesses much like Google or Facebook aimed at chasing new high-margin revenue streams to accelerate profitability ahead of a potential public listing, the Economic Times reported, citing people familiar with the plan. (bit.ly/1FbWdCE)
* Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA will seek financing of as much as $19 billion this year despite a corruption scandal that cost the state-run oil company its investment grade rating, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Wednesday.
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