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UPDATE: 10 biggest market-moving events this week

UPDATE: 10 biggest market-moving events this week


By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch

MarketWatch rounded up the 10 most important news events of the past week. We focused on market-related issues, but we've included other subjects of interest to readers.

1. Burger King to gobble Tim Hortons

Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW) and Tim Hortons Inc. (THI) announced a merger deal on Tuesday. Burger King will acquire the Canadian coffee-and-quick-meal chain for roughly $11 billion in stock, and the combined company will be headquartered in Canada. That means Burger King will avoid the much higher U.S. corporate income tax rate.

Catey Hill discussed whether "pulling a Burger King" by moving to Canada might help individual U.S. citizens lower their taxes.

Looking beyond the tax component of the Burger King Deal, other large restaurant chains with softening sales might also consider diversifying their businesses and move away from the usual corporate practice of selling off "non-core" subsidiaries.

McDonald's Corp. (MCD) is a prime example. There have been rumors that the world's largest restaurant chain is considering making a bid for Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG), after having sold off its majority stake in that fast-growing company in 2006.

Here's a list of the 10 restaurant stocks among the S&P 1500 that are showing the strongest sales growth. Chipotle and Tim Hortons top the list, but there are other potential takeout candidates that could help an acquirer boost its own numbers.

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