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|Includes: HI, HRC, NUE, TDS, UNS, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and XTO Energy Inc. announced  an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion. This will enhance ExxonMobil’s position in the development of unconventional natural gas and oil resources.
Under the terms of the agreement, approved by the boards of directors of both companies, ExxonMobil has agreed to issue 0.7098 common shares for each common share of XTO. This represents a 25 percent premium to XTO stockholders. The transaction value includes $10 billion of existing XTO debt and is based on the closing share prices of ExxonMobil and XTO on December 11, 2009.
Completion of the transaction is expected in the second quarter of 2010. 
Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration, production, transportation, and sale of crude oil and natural gas.
The Board of Directors of UniSource Energy Corp. (NYSE: UNS) has declared a fourth quarter dividend for common shareholders of 29 cents per share. The dividend will be paid on December 29, 2009, to common shareholders of record as of December 17, 2009.
UniSource Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as an electric utility in Arizona. 
The board of directors of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) has declared a fourth quarter 2009 dividend of $.1075 per Common Share, Special Common Share and Series A Common Share. Payment will be made on Dec. 30, 2009 to shareholders of record on Dec. 17, 2009. TDS has paid cash dividends on its common stock since 1974, and has 35 consecutive years of annual common dividend increases.
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides wireless and wireline telecommunications services in the United States.
The board of directors for Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE: HI) has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.1875 per share on the company's common stock, a 1.35 percent increase over the previous quarterly rate of $0.185 per share. The dividend is payable Dec. 31, 2009, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 17, 2009.
Hillenbrand, Inc., through its subsidiary, Batesville Casket Company, manufactures, distributes, and sells funeral service products to licensed funeral directors operating licensed funeral homes.
Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC) announced its fiscal 2010 first quarter dividend of $0.1025 per share. This dividend is payable on December 31, 2009, to shareholders of record as of December 17, 2009.
Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. provides medical technologies and related services for the health care industry in the United States and internationally.
The board of directors of Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) increased the regular quarterly cash dividend on Nucor's common stock by 2.9% to $0.36 per share from $0.35 per share. This cash dividend is payable on February 11, 2010 to stockholders of record on December 31, 2009, and is Nucor's 147th consecutive quarterly cash dividend.
Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America. 
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