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Bayer sweetens its offer for Monsanto to US$125 a share

Increased bid is a 21 per cent premium to last Friday's close of US$103.45

Monsanto has revived talks with BASF about a possible combination of their agrochemicals businesses. Discussions are at an early stage.


JUST six months ago, Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, was still painting itself as a predator, saying that it would continue to seek acquisitions in crop chemicals after failing to buy Syngenta AG in August.

Now, the St Louis-based company is the prey, and