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Engineering company Aecom to buy URS for US$4 bil. in cash and stock

LOS ANGELES--Engineering design company Aecom Technology Corp. said Sunday it is buying URS Corp. for US$4 billion in cash and stock, or about US$56.31 per URS share.

The price is 8 percent above URS's closing stock price of US$52.02 on Friday, but 19 percent above the average price for the last 30 days. Shares spiked and retreated on Friday on a report that URS was looking to sell.

The California-based companies said the combination was necessary to building an integrated infrastructure services company that can operate globally and provide services including design, financing, construction and operation of buildings. The combined firm will be headquartered in Los Angeles.

The companies had worked together on projects such as the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the World Trade Center in New York.

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