Daily Highlights: 10.8.09
- Asian stocks rise on Australian jobs report, Alcoa earnings; alumina gains.
- Australian firms unexpectedly add jobs, driving bets of second rate rise.
- China car sales growth will slow in 2010: China Auto Logistics Chief says.
- Consumer credit outstanding fell $12B in Aug, reflecting reluctance to hold debt.
- Dollar slips against rivals ahead of ECB, BOE meetings.
- Gold advances to third record, oil gains on outlook for weakening dollar.
- Luxury-goods brand’s sales are “booming” in China and elsewhere in Asia, while the U.S. market is “slightly positive.” – Hermes Chief Thomas
- US banks slow to take losses on battered commercial real-estate loans: Fed report.
- The U.S. government ended its 2009 fiscal year with a deficit of $1.4 trillion, the biggest since 1945.
- Vacancies at U.S. shopping centers rose in the third quarter to a 17-year high as jobless cut spending.
- Acuity Brands beats by $0.11, posts Q4 EPS of $0.68. Revs fell 19.2% to $422.6M.
- Adobe reaffirms; sees EPS at $0.33-0.39 (cons $0.37). Revs $690-740M (cons $723M).
- Alcoa reports unexpected Q3 profit of $77M on cost cuts. Revs fell 34% to $4.62B.
- Ciena makes a $521M bid for most of Nortel's optical networking, ethernet assets.
- ConocoPhillips cuts spending plan by 12%, will sell $10B in assets .
- Costco Wholesale beats est., Q4 net falls 6% to $374M. Revs dip 3.1% to $21.9B.
- Eli Lilly settles lawsuit brought by South Carolina over claims of improperly marketing Zyprexa.
- EU signaled it would accept a settlement proposal outlined this summer by Microsoft.
- Family Dollar's fiscal-fourth quarter earnings rose 13% amid improved margin.
- GM falling short on several important goals, incl. worker reductions, sale of failing brands: CEO.
- HSBC in advanced talks to buy RBS's operations in China, India, and Malaysia.
- Justice Dept begins inquiry into monopolistic behavior in mainframe market by IBM.
- Marriott's Sept. results: $94M gain last year, $466M loss this year.
- PGE SA, Poland’s largest power utility, prepares to raise $1.8B in an IPO.
- Pepsi's Sept. net income rose from $1.57B last year to $1.71B this year.
- Telefonica bids $3.74B for Brazil's GVT, challenging Vivendi offer.
- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s Copaxone drug can cut the likelihood OF MS.
- Triad Guaranty to sell mortgage insurance operating platform to Essent Guaranty.
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