Daily Highlights: 9.24.2010
- Asian stocks fall for third day on global economic concern.
- Bank of Japan mum on intervention talk after yen's sudden drop against dollar.
- China's control of a key minerals market has US military thinkers, policy makers worried.
- Democrats abandoned plans to vote before Election Day on extending Bush-era tax cuts.
- Euro weaker at $1.3317; dollar up to 84.72 versus yen.
- German business confidence improves modestly in September; highest since June 2007.
- Oil floats near $75 in Asia; mixed US economic data suggest weak crude demand.
- Travel bug bites again in US; Airlines, hotels, car-rental - even National Parks- see business rise.
- US banks launched "second look" programs to review rejected loan applications.
- US Existing Home Sales rose 7.6% in August, bouncing off a record low.
- Adecco reiterates upbeat Q3 rev f'cast; sales for July & August rises ~16% on organic basis.
- AMD warned that it will report lower revenue for Q3 on signs of softening consumer demand.
- AmerisourceBergen authorized a new $500M share repurchase program.
- Blockbuster Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection; plans to close 500-800 addiln stores.
- Bristol-Myers Squibb plans to reduce its work force by about 3% in the next six months.
- CFS Retail to pay $473M to acquire four shopping malls owned by Direct Factory.
- Comtech Telecom misses by $0.15, posts Q4 EPS of $0.43. Revs jump 110.7% to $257M.
- Finish Line reported Q2 EPS of $0.31 (cons $0.36); revs rose 0.8% to $301.1M (cons $316M).
- GM IPO target said to be reduced to $8-10B.
- HSBC's CEO to leave after losing bid to chairmanship.
- McDonald's boosted its quarterly dividend by 11%, to $0.61/sh.
- Nike beat est., Q1 net rises 9% to $559M as revs rise 7.8% to $5.18B.
- Olam holding initial merger talks with Louis Dreyfus.
- Oracle Japan falls most in two years after cutting net income forecast.
- Rio to invest $230M to expand Pilbara iron ore capacity.
- Rite Aid's Q2 loss widens to $197M. Revs slip 2.5% to $6.16B on store closures, fewer prescription sales
- The New York Times Co. expects to post a loss in Q3 as revs set to decline by 2-3%.
- TIBCO Software acquires OpenSpirit Corporation; financial terms undisclosed.
- Verizon CEO expects to introduce tiered data pricing in the coming months.
Economic Calendar: Data on Durable Orders, New Home Sales to be released.
Earnings Calendar: AMN, EVI, GMTC, KBH, MTRX.
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