Daily Highlights: 10.13.09

  • Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday, with caution ahead of U.S. earnings.
  • Bank of England likely to expand its bond-purchase program to $316B next month.
  • China Vice PM: 3Q,4Q GDP to each grow higher on year vs. 7.1% in 1H 2009.
  • China September passenger vehicle sales up 83.6% on year
  • Contractors expect cuts in big weapon sales; Congress to vote on 2010 defense budget by month's end.
  • Crude oil futures trade above $73/barrel, helped by a weak dollar, early strength in equities.
  • German investor confidence unexpectedly drops as economy remains `fragile'
  • Japanese steel shares soared Tuesday on a bullish view on the demand outlook for next  year.
  • Obama has shelved a plan to raise more than $200B in new taxes on multinational companies.
  • Russia, China working on using their own currencies to settle trade instead of dollar, euro.
  • US stocks notched new 52-wk highs, on corp. America showing better-than-expected profits.
  • U.K. inflation rate declines more than forecast to five-year low of 1.1%
  • ABN Amro: Exposure to DSB Bank can result in substantial losses .
  • AIG sells Taiwan life insurance unit to Primus Financial for $2.15B.
  • Black & Decker Corp. boosted its Q3 profit outlook on higher operating margin, lower tax rate.
  • BofA in talks with regulators to provide documents on legal advice received on ML acquisition.
  • Bronco Drilling: Utilization for its drilling fleet at 24% for September vs. 21% in August.
  • Cathay Bancorp announces $70.5m common stock offering.
  • China's sovereign-wealth fund to keep buying shares in China's three largest banks.
  • Clariant: To look into ways to cut costs in next months.
  • Dell says his company will be 'reasonably active' in making acquisitions.
  • Enel SpA may delay decision on renewable energy stake sale to 2010.
  • Johnson & Johnson Sept. earnings at $1.20 vs. $1.13 expected.
  • Lloyds Banking to pay $3.2B to end its participation in insuring potentially troubled assets.
  • Macquarie may lose control of ACM unit on breach of loan agreements
  • Morgan Stanley Property Group said to plan Australian initial share sale, to raise $680M.
  • NBC Venture talks with Comcast said to include GE exit option.
  • Onyx Pharma to acquire Proteolix Inc. for $276M cash plus potential milestone payments.
  • Pier 1 Imports same store sales in Sept rose 9.9% vs. -11.7% in Sept'08.

Economic Calendar: Data on FHFA US Housing Price Index to be released today.

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