Daily Highlights: 10.15.2010

  • Asia stocks, currencies fall on concern growth is slowing; Dollar rebounds.
  • China September property prices rise 0.5%, defying curbs.
  • Confidence among US CEOs falls to lowest level since May 2009: Bloomberg survey.
  • Dollar fall sparks stability warnings; Gold hits $1,380, Aussie dollar nears parity.
  • Euro above $1.41 ahead of Bernanke speech.
  • European Union September new-car registrations fall 9.6%.
  • Foreign direct investment in China rises 6.1% as growth attracts Renault.
  • Oil trades below $83 after falling on lower US petroleum use.
  • OPEC seek $100 a barrel oil to counter Dollar weakness. Holds production quota steady.
  • Treasuries advance as Federal Reserve to buy notes due 2014 to 2016 today.
  • US trade gap with China climbs to record $28B in August.
  • Acuity Brands acquires Winona Lighting. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
  • AMD reported Q3 sales of $1.62B, topping avg analyst estimate of $1.61B. Sees Q4 revs flat QoQ vs +3.2% QoQ consensus.
  • Cablevision was willing to accept binding arbitration to resolve dispute with News Corp.
  • Carrefour reported a 6.7% rise in Q3 sales, led by growth in China and Brazil markets.
  • Celadon Group sees Q1 EPS of $0.19-0.21 vs $0.16 Thomson Reuters consensus.
  • EU to issue a statement of objections over Rio Tinto, BHP's proposed iron ore tie-up.
  • Fortescue Metals looking to raise $2B in the US and European bond markets.
  • Google beats by $0.96, posts Q3 EPS of $7.64. Revs up 25% at $5.48B.
  • Honda recalls autos in Brazil due to gas pedals.
  • HSBC close to dropping plan to buy Nedbank; exit could leave way clear for StanChart.
  • J&J must pay $257.7M over misleading Risperdal marketing, a jury concluded.
  • JB Hunt Trans misses by a cent, posts Q3 EPS of $0.43. Revs up 18.2% at $986M.
  • JPMorgan Chase sells $4B of bonds amid home foreclosure scrutiny.
  • Resolution to buy Bupa Health Assurance for GBP102M.
  • Safeway's Q3 net slips 4.7% to $122.7M as revs fell 1.05% to $9.4B.
  • Seagate in discussions with KKR, former owner TPG on buyout. Deal est. at $7.5B.
  • Sony Ericsson swings to Q3 profit of €49M on lower charges. Revs dip 1.2% to €1.60B.
  • UBS decides not to take any legal action against former execs for huge losses.

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