Daily Highlights: 12.11.09

  • Asian stocks rise as China industrial output, US jobs boost confidence.
  • Bank of Korea raises 2010 GDP growth forecast to 4.6% - fastest pace in three yrs.
  • Chain-stores are holding bigger markdowns in reserve trying to gauge how long shoppers will wait for better deals to emerge.
  • China industrial output rises 19.2% - more than estimated as recovery strengthens.
  • China new loans top economists' forecasts, money supply rises by record.
  • EU leaders say stimulus should stay in place until the “recovery is fully secured.”
  • India’s industrial production increased 10.3% in October from a year earlier.
  • Iron Ore imports by China rise 12% in November as steel mills expand output.
  • Obama administration plans to channel money from the government financial bailout fund to small businesses—report.
  • Oil rises toward $71 a barrel on China demand, ample US supplies weigh.
  • Tankan survey may show Japanese recovery is 'slipping into a standstill'.
  • U.S. taxpayers may collect $1.1B to $1.3B for BofA warrants demanded by the Treasury Department in exchange for bailout money.
  • Aiful Corp. said to plan Goldman loan repayment in push to salvage debt talks.
  • Boeing plans to fly its new 787 Dreamliner for the first time as early as next Tuesday.
  • Citadel Broadcasting Corp. is preparing to file for bankruptcy by the end of the year.
  • Costco posted flat Q1 profit of $266M despite a 7.9% rise in revs to $17.3B.
  • CVS chosen for $1B pharmacy benefits contract by Texas Pension Fund.
  • GE won a $1.4B contract to supply turbines and services for an Oregon wind farm.
  • Goldman said its top 30 executives will receive no cash bonuses for 2009.
  • Hanesbrands reaffirms 2010 revs growth of 5% ($200M) from net shelf-space gains.
  • ING Groep to repay Dutch govt $8.3B of state aid including a premium and interest.
  • Kia Motors's US unit to raise $300M from the first kimchi bond sale in more than 2 years.
  • Lehman Brothers to announce sale of two real estate private-equity funds to PCCP.
  • Owens & Minor issues in-line view; sees FY10 EPS at $2.90-3.05 on a4-6% rev growth.
  • Panasonic Corp. to buy 50.19% stake in Sanyo Electric Co. for about $4.6B.
  • Sinopec expects its overseas crude oil output to rise this year after acquiring Addax.
  • United Tech sees FY10 EPS of $4.40-4.65 (cons $4.53); revs of $54-55B (cons $53.3B).

Economic Calendar: Data on Export-Import Prices, Retail Sales to be released today.

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