Oct 02, 2008 5:46 PM ET
Agro-chemicals stocks plunged after the earnings miss from the Mosaic Corp. Merrill Lynch lowered its ratings on Agrium and Potash. Mosaic dropped 31% and dragged down Bunge Ltd by 21%, Potash Corp by 25% and Intrepid Potash 22%. Marriott fell as much as 10% on weaker earnings outlook.
Oct 02, 2008 10:28 AM ET
General Electric completed its $12.2 billion in public offering after denying for months that it needs outside capital. The offering will help the financial services company to build its reserve and help the engineering giant in preserving its AAA rating.
Oct 02, 2008 5:45 PM ET
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approves the financial market stabilization bill with $700 billion provisions. The unpopular bill has been termed by the public as bailout bill that was rejected by the U.S. House. Presidential and vice presidential candidates voted in favor of the bill.
Oct 02, 2008 12:35 AM ET
General Electric, one of the very few AAA rated companies was forced to raise $12 billion in public offering that closes before the market opening today. The company also struck a tough deal with Warren Buffett controlled Berkshire Hathaway for $3 billion at 10% dividend and a cheap warrant.
Oct 01, 2008 11:11 PM ET
The U.S. Senate passed with overwhelming majority nuclear trade treaty with India. The approval with a vote of 86-13 lifted three decade ban on trade is expected to open doors to india to sell nuclear technology, fuel and reactors.
Oct 01, 2008 9:18 PM ET
Stocks in New York traded sideways ahead of the U.S. Senate vote on the proposed bailout plan. Stocks of insurance companies declined sharply as earnings worries take hold. Principal Financial, Hatford Financial, MetLife and Prudential plunged more than 5%. GE plans to raise $12 billion.
Oct 01, 2008 4:03 PM ET
Japan stocks closed marginally higher ahead of the U.S. Senate vote but business sentiment continues to weaken. Wages in August fell 0.3% and auto sales for the first six months of the fiscal year declined 3%. Shipping lines fell as freight index drops.
Oct 01, 2008 4:02 PM ET
Manufacturing index suggested that the UK manufacturing has declined and service industry has lost its growth drive as consumer spent less and business face tighter lending. Xstrata Plc abandoned its hostile bid for Lonmin Plc and raised its stake to 25% in the company. Pound fell.
Oct 01, 2008 3:27 PM ET
Sensex in Mumbai trading gained on hopes that the U.S. will pass its bailout plan. Trade deficit for the first five months surged 44% on crude oil import bill rise of 77%. The sharp rise in oil prices lifted the trade deficit to $49 billion in the period. Software exporters gained on weak rupee.
Oct 01, 2008 11:23 AM ET
Farmers Mac surges 60% after it raised $65 million to meet its regulatory capital requirements and replaced its chief executive. Peabody Energy and Massey Energy plunge more than 10% as oil price decline and economic worries rise. Hartford Financial plunges more than 10% for the second day.