Jun 17, 2008 4:24 PM EDT
U.S. stocks edged higher after Goldman Sachs reported 12% rise in earnings to $2.09 billion or $4.58 per share on 11% fall in revenue. May producer price index rose 1.4% and housing starts fell in May. The starts fell 32% from a year ago or declined 3.3% from April. Housing completion rose 11% from April but fell 26% from a year ago.
Jun 16, 2008 12:44 AM EDT
The U.S. dollar continued to drift lower in currency market as world leaders discuss the fate of the global economy. The dollar has lost nearly 60% of its value in the last three years. Crude oil traded at a intra-day record as investors looked for hedge against weak dollar. Inflation in the euro area rose to 3.7% in May from 3.3% in April on rising food and energy prices, a 16-year record. Lehman rebounded after it reaffirmed its reported a loss of $2.8 billion as estimated previously.
Jun 16, 2008 4:33 PM EDT
McClatchy Company stock fell to a 10-year low after it reported a sharp decline in revenue and announced a layoff of 1,400 staff. The local newspaper publisher has struggled as advertisers spend less in the print media and prefer lower cost alternative on the Internet. McClatchy consolidated revenue in May fell 15.1% and advertising revenue declined 16.6% compared to a year ago. For the year-to-date revenue declined 14.2% to $833 million from $972 million a year ago.
Jun 16, 2008 4:32 PM EDT
Crude oil surged to another intra-day record high after a small fire at StatoilHydro curtailed production at its North Sea location for nine hours. The persistent weakness in the U.S. dollar also helped crude oil to trade near record level. Gold jumped $13 an ounce and natural gas rose 2%. AIG stock fell after its board removed Sullivan from the top position. European market indexes closed lower, led by 1.4% decline in Spain index.
Jun 16, 2008 4:30 PM EDT
AIG replaces its chief executive for the second time in less than four years as its stock has lost 50% of its value and real estate linked losses mount. Robert Willumstad, former chief financial executive at Citigroup has assumed the top position at AIG. The largest U.S. insurer has $1 trillion in assets and has reported two consecutive quarterly losses. The insurer was forced to raise $19 billion after denying for months that it needs additional capital.
Jun 13, 2008 7:55 PM EDT
U.S. stocks surged at close led by a surge in tech stocks. The Nasdaq index closed up 2% as Google, Apple, and Research in Motion closed higher. Crude oil edged lower, but only by a fraction and airlines closed higher. Fifth Third Bancorp plunged 13% after analyst comments that the bank may need to raise capital.
Jun 13, 2008 9:33 AM EDT
U.S. stocks edge higher after the release of inflation data. May CPI rose at 0.6% and increased at 3.6% for the same month in the previous year. The inflation measure in May without the season adjustment rose 0.8% in the month and increased 4.5% from a year ago. Stocks in the morning trading rose after the inflation data and a drop in crude oil prices. Saudi Arabia is likely to increase fuel production. German inflation reached at the upper level of the target range.
Jun 13, 2008 8:42 AM EDT
German inflation rose above the target range of the central bank for the second time this year. The CPI in May rose to 3% from a year ago, a rise at or above the target range after rising at 3.1% in March. The inflation index in April rose at 2.4% from a year ago. The sharp rise in energy prices and food prices are stoking inflation that is likely to spill over in the wage rates. Separately Eurostat reported that employment rates across the 27 nations rose in the first quarter.
Jun 12, 2008 5:28 PM EDT
U.S. stocks closed higher after May reail sales rose at 1% from April and 2.5% from a year ago. The better than expected gains lifted the moood on Wall Street and market indexes rebounded after mid-day losses in Europe. Lehman Brothers replaces its chiefs of finance and operations, the stock falls on heavy volume to recent low in March. South Africa raised its interest rate by 0.5% to 12%. InBev made an unsolicited offer for $46 billion for Anheuser-Busch. china trade surplus falls.
Jun 12, 2008 5:20 PM EDT
Yahoo! Inc ended its formal talks with Microsoft after both parties could not decide on a price. Microsoft has withdrawn its offer of $33 per share. Both parties also could not agree on using Microsoft search technology on Yahoo website network. Yahoo and Google are likely to announce a search pact that will facilitate search on Yahoo websites as early as today.