Jul 14, 2008 1:58 PM EDT
The largest euro zone bank Santander offered to purchase Alliance & Leicester for 317 pence per share. The deal values the company at 1.26 billion pounds and includes an interim dividend of 18 pence to shareholders. Santander returned to purchase the troubled UK lender at a lower price after three months as credit market weakness have persisted and A&L trades at nearly 50% lower price. The deal is fraught with risks at UK economy slows down and credit market remain jittery.
Jul 14, 2008 10:53 AM EDT
U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson asked Congress an authority to take a stake in the two troubled mortgage lending agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Secretary also wants to increase lending limits of two agencies and the Fed will open its discount window to lenders. Freddie Mac sold $3 billion in short term debt with higher than average interest from investors. The stocks of two companies remain volatile and investors fear a further decline in their values in the near future.
Jul 11, 2008 6:46 PM EDT
Investors increasingly fear that credit markets are likely to weaken further and government sponsored mortgage agencies may have to be bailed out by the U.S. government at the expense of shareholders. Fannie and Freddie dropped to 2-decade lows. The ongoing turmoil in the U.S. financial system is increasingly viewed by global investors as the primary driver for the global economic slowdown. In addition rising military threat from Israel is driving the crude oil to record high.
Jul 11, 2008 1:53 PM EDT
U.S. stocks fell sharply after investors feared worsening financial health of two government sponsored mortgage lenders Fannie and Freddie. Both lenders dropped as much as 40%. Lehman Brothers dropped 15% to a 9-year low. Anheuser Busch and InBev NV have entered in merger talks and InBev has lifted its offer price to $70 per share. Retailers, consumer driven stocks and transportation stocks fell sharply.
Jul 11, 2008 5:00 PM EDT
U.S. stocks fell sharply on a sharp rise in crude oil prices and continued weakness in financial stocks. Rising tensions in the Mideast lifted crude oil futures to a record high. Fannie Mae Plunged 30% and Freddie Mac dropped 40% on the speculation that the government bailout plan may include shareholders. Citigroup sold its German consumer finance business to Credit Mutuel Group of France for 4.9 billion euros or $7.6 billion.
Jul 10, 2008 5:28 PM EDT
Dow Chemical offer to buy Rohm & Haas at 75% premium lifted U.S. market averages but financial stocks continued drift lower. The comments from the former Fed President took another toll on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as both declined to near 15-year lows. European markets closed lower on the weakness in financial stocks. Rising tensions in the Middle East lifted crude oil $5 a barrel.
Jul 10, 2008 4:13 PM EDT
U.S. market averages scaled higher on the back of deal between two large chemical companies. Dow offered $15.3 billion to Rohm & Haas in all cash deal. Financial stocks declined again on comments from former Fed President Poole that questioned financial health of two government chartered agencies Fannie and Freddie. Freddie Mac plunged 19% and Fannie plummeted 11%. Lehman lost 8% to 80% loss from its peak in 2005.
Jul 10, 2008 4:12 PM EDT
Dow Chemical agreed to pay 74% premium to acquire specialty chemical maker Rohm & Haas valued at $18.8 billion. Berkshire Hathaway will invest $3 billion and Kuwait Investment Authority will purchase $1 billion of convertible preferred securities. The rest of the deal will be funded with debt arranged by Merrill, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. Rohm & Haas will operate as an independent division with sale of $13 billion after the merger.
Jul 09, 2008 1:36 PM EDT
Weekly crude oil inventories report suggested a lower than estimated supply of crude oil and crude oil inventories are hovering near the lower end of the range. Crude oil prices rebounded after the report and natural gas futures prices cut most of the losses. Separately, analysts commnets drove Cisco and Intel lower dragging tech heavy Nasdaq index with it. Boeing wins second opprtunity to bid for $35 billion tanker order.
Jul 09, 2008 11:46 AM EDT
Banks and mortgage lenders remain the focus of nervous investors. Fannie Mae dropped after it sold $3 billion offering at higher yield than its previous offering a month ago. Fannie and Freddie dropped more than 5%. Alcoa second quarter revenue dropped 6% to $7.6 billion and net income declined 24% to $546 million. Aluminum, zinc and copper fall in the morning trading.