FINANCE June 24, 2011 | 6:25 PM
Google and Citi are investing money toward what is being called the largest wind project in America: The Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC) in California will have the capacity of 1,550 megawatts, nearly double the capacity of the current largest US wind farm.
The financing agreement is structured so that investors purchase phases of the project and lease them back to Terra-Gen Power, also known as a leveraged lease. Citi and Google currently hold leases for two phases of the wind project, though Citi has also financed several phases of the project totalling roughly 570 megawatts.Read more »
FINANCE June 10, 2011 | 4:17 PM
In an effort to overcome two years of decreased sales, Walmart is trying multiple means to garner customer sales: The store is offering a $15 billion share repurchase in an attempt to correct the business in the United States. The buyback plan will be equivalent to about 8% of Walmart's $189 billion market capitalization.
Buyback plans are usually put in place when a company's stock is believed to be undervalued, and Wal-Mart stock has recently been underperforming; however, it was up 6.3% in early June according to Reuters.Read more »
FINANCE May 31, 2011 | 10:04 AM
VisionChina Media announced on Thursday the renewal of exclusive contracts to advertise on Guangzhou's subway system and the Shenyang bus network.
One of China’s main outdoor digital advertising networks, VisionChina, will continue on for another five years in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, where it will broadcast its mobile television advertising network on the city’s five subway lines. It will also take over three new lines that are being added to cater to increasing commuter numbers.Read more »
FINANCE May 26, 2011 | 3:04 PM
Nestle is unlikely to buy General Mills because it is not fully interested in General Mill's markets and revenue growth is too low.
Only a small portion, about 14% of the General Mills business, such as Haagen Dazs ice cream and frozen pizza, could be of interest to Nestle. The sales pace for Nestle is not in line with General Mills, whose slow growth does not suit the Nestle strategy.Read more »
FINANCE May 25, 2011 | 4:21 PM
Sears reported a larger than expected quarterly loss, which is blamed on the company's focus on cutting costs and increasing profit - rather than a focus on providing a better combination of merchandise and an improved shopping experience for its customers.
Sales in the first quarter fell 3.4% to $9.71 billion.Read more »
FINANCE May 24, 2011 | 10:31 AM
Despite the fact that Pfizer does not have any imminent plans to release a blockbuster drug in 2011, according to Pfizer CEO Ian Read, the company will still likely reach its financial goals this year.
Pfizer is perhaps best known for developing the popular cholesterol drug Lipitor. The US-based pharmaceutical company plans to reach revenue of $65-$67 billion dollars with per-share earnings of about $1.09-$1.24. As the less-than-stellar economy continues to affect the pharmaceutical industry, Pfizer will also continue to promote its products in Spain.Read more »
FINANCE May 21, 2011 | 11:25 AM
US food company Sara Lee is in negotiations to buy Brazilian coffee, tea and juice maker Marata, a Brazilian newspaper said on Wednesday.
According to financial paper Valor Economico, sources close to the two companies confirmed the discussions for the buyout of Marata, also reporting that Sara Lee was open to the idea of a merger.Read more »
FINANCE May 20, 2011 | 12:22 PM
Steel giant ArcelorMittal experienced a first quarter profit, prompting the company to shore up its iron-ore and coal mines. Earnings were reported as $2.58 billion.
The company's earnings surpassed analyst estimates that the company would reach an average of $2.39 billion, Bloomberg reports. The rise in earnings has been attributed to demand from the automotive industry.Read more »
FINANCE May 20, 2011 | 11:26 AM
Oil Giant BP is trying to come to an agreement with its Russian partner Alfa Access Renova (AAR) and Rosneft over a deal to exchange shares. Although the deadline expired on May 16, 2011, BP is still trying to set the deal in motion, which would allow the British oil leader to tap into lucrative oil reserves in Russia.
AAR, however, has an existing contract stating its exclusivity with BP, and took its complaints to court in February of this year – and won. AAR recognizes the benefits of the current deal and wishes to continue talks as long as the existing agreement is not broken.Read more »
FINANCE May 19, 2011 | 5:47 PM
The Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland Labrador and the Iron Ore Company of Canada have invested more than $1 million in ore.
The investment has allowed Memorial University of Newfoundland to acquire a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope, which will enable researchers to identify minerals, and enhance them after the minerals have been mined.Read more »
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