Top Headlines - part 62

Nuclear Backlash: Areva Cuts 1,500 Jobs In Germany

Nuclear Backlash: Areva Cuts 1,500 Jobs In Germany

BUSINESS

  • Areva to cut jobs in Germany following German government decision to phase out nuclear power
  • Areva releases 5-year plan that cancels programs and makes €1 billion in budget cuts
  • Areva’s losses for 2011 are expected to total around €1.6 billion

The French state-controlled nuclear company Areva SA announced Dec. 13 it will be cutting up to 1,500 jobs in Germany. The decision comes after the German government’s decision to phase out the use of nuclear power in the country by 2022.

Germany accounts for 6% of Areva’s business.

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US, China and India Onboard With Updated Kyoto Protocol

US, China and India Onboard With Updated Kyoto Protocol

BUSINESS

  • World economies to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2015
  • Environmentalists and representatives feel timeframe for treaty needs to be shorter
  • Canada first nation to withdraw from Kyoto Protocol

 

At the recent United Nations-sponsored global warming meeting in Durban, South Africa, major economies agreed to a new emissions treaty by 2015. Three of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases - the US, China and India – have also pledged to join the pact, despite past opposition.

The new treaty is based off the Kyoto Protocol, an agreement started in 1997 aimed at fighting global warming, but introduces approved amendments to the original plan. As part of the agreement that was set to expire in 2012, industrial nations committed to taking voluntary, but non-binding, steps to reduce their carbon emissions.

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Can Putin Reinvent Himself To Win Russian Presidential Election?

Can Putin Reinvent Himself To Win Russian Presidential Election?

WORLD

  • Controversial results of Russia’s December 4 parliamentary election put Prime Minister Vladmir Putin’s United Russia Party slightly lead with 53% of vote
  • Russian authorities allowed a massive protest on Dec 10
  • Putin must reinvent himself to rise above presidential opponents, including most recent candidate billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov

The results of Russia’s December 4 parliamentary election, putting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party slightly in the lead, sparked much controversy and protest.

Technically winning only 49% of votes – down from 64% four years ago, the United Russia Party was nonetheless given 53% of the vote after redistribution from the three election parties did not satisfy the 5% threshold.

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Patents Dispute Between Apple, Samsung No Nearer To Resolution

Patents Dispute Between Apple, Samsung No Nearer To Resolution

BUSINESS

  • Australian court lifts ban on sales of Samsung Galaxy
  • French court rejects bid to prevent sales of iPhone 4S
  • $5 billion business relationship between firms at risk

The complex patents battle between Samsung Electronics Co and Apple Inc is showing no signs of coming to an end.

In recent news, an Australian court lifted the ban on Samsung selling its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia, just in time for Christmas. The ruling came just one day after a Paris court rejected Samsung's attempt to prevent Apple's iPhone 4S from being sold in France.

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IBM Boosts Cloud Analytics with DemandTec Acquisition

IBM Boosts Cloud Analytics with DemandTec Acquisition

BUSINESS

  • IBM to takeove DemandTecfor $440 million
  • IBM’s will expand its Smarter Commerce initiative with DemandTec price and promotion analytics software
  • IBM announced last year a $20 billion budget for mergers and acquisitions through 2015

IBM Corp has validated a definitive plan for a $440 million takeover of DemandTec Inc, which will add online trend-based business tools to its services. The two companies agreed a cash buyout price of $13.20 per share, which is about 57% higher than California-based DemandTec’s closing price the day before the announcement.

The deal is expected to be concluded in the first quarter of 2012.

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Brazil Budget Airline Gol Gets $100 Million Investment Boost from Delta

Brazil Budget Airline Gol Gets $100 Million Investment Boost from Delta

FINANCE

  • Delta to take 3% stake in Gol along with board seat
  • Gol capital boosted by 280 million reais ($160 million)
  • Gol announced 844 million reais ($482 million) net loss in October

Delta Air Lines will invest $100 million in Brazilian budget airline Gol Linhas Aereas to give the company a financial boost against its Latin American rivals. The carriers agreed to a deal in which Delta will buy Gol’s American depository receipts and acquire shares for 22 reais each, equivalent to 47% more than the closing price of shares early last week.

This will boost Gol’s capital by up to 280 million reais, or $160 million.

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Exxon Mobil Report: Will Global Energy Demand Jump 30% by 2040?

Exxon Mobil Report: Will Global Energy Demand Jump 30% by 2040?

WORLD

  • Natural gas supply to increase 60% in 30 years, replacing coal in second place
  • Renewable energy demand to quadruple to meet 15% of demand
  • Hybrid vehicles to make up 40% of all vehicles by 2040

A new report produced by Exxon Mobil shows that the world's consumption of oil, nuclear and natural gas is set to increase over 30% in the next 30 years due to rising population and environmental measures to limit coal use.

The world’s population is also set to grow around 30% to 9 billion by 2040, matching the predicted growth in energy consumption.

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Japan’s Government May Opt for $39 Billion Tepco Bailout

Japan’s Government May Opt for $39 Billion Tepco Bailout

BUSINESS

  • Taking four reactors offline could cost $15.5 billion, potentially bankrupting Tepco
  • 12,000 gallons of radioactive water seeped from Fukushima nuclear plant
  • Tepco shares plummet 15% amid talk of government bailout

The Japanese government is considering plowing $13 billion into Tokyo Electric Power in 2012 to nationalize the company.

The state fund injection of $13 billion was a minimal estimate, with a higher estimate of over $25 billion, reaching as much as $38 billion over a four-year period. The company’s shares fell over 15% on the back of talk of the government bailout.

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Oil: Saudi Arabia crude output reaches 30-year high

Oil: Saudi Arabia crude output reaches 30-year high

WORLD

  • Saudi Arabia announces oil production of over 10 million barrels per day
  • OPEC to reach oil target deal for 2012, demand estimated at 30 million bpd
  • Oil stockpiles put pressure on oil futures, Brent falls $1.30 a barrel

Saudi Arabia says its oil output has reached a 30-year high of almost 10.050 million barrels per day (bpd), amid EU talks considering placing a ban on oil from Iran. The nation's oil output came close to 10 million bpd in August, and neared 9.5 million barrels in September, October and November.

Analysts are interpreting the announcement as a message to the market that demand is high and production should be in keeping with demand. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet on December 14 in Vienna to address production policy.

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JC Penney Buys Part of Martha Stewart Team To Drive Mini-Stores and E-Commerce

JC Penney Buys Part of Martha Stewart Team To Drive Mini-Stores and E-Commerce

FINANCE

  • J.C. Penney Gains near 17% Stake, 2 Board Chairs from Martha Stewart Living
  • Martha Stewart Living Shops to Open in 2013
  • J.C. Penney's Holiday Sales Down, Q3 Losses
  • J.C. Penney Hires PMK-BNC for Public Relations

US retail department store giant J.C. Penney has announced a partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. to the tune of $38.5 million. As part of the agreement, J.C. Penney paid $3.50 per share to own a 17% stake in the company and an additional 12% premium to Martha Stewart Living's closing price. J.C. Penney will also hold two seats on the board of the company.

In return, Martha Stewart Living and J.C. Penney are working together to open Martha Stewart Living mini-stores and an e-commerce website that are set to be launched by February 2013.

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