Top Headlines - part 66

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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Citigroup Accepts $400 Million Charge in Q4 To Cut 4,500 Jobs

Citigroup Accepts $400 Million Charge in Q4 To Cut 4,500 Jobs

BUSINESS

  • Citigroup to cut 1.5% of its global workforce
  • Citigroup to continue investing in emerging markets - Brazil, China, India
  • Citigroup to fill as many as 70 new positions in Asia

At an investor conference earlier this week, Citigroup Inc.’s CEO Vikram Pandit announced that the company will eliminate 4,500 more jobs to reduce costs in light of continued drops in revenue and record-low market conditions.

For severance and other charges, Citigroup have to pay out $400 million in the fourth quarter. According to Pandit, the job cuts will be made over the next few quarters and represent approximately 1.5% of its global workforce.

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Xbox Update Helps Boost Microsoft Revenue Growth

Xbox Update Helps Boost Microsoft Revenue Growth

BUSINESS

  • Microsoft releases update to Xbox 360 with improved interface and enhanced voice controls
  • Xbox 360 outsold Wii by nearly 400,000 units in November
  • Microsoft sold just under 1 million Xbox 360 units during Black Friday week

Microsoft has released an update to the Xbox 360 that provides the console with an improved interface and enhanced voice-recognition controls. The changes take the Kinnect Hub of the current interface to the next level, providing users with greater ability to control the console with their hands and voice.

Visually, the interface now contains many elements already found on Windows phones and planned to be included in Windows 8. It also integrates Bing, the Microsoft search engine.

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Pfizer's Axitinib Kidney Cancer Drug Gets Green Light from FDA Advisory Committee

Pfizer's Axitinib Kidney Cancer Drug Gets Green Light from FDA Advisory Committee

BUSINESS

  • Advisory committee to FDA votes 13-0 to approve new renal cancer drug axitinib
  • Drug study participants lived an average of 2 months longer than on other treatments
  • Pfizer could see $576 million in sales by 2014 if axitinib is approved for sale by FDA

An advisory committee to the Federal Drug Administrative voted 13-0 to approve Pfizer Inc.’s new kidney cancer drug axitinib. Axitinib is intended for advanced renal cancer patients whose treatment failed while using other drugs.

However, the FDA still needs to approve the drug before it can be sold, but the group normally approves drugs suggested by its advisory committee.

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Can Saab Be Saved From Bankruptcy?

Can Saab Be Saved From Bankruptcy?

FINANCE

  • Saab administrator gives up on restructuring, leaving owner Swedish Automobile one week to respond or be declared bankrupt
  • Saab needs to borrow $800 million to cover restructuring costs
  • Chinese automakers offered to buy Saab for $135 million earlier this year but GM blocked deal

Guy Lofalk, the administrator in charge of Saab Automobile’s restructuring, filed papers yesterday to give up efforts to save the dying car manufacturer. He says Swedish Automobile, who owns Saab, cannot cover the cost of restructuring.

Swedish Automobile needs to borrow $800 million to make the restructuring a success, and it has one week to respond to Lofalk’s application or run the risk of being declared bankrupt. A Swedish court is scheduled to rule on the case on December 16.

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Verizon Sets Sights On Streaming Video Service

Verizon Sets Sights On Streaming Video Service

BUSINESS

  • Verizon may be planning to take on Netflix and pay TV companies
  • New package could be available to 85 million US households in 2012
  • Verizon’s has 4 million subscribers for FiOS TV, 4.6 million for broadband service

Verizon Communications is in talks to launch a new web video service in the latest challenge to online streaming company Netflix and cable TV companies, according to a report from Reuters.

Insiders with knowledge of the plans say the company is in discussions with programming firms to create a video streaming business that would attract new customers currently outside its fiber-to-the-home broadband and TV FiOS service.

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US Retail Cyber Spending Sets New Record of $6 Billion

US Retail Cyber Spending Sets New Record of $6 Billion

BUSINESS

  • Cyber Monday hit an all-time high of $1.25 billion in online sales
  • Retailer’s free shipping promotion lends itself to increased holiday online spend
  • Online sales are up 15% from last year to $18.7 billion

Online retailers have registered a record breaking shopping surge, grossing $6 billion in US revenue during Cyber Week 2011, which followed Black Friday.

In a quote from the chairman of comScore, a leader in digital measurement and analytics, Gian Fulgoni stated: “Cyber Monday kicked the week off with a bang, but it was only the beginning of a very strong week of online holiday spending.”

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