Top Headlines - part 71
WORLD December 12, 2011 | 5:09 PM
- 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.Read more »
FINANCE December 9, 2011 | 2:03 PM
- 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.Read more »
BUSINESS December 9, 2011 | 11:03 AM
- 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.Read more »
BUSINESS December 9, 2011 | 10:03 AM
- 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.Read more »
BUSINESS December 9, 2011 | 9:20 AM
- 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.Read more »
FINANCE December 8, 2011 | 2:22 PM
- 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.Read more »
BUSINESS December 8, 2011 | 1:57 PM
- 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.Read more »
BUSINESS December 7, 2011 | 5:51 PM
- 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.”Read more »
BUSINESS December 7, 2011 | 5:41 PM
- Apple under investigation in price fixing probe
- Documents found in March EU raid could implicate Apple in antitrust case
- Deals with five international publishers under scrutiny
European Union antitrust authorities are investigating Apple along with five international publishing firms for possible price fixing of e-books. The probe launched by the European Commission will attempt to determine dealings between the iPad maker and major US publishers HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.
Britain’s Penguin and France’s Hachette Livre are also under the spotlight, along with German publishing house Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck.Read more »
FINANCE December 7, 2011 | 5:33 PM
- SuccessFactors shares up over 50% after $3.4 billion buyout offer
- Main rival Taleo shares jump over 20% to record high $32.92
- Other software companies shares driven up amid speculation
Shares in a number of cloud computing firms jumped following an announcement from SAP that it will acquire workforce management software company SuccessFactors.
The German software giant’s $3.4 billion buyout proposal drove SuccessFactors stocks up by over 50% to $39.71 in New York, sparking speculation of other takeovers within the business software industry.Read more »