Top Headlines - part 74
BUSINESS December 19, 2011 | 2:44 PM
- Coca Cola partners with three biotechnology companies to create plastic bottles made entirely from plants
- Coca Cola, PepsiCo intend to launch environmentally conscious plastic bottle alternatives, but testing required before production can begin globally
- Coca Cola becomes new official beverage of Orlando’s SeaWorld, replacing Pepsi
Coca Cola Company has signed a deal with three biotechnology companies – Virent Incorporated of Wisconsin, Gevo of Colorado and Avantium of the Netherlands – to create a plastic for use in making bottles that will be made 100% from plants.
Coca Cola’s VP of Commercial Product Supply, Rick Frazier said during the launch: “This is another big step toward our commitment to lead the industry away from the use of non-renewable fossil fuels in packaging and toward more sustainable alternatives. It will build on our innovative first-generation PlantBottle package, launched in 2009, that was made from 30% plant-based material.”Read more »
BUSINESS December 16, 2011 | 5:16 PM
- Sea World Orlando announces biggest expansion in its 40-year history
- Tourism observers question continued popularity of theme parks
- Affordable entertainment with family appeal should lead to continued popularity of theme parks
In the wake of Universal Studio’s instantly successful Harry Potter attraction, Sea World Orlando has announced the biggest expansion in its almost 40-year history. But as Orlando solidifies its status as the world’s No. 1 destination for theme parks, some observers question whether there is smooth sailing ahead.
Sea World announced two major parks to open this year with an even more ambitious project set to open in 2013. This year’s new openings include:Read more »
FINANCE December 16, 2011 | 4:34 PM
- Banking sector sheds 125,000 jobs in 2011 amid market volatility
- Morgan Stanley to relocate 80 Singapore back-office workers
- Morgan Stanley agrees to drop MBIA insurance claims for over $1 billion
Morgan Stanley will cut around 1,600 jobs from its 62,600-strong workforce in the first quarter of 2012 in the face of financial market instability.
The banking sector is reigning in on its employee numbers across the board, with Citigroup planning to cut 4,500 jobs, Bank of America set to axe 30,000 jobs over the coming years, and Swiss lender UBS planning on letting 2,000 of its 18,000-strong workforce go.Read more »
WORLD December 16, 2011 | 4:13 PM
- 3,000 barrels of oil leak into Compos Basin over 8 days in November
- Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency fines Chevron $28 million after oil spill
- Chevron announces gas find off west coast of Australia
Brazilian prosecutors are suing oil company Chevron and oil rig operator Transocean to the tune of almost $11 billion. The suit aims to suspend both company’s operations after an eight-day oil spill near Rio de Janeiro in November leaked 3,000 barrels of oil into the Compos Basin.
The suit threatens to thwart the country’s plan to double its crude oil output over the next decade. Brazil relies on Transocean, which operates more than 15% of its oilrigs. Chevron, the second-biggest oil company in the US and third in Brazil after Petroleo Brasileiro and Royal Dutch Shell, fell 3% to just over $100.50 in New York following news of the case. Transocean fell almost 4% to just over $40.Read more »
FINANCE December 15, 2011 | 5:40 PM
- Olympus files 5 years of revised financial statements to avoid automatic removal from Tokyo Stock Exchange
- Olympus being investigated for possibly hiding $1.5 billion over past 13 years
- Future of Olympus unclear as it may need to sell assets or form merger to raise capital
Olympus Corp. filed five years of revised financial statements yesterday with Japan’s Financial Services Agency and avoided automatic removal from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. In its statement, Olympus needed to prove its financial problems are limited to senior management and that there were no more revisions after losing $1.3 billion in net assets.
Olympus may had avoided removal from the stock exchange, but it is not in the clear. The 92-year-old optics company is being investigated by law enforcement officials in Japan for hiding $1.5 billion over the past 13 years. Officials from the United States and the United Kingdom are also conducting their own investigations.Read more »
ECONOMY December 15, 2011 | 3:52 PM
- Credit Agricole stocks fall 52% in 2011, third-quarter profit down 65%
- Global banking sector sheds 120,000 jobs in 2011
- Moody’s downgrades top three French banks
France’s third-biggest bank Credit Agricole has announced plans to let 2,350 of its employees go, mostly from its investment-banking sector, in an effort to cut costs in the face of the Eurozone debt crisis.
Among the cuts are 600 jobs in Credit Agricole’s factoring and consumer finance branch and 1,750 jobs at its corporate and investment bank, which has a staff of 13,000 total. Among the 1,750 corporate and investment positions to be axed, 500 will be cut in France.Read more »
BUSINESS December 15, 2011 | 12:28 PM
- Southwest orders 208 Boeing 737s including 150 fuel-efficient 737 MAX jets
- First order for 737 MAX
- 737 MAX catalog prices announced at $95.2 million to $101.7 million
Southwest Airlines has finalized a $19 billion deal for 208 Boeing 737 jets, the biggest aircraft order in history. The deal includes 150 narrow-body 737 MAX aircraft, representing Boeing’s first order for its latest fuel-efficient jets, which cost up to around $102 million depending on the version according to company catalog prices.
Southwest took an option to buy an additional 150 737 MAX models, though didn’t specify which version of the jet it would order. The Dallas, Texas-based airline also ordered 58 Next-Generation 737 jets.Read more »
BUSINESS December 14, 2011 | 6:15 PM
- 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.Read more »
BUSINESS December 14, 2011 | 2:33 PM
- 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.Read more »
WORLD December 13, 2011 | 6:05 PM
- 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.Read more »