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Eurozone business activity ends year on upbeat note Eurozone business activity ends year on upbeat note
- December 15, 2016

Growth in the bloc's dominant service sector slowed from November's 11-month high, however, with PMI dipping to 53.1 from 53.8. The manufacturing output index rose to 56.1 from 54.1 in November. Consequently, selling prices for goods and services rose at the steepest rate for almost five-and-a-half years as firms passed higher costs on to customers. (more...)
Yields advance on Fed rate hike outlook Yields advance on Fed rate hike outlook
- December 15, 2016

Benchmark U.S. 10-year yields hit more than two-year highs, while yields on U.S. two-year notes touched more than seven-year peaks, bolstered by the outlook for higher interest rates. The yield curve was also flatter, with the spread between the USA 5-year notes and 30-year bonds at around 107 basis points, a nod to the additional rate hikes forecasted by the Fed. (more...)
Shell: Jessica Uhl To Replace CFO Simon Henry In March Shell: Jessica Uhl To Replace CFO Simon Henry In March
- December 15, 2016

She joined the Anglo-Dutch group in 2004 and was previously employed at Enron and Citibank in the U.S. and Panama. The handover ends a varied career of more than 30 years at the company and over seven as CFO, culminating with the execution of Shell's roughly $50 billion acquisition of BG at a time of sharply falling prices. (more...)
2.9 percent jobless rate in Mass. lowest since start of 2001 2.9 percent jobless rate in Mass. lowest since start of 2001
- December 15, 2016

State officials have said the rate is rising because more people are looking to return to the workforce, but haven't yet found jobs. The unemployment rate has rate has dropped in five consecutive months, and the last time it was as low as 2.9 percent was January 2001. (more...)
Analysts At Numis Reiterated Barr (AG) PLC (LON:BAG) As Add Analysts At Numis Reiterated Barr (AG) PLC (LON:BAG) As Add
- December 15, 2016

BOO has been the topic of several other reports. In other news, insider John McConnell bought 681 shares of UBM Plc stock in a transaction on Friday, November 25th. The Other Europe includes the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Romania, among others. The Company's segments include The Mall, Other UK Shopping Centres, Snozone and Group/Central. (more...)
Swiss Key Interest Rate Steady At -0.75% As Expected Swiss Key Interest Rate Steady At -0.75% As Expected
- December 15, 2016

The bank changed the wording of the its currency intervention strategy, saying it was now taking the overall currency situation into consideration. "With expectations of higher interest rates in the USA and in the euro area, the need for SNB to be active in the FX market may be fading", said Stefan Gerlach, economist at BSI Bank. (more...)
Winter Storm Warning issued; snow moves in overnight Winter Storm Warning issued; snow moves in overnight
- December 15, 2016

Arctic air will move into the region after the storm for Friday and the weekend. Snow will then re-develop across southwest Montana late Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service is continuing its winter storm advisory. In the areas around Soda Springs, Lava Hot Springs and Montpelier a winter snow warning is in effect until 5 p.m. (more...)
Analysts praise Athabasca Oil for bargain price paid for Statoil oilsands assets Analysts praise Athabasca Oil for bargain price paid for Statoil oilsands assets
- December 15, 2016

In total, approximately 80% of the consideration will be in cash elements. Up to $250 million more is to be paid in a series of contingent payments triggered if West Texas Intermediate oil prices rise above US$65 per barrel. The effective date of the transaction is 1 January 2017. The operation, which is subject to certain conditions including authorities' approval, is to take effect on January 1st. (more...)
Corpus Christi, Texas, Tells Residents Not To Use Tap Water
- December 15, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas Dec 15 The Texas city of Corpus Christi has told its almost 320,000 residents to stop using tap water due to possible contamination from an industrial chemical leak, city officials said on Thursday. Port Aransas also gets some of its water from San Patricio County. It was first reported at around 18:00 local time by a worker at an industrial property who noticed a sheen in the water while washing his hands. (more...)
Pier 1 Imports names chairman as interim CEO Pier 1 Imports names chairman as interim CEO
- December 15, 2016

The company reported $0.22 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.12 by $0.10. Principal Group has invested 0% of its portfolio in Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE:PIR). After $-0.05 actual EPS reported by Pier 1 Imports Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -340.00% EPS growth. Stock monthly performance is recorded as -2.90% while its performance in last 5 sessions is 1.70%. (more...)
(NYSE:ANF) Stock Declines, Analysts: Sell Rating (NYSE:ANF) Stock Declines, Analysts: Sell Rating
- December 15, 2016

The stock has a one bull (extreme weakness) technical momentum rating because it's trading through support, right now The general theory behind ratings follows the line of thought that as stock prices rise or fall abruptly, they appear on various scan results and that creates a reinforcing trend for the stock price in a direction. (more...)
California adopts first US energy-saving rules for computers
- December 15, 2016

The first reduction will go into effect in 2018, with rules covering workstations and small-scale servers. According to the commission's estimates, 73 per cent of shipping laptops would not need change of any sort. The CEC notes that numerous laptops on the market already meet the energy efficiency standards, and the rules governing notebooks will merely "require improvements to the worst performers". (more...)
Claims for unemployment benefits fall to 254000 Claims for unemployment benefits fall to 254000
- December 15, 2016

Even with the adjustment in borrowing costs, the Fed said that the "stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting some further strengthening in labor market conditions". The four-week moving average of claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, rose 5,250 to 257,750 last week. (more...)
Beijing issues red alert for air pollution
- December 15, 2016

Approved by the municipal government, the red alert will be activated 8 PM local time Friday and is expected to be lifted on December 21 when the air quality in the city improves, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. It borders Hebei province, which accounts for 25 per cent of China's steel production. A study published in 2015 found China's air pollution was linked to 1.6 million deaths a year, or 4,000 people a day. (more...)
Steady Activities: QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII) Steady Activities: QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII)
- December 15, 2016

The number of Qualcomm , Inc. shares in issue is 1,476,886,000 which have a current share price of 68.24 bringing Qualcomm , Inc.'s market capitalisation to 100.78B United States dollars. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Webster Bank N.A. boosted its stake in Qualcomm Inc. According to JP Morgans price target of 70 on the company's stock this indicates the broker now believes there is an increase of 2.58% from Qualcomm , Inc.'s current price of 68.24. (more...)
Twitter team not invited to Trump's tech summit Twitter team not invited to Trump's tech summit
- December 15, 2016

Even Uber's CEO was at the adult's table. Notably excluded from the invite list, however, was Twitter . Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was not invited to US President-elect Donald Trump's high-profile meeting he had with Silicon Valley's most powerful executives. (more...)
21st Century Fox set to take over Sky in £11.7 billion deal
- December 15, 2016

Some Sky investors are reportedly unhappy that the bid undervalues the satellite broadcaster and had urged the independent directors to extract a higher offer. There were fears about how it could affect competition in the media industry. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch , executive co-chairman at 21st Century Fox, has been eyeing full ownership of the pay TV giant for many years, but various events - including the phone-hacking scandal that hit his newspaper business in 2011 - had scuppered his ... (more...)
BoE leaves interest rates on hold at 0.25%
- December 15, 2016

Sterling has appreciated by over 6 percent on a trade-weighted basis since the BoE's last set of forecasts published on November 3. Ian Kernohan, economist at Royal London Asset Management, said: "The MPC will remain sensitive to any slowdown in economic activity next year, with real income growth squeezed by rising inflation and Brexit uncertainty impacting corporate investment plans". (more...)
EXTRA: Just Eat Buys UK Rival hungryhouse And Canada's SkipTheDishes EXTRA: Just Eat Buys UK Rival hungryhouse And Canada's SkipTheDishes
- December 15, 2016

Just Eat will shell out an initial £200mln to hungryhouse owner Delivery Hero, with a further £40mln also payable should the business hit certain performance targets. While we have significantly expanded internationally in recent years, we have remained focused on building a high growth, sustainably profitable business domestically. (more...)
Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE:EXK), Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ:MPEL) Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE:EXK), Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ:MPEL)
- December 15, 2016

According to their observations and findings, the stock could provide a high EPS of $0.04/share and a Low EPS of $0.01/share. Stock exchanged hands with the total volume of 3.84 Million shares, as contrast to its average volume of 3.61 Million shares. (more...)

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