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Companies

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The South Sea Bubble and the Northern Rock Bank Bust / Companies / Financial Crash

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"...Out went the silver sixpences, counted slowly as the angry savers queued up...only to come in again through the back door, fooling the crowd and stalling the crisis..."

DEALING WITH A BANKING CRISIS used to be such a simple affair for the Bank of England – not least when the crisis rolled up at its own front door!

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Companies

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Paragon Buy to Let Mortgage Lender Crashes 40% On Credit Crunch / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Paragon , Britian's third largest buy to let mortgage financing company crashed 40% yesterday and appears to be following a similar path to Northern Rock Bank. Both financial institutions relied heavily on the credit markets to finance loans to mortgage borrowers and both have been hit by the credit crunch. However not being a bank with no customer base, Paragon appears did not go the whole hock down the short-term funding route as Northern Rock and hence has managed to stumble along until yesterday.

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Companies

Monday, November 19, 2007

Banking Stocks - Is It Time To Buy? / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHaving warned of the problems facing UK banks back in August and specifically that by Northern Rock Bank, followed by subsequent commentary warning of the continuing crash in the finance sector. Now the sell off of all and sundry may present long-term opportunities in the hard hit sector.

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Companies

Friday, November 16, 2007

Federal Express (FDX) Tip of a Iceberg? / Companies / Technical Analysis

By: Mike_Paulenoff

News that Federal Express (FDX) lowers guidance and is coming clean about its rising imput costs (apparently, tis the season to come clean in lots of businesses) could be the tip of the iceberg that is providing clues to us about expectations ahead of the forthcoming holiday season... In any case, have a look at the BIG picture view of FDX, which is in a powerful correction that has a way to travel on the downside prior to completion... and which likely is reflection of a softer than expected US economy now and going forward...

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Companies

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Commodity And Vital Resource Producer Stocks are a Good Way to Protect Against Subprime Credit Crunch / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Roger_Conrad

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEarnings season is winding down. As always, not every company made its numbers. In fact, even in the essential service end of the market, there were some bad misses.

The news on SPRINT NEXTEL CORP, for example, continues to get worse and worse. Not only did the third quarter numbers show dramatic customer losses to AT&T and VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS, but the company has now abandoned its venture with CLEARWIRE CORP that was supposed to revive its floundering WiMax development efforts. That throws the future of the projected $5 billion investment in doubt. In response, the shares have tumbled again.

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Companies

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Goldman Sachs in Bearish Digestion / Companies / Financial Crash

By: Mike_Paulenoff

By popular demand, another look at the Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) chart-- to provide insights into the plight of the financial sector and its Financial Select Sector SPDR (AMEX: XLF). Let's notice that GS remains under its Aug-Oct support line, which was violated yesterday at 225.00 and which still presents serious resistance to any rally effort.

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Companies

Monday, November 05, 2007

Attempt at Manipulation of Ratings Agencies - Rubins Cube / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Brady_Willett

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn November 8, 2001 Robert Rubin called senior Treasury Department official Peter Fisher and asked him if he could tell the bond rating agencies to hold off on downgrading Enron. Mr. Rubin, who served as Treasury Secretary from 1995 to 1999, was clearly using his high-up contact(s) in an attempt to influence the supposedly non-biased rating agencies, and he was doing so because he worked for Citigroup, a large Enron creditor.

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Companies

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Corporate Earnings Focus on the Real Numbers / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Roger_Conrad

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoes it really matter whether or not a company makes Wall Street estimates? What about employment or GDP growth numbers coming in above or below consensus? Is there a magic number for crude oil inventories that will trigger a higher or lower price?

At no time in the markets are numbers more widely watched than earnings season. First come the pre-announcements and handicapping, as analysts put every company with a half-decent following under the microscope.

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Companies

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Seriously Bearish Stock Market News - Downward Pressure On Exxon's Margins  / Companies / US Stock Markets

By: Brian_Bloom

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe following table shows Exxon's Gross Profit Margins over various periods:

PERIOD ENDING
30-Jun-07
31-Mar-07
31-Dec-06
30-Sep-06
Total Revenue
$ 98,350,000
$ 87,223,000
$ 90,028,000
$ 99,593,000
Cost of Revenue
$ 55,658,000
$ 47,597,000
$ 26,554,000
$ 64,537,000
Gross Profit
$ 42,692,000
$ 39,626,000
$ 63,474,000
$ 35,056,000
GP %
43.4%
45.4%
70.5%
35.2%
 


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Companies

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Money Programme – Britain's Brilliant Ideas Boom - Friday 2 November 7.00-7.30pm BBC TWO / Companies / Learning to Invest

By: BBC


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLibby Potter reveals how to turn a eureka moment into a fortuneLibby Potter reveals how to turn a eureka moment into a fortune

Britain has become a nation of inventors and the number of people submitting ideas for patents has never been higher. The boom is being fuelled by programmes like Dragons' Den, but how easy is it to cash in on your "eureka" moment?

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Companies

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Utilities Analysis - Telecoms, Steel and Energy / Companies / US Utilities

By: Roger_Conrad

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIs cable's goose cooked? Is the jig up on what's been torrid growth for the past few years? Are the big phone companies finally going to bury them?

That's certainly the line being trumpeted by the financial media this week. Once investor darlings, cable television stocks have plummeted in recent weeks, with the selling accelerating as third quarter earnings season has gotten underway.

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Companies

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

United Auto Workers (UAW) Sellout at GM and Chrysler / Companies / US Auto's

By: Stephen_Lendman

The September and October United Auto Workers (UAW) GM and Chrysler agreements are just the latest examples of union leadership surrender and betrayal. It's an ominous sign of labor's plight and clear indication of what's ahead - more for business, less for workers, and no relief in sight with union bosses out for themselves and more allied with business and imperial interests than their own rank and file.

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Companies

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

UK Firms Resiliant To Credit Crunch Market Turmoil / Companies / Credit Crunch

By: Lloyds_TSB

Business Barometer for September shows:
• Majority of firms expect activity to increase over the next year
• Industrial sector drives confidence
• Confidence in wider economy drops sharply

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Companies

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Canada Oil Tar Sands - My next great investment trip! / Companies / Canadian Stock Market

By: Money_and_Markets

Tony Sagami writes: In a few days, I will again head out in search of the next great hidden investment gem. As is often the case, I will be traveling well off the beaten path, to a place completely unsuitable for Gucci loafers or Armani suits.

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Companies

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Protecting the Average Investor - Having it Both Ways / Companies / Investing

By: Paul_Petillo

The joke goes something like this: As Christopher Cox, chairman of the S.E.C. navigates his first balloon flight without an instructor, he finds himself in a little bit of trouble. Fog has set in and his compass no longer works. His staff, along for the ride became worried. He decides to descend to get his bearings. The fog clears somewhat as he comes closer to the ground. He spots Ben Bernanke walking his dog with another man.

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Companies

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Energy Trust Takeover Keeps Canada's Conservatives in Tough Spot / Companies / Canadian Stock Market

By: Chip_Hanlon

Because last year's bombshell that Canada would change the way it treated royalty trusts was fraught with political risks, not only did the country's ruling conservatives pull it off with surprising ease at the time, they've dodged all the bullets since. This latest one, however—the announced takeover of PrimeWest Energy Trust by Abu Dhabi 's national oil company—may be a tougher bullet to dodge. Here's why:

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Companies

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Oil Refiners Profit Margins Seasonal Weak As Crude Oil Rises and Gasoline Prices Fall / Companies / Oil Companies

By: Elliot_H_Gue

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDuring the past two weeks, we've heard negative pre-announcements or weaker-than-expected earnings guidance from a number of energy firms, including Marathon Oil , Valero Energy and Chevron Corp . To some, this appears incongruous: With crude trading near all-time highs, the conventional wisdom is that these firms should be making record profits. 

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Companies

Monday, October 15, 2007

A Skeptical Eye On The Promised Demise of Big Utilities / Companies / US Utilities

By: Roger_Conrad

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI've never been impressed by hype surrounding supposedly “disruptive” new technologies—developments billed to change the balance of power in an industry. And my skepticism meter goes positively off the chart when the claims pertain to communications and other utility-like industries.

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Companies

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Deal to End UK Royal Mail Postal Strike / Companies / Corporate News

By: Sarah_Jones

Union and Royal Mail Management announced a deal on Friday that looks set to bring the highly damaging postal strike to an end that has seen chaos in the UK's postal system for near 2 weeks. However details of the deal have yet to be presented to the Unions Executive on Monday.

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Companies

Friday, October 12, 2007

Virgin Group Rescue Bid for Northern Rock Bank / Companies / UK Banking

By: Sarah_Jones

A consortium led by Richard Branson's Virgin Group has submitted a rescue offer to the Northern Rock Bank's board of directors.

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