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Companies

Friday, October 20, 2006

India's takeover of British Steel as Corus backs Tata's takeover bid / Companies / Strategic News

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Reports say that Corus, UK based steel giant, has backed Tata's $9 billion take over bid. According to the Financial Times , the board of Corus, the Anglo-Dutch steel maker, has recommended 5.1 billion pound takeover bid to the shareholders.

And the report says that Corus will make a statement about this, possibly as soon as Friday. The move will end the chances of any potential counter-bidders for the world's eighth biggest steel maker. Novolipetsk and Severstal, two Russian steel companies, and CSN, a Brazilian steel maker, are thought by some steel industry observers to be interested in making a counter bid.

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Companies

Monday, October 09, 2006

Google buys You Tube for $1.65 billion / Companies / Google

By: Shahla_Walayat

Google is buying the YouTube for $1.65 billion dollars in stock.

The deal that unites the most popular Internet search engine with one of the Web's rising stars is by far Google's most expensive in its eight-year history. But the price tag catapults Google into a front-running role with Internet video.

You Tube started in Feb 2005, and in just over 18 months has captured about 50% of the online video market, compared to Google's 11%. Read full article... Read full article...

 


Companies

Monday, October 02, 2006

Online Gambling Companies hit by Fundamentalist Law !!! / Companies / Strategic News

By: Sarah_Jones

Today online gambling stocks took a big tumble ! As the senate passed a law on Friday effectively banning online gambling sites. PartyGaming alone saw over £2 billion slashed from its market value as its shares more than halved, crashing 60p to 46p. It was by far the biggest faller in the FTSE 100 index. There were equally large losses in the rest of the sector. Sportingbet, which also said it has abandoned its planned merger with rival firm World Gaming, saw its shares collapse by 63%, from 118.25p to 68p. Shares in 888 tumbled by 34% to 97p. Read full article... Read full article...

 


Companies

Monday, September 25, 2006

Class Action suit hits Tobacco Companies / Companies / Corporate News

By: Shahla_Walayat

In a big blow to Tobacco companies, a federal judge on Monday granted class action status to tens of millions of "light cigarette" smokers for a potential $200 billion lawsuit against cigarette makers.

U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn made the ruling on a 2004 lawsuit that alleges Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard Tobacco Co. and other defendants duped smokers, and responded to consumers' mounting health concerns with a campaign of deception designed to preserve revenue.

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Companies

Friday, September 22, 2006

Hedge Fund loses billions betting on Natural Gas Futures / Companies / Natural Gas

By: Shahla_Walayat

The financial media is buzzing about the reports of "enormous losses" suffered by Amaranth Advisors, a Connecticut hedge fund that reported it had lost in excess of $4 billion in the collapse of natural gas prices during 2006.

Specifically, the fund claims that its losses were due to bets that the spread between the March and April 2007 natural gas contracts would widen. That spread, in fact, did not widen but instead grew tighter as natural gas prices fell. While the fund allegedly lost money on a number of natural gas–related bets, The New York Times is reporting that the spread bet was the most costly.

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Companies

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

SHELL's $20 billion problem with Sakhalin 2 / Companies / Oil Companies

By: Shahla_Walayat

After the Russian's shut down Yukos Oil, not it seems that it is Shells turn and the giant $20 billion Sakhalin Island oil project as the Russian government look to increase the states stake in Russia's energy projects.

State run Gazprom wants a 25 percent stake in Sakhalin-2. Talks have been suspended after development costs had doubled from $10 billion to $20 billion. Shell owns 55% of the project. The Natural Resources Ministry intensified probes of the venture's environmental safety standards and signed an order this week to cancel part of Shells licence on environmental grounds.

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