Asia stocks fall amid political turmoil in Greece
2012-05-16 03:59:34 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks fell Wednesday after a failure by Greece's political leaders to form a coalition government set the stage for new elections next month, keeping Europe's debt crisis centerstage.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index dropped 0.8 percent to 8,831.04 as investors remained focused o...
Ellen DeGeneres wins top US humor prize in DC
2012-05-16 03:47:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ellen DeGeneres, who broke ground in 1997 as the first lead character on prime-time TV to reveal she was gay, is winning the nation's top humor prize.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that DeGeneres will receive the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize fo...
Eurozone avoids recession as Germany powers ahead
2012-05-15 20:16:51 UTC
FRANKFURT (AP) — Germany prevented the economy of the 17 countries that use the euro from falling into a recession in the first quarter of the year despite a raging debt crisis that's raising the specter of the breakup of the currency union.
The country, which accounts for over a quarter of ec...
US stocks waver; euro dives on Greece turmoil
2012-05-15 20:13:23 UTC
Stronger news about the U.S. economy stilled the ripples from Europe's latest political impasse Tuesday, pushing U.S. stocks between modest gains and losses.
The euro and European stocks plunged as trading in New York began after efforts to form a government in Greece collapsed. Newly-elected ...
Dimon survives votes on pay, chairmanship
2012-05-15 19:45:05 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The CEO of JPMorgan Chase survived a shareholder push Tuesday to strip him of the title of chairman of the board, five days after he disclosed a $2 billion trading loss by the bank.
CEO Jamie Dimon also won a shareholder endorsement of his pay package from last year, which t...
Euro minsters plead with Greece to stay the course
2012-05-14 19:28:05 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — Leading European Union finance officials have pleaded with Greece not to renege on its bailout terms and to stay the course of its painful austerity program to prevent even worse economic hardship.
Greeks fed up with the painful austerity measures gave support to anti-bailout p...
Oil starts week at lowest level in 2012
2012-05-14 17:23:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil has declined to its low for the year on continued doubts about Europe's ability to pay off massive government debts.
Benchmark U.S. crude lost $1.57 to $94.56 per barrel in New York. It dipped to $93.65 per barrel earlier in the day, the lowest since mid-Decemb...
A black mark for survivor of financial crisis
2012-05-12 23:56:59 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The reputation that Jamie Dimon honed for decades on Wall Street has been severely damaged in a matter of days.
In the 1980s and 1990s, he was the protege of banking industry legend Sanford Weill. In the early 2000s, he took over Bank One, an institution few believed was fixabl...
Is Europe a safe place to buy? Not exactly
2012-05-12 16:24:40 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It often pays to zig when everybody else zags. If you were brave enough to put cash into the stock market three years ago — and very few small investors were — you've doubled your money.
European stocks have lost about 15 percent since mid-March. Renewed worries about the regio...
Stock market inches higher despite bank slump
2012-05-11 17:31:50 UTC
JPMorgan's surprise $2 billion trading loss prompted a sell-off in financial stocks Friday, but the broader market edged higher as investors decided this was a problem for investment banks and not other industries.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 11 points in midday trading after bouncin...
Irish pose next democratic test for EU austerity
2012-05-11 13:47:10 UTC
DUBLIN (AP) — When voters in Greece and France got the chance, they dealt a resounding "No!" to parties backing austerity measures. The Irish could be next to give the European Union's austerity plan a black eye.
A May 31 referendum here asks the public to approve an EU treaty that aims to con...
EU predicts 0.3 pct eurozone contraction in 2012
2012-05-11 13:40:51 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union estimates that the economy of the 17 countries that use the euro is in recession in the wake of a debt crisis that has prompted savage spending cuts and a jump in unemployment to record highs.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, forecasts th...
Nissan profit soars on record sales amid disaster
2012-05-11 13:37:27 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co.'s January-March profit more than doubled to 75.3 billion yen ($941 million) as the Japanese automaker achieved record sales despite production disruptions from last year's tsunami.
Nissan annual global sales reached a record 4.85 million vehicles, showing a remark...
Cheaper gas drives US wholesale price index lower
2012-05-11 13:21:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A big decline in gas and energy costs drove a measure of U.S. wholesale prices lower in April. But outside that drop, inflation was tame.
The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, dropped 0.2 p...
Bank stocks hurt after surprise $2B JPMorgan loss
2012-05-11 13:13:54 UTC
Bank stocks were hammered in Britain and the United States on Friday, partly because of fear that a surprise $2 billion trading loss by JPMorgan Chase would lead to tougher regulation of financial institutions.
In Britain, shares of Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland were down more than 2 per...
Germany raises forecast for 2012 tax revenues
2012-05-10 20:59:37 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it expects its tax income over the next few years to be slightly higher than previously predicted due to a healthy job market and rising personal incomes.
The Finance Ministry said Thursday that tax experts predicted a total revenues of €596.5 billion ($773.5 billion...
Hopes rise for Greece power-sharing talks
2012-05-10 18:29:42 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hopes rose slightly Thursday that Greece could end its post-electoral deadlock without having to hold new elections, as international partners warned that Athens must stick to its hugely unpopular austerity program or abandon the euro.
Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos...
US deficit looms large despite April surplus
2012-05-10 18:24:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government took in more money than it spent in April, the first monthly surplus in nearly four years.
But that black ink won't last. The federal government is on track to exceed a $1 trillion deficit for the fourth straight year, keeping the contentious issue front a...
Cisco's sobering forecast overshadows 3Q earnings
2012-05-10 01:36:04 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cisco raised the specter late Wednesday of a jarring slowdown in technology spending, alarming investors already fretting about the economy's fragile condition.
The red flag hoisted by the world's largest maker of computer-networking equipment overshadowed a solid showing ...
News Corp 3Q beats Street despite probe costs
2012-05-10 01:27:54 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., the global media conglomerate under fire for phone hacking and alleged bribery in Britain, posted a 47 percent increase in third-quarter net income thanks to strong performances at its U.S. pay TV networks and movie studio.
The results beat analy...
Oil rises after China trade exceeds expectations
2013-02-08 06:47:16 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Oil prices rose above $96 a barrel Friday after China reported better-than-expected monthly trade data, a sign that its economic recovery is gaining traction.
Benchmark oil for March delivery was up 25 cents to $96.08 at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the ...
Toyota quarterly profit quadruples on recovery
2012-05-09 07:23:20 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's January-March profit more than quadrupled to 121 billion yen ($1.5 billion) from the previous year, and the automaker gave upbeat forecasts for this fiscal year, marking a solid recovery from a hardship-filled year following the tsunami in Japan.
Toyota Motor Corp.'s prof...
Gas price likely won't set record this summer
2012-05-09 07:19:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Gasoline prices likely won't set any records this summer, thanks to a recent drop in the price of oil.
The government on Tuesday slashed its forecast for average gas prices to $3.79 per gallon for the summer driving season. That's down from an initial estimate of $3.95 and belo...
AP-World-Markets/588 Asia stocks fall amid Greek political chaos
2012-05-09 07:12:32 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets fell Wednesday, spooked by disappointing U.S. corporate earnings and fears that political turmoil in debt-crippled Greece is pushing it closer to financial disaster.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 1.5 percent to hit a three-month intraday low of 9,021.20 as tr...
There's room at inn for Olympics _ but it'll cost
2012-05-08 10:11:57 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It's months before athletes hit the Olympic track, but time is running out for those in another fierce competition: The scramble for a place to stay in London.
Some innkeepers will be charging Ritz rates for Fawlty Towers rooms — and they will get away with it.
A limited hotel...