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H-P, Apple: Monday's Headlines

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Here are the top stock market headlines for the morning of Monday, August 9, 2010.

Monday's Early Headlines

  • H-P CEO Hurd Resigns After "Improper" Conduct -- Hewlett-Packard (HPQ - Get Report) CEO Mark Hurd resigned late Friday following an investigation into an accusation of sexual harassment. H-P said its investigation determined there was no violation of H-P's sexual harassment policy, but did find violations of H-P's standards of business conduct. Mike Holston, H-P's General Counsel, said the company had unearthed irregularities in payments made to the contractor, as well as Hurd's expense reports. "It was a systematic pattern of improper expenses and inaccurate reports," he said.
  • BP Cement Plug Has Hardened -- BP (BP - Get Report) said Sunday that the cement plug sealing its broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico had hardened, according to published media reports. The company said pressure tests on the plug show that it's solidly in place, The Associated Press reported. The successful tests mean BP can begin drilling the last 100 feet of a relief well that it hopes will permanently seal the broken well, the AP reported.
  • Apple iPhone Exec Departs; More Verizon iPhone Reports -- Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) Mark Papermaster, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone and iPod hardware engineering, is leaving the company, according to Apple spokesman Steve Dowling. Papermaster leaves the company in the wake of antenna problems with the newest version of the iPhone. Meanwhile, TechCrunch reports that Apple has submitted orders for millions of units of Qualcomm (QCOM) CDMA chipsets for a Verizon (VZ - Get Report) iPhone run due in December, citing sources with knowledge of the situation.
  • Nabors Acquires Superior Well for $900 Million -- Nabors Industries (NBR) said Monday it has agreed to purchase Superior Well Services (SWSI) in a $900 million transaction that values shares of Superior Well at $22.12 per share, a premium of 21.3% to Friday's closing price. "Although we expect this acquisition by itself to be significantly accretive to 2011 results, our major motivator was the opportunity to leverage this well respected franchise into a global force utilizing our extensive international footprint and resources," Nabors' Chairman and CEO Gene Isenberg said in a statement.
  • McDonald's Global Comparable Sales Up 7% in July -- McDonald's (MCD - Get Report) said its global comparable sales rose 7% in July, coming in ahead of analysts' estimates. U.S. comparable sales were up 5.7%, Europe sales climbed up 5.3% and sale surged 10.1% in Asia, Middle East and Africa. "Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and our strong July sales performance reflects our commitment to them," said McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner.
  • Sara Lee CEO Resigns for Health Reasons -- Sara Lee (SLE) Chairman and CEO Brenda Barnes will step down from her positions to focus on improving her health, the company said Monday. Barnes had been on medical leave since May 14 after suffering a stroke. Barnes has also resigned from Sara Lee's board of directors and will not run for re-election at the company's annual shareholders meeting in October.

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