A quiet Valentine's Day weekend brought no news of any arrests in last week's bombing on Wall Street or the online hacker attacks against many of the companies that trade there.
But a German newspaper did report Saturday that U.S. authorities were pursuing a lead on a hacker who may be based in Germany.
Authorities were investigating a hacker code-named "Mixter," whose software
or "barbed wire" evidently was used in the attacks,
In Other News
Elsewhere overseas, French homeowners looking to make some
improvements could soon find their supplies at a familiar U.S. outlet:
. The Atlanta-based retailer is looking at buying French hardware chain
, and is believed to have already approached the Dubois family group of shareholders,
The Mail on Sunday
newspaper in London reported. U.K. retailer
owns 57% of Castorama.
The latest casualty of
cutbacks is consumer division president H. Eugene Lockhart, according to
magazine. The magazine says his departure is part of the company's effort to shear $2 billion in costs.
, citing unnamed sources, added that Lockhart will be joining a small start-up company.
As airlines take a closer look at their tail parts in the wake of the Jan. 31 crash of
Flight 261, the Federal Aviation Administration's investigation will also examine Alaska Airlines' maintenance records and procedures, FAA Administrator Jane Garvey said on
likely will not win the British government's $1.2 billion missile order for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft,
The Sunday Times
of London reported. Prime Minister
was instead expected to back
European Aeronautic, Defence and Space
company, the newspaper said.
Midwest Express Airlines
and its pilots' union tentatively agreed on a first contract for the airline's 330 pilots Saturday, averting the possibility of a strike. Details of the agreement were not announced.
In Japan, stocks dipped slightly in early Monday trading. The
average was down 65.08 points to 19,644.94, a loss of 0.33%.
Moviegoers had a "scream" this weekend, as the third installment in a horror trilogy,
topped the box office with $16.4 million in estimated sales. It staved off newcomers
with $15 million,
with $14.8 million and
The Tigger Movie,
with $9.2 million.
In the Papers
has abandoned its legislative crusade to guarantee that cable companies make home cable lines accessible to competitors,
The Washington Post
reports. In the wake of its purchase of
, AOL has backed away from its open-access lobbying efforts in a number of states including Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Michigan, the
Money manager David Mobley, whose Naples, Fla.-based
Maricopa Investment Funds
regularly boasts returns of more than 50%, is the topic of the cover story in the latest edition of
. Upon closer examination, the magazine found that the funds' finances are shrouded in secrecy -- they are not audited by a third party or registered with the
Commodities Futures Trading Commission
or any state regulators.
And on the subject of secretive finances,
also examines Seattle-based
, whose stock has exploded from 19 cents early last year to $89 in January. More amazing is that Upgrade has attracted so much money even though it has not yet filed a 10-K, 10-Q or proxy statement, thanks to a regulatory grace period.
also features an interview with William W. Baker of the firm
. His stock picks include
American Power Conversion
has not had as much success as AOL in recruiting customers, and the company has decided to change its focus, the Sunday edition of
The New York Times
reports. MSN is positioning itself as a sort of online problem-solver, the
reports, to help customers navigate shopping, research, finance and other aspects of the Web.
David Rheingold is a New York-based freelance writer. At the time of publication he had no positions in any of the securities mentioned, although holdings can change at any time.