It's a mixed open on Wall Street, with the
futures having shed their early strength shortly before the bell.
At midday European bourses were trading higher on the heels of yesterday afternoon's rally on Wall Street, and the
news of the
Bank of England's
surprise 50-basis-point reduction of its benchmark interest rate, which now stands at 5.5%.
Asian markets closed mixed, with Japan's
off 74.46 to close at 14,086.85 and Hong Kong's
gaining 18.80 to 9438.65. In Malaysia, Finance Minister
ended a ban that kept foreign portfolio investors from taking money out of the country.
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posted fourth-quarter earnings of 35 cents a share, about 2 cents over expectations.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber
earned 74 cents a share in the fourth quarter, excluding gains from the sale of assets, a penny under the average of estimates polled by
. Separately, the company announced that 980 jobs at its original plant in Gadsen, Ala., will be cut as the plant stops making tires and focuses on producing rubber for other Goodyear plants. Yesterday the company announced it will acquire 10% of
Sumitomo Rubber Industries
and take over the Japanese tire maker's U.S. and European operations.
will buy 33 stores from
, which is liquidating its assets after more than three years in bankruptcy.
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second-quarter earnings dropped 54%, but, at 17 cents a share, still came out a penny ahead of analysts' expectations.
will equip its
PC, which the company markets solely in Japan, with
Advanced Micro Devices'
report on AMD's disappearing act yesterday at the Monty conference.
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U.K. pharma giant
is in talks to unload at a discount its pharmacy-benefits business,
Diversified Pharmaceutical Services
, to a drugstore chain, according to
The Wall Street Journal
U.K. hotel operator
said an unnamed suitor has made a $1.76 billion takeover offer. In late January
of London had written that Stakis was in talks with betting shop and hotel operator
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figures show the number of initial jobless claims fell 9,000 last week to 292,000, the fourth drop in five weeks.
Israeli warplanes fired air-to-surface missiles at a village in southwest Lebanon after two rockets were fired toward Israel.
will rehire the aide who resigned in the face of public outcry over his use of the word "niggardly" to describe his office's fiscal policy.
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