Hit to BP’s market cap gushes past $100 billion

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Description: BP shares dropped as much as 9% in London on Friday, putting the drop the oil major’s market capitalization at more than $100 billion since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill began, as an analyst suggested the company needs to sell stock to assure counterparties of its financial health. Source:  Marketwatch.com Date: 06/25/2010 Link:… Read more »

RIM may be feeling the heat from Android, iPhone

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Description: Though analysts still expected Research In Motion Ltd. to post strong double-digit gains in both sales and earnings for its recently-ended first fiscal quarter, there is a growing sense that the company is facing more pressure from the fast-growing lineup of new smart phones on the market. Source:  Marketwatch.com Date: 06/18/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/research-in-motion-may-see-effects-of-competition-2010-06-18  … Read more »

Production Probably Rose, Prices Fell: U.S. Economy Preview

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Description: Factories kept churning out more goods last month, while prices and home construction fell, pointing to a manufacturing-led U.S. recovery that is not generating inflation, economists said before reports this week. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 06/13/2010 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=afVs1JzRgfSE Questions for discussion: Summarize the key items in the report and explain their significance to a financial… Read more »

Toys ‘R’ Us files $800 million IPO

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Description: Toys “R” Us is seeking to raise $800 million in stock through an initial public offering, hoping to clear some debt from its balance sheet, the company said in a securities filing Friday. Source:  CNNMoney.com Date: 05/28/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/28/news/companies/toys_r_us_IPO/index.htm   Questions for discussion: How does this IPO help the firm? What are the advantages… Read more »