Economy

  • Natural gas prices up 5 pct. on production report
    Natural_gas 2012-04-30 20:56:35 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The price of natural gas jumped by nearly 5 percent Monday after government data showed that producers are making good on promises to cut supplies. Chesapeake Energy Corp., ConocoPhillips and Encana Corp. have each said that the...
  • Delta Air buys Pa. refinery from Conoco
    138266-the-delta-airline-logo-is-seen-onstrap 2012-04-30 20:37:31 UTC
    Delta Air Lines Inc. says it will buy a refinery near Philadelphia as part of an unprecedented deal that it hopes will cut its jet fuel bill. Delta is buying the Trainer, Pa. refinery from Phillips 66, a refining company being spun off from Con...
  • Energy Transfer Partners to buy Sunoco for $5.3B
    151696980 2012-04-30 20:29:35 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Energy Transfer Partners is buying Sunoco in a $5.3 billion deal that creates one of the more diverse pipeline companies in the country. The acquisition includes nearly 8,000 miles of pipeline, as well as 4,900 gas stations in 2...
  • Barnes & Noble and the e-reader competition
    Nook_next_to_paperbacks.top 2012-04-30 20:15:07 UTC
    Barnes & Noble Inc. makes a variety of Nooks with black-and-white screens, dedicated to reading, and the Nook Color and Nook Tablet, which add color screens, third-party applications and Internet browsing to the mix. Here's how its sales stacke...
  • Asia stocks rise on hopes of new Fed stimulus move
    0 2012-04-30 05:13:57 UTC
    BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday in holiday-thinned trade as sluggish U.S. growth figures boosted hopes for more measures from the Federal Reserve to help the world's No. 1 economy. South Korea's Kospi added 0.2 percent to 1,980.2...
  • Samsung Electronics reports record profit
    C175eb3446a1ad6893632a0ce37c 2012-04-28 04:45:12 UTC
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest consumer electronics firm by revenues, on Friday reported a record-high profit as strong smartphone sales helped mask a drop in semiconductor and TV profit. Net profit amoun...
  • Italy pays higher yields in pair of bond auctions
    Mario-monti-wolfgang-scha-007 2012-04-27 20:22:01 UTC
    MILAN (AP) — Italy was forced to pay higher interest rates Friday to entice investors to buy a little under €5 billion ($6.6 billion) worth of its 5- and 10-year bonds as jitters over Europe's debt problems have resurfaced. Investors demanded y...
  • Markets brush aside more grim Spanish news
    9424dc4a0dc2c4f91304731868-943x345-1 2012-04-27 20:16:42 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Investors brushed aside more grim Spanish financial news and lower-than-anticipated U.S. economic growth figures, helping stocks to rally at the end of what has turned out to be a solid week for markets. Over the past couple of we...
  • Natural gas prices rise; oil declines slightly
    Icjxv2ofpb9y 2012-04-27 15:59:12 UTC
    Natural gas is rising as cooler weather and production cuts are raising expectations that demand may improve. Natural gas rose 2.1 cents to $2.147 per 1,000 cubic feet Friday in early trading. Last week the price dropped to the lowest level in ...
  • Exxon Mobil 1Q profit drops 11 percent
    4f99638284d06.image-1 2012-04-26 20:50:29 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil struggled just about everywhere in the first quarter. It produced less oil and natural gas. Profits dropped at its chemical plants and U.S. refineries. And its overall net income fell 11 percent, the first decline in...
  • Chrysler posts best quarterly profit in 13 years
    Chrysler 2012-04-26 20:42:48 UTC
    DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler had its best quarterly profit in 13 years. Not bad for a company that almost died three years ago. The company earned $473 million in the first quarter, mainly from strong U.S. sales, which rose 39 percent from January t...
  • Senate Dems ready bill freezing student loan costs
    Untitled 2012-04-25 18:08:08 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing politics with his push to prevent interest rates on federal student loans from increasing in an election-year effort to embarrass Republicans, the Senate's GOP leader said Wednesday. Senate Mi...
  • Oil prices decline on growing supply
    110502033054_oil_prices_640x360_16x9 2012-04-25 18:03:54 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices dropped slightly on Wednesday after the government reported an increase in U.S. supplies. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude lost 22 cents to $103.33 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which sets the price of o...
  • Sprint loss widens on Nextel, iPhone lifts sales
    Untitled 2012-04-25 17:49:47 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The iPhone boosted struggling Sprint Nextel Corp. in the latest quarter, letting it beat AT&T and perhaps even Verizon in recruiting high-paying phone subscribers to the Sprint network. Sprint started selling the iPhone in Octob...
  • Caterpillar 1Q profit jumps 29 pct, boosts outlook
    539w 2012-04-25 17:42:37 UTC
    Caterpillar's first-quarter profit jumped 29 percent and it boosted its outlook for the year as U.S. builders replaced old gear and global demand for mining equipment boomed. The company generated $1.59 billion net income, or $2.37 per share, d...
  • US orders for long-lasting goods plunge in March
    File2tuysy 2012-04-25 17:37:52 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting factory goods fell by the largest amount in three years last month, mostly because demand for commercial aircraft plummeted. But companies also ordered less machinery and other equipment, a sign manufactur...
  • Fed: Economy growing moderately; no policy changes
    539w 2012-04-25 17:24:48 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the economy is growing moderately while cautioning that risks from Europe remain. It's holding off on taking any further steps to boost the recovery. In a statement after a two-day meeting, the Fed sai...
  • Sales of handset arm lifts Sweden's Ericsson in QI
    Default 2012-04-25 07:47:09 UTC
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — LM Ericsson, the world-leading wireless equipment maker in terms of market share, saw its first quarter profits more than double, largely on the back of proceeds made from the sale of its stake in handset maker Sony Ericsson. T...
  • Poor economy worsens Social Security's finances
    Timothy_geithner 2012-04-23 18:42:41 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — High energy prices and an economy that has been slow to rebound are worsening Social Security's finances, shortening the life of the trust funds that support program by three years, the government said Monday. Those trust fund...
  • Oil little changed, investors weigh global economy
    Oil_prices 2013-01-18 20:16:30 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil remained at a four-month high Friday after new data showed China's economy rebounded and a global demand forecast rose. Benchmark oil for February delivery rose 7 cents to finish at $95.56 per barrel on the ...
  • After 4-month surge, gas prices start falling
    Oil-station 2012-04-21 06:21:56 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The worst appears to be over. Gasoline prices are going down. After a four-month surge pushed gasoline to nearly $4 per gallon in early April, drivers, politicians and economists worried that prices might soar past all-time high...
  • IMF moves to calm market fears over European debt
    Picture_2 2012-04-21 20:55:10 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An infusion of hundreds of billions of dollars will give the International Monetary Fund a badly needed boost to tackle Europe's prolonged debt crisis. But global finance officials sent a strong message Saturday that struggling g...
  • Internet advertising climbs to $31 billion in 2011
    Internet 2012-04-18 17:04:36 UTC
    (Reuters) - Internet advertising revenue in the United States jumped 22 percent to $31 billion in 2011 setting a record high. The bulk of last year's spend went to search and display advertising, according to a...
  • IMF inches toward deal on boosting bailout funds
    Untitled 2012-04-17 23:17:55 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund appeared to be inching toward a deal on increasing its financial firepower on Tuesday, with Japan, Sweden and Denmark committing a total of $77 billion to help contain the euro zone's debt cri...
  • Yahoo shows signs of life, Alibaba in the cards again
    Tag-reuters 2012-04-17 23:07:36 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported an uptick in revenue that marked its first quarterly sales growth in three years, as new Chief Executive Scott Thompson spearheads the latest attempt to revamp the struggling Web company. Thompson to...