Monday, April 30, 2012

American Political News for Monday, April 30, 2012

2012 Election

A Dull Election? It’s About Time!

Wisconsin Democrats divided over who to best oust Walker in recall election

Both Parties Willingly Wear Dunce Caps on Student Debt

Paul Ryan season kicks off

Super PAC Attack Ads Paved Way For Explosion in Independent Group Spending In Presidential Primaries

Dalton's momentum continues

President Barack Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign

Obama and Bill Clinton campaign together on economy

President Obama's 2012 Pitch in Focus: Firewall Against Romney

New Obama campaign video focuses on achievements, ignores Romney

Obama Campaign Film Touts ‘Real Results’ of First Term

Obama's Loving the War on Women

Obama campaign unveils new 2012 slogan

Obama Slams GOP For Failing To Act On Infrastructure Improvements In Speech To Union Workers

The Obama Contradiction

Anti-Obama Flyer In Michigan Depicts President Next To Swastika, Warns 'Holocaust Is Coming'

Barack Obama faces crisis over Chen Guangcheng – US politics live

Obama's New 'Forward'-Thinking Slogan

Obama: N. Korea hostility a weakness, not strength

Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential Campaign

‘World News’ Political Insights: VP Contenders Help Romney Fill Cool Gap

Romney Lets Big-Dollar 'Bundlers' Stay Anonymous

Mitt Romney's lukewarm endorsers

Mitt Romney’s road to presidency this fall looks narrow on electoral map

Sen. Kelly Ayotte campaigns with Mitt Romney—a tryout for VP?

Dan Rather: Mitt Romney has ‘good chance’

Mitt Romney, retro-conservative

Romney says he would have ordered bin Laden killed

Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign

Ron Paul supported by 16 Massachusetts delegates, says campaign

Ron Paul, Rand Paul to hold Texas rally with Tea Party Express

Other News

US responds to China tensions with neighbours

US and China iron out deal over blind activist Chen Guangcheng

Japan's PM Yoshihiko Noda visiting the US to boost ties

Obama, Noda To Discuss Trade, Security Issues

House hopeful about a cybersecurity bill

Joseph Kony hunt is proving difficult for U.S. troops

Solyndra issue: GOP to turn up heat

Richard Lugar, Republican Senator, Struggles To Pin 'Untrustworthy' Label On Tea Party Opponent

Pakistan Condemns U.S. Airstrike After Drone Ban

Top Obama aide offers legal defense of drone strikes

Pakistan sends mixed signals on US drone attack

Ahead of Osama death anniversary, US 'especially vigilant' about aviation terror threat

Pakistani PM strikes moderate tone after US attack

U.S. eyes testy China talks, Chen backer expects Chinese decision

Top EPA official resigns after 'crucify' comment

Elijah Cummings to Darrell Issa: Stop ‘witch hunt’

Analysis: Budget grows after holdup in Mo. Senate

Kansas immigration debate still a stalemate

China wants "drastic" U.S., Russia nuclear arms cuts

Texas cannot exclude Planned Parenthood from health program: judge

DOW, NASDAQ, Pink Sheets, OTC, Stocks, Dividends

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers - Equity Options

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers - Index Options

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers

CBOE Futures Exchange Daily Market Statistics

NYSE Market Movers: Overview

NYSE Market Movers: Most Active

NYSE Market Movers: Advances

NYSE Market Movers: Declines

Most Active Stocks

Unusual Volume: Up on Unusual Volume

Down on Unusual Volume

NYSE hit by weak trading and failed Deutsche Boerse deal

CME Group Expands Multi-Asset Class OTC Offering with First Cleared FX Non-Deliverable Forward

NYSE Euronext first-quarter profits slump 32%

Dow, S&P 500 slip as Spain enters recession

Ignite Restaurant sees IPO at $12-$14/share

US Economy

Williams sees no need for further Fed action: paper

Small business hiring takes step back in April

TABLE-Dallas Fed Texas April manufacturing activity index -3.4

US data points to weaker economic momentum

RPT- TABLE-U.S. March retail sales unrevised at +0.8 pct

US Midwest business barometer drops in April

Mississippi Gained Manufacturing Jobs Over Past Year

US consumer spending rises 0.3% in March

U.S. Needs Shareholders' Rights

Fed to buy $45 bln of Treasuries in May, sell $43 bln

Bonds, Mutual Funds, ETFs, Treasuries

U.S. Treasury to sell $30 bln in 4-week bills

TREASURIES-Bonds rise on concern over US, Europe growth

TREASURIES-Prices hold higher after Chicago PMI


Oil hovers below $105 as US, China growth slows

Gold holds above $1,660/oz on monetary easing talk

Oil steady above $119 on stimulus hopes

REFILE-Oil pricing agencies propose self-regulatory code

Ethylene Prices Reach Seven-Year High in April

Oil falls near $104 on European economic concern

Falling natural gas prices concern Okla. leaders

Iraq, Saudi oil helps cover Iran drop, boosts OPEC output

Natural Gas ETN Premium Tops 100%

Copper shaken from 1-month high as dollar rises

Guest Commentary: Gold & Silver Weekly Outlook for April 30 - May 4

US Dollar, Currency

Dollar softens on Fed easing hopes, shares gain

Looking to Sell EUR/USD

EUR/USD Classical Technical Report 04.30

NZD/USD Classical Technical Report 04.30

Dollar tripped by U.S. GDP data, Aussie shines

US Dollar Has Scope to Recover as Markets Reconsider QE3 Bets

US Dollar Weakness Driven by More Than Just Risk On Trade

Greenback Finds Some Temporary Relief on End of Month Flows

Dollar Slips, But Euro Gets No Lift

Exchange rate, US dollar (USD)

Latest (30 April 2012): EUR 1 = USD 1.3214

Euro slips vs dollar as Spain falls into recession

Japanese Yen Continues Post-US GDP Climb Against US Dollar

US Dollar Set to Bounce vs Euro as Markets Trade in Range

USD To Find Bid On Broader Fundamentals, AUD At Risk On RBA Policy

USDCAD Slammed By Growth Fears, JPY Resilient Despite BoJ Easing

What to Do with the USDCAD at 2012 Lows

Swiss franc flat versus weaker dollar

Sterling at multi-month highs versus dollar, euro

Rupee up 4 paise against dollar in early trade

USDJPY 7950 a Major Technical Level

USDCHF Bouncing from Trendline

USDOLLAR Vulnerable After Trendline Break

Real Estate Market

Analysis: U.S. mortgage funds emerge even as housing stays weak

Credit/Stock/Company Rating

TEXT-S&P: aerospace and defense sector prospects keep diverging

Ahead of the Bell: Procter & Gamble downgraded

US Companies/Industry

Broadstone REIT Acquires Napa County Hess Wine Facility for $27.8 Million

MiMedx® Selects Allen & Caron for Investor Relations, Media Relations and Corporate Communications

Amerigon Sets Date For 2012 First Quarter Results Release And Conference Call

Invisible Fence® Brand Introduces Breakthrough Boundary Plus® Technology

Trovagene Announces Validation Program for Trans-Renal K-RAS Mutation Detection in Pancreatic Cancer

Shareholder Advocates for Value Enhancement (SAVE) Nominates Seven Highly Qualified Nominees to the Board of Directors of USA Technologies, Inc.

TGC Industries Reports Record First Quarter 2012 Results

National Technical Systems Reports Fiscal 2012 Fourth Quarter, Year-End Results

Vulcan Files Definitive Proxy Materials And Sends Letter To Shareholders

Analysis: Delta's refinery bid looks better on second glance

China Eastern Airlines says to buy 20 Boeing aircraft

Apple, Google could join Dow index: Barron's

Energy Transfer Partners to buy Sunoco for $5.3 billion

Fed Commission Report Marks Google Low

Chrysler's Windsor plant suspends production as parts supplier strikes

Google staff 'knew of wi-fi snooping', report says

Terra Firma agrees 825 mln stg Four Seasons deal

Tribal DDB Israel Creates First Agency Website on Instagram

Ally Bank Announces 1 Million Customer Accounts, Launches Mobile Banking

SiriusXM Launches New Features for SiriusXM Internet Radio App for Android Smartphones and Tablets

Titan Energy Worldwide Posts 2011 Financial Statements

RG Barry To Report 3rd Quarter Results

The BOSH Group Names Frank Byrum as Chief Technology Officer

BNA Software Launches BNA Income Tax Planner Web

Gen-Probe Incorporated (GPRO) Shareholder Alert: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Announces Investigation of Acquisition by Hologic, Inc.

BNC Bancorp Announces Increase in Earnings for First Quarter 2012

Latest Generation TRW Electronic Stability Control Launching Around The Globe

Spear Announces New Partnership with Dell

OrthoAccel Announces $10 Million Equity Investment

Siri For Dummies® Now Available

Marcum LLP to Launch Inaugural MicroCap Conference on June 20th in NYC

Hologic to Acquire Gen-Probe

LPL Financial Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Akamai Releases Fourth Quarter 2011 'State of the Internet' Report

Humana reports 21 percent drop in Q1 profit

Loews 1Q net income drops, revenue rises

Coca-Cola in talks to buy Monster: WSJ

Microsoft buys Nook stake, B&N shares soar

Strong Grand Cherokee sales keep factory humming

Barnes & Noble, Microsoft join to sell e-books

Lockheed Martin wins $391 million contract options

Legal/US Buisness Lawsuits

Alaska Communications Hit With National Class Action

Bank of America directors fight back over $20 million settlement

Shareholder sues Google to block stock split

Sunday, April 29, 2012

VIDEO: C-SPAN: President Obama at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

American Political News for Sunday, April 29, 2012

2012 Election

Obama, Romney tweak strategies for tight race this fall

Romney, Gingrich, GSA: Obama tweaks them all

Analysis: Student loan agreement? Not so fast.

Campaigns Spar Over Controversial Obama Ad

Hilary Rosen: 'I'm Sorry' for Ann Romney Comments

President Barack Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign

Obama jabs at Romney at White House Correspondents' dinner

Obama Rips Romney, Congress, and Own Presidency at Correspondents' Dinner

Obama pokes fun at campaigns past and present, Secret Service, Donald Trump

Obama Takes Offensive on Women's Issues

Obama, Clintons deepen political and policy ties

Analysis: Obama falls short of meteoric expectations abroad

Obama not politicizing bin Laden anniversary: White House

Obama aide mum on whether US protecting activist

Obama appoints top campaign bundler to Netherlands ambassador post

Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential Campaign

Romney shakes up the strategy, tones down rhetoric

Romney says Chinese activist should be protected

Barbour: Romney well-positioned

Newt Gingrich 2012 Presidential Campaign

Newt Gingrich says he’s dropping out ‘about’ May 2 and endorsing Romney [VIDEO]

Other News

Sessions marks three years without budget: ‘Deliberate plan’ by Democrats

Weaker al-Qaida still plots payback for US raid

Taiwan welcomes US reconsideration on jet sale

China reach in focus at U.S.- Philippine security talks

Obama releases $147M in aid to Palestinians

US diplomat arrives in Beijing as activist's flight and Taiwan arms sales threaten China ties

Dissident case poses test for U.S.-China diplomacy

The 5 Al-Qaida leaders most wanted by US

U.S. military faces scrutiny over its prostitution policies

Brennan says no Secret Service security breach

Iraq to get first F-16 jets in early 2014: official

Boehner: Obama ‘diminishing the presidency by picking fake fights’

Boehner: I‘m Trying to ’Help’ Obama By Criticizing Him

Boehner Calls Romney 'Very Likeable', Says Americans Won't Elect 'a Loser'

Boehner Attacks Obama, and Denies It

Boehner: Obama ‘diminishing the presidency by picking fake fights’

Boehner on Earmarks: 'I've Got No Grease'

US Economy

Paul Krugman: Ben Bernanke Has Been 'Assimilated by the Borg'

US Companies/Industry

GM, Isuzu to talk on capital tie-up: Nikkei

US approves powerful Johnson & Johnson antibiotic Levaquin to treat or prevent deadly plague

Westin to make debut in the Dominican Republic.

USA: Brazil, Earth Day to feature on Macy’s Facebook Page

Exxon Joliet refinery starts up unit -filing

Alon Big Spring refinery reports crude unit upset -filing

Valero Port Arthur refinery restarts hydrocracker-filing

Goldman's Jim O'Neill approached for BoE job-paper

Pall Corp selling some blood transfusion assets

Report: Apple legally sidesteps billions in taxes

Legal/US Buisness Lawsuits

Conrad Black slated for release from prison this week

Saturday, April 28, 2012

VIDEO: Weekly Republican Address 4/28/12: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

VIDEO: Weekly Address: Helping our Veterans Make Informed Decisions about Higher Education

American Political News for Saturday, April 28, 2012

2012 Election

Americans Pick Obama Over Romney on Many Positive Traits

Republicans insert healthcare into student loan fight

Year after death, bin Laden an issue in US campaign

Biden to ‘Dull as Hell’ Crowd at Campaign Fundraiser: ‘Pretend You Like Me’

Rubio campaign fined for improper contributions

President Barack Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign

Obama Warns Women That Romney, GOP Will 'Close Doors of Opportunity'

Obama holds rare interview in Situation Room

Obama campaign questions Romney on bin Laden death

Obama flashing executive power in election year

Obama promotes GI Bill safeguards for vets

Obama's Weekly Address: Protecting Veterans From Deceptive Loan Operators

For Obama, bin Laden killing becomes campaign tool

Obama Cracks Down On For-Profit Schools That Prey On Veterans

Obama Warns Women That Romney, GOP Will 'Close Doors of Opportunity'

Obama makes health care appeal to female voters

Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential Campaign

GOP follows Romney's lead in parrying Democrats

Romney keeps focus on economy despite Obama attacks

Romney Campaign Manager Attacks Obama's Record

Romney urges young people to take economic risks

Romney Begins to Tell the Story of Romney

PROMISES, PROMISES: Romney pledges raise questions

Other News

US raises hope of sale of new fighters to Taiwan

US to consider sales of new F-16s to Taiwan

Chaperones among new Secret Service conduct rules

Secret Service tightens conduct rules post-scandal

Secret Service's new rules: No boozing, racy bars

U.S. House panel may send scandal investigators to Colombia

US officials: Core al-Qaida 'essentially gone'

Al Qaeda now incapable of 9/11-scale attack: U.S. officials

AP Exclusive: NM gov.'s grandfather was US citizen

White House says plans to ramp up pressure on Syria

Limited success for Obama's Russia, China approach

US looks to South America for security partners

AP: Maine Gov. LePage clarifies 'corrupt' remark

DOW, NASDAQ, Pink Sheets, OTC, Stocks, Dividends

In battle of the S&P, can bulls gain the edge?

S&P 500 rallies for week on Amazon, Expedia results

How the major US stock indexes fared on Friday

US Economy

In Alaska, plan to cut oil taxes hits a wall

Geithner: U.S. can withstand any Europe stresses


Gold Still Americans' Top Pick Among Long-Term Investments

US Dollar, Currency

Euro Gains versus Dollar Despite Clear Euro Zone Troubles – Why?

US Companies/Industry

Exclusive: Chesapeake board member lent money to CEO McClendon

Regulators close 5 banks in 4 states

Ex-Yahoo CEO got $16.4M package in final year

Delta CEO sees pay package rise 10 percent

United Airlines CEO paid more than $13 million

Boeing rolls out first 787 manufactured in SC

Yahoo escalates patent battle with Facebook

Limited Recall Of DuMOR® Poultry Grower/Finisher Bags Containing DuMOR® Poultry Layer 16% Crumbles Because of Possible Animal Health Risk

Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall of One Production Run of Dry Dog Food Due to a Potential Health Risk



Regulators eye Google in Argentina, South Korea

Earnings schedule for week of 4/30/2012

Legal/US Buisness Lawsuits

U.S. Court rules Merck's Zetia patent valid

Friday, April 27, 2012

American Political News for Friday, April 27, 2012

President Barack Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign

Obama targeting fraudulent loan marketing to vets

Newt Gingrich 2012 Presidential Campaign

Newt's Long Goodbye

Other News

U.S., India to sign $8 billion defense deals: envoy

House vote sets up Senate cybersecurity showdown

U.S., Japan unveil revised plan for Okinawa

US to remove 9,000 Marines from Okinawa

U.S. on guard for attacks ahead of bin Laden anniversary

Secret Service expands misconduct probe to El Salvador

Taylor verdict delivers 'powerful message,' US says

Senator calls for independent Secret Service probe

US urges Bahrain to show restraint

DOW, NASDAQ, Pink Sheets, OTC, Stocks, Dividends

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers - Equity Options

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers - Index Options

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers

CBOE Futures Exchange Daily Market Statistics

NYSE Market Movers: Overview

NYSE Market Movers: Most Active

NYSE Market Movers: Advances

NYSE Market Movers: Declines

Most Active Stocks

Unusual Volume: Up on Unusual Volume

Down on Unusual Volume

Stock futures pare gains after GDP data

US stock futures gain modestly ahead of GDP data

Wall St gains for 3rd day on data, earnings

Deutsche Boerse says NYSE appeal to take up to 3 yrs

Is This the Start of the Next Cyclical Bull Market for Gold and Silver Stocks?

US Economy

Growth slows on inventories, weak business spending

Lacker sees U.S. Fed rate hike in mid-2013

US economy growth slows to 2.2% in first quarter despite stronger consumer spending

U.S. economy slows down

TREASURIES-Prices rise on slower-than-expected US growth

US growth slows on inventories, weak business spending

US Dollar Index Classical Technical Report 04.27

USD Drops As US First Quarter GDP Expands at 2.2%, Less Than Expected

April Consumer Sentiment Index 76.4

Bonds, Mutual Funds, ETFs, Treasuries

TREASURIES-Prices steady as US consumption offsets slower growth


U.S. oil report seen supporting Iran sanctions

Gold climbs above $1,660 per oz after data

Brent, U.S. crude slip more after U.S. GDP data

Commodities Look to US GDP Data to Offset Euro Debt Crisis Jitters

US Dollar, Currency

Looking to Sell EUR/USD

US Dollar Expected to Rise vs Euro, Waiting for Entry to Sell Yen

NZD/USD Classical Technical Report 04.27

Geithner asks China to let its currency strengthen

Dollar falls vs. euro and yen after GDP data

Latest (27 April 2012): EUR 1 = USD 1.3229

AUD/USD Trading Up to the 1.0450-1.0463 Resistance Zone

Dollar Weakens, Euro Steadies, Yen Shrugs

Credit/Stock/Company Rating

TEXT-S&P revises Wesco International outlook to positive

TEXT-Fitch: 1Q'12 cumulative defaults near 13% for U.S. CMBS

US Companies/Industry

Ford 1Q earns fall on Europe slump, tax rate

Ford earnings beats Wall Street estimates

Procter & Gamble 3Q net income slips

Amazon soars as digital sales boost margins

Merck posts big Q1 profit jump on lower charges

ConocoPhillips, CNOOC to pay $267 million for China spill

Procter & Gamble cuts outlook


Goldman Sachs censured, no further penalty on 2011 warrants case

Apple sales rocket in China, but growth may slow

Betsey Johnson LLC files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Incoming Lockheed CEO takes helm amid challenges

Chevron profit rises 4 percent, even as production falls

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and FHLB 2012 note calendar

BRIEF-Eastman Kodak Q1 results

American National Bankshares Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Earnings

IT Consulting Firm NuWave Solutions Unveils Board of Advisors

eBid Adds “Make An Offer” Button

ExxonMobil Stalls in Accepting Industry Pattern Agreement During Contract Talks at Baton Rouge, La., Facility

comScore validated Campaign Essentials™ (vCE) Gets Global Adoption from Several of World's Leading Brands

Anthera Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Report and Conference Call

Unisys to Webcast 2012 Annual Stockholders Meeting

Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. Reports Results for First Quarter 2012; Declares 28 Cent Dividend

FairPoint Communications to Release 2012 First Quarter Results

GP Strategies to Report First Quarter 2012 Results on May 3, 2012

North European Oil Royalty Trust Announces the Distribution for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2012

Veltex Corporation Announces 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

K2Share Joins CyberPatriot as Cyber Silver Sponsor

WGU Texas Announces Advisory Board

VWR International, LLC Signs Agreement to Acquire basan Germany GmbH

Legal/US Buisness Lawsuits

KFC told to pay $8 million to stricken Australian girl's family

FTC Files a Notice of Appeal against a Recent Ruling in Favour of Garden of Life

Thursday, April 26, 2012

American Political News for Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 Election

Biden calls Romney foreign policy backward-looking

Young Voters Back Obama, but Many Aren't Poised to Vote

Biden Rebuffs Romney on Iran: Obama ‘Has a Big Stick’

In campaign speeches, Biden said 'middle class' 38 times

First Thoughts: Obama maintains map edge

Biden Foreign-Policy Counterattack On Romney Highlights GOP Challenge

In Battleground Iowa, Even Office Space Up For Grabs

Dick Lugar trails by 5, poll says

Utah Senate seat still rates as safe GOP

Hispanics back Obama over Romney on policy, many undecided

Conservative-leaning group launches anti-Obama ad

President Barack Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign

Obama slams representatives using their own words

Obama To Begin Campaigning In Earnest

Obama plans first two big rallies of general-election campaign

Obama's reelection bid: Will being 'cooler' than Mitt Romney really help?

Barack Obama's order to 'go in and get Osama bin Laden' made public

Boehner on Obama: 'The emperor has no clothes'

Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential Campaign

Rick Perry endorses Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney's Appointment of Gay Aide Richard Grenell Signals New Attitude

Romney hires Santorum’s campaign manager

Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign

For Paul's true believers, a study in American optimism

Newt Gingrich 2012 Presidential Campaign

Gingrich faces uncertain future after failed run

Gingrich And The Secret Service: Who Calls For Protection To End?

Other News

US 'expands Yemen drone strikes policy'

Internet bill could allow DHS to spy on Congress, Supreme Court

Marco Rubio’s foreign policy speech stakes out a middle ground in GOP

Senator seeks to allow goose kills near NY airport after multiple collisions with planes

U.S. Considers Ways To Keep Drones In Pakistan

House GOP moves ahead with cybersecurity bill

Republicans complain taxpayers fund Obama political travel

Ariz. migrant case could lead to sweeping changes

Miss Gov. says left's mission is to abort children

U.S., Colombia agree to boost security ties

Panetta: U.S., Brazil Partnership ‘Is the Future’

Report: Secret Service involved in second prostitution scandal

Colombia's ambassador asks US to apologize for Secret Service sex scandal

Political battle over student loans heating up

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act

John Edwards trial: Highlights (and lowlights) from the first week

White House: No Terrorist Threat Linked to Bin Laden Anniversary

US and Pakistan discuss closed Nato route

House OKs cybersecurity bill despite veto threat

Third congressman calls for EPA official’s resignation over ‘crucify them’ comments

U.S. lawmakers defend slew of corporate tax breaks

Pelosi Says GOP Plan on Student Loan Rate 'Assault on Women's Health'

Watchdog expanding ethics probe at labor board

'Rainy day' fund use considered by La. lawmakers

Speaker: Difficult to do Rubio's immigration bill

Secret Service looking into latest prostitution claim -- this time in El Salvador

The CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Is No SOPA, but It's Bad Enough

DOW, NASDAQ, Pink Sheets, OTC, Stocks, Dividends

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers - Equity Options

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers - Index Options

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers

CBOE Futures Exchange Daily Market Statistics

NYSE Market Movers: Overview

NYSE Market Movers: Most Active

NYSE Market Movers: Advances

NYSE Market Movers: Declines

Most Active Stocks

Unusual Volume: Up on Unusual Volume

Down on Unusual Volume

Stock futures edge lower after run up; jobless data eyed

Stocks futures dip after Nasdaq run-up; jobless data eyed

CME Group profit falls in first quarter

Stocks open mixed after unemployment claims rise

US Economy

U.S. eyes easier access to China, Russia markets

Fed stands pat but says will act if needed

Financial crises caused by "stupidity and greed": Geithner

U.S. jobless claims ease but 4-wk average rises

US lawmaker urges Obama push on Russia trade bill

US seasonally adj CP outstanding falls $6.7 bln

US Tarp bailout fund likely to lose money, report says

Fed balance sheet shrinks in latest week

Geithner calls on China to push ahead with reforms

Bonds, Mutual Funds, ETFs, Treasuries

TREASURIES-Price gains extended after jobless claims data

Treasury yields fall after poor jobs numbers


Indonesia suspends U.S. beef imports over mad cow disease

Buyers of U.S. beef keep importing after mad cow case

US trade rep urges Indonesia to lift beef import ban

Oil rises above $104 as US boosts economy outlook

Oil prices rise on Fed's brighter US outlook

Gold has resistance around USD 1651: India Forex

US natgas futures climb 6 pct after EIA storage build

Grains futures mostly rise, livestock prices mixed

US Dollar, Currency

Looking to Sell EUR/USD

Dollar Near 3-Week Low as It Falls Prey to Dovish Fed

US Dollar Likely to Turn Higher as Markets Digest Bernanke Comments

Forex: Dollar Falls Slightly In Lower Y81 On Caution Over U.S. Economy

Latest (26 April 2012): EUR 1 = USD 1.3215

AUD/USD – Rising Channel Breaks Above Declining Channel and Tests 1.0390 Pivot

Dollar Slips, Kiwi Hangs Tough

USD Searches For Support Ahead Of 1Q GDP, JPY Outlook Bearish On BoJ

Japanese Yen Rebounds Sharply as US Dollar Slides after FOMC

Dollar little changed vs euro after mixed US data

EURUSD: Trading the Advance 1Q U.S. GDP Report

Real Estate Market

Home sales sends stocks higher, but problems loom

Fed buys $7 billion mortgage bonds, sells none

Credit/Stock/Company Rating

BRIEF-Moody's rates Tenet secured notes B1, unsecured notes Caa1

US Companies/Industry

Starwood 1st-quarter profit more than quadruples

Insurer Aetna's 1Q profit falls 13 percent

Chrysler reports best quarter since Fiat alliance

U.S. Bancorp, Blackstone, Wells win Eurohypo loans

Mexico president "very indignant" about Wal-Mart case

BlackRock, China SWF to launch China-focused fund: FT

Apple's growth hinges on China, new devices

Wal-Mart: No tie between lobbyists and bribery case


Allergy Alert on Milk Products in Mrs. Weaver’s Pimento Spread

Brazil: Panetta Pushes Boeing

United Continental results weighed by fuel costs

L-3 Communications posts lower profit

BRIEF-Duke Energy, Sumitomo secure financing for Kansas wind farms

Chesapeake won't extend CEO well participation

JetBlue profit tops estimates as fares rise

Sierra Club to use agreement to fight Dominion hub

BRIEF-New York Fed Sells MAX CDO Holdings in Competitive Process

BRIEF-Moody's: lower cotton costs will boost U.S. apparel industry profits

Occidental Petroleum posts profit gain as Exxon Mobil falters

J.C. Penney lures another executive from Apple

After Apple, Amazon, too, may be in for wild ride

Husky's Ohio refinery still operating after leak

GM CEO earned $7.7 million in cash, stock in 2011

Wal-Mart offers online shoppers a "cash" option

PepsiCo says 1Q net income edges lower

Summary Box: Dow Chemical's 1Q profit drops

China buys Boeing 777s, delays Airbus deal: sources

Mexico City mayor says to probe Wal-Mart "store by store"

PepsiCo, Coke Enterprises beat Wall Street views

Trimble Navigation to buy Google's SketchUp

Ford to close Australian plants for a week due to supplier woes

Lockheed eyes growth amid "increasing headwinds"

MetLife exits reverse mortgage business

After Apple, Amazon, too, may be in for wild ride

Marlboro maker Altria 1Q profit up nearly 4 pct

New J&J CEO parachuting into tough terrain

Kindle Fire helps Amazon beat 1Q estimates

Summary Box: Computer glitches worsen UAL 1Q loss

AMR labor needs shifted after bankruptcy: executive

Safeway's 1Q profits jump amid cost controls

Kellogg 1Q profit drops 2 percent as costs rise

Diamond Pet Foods recalls batch of dry dog food

GM CEO earned $7.7 million in cash, stock in 2011

Amazon's streak of Fire ignites shares

MetLife posts loss on interest rate bet

Alfa Sprouts Inc. (Springwater Sprouts) Recalls Alfalfa Sprouts And Clover Sprouts Due To Possible Health Risk

Manhattan Group Recalls Baby Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

Target Recalls Bunny Sippy Cups Due to Injury Hazard

Gerber Recalls Instant Knife Due to Laceration Hazard

Kawasaki USA Recalls Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles Due to Injury, Death Hazard

Zynga reports 1Q net loss, higher revenue

Expedia tops profit estimates, shares up

UGI's 2Q profit falls on weak heating-gas demand

Nuance shares jump on early peek at 2Q results

US FDA approves Glaxo cancer drug Votrient

Legal/US Buisness Lawsuits

Former Morgan Stanley star in China pleads guilty

Ex-brokerage chief to serve 30 months in BOM case

US SEC begins probe of Chesapeake CEO's well stakes

McKesson pays $190 mln in US drug pricing accord

Judge won't dismiss CFTC oil manipulation case

FTC hires outside lawyer to steer Google probe

Google fires back at FCC on Wi-Fi investigation

GS insider trading probe aimed at healthcare tips

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

American Political News for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2012 Election

Millennial voters: Obama gaining, but Romney has an opening

Religiousness a Key Factor for Romney and Obama Support

Obama Now at 50% Job Approval; Leads Romney, 49% to 42%

Rep. Holden, dean of Pa. House members, unseated

Rep. Mark Critz defeats Rep. Jason Altmire in Democratic primary in Pennsylvania

Holden becomes second House incumbent to be ousted by challenger

Poll: Mitt tops Obama with religious

Democrats hold small lead in NM Senate race

N2K Presidential Race: 'Hold on a Little Longer'

Mitt Romney takes GOP control as Newt Gingrich concedes – live coverage

Romney wins NY, Pa. and 3 other GOP primaries

Romney wins NY, Pa. and 3 other GOP primaries

Romney Wins Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania Primaries

McDonnell still open to VP spot

Is Marco Rubio the Sarah Palin of 2012?

Romney, McCrory up big in NC primaries

Obama up big in New Mexico

Poll: Dead heat in Arizona

President Barack Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign

Obama pushes low-rate student loans, wooing young

Obama: College Debt ‘Not Something I Read About in Briefing Book’

Younger Voters Shift From Obama

Obama stresses own struggles paying student loans

Obama's Rolling Stone treatment -- politics to pop

Obama fundraiser to pull in $900K

Obama campaign targets Romney over student loans

Obama to kick off campaign rallies in Ohio, Va.

Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential Campaign

Mitt Romney Takes Hold of the GOP, Seeks to Reintroduce Himself to Electorate

Romney Wins Northeastern Primaries

Mitt Romney's campaign juggernaut gets off to a sluggish start

Mitt Romney sweeps to victory vowing end to Obama presidency

Mitt Romney vows to oust Obama after primary sweep

Mitt Romney and RNC move to synchronize efforts

Romney says ‘better America begins tonight’

Republican Primary 2012: What's next for Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney to Obama: ‘We’re not stupid’

US election 2012: Mitt Romney's speech in full

Handicapping the Veepstakes: Romney's Rules of the Road

Santorum, Romney to Meet Next Week

RNC Formally Backs Romney

Romney turns campaign toward money, reconciliation

Newt Gingrich 2012 Presidential Campaign

Newt Gingrich Loses Big Tuesday, Says He’ll ‘Look Realistically’ at Future

Newt Gingrich says he won’t drop out tonight

Gingrich loses again, signals exit from race

The Party's Over, Newt

Gingrich all but concedes his campaign is over

Gingrich Unofficially Concedes GOP Nomination Race to Romney

Gingrich to stay through this week's stops in NC

BREAKING: Gingrich to end White House bid

Other News

Canada and U.S. officials in talks to keep Canadian special forces in Afghanistan after 2014

FBI chief, Yemeni president pledge anti-terror front; Yemenis take heart of al-Qaida held city

Panetta says 3 Marines and embassy staffer punished for attack on Brazil prostitute last year

Ruling expected on WikiLeaks charges dismissal request

N. Korea claims it has the weapons to defeat U.S.

US warns North Korea to refrain from 'hostile acts'

Supreme Court to review Arizona immigration law

More Secret Service Agents Fall in Sex Scandal

Three US marines punished 'over involvement with Brazilian prostitute'

Obama calls disgraced Secret Service agents 'knuckleheads' amid further resignations

US and Philippines engage in war games

US voices concern at Israel outpost authorisation

House Republican divide keeps lid on highway projects

Resignation, Retirement, and Reelection: How the 112th Congress Compares With the 111th

Change in the 112th Congress

U.S. senators question Okinawa base plans

Senators: Japan base plan needs Congress approval

Senate upholds labor board’s union rules

Senate Democrats prepare bill freezing student loan costs

Momentum moving against NC amendment

New female chief to head US spy satellite agency

US needs top-level approval to launch cyberattacks

Napolitano faces questions on US Secret Service

EXCLUSIVE - U.S. eyes options to restart Afghan peace talks

Neb., Iowa, Mich. governors say feds get in way

APNewsBreak: 7.5 pct of deportations may get held

Panetta: Brazil is emerging global power

Iran says new US sanctions could affect talks

Napolitano: Obama has full confidence in Secret Service director

Former Arizona House speaker defends immigration law

Supreme Court hints OK on Ariz. immigration law

Senate: Make it tougher to close post offices

DOW, NASDAQ, Pink Sheets, OTC, Stocks, Dividends

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers - Equity Options

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers - Index Options

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers

CBOE Futures Exchange Daily Market Statistics

NYSE Market Movers: Overview

NYSE Market Movers: Most Active

NYSE Market Movers: Advances

NYSE Market Movers: Declines

Most Active Stocks

Unusual Volume: Up on Unusual Volume

Down on Unusual Volume

Wal-Mart shares fall as it moves to limit scandal

US stock futures buoyed by strong earnings data

Stocks futures point to higher open after Apple earnings

Facebook deals may add a week to IPO timing: source

US stocks climb at open after Apple earns Volume Watch List: American Airlines (AMR), Sprint (S), Sefe (SEFE), Liquidmetal Tech (LQMT), Sunpeaks Ventures (SNPK)

Nasdaq declares dividend as net profit slips

Coca-Cola recommends two-for-one stock split

Exxon is top dividend payer after 21 pct. increase

US Economy

U.S. Weekly Economic Confidence Steady Near Four-Year High

March durables orders post biggest fall in three years

US orders for long-lasting goods plunge in March

Few expect major shifts as Fed ends policy meeting

Rate hikes a distant prospect for more upbeat Fed

Weak durables orders cast shadow on U.S. recovery

Durable Goods Orders Drop 4.2%

Federal Reserve to Stay Dovish

Fed: Economy growing moderately; no policy changes

Bernanke says Fed prepared to do more for economy

Fed raises forecast for 2012 GDP growth

Bonds, Mutual Funds, ETFs, Treasuries

Treasury bonds slip as equities rise; FOMC eyed

TREASURIES-Prices turn flat on strong 5-year sale

U.S. Fed won't buy more bonds, for now


Oil rises to near $104 in Asia after surprise US crude supply drop

Mad cow disease discovered in California

Two major South Korean retailers halt sales of US beef

Crude Oil Aiming Higher, Gold Vulnerable on Fed Meeting Outcome

U.S. mad cow case won't affect trade with Canada

World oil prices hit records

US heating oil rises above RBOB, first since Feb.

Brent, U.S. crude turn lower on EIA data, trade choppy

Summary Box: Gold falls after Fed stays the course

U.S. cattle rebound from mad cow sell-off

US Dollar, Currency

Euro hits three-week high vs. dollar before Fed statement

FOMC to Decide EUR/USD Breakout or Fakeout

US Dollar Slides Ahead of FOMC as Durable Goods Orders Tumble

EUR/USD Classical Technical Report 04.25

NZD/USD Classical Technical Report 04.25

Dollar Slips Ahead of FOMC, British Pound Takes a Hit

Euro Hits 3-Week High Vs Weak Dollar Before Fed Meet

Rand at 7.78 against the US dollar

Latest (25 April 2012): EUR 1 = USD 1.3206

US Dollar Index Classical Technical Report 04.25

We Like Buying US Dollars but In-House Index Keeps Us Sidelined for Now

US Dollar/Japanese Yen Likely to Offer Better Long Entries Lower

USD Advances Curbed By Cautious Bernanke – 9900 Remains Critical

Dollar falls against euro after Fed statement

Credit/Stock/Company Rating

Rating agency Fitch gives Ford vote of confidence

TEXT-S&P revises Bayer to positive, affirms 'A-/A-2' ratings

US corporate defaults rise but outlook favorable: Moody's

TEXT-Fitch rates Anixter note offering 'BB+'

BRIEF-Moody's: U.S. credit card charge-offs drop in March

BRIEF-Moody's rates Harbor Freight loan at B1

TEXT-Fitch rates DR Horton notes 'BB'

TEXT-S&P on Corrections Corp of America

BRIEF - Moody's rates BB&T's preferred stock Baa2 (hyb)

TEXT-S&P raises Advanced Micro Devices rating to 'BB-'

TEXT-S&P raises Georgia Gulf Corp to 'BB-'

TEXT-Fitch revises Occidental Petroleum Corp outlook

US Companies/Industry

Apple crushes Street targets, dispels iPhone fears

Google offers 16TB cloud storage

Apple Inc.'s profits surge 93%

Apple doubles quarterly profits to $11.6bn (£7.2bn)

APNewsBreak: Burger King makes cage-free promise

Insurer WellPoint's 1Q profit falls as costs climb

Caterpillar 1Q profit jumps 29 pct, boosts outlook

AutoNation 1Q net income up on higher car sales

US Airways books 1Q profit on gain

Caterpillar first quarter profit beats Street view

Harley-Davidson 1Q profit jumps on sales increase

Boeing 1Q earnings, revenue rise on aircraft sales

Delta posts 1Q profit on fuel hedges

Lilly quarterly sales, profit beats forecasts

Boeing profit up on stronger airliner sales

BofA Merrill hires UBS banker Wilmot-Sitwell

Small banks in bailout pool under pressure

Investment banker Rubinoff leaving Bank of America

Lockheed F-35 workers ready for long strike, union says

AIG says ex-air lease chief Hazy stole trade secrets

Mexican states say no plans to probe Wal-Mart allegations

Gems Sensors Recalls Pressure Transducers Used in Fire Pump Controllers Due to Risk of Failure in a Fire

Girls' Jackets Recalled by Louise Paris; Waist Drawstrings Pose Entanglement Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Ross Stores

Lenovo Expands Recall of ThinkCentre Desktop Computers Due to Fire Hazard

Youth Jacket Recalled by PUMA; Waist Drawstrings Pose Entanglement Hazard


General Dynamics 1st quarter net income lags

Intel to challenge antitrust fine in EU court

Commercial aeroplane demand boosts Boeing

Oil and Gas: Circle Star Energy Increases Its Kansas Footprint to 175,000 Acres

Goldman Sachs Gold ETF in India Sees 11 Fold Surge

U.S. defense companies beat estimates, margins strong

PacifiCorp to spend $1 bln upgrading coal power fleet

GE annual meeting interrupted by 99 Percent protesters

Hess says starts 25,000 BPD rail shipments to La.

REFILE-DuPont lifts dividend 5 pct on confident outlook

Fannie Mae sells $500 mln bills at higher rates

Wal-Mart reveals lawyers, accountants on FCPA issues

Legal/US Buisness Lawsuits

Judge denies AIG motion in BofA $8.5 billion settlement

Judge denies AIG motion in BofA $8.5 billion settlement

MF Global judge OKs payout; Freeh says no bonuses

BRIEF-U.S. judge denies bid for preliminary injunction to derail Express Scripts-Medco merger

Wal-Mart shareholder sues over bribery scandal