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  • Ace Hardware Finds $154 Million Accounting Shortfall Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 6:55 AM ET

    Ace Hardware discovered an approximately $154 million shortfall on its books while preparing to convert from retailer-owned cooperative to for-profit corporation and likely will have to restate its financial results for the last five years, President and CEO Ray Griffith said Wednesday.

  • Hyundai Motor Chief Handed 3-Yr Suspended Sentence Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 2:52 AM ET

    Hyundai Motor Group chief Chung Mong-koo was on Thursday handed a 3-year sentence suspended for 5 years by a South Korean appeals court, which upheld a fraud conviction by a lower court earlier this year.

  • Saks Settles SEC Charges of Misstated Results Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 1:17 PM ET

    The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that Saks Inc. has agreed to settle a lawsuit that Saks Fifth Avenue understated sales to some vendors and didn't record markdowns properly, inflating its earnings.

  • Regulators Probe Mattel Safety Disclosures: WSJ Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 6:59 AM ET
    Mattel

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety  Commission is investigating the timeliness of toy company  Mattel's disclosures before its most recent recall,  the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition on Tuesday.

  • Ohio Sues Marsh & McLennan, AIG, Other Insurers Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 6:16 AM ET

    The state of Ohio has filed an anti-trust lawsuit accusing Marsh & McLennan, AIG and three other insurers and their subsidiaries of price fixing and other anti-competitive behavior, Attorney General Marc Dann said on Monday.

  • Home Depot Cuts Price of Supply Unit; Shares Up Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 4:35 PM ET
    Home Depot

    Shares of Home Depot rose as much as 2 percent Monday after sources said the home improvement retailer agreed to cut the price in the sale of its supply unit by $1.8 billion to $8.5 billion.

  • Crocs Shares Rise on Clothing Plan Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 10:16 AM ET

    Crocs  said Monday it will launch a line of clothing using a form of the resin material it uses in its brightly colored clogs, sending the shoe company's shares up 3 percent.

  • Home Depot to Cut Unit Sale Price by $1.8 Billion Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 7:50 AM ET
    Home Depot

    Home Depot agreed to cut the price in its supply division sale to buyout firms by $1.8 billion, sources said on Sunday, as a housing market drop and a credit crunch forced all sides to renegotiate.

  • Home Depot Shares Up on Hopes of Supply Unit Sale Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 2:35 PM ET
    Home Depot

    Shares of Home Depot were up 1.3 percent Friday as investors waited for word about whether a sale was on or off for the home improvement retailer's contractor business.

  • BHP Billiton Seeks to Grow Aggressively in India Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 4:20 AM ET

    BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, said it would seek to grow aggressively in India where volume growth is outstripping China, its other boom market.

  • Mortgage Stocks Rally on News of Countrywide Investment Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 11:32 AM ET

    Shares of Thornburg Mortgage, Accredited Home Lenders Holding and other mortgage stocks were trading higher before the opening bell Thursday after Bank of America made a $2 billion investment in Countrywide Financial.

  • Facebook Devising New Advertising System: WSJ Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 5:53 AM ET

    Social networking Website Facebook is working on an advertising system to allow marketers to target users with ads based on the information people reveal about themselves on the site, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition early on Thursday.

  • Fired Wal-Mart Exec's Lawsuit Dismissed Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 4:39 AM ET

    A state judge in Michigan has sided with Wal-Mart Stores and dismissed a lawsuit by former marketing executive Julie Roehm over her firing, saying the case should be filed in Arkansas.

  • Former AOL executive Stephen M. Swad has become the new chief financial officer at mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae, the company said Wednesday. Swad's succession as finance chief, replacing Robert Blakely, had been planned for some time.  Blakely stepped down as its chief financial officer last Friday but remains an executive vice president.

  • Mortgage Lender First Magnus Files Chapter 11 Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 12:48 AM ET

    First Magnus Financial, one of the largest independent U.S. mortgage lenders, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, the latest home loan provider to collapse as the housing market slumps and credit crisis widens.

  • New Suspicious Payments Uncovered at Siemens: Report Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 3:29 AM ET

    Internal investigators have uncovered more than 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) of dubious payments at Siemens' telecoms and turbines divisions, far more than previously thought, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung said.

  • ImClone's New CEO: Is Buying Company Stock Good Idea? Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | 10:35 AM ET
    ImClone

    Late Thursday, ImClone Systems announced it has finally hired a permanent CEO. It'd been without one for about two years. The biotech company which makes the cancer drug Erbitux and became reluctantly famous in the Martha Stewart stock-trading case tapped a guy named John Johnson for the role.

  • Cardinal Health

    Cardinal Health has agreed to pay $35 million to settle charges that it engaged in nearly a four-year fraudulent revenue and earnings scheme, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday.

  • KLA-Tencor Former CEO Charged With Fraud by SEC Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 3:21 PM ET

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday that it has charged the former chief executive of KLA-Tencor with fraud for his involvement in a stock options backdating scheme.

  • U.S. Arrests Former Samsung Executive for Embezzlement Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 2:17 PM ET
    Samsung Headquarters

    A former director at a Samsung unit was arrested on a wire fraud charge Thursday on allegations that he had embezzled about $1.5 million from the company, U.S. prosecutors said.