July 1- Municipal bond researchers at Franklin Templeton, whose funds are among the largest owners of Puerto Rico debt, on Wednesday predicted a "long and costly" legal battle as the Caribbean nation tries to restructure more than $70 billion in obligations. "At the very least, in our assessment, Puerto Rico can expect creditors to seek legal affirmation and...» Read More
Consumer products maker Newell Rubbermaid said on Tuesday that it would exit some product lines and raise prices to offset rapidly rising resin costs and protect profit margins.
Wachovia Corp, the fourth-largest U.S. bank, named Treasury Undersecretary Robert Steel chief executive on Wednesday, and said mortgage and legal problems will result in a $2.6 billion to $2.8 billion second- quarter loss, much larger than many analysts expected.
German industrial conglomerate Siemens plans to cut around 4 percent of its workforce as part of an overhaul and as a result of the global economic downturn, Siemens said on Tuesday.
Shareholders of American International Group are demanding changes to the management and board of the world's largest insurer, which has been struggling with the fallout of the subprime mortgage mess.
Credit rating agencies will be banned from helping to design products they also grade as part of a tougher industry code of conduct to tackle issues raised by the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis such as conflicts of interest.
American International Group Chairman Robert Willumstad said Wednesday the global insurance giant's directors stand behind Chief Executive Martin Sullivan, fending off concerns raised by investors frustrated by two quarters of record losses.
Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, former chief executive of American International Group, has said the insurer is in "crisis" and urged a delay in its annual general meeting scheduled for Wednesday, according to a letter he sent to the board.
Shares in South Korea's Woori Finance Holdings jumped as much as 5 percent to a near 7-month high on Wednesday as news that its CEO was to step down boosted hopes that Privatization plans could be speeded up.
When Warren Buffet treated his 31,000 plus audience to his annual Berkshire Hathaway gathering in Nebraska recently he was asked about the banks. When would he be happy to buy back into U.S. investment banks?
UBS shares rose over 5 percent on Friday on hopes the ailing Swiss bank will unveil job cuts next week to reverse breakneck expansion into investment banking which made it Europe's worst subprime victim.
Japan's Asahi Glass said on Thursday that it will close three North American factories and halt production at two others, battered by a U.S. housing market slump in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis.
Shares of Swiss bank UBS rose 3.7 percent Friday as activist investor Luqman Arnold called for a restructuring of the company that would include a sale of its asset-management business.
Citigroup plans to split its consumer banking unit from its credit-card business as part of a broader reorganization to cut costs and simplify the large financial institution's structure, the company said Monday.
EBay said Thursday it is cutting 125 jobs in Europe and North America, including 70 positions at the online auctioneer's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.
Pest control to parcel delivery firm Rentokil Initial is parachuting in the management team that turned around chemicals group ICI in a bid to recover from two profit warnings that have hammered its shares.
Engineering group Siemens issued a profit warning after a review of major projects at three operations, sending its shares down as much as 7 percent in pre-market trading on Monday.
The stunning pay packages of executives at financial groups hammered by the U.S. mortgage crisis came in for stinging criticism from Democratic lawmakers and investor advocates at a congressional hearing Friday.
Telecom Italia shares slid to a 10-year low on Friday as a grim sales outlook and plans to expand overseas in a much-heralded new strategy stoked fears over its costly debt.
Countrywide Financial CEO Angelo Mozilo told a congressional panel Friday that he is "extremely concerned" that recent tightening of mortgage underwriting criteria has gone too far.
The heads of three companies implicated in the mortgage crisis have been asked to explain how they collectively received hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation while their companies were losing money.