KIEV/ SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 15- Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea region from Ukraine to Moscow, despite an outcry and threat of sanctions from the West.» Read More
Oct 9- Best Buy Co Inc's chief financial officer, James Muehlbauer, is leaving the embattled retailer after more than a decade, the company said on Tuesday. Best Buy said it is looking for a replacement.
Among the stock activity stories for Tuesday, Oct. 9, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of Baidu Inc. slid after a Credit Suisse analyst downgraded the Chinese Internet company, citing concerns over a weaker-than-expected advertising market and growing competition.
*MLV& Co cuts Zalicus Inc to sell from hold. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.
WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 10- The Australian and New Zealand dollars rallied on the euro on Wednesday as concerns over Spain continued to simmer, while a second session of gains for iron ore brightened the outlook for Aussie export earnings. *Support seen around $1.0175, then $1.0150, while sellers lined up around 100- DMA of $1.0251.
Oct 9- Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc's third-quarter results beat Wall Street estimates as its downstream businesses offset weak aluminum prices and demand for the metal. Alcoa's stock rose 6 cents to $9.19 in after-hours trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
Oct 9- American Honda and natural gas fueling station operator Clean Energy Fuels Corp are offering $3,000 for fillups to customers buying a 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas car, the companies said on Tuesday. Honda has sold 1,576 of the car, which runs on compressed natural gas, since it was introduced last October, Honda spokesman Marcos Frommer said.
MINNEAPOLIS-- Best Buy says its chief financial officer is leaving, the latest executive departure for the struggling electronics chain. The news comes as Best Buy's founder and former chairman Richard Schulze mulls an offer for the company, which is attempting to improve results amid tough competition.
BRUSSELS, Oct 9- German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Tuesday declined to comment on the state of negotiations between EADS and BAE Systems but said he knew the situation well and was surprised by media reports about it.
Oct 9- Alabama Power Co. on Tuesday sold $400 million of senior notes, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service.
NEW YORK, Oct 9- U.S. crude futures jumped more than 3 percent on Tuesday after two lower settlements, boosted by the threat of supply disruption in the Middle East as tensions escalate. For a complete report on oil markets, double click on.
NEW YORK, Oct 9- Verizon Wireless said it is about two months ahead of schedule in its network upgrade as it will have high-speed wireless service in 400 markets by Oct. 18, ahead of its year-end target for this milestone.
will be assuming about $32 billion in assets under management with its proposed acquisition of AFP Cuprum S.A., a leading pension manager in Chile. Rating Action On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' BBB+' counterparty credit ratings on Iowa- based Principal Financial Group Inc. and Principal Financial Services Inc..
Oct 9- Galane Gold Ltd:. Don Cameron as Chief Financial Officer. Ravi Sood, Chairman of Galane Gold stated: "We would like to thank Don for his contributions to the Company over the past year."
NEW YORK, Oct 9- Chevron Corp:.
Oct 9- Host Hotels and Resorts Inc:. *RBC raises Host Hotels and Resorts Inc to top pick from outperform. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.
*Reports financial results for the first quarter ended August 31, 2012. *Q1 revenue fell 0.7 percent to $11.3 million. *Qtrly share loss of $0.05.
*India plans to raise nearly $6 bln from stake sales by end-March. That choosiness comes at a bad time for India, which may struggle to hit its goal of raising nearly $6 billion from share sales in state companies by the end of March with investor demand for new shares expected to remain modest.
LOS ANGELES-- Online video streaming service Hulu said Tuesday that it will start allowing its paying subscribers to watch the most recent episodes of Nickelodeon shows such as "iCarly" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" 21 days after they first run on television.
LET STAND: The Supreme Court is leaving in place a federal law that gives telecommunications companies legal immunity for helping the government with its email and telephone eavesdropping program.
Oct 10- When one of Vietnam's richest and best-connected bankers was arrested in August, a move that sent the country's stock market tumbling, a little-known blog broke the news hours ahead of state media.