Asian stocks traded mixed on Thursday, with Chinese equities outperforming after markets resumed trade after a week-long holiday.» Read More
Aluminum producer Alcoa reported that third-quarter profit rose 3%, boosted by a gain on the sale of its stake in Chinese aluminum company that offset weaker aluminum prices and restructuring costs.
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European stocks finished the week in the green after stronger-than-expected U.S. durable goods orders and new home sales data on Friday pushed back fears of a spillover of the credit markets crisis to the wider economy.
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.
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Global miner Rio Tinto first-half profit fell 6%, hurt by higher costs and unfavorable exchange rates despite selling its copper, iron ore, and other industrial commodities at sharply higher prices.
Stocks ended sharply lower on several disappointing earnings reports and concerns about the housing industry. "The housing story has gone from bad to worse. It's pretty clear that the subprime market is not as well contained as a lot of people had been thinking," said David Rosenberg, North American economist at Merrill Lynch.
BHP Billiton, the world's top miner, reported a series of annual production records on Tuesday, highlighted by a 17% jump in fourth-quarter copper output.
Miner BHP Billiton will not launch a $45 billion bid for U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa, The Australian newspaper reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.
Stronger than expected earnings from IBM helped to push the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a record close above 14,000 for the first time - just two days after the Dow broke above that level on an intraday basis. The S&P 500 also closed at a record high.
One area of trading that has seen explosive growth this year is the options market. Year over year trading volume in June jumped over 30% and is up 25% for the first half of the year, according to the Options Industry Council.
A newspaper in Australia is reporting that BHP Billiton is not interested in acquiring U.S. Aluminum company Alcoa.
Speculation in London newspapers over the weekend about a potential $50 billion offer on the way for Alcoa from BHP Billiton is among the largest of possible deals for traders to focus on today.
Merger news and corporate announcements were some of the catalysts behind the most actively traded stocks on Thursday.
Rio Tinto's offer has the support of the Canadian aluminum producer's board and trumps a hostile offer from U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa. The offer is "compelling" and in keeping with Rio Tinto's strategy of focusing on high-quality assets, Rio Tinto Finance Director Guy Elliott told "Worldwide Exchange."
Holders of Alcan call options are happy today, especially those who picked up "out-of-the-money" Alcan calls.