HONG KONG, Jan 26- Li Ka- shing's hectic start to 2015 has meant record Asia M&A, loan and equity deals so far this month- good news for investment bankers close to the 86- year-old Hong Kong tycoon's empire. The brisk business- $108 billion of Asia M&A makes it the best start to a year, according to Thomson Reuters data- raises hopes that the Chinese Year of the Goat could...» Read More
NEW YORK-- Shares of BJ's Restaurants fell to their lowest point in two years Friday and two industry analysts downgraded the chain after its third-quarter results fell short of expectations. THE SPARK: BJ's Restaurants Inc. reported Thursday that it earned 24 cents per share for the period ended Oct. 2.
NEW YORK-- Enrollments are still dropping at DeVry, but at a slower pace, helping the for-profit education company top analyst expectations in its latest quarter and driving up its shares Friday. THE SPARK: DeVry Inc. said late Thursday that fiscal first-quarter earnings came to 49 cents per share on revenue of $482.7 million.
United Bank's parent company says it earned $19.3 million, or 38 cents per share, in the quarter ending Sept. 30. The 2012 results include an accrual of $3.3 million pertaining to a settlement of claims stemming from class actions against United Bank Inc. of West Virginia, and a noncash, pretax impairment charge of $2.3 million on investment securities.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas will receive nearly $490,000 under a settlement reached with a pharmaceutical company over allegations it paid kickbacks and improperly marketed drugs. The money will go to the state Medicaid program. The firm was accused of unlawfully marketing drugs for non- FDA- approved illnesses, which led to false Medicaid claims.
BRISTOL, R.I.-- Roger Williams University is freezing tuition for current undergraduate students and guaranteeing no hike over this year's cost for those who enroll in the next school year.
When reporting third-quarter results on Friday, Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co. said it expects tire sales volume to be down 3 percent to 5 percent in the fourth quarter, compared with a year earlier. Chairman and CEO Richard J. Kramer was asked about the forecast on a conference call with analysts. Our OE business in North America continues to stay robust.
The more than 1 billion pounds of oilfield waste produced this year is roughly weight of the sunflower harvest in North Dakota, which is the nation's top sunflower producer.
BOSTON-- Shares of property insurers fell more sharply than the broader market on Friday as investors weighed the potential for heavy damages from Hurricane Sandy, which was heading north from Haiti and Cuba toward the East Coast.
REASSURING RESULTS: Drugmaker Merck posted a 2 percent increase in third-quarter profit, at $1.7 billion. It had generated $5.5 billion a year. THE NUMBERS: Adjusted net income was $2.9 billion, or 95 cents per share, 2 cents more than expected.
SAN DIEGO-- Cymer Inc. said Friday that its third-quarter net income fell 13 percent as higher expenses, mainly for research and development, outpaced a slight revenue increase. Cymer's operating costs rose 21 percent from a year earlier to $62.7 million. Shares of Cymer climbed 49 cents to $79.66 in midday trading.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Cabot Oil& Gas Corp. jumped to a new high Friday after the company reported better-than-expected third-quarter net income, helped by higher oil production and prices.
WASHINGTON-- The government's snapshot Friday of the U.S. economy's growth will be its last before Americans choose a president in 11 days. And it would give Mitt Romney's team evidence to argue that the economy is growing at an unacceptably subpar pace. "We are stuck in this half-speed growth mode," said David Wyss, an economics professor at Brown University.
*BOJ seen cutting econ forecasts, easing on Oct. 30. TOKYO, Oct 26- Japan's core consumer prices fell for the fifth straight month in the year to September, showing the economy remained mired in deflation and keeping the pressure on the central bank to do more to achieve its inflation target.
*Shares up 24 pct YTD; Seoul mkt up 5 pct; Apple up 52 pct. Samsung, reporting its results just hours after main rival Apple Inc, did not detail its third-quarter smartphone shipments, though these are estimated to have soared to 58 million. Apple said it shipped 26.9 million iPhones in July-September It launched its latest iPhone 5 on Sept. 21.
*Capital investment falls on weak Europe, China demand. SEOUL, Oct 26- South Korea's economic growth almost halted in the third quarter as hesitant and indebted consumers were unable to make up for steep spending cuts by companies on declining exports to Europe and China.
*Dean Foods' Morningstar draws strategic, PE interest. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Dean Foods Co's Morningstar business has attracted takeover interest from Michael Foods and Mexican dairy company Grupo Lala, people familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could be valued in the $1 billion to $1.5 billion range.
NEW YORK, Oct 25- The so-called fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and tax rises set to occur on Jan. 1 if Congress fails to act before then will be the most important issue facing the next U.S. president after the election, BlackRock Chief Executive Laurence Fink said on Thursday, citing a ``very strong risk'' of another U.S. ratings downgrade.
WASHINGTON, Oct 25- China has lost $3.79 trillion over the past decade in money smuggled out of the country, a massive amount that could weaken its economy and create instability, according to a new report.
Samsung, reporting its results just hours after main rival Apple Inc, did not detail its third-quarter smartphone shipments, though these are estimated to have soared to 58 million. Apple said it shipped 26.9 million iPhones in July-September It launched its latest iPhone 5 on Sept. 21.