SYDNEY, Dec 18- Australia's New South Wales state said it plans to raise $16 billion by selling just under half its electricity network, using proceeds from one of the country's biggest privatisations for major rail, road and other infrastructure upgrades. The so-called "poles and wires" deal has been seen as attractive to large offshore investors like State...» Read More
NEW YORK-- Shares of MicroStrategy Inc. fell Tuesday after the business software company shuffled its managerial ranks, prompting at least one analyst to cut his rating for the company.
NEW YORK-- A Raymond James analyst lowered his third-quarter estimates for three hospital operators on Tuesday, saying it looks like patient admissions will be lower than he expected.
LONDON-- Manchester United will open an office in the United States to target commercial sponsors. Vice chairman Ed Woodward said Tuesday the record 19- time English champions will open the office on the East Coast as they look to raise more cash to reduce the club's debt.
JERUSALEM-- Israel's prime minister vowed Tuesday to continue building in a contested Jerusalem district, just days after European Union criticism of Jewish housing there. Netanyahu said Jerusalem is " Israel's eternal capital" during the visit to Gilo and said Israel has every right to build there.
Perhaps that's why famous pals Katie Holmes and Julianna Margulies joined Narciso Rodriguez as he launched a limited-edition collection with a more affordable national retailer. Holmes walked the red carpet at the launch party Monday in New York for Rodriguez's line for Kohl's Corp..
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Regions Financial Corp. on Tuesday posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings, as the regional bank set aside less cash to cover loan losses. Regions reported net income of $301 million, or 21 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.
BOSTON-- Shares of companies that own Medicare- supported health care facilities fell on Tuesday after an analyst reduced ratings on two of the stocks, citing the potential for cuts to the federal health program. Jefferies& Co. analyst Omotayo Okusanya cut his ratings of Ventas Inc. and Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. to "Hold" from "Buy."
Boeing fell$. 69 or. 9 percent, to $73.01. Lockheed Martin Corp. fell $1.16 or 1.3 percent, to $91.61. Northrop Grumman Corp. fell$. 82 or 1.2 percent, to $69.38.
Baxter International Inc. fell$. 82 or 1.3 percent, to $61.16. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. fell$. 68 or 2.0 percent, to $33.36. Johnson& Johnson fell$. 82 or 1.1 percent, to $70.96.
BOTHELL, Wash.-- Seattle Genetics Inc. said Tuesday that pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories has agreed to pay $25 million plus potential milestone payments for the biotech firm's experimental antibodies to fight cancer.
LONDON-- Stocks suffered one of their worst sessions in weeks on Tuesday following another batch of weak U.S. corporate earnings and uncertainty over the outcome of the race for the White House. Downbeat updates on Tuesday from chemical company DuPont and manufacturer 3 M added to the uncertainty.
A divided Washington has done little to ease the misery. President Barack Obama wants to create jobs by keeping income taxes low for everyone but the wealthiest, and by spending more on public works as well as offering targeted tax breaks to businesses.
ROMNEY on Syria: "What I'm afraid of is we've watched over the past year or so, first the president saying, `Well, we'll let the U.N. deal with it.' And Assad _ excuse me, Kofi Annan _ came in and said we're going to try to have a cease-fire.
MILWAUKEE-- Auto parts and building equipment maker Johnson Controls Inc. said Monday that it expects to book a pretax charge between $225 million and $275 million in its fiscal fourth quarter, reflecting costs related to restructuring efforts.
UnitedHealth said its results were helped, in part, by a $390 million benefit it recorded because claims left over from earlier periods came in lower than expected, which freed up money held in reserve.
ATHENS, Greece-- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says a deputy from his center-right party who has expressed opposition to new austerity measures is no longer part of the parliamentary group and asks that he be stripped of his party membership as well.
PANAMA CITY-- Hundreds of people opposed to Panama selling state-owned land in a duty-free zone on the Panama Canal have marched through the city of Colon a day after a violent protest resulted in a death and several injuries. No violence has been reported Saturday in the Caribbean port city.
ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Target Corp. may be headquartered in Minneapolis, but that's not stopping Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from making an aggressive push in its rival's home state.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-- Argentina announced the immediate evacuation Saturday of about 300 crew members from the ARA Libertad, a navy training ship seized in Africa nearly three weeks ago as collateral for unpaid bonds dating from the South American nation's economic crisis a decade ago.
TRENTON, N.J.-- The heads of the NCAA and the four major professional sports leagues will give depositions in a lawsuit that seeks to stop New Jersey from instituting sports gambling.