Nov 28- The United States holiday shopping season started in earnest with the Thanksgiving weekend, which runs from Thursday, Nov. 26 to Sunday, Nov. 30 and includes Black Friday, which often ranks as the busiest shopping day of the year. On Saturday, retail analytics firm ShopperTrak projected that combined sales in physical stores stood at $12.1 billion over...» Read More
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Jabil Circuit Inc. said Thursday that it's promoting its chief operating officer, Mark Mondello, to CEO, and its current chief executive is set to become chairman. The board's current chairman, William Morean, is retiring and will not stand for re-election to the board. Jabil shares fell 46 cents, or 2.6 percent, to close at $17.26 Thursday.
CLEVELAND-- KeyCorp's net income rose in the third quarter, as the regional bank operator generated more revenue from fees and interest on loans. The results beat analysts' expectations, and KeyCorp stock gained in morning trading. KeyCorp's total revenue rose 2 percent, to $1.12 billion from $1.04 billion in the same period a year earlier.
SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Microchip maker Cypress Semiconductor Corp.' s third-quarter net income fell 64 percent as revenue dropped, but called the results a "good quarter in tough times." The company said Thursday that it earned $14.3 million, or 9 cents per share, in the July-September period.
Stocks are opening mostly lower, breaking a four-day winning streak for the Dow Jones industrial average, following a leap in claims for unemployment benefits and a mixed batch of corporate earnings reports. The Labor Department reported that applications for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level in four months.
Here is a summary of earnings reports from AMR Corp., parent of American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines Co.. Southwest Airlines posted a profit of 2 cents per share, compared with a loss of 18 cents a year earlier. CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC that Southwest saw some "softness" in business travel and that demand weakened in September.
NEW YORK-- Grocery store operator Supervalu lost money in its latest quarter, but the struggling company said it is in active discussions with several parties over a possible deal. Supervalu fired its CEO in July, replacing him with Chairman Wayne Sales to lead its turnaround effort.
ROCKVILLE, Md.-- Shares of Novavax Inc. surged in premarket trading, after the company said an experimental vaccine for bird flu appeared safe and effective in early-stage testing. Novavax said preliminary results from two studies enrolling 666 adults showed no serious side effects related to the vaccine.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Federal inspectors must share the blame _ and therefore face a lawsuit _ for a 2006 West Virginia coal mine fire that killed two miners, a lawyer for their widows argued at the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.
WICHITA, Kan.-- Hawker Beechcraft says it will no longer pursue the sale of its operations to Chinese-based Superior Aviation Beijing Co.. The Wichita plane-maker announced Thursday that the company protected itself during the exclusive talks by obtaining a $50 million non-refundable deposit that is now the property of the company.
HOUSTON-- Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. said Thursday its third-quarter profit tumbled 30 percent from a year ago, as rig revenue and drilling activity declined. The Houston- based contract driller said its net income for the three months ended Sept. 30 fell to $178.2 million, or $1.28 per share, from with $256.9 million, or $1.85 per share, a year earlier.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Jabil Circuit Inc. is promoting its chief operating officer, Mark Mondello, to CEO, and its current chief executive is set to become chairman. CEO Timothy Main, who has led the electric parts maker for 12 years, will step down in March as Mondello takes over.
Property and casualty insurer ACE Ltd. said Thursday that it reached a deal to buy Ally Financial Inc.' s Mexican insurance business for about $865 million in cash. The company has more than 30 sales offices throughout Mexico and distributes its products through nearly 2,000 independent agents, along with auto dealerships, banks and direct channels.
BURLINGTON, N.C.-- Laboratory Corp. of America posted a 10 percent rise in third-quarter earnings compared with last year during the same period, when the clinical lab was weighed down by the cost of several acquisitions. For the third quarter, LabCorp earned $148 million, or $1.53 per share.
Shares of Abbott Laboratories continued to slip Thursday in premarket trading, a day after the drug and medical device maker reported third-quarter results and delivered an update on its upcoming business split.
NEW YORK-- Stock futures slipped Thursday as companies including Verizon, Morgan Stanley and Southwest Airlines posted mixed quarterly earnings, and the Labor Department posted the latest numbers on unemployment benefits. Also Thursday, China reported that growth fell to 7.4 percent from 7.6 percent a year ago, the weakest showing since early 2009..
JACKSON, Miss.-- Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and more than 1 in 7 residents without insurance. And so you might think Mississippi would jump at the prospect of billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid.
U.S. Bancorp's relative strength in a tough quarter for many banks earned it an upgrade early Thursday, setting the stage for a second day of gains for the Minneapolis- based bank. U.S. Bancorp, the eighth-biggest American bank by assets, said Wednesday that its net income rose 14 percent in the third quarter.