*Ratings downgrades hit bonds and credit default swaps. LONDON, Oct 24- Investors demanded higher yields to hold Tesco's debt on Friday while the cost of insuring against default rose sharply after ratings downgrades left Britain's biggest grocer hovering just above junk status. "The ratings remain on review for downgrade because Tesco has not yet announced...» Read More
WESTFORD, Mass.-- Shares of NetScout Systems Inc., which sells products that gauge computer network performance, rose as much as 7 percent Thursday after the company reported a 41 percent jump in fiscal second-quarter earnings. NetScout made $9.9 million, or 23 cents per share, compared with $7.1 million, of 17 cents per share a year ago.
NEW YORK-- Select Comfort Corp. shares fell Thursday after the mattress company issued a disappointing revenue prediction for the full year. THE SPARK: Select Comfort said late Wednesday that its third-quarter profit jumped 52 percent on stronger sales.
Morgan Stanley's clients are waiting on the fiscal cliff. Companies don't want to act until they know what's going to happen with the fiscal cliff, which is when higher taxes and lower government spending are supposed to kick in next year unless Congress can work out a compromise before then.
Travelers Cos. said Thursday that its net income jumped to $864 million, or $2.21 per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. That compares with net income of $333 million, or 79 cents per share, in the same period last year. Investors sent shares in the New York company up $2.45, or 3.4 percent, to $73.83 in afternoon trading.
TRENTON, N.J.-- Shares of RR Donnelley fell and then partially recovered Thursday amid news the printer and communications consultant had mistakenly filed a draft version of client Google Inc.' s third-quarter financial results to the Securities and Exchange Commission hours before the final version was to be submitted.
MINNEAPOLIS-- In a story Oct. 17 about Select Comfort's Corp.' s earnings, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company expects fourth-quarter sales to grow at least 20 percent, which would result in 2012 revenue of about $927.3 million. Select Comfort shares slip on plans for bigger spending.
GROWING AGAIN: Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region expanded in October following five months of declines. THE DETAILS: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported Thursday that its index of regional manufacturing activity had a reading of 5.7 in October following a -1.9 reading in September. The gain took the Philadelphia index.
COVINGTON, La.-- Pool Corp., a distributor of swimming pool and backyard supplies, said Thursday that its net income fell 12 percent in the third quarter on an impairment charge related to its U.K. business. Pool wrote down the value of its U.K. business by $6.9 million during the quarter.
Among the earnings stories for Thursday, Oct. 18, from AP Business News:. _ Life Time Fitness Inc. said that its third-quarter profit rose 19 percent as more people joined its gyms and spent more money at them.
Shares of Abbott Laboratories slid Thursday because the company's partner on a potential kidney disease drug is stopping a late-stage study due to safety concerns.
Among the earnings stories for Thursday, Oct. 18, from AP Business News:. _ Nucor Corp.' s third-quarter net income plunged 39 percent on lower sales and prices as demand for steel fell in the sluggish global economy.
SALT LAKE CITY-- Utah officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent for the month of September. The data released Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Services shows that 73,100 Utah residents were out of work in September. The data shows that Utah has added about 24,400 jobs over the past 12 months.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Amendment 7 on Alabama's ballot looks like a simple measure to preserve the right to a secret ballot. Kurt Wallace of Maplesville, said he wants to stop union organizers from harassing employees who won't sign a card. Al Henley, president of the Alabama AFL-CIO, says there is harassment, but it's from the other side.
Among the earnings stories for Thursday, Oct. 18, from AP Business News:. _ Morgan Stanley reported higher revenue and net income for its third quarter thanks to gains in its bonds and asset management businesses.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Greenhill& Co. Inc. dropped 8 percent Thursday after the investment management company reported flat profit for the third quarter.
Among the earnings stories for Thursday, Oct. 18, from AP Business News:. _ Google Inc.' s stock plunged after a contractor released the search company's third-quarter earnings report early, by mistake.
Go Daddy on Thursday announced it had signed New York agency Deutsch Inc. to produce its two 30- second Super Bowl spots, the first time the website domain provider has gone outside for the ads it has done itself since 2005..
NEW YORK-- Growth in third-quarter profit and revenue drove up shares of eBay Inc. Thursday, although some analysts called the e-commerce company's outlook cautious. THE SPARK: EBay Inc. reported a 22 percent increase in its net income due to growth at its PayPal payments service and the marketplaces business that includes eBay.com.
Google plunged 9 percent after it accidentally released a weak earnings report hours ahead of schedule. "This is a market that's waiting for a clear catalyst," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial. Google's stock dropped $68.19 to $687.30 before trading was suspended.
Among the stock activity stories for Thursday, Oct. 18, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of Mellanox Technologies Ltd. fell after the semiconductor maker issued a disappointing revenue outlook for the current quarter and full year.