BRUSSELS, March 6- The European Union will impose anti-dumping duties later this month on imports of stainless steel cold-rolled sheet from China and Taiwan, according to two sources familiar with a European Commission proposal. Eurofer says that China and Taiwan shipped 620 million euros worth of cold-rolled stainless steel into the European Union in...» Read More
MILAN-- An Italian investigation into alleged corruption in the awarding of international contracts to aerospace and defense giant Finmeccanica led to the arrest Tuesday of the company's former commercial director and has implicated a former Cabinet minister.
NEW YORK-- Coach Inc. reported a 3 percent increase in first-quarter profits as the luxury accessories retailer's results were powered by strong sales in the U.S. and overseas, particularly China. The New York- based retailer also said Tuesday that its board authorized the repurchase of up to $1.5 billion of its outstanding stock by June 30, 2015.
Centene Corp. said Tuesday it is suing Kentucky, a state that has generated heavy losses for the Medicaid coverage provider, as it reported an 87 percent plunge in third-quarter earnings. Centene said it filed a lawsuit against Kentucky over the state's "failure to completely and accurately disclose material information."
RICHMOND, Va.-- Reynolds American Inc.' s third-quarter profit grew nearly 7 percent as higher prices and smokeless tobacco gains helped offset a decline in the number of cigarettes it sold.
LONDON-- Financial markets were on the defensive Tuesday ahead of another round of U.S. corporate earnings, including from Facebook, and amid uncertainty over the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. Facebook's earnings results after the market close will be key for its future.
LAGOS, Nigeria-- Royal Dutch Shell PLC warned Tuesday that it won't be able to make its estimated production for two types of oil pumped from Nigeria, largely blaming attacks on its pipelines by thieves wanting to steal crude.
HELSINKI-- Nokia Corp. is planning to raise 750 million via an issue of bonds as part of an effort to build up its reserves ahead of next month's launch of phones running Microsoft's new Windows 8 software. Last week, Nokia posted a third-quarter net loss of 969 million as sales dwindled 20 percent to 7.2 billion.
LONDON-- The director general of the BBC is set to face a lawmaker committee to explain why the broadcaster pulled an expose unmasking one of its most popular entertainers as a pedophile. George Entwistle will face lawmakers on the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee on Tuesday.
Wade _ the Supreme Court ruling establishing abortion rights _ should be reversed, which would allow states to ban abortion. That's hyperbole, retorts the GOP, but there are indeed stark differences between the two parties over these volatile issues.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia-- It was intended as a friendly guide to Russia for labor migrants from Central Asia, but instead it turned into an insult. The government of Tajikistan formally urged Russian authorities to remove the book from circulation, and representatives of the Uzbek community voiced their outrage.
DALLAS-- Heelys Inc., maker of wheeled shoes for kids, said Tuesday it has agreed to sell its operations to a group led by the private equity firm Evergreen Group Ventures for $13.9 million in cash and then dissolve what is left of the company.
Weak or cautious forecasts this week from major manufacturers including 3 M Co., Korean steel maker Posco and heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar contributed to concern about global economic growth. Exxon Mobil Corp. fell $1.94, or 2.1 percent, to $90.25; and ConocoPhillips fell $1.12, or 2 percent, at $55.92;.
Unless Congress acts, the trust funds that support Social Security will run out of money in 2033, according to the trustees who oversee the retirement and disability program. At that point, Social Security would collect only enough tax revenue each year to pay about 75 percent of benefits.
DuPont, the chemical maker, and 3 M, which makes everything from Scotch tape to traffic sign coatings, are among the companies that posted disappointing results. The euro fell to $1.2973 in afternoon trading from $1.3045 late Monday. The British pound fell to $1.5935 from $1.6006.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Star Scientific fell 6 percent on Tuesday as investors likely viewed a $5 million payout in a patent dispute settlement as smaller than anticipated.
WALLET, MEET PC: United Parcel Service Inc., the world's largest package delivery company, thinks online demand for gadgets will help its earnings this year, making up for slower shipments between businesses.
Other global companies, including Caterpillar on Monday, cited slower-than-expected growth in the U.S., China, and noted the broadening recession in Europe. South Korean steel maker Posco said that it expected growth in steel demand to range between 2 percent and 3 percent by 2013 because of slower demand globally in both developed and emerging countries.
PURCHASE, N.Y.-- PepsiCo Inc. will sell Japan's Suntory Holdings Ltd. a 51 percent stake in its Vietnam beverage business, with the two companies combining resources to expand in the growing market. Both Suntory and PepsiCo executives will help manage the business, which will serve as the bottler for both companies in Vietnam.
Benchmark oil dropped $2.32, or 2.6 percent, to $86.29 in afternoon trading in New York. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped 2 cents overnight to $3.65. That's why gasoline futures have plunged 12 percent in less than two weeks, including a 6- cent drop Tuesday to $2.59 per gallon.