HONG KONG, Dec 29- The additional spread that investors demand for credit risk over AAA-rated corporate borrowers in China is at the highest in nearly 15 months as the world's second-largest economy cools and authorities ask banks to curb bad debts. The spread gap between the one-year yield on AAA-rated bonds and those rated AA has widened to 112.4 basis points,...» Read More
LONDON-- British police on Monday arrested the man who told journalists he was responsible for scrawling graffiti on a mural by modern American master Mark Rothko at London's Tate Modern museum.
NEW YORK-- Jim Lehrer said Monday that he accomplished precisely what he wanted to while moderating the first presidential debate: get Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talking to each other.
GENEVA-- Swiss private bank Julius Baer says it plans to cut about 1,000 jobs from Merrill Lynch's wealth management operations outside the United States following a deal to buy the unit from Bank Of America.
When the Kinect system was unleashed two years ago for the Xbox 360, there were promises that the camera-based, gesture-detecting gadget could turn users' bodies into paintbrushes, allow them to chat with a virtual lad named Milo, transform real-world skateboards into digital ones and transport wannabe Jedis to a galaxy far, far away.
HOUSTON-- MRC Global Inc. on Tuesday issued strong third-quarter financial guidance and raised the high end of its revenue prediction for the full year. The Houston- based global energy products distributor, which went public in April, said it expects to post third-quarter net income of between 45 cents and 52 cents per share.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-- Sears expects to receive about $446.5 million in gross proceeds from an offering tied to the spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet stores. Sears Holdings Corp. had signaled in February that it would split off the companies as a separate publicly traded entity.
NEW YORK-- Stock futures were mixed Tuesday with a new outlook on the global economic landscape y providing markets with fewer reasons to overlook what is likely to be a weak quarter for many of the biggest U.S. corporations.
MADRID-- Spain's Red Cross is launching its first-ever public appeal for donations to help the growing number Spaniards in need of help because of the country's economic crisis. The agency helped some 2 million people in Spain last year, most of who were in need of food or money. Spain is in its second recession in three years with near 25 percent unemployment.
NEW YORK-- Sterne, Agee& Leach is boosting its ratings on Shoe Carnival, citing sales and better-than-expected store growth potential. Shoe Carnival already has 17 leases signed for next year and 10 others that are close to being signed, Poser said. Poser raised his rating on Shoe Carnival Inc. to "Buy" from "Neutral" and gave a $28 price target.
NEW YORK-- Investors are hoping to see a rebound in profit from operations in China when Yum Brands Inc. reports its fiscal third-quarter earnings after Tuesday's closing bell. The China business had strong sales growth in the quarter, but inflation reduced its profit.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met Tuesday with India's finance minister to discuss lowering trade and investment barriers just weeks after the Indian government started a drive to reignite the nation's declining economic growth.
TOKYO-- Sales of Japanese vehicles nosedived in China during September as anti-Japanese sentiment flared over a territorial dispute that threatens to hobble what was a booming business relationship between Japan and its biggest export market.
But the high-pitched row between Beijing and Tokyo over their ownership is exacting a growing toll on Japan, threatening to send its recovery from last year's disasters into reverse.
LUXEMBOURG-- European Union finance ministers grappled Tuesday with how to support their struggling banks and ensure that failing financial institutions don't have the power to drag down entire countries with them.
WOODLAND PARK, N.J.-- Chemical coating maker Cytec Industries Inc. said Tuesday it has agreed to sell its coating resins business to private equity firm Advent International for $1.03 billion.
PHILADELPHIA-- Destination Maternity said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue dipped slightly, but the results still managed to beat Wall Street's expectations. Destination Maternity said that its quarterly revenue fell less than 1 percent to $128.5 million.
NEW YORK-- Small business owners are growing more pessimistic. A survey released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business shows that owners became more pessimistic during September as employment and sales remained weak. The NFIB's index of owner optimism fell 0.1 point to 92.8.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn.-- Tool maker Stanley Black& Decker Inc. is selling its hardware and home-improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash. Stanley Black& Decker, which is based in New Britain Conn., said the sale is part of its ongoing strategy to diversify its revenue and geographic reach.
AMSTERDAM-- World stock markets mostly declined Tuesday against a backdrop of worries about global economic growth and Europe's debt crisis. Meanwhile, comments by the International Monetary Fund on the global economy "provide a gloomy backdrop" for the day, said Monument Securities analyst Marc Ostwald.
NEW YORK-- Alcoa Inc. may set the stage for what's expected to be a disappointing earnings season when it reports third-quarter results Tuesday after the markets close. Alcoa's net income equaled 15 cents a share in the third quarter of 2011.. Alcoa faces challenges from a slowdown in global manufacturing.