Saturday, October 31, 2009

Top 10 airlines in the world

Skytrax had conducted a world airline survey. It had ranked the top 10 airlines as:

1.Singapore Airlines
2.Cathay Pacific
4.Thai Airways
5.Asiana Airlines
6.Malaysia Airlines
7.Qatar Airways
8.Air New Zealand
10.Etihad Airways

The world is facing a economic blockade and bad news from all sectors.But finally Exxon Mobil the leading U.S. oil company posted a net profit of $14.83 billion.The company's prior record was $11.68 billion in the second quarter of 2008.Analysts had expected Exxon to report a 40% jump in earnings to a net income of $12.2 billion, but it had made the expectations false.Despite the surge in profit oil production was down 8% in the third quarter.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Anglo Irish bank woes

Anglo Irish Bank has hired Morgan Stanley to advise on capital issues with the Irish group seeking to raise billions of euros. Anglo Irish Bank and Morgan Stanley declined to comment on the report.Morgan Stanley had approached a number of unnamed private equity groups with a view to securing a capital injection in Anglo Irish Bank.Analysts see it as inevitable that Irish banks will have to raise billions of euros in fresh capital to match the higher equity ratios of UK peers after a government bailout there.

Oil prices fell to their lowest point since May 2007 as investors were unimpressed by a decision from the world's largest oil cartel to slash production targets.The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, whose member nations control about 40% of the world's oil, said it would cut production by 1.5 million barrels a day.U.S. crude for December delivery settled down $3.69 to $64.15 a barrel in New York. It was the lowest close for oil in more than 17 months. Prices hit an intraday low of $62.65 after news of the cut.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halliburton posts loss on debt settlement

Halliburton Co. had swung to a net loss of $21 million in the third quarter, due largely to a nearly $700 million debt settlement. But the oilfield services provider said operating income topped $1 billion for the first time.The company's loss amounted to 2 cents per share in the July-September period, in contrast to a profit of $727 million, or 79 cents a share, a year ago.The year-ago results included a favorable income tax benefit of $133 million, or 15 cents a share.Oil companies hire service providers like Halliburton and Schlumberger for a variety of well-site jobs that can include seismic tests, directional drilling and reservoir management.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

UK injects 37 billion pounds into banks

The UK government announced that it would inject up to 37 billion pounds of cash into major banks - Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Lloyds TSB and Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS).RBS will receive 20 billion pounds from the government, while the merging Lloyds TSB and HBOS is to get 17 billion pounds. The UK government will take a 63 percent stake in RBS and 41 percent in the merged Lloyds TSB and HBOS, indicating that the government will become the major shareholder of the two banks.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Aeon posts ¥16 billion loss

Major retailer Aeon posted a group net loss of ¥16.01 billion when compared to a net profit of ¥23.81 billion logged last year.Aeon aims to close about 60 stores by February 2010 instead of the 40 projected as of July, admitting it expected tougher conditions ahead amid the global financial turmoil.It also said sales dropped particularly for clothing items.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Google, Yahoo ad partnership delayed

Internet giants Google and Yahoo have agreed to delay implementing an advertising partnership to give the United States' Department of Justice time to finish investigating the proposed deal.The two companies are now in an indefinite holding pattern, raising more questions about whether the government plans to try to prevent the No. 1 and No. 2 search engines from cooperating. Google and Yahoo have vigorously defended the partnership, saying that it will have no impact on prices and that it is structured in a way to avoid antitrust concerns.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Crude oil continues sliding

Crude oil continued to fall as the ongoing financial turmoil and economic slowdown exacerbated concerns that energy demand would drop.ight, sweet crude for November delivery fell 4.56 U.S. dollars to settle at 93.97 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The dollar gained strongly against the euro on Thursday, which also helped to push down the oil prices.In London, Brent crude for November delivery dropped 4.80 dollars to 90.53 dollars a barrel on the ICE Futures Exchange.