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  • Financial Sector Continues To Cause Concern - 8 August 2008
  • Persistent concerns over the state of the financial sector, rising unemployment and mediocre retail sales are cited as some of the reasons for the 225 point decline in the Dow Jones Industrials and the sharp increase in bond prices on Thursday 7 August. This stock market draw back is seen by many as an indication of insecurity among investors leading them to react strongly to any negative indications on the market.

  • British Airways and Iberia Propose “Merger Between Equals” - 5 August 2008
  • British Airways and Iberia Airlines have plans to enter into an all-share merger agreement which will form the third-largest carrier group in terms of revenue, while at the same time allowing each brand to maintain its individual identity. Should the merger be successfully concluded, a new holding company will be formed that will acquire both British Airways and Iberia Airlines, with both companies exchanging their shares for shares in the new parent company.

  • FCC Approval Ends Long Wait for Sirius XM Radio Merger - 31 July 2008
  • More than seventeen months have passed since the official announcement was made on 19 February 2007 to shareholders of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio that the two companies would be merging, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally approved the merger, with the New York City based merged company to trade under the name of Sirius XM Radio, Inc. This is no doubt welcome news to all who have been involved in the lengthy and complex merger/buy-out process.

  • KKR Aims for Listing on NYSE - 28 July 2008
  • New York City-based private equity investment firm, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co (KKR), has announced that an agreement has been concluded for the acquisition of all of the assets, as well as the assumption of all liabilities, of KKR Private Equity Investors (KPE). Moreover, KKR aims to become a listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by the end of the year.

  • Ur-Energy Inc Received AMEX Listing Approval - 23 July 2008
  • Mining company Ur-Energy Inc. recently announced that it has received approval for the company’s common shares to be listed on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) with trading expected to commence on Thursday 24 July 2008 under the symbol “URG”. Ur-Energy will retain its current listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange (URE-TSE).

  • Markets Rally – But Killjoy Analysts Warn that the Bad Times are Not Yet Over - 18 July 2008
  • Just when investors were starting to think that there would be no end to the downward spiral on the stock markets, concerns with regard to the U.S. economy and financial system eased up a bit in the past two days. This had a marked positive effect on global stock markets, as did the unexpected fall in oil prices. Moreover, solid results for some U.S. banks helped to stem the flow of negativity, while the announcement by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that its 2008 global growth forecast has been adjusted to 4.1 percent from 3.7 percent added to the positive tone.

  • Is IndyMac Failure a Harbinger of Doom? - 15 July 2008
  • Although there are a number of factors that led to IndyMac’s failure on Friday 11 July, some regulators are laying the blame squarely at the feet of Senator Chuck Schumer. In late June, the New York Democrat released a letter which set out reasons why IndyMac might fail. This sparked panic among IndyMac customers who rushed to withdraw their money from the bank. Over the following eleven days the withdrawals mounted up to $1.3 billion, forcing IndyMac’s closure. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) stepped in and re-opened the bank on Monday 14 July, as IndyMac Federal Bank.

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