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  • M&A Activity Flourishing in US Markets - 19 June 2014
  • Mergers and acquisitions in US markets are making a notable comeback, with deals since the beginning of the year totaling $785.5 billion – close to the 2007 total of $880.7 billion for the entire year, and more than 60 percent up on the 2013 figure of $487.7 billion. The current low interest rates for borrowing, along with cash-on-hand held by many businesses, are cited as motivating factors behind the current M&A activity which is taking place in a number of industries. Recent and ongoing deals include Sandisk's (NASDAQ: SNDK) $1.1 billion acquisition of Fusion-io (NYSE:FIO); Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) negotiation of a controlling $6 billion stake in Access Midstream Partners (NYSE:ACMP); Medtronic's (NYSE:MDT) acquisition of Coviden (NYSE:COV) in a $42.9 billion deal; Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT) $5.7 billion acquisition of TW Telecom (NASDAQ: TWTC); and the proposed merger of T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS) and Sprint (NYSE:S) in a $32 billion deal.

  • King Digital Entertainment IPO Disappoints - 27 March 2014
  • With a reported net worth of $76 billion, founder of Microsoft Bill Gates is back at the top of the annual Forbes Billionaires list, having held that position for fifteen of the past twenty years. Second on the list, CEO of Oracle Larry Ellison has a reported net worth of $48 billion, followed by Google CEO Larry Page at $32.3 billion. Fourth in line is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with $32 billion, followed closely by Google's Sergey Brin with $31.8 billion and Facebook CEO Mark Suckerberg with $28.5 billion – an noteable comeback after Facebook's disastrous 2012 IPO. Interestingly, at number eight with a net worth of $17.5 billion is Michael Dell, who removed his company from the stock market in October 2013.

  • Twitter Prepares for IPO Launch - 31 October 2013
  • As Twitter prepares to launch its initial public offering, analysts are comparing every move the company makes to Facebook's problem-plagued May 2012 IPO through Nasdaq. Twitter aims to raise $1.6 billion with its IPO, and analysts have predicted that when the company starts trading it may be worth between $12 billion and $20 billion. As of June 30, 2013, Twitter had 218.3 million active monthly users, reflecting an increase of 44 percent over the same period of last year. The company, which has been operating for seven years, has noted that as the size of its user base increases, user growth rate will slow down.

  • Investors Support Home Repair Companies in Wake of Hurricane Sandy - 1 November 2012
  • On its first day of trading following the two-day shutdown caused by Hurricane Sandy, Wall Street closed relatively unchanged on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones losing 10.75 points (0.08 percent) to close at 13,096.46, the Standard and Poor's 500 climbing 0.22 points (0.02 percent) to close at 1,412.16 and the Nasdaq Composite Index losing 10.72 points (0.36 percent) to close at 2,977.23. The shutdown was reportedly the first multi-day weather related closure of the New York Stock Exchange since 1888, and traders made their way to the exchange in the early hours of the morning keen to set the wheels of trade in motion again.

  • Stock Exchange Listing and Delisting - 23 February 2012
  • With the spotlight on high-profile initial purchase offerings (IPO) in recent months, investors may get the impression that once a company has been listed on a stock exchange, the only way is up. However, this is not always the case, and when stocks no longer meet the minimum requirement for being listed, they can be delisted, usually with far less fanfare than the initial listing.

    Getting listed on a stock exchange is an expensive, and often lengthy, endeavor. For example, a US company looking to list on the NYSE first needs to request a confidential review to ascertain whether it is eligible. Reviews and application fees can run into tens of thousands of dollars, so it is in the company management's best interest to assess their eligibility before even approaching an exchange.

  • Is the "Kodak Moment" Fading? - 29 September 2011
  • The brand name Kodak is synonymous with occasions we want memorialized, and the term "Kodak moment" is readily understood to describe a moment in time that either has been, or should have been, captured on film. Used as a promotional gimmick back in 2008, the "Kodak moment" concept has become part of our vocabulary. But the digital world has eclipsed the traditional world of photography, and it is becoming quite rare for photographers to use film that needs to be developed and printed. While the majority of photographers may still make use of a professional service to print their memories, home printing is becoming more popular and using a computer or mobile device and social media sites as a photo album is now commonplace.

  • FOMC Meeting Highlight of Week Ahead - 19 September 2011
  • Recent developments on Wall Street included increased initial purchase offer activity with LinkedIn becoming the first tech company since Google to file an IPO. A follow-up analysis of current IPOs by analytics company, Dealogic, noted that 146 companies have filed with regulators waiting for approval to sell shares in the United States in an effort to raise $28.4 billion. However, it has also been revealed that 215 companies have either withdrawn or postponed IPOs to the value of $44.1 billion – going down in US stock market history as being the highest year-to-date figure since 2008, and the highest figure for September in twenty years or more. Social network games maker, Zynga, and online coupon company, Groupon, are among companies delaying the IPOs which investors were anticipating would take place after Labor Day weekend earlier this month, with market volatility playing a part in this decision.

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