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  • HP Results and Outlook Disappoint Investors - 4 October 2012
  • Wednesday on Wall Street saw the three major US stock indexes – the Dow Jones industrial average, Standard and Poor's 500 and Nasdaq composite – lift initially, buoyed up by stronger-than-expected data from ADP and the economy's service sector. But the significant gains were cut by sharp drops in Hewlett-Packard's shares following the report on company earnings and earnings outlook by CEO Meg Whitman, and Wall Street ended the day only modestly higher. Friday's employment numbers are the next big market mover investors will be waiting for, while the economic situation in Spain is also causing waves in global markets, with Wall Street not being immune to its effects.

  • NYSE Euronext/Deutsche Boerse Deal Inches Forward - 14 July 2011
  • Deutsche Boerse shareholders, representing up to 60 percent of the German exchange's voting shares, indicated on Wednesday just hours before the close of the deal that they approve of the proposal to merge with NYSE Euronext. While 75 percent is required for the deal to move forward, it is reportedly quite common for institutional investors to hold back tendering their shares until just before an offer ends. Based on past trends, analysts have voiced confidence that the 75 percent requirement will be attained. The merger of these two historic exchanges will result in the largest stock exchange in the world. However, there is still plenty of red tape to cut through, and scrutiny by anti-trust authorities to be dealt with before it is a done deal.

  • Seed Funding – Risks vs Rewards - 2 June 2011
  • Seed funding, also referred to as venture capital, seed money or angel funding, involves collaboration between parties that have the common goal of participating in starting a business, with a view to reaping the rewards in the future. Entrepreneurs seeking seed money would need to convince investors that there is a strong possibility of gaining future rewards, bearing in mind that startup businesses carry a higher element of risk.

  • Deloitte Fast 500 – Encouraging Technological Innovation - 24 January 2011
  • Established in 1997 during what came to be known as the 'dotcom boom', or 'dotcom bubble', the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Awards highlight the outstanding success of US technology companies in an ever-evolving world of innovation. Run and moderated by renowned professional services provider Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, more commonly referred to and branded simply as Deloitte, the awards incorporate all areas of technology and include both private and public companies. Participants include everything from internet service providers, through to computer software and hardware providers, life sciences and semiconductors, with the main criteria being relative growth in revenue over a period of five years.

  • Inc.500|5000 – Measuring Success - 17 January 2011
  • First introduced in 1982 by Inc. Magazine, the Inc. 500, which is compiled on an annual basis, lists the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. The list is comprised of the top ten percent of a larger analysis which ranks the country's 5,000 fastest-growing privately owned companies. As a list that is measured on improvement in performance and financial growth, companies that feature on the list must show four full calendar years of sales (from January 1 through to December 31), with revenue in the first year being at least $200,000, and showing a steady increase in subsequent years. Moreover, companies must be based in the United States, as well as being privately held and independent to qualify.

  • Markets Respond to Tax Concessions, Job Creation Proposals - 9 September 2010
  • Many consider the $350 billion job creation/recovery proposal offered by President Barack Obama as being 'too little, too late', nonetheless stocks were boosted by his speech outlining the plan as investors grabbed onto some hope for an increase in the pace of economic recovery - despite the Federal Reserve's observation that the economy is once again slowing down. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to 10,387 (46 points/.045 percent), with the Standard & Poor's 500 closing at 1,099 (7 points/0.6 percent) and the Nasdaq Composite ending Wednesday at 2,229 (20 points/0.9 percent).

  • The Perils of High-Speed Trading - 17 may 2010
  • While talk of a stock exchange generally brings to mind the vibrant organized chaos of dealers on the floor shouting buy and sell instructions - scoring spectacularly, or failing dismally, wiping out fortunes in a heart-beat - the reality of modern-day stock market trading is quite different. The majority of today's trading is carried out by state of the art technology, often being referred to as high-frequency trading, or high-speed trading – an apt description by any measure. On Thursday May 6, the Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced an intraday drop of close to 1,000 points, and although stock market regulators have not yet pinpointed the cause of the dramatic drop, it has been conceded that high-speed trading is likely to have contributed to the incident, but was unlikely to have been the sole cause. Critics of the constantly evolving manner of modern trade, however, point to this incident as being evidence of the risks linked to high-speed trading.

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