Finance News Update, what you need to know

Finance News Update, what you need to know

AAP WORLD FINANCE UPDATE: The Australian dollar has lost further ground, continuing its downward trajectory spurred by lower-than-expected March quarter inflation figures. At 0630 AEST on Friday, the Australian ...

Australian Markets

  • Thursday's Top Upgrades (and Downgrades) Motley Fool - 3 hours ago

    Analysts shift stance on Xerox, Brinker, and Cheesecake Factory.

  • European stocks close after upbeat earnings AFP - 16 hours ago
    European stocks close after upbeat earnings

    European stock markets closed on an upbeat note on Thursday as traders reacted to a string of earnings updates, data pointing to further easing of eurozone economic strains, and fresh takeover speculation. Stock indices got a boost from well-received profits news from Apple and Facebook on Wednesday following the close of trading on Wall Street, analysts said, and New York markets were up on Thursday. Concern over the crisis in Ukraine however capped the optimism on financial and oil markets, and the euro eased slightly against the dollar over the escalating tensions. Germany's DAX 30 closed slightly up 0.05 percent at 9.548.68 points, with data revealing that German business confidence rebounded this month, after a slight fall in March in Europe's biggest economy when companies worried about the Crimea crisis.

  • Stocks to watch at noon on Thursday AAP - 21 hours ago

    Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Thursday: AGO - ATLAS IRON - up 4.25 cents, or 4.45 per cent, at 99.75 cents Western Australian iron ore producer Atlas Iron achieved record ...

  • Apple takes steps to lift sagging stock price Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    Apple upstaged Wednesday's release of its fiscal second-quarter earnings by announcing plans to send more cash to its shareholders and split its stock for the first time in nine years. This is what Apple ...

  • Apple increases stock buyback AAP - 23 hours ago
    Apple increases stock buyback

    Apple plans to buy back an additional $US30 billion ($A32 billion) of its stock and raise its quarterly dividend by eight per cent amid a slowdown in revenue growth. The commitment, announced on Wednesday as part of Apple's fiscal second-quarter earnings report, expands on the company's previous pledge to spend $60 billion on stock buybacks by the end of next year. Apple Inc. also is raising its quarterly dividend to $3.29 per share as part its effort to funnel more money to stock holders. The slowdown in revenue growth has prompted investors to wonder whether the company has lost its innovative power since the death of Steve Jobs.

  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock Associated Press - 23 hours ago
    Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

    Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing sales ...

  • Apple increases stock buyback, raises dividend Associated Press - Thu, Apr 24, 2014 6:35 AM AEST

    Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock and raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent amid a slowdown in revenue growth. The commitment announced Wednesday as part of Apple's fiscal ...

  • First Clover Leaf Financial Corp. Announces Quarterly Dividend GlobeNewswire - Thu, Apr 24, 2014 6:12 AM AEST

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- First Clover Leaf Financial Corp. (the "Company") announced the approval by its Board of Directors of a cash dividend on its outstanding common stock of $0.06 per share ...

  • Add these 4 top healthcare stocks to your watchlist The Motley Fool Australia - Thu, Apr 24, 2014 5:35 AM AEST

    Investors in some of Australia's largest and most successful healthcare stocks have seen spectacular returns over the last 12 months. Gains of over 50% have been common and I believe we will continue to see healthcare stocks outperform. Here are four healthcare stocks set to continue delivering great shareholder returns in the year ahead: Ramsay Health Care Limited (RHC.AX) owns and operates private hospitals in a range of major metropolitan and rural communities.

  • 6 Things You Must Do 36 Months Before Your IPO Entrepreneur - Thu, Apr 24, 2014 2:30 AM AEST
    6 Things You Must Do 36 Months Before Your IPO

    If you wait till the last minute, the public offering will disrupt your business. And if that happens, what's the point?

 

Company Finances

  • FDA backs off animal feed rule affecting brewers Associated Press - 19 minutes ago
    FDA backs off animal feed rule affecting brewers

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer ...

  • Final Glance: Restaurant companies Associated Press - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Shares of some top restaurant companies were mixed at the close of trading: Brinker International Inc. rose $.13 or .3 percent, to $49.50. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. rose $3.55 or .7 percent, to $507.60. ...

  • Final Glance: Food companies Associated Press - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Shares of some top food companies were mixed at the close of trading: ConAgra Foods Inc. fell $.10 or .3 percent, to $31.06. General Mills Inc. rose $.06 or .1 percent, to $52.43. Hormel Foods Corp. fell ...

  • Final Glance: Tools and Appliances companies Associated Press - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Shares of some top tools and appliances companies were up at the close of trading: General Electric Co. rose $.04 or .2 percent, to $26.46. Snap-On rose $.15 or .1 percent, to $117.06. Stanley Works rose ...

  • Final Glance: Consumer companies Associated Press - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Shares of some top consumer companies were up at the close of trading: Clorox rose $.13 or .1 percent, to $89.12. Colgate-Palmolive Co. rose $.56 or .9 percent, to $66.43. Kimberly-Clark Corp. rose $.32 ...

  • Final Glance: Beverages companies Associated Press - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Shares of some top beverages companies were mixed at the close of trading: Anheuser-Busch Inbev ADR rose $.74 or .7 percent, to $109.14. Coca-Cola Co. fell $.03 or .1 percent, to $40.70. Dr Pepper Snapple ...

  • Final Glance: Autos companies Associated Press - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Shares of some top autos companies were mixed at the close of trading: Ford Motor Co. rose $.09 or .6 percent, to $16.32. General Motors Co. fell $.22 or .6 percent, to $34.17. Honda Motor Co. fell $.17 ...

  • Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods Associated Press - 2 hours 14 minutes ago
    Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods

    Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite ...

  • Tour De Plastics GlobeNewswire - 2 hours 52 minutes ago

    TORONTO, ON -- Plastics are playing an ever growing role in cycling, particularly the increasingly popular sport of road racing in which plastics help serious cyclists achieve peak performance.

  • Thursday's Top Upgrades (and Downgrades) Motley Fool - 3 hours ago

    Analysts shift stance on Xerox, Brinker, and Cheesecake Factory.