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April 06 2010

Wall Street Journal – Economy

Economy

* Markets Approach Milestone Levels
Stock and bond markets flirted with milestones on Monday, as the outlook for economic growth brightened following a string of reports showing signs of a pickup in the labor market, service sector and housing.

* Clash of Old, New Economy
The old economy and the new economy are squaring off in Wilmington, N.C., which is having second thoughts about revisiting its roots in heavy industry.

* Some Jobless Benefits Run Out
Tens of thousands of jobless Americans could lose unemployment benefits after Congress failed to enact a short-term extension, with Democratic and Republican lawmakers exchanging blame.

* Inflation Fears Cut Two Ways
At the Federal Reserve, a debate is intensifying among officials over the likely course of inflation, as the central bank plots an exit from an unprecedented experiment in easy money.

* Failures in Germany Slow Rebound
Concern is growing that Germany’s manufacturing rebound is too weak and too late to save many of the midsize companies that form the backbone of its industrial base, a factor that could slow economic recovery in Germany and the euro zone.

* Parents’ Struggles Hit Adult Kids
Pay cuts, layoffs and shrunken stock portfolios mean many parents can no longer pay for college, down payments and extra cash for adult children.

* Consumers Not Likely to Feel Commodity Cost Bite
Prices are going up for commodities such as iron ore and coal, which means higher production costs, but little if any of this will filter through to consumers buying things such as cars and dishwashers.

* U.S. to Delay Currency Report on China
The U.S. will delay a report to Congress on China’s currency policy, but Geithner said the Asian giant is relying on “currency intervention” and must move to a “more market-oriented exchange rate.”

* Central Bank Reassures Seoul
The South Korean government and central bank vowed to closely cooperate in economic and monetary policies, reaffirming a widely held view that the country’s policy interest rate will be kept lower for now.

* Job Market Picks Up, but Slowly
U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in March, the largest gain since 2007. But nearly one-third came from temporary hiring for the Census. The unemployment rate was steady at 9.7%.

April 06 2010

Wall Street Journal – U.S. Business

US Business
  • Traders Beat Street CEOs in Pay
    Many Wall Street CEOs took a big pay cut for 2009. But their real value may have been in deflecting attention from their troops?who enjoyed the largest payday on record.
  • Toyota Faces $16.4 Million U.S. Fine
    U.S. regulators plan to fine Toyota $16.4 million for allegedly hiding gas-pedal problems from safety regulators. It would be by far the largest civil penalty ever imposed against an auto maker.
  • Apartment Rents Rise as Sector Stabilizes
    Apartment rents rose during the first quarter, ending five straight quarters of declines and signaling the worst may be over for the hard-hit sector.
  • Touch of Film Noir in Fujitsu Drama
    When Japanese executives are forced out of their companies, they usually go quietly. Kuniaki Nozoe has stunned Japan by challenging his ouster as president of Fujitsu.
  • Bribe Case Focuses On Alcoa Negotiator
    U.S. and U.K. prosecutors are investigating a prominent Canadian businessman for criminal money laundering and bribery as part of a two-year investigation centering on Alcoa.
  • Maguire Properties Gets Offer by Founder
    The founder of Maguire Properties is offering to take over three of the company’s office buildings, saying he is concerned they could wind up in default.
  • Early iPad Sales Fall Short of Hopes
    Apple said it sold more than 300,000 iPads in the U.S. on the first day the device went on sale, tempering Wall Street’s highflying expectations for the much-hyped multimedia tablet computer.
  • Microsoft to Unveil ‘Pink’ Mobile Phones
    Microsoft plans to introduce a new line of mobile phones whose social-networking capabilities are targeted at young consumers.
  • U.S. Cities to Woo Chinese Investment
    Chinese companies’ go-slow approach and a long-standing preference for investing in Asia may leave local U.S. governments disappointed.
  • Fannie, Freddie Touch Off Swaps Scrap
    The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plans to have the mortgage-finance giants use a clearinghouse for interest-rate swaps trade by year’s end. Wall Street banks and exchanges are scrambling.