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Forbes: Asia: The Asian Trde Gorilla: March 31rst, 2010

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RTTNews Market Wrap: March 31rst, 2010

Evening Market WrapWed Mar 31 17:06 2010 


Mar 31, 2010 Stocks Slide As Employment Headlines Market Concerns - U.S. Commentary Stocks saw moderate weakness to end the first quarter on Wednesday, as continued job losses in the private sector deflated the mood on Wall Street ahead of Friday's key monthly employment reading. The major averages all closed in negative territory, but remained near their recent eighteen-month closing highs. Full Article

Economic News

Mar 31, 2010 MBA: Overall Mortgage Demand Rises As Purchase Applications Jump Mortgage applications have risen after two straight weeks of declines, led by an increase in purchase applications, which have hit their highest level since last October. The seasonally adjusted purchase index increased 6.8 percent from the previous week. Unadjusted, the index also increased 6.8 percent from the week before, and decreased 9.3 percent from the same week last year. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Private Sector Employment Unexpectedly Shows Modest Decrease In March Private sector employment unexpectedly showed a continued decrease in March, according to a report released by payroll processor Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) on Wednesday, although the drop still marked the smallest since employment began falling in February of 2008. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Canadian Economy Continues Dramatic Comeback Canada is in the midst of a full-fledged economic recovery, official data confirmed Wednesday. Real gross domestic product advanced 0.6% in January, a fifth consecutive monthly increase, according to Statistics Canada. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Chicago Manufacturing Activity Sees Slower Growth In March While the Institute for Supply Management - Chicago released a report Wednesday morning showing the sixth consecutive month of growth in regional manufacturing activity in March, the index of activity in the sector fell by much more than economists had been expecting. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Factory Orders Rose By Slightly More Than Expected In FebruaryWednesday morning, the Commerce Department released its report on new orders for manufactured goods in the month of February, showing that factory orders increased by a little more than economists had been anticipating. The report showed that factory orders increased by 0.6 percent in February following an upwardly revised 2.5 percent increase in January. Full Article

Corporate News

Mar 31, 2010 Mega Brands Q4 Loss Narrows SharplyCanadian toys, puzzles and games retailer Mega Brands, Inc. (MB.TO) reported Wednesday a narrower year-over-year loss for the fourth quarter, boosted by higher sales, lower expenses and gross margin expansion. The year-ago quarter was also weighed down by impairment of goodwill and intangible assets and other charges. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 AutoNation Sees Q1 Earnings In Line With View; Plans Debt Sale, BuybackAutomotive retailer AutoNation, Inc. (AN) on Wednesday forecast first-quarter earnings from continuing operations in line with analysts' estimates and said it plans to amend and extend its term loan and revolving credit facility, set to expire in July 2012, by two years. The company also said it intends to commence a public offering of $400 million of senior unsecured notes due 2018 to fund the buyback of other borrowings. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Rite Aid Q4 Loss Narrows; Guides FY11Retail drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp. (RAD) reported narrower fourth-quarter loss, driven by "improving" front end margins and tight expense management. However, net loss was wider than projected by Wall Street and sales fell short of forecast too. Looking ahead, it provided fiscal 2011 outlook. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Dollar General Posts Higher Q4 Profit; Gives FY10 ViewDiscount retailer Dollar General Corp. (DG) Wednesday reported higher fourth-quarter profit despite the impact of significant one-time charges, driven by higher sales. Adjusted earnings surged from last year. The company also provided earnings and sales growth outlook for fiscal 2010. For the fourth quarter, the company's net income was $87.2 million or $0.26 per share. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 GLG Life Tech Turns To Profit In Q4Stevia extracts developer GLG Life Tech Corp. (GLG.TO, GLGL) reported Wednesday a profit for the fourth quarter compared to a loss last year, as revenues from stevia sales surged 185%, helped by the increased production at the company's new facilities in Mingguang and Dongtai. Full Article


Mar 31, 2010 Oil Jumps Near $84 Despite Rising Inventories Oil prices climbed to a 11-week high near $84 Wednesday, as a slide in the greenback overshadowed a slightly bigger-than-expected build in US crude inventories. Light, sweet crude oil for delivery in May settled $1.39 higher at $83.76 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, a level not seen since early January. Full Article

Forex Top Story

Mar 31, 2010 Dollar Fades As ADP Jobs Report Disappoints The dollar fell sharply versus most major currencies on Wednesday after a discouraging prelude to Friday key jobs report fueled concerns about the employment situation in the US. Lingering weakness in the jobs market has been a factor in prolonging the housing slump and has impeded a sustained recovery for the broader economy. Full Article

Political News

Mar 31, 2010 New Poll Shows Democrats With Leads In Ohio Senate And Gubernatorial Races A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed that Democrats have leads in Ohio's U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races. In the Senate race, Democrat Lt. Governor Lee Fisher holds a 41% to 37% lead over Republican Rob Portman among Ohio voters. The other major Democratic candidate, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, holds a slim 38% to 37% lead over Portman. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Senators Urge Obama To Move Forward With Air Force Tanker CompetitionSenators Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., were among a bipartisan group of Senators that sent a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday urging him to move forward with an Air Force tanker competition after the World Trade Organization ruled that Airbus has received illegal, trade-distorting subsidies. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Lautenberg Voices Opposition To Expanded Offshore Drilling PlansSenator Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., voiced his opposition Wednesday to the expansion of offshore oil and natural gas drilling off of the outer continental shelf that President Barack Obama announced earlier in the day. "Drilling off the Virginia coast would endanger many of New Jersey's beaches and vibrant coastal economies," Lautenberg said. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 GOP Cool To Obama Offshore Drilling ExpansionCongressional Republican response to President Barack Obama's announcement of new offshore drilling ranged from outrage to muted praise Wednesday with most saying the proposals don't go far enough. House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio said that the drilling proposal, long a GOP priority on energy policy, showcases the administration's continued defiance of the American people. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Senator Crapo Calls For National Nuclear SummitSenator Mike Crapo, R-Ida., released at statement Wednesday, calling for a national nuclear summit. "With applications for 22 new reactors that could be built over the next ten to twenty years and the President's new commitment to build reactors, it is time for the Congress and the Executive Branch to join together to address our energy needs through safe, clean nuclear power," Crapo said. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Hutchison Announces Decision To Serve Out Senate TermSenator Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, announced Wednesday that she will serve out her current term in the Senate rather than resign. Hutchison, whose current term ends in 2012, originally announced last year that she would resign by the end of 2009 to concentrate on her run for governor of Texas. Full Article
Mar 31, 2010 Obama Announces New Offshore Drilling ExpansionPresident Barack Obama Wednesday announced a new expansion of offshore oil and natural gas drilling off of the outer continental shelf. Obama, who spoke before an audience of veterans and military officials at Andrews Air Force Base, emphasized that the new drilling and exploration would come only as part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels. Full Article

MarketWatch: Personal Finance Daily, March 31rst,2010


Personal Finance Daily
MARCH 31, 2010

Wednesday's Personal Finance stories

By MarketWatch

Don't miss these top stories:

The topic of same-sex marriage tends to spark heated debates, but cooler heads usually prevail when it comes to the idea of domestic partners and workplace benefits for those couples whether they are of the same sex or different sexes.

If you agree that companies who offer benefits to workers' spouses ought to offer those same benefits to workers' domestic partners, then you might be surprised to learn that the federal tax code severely curtails such benefits for the workers who receive them.

Read our story today about one couple who faces as much as a $3,000 tax hit each year on their health benefits -- a tax hit that married couples at the same workplace don't have to pay -- simply because this couple happens to be comprised of two women.

It's always surprising, and often dismaying, how many contested social mores are locked into the tax code.

-- Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor

Same-sex couples face higher health costs

Each year as the April 15 tax deadline nears, Shane Snowden is reminded how much more she pays for health coverage for her same-sex partner than her heterosexual colleagues pay for their spouses' benefits.
See TaxWatch.


IRAs and taxes

You can lower your 2009 tax bill if you open up an IRA by April 15. Plus, there are new rules on converting to a Roth IRA. Here's what you need to know.
 Watch Personal Finance Minute.


March ADP report shows unexpected job losses

U.S. private sector companies shed 23,000 jobs in March, according to the ADP employment report released Wednesday, casting a pall on expectations that the labor market was healing.
See Economic Report.

German unemployment sees surprise drop

The total number of German jobless fell by a seasonally-adjusted 31,000 in March, defying expectations for a rise and raising hopes a feeble recovery by Europe's largest economy is gaining traction.
See Economic Report.

Obama proposes expanded oil, gas exploration

President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed allowing offshore oil and gas development in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coastline, a reversal of policy that may win him some support among Republicans but will earn him the ire of environmentalists.
See Capitol Report.

Commentary: Financial reform: Will final law meet the test?

In that lumbering, lurching fashion we know so well from healthcare legislation, it looks like financial reform may actually see its way into law before the midterm elections.
See Darrell Delamaide's Political Capital.

The outlook for U.S. financial reform

Peter Wallison of conservative think tank AEI, says the prospects for financial reform have dimmed since the Senate Banking Committee voted on straight party lines. Republicans oppose granting the Federal Reserve more power. Lisa Lee interviews.
 Watch Video Report.


Ford teams with Microsoft to boost electric-car prospects

Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday that they are teaming again; this time in an effort to make widespread adoption of the electric car a reality.
See Cars.


Mortgage aid could hurt your credit score

Homeowners getting help from Uncle Sam face an unwelcome surprise.
 Listen to Radio Report.


Commentary: Why BlackBerry users will defect

Call it a matter of touch-screen envy, but many BlackBerry users are starting to feel the 24-month-contract itch.
See Outside the Box.

IPhone battle raises stakes for AT&T

The Digits panel discusses what the end of AT&T's exclusive contract to sell iPhones in the U.S. will mean for the phone giant. Plus, how Apple's iPad is prompting software developers to make applications for its App Store rather than for other rivals; and WSJ's Lee Hawkins joins the set live from the New York International Auto Show.
 Watch Digits.


Supreme Court ruling may boost fund investors

Mutual-fund investors might soon see lower fees for their investments after a Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday.
See FundWatch.

Where to invest when rates rise

As the economy improves, rate hikes loom, says Michael Cuggino, manager of the Permanent Portfolio fund family. He tells Jonathan Burton how stock and bond investors can blunt the impact of rising rates and take advantage of global growth.
 Watch Vide Report.

Commentary: Why bond yields may be headed much higher

It's always dangerous to think you know more about something than does the market itself. And this is especially the case when it comes to bonds, since the fixed-income market is the largest and most liquid in the world, and its participants include some of the best and brightest of the entire investment arena.
See Mark Hulbert.

Bonds' epic comeback

By buying $1.25 trillion of mortgage securities, the Fed absorbed assets that otherwise would have needed buyers. Mark Gongloff explains how that kept money in the hands of investors, who instead went after the next natural choice: corporate bonds.
 Watch Video Report.

Stocks should 'grind higher'

Scott Marcouiller at Wells Fargo Advisers tells Larry Kofsky the disappointing ADP report is to blame for sending the market lower at the opening bell. But he notes that it's been a "great" quarter for the market. He sees a "continued grind higher" in the second quarter.
 Listen to Radio Report.

BBC : Business News and Videos Update, March 31rst, 2010

Page last updated at 22:20 GMT, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 23:20 UK

Computerised image of the Northrop Grumman/EADS mid-air refuelling
The Pentagon says it will extend the bidding deadline for a new fleet of US air refuelling tankers, if EADS makes a formal request.

EMI ends talks to sell US rights
EMI abandons talks to license out the rights to its records in the US and Canada, a deal it hoped would raise vitally needed funds.

Obama eases ban on oil drilling
Barack Obama proposes ending a decades-old ban on new offshore oil drilling, in a bid to cut US dependence on imports.

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