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Mar 31, 2011

MarketWatch | Markets: Europe & Middle East | Asia | Emerging Markets


Europe and Middle East Markets »

Gold, oil can gain as unrest eases: Brynjolfsson The unrest sweeping through the Middle East is already priced into oil, says hedge fund manager John Brynjolfsson, who says he likes the commodity because of long-term pressures on supply. Gold should reach $2,000 within a year, he says.
6:55 p.m. Today
Nasdaq ekes out gain, but chip sector slips Intel shares slip after an analyst cuts the chip giant’s price target on ‘downticking’ PC trends.
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Asia Markets »

 The dollar is higher ahead of U.S. jobs data after another Federal Reserve official hints that interest rates could be headed higher. 17 min ago
India goes wild after cricket win over Pakistan See pictures from before and after the big match between rivals India and Pakistan in the region’s favorite sport, cricket.
37 min ago


Emerging Markets »

Indonesia March Inflation Eases Indonesia's inflation rate eased in March on moderating basic food prices, the official Central Statistics Agency said.
43 min ago
China March Official PMI Up; Price Index Eases Slightly China's official Purchasing Managers Index rose to 53.4 in March from 52.2 in February, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said.
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Financial and Forex Info | U.S, Treasury - Rates Updates



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CBS | Evening News Top Stories | Libya's rebels outgunned, and on the run

The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric newsletter

EVENING NEWS TOP STORIES    



   
Hi everyone,
This is Erica Hill, filling in for Katie tonight. The White House says the defection of Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa is a very big deal. For one thing, Koussa has an insider's knowledge of the Qaddafi regime. But he may also have played a major role in the 1988 Pan Am bombing. Bob Orr takes a close look at this controversial figure. Meanwhile, if the U.S. won't arm the Libyan rebels, who will? David Martin checks out that part of the story. And we'll hear from Mandy Clark, who's with the Libyan rebels-still in retreat in the face of new attacks by Qaddafi forces. Tiny amounts of radiation have turned up in milk on the U.S. west coast. Authorities insist the amounts are thousands of times below dangerous levels. Tonight, John Blackstone examines what officials are doing to monitor the spread of radiation from Japan. Yucca Mountain was supposed to be the final resting place for America's nuclear waste. But the Obama administration canceled that plan. Was it for safety reasons, or politics? Chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports. Finally, in tonight's "American Spirit," Dr. Jon LaPook profiles a woman who's in the business of fighting cancer. Kathy Giusti has raised $140 million dollars for research into blood cancers. Her work has helped prolong the lives of many patients-including hers. Check out the latest @katiecouric episode, Tim Pawlenty.

Katie Couric
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30 years later, battle keeps Jim Brady going Reagan press secretary reflects on anniversary of assassination attempt, the hand he was dealt, and the gun control fight he won't quit

Is it the end of the road for the gas guzzler? Gasoline consumption in the U.S. peaked in 2007 at 390 million gallons a day - but it's declined ever since

Arming Libya's rebels would be a tricky gamble In addition to requiring on-the-ground training, arming Libya's rebels may mean giving weapons to America's enemies

Financial & Forex Info | The Australian Business Briefing: Wall St has best Q1 in 13 years




Australian Business update for Fri Apr 01 08:23:28 EST 2011

Wall St has best Q1 in 13 years
Wall St UPDATED Kristina Peterson US stocks closed lower after a late slide today but still managed to finish with their best first quarter in more than a decade.
Gold hits record close on EU jitters
gold Tatyana Shumsky GOLD jumped to a new record settlement today on worries about Europe's financial system and forecasts for higher gold demand from India.
Irish banks need $33bn capital rescue
Bank of Ireland David Enrich IRELAND'S banks face a 24 billion euros ($33bn) capital shortfall that will likely need to be plugged largely by the country's taxpayers.
ASX still hopeful of selling SGX deal
ASX Jennifer Hewett, National affairs correspondent DAVID Gonski and Robert Elstone believe they can persuade Canberra to approve the takeover of the ASX by its Singapore counterpart.
Recharged Alinta in hunt for customers
Recharged alinta Tracy Lee A REINVIGORATED Alinta Energy has put rivals on notice as it reveals plans to more than double its customer base.
NAB calls for deposit tax relief
Mark Joiner Richard Gluyas Encouraging savings reduces dependence on foreign funds
Former Macquarie fund manager jailed
Macquarie Grouo Andrew Main A former Macquarie Bank fund manager has been jailed for insider trading
Weiss exits Guinness Peat
Sir Ron Brierley and Gary Weiss Andrew Main ONE of Australia's most enduring business partnerships ended yesterday when Gary Weiss announced he was resigning from Guinness Peat.
Financial Markets
Wall St has best Q1 in 13 years
Wall St UPDATED Kristina Peterson US stocks closed lower after a late slide today but still managed to finish with their best first quarter in more than a decade.
Oil price highest since September 2008
Gold hits record close on EU jitters
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Oil price highest since September 2008
Oil Dan Strumpf OIL settled at its highest level in 2 1/2 years today as the US dollar weakened and Libyan rebels suffered a setback.
Gold hits record close on EU jitters
Funding injection sees Lynas leap
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Financial & Forex Info | The Australian Capital Circle : Walking in Whitlam's shadow.





Capital Circle Newsletter
Walking in Whitlam's shadow
 
Julia Gillard has called for the ALP to learn from the NSW election, invoking Gough Whitlam and criticising the Greens.

The PM's diary: Julia Gillard is in Sydney today for a day of meetings. She has no public events in her diary at this stage.
Tony Abbott is in Brisbane. After early appearances on the Today show and Melbourne radio station MTR, he had a breakfast meeting with Campbell Newman at 7.30am.
Over the weekend: Liberal Immigration spokesman Scott Morrison will be interviewed by Hugh Riminton on Channel 10's Meet the Press. Steve Lewis from News Limited and Eleanor Hall from the ABC are on the panel.
Sky's Contrarians are Steve Kallis from Unions WA, former Rudd speechwriter Troy Bramston, Julian Leeser from the Menzies Research Centre and Fairfax columnist Rhys Muldoon.
On Sunday, Australian Agenda will feature Infrastructure minister Anthony Albanese in the studio, WA Premier Colin Barnett in a one-on-one interview out of WA and former Mission Australia CEO Patrick McClure. The panel is Peter Van Onselen, Paul Kelly and Annabel Hepworth.
The HR Nicholls Society is holding its 31st annual conference over the weekend. Guest speakers include Liberal Senators Eric Abetz and Mary Jo Fisher, former Howard Government IR minister Peter Reith and industrial relations expert Grace Collier.
The Quills awards dinner is on in Melbourne tonight.
Novel: Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann wants the Australian Tax Office to provide a break down of how your taxes are spent and what the federal government debt is with tax returns. The Economics Reference committee will deliver a report on the proposal on April 8th.
Honey bees targeted: The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has recalled the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests to review the scientific evidence regarding whether or not the Asian honey bee can be eradicated from Australia.
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Financial & Forex Info | Kitco New York M arket Close Report







New York Market Close Mar 31/11 05:20 PM EDT
Metals
Bid
Ask
Change
Low
High
Gold
1431.80
1432.80
8.00
0.56%
1424.70
1440.80
Silver
37.67
37.69
0.19
0.51%
37.47
38.00
Platinum
1764.00
1772.00
-2.00
-0.11%
1764.00
1796.00
Palladium
762.00
767.00
11.00
1.46%
755.00
775.00

Financial & Forex Info News | Reuters Technology Report: China's Baidu to shut e-commerce platform







News
The hunted became the hunter when Microsoft filed its first-ever complaint to antitrust regulators, claiming that Google thwarts Internet search competition. Thomas Vinje, who led a coalition that won EU fines against Microsoft said the software maker "has learned from its own unpleasant experiences how to cause maximum disruption for its competitors via competition law". Google controls over 90 percent of the Internet search advertising market in Europe, well ahead of Microsoft's Bing. And browsers such as Firefox and Google's Chrome have eaten away at the market lead by Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Google is tightening control over its "open" Android operating system to reduce fragmentation and restrict additional partnerships that it doesn't understand, Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance and Peter Burrows writes. Google says its procedures are about quality control, early bug fixes, and building toward a "common denominator" experience, Vance and Burows add.

Small-budget film producers have nearly perfected a slick, courtroom-based business strategy that’s targeted suspected movie downloaders, writes Wired’s David Kravets. One lawsuit alleged 5,865 illegal downloads of the film Nude Nuns With Big Guns, asking a federal judge to order ISPs to dig into customers’ records for names. It was the first step in a process that could lead to each defendant receiving a letter suggesting they settle the case, lest they wind up named in a public lawsuit having downloaded Nude Nuns With Big Guns, Kravets adds.

James Cicconi, the head of AT&T's lobbying effort to acquire T-Mobile USA, said government remedies to free up more U.S. airwaves for wireless services are not coming fast enough and were an important driver behind his company’s bid. AT&T estimates it will carry the equivalent of the volume of all the mobile traffic it handled last year in the first six or seven weeks of 2015.

Anti-virus software maker ESET’s Randy Abrams lauded Facebook for making users’ preferences remember if they log in to "grossly insecure apps such as Farmville" from unsecured connections, like those found at coffee shops and airports, and restoring encrypted connections to Facebook once users log back in. Abrams called developers who haven’t fixed their apps to afford you a safe Facebook session "careless". You can find your connection preferences on Facebook under Account->Account Settings->Account Security. Check the box beside "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible" to enable the feature.



NYT | Afternoon Business News: The Fed's Crisis Lending: A Billion Here, a Thousand There



BUSINESS
DealBook

In Berkshire Resignation, Perception Matters

By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN
In an interview, David L. Sokol seemed unaware of how his questionable trades would be seen by the public.

The Fed's Crisis Lending: A Billion Here, a Thousand There

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM
At the height of the crisis, the nation's biggest and smallest banks alike lined up for loans at the Fed's discount window.

Irish Banks Need an Additional ‚24 Billion, Central Bank Says

By LANDON THOMAS Jr.
The results of a stress test raised the total bill for bailing out Ireland's banks to ‚70 billion, or around $99 billion.

After Japanese Crisis, New Urgency to Develop Radiation Drugs

By ANDREW POLLACK
Experts say that progress has been made in developing treatments for radiation poisoning. But many obstacles remain.

Uneven Nature of Recovery Highlighted in Europe

By MATTHEW SALTMARSH
Portugal's budget situation worsened even as the economic picture in France and Germany improved.

Financial & Forex Info | Reuters Daily Investor Update: Wall Street ends a strong quarter optimistic on payrolls







 



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LATEST NEWS
Wall Street ends a strong quarter optimistic on payrolls
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a solid quarter with the barest of moves on Thursday, as investors looked ahead to Friday's U.S. jobs report to provide a catalyst to push indexes to new highs for the year. | Full Article

Berkshire's Sokol defends self, lawyers get calls
March 31, 2011 02:37 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Berkshire Hathaway executive David Sokol on Thursday said he has invested in companies he then recommended for acquisition in the past, a day after Berkshire disclosed Sokol pushed Lubrizol Corp to Warren Buffett after investing in it. | Full Article
WTO raps U.S. subsidies to Boeing
March 31, 2011 02:29 PM ET
GENEVA (Reuters) - Planemaker Boeing received at least $5.3 billion of banned U.S. subsidies, the World Trade Organization said on Thursday in a dispute that shows no signs of an end to bitter transatlantic wrangling. | Full Article
Ally files for IPO, readies for Treasury sell-down
March 31, 2011 02:48 PM ET
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ally Financial filed for an initial public offering that will allow the U.S. government to sell down its majority stake in the bailed-out auto and mortgage lender. | Full Article
Ireland says banks need further 24 billion euros
March 31, 2011 01:53 PM ET
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland tried to draw a line under its financial crisis on Thursday by saying its banks need a further 24 billion euros ($34.11 billion) to withstand further economic shocks. | Full Article
US TOP NEWS
Libyan rebels cheered by U.S. support and defection
March 31, 2011 02:56 PM ET
NEAR BREGA/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Rebels massed for a counter-attack against Muammar Gaddafi's forces in eastern Libya on Thursday, encouraged by news of covert U.S. support and the defection of Tripoli's foreign minister. | Full Article
Japan crisis drags, France wants global nuclear reform
March 31, 2011 02:41 PM ET
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's nuclear crisis stretched to three weeks on Friday with radiation widening from a crippled power plant and scant hope of a quick resolution. | Full Article
Sokol affair casts shadow on Buffett style
March 31, 2011 03:53 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - So much for Warren Buffett's philosophy of leaving his managers alone. | Full Article
Jobless claims fall, Midwest hiring jumps
March 31, 2011 12:56 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans claiming unemployment aid fell last week and factory employment in the U.S. Midwest hit a 27-year high in March, more signs that an improvement in the labor market is under way. | Full Article
NY legislature passes $132 billion budget, no new taxes
March 31, 2011 09:26 AM ET
ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - The New York state legislature on Thursday passed a $132.5 billion spending plan, closing a $10 billion deficit with no new taxes or debt and instead relying on harsh cuts to education and healthcare. | Full Article
HEALTH NEWS
Half a million die from smoking yearly in U.S.
US NIH obesity plan focuses on real-world research
Diabetic pilot aims for record-breaking flight
June date set for healthcare appeal in U.S. court
All eyes on new heart valve at medical meeting

CBS | Polical Hotsheet Top Stories: White House: U.S. no longer in lead on Libya


The CBS News Political Hotsheet newsletter
CBS POLITICAL HOTSHEET TOP STORIES



In press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says U.S. has ceded lead on Libya operations, still no decision on arming Libyan rebels
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White House: U.S. no longer in lead on Libya

Union battles erupt nationwide after Wisconsin Several states are taking up legislation to scale back collective bargaining rights -- and in many cases, spurring protests

Boehner resists budget deal amid Tea Party anger House Speaker says Republicans have not agreed to plan to cut $33 billion from budget; Tea Partier says he "must go"

Trump, O'Reilly spar over birther issue In series of media appearances, Donald Trump continues to press the birther issue, slams the media for asking him about it

GOP Sen.: Use force to take out Qaddafi regime With party divided, freshman senator calls for Congress to authorize military action with goal of regime change