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MAPI Global Outlook: Back From The Brink?

July 24, 2013 11:22 am | by MAPI | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers can breathe a sigh of relief that the global economy has taken a few steps back from the brink, with the Federal Reserve and other central banks playing key roles, according to a new report. In the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation’s Global Outlook, senior economist Cliff Waldman writes that central banks have been somewhat aggressive in flooding globally important regions with liquidity.

Gov't Needs $95.51 Per Share To Break Even On GM

July 24, 2013 10:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors stock would have to sell for $95.51 per share for the U.S. government to break even on bailing out the company, according to a government watchdog's report released Wednesday. That price is about three times what GM shares are selling for now, even after a 25 percent increase in the price so far this year.

China's Slowdown Tests Official Resolve For Reform

July 24, 2013 10:16 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A deepening slowdown is challenging Chinese leaders' determination to stick with painful economic reforms they say will deliver more sustainable growth in the long run. The latest gloomy data point: A manufacturing survey released Wednesday showed this month's activity fell to an 11-month low.

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Lockheed Martin 2Q Withstands Budget Cuts

July 23, 2013 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin raised its profit guidance for the year after posting a higher-then-expected second-quarter profit because of strong sales of missile defense systems, and because it settled a dispute over a canceled project to build the new presidential helicopter.

Power-One Stockholders Approve ABB Acquisition

July 23, 2013 1:54 pm | News | Comments

Power-One, Inc. (Nasdaq:PWER), a leading provider of renewable energy and energy-efficient power conversion and power management solutions, announced that at its special meeting of stockholders held today, the stockholders approved the adoption of the merger agreement, pursuant to which ABB (NYSE:ABB) will acquire Power-One for $6.35 per share of Power-One common stock.

Renault-Nissan Alliance Sells 100,000 EVs Worldwide

July 23, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. and its French alliance partner Renault SA said Tuesday they have sold a combined 100,000 electric vehicles globally. However, the companies' sales of zero-emission cars have not been as strong as expected due to higher price tags than equivalent gasoline-powered vehicles as well as scarce charging facilities.

U.S. Sets Date For VA Offshore Wind Auction

July 23, 2013 10:12 am | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight energy companies will bid Sept. 4 on a lease for a vast expanse of ocean off Virginia's coast set aside for the development of wind farms. The Bureau of Ocean Management on Monday announced the scheduled auction of 112,800 acres on the Outer Continental Shelf, 23.5 miles east of Virginia Beach.

ISM Polls Show External Effects On Manufacturing And The Supply Chain

July 22, 2013 3:25 pm | Articles | Comments

The Institute for Supply Chain Management held their 98th Annual International Supply Management Conference & Educational Exhibit April 28th through May 1st in Grapevine, TX. More than 2,000 professionals attended the conference and several “instant” digital polls were held, taking a look at reshoring and tax concerns. Thomas Derry, CEO of ISM, discusses the results of those polls and how they are affecting business and the economy.

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China Hikes Tariff On U.S., Korean Solar Polysilicon

July 22, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has fired a new salvo in a global trade battle over solar panels by raising import duties on U.S.- and Korean-made polysilicon used to manufacture them. The Ministry of Commerce said the duties of up to 57 percent are in response to dumping, or selling at improperly low prices.

Survey: Brighter U.S. Economic Outlook Boosts Hiring

July 22, 2013 2:00 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Companies are increasingly confident the economy will grow at a modest pace over the next year and are hiring more, according to a survey of business economists. Nearly one-third of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics said their companies added jobs in the April-June quarter, according to a report released Monday.

Detroit Leaders Defend Bankruptcy

July 22, 2013 12:46 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Detroit city leaders defend the decision to file for bankruptcy, saying there is no funding mechanism for its crushing debt. One big question remains: Whether or not the city will ask Washington for help once again. CBS News' Terrell Brown reports.

Why Can't Detroit Make A Comeback Like The Big Three?

July 22, 2013 10:15 am | by Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four years ago, America's Big Three automakers mortgaged all they owned or went into bankruptcy court to keep from going broke. Since then, General Motors, Chrysler and Ford have all returned to full financial health, unlike Detroit itself, which filed for bankruptcy Thursday after years of painful decline.

Hershey's Takes A Bite Of China's Candy Market

July 19, 2013 12:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Hershey's has been making and selling chocolate for more than a century but the company is just getting started in places like China. CBS News' Seth Doane reports on how this classic American brand is changing to appeal to its new customers.

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Fertilizer Industry Grows Despite Safety Concerns

July 19, 2013 9:37 am | by David Mercer, Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cronus Chemicals wants to build a $1.2B plant on a cornfield that would manufacture nitrogen-based fertilizer, a staple of the corn and soybean farms that fill the landscape around Tuscola, a community of 4,500 people about 160 miles south of Chicago. Similar projects are being proposed across the nation, driven by booming demand for corn and newly abundant supplies of natural gas.

Gauge Of U.S. Economy's Future Unchanged

July 19, 2013 9:37 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A gauge of the economy's future health was unchanged in June, pointing to modest growth in the coming months. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Thursday that its index of leading indicators remained at 95.3 in June. The flat reading followed increases of 0.2 percent in May and 0.8 percent in April.

Camry In Battle To Stay America's Best-Selling Car

July 19, 2013 9:37 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

America's top-selling car is in danger of losing its title. Toyota's Camry has been No. 1 for more than a decade, but the company is stretching to keep it there with price cuts, rebates and lease deals. Camry sales fell 2 percent from January through June.

Once-Mighty Motor City Files For Bankruptcy

July 18, 2013 5:05 pm | by Corey Williams, Ed White, Associated Press | News | Comments

Detroit on Thursday became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, as the state-appointed emergency manager filed for Chapter 9 protection. Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy expert, was hired by the state in March to lead Detroit out of a fiscal free-fall and made the filing Thursday in federal bankruptcy court.

Intel Cuts Sales Outlook As PC Sales Slump

July 18, 2013 4:52 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel Corp., the world's largest maker of chips for PCs, put a brave face on the decline of the global PC sales earlier this year, saying it still expected its own sales to grow. On Wednesday, it backtracked, saying sales will be flat. Intel is hoping that sales of processors for servers, tablets and smartphones will compensate for the drop-off in PC sales.

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 334K

July 18, 2013 4:51 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 24,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, a sign that steady job gains should continue. The drop left unemployment benefit applications at the lowest level in 10 weeks, the Labor Department said Thursday. Some of the decline may have been caused by seasonal factors.

Hostess: Snack Cake Demand Hits New Highs

July 18, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hostess Brands says demand for Twinkies and CupCakes is at a record high since the snack cakes returned to shelves. The treats disappeared from shelves almost eight months ago when the predecessor company that made them shut down its plants and said that it was going out of business. The cakes are back under new ownership.

EU Official: China Can Curb Pollution, Still Grow

July 18, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's environment commissioner says China can curb pollution without sacrificing economic growth. Janez Potocnik also says China's serious pollution problems are an opportunity for European businesses that have developed technology to clean up water and air pollution.

WTO Sees EU, U.S. Trade Prowess Shifting

July 18, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Any way you look at it, the United States and European Union will remain dominant players in world trade over the next two decades. The real question, says the World Trade Organization in a new report, is how much ground they cede to rising economies like China.

Chrysler To Roll Out All-New Midsize Car Next Year

July 17, 2013 2:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler will start selling a completely new midsize car during the first quarter of next year, company executives confirmed on Tuesday. The replacement for the aging Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger is badly needed for the company to compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in the most popular part of the U.S. auto market.

VT Gov. Urges IBM To Go Public With Layoff Numbers

July 17, 2013 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is urging IBM Corp. to make public the number of employees it laid off last month at its Vermont facilities. And the governor says if he and his lawyer conclude the Vermont Public Records Act requires it, his administration will release the number whether IBM wants to or not.

Major Economies Still Struggling To Create Jobs

July 17, 2013 9:56 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jobs growth remains weak among the world's 20 biggest economies, where almost a third of the 93 million unemployed have been out of work for more than a year, top labor and development officials reported Wednesday. In a batch of new figures intended to push G-20 governments into action, the U.N.'s International Labor Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned the rate of employment growth remains low.

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