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October 8, 2001
Insider transactions of 1,000 shares or more for public companies based in Maryland or with operations here. Insiders are officers, directors or owners of 10 percent or more of a corporation's stock. York International Corp. Gerald C. McDonough, chairman of the board, purchased 3,000 shares of common stock at $28.65 to $28.80 each on Sept. 20 and he now directly and indirectly holds 3,129,974 shares. Insider Trading is compiled by Thomson Financial/First Call.
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By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media Services | September 16, 2007
I've been following EMC Corp. for months. I've noticed that it is an actively traded stock and the share price has gone up. What do you think of this stock? - M.B., via the Internet The No. 1 provider of data-storage hardware, software and services is benefiting from strong industry spending on storage, which is expected to continue for the next several years. Sales of software licenses have been robust, and the company's large installed-customer base helps in this highly competitive field.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | July 14, 2001
PARAMUS, N.J. - Toys `R' Us Inc. said yesterday that its loss in the fiscal second quarter will be wider than expected, and profit this year will miss forecasts, as the company renovates stores to compete with discount chain Wal-Mart. The loss in the quarter ending Aug. 4 will be at least 14 cents, Toys `R' Us said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Analysts' average loss estimate was 10 cents, with forecasts ranging from 6 cents to 14 cents, according to Thomson Financial/First Call.
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By ANDREW LECKEY and ANDREW LECKEY,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | September 2, 2007
As a shareholder in Yahoo Inc., can I realistically expect things to get any better? -- C.G., via the Internet Time might not be on Chief executive Jerry Yang's side. The Yahoo founder who took the top position in June when Terry Semel stepped down must quickly enact an effective strategy to revive advertising growth. Otherwise, the company could wind up a buyout candidate. Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are down 11 percent this year after a decline of 35 percent last year; shares are barely above their level at the end of 2003.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | July 18, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Intel Corp., the biggest chip maker, said yesterday that second-quarter profit fell as a slump in demand and falling prices for personal-computer chips curbed sales. Net income fell 94 percent to $196 million, or 3 cents a share, from $3.14 billion, or 45 cents. Sales dropped 24 percent to $6.33 billion from $8.3 billion. Excluding certain costs, profit in the recent period topped analysts' forecasts. Intel last month said demand for PC chips was becoming more stable, while sales of communications chips were weaker than expected.
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April 17, 2001
Citigroup, the nation's largest bank, posted first-quarter earnings yesterday that were down from a year earlier but still beat analysts' estimates. After adjustments of $80 million for restructuring and merger-related charges and $42 million for an accounting change on derivatives and hedging, Citigroup's net income totaled $3.54 billion, or 69 cents a share, down from $3.86 billion, or 75 cents a share a year earlier. The New York-based bank reported for its first quarter that its core income excluding those one-time items was $3.66 billion, or 71 cents a share, in the January-March quarter, compared with $3.94 billion, or 76 cents a share, a year earlier.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | September 7, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Intel Corp., the biggest chipmaker, said yesterday that third-quarter sales will be within the range of its earlier forecast, a sign that personal-computer demand and chip prices aren't falling more than expected. Revenue will be slightly below the midpoint of the range given earlier, Intel said. The company said in July that sales would be $6.2 billion to $6.8 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial/First Call on average expected sales of $6.41 billion. Some investors and analysts had predicted that Intel would trim its forecast, and the company's shares rose 59 cents to $26.69 after the announcement on optimism that chip sales may recover in the next few months.
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By ANDREW LECKEY and ANDREW LECKEY,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | October 16, 2005
Procter & Gamble Co. has been a big part of my retirement account for quite some time. Should I continue on with it? - J.D., via the Internet One way of looking at it is that Procter & Gamble is now the proud owner of Gillette Co.'s new five-blade razor, the Fusion. But there's obviously more to it than that: P&G's recently completed $57 billion acquisition of Gillette marries a giant in detergent, beauty aids and toothpaste with a leader in razors and batteries. The resulting global consumer-products company wields awesome marketing and distribution power.
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By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media Services | March 25, 2007
I am uncertain about my Apple Inc. shares because, after some tremendous past increases, they seem to have slowed. I want to know if I should worry. - R.C., via the Internet What's in a name? There's plenty at this master seller of consumer technology: "Computer" has been dropped from its name to indicate its broader scope. It has resolved a dispute with Beatles' guardian Apple Corps Ltd. and is assured ownership of the Apple name and logo. A trademark agreement was reached so the "iPhone" name can be used by both Apple and Cisco Systems Inc. Apple's new product combining music and video-playing with wireless phone can therefore co-exist worldwide with the Cisco handset for Internet phone calls.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,Sun reporter | January 23, 2007
A Germantown company that transfers high-speed data over power lines drew one of the country's biggest venture-capital investments last year, tying an Arizona business for third place, according to year-end information being released today. The $130 million that Current Communications Group raked in last spring from investors including General Electric Co., Goldman Sachs & Co. and Earthlink Inc. was more than twice the next largest deal for a Maryland company. "That's cool," Jay L. Birnbaum, Current's vice president, said upon hearing the news.
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By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media Services | November 5, 2006
Will my Sony Corp. stock ever do any better? - K.R., via the Internet Introduction of Trinitron television sets and Walkman portable music players vaulted this Japanese consumer-electronics brand to the forefront years ago, but that seems a distant past. It is good news for shoppers this holiday season, but not for Sony, that sales of liquid-crystal-display televisions will be competitive and price-driven. Rivals Panasonic Corp. of North America and Samsung Electronics Co. are ready for a fight.
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By MARKETWATCH | December 2, 2005
CHICAGO -- Consumers were bargain shoppers last month, shifting much spending to retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and J.C. Penney Co., which offered the deepest discounts and the most aggressive marketing devices. But last month's sales at a handful of specialty retailers - Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Guess Inc., for example - proved that fashions can still trump discounted prices to attract buyers. Same-store sales tracked 3.5 percent higher than last year's results, but on the low end of the International Council of Shopping Centers' expectations.
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By ANDREW LECKEY and ANDREW LECKEY,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | October 16, 2005
Procter & Gamble Co. has been a big part of my retirement account for quite some time. Should I continue on with it? - J.D., via the Internet One way of looking at it is that Procter & Gamble is now the proud owner of Gillette Co.'s new five-blade razor, the Fusion. But there's obviously more to it than that: P&G's recently completed $57 billion acquisition of Gillette marries a giant in detergent, beauty aids and toothpaste with a leader in razors and batteries. The resulting global consumer-products company wields awesome marketing and distribution power.
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By ANDREW LECKEY | June 19, 2005
Q. I have used UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. for deliveries and was wondering which is the better stock investment. Your thoughts? - J.C., via the Internet A. They're in a dogfight and constantly barking up each other's tree. UPS is the world's largest shipping carrier. FedEx is the world's largest express shipping carrier. There's been good and bad news for UPS lately. In an impressive $1.25 billion cash acquisition that is sure to increase competition with FedEx, it is acquiring the "less than truckload" carrier Overnite Corp.
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By BILL BARNHART | March 27, 2005
You wouldn't know it by following the stock market's latest funk, but corporate America has rarely been in better shape. Another embarrassment of riches lies ahead as companies close the books on the first quarter of 2005. The biggest question is what to do with the money. Chances are good that analysts, once again, have low-balled the pace of profit growth. "I wouldn't be surprised if there is a surprise," said Michael Thompson, director of research at Thomson Financial. His firm officially estimates that earnings per share of the Standard & Poor's 500 companies grew at 7.8 percent in the current quarter, down from a 20 percent growth rate for the fourth quarter.
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By Eileen Ambrose and Eileen Ambrose,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2002
Criticized for hyping troubled companies and facing new regulations to encourage their independence, analysts are issuing more recommendations to dump stocks. Even so, some market watchers say there still aren't enough "sell" ratings. Thomson Financial/ First Call in Boston, which tracks analysts' stock ratings at about 200 brokerages, said that at the end of July, 3.4 percent of some 24,000 recommendations were "sells" or "strong sells." That compares with 1.5 percent a year ago, and 0.7 percent in early March 2000, when the market peaked.
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