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 Campbell Soup undertakes another reorganization
The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 30, 2015 Friday

 Campbell Soup Co. has shuffled top executives and said it would "proceed on a reorganization of Campbell's corporate functions to deliver agile and effective support to the business divisions, and on a major project to reexamine and redesign the company's cost
 China has power to sway U.S. stocks; Alibaba (and others) show how regulators' moves can take a toll
USA TODAY, January 30, 2015 Friday

 When it comes to moving U.S. tech-stock prices, few American regulatory agencies other than the Securities and Exchange Commission can match the impact of their counterparts in China.
 Earnings showed tech's wild side; Apple, Facebook, eBay delivered drama
USA TODAY, January 30, 2015 Friday

 This was the week that was in tech earnings: the good (Apple), the bad (eBay) and the bizarre (AT&T). Apple towered over the industry with a record $18 billion profit and nearly 75 million iPhones sold in the last three months of 2014.
 Prime memberships give amazon boost; Posts profit after two quarters of losses
USA TODAY, January 30, 2015 Friday

 Growth of Prime memberships helped return Amazon to modest profitability last quarter, but it left open the possibility more losses will follow. The online sales company made $214 million in the final three months of the year. The results, which topped expectations, sent Amazon shares up 13.5% to $353.93 in after-hours trading.
 Google whiffs with analysts; Investors don't mind; stock doesn't suffer
USA TODAY, January 30, 2015 Friday

 Are Google shares made of Teflon? Google missed Wall Street revenue targets on Thursday amid rising concern about slowing growth in its search business. It was the fifth straight miss for the technology giant.
 Ford's profit dries up in Q4; Earns $52M, down $3B from a year ago
USA TODAY, January 30, 2015 Friday

 Ford Motor said it earned just $52 million in the fourth quarter, or a penny a share, down $3 billion from a year ago because of special charges to overhaul and shrink its operations in Europe and elsewhere, and the costs of launching a record number of new models worldwide.
 Hershey Seeks Savory Lift From Jerky Deal
The New York Times, January 30, 2015 Friday

 Chocolate-covered jerky? It's no longer a wild idea, with Hershey's on Thursday announcing plans to buy a tiny, trendy jerky company. The Hershey Company, maker of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey's Kisses and dozens of other staples of the candy aisle and checkout line, announced plans to buy Krave, a fast-growing business intent on turning jerky, essentially desiccated meat punched up with flavorings, into the next upscale snack food.   ''It was essential from formative stages that we...
 Royal Dutch Shell Posts Rise in Earnings Despite Lower Oil Prices
The New York Times, January 30, 2015 Friday

 LONDON -- The financial impact of the sharp fall in oil prices has begun to show in the earnings of big energy companies. Royal Dutch Shell, the first big player to post financial results since the steep decline in oil prices, said on Thursday that earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014 had actually risen from a year earlier, as improved performance in marketing and refining offset the effects of lower oil prices.   But the results were weaker than analysts had expected. A main culprit was...
 2 Oil Giants Post Losses, Reflecting Price Plunge
The New York Times, January 30, 2015 Friday

 HOUSTON -- After years of making record profits as oil prices soared, America's oil giants are beginning to lose money. For the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, ConocoPhillips, the nation's third-largest oil and gas producer, reported on Thursday that it had lost money -- $39 million in the fourth quarter in contrast to a profit of $2.5 billion the year before. And Occidental Petroleum, another large producer in United States shale fields and the Middle East, said it lost $3.4...
 Short Losing Streak Ends on Reassuring Earnings
The New York Times, January 30, 2015 Friday

 After a shaky start, U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday to end a two-day losing streak. Investors welcomed better-than-expected quarterly results from several companies, including Ford, Coach and Harley-Davidson. Homebuilder stocks surged.   Even energy stocks, which were down most of the day, recovered in concert with a slight uptick in oil prices. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 8 cents to close at $44.53 a barrel.  Adding a dash of favorable economic news, government data showed that...
 Deutsche Bank Posts a Profit, Upending Analysts' Predictions of a Loss
The New York Times, January 30, 2015 Friday

 Deutsche Bank, the largest German bank, said on Thursday that it returned to profit in the fourth quarter of 2014, as revenue in the investment banking unit rose and the bank set aside less money to cover legal problems. Shares of Deutsche Bank rose 2.5 percent after it reported a fourth-quarter net profit of 441 million euros (about $500 million), after a loss of ?1.4 billion in the period a year earlier. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a loss for the latest quarter.   Although the...
 Blackstone's Falling Earnings Still Beat Forecasts
The New York Times, January 30, 2015 Friday

 The Blackstone Group reported lower fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday that, despite a decline in its credit business and less robust returns on real estate, exceeded analysts' expectations. Blackstone, the largest alternative investment firm, said its economic net income -- a nonstandard measure of profit that includes unrealized investment gains or losses -- declined 6 percent compared with the same period a year earlier, to $1.4 billion. The results amounted to $1.25 a share, exceeding the...
 Airbus Shakes Up Its Military Aircraft Unit
The New York Times, January 30, 2015 Friday

 PARIS -- Faced with mounting criticism from European governments over production problems with its newest military transport plane, the Airbus Group on Thursday announced a management shake-up at its military aircraft unit and promised a restructuring of the business to address what it said were ''unacceptable'' delivery delays. In a statement, Airbus said that Domingo Ureña-Raso, who as head of military aircraft was in charge of development of the A400M Atlas cargo plane, had resigned and...
 COMPANY TOWN; TWC earnings miss estimates
Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2015 Friday

 Time Warner Cable Inc., which is awaiting regulatory approval to merge with Comcast Corp., missed analysts' profit estimates as TV programming costs rose and the company offered more promotions to lure subscribers.
 Xiaomi is the Apple rival to watch; The Beijing-based company is selling smartphones -- lots of them -- at about half the cost of the iPhone.
Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2015 Friday

 It wasn't long ago that everybody wondered whether Apple Inc. could effectively compete against a tough bunch of homegrown smartphone makers in China. Then came the company's blowout earnings report this week, which included a stunning 70% year-over-year increase in its China region revenue, driven by its new iPhones. That answered the question in the affirmative -- but it doesn't mean Apple can breathe easy. Chinese smartphone makers are growing fast, led by an aggressive company hardly anyone...
 Family Dollar CEO Levine to sell 1 million to 2 million shares of company
Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), January 29, 2015 Thursday

 Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine is selling 1 million to 2 million shares of his stake of the Matthews-based company, according to securities filings from the company Wednesday.
 Stocks slip on fears they'll lose some shine
The Boston Globe, January 29, 2015 Thursday

 The Fed's latest take on the economy put investors in the mood to sell, giving the Dow its biggest two-day loss in a year. Stocks also took a hit as the price of benchmark US oil sank to its lowest in nearly six years. The Fed make it clear it will remain patient about raising interest rates, as expected. But it also strengthened its assessment of the US economy — good news for Main Street and corporate America but a signal the low interest rates that make stocks more attractive than bonds will...
 Chevron response to fire at refinery found flawed; Attitudes about safety at the plant were lax, U.S. investigators find
The San Francisco Chronicle (California), January 29, 2015 Thursday

 The August 2012 fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond was made worse by a flawed emergency response as well as lax safety attitudes at the plant, according to a report approved Wednesday night by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The three-member panel has issued a string of reports calling for an overhaul of state and federal regulations and industry practices since the blaze, which was caused by a corroded and leaky pipe and sent 15,000 people to hospitals seeking treatment.
 CEO of McDonald's forced to 'say goodbye to the McFamily'; He's leaving March 1; stock up after-hours
USA TODAY, January 29, 2015 Thursday

 After months of lackluster results, McDonald's board has named a new CEO. Steve Easterbrook, 48, the company's chief brand officer, will replace Don Thompson, 51, the current CEO and a 25-year McDonald's veteran, effective March 1. Thompson also gives up his board seat and Easterbrook gets one.
 Apple rich enough to pay us each $556; Business model produces staggering abundance of wealth
USA TODAY, January 29, 2015 Thursday

 Apple's printing money hand over fist. You knew that. What you may not know is that Apple has so much dough, it could afford to pay every man, woman and child in the U.S. $556. Each.
 Facebook breathes down Google's neck; It's gaining ground in fight for digital ads
USA TODAY, January 29, 2015 Thursday

 The biggest threat to market-leading tech giants is a rapid change in the technology underlying their most important markets. Companies like Dell and Hewlett-Packard saw most of their growth dry up once laptops, smartphones and tablets began to replace PCs.
 Oil Company Delays Huge Louisiana Project as Prices Slide
The New York Times, January 29, 2015 Thursday

 HOUSTON -- In the biggest retrenchment in the United States as oil prices fall, Sasol has delayed an expansive $14 billion project in southwestern Louisiana to make diesel out of natural gas. The project, which had not yet been approved by the company, was to create at least 1,200 permanent jobs and 7,000 construction jobs, and begin production in 2018. But with the price of oil down by more than 50 percent since June, the highly speculative, and expensive, project was economically impractical....
 After Alibaba Spinoff, Yahoo May Become a Takeover Target
The New York Times, January 29, 2015 Thursday

 The real Yahoo can now stand up. Its $39 billion stake in the Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce behemoth -- accounting for about 85 percent of the market value of Yahoo -- has obscured both the weakness and the potential of the Silicon Valley stalwart. By spinning off the stake into a separate company, Yahoo will be judged by its core Internet businesses.   But there may not be much time for strategies and deals to turn those core businesses around. When the spinoff is complete, Yahoo may...
 Sony Teams Spotify With PlayStation for Music Streaming Plans
The New York Times, January 29, 2015 Thursday

 For almost five years now, Sony has maintained a presence in the developing world of streaming music, first under the unwieldy name Qriocity (pronounced ''curiosity'') and then as the more straightforward Music Unlimited.
 Yahoo Could Be Apple's Search Engine if a Deal With Google Ends
The New York Times, January 29, 2015 Thursday

 When Google reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, one subject that is almost guaranteed to come up is the prospect that Apple could replace Google as the default search engine on Safari, the basic browser on all of its devices. The search contract between the companies is believed to be up for renewal this year. Given that Apple has spent much of the past few years trying to strip Google services like Maps and YouTube out of its products, the natural question is whether Apple will...
    

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