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Apple Is Like a Failing Religion

And Tim Cook isn't infallible, Heidi Moore argues

(Newser) - Tim Cook had a difficult job to do at yesterday's Goldman Sachs conference. It would be hard for any CEO to explain why a company's share price has lost a third of its value in six months. But Cook "is not just any CEO," points out... More »

Groupon Stock Plunges to New Low

80 workers laid off as firm faces trouble in Europe

(Newser) - Saddled by weak performance in Europe, Groupon's struggles continue: Its shares dropped to $3.25 in after-hours trading yesterday, sinking below analysts' already muted expectations. The plunge marked a 17% drop from its $3.92 closing price. Since its IPO, the company has lost four-fifths of its value, Reuters... More »

Icahn Sours at Taste of Netflix's 'Poison Pill'

Slams stock move as 'poor corporate governance'

(Newser) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn isn't happy with Netflix's plan to avoid a takeover, and he told the SEC as much yesterday. In a filed statement, he called the company's share-diluting "poison pill" decision "an example of poor corporate governance," the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Eying Icahn Takeover, Netflix Turns to 'Poison Pill'

Company seeks to dilute share values after investor picks up 10%

(Newser) - Following billionaire investor Carl Icahn's purchase of a 10% stake in Netflix , word is out that he may push the company to sell—so Netflix has opted for the "poison pill" approach. The company is giving shareholders the right to snap up more stock if any single shareholder... More »

Facebook Shares Hit New Low

They drop 6% as some investors get first chance to sell

(Newser) - More stock woes for Facebook: As some shareholders got their first opportunity to sell yesterday, shares plummeted to a new low of $19.69. By day's end, they'd settled at $19.87, a 6% plunge, the Los Angeles Times reports. It's not clear yet how many of... More »

Facebook's First Trades: Shares Climb, Cool Off

Company doesn't see expected 'pop'

(Newser) - Facebook has seen a mixed start to its IPO: Initially priced at $38 each , shares in the company quickly jumped about 11%, opening at $42. But things cooled off, and at one point in the first half-hour, shares were back down to about $38, notes the Wall Street Journal . They... More »

Facebook IPO Settled: $38 Per Share

That puts the valuation at $104B

(Newser) - The endless guessing is over: Facebook shares will go at $38 apiece tomorrow, putting the total valuation at $104 billion, the highest ever for US company at its IPO, reports the Wall Street Journal . That's on the high end of the site's predicted pricing, even after it hiked... More »

Facebook IPO: Not Quite $100B

Shares to be $28 to $35, putting value at $96B max

(Newser) - With Nasdaq trading likely to begin in weeks, Facebook has revealed pricing figures: It's planning to sell shares for between $28 and $35, which would put the company's value at $77 billion to $96 billion—the highest ever for a web firm during its IPO, the Wall Street ... More »

Apple Stock Hits $600 for First Time

New iPad goes on sale tomorrow

(Newser) - Apple's stock touched $600 for the first time, the day before the company's latest iPad goes on sale. The stock reached $600.01 just after the market opened and was up $3.76 at $593.34 after the half-hour of trading. Apple is the world's most valuable... More »

Netflix Stock Tumbles 35%

Aggressive expansion, subscribers' departure add to woes

(Newser) - Amazon’s plunging profits may have Jeff Bezos worried, but he can take solace in the misery of a competitor: Netflix stock dropped a whopping 35% to $77.37 yesterday following some bleak announcements the day before. On Monday, the company said its US subscribers had plummeted and that... More »

Microsoft Insiders Conspire to Oust Ballmer

CEO on the hotseat thanks to low share price

(Newser) - A group of disgruntled senior Microsoft executives have been discussing ways to oust CEO Steve Ballmer, according to a report from Peter Lauria of the Daily Beast. The conspirators are upset both about Microsoft’s stagnant share price and his autocratic leadership style. But with Microsoft’s current board unwaveringly... More »

Smokes, Beer Worth More Than Stock

Whole Foods shares worth less than a pound of scallops in their stores

(Newser) - Why settle for the goods when you can get the factory—or a piece of it—instead? Gawker finds more companies whose shares are worth less than products they sell:
  • Have dreams of owning a brewery? Scoop up an Anheuser-Busch share ($20.16) for less than one Bud Light case.
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Feds, Citigroup Close In on Rescue Deal

Government could take over losses for troubled financial giant

(Newser) - Citigroup is closer to getting a new round of financial help from the feds, the New York Times reports. Regulators are discussing a plan today for the US to take on losses at the bank if they exceed certain levels. In effect, the plan would create a "bad bank"... More »

Frantic Citigroup Considers Sell-Off

Merger or sale become options as bank scrambles to stop the drop

(Newser) - Citigroup is keeping all its options on the table as its share price plunges—including selling itself, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal.  The battered giant's share price plummeted another 26% yesterday—its worst one-day hit ever—chalking up an 83% dive for the year. Directors plan crisis talks... More »

Brutal Market Doesn't Spare Buffett

Berkshire Hathaway takes biggest dive in decades

(Newser) - The "Oracle of Omaha" is proving even he's not immune from market blows, reports Bloomberg. Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway took a 12% nosedive yesterday, its biggest one-day fall since 1987's Black Monday. The conglomerate is down 41% for the year and has been dropping steadily for eight days after... More »

Asian Markets Mauled

Markets across Asia plummet to multi-year lows amid intractable recession fears

(Newser) - Asian markets took a hammering today for the third day in a row as investors looked ahead and saw nothing but gloom, Marketwatch reports. The Nikkei index nosedived 9.6% to a five-year low. Indexes in Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Australia all sank to multi-year lows. Analysts... More »

Lehman Employees Feeling the Pain

With the share price plunging and no buyers on the horizon worry turns to fear

(Newser) - Lehman Brothers employees who watched their colleagues at Bear Stearns lose their jobs earlier this year are preparing for a similar fate in an already clogged field, reports the New York Times. “Everyone is walking around like they have just been Tasered,” said one Lehman employee. Making matters... More »

Airline Shares Bounce Back as Oil Prices Fall

Analyst predicts carriers could be back in the black next year

(Newser) - Airline shares rose yesterday following an analyst's prediction that the big carriers could be back in the black by next year, reports the Wall Street Journal. The stocks have been recovering since mid-July as oil prices started to slip downward and the industry's cost-cutting and revenue-boosting measures began to take... More »

Clog-Maker Crocs Falling Off

Firm has seen drastic decline in sales, share price

(Newser) - Crocs, Inc,. the firm that makes those ubiquitous rubber clogs, is having a bit of a fashion emergency. The stock has lost 90% of its value in less than a year, and the company predicts a 20% sales decline by the end of 2008, NPR reports. The firm’s execs... More »

Microsoft Retracts Yahoo Offer

CEO Steven Ballmer refuses to pay $37 per share

(Newser) - Microsoft withdrew its latest offer to buy Yahoo today after the companies' chief execs haggled over price at a Seattle meeting, the New York Times reports. Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer offered $33 per share, but Yahoo's Jerry Yang wanted $4 per share more in the blockbuster deal. More »

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