Late Night Headlines: Asian Indexes Up, Google Gaining Market Share

by: Between the Hedges

From Between the Hedges:

Late-Night Headlines

- Nielsen/NetRatings, a global leader in Internet media and market research, today announced that Google(NASDAQ:GOOG) accounted for 50% of all searches conducted in April, followed by Yahoo! and MSN, with 22% and 11%, respectively. Year-over-year, Google gained three percentage points in market share, while Yahoo! remained flat and MSN dipped slightly.
- The yen fell, reversing a gain, after Japanese Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki said there still wasn’t enough evidence that seven years of deflation in the world’s second-largest economy has ended.
- An employee of San Jose-based Data Physics was indicted on charges he exported to China equipment used to design and manufacture missiles, federal prosecutors said.

Financial Times:
- The top two highest paid hedge fund managers in a list of 26 earned around $1.5 billion each last year, citing the Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine list. Renaissance Technologies Chairman James Simons earned $1.5 billion in 2005, while T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital LLC, earned $1.4 billion speculating mainly on the rise in energy prices.

Commercial Times:
- AU Optronics(NYSE:AUO) urged liquid-crystal displays makers to cut production to help clear excess inventory that has caused prices to fall.

Xinhua News Agency:
- China won’t buy crude oil from the international market to fill its strategic reserves because of high prices, citing a senior Chinese government official.

Late Buy/Sell Recommendations
Business Week:
- Anadys Pharmaceuticals(NASDAQ:ANDS), a drug developer will see its share price rise later this year as favorable results from early trials of certain drugs come in, citing Eric Schmidt, an analyst with Cowen & Co.
- Sierra Health Services(SIE) may rise as much as 34% because of its earnings and possible acquisition interest from other companies.
- Signature Bank(NASDAQ:SBNY), a commercial bank started by 100 former First Republic Bank employees, is growing by targeting the underserved market of smaller private companies, citing David Long of William Blair.

Night Trading
Asian Indices are +.75% to +1.25% on average.
S&P 500 indicated -.04%.
NASDAQ 100 indicated +.08%.

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8:30 am EST
- Personal Income for April is estimated to rise .7% versus a .5% increase in March.
- Personal Spending for April is estimated to rise .6% versus a .6% gain in March.
- The PCE Core for April is estimated to rise .2% versus a .3% gain in March.

9:45 am EST
- The final Univ. of Mich. Consumer Confidence reading for May is estimated at 79.0 versus a prior estimate of 79.0.

BOTTOM LINE: Asian indices are higher, by technology and commodity stocks in the region. I expect US equities to open mixed and to rise into the afternoon, finishing modestly higher.