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Climbers And Dogs Midday Report (3/18/13)

|Includes: AFL, AMAT, AZN, BP, CEO, Dreyfus High Yield Strategies Fund (DHF), E, ETN, FL, KLAC, KMP, KSU, LULU, MAT, MCD, MO, NOK, NYMT, OCSL, RAI, RDS.A



Symbol Company Name Price Price Chg. Price % Chg. Volume (000) Volume % Chg.
DHF Dreyfus Hi Yd Strategies $4.34 0.05 1% 91 9%
KSU Kansas City Southern $108.95 0.97 1% 150 -45%




MAT Mattel Inc $41.91 -0.23 -1% 449 -43%
FL Foot Locker Inc $32.18 -0.18 -1% 657 2%
BP B P Plc Adr $40.84 -0.24 -1% 2,444 17%
MO Altria Group Inc $33.48 -0.20 -1% 1,653 -47%
RDSA Royal Dutch Shell A Ads $65.80 -0.40 -1% 776 8%
FSC Fifth Street Finance $10.81 -0.07 -1% 161 -50%
AZN Astrazeneca Plc Ads $46.15 -0.31 -1% 501 -2%
ETN Eaton Corp Plc $62.11 -0.46 -1% 710 -25%
KLAC K L A Tencor Corp $52.26 -0.39 -1% 503 -17%
KMP Kinder Morgan Energy Lp $85.84 -0.72 -1% 318 21%
RAI Reynolds American Inc $42.71 -0.36 -1% 300 -57%
CEO C N O O C Ltd Adr $186.50 -1.82 -1% 15 -33%
NOK Nokia Corp Ads $3.39 -0.04 -1% 32,794 99%
MCD Mcdonalds Corp $98.48 -1.19 -1% 1,335 -6%
AFL A F L A C Inc $50.46 -0.62 -1% 760 -27%
AMAT Applied Materials Inc $13.13 -0.18 -1% 3,182 -16%
E Eni Spa Ads $46.78 -0.83 -2% 81 -65%
NYMT New York Mortgage Trust $7.38 -0.18 -2% 1,274 316%
LULU Lululemon Athletica $66.84 -1.64 -2% 1,423 115%
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AstraZeneca cuts 1,600 jobs in UK and US

By Andrew Jack

AstraZeneca will cut 1,600 jobs - most of them in the UK and US - as the struggling Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical group seeks to boost returns from its lagging pipeline of experimental medicines. The restructuring will lead to a sharp reduction in activities at the group's historic Alderley Park research centre,...

16:02 GMT Mar 18 2013 AZN:NYQ
STMicro and Ericsson to end joint venture

By Daniel Thomas, Telecoms Correspondent

STMicroelectronics and Ericsson will close their lossmaking chip manufacturing joint venture at a cost of 1,600 jobs after failing to find a buyer for the Switzerland-based business. ST-Ericsson, which has not made an annual profit since the joint venture was created in 2008, has struggled in a fiercely competitive market...

14:00 GMT Mar 18 2013 NOK:NYQ
Transocean set for battle with Icahn

By Ed Crooks in New York

Transocean, the offshore drilling contractor, on Monday will formally reject a plan from activist investor Carl Icahn for the company to pay a higher dividend and appoint three new directors, setting the scene for a confrontation at the company's annual meeting in May. In a proxy statement to shareholders, Transocean's...

00:01 GMT Mar 18 2013 BP:NYQ
Uni spinout funds struggle to take off

By Andrew Bounds

Attempts to raise the world's largest unquoted investment fund dedicated to university spinouts have stalled as investors shy away from early stage businesses. MTI, a venture capital house that specialises in technology, is struggling to raise its proposed £50m Orion Fund, which would partner with the universities of Manchester, Edinburgh...

22:58 GMT Mar 17 2013 AZN:NYQ
Shell executive paid for relocation loss

By Sylvia Pfeifer

Royal Dutch Shell has awarded a former executive director an unusual severance payment, compensating him £858,000 for the loss in value of his house, which he sold after leaving the European energy group last year. Malcolm Brinded, formerly the group's head of international exploration and production, left Shell last April....

19:05 GMT Mar 17 2013 RDS.A:NYQ
US refiners count cost of ethanol credits

By Gregory Meyer in New York

The US refining industry's lustre is dimming with investors as it faces billions of dollars in new costs related to biofuels policy. Shares of companies such as Valero Energy, HollyFrontier and PBF Energy have fallen amid worries about their exposure to the surging cost of credits used to comply with...

18:09 GMT Mar 17 2013 CVX:NYQ
UK shareholders set for sterling windfall

By Alexandra Stevenson

Mervyn King may have sounded the alarm over sterling's steep fall but shareholders of UK-listed companies are poised to benefit from the weakening currency. Investors in London's FTSE 350 blue-chip index could see as much as £3bn in windfalls from a weakening British pound, according to calculations by data provider...

17:42 GMT Mar 17 2013 BP:NYQ, RDS.A:NYQ
European gas projects falter on low demand

By Ajay Makan in London

The eurozone crisis has set back European Union plans to diversify gas supplies by more than a decade, according to one of Europe's largest natural gas storage and transportation companies. The EU has been actively seeking to reduce its dependence for gas on Russia and declining North Sea production, but...

17:03 GMT Mar 17 2013 E:NYQ
Chevron hits market-cap milestone

By Ed Crooks in New York

Earlier this year, Chevron quietly passed a milestone: it overtook Royal Dutch Shell in terms of market capitalisation. With a market value of about $230bn compared with Shell's $212bn, Chevron is on that measure the western world's second-largest oil company, behind its US rival ExxonMobil. As George Kirkland, Chevron's vice-chairman,...

17:03 GMT Mar 17 2013 RDS.A:NYQ, CVX:NYQ
Iraq's appeal wanes for oil majors

By Guy Chazan

When Iraq held its first postwar oil licensing round in June 2009, groups like ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP flocked to Baghdad for what was one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the oil industry calendar. At the fourth round last May, none of them bid. The poor...

16:03 GMT Mar 17 2013 BP:NYQ, RDS.A:NYQ, CVX:NYQ
BP fights 'fictitious' compensation claims

By Ed Crooks

BP has sought an injunction to stop a compensation fund paying out on "fictitious" claims from businesses that say they lost money as a result of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, in an attempt to save billions of dollars in costs. In a filing at the New Orleans...

22:48 GMT Mar 15 2013 BP:NYQ
Platts to change pricing rules for Brent

By Ajay Makan in London

Platts, the pricing agency that acts as the de facto regulator of the Brent crude oil market, will introduce changes to the way it calculates the price of the global oil benchmark beginning in June in its latest response to falling North Sea crude production. Both Platts, which assesses prices...

22:21 GMT Mar 15 2013 RDS.A:NYQ
Shell retreats on exploration cost worries

By Michael Hunter

Royal Dutch Shell had its biggest fall in more than a month on Friday on worries its exploration spending could hit cash returns. JPMorgan Cazenove questioned whether Shell could afford to hit long-term growth targets after seven years of consecutive annual production declines. Shell management has targeted pumping 4m barrels...

20:19 GMT Mar 15 2013 RDS.A:NYQ
Trusts trumpet dividend growth record

By Jonathan Eley

Eight investment trusts now have a four-decade history of raising dividends each year, but advisers say it's important to consider more than just growth records when assessing trusts. City of London Investment Trust and Alliance Trust lead the pack; boasting 46 years of consecutive increases in their dividends. Not far...

18:20 GMT Mar 15 2013 RDS.A:NYQ
US web education


Few sectors harbour as many hopes and fears about technological change as universities. This week a bill was submitted to the California legislature that would require the state's public universities to recognise credits obtained from third-party providers, including online educators. The initiative deserves applause. Some academics are terrified they could...

19:41 GMT Mar 14 2013 PSO:NYQ