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Pretty Girls And Railroads Price/Book Ratio Winners (3/17/13)

|Includes: AB, COP, DUK, EBIX, FRO, HRZN, MDLZ, PTR, Banco Santander S.A. (SAN), STO

p/b ratio better than 1.82 or less (better than 3 divided by number =mean)
Book Value Price/Book
    Per Share (mrq):
Banco Santander SA SAN 9.41 0.82
Horizon Technology Finance Corp HRZN 15.15 0.98
ConocoPhillips COP 39.33 1.2
Duke Energy Corp DUK 58.04 1.2
Frontline Ltd FRO 1.54 1.35
Statoil ASA STO 17.58 1.39
Alliancebernstein Holding LP AB 14.83 1.47
PetroChina Co Ltd PTR 93.2 1.48
Mondelez International Inc MDLZ 18.12 1.57
Ebix Inc EBIX 9.76 1.66

Li & Fung hit by US distribution woes

By Paul J Davies in Hong Kong

Li & Fung's US troubles led to profits at the supplier to Walmart and Target plunging by more than 57 per cent before a huge accounting gain on lower future payments to be made to the former owners of acquired businesses. Even after the $326m gains on revaluing future earn-out...

12:12 GMT Mar 21 2013 WMT:NYQ
Learning process

By John Authers

There is more than one way to skin a cat. And there are many ways for businesses to show boldness in difficult environments. Last year was a kinder one for capitalism than 2011: markets largely avoided fresh crises, asset prices rallied and deal-making returned. But it was still a tough...

00:03 GMT Mar 21 2013 WMT:NYQ
Walgreens: empire building


How hard can it be to move a bunch of pills around? Hard. Pharma distribution is a big business because the inventory is expensive, comes in zillions of varieties, and retailers can't afford to be caught short. The three major US drug distributors - McKesson, Cardinal, and AmerisourceBergen - have...

18:30 GMT Mar 20 2013 WMT:NYQ
Banks help Europe to reverse losses

By Alexandra Stevenson

European stock markets shrugged off concerns about the banking crisis in Cyprus on Wednesday, reversing some of the previous two sessions' losses. The FTSE Eurofirst 300 gained 0.3 per cent to 1,198.88, while benchmark indices in France, Spain, and Italy gained more than 1 per cent. "I find it a...

18:24 GMT Mar 20 2013 SAN:NYQ
Anadarko finds 'potentially giant' oilfield

By Ed Crooks in New York

Anadarko Petroleum, the US independent oil company, has discovered a "potentially giant" field in the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico, one of the largest ever discovered in the region. The Shenandoah 2 appraisal well, begun in September last year, has yielded a field that could hold 500m or...

06:07 GMT Mar 20 2013 COP:NYQ
Miners hit as China iron ore demand falls

By Bryce Elder

Rio Tinto led the FTSE 100 fallers on Tuesday as London-listed miners had their worst day in 10 months. China's increasing use of scrap metal recycling and investment in iron ore production all pointed to an ore oversupply lasting into 2015, said Goldman Sachs. Rio, with iron ore providing more...

22:50 GMT Mar 19 2013 DEO:NYQ
Respite for highly rated US debt

By Vivianne Rodrigues in New York

Renewed eurozone worries have hurt new sales of highly-rated corporate bonds in the US in the past couple of days, but the securities are experiencing a comeback in the secondary market. Bonds issued recently by companies with strong balance sheets, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Viacom and Discovery Communications, have seen prices...

18:21 GMT Mar 19 2013 PM:NYQ
Cairn adds Senegal to exploration list

By Michael Kavanagh

Cairn Energy has added the west African country of Senegal to its list of prospective exploration targets as it seeks to reinvent itself following the sale of its main asset in India. The Edinburgh-based oil company, that was a FTSE 100 constituent until the return of $3.5bn to shareholders at...

08:35 GMT Mar 19 2013 STO:NYQ
No rush for entry as India opens retail doors

By Amy Kazmin in New Delhi

In most economies, retailers are retailers. Some, like supermarkets, department stores and pharmacies, sell products from many different brands, while others, like Ikea and many clothiers, sell items all tagged with an in-house label. Policy-wise, though, they are usually treated pretty much alike. India, however, is not most economies. In...

06:39 GMT Mar 19 2013 WMT:NYQ
Wellcome pushes for release of drug results

By Andrew Jack in London

The Wellcome Trust, one of the world's largest medical funders, is urging researchers to release more details of their drug tests. The UK-based charity says it now "encourages" its grant recipients to release trial data while cautioning on the need to respect patient confidentiality. "Researchers are encouraged to explore opportunities...

00:03 GMT Mar 19 2013 ABBV:NYQ
Eurozone banks take a pummelling

By Alexandra Stevenson

Shares in eurozone banks took a pummelling on Monday as investors sold outof risk assets on concerns over the implications of a Cyprus bailout agreed by international lenders at the weekend. Rating agency Moody's warned that the deal - which has yet to be approved by Cyprus's parliament and would...

19:01 GMT Mar 18 2013 SAN:NYQ
Dividend stocks fuel selective US rally

By Stephen Foley in New York

Blue-chip dividend stocks have been leading the equity market rally in the US, taking the S&P 500 index to the brink of a record high. The make-up of the rally reflects the tentative nature of the return to equities for many investors who have previously kept their money in safer...

16:59 GMT Mar 18 2013 JNJ:NYQ
Statoil in fresh Tanzania gas find

By Guy Chazan

Norway's Statoil said it had found more gas off the coast of Tanzania, boosting the reserves of a region that is set to emerge in the next decade as a significant exporter of liquefied natural gas to Asia's energy-hungry markets. It was one of two announcements on Monday that underscored...

13:31 GMT Mar 18 2013 STO:NYQ
More women in manufacturing reach top

By Brian Groom, Business and Employment Editor

Manufacturing companies in the FTSE 100 have more women on their boards than other companies, but industry still faces a severe shortage of female engineers, research has found. GlaxoSmithKline tops the list of manufacturers for the number of female directors with five, making up 33 per cent of its board,...

00:01 GMT Mar 18 2013 DEO:NYQ
China gas: a faint hiss


When a command economy slackens its grip on energy pricing, it is cause for celebration for energy suppliers, if not users. When that economy is China and it is talking about gas costs, then the partying should not get out of hand: it will take years before the likes of...

16:33 GMT Mar 17 2013 PTR:NYQ

Disclosure: I am long SAN, HRZN, COP, DUK, FRO, STO, AB, PTR, MDLZ, EBIX.