• Asian shares fell due to North Korea Tension.

  • Fed's Kohn says Economy showing signs of stabilizing.

  • Russia will sign first commercial contract to supply US utility companies with uranium fuel.

  • ABN Amro's Q1 loss at €886M, largely due to hefty losses on the business acquired from RBS.

  • BofA will hire staff from global rivals Citi and Goldman to expand equity sales in Japan.

  • CF Industries extends exchange offer for Terra Industries to June 26, 2009.

  • CSL Ltd.'s $3.1B bid to take over Talecris Biotherapeutics Inc. likely to face opposition of FTC.

  • GM receives $4B in US aid, $1.4B more than it had originally requested.

  • GM gets concessions from Canadian union before probable bankruptcy filing.

  • GMAC LLC tells employees it needs to cut $1B in costs (20% of its exps), by year's end.

  • Consumer group asks J&J to remove cancer-causing chemicals to its shampoo and other products.

  • JPMorgan, UBS drop appeal against asset seizures in Milan derivatives case.

  • JP Morgan $29 billion WaMu windfall transforms bad loans into income.

  • Norilsk Nickel swung to a net loss in 2008 of $449M on a $4.73B charge as it adjusted down the value of Canada's LionOre Mining International Ltd.

  • Rio Tinto, Nippon agree to cut 2009 iron ore prices by 33-44%.

  • Volkswagen, China's BYD will explore ways to team up on hybrid and electric vehicles.

  • Wal-Mart Stores has defered the launch of its first cash-and-carry store in India.

Economic Calendar: Data on S&P/CaseShiller Home Price Index, Consumer Confidence to

be released today.


Earnings Calendar: CPB, HRAY, MBT, MDTH, MPR, YGE, BGP, CSIQ, CMM, DCI, LONG, LGL, TTWO, TMRK, VSNT.


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