• Asian stocks rise as Chinese investment boosts growth optimism.
  • Australia's jobless rate rises to 7-year high of 5.7 percent as companies cut workers.
  • Bank of Korea keeps key interest rate at record low 2 percent for 4th straight month.
  • China's May exports and imports plunge 26.4 but analysts say economy improving.
  • European stocks up ahead of key US data.
  • Fed Beige Book says recession may be 'moderating,' labor weakness persists.
  • Foreclosures fall 6 percent in May from April, smallest annual drop since mid-2006.
  • Japan's 1Q GDP revision confirms steep recession.
  • Japan stocks slip after Nikkei crosses 10,000 line.
  • Oil hovers near $72 in Asia on investor optimism for an economic recovery.
  • US ad spending in Q1, on media such as TV, print and online display, fell to $30.18B, down 14%.
  • Actuant lowered Q3 EPS view to $0.06-0.08 (prev $0.12-0.20); cites lower sales.
  • Barclay's sale of BGI may weaken bank as it bolsters capital.
  • Brown-Forman Corp.'s Q4 net skidded 20% to $79.6M. Revs fell 12% to $683.3M.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways sees sharp decline in cargo, passenger traffic in May.
  • Crescent Resources, owned by Duke Energy and Morgan Stanley's real-estate fund unit, files for Chapter 11.
  • Dell looks to ramp up acquisitions for growth.
  • Fiat closes deal to take over Chrysler.
  • Home Depot says fiscal earnings won't be as weak as expected.
  • IHS reaffirms FY09 rev growth of 12-16% (cons +14.2%); adj EBITDA growth of 21-24%.
  • Isle of Capri beats by $0.19, posts Q4 EPS of $0.16. Revs fell 2.8% to $284.3M.
  • MetLife's Kandarian says worst is to come on commercial mortgage defaults.
  • Neiman Marcus swung to a Q3 loss of $3.1M as revs fell 24% to $810.1M.
  • Spartech Corp posts Q1 EPS of $0.20 (cons $0.04); revs fell 36.3% to $234.3M.
  • Sprint Nextel is considering combining its long-distance network with Level 3 Comm, in a joint venture.
  • Toys R Us' Q1 loss narrows to $35M on cost cuts; sales down 8.9% to $2.48B.
  • Vulcan Materials slashed its dividend almost in half; plans for a $500M stock offering.

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