- European stocks lost big Thursday as Greek banks were cut loose from European Central Bank support and Spain's borrowing costs kept skyrocketing. The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, also warned today of the extremely expensive consequences of Greece leaving the currency bloc.
Pre-Market Movers (Wal-Mart, Electronic Arts, Limited Brands, JP Morgan Chase, JC Penney, Herbalife, Millennial Media)The companies whose shares are moving in pre-market trade Thursday are: Millennial Media, Herbalife, Ctrip.com International, Cameco Corp, J.C. Penney, Wal-Mart Stores, Wal-Mart Stores, Limited Brands and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday as its Wal-mart U.S. division showed a 2.6 percent rise in sales at stores open at least a year, as warm weather and an earlier Easter enticed shoppers to spend.
Donnell Battie Sues Wal-Mart For $1 Million After 'All Black People Must Leave The Store' AnnouncementDonnell Battie from Winslow, N.J. is seeking $1 million in punitive damages from Wal-Mart after he said he was traumatized by a public address announced that said Attention, Wal-Mart customers. All black people must leave the store.
- Best Buy Co. (NYSE: BBY), the troubled electronics retailer, said Monday founder Richard Schulze was resigning as chairman and would be replaced by director Hatim Tyabji, after Schulze didn't tell the board that former CEO Brian Dunn was having an inappropriate relationship with a female employee.
- The earnings calendar for the week ahead will be comparatively light, but a number of bellwether companies will be reporting results.
- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday pitched for the opening up of the Indian retail market for foreign direct investment (FDI) and asked the government to do more on Iran oil cuts.
- The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) is suing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), accusing leaders of the world's biggest retailer of not upholding the best interest of shareholders by quashing an investigation of bribery of public officials by its Mexican subsidiary.
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- The second largest U.S. public pension fund said on Thursday it had sued current and former executives and board members at Wal-Mart Stores Inc, alleging bribery and a cover-up in the company's expansion in Mexico.
- An 18-year-old man dressed in a cow cuit lugged 26 gallons of milk out of a Wal-Mart without paying for them. To boot, the thief crawled on all fours out of the store.
- Stocks advanced in choppy trade on Thursday as another batch of positive earnings and a strong housing report put equities on track for a third straight day of gains.
Apple (AAPL) Earnings Report Date Q2 2012: Transcript Of The Conference Call Q&A Session [FULL TEXT]For the 19th time in the last 20 quarters, Apple reported sales that exceeded Wall Street's estimates. Not bad for a company started out of a garage. On Tuesday, Apple followed-up its most successful quarter in company history with its Q2 2012 financial results.
- Stock index futures crept higher on Tuesday after sharp market losses in the previous session but continued concerns about Europe's debt crisis could mean gains will be slight.
- Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Tuesday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.37 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.35 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.48 percent at 4:35 a.m. EDT.
- Two Democratic lawmakers on Monday said they are launching an investigation into allegations of bribery at Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Mexican affiliate.