Wage and inflation risks loom after Australia floods

Extensive reconstruction after Australia's floods risks fuelling a wages blow-out, as flooded states and the booming resource sector bid for scarce workers, which will in turn push up inflation and add pressure for a tightening of interest rates.

Dimon, Gorman, Moynihan pitch for AIG share sale

Some of the United States' top bankers descended on a law firm in midtown Manhattan on Thursday to make a pitch for managing what could be one of the largest share sales in history -- a secondary offering for bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc.

US stocks gain as European debt concerns ease

The S&P 500 Index gained 3.69 points, or 0.29 percent, to trade at 1,278.17 at 9.30 a.m. EDT. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 32.93 points, or 0.28 percent, to trade at 11,704.81. The Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 11.50 points, or 0.42 percent, to 2,728.49.

Fairholme portfolio scores big on AIG stake

Bruce Berkowit, president of Fairholme Capital Management has a huge stake in bailed-out insurance company American International Group (NYSE: AIG) which has just about doubled in price year-to-date (from just under $30 per share to just under $60).

US futures point to higher opening

Futures on major U.S. stock indices point to higher opening on Tuesday with futures on the S&P 500 up 0.21 percent, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.15 percent and Nasdaq100 futures up 0.13 percent.

AIG shares rise on new credit facilities

Shares of American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) are soundly higher this morning after the company said it entered bank credit facilities totaling $3-billion.

Stocks boosted by Chesapeake, financials

The stock market is up slightly as Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) jumped 8.41 percent and financial stocks rose broadly. However enthusiasm was tempered by the downgrade of American Express (NYSE:AXP).

Ambassador Holbrooke is dead

Richard Holbrooke, a top U.S. diplomat who was a key figure in negotiating peace to end the war in Bosnia 15 years ago, and was the special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died on Monday.

Stocks finish narrowly mixed in lethargic trading session

Stocks finished narrowly mixed in lethargic trading as an early jump on a benign jobless claims data faded away on a stronger U.S. dollar and later on news that Democrats in the House voted against considering the tax cut extensions that President Obama negotiated with Republicans.

MetLife to stop selling Long-Term Care Insurance

MetLife Inc., the largest life insurer in the U.S., said it plans to discontinue the sale of new Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) coverage next year, citing ongoing financial challenges facing the LTCI industry.