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HL:TSX Venture Exchange is trading at 1,091.59 up 1.74 points at noon ET@

May 22, 2009 8:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange was trading at 1,091.59 up 1.74 points points on Friday. The volume at noon was at 91.4 million shares.

Stockholders Unum Remains Well-Positioned Business Editors/Insurance Writers

May 22, 2009 8:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Maine-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- In his comments to stockholders at the company's annual meeting today, Thomas R. Watjen, president and CEO of Unum Group (NYSE: UNM), said consistent operating results, a strong investment portfolio and prudent capital management have positioned...

Jailed ex-Siemens Greece official hospitalized, EU

May 22, 2009 8:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — One of two former officials at the Greek branch of German industrial giant Siemens AG who were jailed pending trial on corruption allegations has been hospitalized with heart problems, his lawyer said Friday.Emmanuel Stavrianos, Siemens Greece's former technical director, was...


Texas unemployment unchanged at 6.7 percent, 1st Ld-Writethru, TX

May 22, 2009 8:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas' unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent in April, according to figures the state's workforce commission released Friday.Although the Texas unemployment rate is lower than the rising 8.9 percent national figure, it still exceeds the state's 4.6 percent rate a year...

Sector Snap: Solar shares fall on weak 1Q, outlook, APFN

May 22, 2009 8:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Solar stocks sank Friday after a host of companies in the sector posted disappointing first-quarter results and bleak forecasts.Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. on Thursday posted a profit of $1.8 million, or a penny per ADS, on revenue of $315.7 million, beating Wall Street...

Study on Business in Developing Countries Shows Power of Basic Consumer Skills; Marketplace Literacy Could Boost Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

May 22, 2009 8:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: Business, Foreign, Education editorsLONDON, Ontario, May 22 (AScribe Newswire) -- Teaching low-literate people living in poverty skills such as bargaining and judging deals may help improve business and economic development in developing countries, and is a key component missing from...

Tourism official has optimistic outlook, SD

May 22, 2009 8:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — The chairwoman of a regional tourism association says she believes lower gasoline prices and a stronger interest in marketing could make it a successful tourist season in South Dakota.Pam Engelland, chairwoman of the board for the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association,...

HL:Ipico narrows first-quarter loss as revenue jumps 83 per cent@

May 22, 2009 8:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BURLINGTON, Ont. — Ipico Inc. (TSXV:RFD), a radio-frequency identification technology company, said Friday its first-quarter loss was reduced to $2.1 million, thanks mainly to an 83 per cent jump in revenue.The loss for the January-March period was worth four cents a share compared with a year-ago...


U.S. trade diplomat hits Japan's control on U.S. beef imports+

May 22, 2009 8:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 22 (Kyodo) — U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk reiterated Washington's discontent Friday with restrictions Japan and other countries have imposed on U.S. beef imports."Too many of our trading partners -- especially Japan, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong -- maintain unscientific...

Company Licenses Three D-Cubed Components

May 22, 2009 8:02 am | News | Comments

Siemens PLM Software announces that three of Siemens PLM Software’s D-Cubed components will be integrated and released in the Certusoft Configurator application. 

Security Bancorp, Inc. Announces Cash Dividend Business Editors/Banking Writers

May 22, 2009 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Security Bancorp, Inc. (OTCBB:SCYT) announced that the Corporation's Board of Directors has declared an annual cash dividend of $1.00 per share on the Corporation's outstanding common stock. The cash dividend will be payable on July 1, 2009 to...

Student sheds 90 pounds for Air Force dream, SCER

May 22, 2009 7:55 am | by RENEE DUDLEYAssociated Press | News | Comments

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — About a year ago, 18-year-old Hilton Head Island High School student Jaquan Rivers decided he wanted to join the Air Force after graduation.But Rivers, now a senior, faced one big problem: He had been significantly overweight and sedentary most of his life —...

REFILING: N.Y. stocks slightly higher in thin morning deals on buying on dip+

May 22, 2009 7:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 22 (Kyodo) — New York stocks were moderately higher after small ups and downs in lackluster Friday morning trading on buying on dip.The 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lost 129.91 points Thursday, gained 63.01 points to stand at 8,355.14 at 11:25 a.m.The tech-heavy Nasdaq...

Campbell tries to reassure investors

May 22, 2009 7:55 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. has been trying to assure investors that the company is having a strong year even though soup sales were down for the third quarter.The company released its quarterly results Thursday afternoon — a day before they were planned.The unusual move came as...

Suntech prices 20M ADS offering at $12.50, APFN

May 22, 2009 7:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd., which makes equipment used in converting solar power into usable energy, said Friday it has priced its offering of 20 million American Depositary Shares at $12.50 per ADS.The price was a 97 cent, or 7 percent, discount from its Thursday closing price...


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