Vale posts record Q1 net profits

Vale posts record Q1 net profits

Rio de Janeiro based Vale SA, the globe’s biggest iron ore producer, announced record Q1 net profits as revenue doubled due to higher sales of metals such as copper and nickel, the company said on Friday. According to analysts Vale was expected to post per-share profit of $1.11 on an adjusted basis, the average of 12 […]
SocGen sees net profit decline of 13.8%

SocGen sees net profit decline of 13.8%

France’s second largest listed bank by market value, Societe Generale, announced on Thursday lower than anticipated first quarter results due to a charge tied to its own debt and provisions resulting from political turmoil in the Middle East. Group net profit for the quarter fell 13.8 percent to €916m from €1.063 the year before. The average […]
Portugal agrees 78bn euro bailout deal

Portugal agrees 78bn euro bailout deal

Portugal’s caretaker government said late on Tuesday it has negotiated a bailout deal with the EU, ECB and the IMF worth €78bn over three years. In a televised address to his nation caretaker prime minister Jose Socrates, said: “The government has obtained a good deal. This is a deal that defends Portugal.” According to Socrates […]
Delegation commences Greece aid assessment

Delegation commences Greece aid assessment

A team of International and European officials from the EU, ECB and the IMF, commonly referred to as troika, is meeting with Greek government officials to measure its eligibility to receive another tranche of financial aid. The meeting due to commence on Tuesday will be firstly with a technical team to be joined by the heads […]
Shell reports Q1 profit rise on high crude oil prices

Shell reports Q1 profit rise on high crude oil prices

Anglo-Dutch energy giant Royal Dutch Shell announced a 41 percent rise in first quarter profits due to an increase in world oil prices and improved refining margins, the company said on Thursday. Profits for Q1 were $6.9bn compared with $4.9bn in the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 30 percent. Shell’s cash flow from operating activities […]
J&J to buy Synthes for $21.3bn

J&J to buy Synthes for $21.3bn

Healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it has agreed to buy the Swiss medical device maker Synthes for $21.3bn in stock and cash. Buying Synthes would be the biggest acquisition for Johnson & Johnson, giving it a leading position in equipment to treat traumatic injuries and fractures. The companies entered into a definitive agreement which sees […]
Consistent growth for JIB

Consistent growth for JIB

Islamic banking continues to maintain its growing force in the financial world, and as a pioneer of Islamic banking services in Jordan and beyond, Jordan Islamic Bank (JIB) is thriving despite enormous uncertainty. While many banks have seen their balance sheets propped up by huge central bank cash injections, Jordan Islamic Bank continues to go […]
Intel Q1 profits up 29%

Intel Q1 profits up 29%

US computer chip group Intel beat Wall Street’s expectations with a 29 percent year-on-year net profit increase when it published Q1 earnings late on Tuesday.  The reported net income was $3.16bn or 56 percent per share compared to $2.44bn or 43 percent the previous year. Intel saw a 25 percent rise in revenue to £12.8bn from […]
“Corporate governance has to assure integrity”

“Corporate governance has to assure integrity”

In February 2011, Nestlé, the Switzerland based nutrition, health and wellness giant, announced yet another year of strong top and bottom line performance, increasing investment in its brands, operations and people. Highlights included group sales of CHF 109.7bn, organic growth of 6.2 percent, real internal growth of 4.6 percent and a rise in underlying earnings […]
Brazilian CEO in leadership award

Brazilian CEO in leadership award

When it comes to consigned credit, Banco BMG is a pioneer in the Brazilian market. The bank began its activities in this segment in 1998. Today, 11 years later, the bank is the undisputed leader in the sector and responsible to stimulate and develop this form of credit in the entire country, thanks to the […]