Next Amaranth Roils Commodities Brokers Anticipating Shakeout of Markets

Next Amaranth Roils Commodities Brokers Anticipating Shakeout of Markets
Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — At 7:55 a.m., five minutes before theopening bell, Anthony Compagnino and Michael Ragazzo huddle intheir office on the New York Board of Trade floor — a booth witha dozen telephones and no chairs — to plot their next move inthe cocoa pit. [Lees verder]

Tool Inventor Faces Buzz Saw of Opposition Over Device to Prevent Injuries
Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — In 1999, Stephen Gass, a patentlawyer and woodworking hobbyist, invented a device to make powersaws safer. It was designed to prevent, or at least minimize, thegruesome injuries that result when someone’s flesh hits the bladeof a table saw spinning at 4,000 revolutions per minute. [Lees verder]

Inflation Bonds, Cheapest This Year, Lure Franklin, BlackRock and T. Rowe
Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — Inflation-linked bonds, battered byfalling oil and slumping home prices, may have touched bottom,say money managers at Franklin Resources Inc. and BlackRockAdvisors Inc. [Lees verder]

Japan’s Student Shortage Forces Colleges to Recruit in China for Survival
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Yonosuke Fukuda succeeded his fatheras chancellor of Tohwa University, a private engineering collegeon Japan’s Kyushu island, five years ago. He plans to close itdown when the current crop of students graduates in 2009. [Lees verder]

Dutch Stocks May Beat Europe’s Markets as Corporate Tax Cut Takes Effect
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Dutch stocks, which outperformedEuropean shares last quarter after trailing in the first half,will get an extra edge as the government cuts corporate tax ratesnext year. [Lees verder]

Germany’s Biggest Stock Fund Bets on Growth as U.S. Economy Slows Down
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Trudbert Merkel, who runs Germany’slargest domestic stock fund, isn’t letting a U.S. slowdown spoilhis appetite for companies that depend on a healthy economy. [Lees verder]

GM May Face Kerkorian Proxy Fight After York Resigns, Alliance Rejected
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — General Motors Corp. may face a proxyfight aimed at electing a new board after the resignation of adirector who criticized the company’s rejection of an alliancesought by billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian. [Lees verder]

Still Like Copper and Zinc? Buy a London Metal Exchange Membership Instead
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — The London Metal Exchange, thebiggest marketplace for trading aluminum, copper, nickel andzinc, is a better investment than any of those commodities. [Lees verder]

Weill, in Retirement, Focuses on Carnegie, Cornell and Citigroup’s Stock
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Sanford Weill, Citigroup Inc.’s formerchairman, is still absorbed by the fortunes of the world’sbiggest financial services company six months into hisretirement. [Lees verder]

Kazakhstan’s Bonds Attract Fidelity, Payden & Rygel With Highest Yields
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Fidelity International, DekaInvestment GmbH and Payden & Rygel are going to the former Sovietstate of Kazakhstan for some of the highest yields on bank bondswith an investment-grade credit rating. [Lees verder]

Japan Consumers’ Spending May Fizzle as Incomes Stall, Imperiling Growth
Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) — The consumer spending spree that PrimeMinister Shinzo Abe and central banker Toshihiko Fukui arecounting on to drive Japan’s economic growth may fizzle. [Lees verder]

Blame the Weatherman: Bungled Hurricane Forecast Fueled Bad Market Bets
Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) — The weatherman got it wrong again, andthis time he disrupted more than a picnic. [Lees verder]

Hollywood’s John Davis, Son of Marvin, Battles Sister Over `Looted’ Fund
Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) — The set of the latest Eddie Murphycomedy, “Norbit,” on Warner Bros.’ back lot in Burbank,California, is a picture of controlled chaos. [Lees verder]

France’s Embrace of `Le Big Mac’ Drives Escargot Sellers to China, Russia
Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) — It’s 3:15 a.m. and Gregory Herve ishalfway through his workday. He sells dog-cockle shellfish fromNormandy and oysters from Marennes-Oleron at Rungis, the world’sbiggest wholesale fresh-food market, on the outskirts of Paris. [Lees verder]

Bollywood Goes to Bern as Swiss Lure Indian Tourists With Movie Glamour
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Bollywood actor Ashutosh Rana slipsbetween two fast-moving trams on a busy square in Bern,Switzerland, turns around and looks coolly into the camerathrough blue-tinted sunglasses. [Lees verder]

China, Hungry for More Fuel, Keeps Daqing’s `Nodding Donkeys’ Pumping Away
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — When Jiang Dama throws open hercurtains each morning in the gritty northern China oil town ofDaqing, she’s confronted by the sight of a four-story-high“nodding donkey” pumping away in the garden of her walk-upapartment building. [Lees verder]

Hewlett-Packard Paid $325,000 for Probe; Cost to Reputation: `Priceless’
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Hewlett-Packard Co. paid privateinvestigators more than $325,000 to spy on directors andreporters in a probe that may have used illegal tactics andeventually cost Chairwoman Patricia Dunn her job. [Lees verder]

Gold Rush Plunges Undersea as Barrick, Neptune Minerals Mine Pacific Floor
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — David Heydon says the rock he dredgedfrom a mile beneath the sea off Papua New Guinea looked likenothing more than a dull-brown fire hydrant. Inside were veinsof copper and gold worth $300. [Lees verder]

Oil, Gold Bottom as China Leads Commodity Rebound, Goldman, U.S. Trust Say
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — Oil, gold and copper have bottomed inthe last three weeks and may lead a rebound in the commoditiesmarkets, say a growing minority of strategists. [Lees verder]

Beach-Sex Video of Merrill Banker, MTV Host Steals Brazil Election Thunder
Sep. 29 (Bloomberg) — The hottest topic on many Brazilianvoters’ minds isn’t this weekend’s presidential election. It’sthe video of a Merrill Lynch & Co. banker having a sexualencounter on a Spanish beach with an ex-girlfriend of Braziliansoccer star Ronaldo. [Lees verder]

Next Amaranth Roils Commodities Brokers Anticipating Shakeout of Markets
Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — At 7:55 a.m., five minutes before theopening bell, Anthony Compagnino and Michael Ragazzo huddle intheir office on the New York Board of Trade floor — a booth witha dozen telephones and no chairs — to plot their next move inthe cocoa pit. [Lees verder]

Tool Inventor Faces Buzz Saw of Opposition Over Device to Prevent Injuries
Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — In 1999, Stephen Gass, a patentlawyer and woodworking hobbyist, invented a device to make powersaws safer. It was designed to prevent, or at least minimize, thegruesome injuries that result when someone’s flesh hits the bladeof a table saw spinning at 4,000 revolutions per minute. [Lees verder]

Inflation Bonds, Cheapest This Year, Lure Franklin, BlackRock and T. Rowe
Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — Inflation-linked bonds, battered byfalling oil and slumping home prices, may have touched bottom,say money managers at Franklin Resources Inc. and BlackRockAdvisors Inc. [Lees verder]

Japan’s Student Shortage Forces Colleges to Recruit in China for Survival
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Yonosuke Fukuda succeeded his fatheras chancellor of Tohwa University, a private engineering collegeon Japan’s Kyushu island, five years ago. He plans to close itdown when the current crop of students graduates in 2009. [Lees verder]

Dutch Stocks May Beat Europe’s Markets as Corporate Tax Cut Takes Effect
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Dutch stocks, which outperformedEuropean shares last quarter after trailing in the first half,will get an extra edge as the government cuts corporate tax ratesnext year. [Lees verder]

Germany’s Biggest Stock Fund Bets on Growth as U.S. Economy Slows Down
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Trudbert Merkel, who runs Germany’slargest domestic stock fund, isn’t letting a U.S. slowdown spoilhis appetite for companies that depend on a healthy economy. [Lees verder]

GM May Face Kerkorian Proxy Fight After York Resigns, Alliance Rejected
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — General Motors Corp. may face a proxyfight aimed at electing a new board after the resignation of adirector who criticized the company’s rejection of an alliancesought by billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian. [Lees verder]

Still Like Copper and Zinc? Buy a London Metal Exchange Membership Instead
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — The London Metal Exchange, thebiggest marketplace for trading aluminum, copper, nickel andzinc, is a better investment than any of those commodities. [Lees verder]

Weill, in Retirement, Focuses on Carnegie, Cornell and Citigroup’s Stock
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Sanford Weill, Citigroup Inc.’s formerchairman, is still absorbed by the fortunes of the world’sbiggest financial services company six months into hisretirement. [Lees verder]

Kazakhstan’s Bonds Attract Fidelity, Payden & Rygel With Highest Yields
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Fidelity International, DekaInvestment GmbH and Payden & Rygel are going to the former Sovietstate of Kazakhstan for some of the highest yields on bank bondswith an investment-grade credit rating. [Lees verder]

Japan Consumers’ Spending May Fizzle as Incomes Stall, Imperiling Growth
Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) — The consumer spending spree that PrimeMinister Shinzo Abe and central banker Toshihiko Fukui arecounting on to drive Japan’s economic growth may fizzle. [Lees verder]

Blame the Weatherman: Bungled Hurricane Forecast Fueled Bad Market Bets
Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) — The weatherman got it wrong again, andthis time he disrupted more than a picnic. [Lees verder]

Hollywood’s John Davis, Son of Marvin, Battles Sister Over `Looted’ Fund
Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) — The set of the latest Eddie Murphycomedy, “Norbit,” on Warner Bros.’ back lot in Burbank,California, is a picture of controlled chaos. [Lees verder]

France’s Embrace of `Le Big Mac’ Drives Escargot Sellers to China, Russia
Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) — It’s 3:15 a.m. and Gregory Herve ishalfway through his workday. He sells dog-cockle shellfish fromNormandy and oysters from Marennes-Oleron at Rungis, the world’sbiggest wholesale fresh-food market, on the outskirts of Paris. [Lees verder]

Bollywood Goes to Bern as Swiss Lure Indian Tourists With Movie Glamour
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Bollywood actor Ashutosh Rana slipsbetween two fast-moving trams on a busy square in Bern,Switzerland, turns around and looks coolly into the camerathrough blue-tinted sunglasses. [Lees verder]

China, Hungry for More Fuel, Keeps Daqing’s `Nodding Donkeys’ Pumping Away
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — When Jiang Dama throws open hercurtains each morning in the gritty northern China oil town ofDaqing, she’s confronted by the sight of a four-story-high“nodding donkey” pumping away in the garden of her walk-upapartment building. [Lees verder]

Hewlett-Packard Paid $325,000 for Probe; Cost to Reputation: `Priceless’
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Hewlett-Packard Co. paid privateinvestigators more than $325,000 to spy on directors andreporters in a probe that may have used illegal tactics andeventually cost Chairwoman Patricia Dunn her job. [Lees verder]

Gold Rush Plunges Undersea as Barrick, Neptune Minerals Mine Pacific Floor
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — David Heydon says the rock he dredgedfrom a mile beneath the sea off Papua New Guinea looked likenothing more than a dull-brown fire hydrant. Inside were veinsof copper and gold worth $300. [Lees verder]

Oil, Gold Bottom as China Leads Commodity Rebound, Goldman, U.S. Trust Say
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — Oil, gold and copper have bottomed inthe last three weeks and may lead a rebound in the commoditiesmarkets, say a growing minority of strategists. [Lees verder]

Beach-Sex Video of Merrill Banker, MTV Host Steals Brazil Election Thunder
Sep. 29 (Bloomberg) — The hottest topic on many Brazilianvoters’ minds isn’t this weekend’s presidential election. It’sthe video of a Merrill Lynch & Co. banker having a sexualencounter on a Spanish beach with an ex-girlfriend of Braziliansoccer star Ronaldo. [Lees verder]