|Nokia Corp shares bounce back on news it will stick to Microsoft Corp operating systems|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:28|
News round up: Nokia Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Standard Chartered plc, Carlyle Group plc, Reed Elsevier NV, Bank of England, George Osborne.
Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK), which was one of the big fallers in Europe on Tuesday as new market research data suggested it continues to bleed market share in the mobile phone market, bounced back yesterday after its Chief Executive Officer, former Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) man Stephen Elop, told the Reuters news agency that the Finnish handset maker will stick to using Microsoft operating system for phones. The Microsoft platform is an also-ran in the world of mobile phones.
Standard Chartered plc
Standard Chartered was attacked by one of the top lawyers in the City last night for agreeing a quick settlement of the money-laundering allegations that threatened to destroy the bank and warned that it could be forced to pay out billions more before it can properly settle the scandal.
Carlyle Group plc
A majority stake in world’s largest photography and video agency has been sold for $3.3 billion to the Carlyle Group. Getty Images, which supplies images to media companies and advertising groups, said that the sale would enable it to develop its operations and invest in new technologies, such as 3-D pictures. The purchase price is significantly lower than the $4 billion that the previous private equity owner, Hellman & Friedman, is said to have been seeking. However, sources familiar with the deal said that the buyout firm had managed to double its investment in the four years since it acquired Getty, The Times reports.
Reed Elsevier NV
Reed Elsevier, the Anglo-Dutch legal and scientific publisher, has picked Duncan Palmer, chief financial officer of Owens Corning, to replace its long-serving finance director, Mark Armour, according to people familiar with the decision. Under pressure from investors over lacklustre growth, Reed announced last October that Mr Armour would step down at the end of this year. It is set to announce on Thursday that Mr Palmer will join the company as chief financial officer designate this month and take over from Mr Armour in November, according to the Financial Times.
Bank of England
A senior Bank of England policymaker said quantitative easing was a better way of kickstarting the economy than further interest rate cuts. On a visit to Northern Ireland, monetary policy committee (MPC) member Paul Fisher told the Belfast Telegraph: "If we thought [rate cuts] would add more stimulus we would do it but asset purchase through quantitative easing is a more powerful way of aiding the economy … but we're keeping that under review."
George Osborne has been urged to abandon his austerity plans and boost infrastructure spending to rescue the economy by a group of top economists who backed his deficit cutting plans just two years ago. The revolt by the same experts whose support for the Tory economic strategy was a pivotal moment in the pre-election debate in 2010 will be acutely embarrassing for the Chancellor. He is already facing calls from institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and employers body the CBI to take action on growth in the wake of the double-dip recession, writes The Telegraph.
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