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June 16, 2010 | By Walter Hamilton and Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
The threat of a reduction in the dividend paid by energy giant BP is bringing up bad memories for investors who have suffered similar cuts by other once-reliable companies in the last decade. Under pressure from the Obama administration to show it can foot the bill for the oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is contemplating slashing or even suspending the $10.5 billion a year it currently distributes to its shareholders. A decision could come Wednesday after company executives meet with the president.
May 11, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - Investors are selling off shares of major U.S. banks in midday trading on Wall Street, following news of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s stunning $2-billion trading loss. While major indexes were initially down in early trading, all had turned positive three hours after the opening bell. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 42 points, or 0.3%, to 12,897. The Nasdaq was up 19 points, or 0.7%, to 2,953. JPMorgan's stock, however, was down sharply - losing $2.82, or 7%, to $37.92 a share.
March 10, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
Nestled on a hilltop, the three-bedroom ranch house was once a warren of illegal structures -- occupied by as many as 15 people before the place descended into disrepair and skidded close to foreclosure. The surrounding neighborhood once had a reputation for gang violence. But on a recent Sunday, eager couples -- Asian, caucasian, Latino -- were touring the home. Gone were the moldy walls, the piles of abandoned bedroom junk and the broken-down cars, car parts and washing machines littering the lawn.
June 18, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Eighteen people have been charged with fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in a scheme that involved cold-calling investors to bankroll indie-film productions, the FBI and U.S attorney's office said Friday. The indictments allege that since 2004, Burbank-based Q Media Assets and Sherman Oaks-based Cinamour Entertainment LLC solicited $25 million from investors for a handful of films, some of which were never made or went straight to DVD. FBI Special Agent Steven Goldman said the companies used high-pressure sales tactics that misrepresented material facts.
July 25, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Zynga just gave Facebook investors something else to worry about. Shares of the social networking powerhouse plunged 24 hours ahead of its first earnings report as a public company, taken down by a double whammy: disappointing results from social gaming company Zynga and comments from Zynga Chief Executive Mark Pincus who, in part, blamed Facebook for slashing its outlook for 2012. Facebook shares were down 8% to $27 in after-hours trading. Zynga accounted for 12% of Facebook's revenue in 2011.
March 19, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
In a sharply worded letter released Wednesday,  Mike Lynch, former chief executive of Autonomy, has accused Hewlett-Packard of misleading shareholders about the accounting problems it claimed to have uncovered at the British company it acquired in 2011. HP Chief Executive Meg Whitman announced in November 2012 that the company was taking a $5-billion write-down after a whistle-blower had alerted them to widespread fraud at Autonomy. The company referred the matter to a number of U.S. and British regulatory authorities.
October 19, 2009 | Associated Press
After getting worrisome signs about consumers from bankers' earnings reports, investors will be looking at a broad range of companies this week for further insights into the outlook for the economy. Consumer-focused companies including Apple Inc., McDonald's Corp., appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. and toy maker Hasbro Inc. are among those reporting results during the week. Airlines, drug companies and more big banks are also scheduled to release their earnings. The market is so focused on companies' third-quarter results and their outlooks for the coming months that economic data such as the September sales report for previously owned homes that is expected this week isn't likely to move the market much.
January 2, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
As 2011 came to a close, some commercial real estate experts found promising signs in often troubled markets. The office market is gaining interest from investors amid a mixed bag of property-related economic fundamentals such as improvement in employment and business expansions, a recent survey showed. Commercial real estate continues to offer attractive yields compared with alternative investment vehicles, said respondents to a quarterly poll by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
December 13, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Low interest rates pushed down by the Federal Reserve have opened a spigot of easy money to companies with less than sterling credit. The Fed, which signaled Wednesday that it would aggressively keep rates low until unemployment fell below 6.5%, has been pumping billions of dollars into the economy. And the historic rate drops are nudging investors into riskier investments. One place that has attracted investors is the debt of companies with non-investment-grade, or "junk," credit ratings.
December 3, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
California regulators have accused the husband of an Orange County assemblywoman of misleading investors in his real estate lending business. The Department of Real Estate alleged that Dan Harkey, husband of Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey (R-Dana Point), engaged in self-dealing and made "misrepresentations of fact to investors. " The agency's disciplinary action seeks to suspend or revoke the corporate broker license issued to Harkey's three companies, Point Center Financial Inc., National Financial Lending Inc. and Calcomm Capital Inc. An administrative hearing on the accusation, filed Nov. 19, has not been scheduled.
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