Archive for March, 2010

Farmers looking for big corn, soybean crops

Farmers hope to plant a record crop of soybeans and another huge corn crop this spring, helping to fill grain bins around the country and easing fears of global food shortages, according to a report released Wednesday. (28 mins ago)

Corporate Bonds Extend Longest Streak Since 04: Credit Markets

March 31 — Corporate bonds are rallying for the fourth straight quarter, the longest streak since 2004, extending a record advance as 72 percent of companies beat analysts? earnings expectations. (51 mins ago)

Treasury sells $28 billion in 3-month bills as rate dips

WASHINGTON – Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday’s auction, with rates on three-month bills declining, while rates on six-month bills were unchanged. (53 mins ago)

Australian, N.Z. Dollars Drop 2nd Day Versus Euro on Greece Aid

March 29 — The Australian dollar fell to the lowest in more than a week versus the euro after European leaders endorsed a plan to aid debt-stricken Greece. New Zealand’s currency also declined. (2 hours ago)

Stocks Gain on Earnings, Greece Aid; Treasuries Drop on Auction

March 25 — Stocks rallied as France and Germany backed a Greek aid proposal and forecasts at Qualcomm Inc. and Best Buy Co. topped estimates, while Treasuries slid on a disappointing auction of seven-year debt. The euro erased gains and fell against the dollar. (2 mins ago)

Budget Questions Continues Over Btu’s Bucks

Bryan’s residents pay for their power through the city-owned power company, Bryan Texas Utilities. At a time when the city is looking to tighten its budget, and when your electricity rates are likely to be raised, the top city administrator says he doesn’t even know the salaries of employees at BTU. (2 hours ago)

Market Commentary and Intraday News

The Hong Kong stock market on Thursday saw an end to the modest two-day winning streak in which it had gathered just 75 points or 0.3 percent along the way. (42 mins ago)

Home resales fall in February

The 0.6% drop, less than expected, follows steeper declines in January and December. It comes KB Home reports a narrower loss in its first quarter. The housing market stumbled anew in February as sales of previously owned homes fell for the third consecutive month and the number of dwellings available for buyers climbed. (34 mins ago)

Opinion > Editorials

Letters to the editor published in the March 17, 2010, edition of The Explorer. Nancy is correct in saying we need to come up with more eco-friendly solutions in disposing of old tires. (15 mins ago)

Walking with the Comrades

Arundhati Roy finds a quiet moment to herself during a punishing visit to the forest where she became the first journalist/writer to break the taboo of of interviewing Maoist guerrillas in their lair. (1 hour ago)