Global Investing Roundups

Google Doesn’t Disappoint; Jobless Claims Drop but Remain High; Peabody’s Third Quarter Lights Out; Nucor Profit Doubles; Nokia’s Profit Dip; AMD Narrows Loss; Hershey’s Sweet Surprise; Citi’s Consumer Credit Woes

  • Google Inc. (GOOG) said yesterday (Thursday) that profit climbed 26% to $1.35 billion, or $4.24 per share in the third quarter, up from $1.07 billion, or $3.38 per share, at the same time last year. Revenue soared 31% to $5.54 billion.
  • Initial claims for unemployment insurance last week fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted level of 461,000 the Labor Department reported yesterday (Thursday). However, the four-week average, which is less volatile, increased slightly to 483,250 – a seven-year high. The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits rose 40,000 to 3.7 million.
  • Peabody Energy Corp. (BTU), the St. Louis-based company that fuels about one-tenth of all U.S. electricity generation and more than 2% worldwide reported net income of $369 million, or $1.36 cents per share, in the third quarter. That compares with $32.3 million, or 12 cents per share, a year ago.
  • Nucor Corp.'s (NUE) third-quarter profit nearly doubled, the Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker said yesterday (Thursday). The company reported profit of $734.6 million, or $2.31 per share, compared to $381.2 million, or $1.29 per share, in 2007. Quarterly sales jumped 75 percent to a record $7.45 billion.
  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) yesterday (Thursday) announced a third quarter loss of $67 million, or 11 cents per share. For the same period the year prior, the memory-chip maker lost $396 million, or 71 cents per share, MarketWatch reported.