US FINANCIAL MARKET
- A jury awarded $8.3 million to a former prison guard who accused Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled. However, the panel rejected the 65-year-old’s claim that DePuy failed to adequately warn of the risks associated with the implant. Johnson & Johnson has set aside about $1 billion to cover costs of the recall and lawsuits.
- Yum China recovery remains rocky even as online anger calms. Yum will release China sales figures for February at around 03:00 p.m. EDT. Yum has estimated that same-store sales for the January-February period would be down 25%.
- Boeing is confident that proposed changes to the 787 Dreamliner will provide a permanent solution to battery problems.
- GE nominated Mary Schapiro, former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, to its board.
- AbbVie has sought an injunction to block Europe’s medicines regulator from releasing “confidential” and “commercially-sensitive” information on its blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug. Sales of the drug, by far the company’s biggest product, jumped 17% last year to $9.27 billion.
- Two publishing industry groups, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, are opposing Amazon’s request to own new domain names, The WSJ reported.
- AT&T is considering buying a 25% stake in Indian telecom venture for $3.5 billion.
US ECONOMY & POLITICS
- The relative borrowing cost for issuers in California has been cut in half since Governor Jerry Brown took office in 2011. Brown has proposed a budget with a surplus, California’s first in almost a decade.
EUROPE & WORLD
- Portugal’s economy contracted 3.2% last year — its sharpest annual downturn since 1975.
- Greece’s economy shrank at a slightly slower pace than initially forecast in the last quarter of 2012, but still contracted by 6.4% during the year.
- French industrial production fell more than expected in January. Output from factories, mines and utilities fell 1.2%.
- Israel’s economy grew 3.1% last year, down from 4.6% in 2011.
- China’s auto sales accelerated in the first two months of this year, rising 19.5%. A government forecast said total vehicle sales should rise to 20.8 million this year, up from 19.3 million last year.
- China’s annual inflation jumped to a 10-month high in February. China’s consumer price index rose 3.2%.
- China’s industrial output had the weakest start to a year since 2009. Production increased 9.9% in the first two months and retail sales rose 12.3%.
- Thailand’s credit rating was restored to BBB+ by Fitch Ratings four years after political turmoil prompted a cut.
- Japan’s machinery orders plunged 13% in January, the biggest decline in eight months.
TODAY in HISTORY
- The Confederate States of America adopted its constitution (1861)
- Japan is hit by an enormous earthquake that triggers a deadly 23-foot tsunami in the country’s north, about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo (2011)
Sources: Reuters, Yahoo Finance, Google Finance, Bloomberg, CNN Money.
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