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mánudagur, 22. júlí 2019

janúar, 2006

 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Kaupthing Bunadarbanki hf (KAUP.IC) Tuesday said Traustfang ehf has entered into a forward contract regarding the purchase of shares in the Icelandic bank.


 

[Dow Jones] Islandsbanki Hf.'s (ISB.IC) 4Q after-tax profit was disappointing, and "way below our estimates and others' expectations", says Landsbanki analyst Sandra Fairbairn.


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Stocks began January with a roar, but mixed earnings news and a sharp spike in oil prices tempered their gains during the month.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Carl-Henric Svanberg just won't give a cynic a break.


 

Airline Industry Information-January 31, 2006-Norwegian X-ray machines failed to detect explosives(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 31, 2006-Spanair adds more flights between Scandinavia and Spain(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Italian industrial giant Fiat SpA posted a fourth-quarter profit and said it had a full-year net profit for the first time since 2000, offering another sign that the restructuring plan of its chief executive, Sergio Marchionne, is gaining traction, at least in the short term.


 

SOMERS, N.Y. (Dow Jones)--Pepsi Bottling Group's (PGB) fourth-quarter net income was flat as special items lowered the company's earnings per share by 4 cents.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--U.K. telecommunications operator Cable & Wireless Group PLC (CW.LN) Tuesday warned that earnings at its U.K. business will stagnate in fiscal 2007 and said its chief executive will step down as part of a further reorganization.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are called to open flat according to Angus Campbell of Finspreads. "Today we see personal incomes and spending which are expected to rise, and the market will not want to see anything higher than expected as this could raise inflationary concerns," he says.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera AB (TLSN.SK) Tuesday said it has acquired the wireless local area network infrastructures and customer relations of Danish YesIHotspot, a supplier of wireless internet connections.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Just weeks after Chairman Richard Lapthorne attacked investors for undervaluing Cable & Wireless shares here's yet another in a very long line of profit warnings.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 31, 2006-SAS loses court case brought by former employees of Braathens - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 31, 2006-TeliaSonera acquires YesIHotspot(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

PERMANENT UN SECURITY COUNCIL NATIONS OK IRAN REVIEWThe U.S. and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council agree that Iran should be hauled before that powerful body over its disputed nuclear program. China and Russia - longtime allies and trading partners of Iran - sign on to the statement. The threat of U.N. action is prompting some of the world's largest finance and energy companies to sever ties with Iran.


 

M2 EquityBites-January 31, 2006-Endwave enters into follow-on supply agreement with Nokia(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 31, 2006-Nokia releases source code for its Python for S60 Platform software package(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 31, 2006-Tax authorities appeal Sonofon tax case(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Stocks Mixed Ahead Of Fed Meeting


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Morgan Stanley (MS) agreed to sell its AWAS aircraft-leasing business to European private equity group, Terra Firma, for $2.5 billion plus the assumption of liabilities.


 

BRUSSELS (AP)--European Union foreign ministers Monday planned to jointly call on Iran to end all nuclear enrichment-related activities, warning they will otherwise seek to take case to U.N. Security Council, diplomats said.


 

Að undanförnu hefur verið unnið að gerð þriggja ára rekstrarsamninga við ýmis íþróttafélög innan Íþróttabandalags Akureyrar. Samningar þessir gilda frá 1. janúar 2006 til 31. desember 2008. Með gerð þessara samninga er verið að stuðla að því að félögin eigi auðveldara með að gera áætlanir um starfsemi sína til lengri tíma, þegar fyrir liggja upplýsingar um grunnfjármagn frá Akureyrarbæ til starfseminnar.


 

EXXON MOBIL NET CLIMBS 27%, REVENUE UP 20%Oil giant earns $10.71 billion, or $1.71 a share, in 4Q boosted by persistently high oil and gas prices and refining margins. Excluding items, Exxon Mobil earns $1.65 a share, well ahead of Wall Street's expectations for EPS of $1.44. Revenue increases 20% to $99.66 billion. Shares climb 3% in pre-market trade.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are called to open flat according to Angus Campbell of Finspreads. "Today we see personal incomes and spending which are expected to rise, and the market will not want to see anything higher than expected as this could raise inflationary concerns," he says. He also notes a "big week" ahead for economic data and points in particular to consumer confidence and the FOMC's interest-rate decision Tuesday for direction. "This could be the make-or-break week for U.S. indexes and determine the path of the markets into the spring months," he says.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic generic pharmaceuticals company Actavis Group Hf. (ACT.IC) Monday said it has launched the cardiovascular product Ramipril in France upon patent expiry.


 

Airline Industry Information-January 30, 2006-SAS flights in Norway return to normal(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES. Iceland's richest man, the value investor Thor Bjorgolfsson, has been building a stake in Cable & Wireless (CW.LN), the struggling telecoms company, according to The Telegraph.


 

COPENHAGEN (Dow Jones)--HSH Nordbank AG (HSH.YY) is eyeing at the very least a partner for its Danish stock brokerage Gudme Raaschou and possibly a sale, so the German bank can focus on ship, industry and real estate financing, writes Berlingske Tidende.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--London-listed insurer Old Mutual PLC (OML.LN) is currently estimating the value of Skandia Life, part of Swedish insurance company Foersaekring AB Skandia (SDIA-SEK.SK), and the possibilities of selling it, Dagens Industri reports over the weekend.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic bank Islandsbanki HF (ISB.IC) Sunday said it has launched the investment firm Fjarfestingarfelagid Mattur together with Sojva and Milestone Group PLC (MSG.LN).


 

US SUMMARY: Markets Buoyant Over Fed Rate Stop Hopes


 

Ný könnun bandarísku alríkislögreglunnar, FBI, á tölvuglæpum sýnir að 90% allra tölva, bæði einkafyrirtækja og opinberra stofnana, komu við sögu slíkra glæpa á síðasta ári. Um er að ræða einhverja viðamestu úttekt á umfangi svikastarfsemi sem tengist Netinu. Frá þessu er greint í frétt á heimasíðu Tæknivals.


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--When the world's largest steel maker bids for its nearest rival, reverberations are sure to be felt across the globe.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic bank Landsbanki Islands hf. (LAIS.IC) Friday posted a 2005 net profit, excluding minority shareholders, of ISK24.74 billion, almost doubling from ISK12.574 billion a year earlier.


 

Airline Industry Information-January 27, 2006-SAS Braathens cancels Friday flights(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish airline FlyMe Holding AB (FLY-B.SK) Friday said the travel agency Ticket Travel Group AB (TICK.SK) will start selling FlyMe flights.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 27, 2006-Daydream Software AB acquires Russian games operator Dreamland Poker(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 27, 2006-FlyMe and Ticket Travel Group in sales cooperation talks(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 27, 2006-Japanese 3G operator KDDI includes Opera browser in three new mobile phones(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 27, 2006-TiFiC wins support automation solution order from Volvo IT(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--More worrying even than the decline in profit and the weakening margin is that for all that Nokia (NOK) still only managed to translate stronger sales into a 1% gain in market share.


 

US SUMMARY: Earnings Reports Push Stocks Higher


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic inveestment bank Straumur-Burdaras Hf. (STRB.IC) Thursday posted a fourth-quarter pretax profit of ISK15.438 billion.


 

REYKJAVIK (Dow Jones)--Iceland's central bank said Thursday it will hike its key repurchase rate 25 basis points to 10.75% as the island country's booming economy has experienced accelerating inflation in recent months.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 26, 2006-Teligent AB announces Cisco-enabled turnkey solution(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 26, 2006-Finnair adds flights to St Petersburg(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 26, 2006-CTT Systems AB wins order in Switzerland(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open higher Wednesday, helped by an early bounce by European stocks.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Iceland's central bank said Thursday it will hike its key repurchase rate by 25 basis points to 10.75% as the island country's economy has continued to boost inflation rates in recent months.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 26, 2006-Telenor ASA commences three lawsuits in Russia(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

[Dow Jones] Kaupthing Bank's (KAUP.IC) 4Q net profit of ISK14.79B, up from ISK4.61B a year earlier, was a bit better than expected, "but we had the highest expectations of all the banks," says Sandra Fairbairn, analyst at Landsbanki. Says trading gains look to have boosted the results the most at first glimpse, but net interest income, helped by strong loan growth and the inflation in the quarter, also gave strength to results. Has hold rating. Last traded at ISK830. (LON)


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Iceland's Kaupthing Banks Hf. (KAUP.IC) Thursday reported a fourth-quarter net profit of ISK14.79 billion, up from ISK4.62 billion in the year-earlier period.


 

US SUMMARY: Stocks, Treasurys Fall


 

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP)--German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she would like to see Germany's growth among the top three in Europe within a decade, adding that tackling unemployment and slow growth would take measured and creative actions.


 

Airline Industry Information-January 25, 2006-SAS pilots end strike(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Iceland's central bank is expected to hike interest rates by as much as 50 basis points Thursday after a recent pickup in inflation.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 25, 2006-Telia introduces music service for mobile and broadband network(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 25, 2006-Nokia signs 5-year managed services agreement with Hutchison Essar(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Stocks Rise Again On Upbeat Earnings


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Shares of Pixar (PIXR) and Walt Disney Co. (DIS) were halted for late trading Tuesday after Disney agreed to buy the digital-animation company in a stock deal worth about $7.4 billion.


 

NICOSIA (AP)--U.K. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw urged Tehran on Tuesday to seriously consider Russia's offer to enrich Iran's uranium in an effort to end its nuclear standoff with countries that want to refer it to the U.N. Security Council.


 

J&J 4Q NET CLIMBS 79%; SALES DROP 1.1%Health-products giant earns $2.18 billion, or 73c a share, meeting Wall Street expectations, but revenue falls short with 1.1% decline to $12.61 billion. Medical-device and diagnostic sales rise 3.7%, while pharmaceutical sales fall 6.1%. CEO Weldon says patent expirations and heightened regulatory scrutiny are among the challenges facing the company. Shares fall 2%.


 

CHICAGO (Dow Jones)--McDonald's Corp. (MCD) said fourth-quarter profit rose 53%, driven by new products and longer operating hours at the chain's U.S. restaurants.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 24, 2006-Avion Group hf to establish AOC in Germany(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 24, 2006-Telenor ASA opposes Ukrainian commercial court ruling(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 24, 2006-TeliaSonera signs Nordic framework agreements with IT integrators(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Finspreads is calling the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 10 points at 10,698, the S&P 500 up one at 1265 and the Nasdaq 100 flat at 1676.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera AB (TLSN.SK) Tuesday said it has reduced the number of information technology integrators with framework agreements from 29 to 14 for 2006 and 2007.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 24, 2006-Ryanair seeks new Finnish airport - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 24, 2006-Telenor Pakistan exceeds 2 million customers(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

IT'S GENERALLY a really bad idea to fire an employee at her home, but there's a notable exception: when that employee is your wife.


 

Walt Disney Co. moved closer to a deal to buy Pixar Animation Studios Inc. in a stock transaction that could be finalized and announced as soon as today, according to people familiar with the situation.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open mixed Friday, according to Anthony Hill, senior analyst at FSW Europe. He says "there will clearly be a tug of war between the Dow and Nasdaq, following a roller-coaster mid-week." He says profit-taking in tech stocks is due because "it is a Friday and investors want to liquidate their positions." He expects Nasdaq investors to "take a deep breath and renew their attack afresh on Monday."


 

US stocks are called to open higher, according to Angus Campbell of Finspreads. Calls DJIA +10 points at 10698, S&P 500 +1 at 1265 and Nasdaq 100 flat at 1676. But feels investors remain cautious as the market didn't attract as much bargain hunting as expected Monday and points out slightly below par results from Texas Instruments haven't helped sentiment.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Investor demand for hedge funds dropped sharply last year according to data released Monday, with just $40 billion in new money allocated to the asset class.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 24, 2006-Ericsson completes acquisition of Marconi Corporation plc(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 24, 2006-Opera Software ASA launches Opera Mini browser(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Lackluster Gains In Stocks


 

Bank of America Corp. (BAC) reported a worse-than-expected 2% decline in fourth-quarter profit, as the second-largest U.S. bank in stock-market value was hurt by the spike in consumer-bankruptcy filings and poor trading results.


 

[Dow Jones] STOCKHOLM--Nordic stocks end lower on disappointing earnings, high oil prices and global political uncertainties. A slight recovery came with the US open and as oil prices eased back a bit, but not enough to make up for the morning's losses.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 23, 2006-Nokia announces Nokia Business Center support for IBM Lotus Notes and Domino(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STEVE JOBS MAY BE a visionary when it comes to technology, but his financial foresight may not be so keen. Sure, his stake in Pixar Animation Studios, which Walt Disney is reportedly interested in acquiring, is currently valued at around $3.6 billion.


 

BREAKING UP IS ALL the rage. So naturally the mother of all conglomerates, General Electric, should give it a whirl, right?


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Ford (F) investors can only hope the long-awaited "Way Forward" plan really does pave a path back to profit - but don't hold your breath.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 23, 2006-Wireless industry leaders form new organisation to promote DVB-H(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--A wildcat strike by pilots of SAS AB (SAS.SK) stranded hundreds of passengers at Oslo and Copenhagen airports Monday morning, an action which could cost the airline at least $1 million a day.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 23, 2006-SAS cancels flights due to strike - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Norwegian industrial conglomerate Orkla ASA (ORK.OS) Monday said wholly-owned chemicals firm Borregaard has agreed to sell its Borregaard Taicang Chemicals firm in China to Otsuka Chemical Co. Ltd.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday he backed French President Jacques Chirac on nuclear threats from rogue states.


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--William D. Perez is expected to step down today after just over a year as Nike Inc.'s (NKE) president and chief executive, according to people familiar with the situation, a shakeup that demonstrates the continuing influence of company co-founder and chairman Philip H. Knight.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open mixed Friday, according to Anthony Hill, senior analyst at FSW Europe. He says "there will clearly be a tug of war between the Dow and Nasdaq, following a roller-coaster mid-week." He says profit-taking in tech stocks is due because "it is a Friday and investors want to liquidate their positions." He expects Nasdaq investors to "take a deep breath and renew their attack afresh on Monday."


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic generic pharmaceuticals company Actavis Group hf (ACT.IC) Monday said it has bought the remaining 11% stake that it didn't already own in Turkish company Fako for $20.4 million.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 23, 2006-Swedish small businesses suffer from viruses and spam(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 23, 2006-Nera ASA launches new wireless communication platform(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 23, 2006-Eniro AB chooses HRM solution from Jeeves Information Systems AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 23, 2006-Incordia AB acquires Alding AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Sweden has appointed Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and ABN AMRO as joint lead managers for the sale of its upcoming five-year U.S. dollar-denominated bond issue, one of the lead managers said Monday.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Nokia Corp's (NOK) president and incoming Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo was fined EUR31,000 for minor tax fraud in 2005, Finnish daily Helsinging Sanomat reported over the weekend.


 

(This repeats an item published at 0600 GMT)US SUMMARY: Investors Hope For The Best This Week


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)-- The Renewable Energy Corporation ASA, a Norwegian solar energy company founded in 1996, is seeking to list its shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange in May, The Business reported Sunday, without citing sources.


 

BEIJING (AP)--Saudi King Abdullah arrived in China Sunday for meetings with top leaders on possible cooperation in oil and energy security, a trip reflecting expanding commercial ties between the two countries.


 

WASHINGTON (AP)--A top Republican lawmaker said Sunday that the U.S. must explore alternate energy sources to avoid being held hostage by Iran or by "wackos" in Venezuela - an apparent reference to Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's populist president.


 

STOCKHOLM -- Nordic Telephone Co., a group of private-equity firms, said it had acquired 88.2% of shares in Danish telecommunications company TDC AS, setting the stage for a showdown with minority shareholders.


 

By Steven Vames and Laurence Norman


 

(All index values based on U.S. dollars unless noted)12-Mo 12-Mo 12-Mo PctIndex High Low Chg ChgWorld 239.48 244.69 204.17 32.89 15.92World (ex. U.S.) 203.66 207.84 164.77 36.28 21.67Americas 312.89 319.84 272.39 35.04 12.61Latin America 436.04 440.32 272.91 162.76 59.56Europe 274.00 279.01 236.47 35.56 14.91Euro Zone 273.18 279.27 235.17 34.86 14.63Europe (ex. U.K.) 299.82 306.15 255.12 42.75 16.63Pacific 133.95 139.14 101.79 27.64 26.01Pacific (ex. Jpn) 250.45 256.71 205.09 41.90 20.09Dollar 12-Mo 12-Mo 12-Mo Pct --Since 12/31--Index High Low Chg Chg Chg PctBrazil 859.43 471.17 388.26 82.40 107.42 14.28Canada 383.23 277.19 102.05 36.49 16.35 4.47Chile 329.08 246.61 45.73 18.21 -4.37 -1.45Mexico 385.71 234.91 123.95 49.62 13.66 3.79U.S. 314.35 271.93 28.32 10.18 4.28 1.42Venezuela 43.32 28.10 -2.18 -5.27 3.56 9.99Austria 360.26 259.73 94.58 35.60 24.81 7.40Belgium 342.76 286.20 38.27 12.78 16.46 5.12Denmark 390.37 293.28 85.84 29.27 3.98 1.06Finland 1008.21 766.62 207.73 26.92 30.85 3.25France 290.71 242.28 42.36 17.49 11.36 4.16Germany 236.70 189.49 32.76 16.67 5.07 2.26Greece 247.49 185.60 51.42 26.23 26.19 11.83Ireland 497.50 406.64 15.60 3.32 14.65 3.12Italy 225.79 198.45 8.95 4.23 6.56 3.07Netherlands 324.69 266.54 41.29 15.18 3.62 1.17Norway 293.41 220.86 70.78 31.79 17.31 6.27Portugal 201.29 167.34 0.77 0.39 7.61 4.04Spain 302.28 262.63 30.69 11.55 7.73 2.68Sweden 399.20 324.47 51.78 15.61 5.12 1.35Switzerland 482.02 379.33 93.05 24.53 19.84 4.38U.K. 228.84 200.03 23.84 11.80 8.26 3.80S. Africa 302.27 186.20 104.62 52.93 32.20 11.92Australia 327.02 265.24 49.89 18.15 12.34 3.95Hong Kong 291.19 238.87 48.77 20.23 16.25 5.94Indonesia 89.26 62.18 9.62 12.58 7.16 9.06Japan 119.75 83.31 25.97 29.38 0.82 0.72Malaysia 126.93 112.92 -2.03 -1.63 2.96 2.47New Zealand 253.85 217.05 -9.39 -4.06 -5.19 -2.28Philippines 110.65 86.33 15.08 16.43 0.09 0.09Singapore 186.11 156.89 22.51 13.93 7.79 4.42South Korea 222.87 136.92 69.97 51.10 -2.17 -1.04Taiwan 137.27 108.09 13.27 11.25 1.58 1.22Thailand 84.68 65.78 6.86 8.92 7.17 9.35-0-01-20-06 1753EST


 

Tölvur og nettengingar er að finna á hlutfallslega fleiri heimilum hér á landi en í öðrum löndum Evrópu, að því er fram kemur í frétt frá Hagstofunni. Árið 2005 voru nærri níu af hverjum tíu heimilum hér á landi með tölvu og 84% höfðu aðgang að netinu. Að meðaltali voru 58% heimila í aðildarlöndum Evrópusambandsins með tölvu og rétt tæpur helmingur gat tengst netinu þetta sama ár. Notkun tölvu og nets er að sama skapi útbreidd meðal einstaklinga hér á landi en árið 2005 notuðu 88% Íslendinga á aldrinum 16-74 ára tölvu og 86% þeirra notuðu netið. Á sama tíma notuðu 59% íbúa Evrópusambandsins tölvu og 52% þeirra notuðu netið.


 

Microsoft hefur frestað útgáfu á næsta safni viðbóta sem tengjast öryggi Windows XP stýrikerfisins. Síðast kom slíkt safn út í ágúst 2004, Service Pack 2. Í frétt á heimasíðu Tæknivals kemur fram að nú eru ekki áform um að gefa þriðja pakkann út fyrr en síðla árs 2007 enda vilja starfsmenn Microsoft einbeita sér að þróun Vista stýrikerfisins. Áður hafði fyrirtækið gefið til kynna að SP3 kæmi út á undan nýja stýrikerfinu.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 20, 2006-Telenor ASA to open research and innovation centre in Malaysia(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 20, 2006-SAS conducts first 4DT managed revenue flight(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

London-19 January 2006: Fitch Ratings has today assigned Straumur-Burdaras Investment Bank ("Straumur") ratings of Long-term of 'BBB-' (BBB minus), Short-term 'F3', Individual 'C/D', and Support '3'. The rating Outlook is Stable.


 

US SUMMARY: Tech Stocks Rebound On AMD Report


 

KSÍ ákvað að leita til fjárlaganefndar Alþingis um áframhaldandi styrk við sparkvallaátak sitt þar sem óskir lágu fyrir frá sveitarfélögum um byggingu fleiri valla. Fjárlaganefnd brást enn á ný vel við ósk KSÍ og hefur stefnan verið sett á að byggja um 30-40 velli á þessu og næsta ári og ná þannig 100 valla markinu árið 2007.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 19, 2006-Millicom International Cellular S.A. announces review of strategic options(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 19, 2006-Scandinavian Airlines Sweden AB opens new route to London(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 19, 2006-TeliaSonera Sweden launches digital pictures storage service(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 19, 2006-TietoEnator enters into agreement with Sweden's county administrative boards(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 19, 2006-Birdstep Technology ASA receives order from TMN in Portugal(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Walt Disney Co. (DIS) is in serious discussions to buy Pixar Animation Studios (PIXR)after months in which the two animation giants have been exploring ways to continue their lucrative partnership, according to people familiar with the matter.


 

US SUMMARY: Tech Leads Wall Street Lower


 

Icelandic orthopedic products and prosthetics company Ossur Hf. Wednesday said it has acquired U.S. orthopedics company Innovation Sports Inc. for $38.4 million.


 


 

Google Inc. has brought in billions of dollars in revenue by brokering advertisements that appear on Web sites. Now it is taking its ad machine beyond the Internet in an ambitious quest to place ads in traditional media such as newspapers and radio.


 

Activist hedge-fund manager William A. Ackman, whose initial plan to restructure McDonald's Corp. was rebuffed, is expected to deliver a new proposal today suggesting that the corporate division that runs about 8,000 company-owned restaurants form a new company and offer 20% of its stock to the public.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Poor Woolies (WLW.LN). Management's desperate to turn the business around, but the U.K. high street retailer is fighting a battle on too many fronts.


 

Strong sales in the electronic-commerce sector and solid revenue growth from its segments will help eBay Inc. (EBAY) post improved fourth-quarter earnings that might beat Wall Street's expectations.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--With a steady flow of "the newspaper is dying" predictions, and not just from jaded journos, it would have been easy to believe the Financial Times and its ilk would never recover from the dot.com-led collapse in print advertising.


 

US Stocks to open sharply lower as markets price in the effect of Tuesday's disappointing earnings results after Wall Street close, says trader.


 

US SUMMARY: Intel, IBM Earnings Disappoint


 

TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui said Wednesday that Japan's economic fundamentals remain solid, despite the plunge in Tokyo shares today.


 

A Ryanair spokeswoman said there appears to be an error on the Stansted airport Web site, which is operated by airport owner BAA PLC (BAA.LN).


 

Nordic Business Report-January 18, 2006-Quibus International AB divests 51% holding in Defensor Sverige AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Gagnageymslufyrirtækið EMC greindi í gær frá markverðri nýjung í kjölfar samstarfs við Google leitarvélafyrirtækið en með leitartóli frá Google gefst notendum tiltekinna gagnageymslulausna frá EMC kostur á því með einföldum hætti að leita uppi skjöl, bæði í gagnasöfnum á Netinu og tölvukerfum viðkomandi fyrirtækis.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--One can only wonder whether the 1,055 net orders booked by Airbus last year might have been a touch different had rival Boeing not come out with such a heady set of 1,005 confirmed 2005 net orders on January 5.


 

On a Saturday morning in October 2003, federal agents raided the apartment of Chicago pediatrician Howard Marc Watzman. They found two computers with more than 3,000 images of boys and girls as young as 4 years old being sexually exploited. Mr. Watzman was later sentenced to five years in prison for possessing child pornography.


 

AUTHOR STEPHEN KING hates cellphones and won't use them. "They're 21st-century slave bracelets," he said in an interview from his home in Florida late last week.


 

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Airbus (ABI.YY) said it booked 1,055 net new orders last year, topping arch-rival Boeing Co.'s (BA) annual tally thanks to a December surge in contracts.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 17, 2006-Motorola to acquire Kreatel Communications AB(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Iceland Foods said Tuesday that same-store sales in December grew 16.1 per cent, with total sales up 10.8%.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 17, 2006-Seven Norwegian companies enter into wireless technology partnership(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

BEIJING (AP)--The European Union will pledge US$120 million to help fight bird flu, US$20 million more than it had initially pledged, the EU health commissioner said Tuesday.


 

Á síðasta ári var dreift rúmlega 150 þúsundum ólíkra tölvuveira og sérfræðingar spá fjölgun á þessu ári bæði hvað varðar veirur og tölvuárásum segir í frétt á heimasíðu Tæknivals.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Minority holders in Virgin Mobile (VMOB.LN) seem to have pushed majority shareholder Richard Branson into topping up a bid from cable operator NTL (NTLI) out of his own pocket.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic investment company Fons Eignarhaldsfelag hf. said Monday it has acquired 979.000 shares in Ticket Travel Group AB (TICK.SK).


 

US SUMMARY: Heavy Week Of Earnings Ahead


 

Airline Industry Information-January 16, 2006-More couples get married at Stockholm airport(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 16, 2006-SAS escapes grounding in Sweden - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 16, 2006-Elisa Corporation announces preliminary results of redemption offer for Saunalahti shares(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Morgan Stanley names E.On (EON) as one of its top sector picks for 06. Says share trades at about a 10%-15% discount to European utilities which is unjustified given that company's risk profile has significantly declined. Says further clarity on regulation and a stabilization of German power prices should help E.On's share price in 06. Adds that company's friendly dividend policy also makes share more attractive. Keeps at overweight, target at EUR100. Trades +0.5% at EUR89.73. (HAD)


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are set to open lower Friday, according to Anthony Hill, senior analyst at FSW Europe. Hill says "all three indices finished simultaneously lower last night for the first time this year. This is normal profit-taking after an incredible rally."


 

Increased competitiveness of India engineering industry is likely to see government exceeding its export target of $93 billion this FY, says Shubhada Rao, Director of Economic Consulting Group; "Indian products especially those of automobiles are finding acceptance the world over," says Rao, who sees this FY export total hitting $95 billion; government data published today shows that merchandise exports in first 9 months of this FY rose 18% to $66.43 billion, higher than government's 15% full year growth target. (PRV)


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--U.K. wage trends do not appear likely to accelerate this year despite traditional spurs such as a strong labor market and escalating inflation as a result of higher energy prices.


 

OSLO (Dow Jones)--Norway's stock market might as well be one giant bet on oil-price direction.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 16, 2006-Finnish mobile sales up in December 2005 - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 16, 2006-IBS AB signs cooperation agreement with Cognos(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 16, 2006-HiQ International AB receives development assignment from Finnish communications regulatory authority(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 16, 2006-Nokia announces new mobile phone(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 16, 2006-Norhaven A/S completes acquisition talks in Poland and the UK(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--European companies are dominating Australia's corporate bond market in early 2006, with Finland's Kuntarahoitus Municipality Finance the latest to eye local and Asian corporate bond investors for an inaugural kangaroo bond issue.


 

OSLO (Dow Jones)--Norway's stock market might as well be one giant bet on oil-price direction.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Nordea Bank AB (NDA.SK) plans to expand in Poland by opening up a number of new offices this year, Thomas Neckmar, Nordea executive vice president and head of Polish and Baltic operations tells Dagens Industri in an interview over the weekend.


 

(This repeats an item published at 0600 GMT) US SUMMARY: Stocks Struggle On Profit Warnings


 

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Reports that Societe Generale has joined the list of foreign banks interested in buying Ukraine's fourth largest lender, Ukrsotsbank, will have many scratching their heads.


 

US PPI UP 0.9% IN DECEMBER, CORE PRICES RISE 0.1%U.S. wholesale prices surge at their fastest pace since September, led by a steep rise in energy and gasoline prices. However, in a sign that higher energy prices have yet to seep into broader inflationary pressures, producer prices excluding food and energy increase a tame 0.1%. Economists had expected the overall PPI to rise 0.4% in December and that the core PPI would rise 0.2%.


 

DETROIT (Dow Jones)--General Motors Corp. (GM) expects its "turnaround plan" to deliver "improved results" in 2006, including a $4 billion reduction in operating costs, and "further progress in 2007," Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said Friday.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic bank Landsbanki Islands Hf. (LAIS.IC) Friday said the executive management in its subsidiary Kepler Equities has been reorganized.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK:


 

TOKYO (Dow Jones)--The Bank of Japan said Friday the economy is recovering across the country while its governor projected sustained consumer price rises, providing more evidence that the central bank believes an end to deflation is drawing near.


 

(This repeats an item published at 0600 GMT)US SUMMARY: Oil Price Rise Sinks Shares


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic pharmaceutical company Actavis Grou Hf. (ACT.IC) Thursday said it has successfully completed the syndication of a $1.3 billion acquisition facility.


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Starbucks Corp., having conquered the coffee business and staked a claim in music, now is making its boldest expansion moves yet, into movies and books.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Tesco, Asda and William Morrison better watch out: supermarket chain J Sainsbury's back on the forward track.


 

The dollar is modestly higher versus the euro and lower versus the yen, after the reaction to a dollar-positive narrowing in the U.S. trade gap was offset by hawkish comments from the European Central Bank.


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Tests on the strain of bird flu virus that has infected more than 15 people in Turkey show it may have evolved in a way that would make it even more dangerous for humans, according to a report by the Washington Post Thursday. Two deaths have been attributed to bird flu in Turkey.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 12, 2006-Wizz Air to open route from Malmo to Kaunas(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 12, 2006-Telenor sells 4.8% stake in Inmarsat(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are expected to open higher Wednesday after an early rally on European markets and on the U.S. futures markets.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 12, 2006-NextGenTel Holding ASA reports net growth in lines in December 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 12, 2006-Nokia delivers PoC platform in China(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Fed's Geithner Fuels Stocks


 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Crude oil futures in New York tumbled below $63 a barrel Wednesday, after government inventory data showed U.S. fuel stocks had snapped back to average levels.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Bang & Olufsen A/S (BO-B.KO)Wednesday posted a smaller-than-expected gain in fiscal second-quarter net profit, with earnings growth held back by higher marketing costs and a slowdown in sales in the U.K.


 

[Dow Jones] Trading of Sberbank (SBER.RS) shares is suspended for one hour on MICEX in Moscow after rising 13%. A trader at Uralsib bank explains the demand for Sberbank by broader demand from both Russian and foreign investors in Russian stocks helped by political stability and strong oil prices. The buying is particularly active after a long holiday when the stock market was closed. Most interest is in large state-owned companies, such as Sberbank, Transneft (TRNF.RS) +2.6% and Gazprom (GSPBEX.RS) +0.4%. (AIG)


 

[Dow Jones]--Heineken (00916.AE) +2.8% at EUR28.37, as investors are seeking undervalued stocks, says analyst at ING Wholesale. Stock is cheap compared to sector peers and has recovery potential after recent management changes. Trader also cites technical cause for increase, as resistance was recently exceeded. (NSP)


 

OSLO (Dow Jones)--Norway's left-leaning government risks eroding its international reputation as a reliable oil and gas investment if it blocks exploration and development in the Barents Sea, industry and government officials have warned.


 

Close Change % ChangeOBX 1128.66 -0.34 -0.03Norwegian Borse Index ComponentsAker Kvaerner 433.00 -0.50 -0.12DnB NOR 73.50 -0.25 -0.34Dno 49.50 -4.00 -7.48Fast Search & Transfer 26.00 -0.20 -0.76Fred Olsen Energ 240.50 -1.00 -0.41Frontline 249.50 -2.00 -0.80Norsk Hydro 711.00 -5.00 -0.70Norske Skog Ind. 98.50 +0.75 +0.77Orkla 267.00 +1.50 +0.56Petroleum Geo-Services 222.50 +5.50 +2.53Prosafe 298.50 +3.50 +1.19Royal Caribbean Cruises 300.00 +2.50 +0.84Schibsted 206.50 -1.50 -0.72Smedvig 208.50 +0.50 +0.24Statoil 161.00 -2.00 -1.23Stolt Offshore 81.75 +0.25 +0.31Stolt-Nielsen SA 221.00 +0.50 +0.23Storebrand 67.00 +2.50 +3.88Subsea 7 76.75 -1.75 -2.23TGS-NOPEC Geophysical 310.00 +0.50 +0.16Tandberg 39.20 +0.40 +1.03Tandberg Television 94.50 +1.50 +1.61Telenor 67.00 +0.50 +0.75Tomra Systems 53.25 +3.35 +6.71Yara Intl 101.00 +2.00 +2.02ElkemPetroleum Geo-Services 222.50 +5.50 +2.53SAS AB 94.25 +1.75 +1.89TGS-NOPEC Geophysical 310.00 +0.50 +0.16


 

(Viðtalið var fyrst birt á vb.is þann 10. janúar)


 

[Dow Jones] Morgan Stanley raises Barclays (BCS) price target to 720p from 650p, Northern Rock (NRK.LN) to 980p from 890p and HBOS (HBOS.LN) to 1090p from 1000p but reiterates all at overweight. Says '05 was a difficult year for UK banks but suspects '06 will be "get a little easier."


 

[Dow Jones] Merck Finck sees Hugo Boss's (BOS.XE) discontinuation of its Baldessarini brand positively. Says Baldessarini should have produced significantly lower operating margins than the core Boss brand. Also expects only minor closure costs of below EUR1M which might occur during FY '06. Keeps at buy. Shares trade +0.7% at EUR31.23. (JUM)


 

[Dow Jones] Merrill Lynch maintains buy on Burberry (BRBY.LN). "In the absence of upgrades near-term, post 3Q sales, we would take advantage of any weakness of the shares," says brokerage. "There are still some question marks over top-line growth and management style going forward but we believe Burberry is making the necessary adjustments to its business model to drive future growth." Shares -1.8% at 429.5p. (MIC)


 

Nordic Business Report-January 11, 2006-Labour union demands same working conditions for SAS's Chinese flight attendants - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 11, 2006-TeliaSonera to build broadband network in Mullsjo in Sweden(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

By Jackie RangeOf DOW JONES NEWSWIRESLONDON (Dow Jones)--Luxury goods brand Burberry Group PLC (BRBY.LN) said Wednesday that its underlying third-quarter wholesale revenue dropped 21%, and it struck a bearish note on wholesale sales for the second half of the fiscal year.


 

0814 GMT [Dow Jones] Tobacco doesn't appear to be hot in 1H '06, says ABN AMRO. Says the sector has been substantially re-rated but earnings forecasts have not been rising. Adds only in the case of BAT (BTI) are '06 estimates higher than they were two years ago. "Tobacco now has the premium rating, but, aside from easily the most highly rated Altadis, is no longer growing faster than wider Europe," says ABN. Cuts BAT and Imperial (ITY) to hold from add; cuts Altadis (ALT.MC) and Gallaher (GLH) to sell from reduce; maintains Swedish Match (SWMA.SK) at sell. (AST)


 

(From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL EUROPE)WILL THE ICELANDERS make their move on easyJet? Icelandair parent FL Group has been quietly building its stake in the U.K. budget airline, now at 16%. It has also recently raised GBP 400 million, or about $700 million, on the Icelandic stock exchange.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 11, 2006-Finnair loses market share to SAS - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic banking group Islandsbanki Hf (ISB.IC) will use its latest capital increase to expand abroad, with a special focus on Norway, Chief Executive Bjarni Armannsson said Tuesday.


 

(From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL EUROPE) WILL THE ICELANDERS make their move on easyJet? Icelandair parent FL Group has been quietly building its stake in the U.K. budget airline, now at 16%. It has also recently raised GBP 400 million, or about $700 million, on the Icelandic stock exchange.


 

US SUMMARY: Shares End Flat; Treasury Prices Fall


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic banking group Islandsbanki Hf (ISB.IC) will use its latest capital increase to expand abroad, with a special focus on Norway, Chief Executive Bjarni Armannsson said Tuesday.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic bank Islandsbanki HF (ISB.IC) Tuesday said it has raised new equity for EUR252 million.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 10, 2006-Google to open office in Finland - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are forecast to open lower Tuesday after early losses on the futures markets.


 

By Robb M. StewartA DOW JONES NEWSWIRES COLUMNLONDON (Dow Jones)--Already a week into the new year, and where are the mega-acquisitions we were promised?


 

Nordic Business Report-January 10, 2006-FlyMe reports passenger numbers up by 16.2% in December 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 10, 2006-SAS reports passenger numbers up in December 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

(From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)By Karen LundegaardTHE AUTO INDUSTRY is betting heavily on a new crop of crossovers, vehicles that look like sport-utility vehicles but handle more like cars and burn less gasoline.


 

(From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)By Eleanor LaiseLIFESTYLE MUTUAL FUNDS, which were designed to give people a simple, one-stop way to invest in a diversified portfolio, are getting harder to figure out.


 

(From The Wall Street Journal)By AARON LUCCHETTINEW YORK (Dow Jones)--The Nasdaq Stock Market (NDAQ) agreed to buy closely held investor-relations firm Shareholder.com, a deal aimed at boosting the services Nasdaq offers companies and getting more of them to list their shares on the market.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--EasyJet PLC's (EZJ.LN) founder and major shareholder Stelios Haji-Ioannou believes the low-cost carrier should expand organically rather than through mergers or takeovers, he said in an e-mail response to Dow Jones Newswires.


 

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- While the number of self-employed individuals keeps climbing, few of these business owners are saving for retirement, says StartupJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's guide for entrepreneurs.


 

M&S AMONG CHRISTMAS RETAIL WINNERS IN UKMarks & Spencer emerges as one of the U.K.'s clear Christmas retail winners, posting underlying 3Q sales growth of 2.9%. The iconic U.K. retailer's same-store sales rise 2.9%, well ahead of analysts' forecasts for around 1.5%. The British Retail Consortium's monthly survey shows same-store sales in December up 2.6% on year. Most U.K. retailers have so far given positive updates.


 

BEIJING (Dow Jones)--The head of the research bureau under China's central bank said Tuesday the country doesn't exclude the possibility of using its foreign exchange reserves to buy oil.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--The chairman of Swedish industrial group Saab AB (SAAB-B.SK), Anders Scharp, will leave his post at the company's annual general meeting in April, according to an article in Dagens Industri.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 10, 2006-Finnair reports passenger numbers up by 3.0% in December 2005(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 10, 2006-Nokia enters into licence agreement with Kyocera Corporation(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 10, 2006-Active 24 ASA signs cooperation agreement with 24SevenOffice Ltd(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--easyJet (EZJ.LN) whet the market's appetite for takeover speculation this week with word it has named Goldman Sachs as advisor.


 

Finnair performance based on passenger kilometers, which takes into account also the length of journeys, grew by 7.2% while the capacity increased by 5.1%.


 

The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 11,000 Monday for the first time since before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Prices of Treasurys also gained.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 10, 2006-Norhaven A/S in UK acquisition talks(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 10, 2006-Sterling Airlines cuts 50 jobs at Billund - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Actavis hf (ACT.IC), the Icelandic generic pharmaceutical company, said Monday it has successfully completed the syndication of a $1.3 billion acquisition facility.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are poised for a mixed open Monday, market-watchers say.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic bank Straumur-Burdaras Investment Bank hf (BURD.IC) said Monday it has disposed of 21.05% of the total share capital of Islandsbanki hf (ISB.IC).


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Already a week into the new year, and where are the mega-acquisitions we were promised?


 

BAGHDAD (AP)--Eight U.S. troops and four civilians died aboard a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in northern Iraq, the military said Monday.


 

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--The value of banking mergers and acquisitions in Asia rose to an all-time high last year and that record will likely be broken again this year, said a senior executive at Morgan Stanley (MWD), the top earning investment bank in the region for banking M&A in 2005.


 

[Dow Jones] EasyJet (EZJ.LN) +6.3% at 403.5p. Dean Castles at CMC Markets cites weekend press report that the company is gearing up to defend itself from a possible takeover approach from Icelandair owner FL Group (FL.IC).


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are likely to open a touch higher Friday, market-watchers say.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 9, 2006-CTT Systems AB wins order for two Zonal Drying systems from Sunexpress(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Low-cost airline Easyjet PLC (EZJ.LN) has recruited investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) to defend it from a potential bid from FL Group HF. (FL.IC), the acquisitive Icelandic company that owns Icelandair, the Sunday Times reports.


 

TOP STORIESBOSTON SCIENTIFIC FORMALIZES BID FOR GUIDANTBoston Scientific makes a formal offer to buy Guidant for $72 a share, and says it has found a buyer for several Guidant units -- a move that it expects will allow for quicker antitrust clearance if its offer is accepted. The formal bid, valued at $25 billion in cash and stock, takes the Natick, Mass., medical-device firm one step closer to becoming one of the world's largest cardiac-device makers.


 

hugsanlegt að hún kosti 15 þúsund krónur


 

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The December payrolls report is the latest economic indicator to show the U.S. economy is "firing on all cylinders," Treasury Secretary John Snow said Friday.


 

REYKJAVIK (Dow Jones)--Market-watchers expect Iceland's central bank to lift interest rates by as much as a full percentage point this year in its battle against in inflation, a policy also likely to buoy the country's currency in the near term.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--The record 1,002 net orders for Boeing commercial aircraft in 2005 may not be bettered for several more years, but that doesn't mean there isn't more good news ahead.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 6, 2006-Copenhagen Airport reports 9.1% increase in December passenger numbers(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 6, 2006-Motorola selects Opera browser for new Motorola ROKR E2 phone(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

US SUMMARY: Tech Sector Stands Out Again


 

COPENHAGEN (Dow Jones)--After buying shares in Finnair Oyj (FIA1S.HE), Iceland's FL Group HF says it would be interested in an even bigger stake than its 6.3% holding, because the Finnish airline fits well with its subsidiary Icelandair, FL Group Chief Executive Hannes Smarason told Borsen.


 

SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Australia's corporate bond market is expected to enjoy a flurry of activity in the first months of 2006, with investors already soaking up A$500 million in deals from European borrowers in the first week of January.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Norwegian oil firm Statoil ASA (STO) Friday said oil production has begun on the West Azeri platform on Azerbaijan's Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli, or ACG, field in the Caspian Sea, where Statoil has an 8.6% stake.


 

Stocks managed to extend their New Year's rally to a third session Thursday, edging higher in erratic trading as the tech sector rebounded on bullish news from chip maker Xilinx Inc. Treasurys held steady.US SUMMARY: Tech Sector Stands Out Again


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic investment company FL Group hf (FL.IC) said Thursday it has finalized the acquisition of the Danish low-cost airline Sterling and taken over daily operations.


 

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Treasury Secretary John Snow on Thursday said he expects strong demand next month in the U.S. government's first auction of 30-year bonds in over four years.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Finnish telephony and broadband services company Saunalahti Oyj (SAG1V.HE), which is being acquired by Elisa Oyj (ELI1V.HE), said Thursday its chief financial officer Timo Lehtinen will resign from the company to join another company at the beginning of March 2006.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 5, 2006-Gardermoen International Airport reports record delays in 2005 - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are called to open lower Wednesday, despite a strong start to trading in Japan and Europe.


 

US SUMMARY: Markets Still Rejoice In Fed's Softening


 

deCODE genetics (Nasdaq: DCGN) today announced that its presentation at the 24th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference will be webcast live. deCODE CEO Dr. Kari Stefansson will provide an overview of the company's drug development programs and business.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 5, 2006-Sony Ericsson launches new mobile music phone(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Nordic Investment Bank priced Thursday its debut Australian dollar denominated medium-term note, joining several other European institutions attracted recently to the kangaroo debt market.


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Can shareholders opposed to the takeover of Skandia (SDIA-SEK.SK) send Old Mutual (OM.LN) packing?


 

WASHINGTON (AP)--President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign will give thousands of dollars in campaign contributions connected to lobbyist Jack Abramoff to the American Heart Association, the White House said Wednesday, as the government pressed forward with a broad-ranging corruption investigation.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 4, 2006-Nokia launches three new Bluetooth Headsets(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

BERLIN (Dow Jones)--German Economics Minister Michael Glos Wednesday said that the government in its annual economic report will probably forecast economic growth "of at least 1.5%-1.8%" for 2006.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are called to open lower Wednesday, despite a strong start to trading in Japan and Europe.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 4, 2006-TietoEnator and OP Bank Group renew frame agreement on IT cooperation(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--U.S. stock futures pointed to a pause on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve-inspired rally from the previous session, with a decline in crude-oil futures helping to limit any profit taking.


 

US SUMMARY: Stocks, Treasurys Rally On Easier Fed Tone


 

Nordic Business Report-January 4, 2006-Tecnomen Corporation wins Prepaid System contract in Paraguay(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Forráðamenn enska knattspyrnufélagsins Portsmouth hafa staðfest að rússneski auðkýfingurinn Alexandre Gaydamak hyggist kaupa helmingshlut í félaginu. Forráðamenn félagsins hafa ekki staðfest upphæðir en fjölmiðlar telja kaupverðið 15 milljónir punda eða um 1.700 milljónir króna. Alexandre Gaydamak er franskur ríkisborgari og sonur rússneska milljarðamæringsins Arcadi Gaydamak sem meðal annars á ísraelska félagið Beitar Jerusalem.


 

Telecomworldwire-January 4, 2006-Teligent receives additional order from T-Com(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

BUENOS AIRES (AP)--President Nestor Kirchner said Tuesday that Argentina has repaid its debt to the International Monetary Fund, a measure meant to help reclaim the country's economic independence.


 

Allar tölvur með Windows-stýrikerfi eru í hættu vegna nýuppgötvaðs galla í stýrikerfinu. Hundruð milljóna tölva notast við Windows og eiga því á hættu að smitast af veirum eða njósnaforritum.


 

PILGRIM'S PRIDE SLASHES 1Q VIEW, TO CUT JOBSShares slump 14% as the poultry processor now expects fiscal 1Q earnings of 36c-41c a share, sharply below the 75c-85c previously projected, amid weakness in Mexico and lower chicken-leg prices in the U.S. Company plans to cut 300 jobs at a Pennsylvania plant, and the move is forecasted to boost pre-tax annual earnings by up to $15 million.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 3, 2006-Blue1 to add more Helsinki-Rovaniemi flights - report(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 3, 2006-Fast Search & Transfer ASA signs search technology contract with McGraw-Hill Construction(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Russia's decision to cut Ukraine's natural gas supply Sunday, due to a pricing dispute, was a "serious mistake" that will lead consuming nations to further examine diversifying their energy supply mix, the deputy head of the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 3, 2006-TietoEnator to deliver cash management solution to Handelsbanken(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 3, 2006-Comptel Corporation completes planning of integration of EDN Telecomm Businesses(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Nordic Investment Bank, a multilateral financing institution set up by the five Nordic countries in the mid-1970s and with its ownership extended in 2005 to the three Baltic nations, launched Tuesday its first kangaroo bond issue valued at A$300 million.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Swedish industrial group Volvo AB (VOLVY) will cut costs at its truck unit, Volvo Trucks, by between 10% and 20% in 2006 and 2007, according to an article in business daily Dagens Industri.


 

COPENHAGEN (Dow Jones)--Maersk Container Industry, a subsidiary of AP Moller-Maersk A/B (MAERSK-B.KO), will shortly unveil a new refrigerator container that's been five years in the making, writes Borsen.


 

STOCKS: Prices of U.S. stocks could start slightly higher Tuesday, with Wall Street futures supporting a mildly positive opening. But investors will likely adopt a tentative stance ahead of more economic data.


 

Nordic Business Report-January 3, 2006-FIRM signs agreement with Google Inc(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 3, 2006-Technology Nexus AB acquires ArmourSoft Ltd(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Nordic Business Report-January 3, 2006-Teligent AB receives additional order from Deutsche Telekom(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com


 

Söluaukning varð á PC tölvum á þriðja ársfjórðungi en ólíklegt er að mati greiningarfyrirtækisins IDC að uppsveiflan haldi áfram.


 

MADRID (AP)--Spain hopes to follow up a new law which seriously curtails smoking with one against alcohol, Health Minister Elena Salgado said in an interview published Monday.


 

MADRID (Dow Jones)--Spanish new car registrations fell 0.4% on the year in December to 129,768 units, the Spanish Car Manufacturers' Association, or Anfac, said Monday.


 

AMERICAN MARKETS OUTLOOK: U.S. stock markets are closed in observance of New Year's Day.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic investment group Fons Eignarhaldsfelag ehf. has acquired a stake in Swedish travel agent Ticket Travel Group AB (TICK.SK), adding another holding to its fast-growing ownership in the Nordic travel market.


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Norwegian telecom operator Telenor ASA (TELN) has established a working relationship with Vodafone Group PLC (VOD) that may lead to a strategic cooperation deal, Telenor's chief executive Jon Fredrik Baksaas told daily Svenska Dagbladet in its Saturday issue.


 

MOSCOW (AP)--Russia's state-controlled OAO Gazprom (GSPBEX.RS) natural gas monopoly Monday accused Ukraine of diverting about 100 million cubic meters of Russian gas intended for customers in other European countries, the Interfax news agency reported.


 

Danish retail sales rose 4.7% on the year and a seasonally adjusted 0.2% on the month in November, Danmarks Statistik said Monday.


 

US SUMMARY: Wall Street Investors Hope For Better Year


 

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)--Icelandic investor Palmi Haraldsson has silently bought 12% of the shares in Swedish travel agent Ticket Travel Group AB (TICK.SK), Dagens Industri reported Monday.



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