Government aids mortgage giants
Now that the federal government has thrown a lifeline to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers could be on the hook for billions more if the crisis of confidence spreads. There were encouraging signs Monday for the rescue plan, but also signs of concern. Washington Mutual Inc.'s shares fell 35 percent, to a paltry $3.23 amid worries about whether it had enough cash to handle the mortgage market downturn.
Yahoo board target of investor Icahn
Apparently abandoning hopes for a truce with Yahoo Inc., investor Carl Icahn sharpened his focus on replacing the Internet company's board Monday after his attempt to negotiate a deal with Microsoft Corp. was angrily rejected. Icahn filed the final nominating papers for a slate of candidates that will oppose Yahoo's current nine directors in a showdown scheduled for an Aug. 1 shareholder vote. In separate letter to Yahoo shareholders, Icahn accused the incumbent board of just wanting to protecting its jobs.
Belgian brewer will buy Budweiser
The maker of the King of Beers has agreed to go to work for the Belgian brewer InBev SA. Anheuser-Busch Cos. said Monday it had agreed to a sweetened $52 billion takeover bid, creating the world's largest brewer and heading off what was shaping up as an acrimonious fight for the maker of Budweiser and Bud Light. Inbev brands include Stella Artois, Beck's and Bass. The combined company will be called Anheuser-Busch InBev. InBev said it would be the world's third largest consumer products company after Procter & Gamble and Nestle SA of Switzerland.
T-bill rates fall in Monday auction
The Treasury Department auctioned three-month bills at a discount rate of 1.61 percent, down from 1.865 percent last week. Six-month bills were auctioned at a discount rate of 1.955 percent, down from 2.06 percent. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,959.30, while a six-month bill sold for $9,901.16. That would equal an annualized rate of 1.639 percent for the three-month bills and 2.002 percent for the six-month bills. The Federal Reserve said Monday that the average yield for one-year Treasury bills, a popular index for changing adjustable-rate mortgages, fell to 2.25 percent last week from 2.35 percent.
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