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  1. July 31, 2014

    Stocks: the value is out there

    The problem, we are assured, is localised. Yes, reliable measures of valuation for stocks – as a group – are elevated. The...

  2. March 18, 2014

    Dunlop plant closure announcement branded cynical

    Dunlop will end 125 years of tyre making in the UK as the company closes its Birmingham factory, amid claims that it...

  1. February 14, 2014

    Severe winter masks US economic recovery

    Strong evidence that a cold and snowy winter is behind some weakness in recent US data is bolstering hope that the world’s...

  2. February 13, 2014

    Whole Foods Markets falls on growth outlook

    Shares in upscale US grocer Whole Foods Market tumbled on Thursday after the company trimmed the top end of its outlook and...

  3. January 7, 2014

    Goodyear managers held hostage freed after police raid

    Two managers at a Goodyear tyre plant in northern France regained their freedom on Tuesday more than 24 hours after workers...

  4. January 6, 2014

    French Goodyear plant executives taken hostage amid dispute

    Trade union members at a Goodyear tyre plant in northern France have taken two of their managers hostage in a pay-related...

  5. October 27, 2013

    Tyremaker Titan changes track on Europe plants

    Titan International, the US tyre and wheel manufacturer, is planning to nearly double the size of its European business in a...

  6. October 22, 2013

    Titan chief makes U-turn on French tyre plant

    Arnaud Montebourg, France’s industry minister, has said he has received an offer to buy a tyre plant from Maurice Taylor,...

  7. March 18, 2013

    Peugeot wins union backing for 6,000 job cuts

    PSA Peugeot Citroën, the struggling French carmaker, has won the backing of unions representing three-quarters of its...

  8. March 7, 2013

    Hollande faces pressure over jobs pledge

    President François Hollande faces growing pressure over his promise to halt rising unemployment after France’s jobless rate...

  9. February 23, 2013

    Titanic battle

    Central casting surely provided the protagonists in this week’s clash over the French way of working. On one side is an...

  10. February 21, 2013

    French bosses admit business fears valid

    The bosses of several of France’s biggest companies have weighed in to the controversy over comments by the head of a US...

  11. February 12, 2013

    Michelin / Goodyear: plenty of air left

    Considering the car crash that is the European auto manufacturing industry, it is no small achievement that the tyre...

  12. February 10, 2013

    State Street battles two US lawsuits

    State Street is fighting two separate US lawsuits over claims it retained an “exorbitant share” of securities lending...

  13. November 7, 2012

    Bridgestone – where’s the bounce?

    It does not do calendars like its rival Pirelli. Nor does it produce restaurant guides (Michelin). It does not even supply...

  14. October 26, 2012

    Expedia leads US travel groups higher

    Expedia soared on Friday after solid quarterly earnings following market close on Thursday beat analysts’ expectations. The...

  15. July 4, 2012

    US reforms set to help pension funds

    Looming legislation in Washington awaiting the signature of President Barack Obama is set to provide welcome relief to US...

  16. June 27, 2012

    Congress set to grant pension windfall

    US companies with large pension deficits – mostly industrial groups such as steelmakers – will be bolstered by legislation...

  17. February 14, 2012

    Goodyear profit misses estimates

    Shares in Goodyear fell on Tuesday after the US tyre manufacturer missed Wall Street’s estimates and warned of slowing...

  18. February 14, 2012

    Masco losses pull US homebuilders lower

    hares in Masco Corp plunged 12.1 per cent to $11.63 after the home improvement retailer reported a larger fourth-quarter...

  19. February 5, 2012

    Pension liabilities to hit earnings of US blue-chips

    US blue-chip companies face a hit to earnings from greater pension contributions, with charges related to rising liabilities...

  20. September 22, 2011

    Twisted US pensions: counting the cost

    The Fed’s latest manoeuvre, with the best intentions, may leave large corporations twisting in the wind. Compared with...

  21. August 22, 2011

    Wall Street buoyed by QE3 speculation

    US stocks ended the day almost flat after falling bank stocks put paid to an early rally, which had been driven by hopes of...

  22. June 10, 2011

    Financials lead losses on Wall Street

    Wall Street tumbled into its sixth consecutive week of losses, helped lower by financial stocks as investors continued to...

  23. March 28, 2011

    Spending data help to limit Wall St losses

    Shares in Eastman Kodak rose sharply because of a favourable ruling in the latest round of its patent dispute with Apple and...

  24. March 22, 2011

    US stocks pause for breath after 3-day rally

    Walgreen tumbled after reporting disappointing second-quarter earnings, while in the wider markets traders paused for breath...

  25. January 16, 2011

    US manufacturers raise prices as input costs surge

    A growing number of North American industrial companies are pushing up prices – and warning of further increases to come –...

  26. January 4, 2011

    Supply fears send rubber to record high

    Rubber rose to a record high above $5 a kg as tyremakers scrambled to secure supplies amid growing concerns of further...

  27. December 7, 2010

    US gas export plan sparks price fears

    An outcry from big US energy users is complicating plans to export some of the country’s bounty of natural gas. Two consumer...

  28. November 3, 2010

    Continental raises full-year profit and sales guidance

    Continental joined fellow German automotive companies by raising its profit and sales guidance for the full year, after...

  29. FT Alphaville

    November 1, 2010

    Rubber costs set to rise

    The cost of rubber goods including tyres, gloves and condoms is set to rise after a 65% jump in natural rubber prices in the...

  30. October 31, 2010

    Cost of rubber goods set to rise

    The cost of tyres, gloves and condoms is set to rise following a 65 per cent jump in the price of natural rubber in the past...

  31. July 29, 2010

    Tech and consumer stocks weigh on Wall St

    US equities closed down on Thursday after a choppy day where early gains were erased by plummeting technology and consumer...

  32. April 29, 2010

    Spanish downgrade fails to take gloss off rally

    A downgrade of Spain's sovereign debt briefly shook US stock markets yesterday but failed to break the session's rally, as...

  33. April 28, 2010

    Wall St up despite sovereign debt downgrades

    An S&P downgrade of Spain’s sovereign debt briefly shook US stock markets on Wednesday but failed to break the session’s...

  34. April 22, 2010

    Soaring rubber forces tyre price rise

    Tyre companies are increasing the price of their products as the cost of rubber, their main raw material input, yesterday...

  35. April 21, 2010

    Rise in rubber inflates tyre prices

    Tyre companies are increasing the price of their products as the cost of rubber, their main raw material input, on Wednesday...

  36. January 5, 2010

    Michelin treads prudently through downturn

    Clermont Ferrand has an out-of-the-way feel about it. Though this provincial French town in wild and rustic Auvergne was...

  37. December 16, 2009

    White House plans green tax break extension

    The Obama administration on Wednesday announced plans to extend tax breaks for clean energy investment by $5bn, hoping to...

  38. November 13, 2009

    Disney helps Wall St shrug off confidence blow

    Encouraging results from Walt Disney and Abercrombie & Fitch helped Wall Street edge higher on Friday, offsetting data...

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