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Apr 4, 2014

Three men sentenced to death for gang-rapes in Mumbai

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Three men were sentenced to death on Friday for two gang-rapes last year in Mumbai, including an attack on a photojournalist that sparked protests in the city and raised fresh questions about attitudes to women in the world’s largest democracy.

A Mumbai court on Friday sentenced Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali and Mohammed Salim Ansari to death, the first time capital punishment has been given for rape not involving the death of the victim.

Apr 3, 2014

India’s newest banks plot divergent growth strategies

April 3 (Reuters) – India’s two newest would-be banks,
Infrastructure Development Finance Co (IDFC) and Bandhan
Financial Services Ltd, are planning divergent paths in an
industry that is crowded with lenders but still fails to reach
roughly half the population.

Mumbai-based infrastructure lender IDFC and
Bandhan, a Kolkata-based specialist in small-value loans, on
Wednesday beat larger Indian corporate houses to win licences to
set up India’s first new banks in a decade, meaning they can
expand into a broader range of banking areas such as deposits.

Mar 19, 2014

Winter storms hit FedEx’s quarterly results, outlook

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee

(Reuters) – FedEx Corp (FDX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Wednesday said severe winter conditions had hurt quarterly earnings and revenue, prompting the world’s No. 2 package delivery company to cut its fiscal-year profit forecast.

The unusual weather disrupted operations, reduced shipping volumes and increased costs, decreasing operating income by about $125 million in the third quarter ended on February 28, FedEx said.

Mar 19, 2014

Winter storms hurt FedEx during holiday quarter

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee

(Reuters) – FedEx Corp (FDX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday reported lower-than-expected results for the holiday quarter and gave a fiscal-year profit forecast below Wall Street estimates, the latest in a line of companies saying they were hurt by winter storms.

The world’s No. 2 package delivery company said the unusual weather had disrupted operations, reduced shipping volumes and increased costs, decreasing operating income by about $125 million in the third quarter ended on February 28.

Feb 19, 2014

Watch for companies to claim ‘Jack Frost ate our profits’

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Sick of hearing Americans complain about the winter weather? Too bad. Because the corporate kvetching has only just begun.

While meteorologists say warmer temperatures finally are on the way, savvy investors know a cold front could still be looming when it comes to the profits of publicly traded U.S. companies.

Jan 30, 2014

UPS says no rerun of glitch-marred December: CFO

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee

(Reuters) – United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has vowed to avoid a repeat of last year’s Christmas holiday season when unexpectedly high volume and huge delays frustrated customers who wanted their packages delivered on time.

The No. 1 U.S. courier company is investing in new technology and expanded capacity so that the 2014 holiday season should go smoothly, Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn said on Thursday.

Jan 17, 2014

UPS profit hit by cost of surge in Christmas online orders

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Sagarika Jaisinghani

(Reuters) – United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday its fourth-quarter earnings will fall well short of market estimates due to a surge in online shopping just before Christmas that caught the company off guard and led to late deliveries and higher costs.

Typically, a rise in online sales is good news for companies such as UPS and competitor FedEx Corp (FDX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) because it translates into brisker demand. But UPS said it had been overwhelmed by the volume of holiday packages, delaying the arrival of Christmas presents around the globe and spurring angry customers to take to social websites to complain.

Dec 18, 2013

FedEx second-quarter profit misses estimate; offests Holiday optimism

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee

(Reuters) – FedEx Corp (FDX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted a 14 percent rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday on stronger margins and cost cuts, but results missed Wall Street estimates, which overshadowed the company’s confident forecast for the holiday shopping season.

Wall Street analysts expressed disappointment at the slight dip in revenue at the express delivery business, FedEx’s biggest unit. They also noted softening volume growth for ground deliveries.

Dec 18, 2013

FedEx Q2 profit misses estimate; raises full-year outlook

Dec 18 (Reuters) – FedEx Corp raised its full-year
earnings forecast on Wednesday but its quarterly results missed
Wall Street estimates as revenue declined at express delivery,
its biggest unit, and volume growth softened for ground

It sees full-year earnings per share growth between 8
percent and 14 percent above last year. Previously its outlook
was for growth between 7 percent and 13 percent.

Dec 13, 2013

In U.S., natgas struggles as a transport fuel despite low cost

CHICAGO, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Don’t believe the gassy hype.

The United States may be floating on an ocean of cheap,
domestically sourced natural gas. But its transportation sector
is more reliant on diesel fuel – and is using less natural gas –
than it was in the 1960s and 1970s. And industry executives say
regulatory and logistical challenges and uncertainties make it
unlikely the picture will change anytime soon.

That may come as a surprise to many investors. Over the past
decade, energy companies using hydraulic fracturing and
horizontal drilling have unlocked huge gas deposits trapped in
rock thousands of feet underneath the United States.

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      "Think all things tech and telecoms. Currently in Mumbai. Previously in Chicago, covering retail, transport and airlines. Joined Reuters in 2008."
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