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   Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday laid out his 2012 goals to cheap fountain pen on the Silicon Valley leg of his IPO roadshow, saying his first priority was improving the social network's mobile application. About 200 investors showed up at an IPO presentation in Palo Alto, California, where they were given the opportunity to quiz Zuckerberg and his lieutenants. Wall Street had been concerned about the company's ability to wring revenue from mobile users, considered crucial for long-term growth. Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, said the company's overall advertising business was gaining steam, with most marketers increasing their spending with Facebook. The two executives, who appeared on stage alongside finance montblanc pens David Ebersman, highlighted social ads as an important tool for Facebook to tackle its mobile challenge.

   The ads, which incorporate information about Facebook users' friends who "like" certain products, are better-suited to the smaller screens of smartphones, from which more than half of Facebook's users currently access the service, executives said. As Facebook collects more information about its users, such as location data, Facebook will be able to offer more relevant mobile ads, executives said. Facebook aims to raise about $10.6 billion via its initial public offering, dwarfing the coming-out parties of tech companies like Google Inc and granting it a market value of up to $96 billion - rivaling Amazon.com Inc's. On Thursday, a source close to the cheap mont blanc pen told Reuters its IPO was already oversubscribed, a week before final pricing.

   The offering marks a watershed moment for the new generation of Web companies that are challenging established players such as Google and Yahoo for consumers' online time and for advertising dollars. With 900 million users, Facebook is the world's dominant social network. Mark Zuckerberg, the company's co-founder and 27-year-old CEO was Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2010 and was depicted in the fictionalized 2010 movie The Social Network. "It is a bit of a celebrity event," said Alice Evans, with London-based F & C Asset Management. "You're not expecting to learn that much but it's as close as you can get to kicking the tires." Zuckerberg made brief introductory comments at the event, which took place eight miles from Facebook's new Menlo Park headquarters located at One Hacker Way, before opening the montblanc pen outlet up to questions.

   The company had provoked some grumbles from investors earlier this week, when it took limited questions from the audience at an event in New York. Investors managed to get in more than 10 questions at Friday's event, ranging from capital spending to regulatory issues, even as Facebook maintained tight control over the proceedings, forbidding questioners from asking follow-up questions. Zuckerberg was asked about Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of mobile app maker Instagram, the largest deal in Facebook's history. The deal was forged over a weekend, according to media reports. Zuckerberg said the company had been thinking about buying Instagram for one to two months before the deal occurred. And he noted that the number of Instagram users has already mont blanc pen sale from 30 million to 50 million since the deal was announced.cariya0512

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2012-May-12
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AMR Corp, parent of American Airlines, bowed to pressure on Friday from discount fountain pens unsecured creditors, including its largest labor unions, and said it would explore merger options while it is still in bankruptcy. AMR, which has been in Chapter 11 since November, had long said it intended to reorganize as a stand-alone carrier, shrugging off interest expressed by rival US Airways Group Inc. The carrier, however, has faced mounting pressure from vocal members of its creditors committee who believe a better future for AMR can be secured by merging with US Airways. In reversing its stance, AMR said it wanted to assure stakeholders that it would pursue the best possible outcome for the airline. "To be clear, American has committed to work in collaboration with the (creditors) committee to develop only potential consolidation scenarios and this agreement does not in any way suggest that a transaction of any kind or with any particular party will be pursued," Beverly Goulet, AMR's chief restructuring officer, said in a statement. US Airways has been courting AMR creditors, especially disgruntled labor unions that say an AMR/US Airways tie-up would create a stronger carrier and save more jobs than AMR's stand-alone plan. "We look forward to engaging in the AMR process to demonstrate the significant advantages of our plan to maximize value for all constituents," US Airways said in a statement. US Airways said in April that a merger with AMR would generate at least $1.2 billion a year in new value beyond the benefit that could be passed to employees of the combined carrier.

   AMR has said its stand-alone montblanc pen outlet would generate $3 billion in new revenue and savings by 2017. AMR's chief executive, Tom Horton, had said the airline was focused solely on its bankruptcy, calling those who would attempt to acquire the company in bankruptcy "opportunists." But he never ruled out taking a merger partner after bankruptcy. Other potential suitors also have considered a deal with AMR, including Delta Air Lines and private equity firm TPG Capital, sources have told Reuters. Robert Mann, an airline consultant and former AMR executive, said AMR's new openness to mergers could flush out more potential partners. "I think it was already headed there anyway," he said. "It's a recognition of the inevitable that there would be some sort of transaction." CREDITOR REVOLT American's three labor unions, which are part of AMR's nine-member creditor committee, have said a merger with US Airways would create a stronger airline and save more jobs than AMR's stand-alone plan. US Airways has not made a bid for AMR, which has a court-granted right to reorganize without intrusion by outsiders. That right extends to September. "The important point is that both the debtors and the committee are in alignment that it is incumbent on them to explore strategic alternatives on a collaborative basis as part of this chapter 11 case," Jack Butler, creditors committee counsel, said in a statement.

   Unions representing pilots and flight attendants at American Airlines on Friday again denounced the company's stand-alone business plan, calling on the managers to explore merger options with rival US Airways. The workers staged rallies in New York and Fort Worth, Texas, where AMR is based, to declare "no confidence" in the company's ability to produce a viable business plan. The protests came as the two sides prepared to spar in court on Monday over AMR's request to void the labor contracts it has with the unions. The airline and its unions are on a two-week hiatus from their court battle over that request. "US Airways management's plans for merging the two carriers call for preserving and enhancing the American Airlines brand, retaining our Fort Worth home and saving thousands of jobs that will be eliminated under AMR management's stand-alone plan," David Bates, president of the Allied Pilots Association (APA), said in a statement. The airline, which mont blanc pen sale about 74,000 full-time and part-time workers, has said it must cut 13,000 union jobs.cariya0512

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2012-May-12
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   It also came from Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a prominent member cheap fountain pen the Senate Banking Committee who has received $10,000 since January 2011 from JPMorgan's political action committee, the most any candidate has received. Corker, a leader of a failed effort last year to block a Federal Reserve rule that slashed bank profits from debit cards, called for a hearing "as expeditiously as possible" into the events surrounding JPMorgan's loss. Tim Ryan, president of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a trade group, said it was impossible to legislate or regulate risk out of the financial system. "My hope is that this is viewed as bona fide hedging, but it went wrong," he said in an interview. "A mistake was made. Money is going to be lost. It's not customer money. It's not government money. It's JPMorgan's money, the shareholders of JPMorgan." No one seemed to suggest Friday that JPMorgan had broken a law. But the mistake added a wrinkle to the still-unsettled discussion about how the financial industry should be regulated in the aftermath of 2008. "This just tells you that we are a long, long way from getting our arms around this whole 'too big to fail' issue," said Cliff Rossi, a former top risk executive for Citigroup, Countrywide and other big financial companies. Immediately after the crisis, a time of popular outrage over bailouts and investment losses, there was broad public support for an overhaul of bank regulations.

   The changes promoted by the Obama administration were in montblanc pens cases similar to what the financial industry had sought before the crisis: Consolidation of regulators and oversight of the multi-trillion-dollar marketplace for derivatives. Regulators are still drafting hundreds of rules under the 2010 law. As Wall Street has returned to record profits, and executives to million-dollar bonuses, banks have fought to soften those rules. In particular, the industry has fought hard against a few provisions that might have prevented the problems at JPMorgan. One is the so-called Volcker rule, which will prohibit banks from trading for their own profit. The rule is still being written, and the Federal Reserve has said it will begin enforcement in 2014. JPMorgan said that its bets were made only to hedge against financial risk. Dimon conceded that the strategy was "egregious" and poorly monitored. But analysts, former bank executives and many lawmakers disagreed.

   "This is an exact description of proprietary trading-style activity," Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., told reporters Friday. "This really is a textbook illustration of why we need a strong Volcker rule firewall." Nancy Bush, a longtime bank analyst at NAB Research and a contributing editor at SNL Financial, said the trades probably crossed that line because they were making money for JPMorgan. "So they made money on hedges and then they hedged some more," she said. "At some point it goes from being a hedge to being a moneymaker." JPMorgan was seen as a savior of weaker banks during the financial crisis and the only big bank to escape relatively unscathed. His reputation enhanced, Dimon, 56, has been emboldened to challenge efforts to toughen regulation. In an interview with the Fox Business Network earlier this year, Dimon said that Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman for whom the cheap mont blanc pen is named "doesn't understand capital markets."cariya0512

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