July 19, 2013
The residential real-estate rebound suffered a setback in June as housing starts unexpectedly fell to the lowest level in almost a year, according to a July 17 Bloomberg report. The drop was led by a 26.2 percent plunge in multifamily projects.However, the monthly drop should not be "immediately concerning," said Guy Lebas of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in the article. "The housing markets...
May 20, 2013
Nippon Sheet Glass Co. reported a 5.6 percent decline in revenues in fiscal year 2013, compared to fiscal year 2012, according to the company's FY 2013 Annual Consolidated Financial Results, released May 16. The company reported operating losses of about $170 million for the year. Sales for fiscal 2013 were down 9.2 percent from the previous year."During the fourth quarter of the year, the Group...
April 9, 2013
The 2013 forecast for construction-put-in-place is up 8 percent―$918 million―over 2012, according to consulting and investment firm, FMI. Even with the strong improvement, however, FMI does not expect annual construction to go above the trillion-dollar mark until 2015.Residential buildings have shown the biggest improvement. While the single-family sector grew 23 percent in 2012, multifamily...
April 3, 2013
Nonresidential construction activity experienced slow growth in 2012, though the net effect was negligible in categories favorable to architectural door volumes, according to the AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast jointly released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. In 2012,...
June 16, 2010
PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, announced June 16 that it expects its second quarter earnings, excluding unusual items, to be in the range of $1.40 to $1.50 per share. Adjusted earnings per share were 91 cents per share in the second quarter 2009 and 70 cents per share in the first quarter 2010.“We are continuing to experience year-over-year demand improvements in the second quarter...
November 25, 2009
Asahi Glass Co., Japan’s biggest glass producer, plans to sell as much as 100 billion yen ($1.1 billion) of convertible bonds for investments and to repay maturing debt.The Tokyo-based company will sell 45 billion yen each in three-year and five-year zero-coupon convertible bonds, according to a filing with Japan’s Finance Ministry today. Sale underwriters Nomura International Plc and...
June 3, 2009
Japanese stocks edged up, sending the Nikkei 225 Stock Average to its longest winning streak in five months, led by glassmakers on optimism sales of flat-screen materials will recover.Asahi Glass Co. and Nippon Electric Glass Co. surged more than 5 percent after JPMorgan Chase & Co. rated them “overweight” on expectations sales will rebound, according to a June 3 Bloomberg report...
May 27, 2009
One might have thought that investors would tread cautiously around a stock that has already risen more than 200 percent this year, but as it were, investors were happy to buy Hong Kong-listed Xinyi Glass Holdings last night when the stock was offered through a combined placement of new and existing shares. The share sale was ultimately upsized by 21 percent, which resulted in a final deal...
May 19, 2009
Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average rose 251.6, or 2.8 percent, to 9,290.29 as of the close in Tokyo. The following were among the most active shares in the Japanese market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.Asahi Glass Co. (5201 JT) climbed 9.4 percent to 674 yen, the highest since Oct. 15. The glassmaker was lifted to “buy” from “neutral” by...
May 12, 2009
Japanese stocks slid for the first time in six days on concern earnings will continue to decline this year and that a recent share rally was overdone.Asahi Glass Co. surged 12 percent after Nomura Holdings Inc. raised its rating on the company to “buy.”