Banking & Finance

Stocks hammered by weak earnings reports

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
Stocks sank sharply Tuesday morning, driving major indexes to their lowest point since early September, after big-name companies reported weak quarterly earnings and lowered their expectations for the rest of the year.
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Scale Computing lands $12 million in VC funding

October 23, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Scale Computing, a maker of data-storage devices that recently launched a “datacenter in a box,” has landed another $12 million in venture funding.
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State going after underwriter of $5M Estridge offeringRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Greg Andrews
The regulatory action is an outgrowth of a falling-out between Indiana Securities owner Frank Neese and Bank of Indiana, which lost its entire $1 million investment when The Estridge Cos. collapsed.
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Legal fees nearing $9M in Fair Finance bankruptcy

October 17, 2012
Cory Schouten
The trustee in the Fair Finance bankruptcy case and his law firm have run up legal bills approaching $9 million, nearly double the recoveries they've achieved to date for investors victimized by convicted fraudster Tim Durham.
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Lender forecloses on Uptown Business Center

October 15, 2012
Cory Schouten
A lender has filed to foreclose on the Uptown Business Center, a neighborhood retail building at the southwest corner of 49th Street and College Avenue that a local developer had hoped to use as a springboard to revitalize the intersection.
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Banks eager to loan, but small firms hold backRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana banks can tout more success in small-business lending since the recession ended, but the success is hard-won because the masses of entrepreneurs remain cautious about borrowing.
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HIATT: Political campaign puts private equity in the spotlightRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Tom Hiatt / Special to IBJ
In the current political campaign, private equity, the industry in which I have spent much of my career, finds itself in the spotlight. But in my conversations with other intelligent people, I often find they are curious about what private equity funds do.
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Retailers await decision on $7.2B 'swipe-fee' settlementRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Scott Olson
In what could be the largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history, the agreement would resolve dozens of lawsuits filed by retailers against Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and the banks that issue their credit cards.
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Many banks still digging out from Great Recession traumaRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
The following statistics reflect performance of the 10 banks with the largest market shares in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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Banks' market rankings stable despite deposit shiftsRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
BMO Harris and PNC lost some deposits, but the biggest local banks by market share remained the same.
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Small law firm sees faith in WellPoint class-action suit pay offRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Greg Andrews
A federal judge in June granted preliminary approval to a deal under which WellPoint Inc. would pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit charging it undercompensated policyholders when it converted into a public company in 2001.
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M&I-BMO Harris changeover leaves some customers in lurch

October 10, 2012
Scott Olson
BMO Harris Bank’s expansion in Indianapolis and other markets via its acquisition of M&I Bank is off to a rocky start as many customers still are unable to access their online banking accounts.
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Judge tosses out lawsuit blasting Irwin executivesRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Greg Andrews
A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Irwin Financial Corp.'s bankruptcy trustee, saying the only party with the right to bring suit was the bank’s receiver, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. It didn't do so by last month's deadline.
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T2 Systems might tap cash hoard for acquisitionsRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Fast-growing T2 Systems has been biding its time since scoring a $28 million equity infusion a year ago, but the maker of parking management software could soon be towing competitors out of its space.
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MainSource making most of prime downtown spotRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Part of former Borders bookstore space is marketing opportunity for Greensburg-based bank. The other half could be turned into lobby for Barnes & Thornburg.
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Creditor could take ownership of downtown Comfort Suites

October 5, 2012
Scott Olson
The owner of the hotel, an affiliate of Dora Brothers Hospitality Corp. in Fishers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February. German American Capital Corp., which is owed $12 million, could own the property by the end of the year.
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Wellpoint raises $1.35B in first convertible offering since '99

October 3, 2012
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. sold its first convertible securities in more than 13 years with a $1.35 billion offering of 30-year bonds.
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Bernanke: Economy growing much too slowly to put people back to work

October 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a local lunch crowd that he expects the economy to keep growing, but he said the growth is so slow that it could create a "permanent group" of underemployed Americans.
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Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies

October 1, 2012
Associated Press
In a speech in Indianapolis, Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a sharp defense Monday of the Federal Reserve's bold policies to stimulate the weak economy, while cautioning Congress to respect its private discussions.
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Receiver appointed to manage troubled Century Building

October 1, 2012
Scott Olson
A Marion Superior Court judge has appointed a receiver to manage the seven-story building in downtown Indianapolis that is facing foreclosure. A lender to the building's owner claims it is owed $10.5 million.
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Sale of signature game Phase 10 sent Fundex into ditchRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Greg Andrews
The nightmare that culminated with the Plainfield-based company’s recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing began in the depths of the financial crisis, when the company’s lender yanked its more-than-$10-million line of credit.
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Settlement allows Broadbent to keep downtown HQ

September 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis developer will continue to own its corporate headquarters at 117 E. Washington St. after reaching a settlement with two banks that had filed a lawsuit to foreclose on the building.
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SEC accuses local firm of bilking investors out of $1.7M

September 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The SEC’s complaint accuses three people of committing securities fraud by spending investor funds on luxury automobiles, a motorcycle, a 30-foot boat, college tuition, home renovations, a wedding and a honeymoon in St. Lucia.
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Notices going to those eligible for mortgage settlement

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
More than 37,000 Indiana borrowers who lost homes to foreclosure soon will receive claim forms for payments under the national mortgage settlement.
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Startup aims to take business cards into digital ageRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis entrepreneur Nick Carter thinks he’s found a way to eliminate the “black hole” of marketing data: smart business cards that track how recipients use them.
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  1. Thank you to the scientists who care enough to find a cure. We are so lucky that their intelligence has brought them to these understandings because it is through these understandings that we have new hope. Certainly the medicine will be expensive, these drugs usually are, especially the ones that are not mass produced. If I know anything from the walks that my town has put on for FA it is this: people care and people want to help. Donations and financial support can and will come to those who need it. All we need is a cure, the money will come. I mean, look at what these scientists have done thanks to the generosity of donors. 30 million dollars brings us here where we can talk about a drug's existence! There is so much to be frustrated about in this world, but this scientific break is not one of them. I am so happy for this new found hope. Thank you so much to the scientists who have been slaving away to help my friends with FA. We wish you speedy success in the time to come!

  2. I love tiny neighborhood bars-- when I travel city to city for work, it's my preference to find them. However, too many still having smoking inside. So I'm limited to bars in the cities that have smoking bans. I travel to Kokomo often, and I can promise, I'll be one of those people who visit the ma and pa bars once they're smoke free!

  3. I believe the issue with keystone & 96th was due to running out of funds though there were other factors. I just hope that a similar situation does not befall ST RD 37 where only half of the overhaul gets built.

  4. It's so great to see a country founded on freedom uphold the freedom for all people to work and patronize a public venue without risking their health! People do not go to bars to smoke, they can take it outside.

  5. So, Hurko, mass transit has not proven itself in Indy so we should build incredibly expensive train lines? How would that fix the lack of demand? And as far as those double decker buses to bus people in from suburbs, we can't fill up a regular sized buses now and have had to cancel lines and greatly subsidize others. No need for double decker buses there.

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