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Hurco reports fourth quarter, annual losses

January 12, 2011
Indianapolis-based machine tool maker lost $1.1 million in the fourth quarter and $5.7 million in fiscal 2010.
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Emmis reports $1.6 million quarterly loss

January 11, 2011
The Indianapolis-based media company suffered a loss in the fiscal third quarter despite a 3-percent rise in revenue.
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Interactive Intelligence expecting strong earnings

January 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based business-communications software firm said it is expecting higher profit and revenue for both the fourth quarter and fiscal 2010. Lucrative product orders in the fourth quarter should help boost earnings.
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Simon Property abandons offer for Capital Shopping

January 11, 2011
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. shopping mall owner, abandoned its $4.5 billion bid for Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc after the British company resisted Simon’s takeover interest.
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Shareholders approve FinishMaster deal

January 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
FinishMaster Inc.’s shareholders this week approved a deal to sell the Indianapolis-based company to a subsidiary of Uni-Select Inc. for $172 million.
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Roche aims to prevent bidding war for software firm

January 7, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Swiss company, which operates its North American business out of Indianapolis, filed a lawsuit late last month against Virginia-based Medical Automation Systems Inc. for breaching the purchase agreement the companies signed back in October.
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Simon target's valuation 'out of reach' for Indianapolis firm

January 7, 2011
Bloomberg News
Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc, the U.K.’s biggest shopping mall owner, said it is worth as much as $9.64 a share to a bidder, almost 50 percent more than an offer from Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc.
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HHGregg shares slide on lower earnings outlook

January 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer attributed its lower outlook to weak demand for new video technology products. Sales of LED and 3-D televisions were less than expected while sales of lower-priced TVs were higher than anticipated.
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Emmis pitching in on breach-of-contract lawsuit

December 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. will contribute $200,000 toward legal fees in a lawsuit that company founder Jeff Smulyan's JS Acquisition LLC filed over its failed effort to take the Indianapolis-based media company private.
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ITT Educational OKs bonuses to keep managers in place

December 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc.’s management team will get special cash bonuses if they remain with the company until the end of June, ITT disclosed in a regulatory filing last week.
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Strong holiday sales give Finish Line a boost

December 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The company said on Tuesday sales at stores open more than a year rose 4.5 percent from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19 compared to the same period a year ago.
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Analysts: Simon unlikely to buy Capital Shopping

December 21, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. is unlikely to buy Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc because it will take too long for rents to rise enough to justify a price its U.K. counterpart would accept, according to Barclays Capital real estate analysts.
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Duke Realty planning $967M in property deals

December 20, 2010
The Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust said it will sell 3.1 million square feet of suburban office space for $516.7 million and buy 4.9 million square feet of mostly industrial space for $450 million.
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Health insurance investors unfazed by court ruling

December 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
This week’s ruling by a federal judge could force Congress to rework the new health law to avoid a health insurance market collapse. But the decision had little to no effect on investor sentiment toward WellPoint Inc. and its peers.
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Simon bids $4.6B for U.K.'s Capital Shopping

December 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. mall owner, made an offer for Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc that values the U.K. company at $4.6 billion.
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Hillenbrand wins ban of knockoff coffins from Mexico

December 14, 2010
Bloomberg News
The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday that Ataudes Aguilares will be barred from bringing in caskets with attached memorabilia compartments, which Batesville-based Hillenbrand has patented.
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Brightpoint making $80M acquisition

December 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Brightpoint Inc. said Monday it has agreed to acquire Touchstone Wireless Repair and Logistics LP in an $80 million deal expected to close by the end of the year.
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British mall owner rejects Simon financing plan

December 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc, Britain’s biggest shopping-mall owner, rejected a financing plan that would have given potential suitor Simon Property Group Inc. a larger stake in the company.
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Insurer Baldwin & Lyons names new CEO

December 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Baldwin & Lyons Inc. has named Joseph J. DeVito its new CEO, replacing Gary W. Miller, who has led the insurer for 13 years.
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FinishMaster to be acquired in $172M deal

December 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based FinishMaster Inc. announced late Thursday it will be acquired by a unit of Uni-Select Inc. of Canada for $172 million.
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Refinancing boosts Bioanalytical Systems

December 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Shares of the West Lafayette-based pharmaceutical-services firm soared after it wriggled out from under a $1.3 million loan that was due in February.
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Simon may drop interest in Capital Shopping Centres

December 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. will end its interest in buying Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc if the U.K. company doesn’t provide information necessary to evaluate a bid.
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Possible Simon bid boosts British mall owner's stock

November 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
Shares of Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc, Britain’s biggest mall owner, rose the most since the company went public in 1992 after saying Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. may offer more than $3.6 billion in cash for the company.
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Simon CEO: Mall owner has ‘firepower’ for deals

November 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., the U.S. shopping-mall owner that paid $2.3 billion this year for an outlet-center business, has plenty of capital for more purchases, CEO David Simon said Tuesday.
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PROXY CORNER: Bell Industries Inc.

November 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bell Industries Inc., 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1700 (www.BellInd.com), is a holding company for Bell Techlogix and the Recreational Products Group.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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