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Firm's Klipsch purchase hasn't rocked Wall StreetRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Dan Human
Voxx International Corp.’s $166 million buyout of Indianapolis-based speaker maker Klipsch Group two years ago so far hasn’t generated the excitement on Wall Street that Voxx wants.
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Finish Line exec resigns after website redesign debacle

February 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Less than three months after a disastrous launch of a newly designed website that cost the retail company $3 million in sales, The Finish Line Inc. has parted ways with its chief digital officer.
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Zimmer highly exposed to health-reform risk

January 28, 2013
J.K. Wall
Shares of Zimmer Holdings Inc. have generated impressive returns of 23 percent in the past year and some 2013 product launches could juice those results even further. But the Warsaw-based maker of orthopedic implants is also the most-exposed company in its industry to two key elements of health care reform: the medical device tax and bundled payments.
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Once-thriving drug lab in turnaround modeRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
Two years ago, executives at AIT Laboratories “took their eye off the ball,” and watched the company’s business plummet 29 percent in value. Now, after two years of turmoil, the drug-testing lab says it’s poised to return to the double-digit rates of growth that made it a local star.
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Tool-maker Hurco makes headway after tough stretchRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Dan Human
The company, which develops computer-controlled equipment for cutting and forming metal, made progress in fiscal 2012 toward restoring profitability to pre-recession levels.
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ExactTarget stock finishes year in positive territoryRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
The marketing software maker that went public in March is ahead of its offering price even as it suffers because of some competitors' woes.
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Analysts: ITT's woes are likely to worsenRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
J.K. Wall
Investors have dumped the already-depressed shares of ITT Educational Services Inc. after the operator of for-profit colleges shelled out $46 million for bad private student loans it had backed to help students pay the portion of its pricey tuition that federal loans won’t cover. With fewer ITT graduates able to find jobs, the default rates on these loans has spiked.
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SKARBECK: Value investors tempted by HHGregg valuationsRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
A fascinating case study can be found in the divergent fortunes of locally based HHGregg and Texas-based Conn’s Inc.
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PROXY CORNER: Horizon Bancorp

January 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Horizon Bancorp, 515 Franklin Square, Michigan City, Ind. 46360, operates as Horizon Bank and Heartland Community Bank.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: CEO keeps Simon stock surging

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
If there were an MVP for local CEOs, David Simon would again find himself at or near the top of the list in 2012.
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Analyst: WellPoint CEO search down to two

November 19, 2012
J.K. Wall
According to one Wall Street analyst, the search for a new CEO for Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint Inc. is down to two candidates: former Aetna Inc. CEO Ron Williams and Amerigroup Corp. CEO Jim Carlson.
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Plenty of turbulence ahead, despite Republic's progressRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Greg Andrews
Analysts are impressed by Bedford’s cost-cutting achievements at Republic’s scheduled-service carrier, Frontier Airlines, and his early progress in restructuring its Chautauqua unit, which flies small regional jets on contract for branded carriers.
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Small biz exposure clouds WellPoint's future

November 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint’s average small-employer client has just 8.5 lives covered on its health plan. And firms of that size are far more likely to use the new health insurance exchanges, said WellPoint Chief Financial Officer Wayne DeVeydt.
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Stocks plunge after election, and as Europe woes deepen

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 369 points, or 2.8 percent, in the first two hours of trading. It recovered steadily in the afternoon, but slid into the close and ended down 313, its biggest point drop since this time last year.
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Duke loss narrows, quarter meets expectations

November 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. on Wednesday reported a third-quarter loss of $28.2 million, smaller than a loss of $32 million in the same quarter of 2011.
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Baldwin & Lyons profits rise on fewer storm losses

November 1, 2012
Indianapolis-based Baldwin & Lyons Inc. continues to improve on its 2011 results, recording after-tax profit of $11.7 million, or 78 cents a share, for the third quarter.
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Calumet's sales, profit boom after acquisitions

October 31, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP’s profit more than doubled in the third quarter, helped by huge gains in the fuel-products side of its business following several acquisitions.
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Storm will keep financial markets closed Tuesday

October 29, 2012
Associated Press
Stock trading will be closed in the U.S. for a second day Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast. Bond trading will also be closed.
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Lilly misses analyst estimates, lowers profit forecast

October 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Third-quarter earnings at Eli Lilly and Co. fell short of analysts' expectations, and the Indianapolis-based drugmaker reduced its profit forecast by 4 cents per share for the remainder of the year.
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ExactTarget aims to be one-stop shop with acquisitions

October 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based ExactTarget Inc., which grew up as an e-mail blasting company focused on consumers, is trying to entrench itself as a one-stop shop for smartly interacting with all manner of customers.
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ExactTarget buys interactive marketing firms for $116M

October 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The newly public tech company said it paid $95.5 million for Atlanta-based Pardot LLC and $21 million for Indianapolis-based iGoDigital.
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WellPoint reorganizes into four business units

October 11, 2012
Bloomberg News
Separate Medicare and Medicaid divisions each will sell plans for those government-backed insurance programs. Another will handle commercial and individual business, and a specialty unit will provide dental, vision and disability coverage.
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Emmis’ quarterly profit rises on sale of station

October 11, 2012
Much of Emmis' profit stemmed from the Aug. 23 sale of KXOS-FM in Los Angeles for $85.5 million, from which the company reported a gain from discontinued operations of $32.8 million.
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Cummins shares slide on job cuts, lower forecast

October 10, 2012
Bloomberg News
Shares in Cummins Inc. saw their biggest one-day drop in three months Wednesday after the Columbus-based engine maker lowered its forecasts for revenue and profit and said it expects to cut as many as 1,500 jobs by the end of the year.
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Members sue consumer ratings site Angie's List over fees

October 9, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status alleges that Angie’s List automatically renews members' subscriptions at a higher rate than they’re led to believe, under what it calls a “systematic and repeated breach of its membership agreement.”
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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