Financial news on February 17, 2007

Business and Financial news
After Its Founder’s Return, Many Are Leaving at Dell

Two weeks after he returned to run the computer company that bears his name, Michael S. Dell is making sweeping senior management changes. Read more..

By DAMON DARLIN - The New York Times

Analysts Are Skeptical of G.M.-Chrysler Merger

DaimlerChrysler’s willingness to cut loose its Chrysler Group is drawing cheers from investors but Wall Street analysts were skeptical of an outright sale of Chrysler to G.M. Read more..

By MICHELINE MAYNARD - The New York Times

Banco Bilbao to Expand U.S. Presence by Buying Compass Bancshares

Spain’s second-largest bank will depend on North America for 10 percent of its earnings after it completes the purchase of 622 new U.S. branches. Read more..

By JULIA WERDIGIER - The New York Times

Growth Drug Is Caught Up in Patent Fight

A corporate dispute could take away a treatment that allows for fewer injections. Read more..

By ANDREW POLLACK - The New York Times

History Offers Hope and Fear for Kodak

The business in which Kodak made its name, film processing and conventional photography, is in decline. Read more..

By CONRAD DE AENLLE - The New York Times

Housing Starts Fell Sharply in January

The predicted bottoming-out of the housing market appears, for now, to still be just a prediction. Read more..

By JEREMY W. PETERS - The New York Times

Of Taxes, Newspapers and Family

When the Chandler family sold Times-Mirror to Tribune in 2000, for $8 billion, the Tribune Company inherited two contentious partnerships. Read more..

By JOE NOCERA - The New York Times

Old McDonald Gave a Tour of His Farm

Some small farms, faced with stagnant income and mounting expenses, are opening up their operations to nonagricultural activities just to survive. Read more..

By MATT VILLANO - The New York Times

Patient Safety Through Technology

At least 1.5 million preventable drug-related injuries occurred in 2006 in American hospitals, long-term care institutions and outpatient clinics. Read more..

By WILLIAM J. HOLSTEIN - The New York Times

Trade Deficit Peaks and Declines, but It Remains Huge

After years of deterioration, the United States trade deficit appears to have finally peaked and started to decline. Read more..

By FLOYD NORRIS - The New York Times

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