If you're feeling down this week, take my hand as we go over some of the more uplifting headlines of the week. Yes, it wasn't all layoffs, missed earnings, and guidance knockdowns this week.
1. You don't need to Photoshop these numbers
Desktop publishing software giant Adobe
Sure, Adobe did hose down expectations two weeks earlier. The move certainly lowered the bar on expectations. However, it bears pointing out that the company not only came in at the high end of its reduced guidance, but also stuck to its earlier targets for the current quarter.
2. Disco is not dead
Backing off from at least some of last month's unpopular programming changes at Sirius XM Radio
It's not a perfect solution, especially for subscribers on the XM side who still want more than just two of the old Sirius channels back on the air. However, it's a positive sign that CEO Mel Karmazin is not ignoring the outcry from subscribers and is willing to go back on a few of the changes.
3. The ins and outs of outsourcing
Indian IT outsourcing specialist Satyam Computer Services
The problem is that these family-owned companies belong to the chairman's sons. Oh, and they have little to do with Satyam's bread-and-butter outsourcing business. How would shareholders have known whether Satyam was simply bailing out family members by sorely overpaying for these assets?
The entire episode will hurt Satyam's credibility, but at least it did the right thing in the end.
4. Yes Virginia, there is a credit clause
Who said that lending is dead? Shares of department store bellwether Macy's
The move grants Macy's more financing flexibility as it heads into $950 million of debt that needs to be refinanced next year. Yes, Santa came early with his miracle on 34th Street this year.
5. Baidu misses the gold but lands the Goldman
Goldman Sachs finally warmed up to Baidu
Goldman Sachs is clearly hoping that its "buy low" strategy works, given how badly shares of China's leading search engine have been hammered lately. There were signs that Baidu was bottoming out a week earlier, and timing is everything these days.
Baidu is making headway in cleaning up its act after a scathing expose on Baidu's iffy search practices last month. It probably didn't hurt that Google