* FORD noted its forecast for U.S. auto market this year after a good performance in the first quarter. It now believes that the annual market should be between 14.5 million and 15 million vehicles (including trucks and vans), against 13.5 to 14.5 million previously.
However, the manufacturer said it risked losing market share in the U.S. this year. In 2011, with 16.8% market share, Ford was number two in the U.S. behind General Motors (19.6%).
* JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. – The Chief of the banking group, Jamie Dimon, said Wednesday he was inclined to restrict redemptions of shares when the price of them is over 45 dollars. The stock finished Wednesday at 44.41 dollars.
* Apple, Pearson and Macmillan publishers are reluctant to accept conditions imposed by the competition authorities the U.S. and Europe who are investigating suspicions of price fixing eBooks, reports the Wall Street Journal.
* AMERICAN APPAREL – The clothing group has reported a 14% increase in sales in the first quarter and maintained its forecast of annual EBITDA between 32 million and $ 40 million.
The action jumped from 25% in after-hours trading around 95 cents, after closing at 76 cents.
* COSTCO WHOLESALE reported a 6% increase in sales on a comparable basis in March, a growth below market expectations.
* LIMITED BRANDS , which has among other Victoria’s Secret, announced an increase of 8% of store sales last month, a performance better than expected.