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Storm Cat Energy Corporation announced that all of its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiaries filed for a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, the International Business Times reported today. Storm Cat Energy Corporation was not included in the U.S. bankruptcy filing, nor did it file an application for creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada. Storm Cat is in negotiations with its existing lenders to secure sufficient debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing.
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Seoul shares slipped 2 percent on Tuesday as demand worries following a bankruptcy filing by a major U.S. electronics retailer sent tech exporters such as LG Electronics lower, Reuters reported yesterday. Banks also fell on jitters about funding difficulties and rising bad debt. The United States is South Korea's second-biggest export market. Appliance and mobile phone maker LG Electronics dropped 6.99 percent and LG Display, a maker of flat screens for TVs and computers, declined 6.46 percent. Hynix, which produces chips used in computers and consumer electronics, fell 8.52 percent.
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There will be a steady upward march in personal and business bankruptcy filings in Canada as overspending and falling home prices catch up with individuals and as a slowing economy hurts businesses, Reuters reported yesterday. Canada's Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy said last week that total bankruptcies in September jumped 28.4 percent from the same month a year earlier. Individual bankruptcies were up nearly 30 percent nationwide, but businesses also posted a 9 percent increase.
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The number of bankruptcies in Canada rose 18.7 per cent to 8,836 in September--the majority filed by consumers--from 7,446 the previous month, the Ottawa Citizen reported today. On an annual basis, the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy said that failures were up 28.4 per cent from 6,879 recorded in September 2007. Consumer bankruptcies jumped 19.6 per cent to 8,347 in September from 6,977 the previous month, and rose 29.8 per cent from 6,430 a year earlier. Business bankruptcies increased 4.3 per cent to 489 in September from 469 in August.
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