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Top News Links: Monday, August 11

Everyone loves it, nobody’s buying it

Airbus is struggling to sell its new beyond-jumbo jet, the A380. Passengers love it because it’s quiet and reminiscent of a cruise ship, but orders have been slow, and not a single buyer has been found in the United States, South America, Africa or India. The A380 has a list price of $400 million, but the pressure has forced Airbus to cut prices as much as 50 percent. – New York Times

Motorcycle runs on bacon grease

The Hormel Company has built a motorcycle that runs on organic biodiesel fuel made from converted bacon grease. Giving new meaning to the term “hog,” the bike gets up to 70 miles a gallon and emits savory fumes. The biodiesel it runs on is nearly carbon-neutral, designers say. – Washington Times

Finebaum: Saban wields most influence

In his new book, “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football,” sports talk radio host and SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum gushes uncontrollably about Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, saying he is far more influential with state voters than Gov. Robert Bentley. – Yellowhammer News

Is Facebook Messenger the enemy?

People are really concerned that the new Facebook Messenger application is invading their privacy. Recently, Facebook split their main app and messaging service, forcing users to download Facebook Messenger for chatting. Many claim that the new app can take pictures and record audio at will. – AL.com

Report: Hibbett downgraded to neutral

Hibbett Sports was downgraded by investment analysts at Sterne Agee from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. – Watch List News

Infinity Property misses expectations

Infinity Property & Casualty Corp. issued its quarterly earnings data last week. The company reported $0.82 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.86 by $0.04, American Banking News reports. – Watch List News

Biocryst jumps up on Friday

Biocryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. gained 10.31% to $14.23 in morning trading Friday. Volume reached 1,710,420 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 1,359,302 shares. Biocryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. has a 52-week high of $13.65 and a 52-week low of $4.55, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $11.79 and $9.47 respectively. – Stock House

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