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04/25/2019   Reuters Business
T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp executives this week urged senior U.S. regulators to approve the proposed tie-up, saying the combined company would have the incentive to slash prices, according to a filing on Thursday.
04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Cyclone Kenneth makes landfall in MozambiqueA powerful cyclone made landfall in northern Mozambique Thursday evening, barely a month after a super-storm slammed into the country's centre, leaving hundreds dead and causing devastation. Cyclone Kenneth hit the north coast of Mozambique in Cabo Delgado province after swiping the Comoros. The UN warned of flash flooding and landslides.

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Biogen Looks to 23 Clinical Programs for GrowthFirst-quarter sales were up 11%, but future growth is less certain.

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CVB Financial Corp (CVBF) Q1 2019 Earnings Call TranscriptCVBF earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2019.

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Does WVS Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:WVFC) Have A High Beta?Anyone researching WVS Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:WVFC) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility...

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Arkansas sues 3 drug distributors over opioid crisisLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general on Thursday sued three drug distributors for their alleged role in the opioid crisis, claiming the companies failed to monitor and report suspicious shipments of opioids into the state.

04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Southwest Airlines Co forecast better-than-expected second-quarter revenue growth on Thursday, citing demand from leisure and business customers, even though it is uncertain when its grounded Boeing 737 MAX jets will return to service.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Southwest Co Chief Executive Gary Kelly said on Thursday the company was sticking with its plan to keep growing its fleet with the 737 MAX made by Boeing Co and does not plan to order different aircraft models any time soon.
04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Southwest Airlines says bookings strong even as 737 MAX groundedThe No. 4 U.S. carrier is the biggest user of the Boeing Co aircraft that were grounded worldwide in March following two fatal crashes on other airlines. Southwest's 34 737 MAX aircraft represent less than 5 percent of daily flights on its fleet of 753 aircraft, but the grounding has forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and weighed on costs. The Dallas-based carrier said it lost more than $200 million in revenue during the first quarter after canceling more than 10,000 flights because of the worldwide MAX grounding, partial U.S. government shutdown, winter storms and maintenance disruptions.

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Did You Manage To Avoid ClearStream Energy Services's (TSE:CSM) Devastating 89% Share Price Drop?It is doubtless a positive to see that the ClearStream Energy Services Inc. (TSE:CSM) share price has gained some 44% in the last three months. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last half decade have b...

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Brent Retreats After Hitting $75 for First Time Since OctoberFutures in London and New York both declined after the global benchmark breached the key level for the first time since October earlier in the session. U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate led the slide after rising above $66 a barrel. “It was technical in nature,” said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC, a New York hedge fund focused on energy.

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Valero Energy Corp (VLO) Q1 2019 Earnings Call TranscriptVLO earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2019.

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American Tourist Abducted In Uganda Shares Darkest Thoughts From Her CaptivityAn American tourist abducted and held hostage in Uganda earlier this monthspoke out about her time in captivity, revealing the thoughts that ran throughher mind before she was saved

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Samsung launches 17.3-inch Galaxy View 2 TV tabletEver wish you could pick up your TV and carry it around with you? Samsung and AT&T are gearing up to launch a new device you might be interested in: The Galaxy View 2.Like its predecessor, which was released in 2015, the Galaxy View 2 is an Android tablet that's designed to be used as a TV. The LTE-connected TV tablet features a 17.3-inch full HD touch screen (down from the original's 18.4-inch display) and quad speakers with Dolby Atmos Sound. It comes with a built-in stand, so you can easily prop it up on a table.Check it out for yourself in the video below.In terms of specs, the Galaxy View 2 features a 12,000 mAh battery and 64GB of built-in memory (expandable up to 400GB with a microSD card). Other specs include a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, an Exynos 7884 processor, and 3GB of RAM, according to Droid Life. There's no word yet on how much it weighs, but the original was around six pounds. Read more...More about Samsung, Samsung Tv, Tech, and Consumer Tech

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

CDC: Measles cases surge past yearly record for 21st centuryThe number of measles cases in the USA surged to 695, the highest total in this century, largely because of increased opposition to vaccines.

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Will YogaWorks, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:YOGA) Earnings Grow In The Next Couple Of Years?YogaWorks, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:YOGA) released its most recent earnings update in December 2018, which signalled that losses became smaller relative to the prior year's level as a result of recent tailwind...

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Lucara finds largest uncut diamond in recent history in Botswana mineLucara Diamond Corp has unearthed the largest uncut diamond in recent history in its Karowe mine in Botswana, the Canadian company said on Thursday, beating its own record discovery from November 2015 that it struggled to sell for nearly two years. The stone is second in size only to the 3,106-carat Cullinan Diamond, recovered in South Africa in 1905. Lucara's shares rose as much as 11.4% to the highest in more than two months, before trading up 7% at C$1.69 shortly after midday as the Toronto stock benchmark edged down 0.1%.

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FTI Consulting (FCN) Q1 2019 Earnings Call TranscriptFCN earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2019.

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

U.S. stock indexes veered mostly higher in late-afternoon trading Thursday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings, including strong results from Facebook, Microsoft and other big companies.

The health care, communications and financial sectors helped lift the market, offsetting a sharp drop in industrial stocks after several companies delivered quarterly results that fell short of Wall Street's expectations.

Despite stock indexes' mixed trajectories, the Nasdaq was on track for its second all-time high this week. The benchmark S&P 500, meanwhile, was holding close to the record high close it set on Tuesday.

Traders have grown more optimistic that companies will continue to deliver strong growth this year, despite a slowing global economy. And many companies are delivering. Revenue jumped 14% for Microsoft and 26% for Facebook from a year ago.

Earnings reporting season is more than a third of the way in, and investors are searching for clues about whether profit growth can accelerate later this year following a weak first quarter. The stock market has had a furious rally this year, largely because the Federal Reserve has said that it is halting its plan to raise interest rates, at least temporarily.

Industrial stocks were on the losing side Thursday after 3M, the maker of Scotch tape and various products for businesses, reported lower revenue and profit for the first three months of the year than Wall Street expected. It also slashed its profit forecast for the full year. United Parcel Service said its net income fell 17% on nearly flat revenue, and Illinois Tool Works had weaker revenue than analysts forecast. Rockwell Automation said that automotive related sales were less than it expected last quarter.

They all helped drag industrial stocks to the sharpest loss by far among the 11 sectors...

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Big gains for Facebook, Microsoft keep stocks near recordsU.S. stock indexes veered mostly higher in late-afternoon trading Thursday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings, including strong results from Facebook, Microsoft and other big companies.

04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
The Golden State Killer case was just the start. Hundreds of cold cases are hot again thanks to a new genealogy technique. The price may be everyone’s genetic privacy.
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Spirit Airlines Inc (SAVE) Q1 2019 Earnings Call TranscriptSAVE earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2019.

04/25/2019   Reuters Business
The dollar rose to almost a two-year high against the euro on Thursday on an upbeat U.S. capital goods report, while world equities slid as weak economic data from South Korea and a profit warning from 3M Co renewed concerns about global growth.
04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

World stocks slip as growth fears linger; euro slidesThe dollar rose to almost a two-year high against the euro on Thursday on an upbeat U.S. capital goods report, while world equities slid as weak economic data from South Korea and a profit warning from 3M Co renewed concerns about global growth. New orders for U.S.-made capital goods increased by the most in eight months in March, which combined with worries about the economic health of the euro zone knocked the single currency to its lowest against the greenback since May 2017. "The dollar is benefiting from strong domestic data, weak data abroad and a slew of dovish central bank meetings," said John Doyle, vice president of dealing and trading at Tempus Inc in Washington.

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

What You Should Know About Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:ACBI) RisksThe banking sector has been experiencing growth as a result of improving credit quality from post-GFC recovery. Economic growth impacts the stability of salaries and interest rate level which in turn affects borrowers’ demand for...

04/25/2019   Yahoo! Business

Tiger mauls executive director of Arizona wildlife sanctuaryJonathan Kraft suffered multiple wounds when Bowie, an 11-year-old Bengal tiger, clamped its jaws on him during a storm, according to Keepers of the Wild statement.

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

IRS data released Thursday shows that while the average refund fell, the tax filing season was largely unchanged by the massive tax overhaul.

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act, pushed by President Donald Trump, lowered the tax rate for most Americans. This year was the first time taxpayers filed under its changes. It overhauled many of the rules surrounding the process — such as roughly doubling the standard deduction and limiting many popular itemized deductions.

That led to surprises for some taxpayers when it came time to file. The season also got off to a rocky start as it opened amid a partial federal government shutdown that had some worried about the agency's ability to manage.

IRS data released Thursday though shows that as of April 19, the number of returns received and processed was on par with last year, increasing 0.2%. The average refund fell 2% to $2,725.

The size of refunds was a focus of much attention because of its financial importance in the lives of many Americans. And the way the law was implemented led to many people seeing small increases in their paycheck throughout the year but changing what they got in terms of a return or amount owed.

The U.S. government paid out $260.9 billion in refunds, about $4.4 billion less than last year. The IRS data does not include how much taxpayers may have owed at tax filing time.

The data reflects filings as of the traditional tax filing deadline of April 15 or April 17, the deadline for Maine or Massachusetts. The full picture of the tax year won't come until much later after the agency adjusts for tax filings, payments and refunds that occur after those dates.

04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
An investigation found that Facebook did not protect user data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and has ignored recommendations since.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Morgan Stanley will pay $150 million to settle charges it misled two large California public pension funds about the risks of mortgage-backed securities they bought in the years leading up to the 2008 global financial crisis.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
The United States on Thursday added China's third-largest e-commerce platform to its list of "notorious markets" for violations of intellectual property rights and kept China on its priority watch list for piracy and counterfeiting concerns.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
The S&P 500 was clinging to a small gain on Thursday as concerns about slowing global growth and a dive in industrials stocks overshadowed gains in Facebook and Microsoft.
04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

ST PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Shares in 3M posted the biggest one-day drop in decades after the company reported first quarter results that fell short of Wall Street projections. The company also announced plans to cut 2,000 jobs worldwide as part of a restructuring due to a slower-than-expected 2019.

The maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings, ceramics and other consumer products said Thursday the restructuring would reduce its number of operating units from five to four and is expected to save about $225 million to $250 million a year. The St. Paul Minnesota-based company anticipates a pretax charge of about $150 million, or 20 cents per share, this year.

Of the five current units, only the health care group saw an increase in sales, albeit a modest 0.3% uptick. The other four units -- industrial, safety and graphics, electronics and energy, and consumer -- saw sales declines ranging from 1.9% to 11.8%. The company said effective April 1 it had restructured to four units: safety and industrial, transportation and electronics, health care and consumer.

3M lowered its full-year earnings guidance. The company now foresees its 2019 adjusted earnings in a range of $9.25 to $9.75 per share. Its prior outlook was for $10.45 to $10.90 per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expect $10.40 per share, on average.

The company took a $548 million charge in the quarter, or 72 cents a share, to resolve current and future litigation. 3M set aside a reserve of $235 million for "certain environmental matters and litigation" and an additional $313 million to address current and expected coal mine dust lawsuits in Kentucky and West Virginia. Citi analyst Andrew Kaplowitz said in a client note that the litigation "may play a more prominent role in the 3M story for an extended period of time."

3M Co. earned $891 million, or $1.51 per...

04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank said the risks outweighed the benefits of trying to create a mega-bank capable of taking on Wall Street giants.
04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
The announcement comes amid a rising backlash to cashless stores, and new laws against them in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
China aims to make the Belt and Road initiative sustainable and prevent debt risks, its finance minister said on Thursday, seeking to allay criticism that the infrastructure plan to boost trade and investment creates a heavy burden for some nations.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Brent crude hit $75 per barrel on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months after quality concerns suspended some Russian crude exports to Europe while the United States prepared to tighten sanctions on Iran.
04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
French cheese or Spanish ham? Maybe. That sweet Citroën or Peugeot? Even if you can get it on a ship, it probably won’t be allowed into the U.S.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Shares of 3M Co fell 11 percent on Thursday after the U.S. manufacturing conglomerate cut its 2019 earnings forecast and said it would lay off 2,000 workers, citing worsening performance in high-growth markets such as China.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Canada's Bombardier Inc cut its full-year profit and revenue forecasts on Thursday as it wrestled with production challenges in its key railcar-making unit, rattling markets ahead of the company's annual general meeting next week.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Glencore Plc said on Thursday that the U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is investigating whether the miner and its units may have violated certain regulations through "corrupt practices".
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday it is inviting top civil aviation officials from around the world to a May 23 meeting to discuss the now-grounded Boeing 737 MAX.
04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
The Chinese tech giant wants to put to rest concerns that it is susceptible to influence by the country’s government. That has been no easy task.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Goldman Sachs Group Inc is expanding a financial advisory service for top executives to target millions of other affluent employees at some of the biggest U.S. companies, as it seeks to build its retail and wealth management businesses.
04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group remains on the U.S. government's annual list of "notorious markets" that peddle counterfeit products.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Thursday that Alibaba's on-line marketplace continues sell "high volumes" of pirated goods, according to companies that say they've been victimized. It also said that Alibaba has "ineffective" procedures for removing counterfeit products.

In a statement, Alibaba said that "we do not agree" with the trade representative's decision. Alibaba noted that even the U.S. report recognized Alibaba's efforts to work with companies to protect intellectual property.

"We will continue to wage this fight against counterfeiters," the company said.

The trade office also added Saudi Arabia to its yearly "priority watchlist" of countries that don't adequately protect intellectual property, citing its failure to shield pharmaceuticals from counterfeit competition and the continued piracy of movies and television shows on the BeoutQ service. Also on the priority list this year are Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine and Venezuela.

Canada and Colombia this year were removed from the blacklist. Canada agreed last year to upgrade intellectual property protection as part of a renegotiated North America free trade agreement with the United States and Canada. Colombia updated its copyright law and improved intellectual property protection.

China, including its autonomous region Hong Kong, continues to account for vast majority of seizes of counterfeit goods by U.S. Customs, the trade office noted.

The watchlist and notorious markets blacklist are published annually and are not directly connected to a yearlong trade dispute between the...

04/25/2019   Reuters Business
United Parcel Service Inc said it saw signs of softening in the U.S. economy and issued a disappointing second-quarter profit forecast, sending shares down 7 percent even as it promised a strong end to the year.
04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

DALLAS (AP) — United Parcel Service Inc. reported Thursday that first-quarter profit fell 17% as revenue was flat from a year ago and the package-delivery company ran into higher spending to cope with a series of winter storms.

The results fell short of Wall Street expectations, and the shares tumbled in midday trading.

UPS has been working to upgrade its network as the growth of online shopping puts more pressure on delivery speed. Both ground and air shipping volumes grew during the first quarter, partly on high demand for faster delivery options.

Meeting that growth comes at a cost, however. UPS took a $123 million charge in the quarter for spending on its "transformation" plan to automate some operations and open new facilities.

UPS forecast that second-quarter earnings per share would be flat with the same period last year because of pension-financing costs. But it cited those new, more highly automated sorting hubs for reason to stand by its forecast of full-year earnings between $7.45 and $7.52 per share. Analysts expect $7.52 per share, according to FactSet.

Last year almost all the company's new facilities opened in the fourth quarter, but this year 30% will be in the second quarter — soon enough to boost earnings in the second half, executives said.

Pinning so much of the full-year guidance on the second half of the year "will likely not resonate well with investors" because it is "placing increasing risk on the always challenging holiday quarter," Citi analyst Christian Wetherbee wrote in a note to clients.

Atlanta-based UPS said it earned $1.11 billion in the first quarter. Earnings adjusted to exclude transformation spending were $1.39 per share, compared with the average analyst forecast of $1.42 per share.

Revenue was flat at $17.16 billion, and...

04/25/2019   Reuters Business
After months of handwringing about the possible crash-landing of the housing market, investors awaiting quarterly earnings from No. 3 U.S. homebuilder PulteGroup Inc this week were ready for the worst.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Swedbank admitted to failings in combating money laundering on Thursday and said it was under investigation by multiple U.S. authorities, piling more pressure on the bank as it tries to rebuild its reputation.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Britain's competition regulator on Thursday blocked Sainsbury's proposed 7.3 billion pound ($9.4 billion) takeover of Walmart-owned Asda - a huge blow to the supermarket groups who wanted to combine to overtake market leader Tesco.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
D.R. Horton Inc forecast 2019 revenue below Wall Street estimates and did not provide an outlook on gross margin for the year, spooking investors who have been worried about the impact of rising costs on future profits.
04/25/2019   Reuters Business
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Thursday it received another subpoena from U.S. federal prosecutors, seeking information related to an outbreak that left hundreds of people sick last year in one of its Ohio restaurant.
04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shares of Altria Group, the nation's largest tobacco company, fell Thursday after the company's earnings missed expectations on lower cigarette revenue and big expenses aimed at diversifying its business.

The Richmond, Virginia-based company reported first quarter profit of $1.12 billion, or 60 cents per share. Adjusted for one-time costs and expenses the company earned 90 cents per share.

That fell short of Wall Street expectations of 92 cents per share, according to an analyst survey by Zacks Investment Research.

Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes and Copenhagen chew, has been working to shift its business away from traditional tobacco products amid steady declines in the category. The U.S. smoking rate has been falling for decades amid smoking bans, higher taxes and public health efforts urging smokers to quit and discouraging young people from ever starting.

But Altria said cigarette shipments declined by 14%, faster than expected, pushing its revenue for Philip Morris USA and other smoking brands down 7%.

Company management reiterated full-year earnings in the range of $4.15 to $4.27 per share. Analysts expect $4.19 per share, according to FactSet.

Quarterly results were weighed down by $159 million in pretax expenses mainly tied to Altria's investments in Canadian cannabis investment firm Cronos and Juul, the e-cigarette startup company.

Altria is betting those investments will help replace falling cigarette sales in years ahead. But they noted the company assumes "little-to-no earnings" from Juul or Cronos in the current year.

Altria, which also sells cigars and wine, posted revenue of $5.63 billion in the period. Its adjusted revenue — or revenue net of excise taxes — was $4.39 billion, which also fell short of Street forecasts.



04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week for the fourth straight week, though they remain historically low as a spur to home sales in the spring buying season.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.20% from 4.17% last week. By contrast, a year ago the benchmark rate stood at 4.58%.

The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans rose this week to 3.64% from 3.62% last week.

After peaking at nearly 5% in November, long-term rates started trending downward, helping to boost home sales after a rocky 2018.

Despite the recent increases, lower borrowing rates and improved affordability of homes "should push housing activity higher in the coming months," said Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater.

Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week to compile its mortgage rate figures.

The average doesn't include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates.

The average fee on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages was unchanged this week at 0.5 point.

The average fee for the 15-year mortgage also remained at 0.5 point.

The average rate for five-year adjustable-rate mortgages slipped to 3.77% from 3.78% last week. The fee rose to 0.4 point from 0.3 point.

04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
Beijing is reshaping its plans for building a network of ports, rails and roads that enhance the country’s geopolitical ambitions. But it isn’t retreating.
04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
Some states allow the winners of large jackpots to remain anonymous, but is it ever possible to retain your privacy after a life-changing windfall?
04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn walked out of a Japanese detention center Thursday evening, his head held high, after paying 500 million yen ($4.5 million) in bail and winning a court rejection of an appeal from prosecutors.

Ghosn walked solemnly out of the Tokyo Detention House with one of his lawyers by his side. They got into a dark van without speaking and drove off, watched by dozens of journalists who had been waiting for his release for hours.

Prosecutors had fought to keep him in custody, contending he could tamper with evidence or influence witnesses. But the Tokyo District Court decided in the evening he should be released.

In a new twist, the court also decided to restrict Ghosn's contact with his wife, Carole Ghosn, targeting her as someone related to the latest allegations, according to his legal team.

In a statement issued shortly after his release, Ghosn said the new bail conditions were "cruel and unnecessary."

Ghosn was arrested in November, released on bail in early March, but re-arrested and detained again April 4 on new allegations.

The latest bail comes on top of the 1 billion yen ($9 million) Ghosn posted for his earlier release.

He has been charged with under-reporting his post-retirement compensation and breach of trust in diverting Nissan money and allegedly having it shoulder his personal investment losses.

Ghosn's lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, said the bail conditions require advance notice of contacts between Ghosn and Carole Ghosn. They will not be able to live together and a lawyer must be present when they meet.

Carole Ghosn is not a suspect, and she had been looking forward to being with her husband. She is mentioned in the latest allegations that center around payments by an Oman business to operations allegedly run...

04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
Mr. Ghosn, the former head of the Nissan-Mitsubishi-Renault alliance charged in Tokyo with financial wrongdoing, posted $4.7 million bail.
04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Stock indexes held close to their record highs as blowout results from big-name tech companies offset slumps in industrial companies that reported disappointing results.

Facebook and Microsoft both reported strong earnings, powering gains in the communications and technology sectors Thursday.

Industrial stocks were broadly lower, weighing down the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

3M sank 10.6% after reporting disappointing results, and UPS fell 6.8%. Tesla fell 2.9% after reporting a huge loss.

The S&P 500 rose 4 points, or 0.1%, to 2,931.

The Dow lost 115 points, or 0.4%, to 26,481. The Nasdaq rose 32 points, or 0.4%, to 8,1347.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10 year Treasury rose to 2.53%.


9:35 a.m.

Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street as industrial and health care companies post losses.

3M sank 10% in early trading Thursday after reporting disappointing first quarter results. That helped pull the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than other major indexes.

Facebook and Microsoft both rose sharply after releasing surprisingly strong results after the closing bell on Wednesday. Facebook climbed 7.2% and Microsoft rose 3.6%.

Tesla fell 1.8% after reporting a huge loss.

The S&P 500 index fell 6 points, or 0.2%, to 2,919.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 226 points, or 0.8%, to 26,376. The Nasdaq rose 19 points, or 0.2%, to 8,119.

Bond prices didn't move much. The yield on the 10 year Treasury held steady at 2.52%.

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's privacy regulator says it's investigating Facebook over the social media giant's recent revelation that it had left hundreds of millions of user passwords exposed.

The Irish Data Protection Commission said Thursday that it opened a statutory inquiry this week into Facebook after the company notified it about the security lapse.

The company said last month that it had inadvertently stored passwords for users of Facebook, Facebook Lite and Instagram in plain text, making it possible for employees to search them.

Facebook said it is working with the commission on the inquiry.

"There is no evidence that these internally stored passwords were abused or improperly accessed," the company said in a statement.

Facebook has said it fixed the problem and planned to notify millions of Facebook and Instagram users and "hundreds of millions" of users of Facebook Lite, which is primarily used in developing countries.

It's the latest regulatory headache for Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has promised to turn the company into a "privacy focused platform."

The Irish commission, which is Facebook's lead privacy regulator for Europe, already has 10 other investigations under way into the company and its subsidiaries over whether it's complying with European data protection rules.

Facebook said Wednesday it expects to be fined at least $3 billion by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating whether the social network violated users' privacy. It also faces other probes in the U.S. and Europe, including in Belgium and Germany.

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast kept shedding cable customers and adding home internet customers in its most recent quarter.

Traditional TV providers are losing customers at an increasing rate while streaming companies pop up seemingly every few weeks . To deal with that industry shift online from cable, Comcast has focused on growing its broadband business while integrating streaming apps into its cable box. It is also launching its own NBCUniversal streaming service in 2020.

It's a crowded market. Disney , Apple and AT&T are also launching new streaming services as younger people turn away from the traditional cable bundle.

In the January-March quarter, Comcast added 375,000 internet customers and lost 121,000 video customers.

NBCUniversal's revenue dropped 12.5% to $8.31 billion. Last year, the entertainment division got a big boost from the live sports extravaganzas of the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, both aired on NBC. Those live sports events pull in more viewers than usual and get more money from advertisers. Within NBCUniversal, a bright spot was movies, where revenue rose 7%.

The company's new Sky division in Europe, which it bought last year, posted a 5% revenue decline, to $4.8 billion. Comcast Corp. says revenue rose 1.9% if currency changes are taken into account.

Shares jumped 3.6% to $43.35 in morning trading after the cable company's profit topped analyst expectations. Overall, Comcast's net income rose 14% to $3.48 billion, or 76 cents. Analysts polled by FactSet expected 68 cents per share.

Revenue rose 18% to $26.86 billion. Analysts expected $27.21 billion.

04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
Sometimes you have to throw money at a problem, or at the very least laugh in H.R.’s face.
04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

HELSINKI (AP) — Telecoms gear maker Nokia reported Thursday a surprise first-quarter loss amid tougher competition for the new, superfast wireless 5G networks that are expected to increase in business this year.

The company, based in Espoo, Finland, said its net loss for the January-March period was 116 million euros ($130 million), against profit of 83 million euros a year earlier. Sales rose 2% to 5 billion euros.

CEO Rajeev Suri said revenues from the faster but more expensive 5G networks were expected to "grow sharply" in the second half of the year.

He said the slow start to the year was caused by aggressive competition in the network industry - dominated by Nokia, Sweden's Ericsson and China's Huawei - in the early stages of 5G rollout. Companies are under pressure to offer low prices to secure 5G network deals.

That, Suri said, had created "near-term pressure but longer-term opportunity."

Industry observers say Nokia and Ericsson are trying to make gains on the woes of Huawei, which is facing obstacles in many countries over concerns - mainly voiced by the U.S. - that its equipment may be used for China-sponsored state espionage.

In the latest development, Britain's digital minister said Thursday that London is still mulling over whether to allow Huawei to supply parts for the U.K.'s new 5G wireless network.

There is a risk, experts say, that Nokia and Ericsson could push too hard to capitalize on Huawei's troubles by engaging in a price war, eroding profits.

"The 5G (market) is in its early stages, the ecosystem is not yet mature and Nokia is facing some new challenges of its own," Suri told analysts and reporters in a conference call.

"But overall we see things improving quickly and surely. We have a (product) portfolio that is unique for the 5G era....

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

LONDON (AP) — The British government has not yet decided whether to allow China's Huawei to supply parts for the U.K.'s new 5G wireless network, Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said Thursday, as he condemned leaks from private government discussions on the sensitive issue.

Wright said government officials and U.K. intelligence agencies are still carrying out a review on how best to strike the "difficult balance between security and prosperity."

He told lawmakers in the House of Commons that "there has not been a final decision made on this subject."

The United States has been lobbying allies to exclude Huawei from all 5G networks, noting that the Chinese government can force the company to give it backdoor access to data on its networks.

Huawei officials have denied that the company is a security risk, saying that they have no links to the Chinese government and operate like any other international company.

Wright said it was unrealistic to try to eliminate all Chinese equipment from U.K. telecoms systems.

"Huawei is a significant player in this market; there are very few others," he said.

Wright also warned lawmakers against leaking details of meetings of the National Security Council, after the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Wednesday that the council had approved Huawei's involvement in "non-core" parts of the 5G network.

The security council includes senior ministers, who receive briefings from top military and intelligence officials.

"Officials, including the security and intelligence agencies, need to feel that they can give advice to ministers which ministers will treat seriously and keep private," Wright said. "If they do not feel that, they will not give us that advice and government will be worse as a result."

Conservative lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, who...

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

Maximizing a home down payment can make sense: The bigger the down payment, the lower the monthly mortgage bill and the better the chance of building equity more quickly.

But putting too much down could leave you without enough cash for home maintenance — or anything else.

Pinpointing the right amount involves balancing the advantages of boosting the down payment against the need to hold back money for urgent upgrades, life's emergencies, and having some fun with your new home.

"There's really no one-size-fits-all solution," says Jason Speciner, a certified financial planner in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Calculating how different down payments would affect a monthly mortgage payment is eye-opening. Some lenders require only 3% down for conventional home loans, which makes getting in the door easier but means assuming more debt than with higher down payments.

Many borrowers ask if they should scrape together a little more, such as 5% versus 3%, says Rick Bechtel, head of U.S. residential lending at TD Bank. But that probably wouldn't make enough difference in the monthly mortgage payment to justify doing so if it left you strapped, he says.

"The need for post-closing cash is always greater, and sometimes significantly so, than people expect," he says.

But a higher down payment can make a significant difference if it means lowering or avoiding mortgage insurance. The insurance, which can involve upfront and monthly fees, protects the lender if the borrower defaults. Depending on the type of loan, making a higher down payment may eliminate some of that expense, if not all of it.

Kristin Phillips, a Tampa, Florida, psychologist and author of The Debt Shrink blog, says she and her husband, Brandon, couldn't put down the traditional 20%,...

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Who's minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it could be cameras and sensors that can tell almost instantly when bruised bananas need to be swapped for fresh ones and more cash registers need to open before lines get too long.

Walmart, which faces fierce competition from Amazon and other online retailers, is experimenting with digitizing its physical stores to manage them more efficiently, keep costs under control and make the shopping experience more pleasant. On Thursday, the retail giant officially opens its Intelligent Retail Lab inside a 50,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market grocery store on Long Island.

Thousands of cameras suspended from the ceiling, combined with other technology like sensors on shelves, will monitor the store in real time so workers can quickly replenish products or fix other problems.

The technology, shown first to The Associated Press, will also be able to spot spills, track when shelves need to be restocked and know when shopping carts are running low. Cameras, for example, can determine how ripe bananas are from their color, and workers will get an alert on their phone if they need to be replaced.

Walmart's deep dive into artificial intelligence in its physical store comes as Amazon raised the stakes in the grocery business with its purchase of Whole Foods Market nearly two years ago.

That's put more pressure on Walmart and other traditional retailers like Kroger and Albertsons to pour money into technology in their stores. At the same time, they're trying to keep food prices down and manage expenses. Amazon has been rolling out cashier-less Amazon Go stores , which have shelf sensors that track the 1,000 products on their shelves.

Walmart's online U.S. sales are still a fraction of Amazon's online global merchandise empire, which reached $122.98...

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

DALLAS (AP) — Higher costs due partly to the grounding of its Boeing Max jets more than washed out rising ticket sales at Southwest Airlines, causing first quarter profit to drop 16% to $387 million.

Southwest said Thursday that it canceled more than 10,000 flights in the quarter because of the grounding of the Max after two deadly crashes, a labor dispute with its mechanics, and winter storms.

The cancellations caused Southwest's spending per seat to spike in the first quarter. With its 34 Max jets sitting idle at least into late summer, the airline predicted that the cost trend will grow worse in the April-through-June quarter, which marks the beginning of the important vacation-travel season.

The first quarter results, however, beat Wall Street expectations, and the airline reported that leisure-travel bookings for spring are stronger than a year ago, when sales were hurt by the death of a passenger whose window was shattered by debris from a broken engine.

Shares of Dallas-based Southwest rose modestly in early trading.

Southwest said the combination of canceled flights, the December-January partial government shutdown, and soft demand for leisure travel cuts its first-quarter profit by $150 million.

The company said adjusted earnings in the first quarter worked out to 70 cents per share, 9 cents better than the forecast of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research.

Revenue rose 4% to $5.15 billion, slightly better than analysts' expectations, but operating costs soared 7%, led by higher labor expenses.

Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said that "our strong momentum coming into the year slowed," but Southwest still produced record revenue and strong profit margins.

Helane Becker, an airline analyst for Cowen Research, said she was concerned by Southwest's...

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business


Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Walmart is experimenting with using artificial intelligence to manage its physical stores. The retail giant is opening the Intelligent Retail Lab inside a Neighborhood Market grocery store in Levittown, New York. Walmart says the technology will allow workers to quickly replenish products on shelves or open more cash registers if lines get too long.


Tesla posts surprisingly large 1Q loss as sales slump 31%

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk had prepped Wall Street for a first quarter loss but analysts were still stunned by its size: $702.1 million, among the company's worst quarters in the past two years. The net loss was more than double what analysts had predicted as Tesla's sales slumped 31% for the quarter. The loss of $4.10 per share left Musk spending much of a conference call explaining how it happened.


3M to cut 2,000 jobs, 1Q results miss Wall Street's view

ST PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 3M plans to cut 2,000 jobs globally as part of restructuring efforts. The company said the move is expected to save about $225M to $250M a year.


Comcast sheds cable customers but adds internet subscribers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast kept shedding cable customers and adding home internet customers in its most recent quarter. To deal with the industry shift online from cable, Comcast has focused on growing its broadband business while integrating streaming apps into its cable box. It is also launching its own NBCUniversal streaming service in 2020. NBCUniversal revenue dropped in the first quarter, absent last year's Super Bowl and Olympics events.


US durable goods orders up solid 2.7% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders...

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

As the saying goes, nothing is more important in real estate than "location, location, location." And that goes for the ones doing the selling too.

According to a new report from WalletHub, Seattle is the best place to be a real estate agent in 2019, topping the list of more than 170 U.S. cities.

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose 2.7% in March with a key category that tracks business investment decisions rising at the strongest pace in eight months.

The increase in orders for durable goods followed a 1.1% drop in orders in February, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Both months were influenced by a swing in the volatile category of commercial aircraft, which had fallen sharply in February and rebounded in March.

The closely watched category that serves as a proxy for business investment saw a 1.3% rise in orders in March, the best showing since a 1.5% increase last July.

Economists are hoping that manufacturing, which has been battered by global weakness and trade tensions, will begin showing strength in coming months which will provide support for the overall economy.

The government will provide its first look at overall economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, on Friday. Economists have been upgrading their estimates for first quarter growth with many now thinking the GDP expanded at an annual rate of close to 3% in the first three months of the year, up a full percentage point from their previous estimates. Several economic reports in recent weeks have shown new-found strength.

A separate report Thursday showed that the number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, jumped 37,000 to a still-low 230,000 last week. Claims had declined for five straight weeks, falling to a near 50-year low of 193,000 the week of April 13. Analysts attributed last week's big jump in benefit applications to trouble seasonally adjusting the numbers around spring holidays such as Easter and Passover, which occur at different times each year.

The report on durable goods orders showed the 2.7% March gain was the...

04/25/2019   Seattle PI Business

LONDON (AP) — Disappointing earnings from 3M, the maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics, is weighing on stocks ahead of Wall Street's open Thursday. The failure of two projected mergers in Europe dented market sentiment, too.

St. Paul Minnesota-based 3M said it plans to cut 2,000 jobs globally as part of a restructuring due to a slower-than-expected 2019 and part of a cost-cutting effort. 3M also lowered its full-year earnings guidance, now foreseeing 2019 adjusted earnings in a range of $9.25 to $9.75 per share. Its prior outlook was for $10.45 to $10.90 per share.

3M Co. earned $2.23 per share in the first quarter, when adjusted for one-time costs. That missed the $2.50 per share that analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research were looking for.

Its shares tumbled 8.3% before the market open and its earnings statement weighed on Dow futures, which were down 0.6%.

"The U.S. index is facing a 170-point slide when the bell rings on Wall Street, the main issue being a disastrous update from Post-It producer 3M," said Connor Campbell, financial analyst at Spreadex.

Earnings season is in full flow and investors are looking to the corporate reports for direction in stock markets.

Shares in Europe were knocked by news that two potential mergers won't be going ahead. In the U.K., regulators blocked Sainsbury's 7.3 billion-pound ($9.4 billion) purchase of Walmart's Asda unit amid concerns the deal would have increased prices and reduced the quality and range of products available. For Walmart, it's another setback in its effort to export its low-price strategy around the world. Sainsbury's share price was down 5%.

And in Germany, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank said they were halting talks on a possible merger that aimed to create a stronger global...

04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
Professional gamers are more visible than ever, and the athletic apparel industry has taken notice.
04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
The social network expects to pay the F.T.C. a huge fine for privacy violations, but critics say that further action is required.
04/25/2019   New York Times Business News
As legalization spreads, listings for cannabis-related positions on recruitment sites have soared. But working in the industry comes with caveats.
04/24/2019   New York Times Business News
The company, facing weaker U.S. sales, issued its second downward revision in two months as it attempts to move on since Carlos Ghosn’s arrest.
04/24/2019   New York Times Business News
The aviation giant, which is dealing with the fallout from its troubled 737 Max jet, declined to provide its customary full-year sales and profit forecast.
04/24/2019   New York Times Business News
In Ecuador, cameras capture footage to be examined by police and domestic intelligence. The surveillance system’s origin: China.
04/24/2019   New York Times Business News
The $702 million loss exceeded expectations, but the company reaffirmed its guidance on the year’s deliveries. It said it was open to raising capital.
04/24/2019   New York Times Business News
A new study finds that attractive businesswomen are considered less trustworthy and less truthful — what researchers called the “femme fatale effect.”
04/24/2019   New York Times Business News
Facebook and the agency have been in negotiations over a financial penalty for claims that the company violated a 2011 consent decree.
04/24/2019   New York Times Business News
Occidental Petroleum announced a $38 billion bid for Anadarko Petroleum, challenging Chevron for control of the independent oil and gas company.
04/24/2019   Small Business CEO

The benefits of staging a home when trying to sell it are clear. According to the 2018 HSR Survey, which studied 4200+ homes, 85% of the staged homes sold for 6-25% more than unstaged homes. The real estate market has long been aware of the power of staging, but now, there’s statistical data to back up this theory. That’s why now is one of the best times to become a home stager. If you love decorating and see every room as a canvas, then that’s why you’re here. You’ve come to learn more about starting a home staging business!

Home staging business

Bringing your dream of starting a business to life can get overwhelming, and that’s why we’re here to help.

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04/23/2019   Small Business CEO

Branding is an essential part of establishing and maintaining the identity of your company. Choosing a business name, creating a logo, manipulating a color palette, and fine-tuning your mission statement will all go a long way in making your company easily identifiable by your consumers.

But there is more to branding than simple and singular decisions.

Preparing Instagram post

An effective and well-designed social media strategy can make the branding process easier by getting you noticed quickly, and helping you target the demographic who will be interested in what you have to say.

Instagram, in particular, is an excellent social media platform to start with, as research indicates that the more than one billion users who visit the site today are very interested in learning about their favorite brands on the site.…

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04/23/2019   Small Business CEO

Starting a small business isn’t easy, but can be made less confusing with the right strategy in place for success. Below are a few simple ways you can properly plan for the growth of your business and avoid common issues that might arise with ineffective strategizing.

Building business strategy

Be Organized

Begin strategizing for your small business by first getting organized, whether that be with your physical space and office setting or simply with the way you function throughout the day. A great way to start is by creating a daily list that you can look to for any necessities that you need to get done throughout the day.…

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04/19/2019   Small Business CEO

Getting the message out is a major problem for a lot of companies. Strangely, the biggest problem is not that a business cannot produce enough content, but that it sometimes loses track of its content.

Good communication

This basic communication issue can create a lot of chaos, especially when it comes to establishing the entire thrust of the content. Not only does this mean that departments may release content without coordinating with other departments, but that the timing can be off for some of their messages. As such, finding a way to coordinate content development and release schedules is of paramount concern to any business looking for success.…

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04/18/2019   Small Business CEO

Automation with customer service has to be handled with care. While customers are now used to computerized answering services instead of a receptionist picking up the calls, there’s also usually a decline in the service level when having trouble getting hold of a real person. Companies must strive to use automation in a manner that is a net benefit to the customers – not just the bottom line.

Women making a phone call

When approaching automation from this perspective, it tends to work well for everyone concerned.

Routing Calls Better

Using speech recognition software, it’s now possible for VoIP call center software to route calls better.…

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04/18/2019   Small Business CEO

In 2019, there is more opportunity than ever to launch a brand new startup business, and this is definitely something you should consider. There is so much that can impact a new business, and becoming an entrepreneur is something that is becoming more and more popular among people. So, if you are serious about being able to launch the right business, you need to make yourself competitive.

Launching a startup

So many new companies are formed every year, and so many of them fail because they don’t get the basics right. There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind these days, and making your business better is certainly something that requires a bit of work.…

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04/18/2019   Small Business CEO

Around 67% of businesses now offering a flexible working arrangement, allowing their staff to work remotely, set their own working hours, and compress their working weeks into fewer days. Flexible working schedules can hugely benefit staff. One survey showing that 73% of staff saw increased work satisfaction while 78% agreed that the system made them more productive. Other studies suggest that it can also reduce stress and improve mental health.

Remote employee working

But in order to successfully implement a flexible working strategy, employees must have the tools to work efficiently outside of the office. Staff will need access to data and be able to perform their tasks, as well as communicating remotely.…

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04/17/2019   Small Business CEO

Operating a company isn’t without its challenges. Daily tasks include generating leads, cultivating new clients relations, retaining customers, and closing sales. Customer relationship management (CRM) programs make daily tasks easier and streamline operations. The software’s features define which product is most helpful for businesses.

CRM brainstorming session

Knowing what to look for in a CRM — what features best fit your company and it’s customer’s needs is crucial to long term sales and service success.

1. Customer and/or Contact Management Features

Customer or contact management helps you categorize and segment your customer list. The data mining practice shows you key attributes about customers stored in your database.…

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04/16/2019   Small Business CEO

Becoming a millionaire is everyone’s dream. Even though most of us desire financial wealth, it seems that we have no idea how to actually find the riches and reach our objectives. Investing in business is probably the best ways to become a millionaire, especially if you don’t really have a considerable amount of cash to start your journey with. Those that start from scratch can easily climb to millions if they only knew what, how, and where to seek.

How to invest and make millions in business

To make millions, even as a student, even online, you should choose an evergreen business niche model. This means that the industry you’ve chosen and the niche you selected will never “die”, and your business will always be demanded in the near future.…

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04/16/2019   Small Business CEO

Being an entrepreneur has its rewards, but there will always be ups and downs. To mitigate the downs, create an additional stream of revenue that can supplement your business endeavors while you grow. This helps balance out some of the costs associated with running a company, while ensuring that you have a diversified source of income via lucrative secondary income streams.

Additional income for entrepreneurs

An estimated 37 percent of Americans work a side hustle as a way to make this extra money, according to a 2018 Bankrate survey, and the median rate an average person earns in a month from the side hustle alone is $686.…

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