Month: February 2018

Salesforce stock rose 2 percent shortly after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter of its 2018 fiscal year, which ended on Jan. 31, after the bell on Wednesday. Here’s how the company did: Earnings: Excluding certain items, 35 cents in earnings per share vs. 33 cents as expected by analysts, according to
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However, for many people with hefty state and local tax bills, the new federal tax law gives municipal bonds some appeal. The new law caps the state and local tax deduction that can be claimed on federal returns at $10,000. For many households, that cap will outweigh any potential benefits from other changes in the
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Sherwin-Williams is deepening a decades-old relationship with Lowe’s, making it the only nationwide home center to offer Sherwin’s popular brands including Minwax, Cabot and Thompson’s Water Seal. Sherwin-Williams will continue to operate its own stores. On the day the deal was announced, Lowe’s also reported quarterly earnings that fell short as profit margins were squeezed.
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Hong Kong unveiled short-term relief measures and capital spending initiatives to sustain growth in an expansionary budget on Wednesday that carried hefty strategic spending to try to bolster the city’s innovation industries. Financial Secretary Paul Chan, addressing the city’s lawmakers in his annual budget speech, also pledged to address livelihood challenges including a widening wealth
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SeaWorld Entertainment posted a fourth-quarter loss of $20.4 million and says CEO Joel Manby is stepping down. John Reilly, the chief parks operations officer, will take over on an interim basis. On a per-share basis, the Orlando, Florida, company had a loss of 24 cents, which is worse than the per-share loss of 18 cents
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U.S. luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers reported a first-quarter profit on Tuesday that beat analysts’ estimates as it sold more homes at higher prices, sending its shares up 2 percent in premarket trading. Toll’s results underscore strong demand in the housing market despite climbing interest rates and supply constraints including higher labor and raw material costs.
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Cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks’ quarterly revenue and profit topped Wall Street estimates and the company gave an upbeat third-quarter forecast, helped by better-than-expected growth in its product business. The company’s shares rose 5.1 percent to $178 after the bell on Monday. Revenue in the company’s product business, which includes firewall protection software Panorama, rose
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Shares of Fitbit plunged as much as 12 percent in pre-market trading Tuesday — a day after a disappointing quarterly report. Shares shed as much as 15 percent in extended trading Monday. The wearable technology company lost 2 cents per share on revenue of $571 million in the fourth quarter. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters
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Some projects are happening closer to the U.S. Y Combinator Research, based in Oakland, California, started a test of a basic income last year, and is raising funds to expand the research project. This year in Stockton, California, Mayor Michael Tubbs’s Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration will give several dozen low-income families $500 each month in
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Amid the latest stock market volatility, a renewed interest in diversification and rising inflation are putting more focus on commodities. After being regarded as moribund in recent years, the category, led by precious metals, delivered positive returns in 2017 for the second straight year in a row, as measured by the broad Bloomberg Commodity Index.
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In the Global Impact Investing Network’s survey, investment professionals — i.e., fund managers, foundations, banks — reported that their social-impact investments have either met or exceeded their expectations for both impact (98 percent) and financial performance (91 percent). At Calvert Investments in Bethesda, Maryland, where impact investors hold $11.6 billion across 27 funds, the increased
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