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[$$] LaSalle Hotel's Profit Falls Ahead of Vote on Blackstone Takeover

reported its second-quarter profit and revenue fell despite the real-estate investment trust benefiting from strong lodging demand as it awaits a shareholder vote on selling itself to private-equity firm Blackstone Group LP. Adjusted funds from operations was $88.3 million, or 80 cents a share, compared with $91.5 million, or 81 cents a share, in the prior year’s quarter. didn’t constitute a “superior proposal” to LaSalle’s agreement with affiliates of Blackstone.

  • A former GE exec who trained new managers found that almost all of them were making the same mistake
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    Business Insider

    A former GE exec who trained new managers found that almost all of them were making the same mistake

    Beth Comstock is the former vice chair of General Electric. Comstock would hand out "permission slips" authorizing employees to take risks — but she also said it's important for people to stop hiding behind their excuses. Beth Comstock doesn't tolerate excuses.

  • Ken Langone: 'Who the hell in their right frame of mind would be buying bonds now?'
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    Yahoo Finance

    Ken Langone: 'Who the hell in their right frame of mind would be buying bonds now?'

    Billionaire investor and philanthropist Ken Langone, the founder of The Home Depot (HD) and chairman of Invemed Associates, argued that there’s some “big time” structural problems in the market right now. Because if we are on a trajectory of raising rates that means, and if it keeps going that way and I don’t know how high it will go, and it keeps going that way then all the sudden the guy who bought those bonds is going to be looking at a fairly decent loss,” Langone said.

  • Intel restructures manufacturing organization
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    American City Business Journals

    Intel restructures manufacturing organization

    Chip giant Intel is restructuring its technology and manufacturing business group as it chases more connected device markets and grapples with delays on its next chip generation. In a memo to employees, reviewed by the Business Journal, Group President and Chief Engineering Officer Murthy Renduchintala described splitting the technology and manufacturing business into three groups. The three new groups are technology development, manufacturing and operations and global supply chain.

  • Employee Accused of Urinating on Production Line at Food Processing Facility
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    WTKR - Norfolk

    Employee Accused of Urinating on Production Line at Food Processing Facility

    Smithfield Foods, Inc. said in a statement Tuesday that it disposed of more than 50,000 pounds of product after reports of an employee urinating at his station at the company’s processing facility in Virginia.

  • Illumina (ILMN) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know
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    Zacks

    Illumina (ILMN) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

    This has lagged the Medical sector's loss of 2.89% and the S&P 500's loss of 3.08% in that time. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $825.07 million, up 15.56% from the year-ago period. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.

  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Q3 Earnings Preview: Here's What to Look Out For
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    Zacks

    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Q3 Earnings Preview: Here's What to Look Out For

    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is expected to deliver a year-over-year increase in earnings on higher revenues when it reports results for the quarter ended September 2018. This widely-known consensus outlook gives a good sense of the company's earnings picture, but how the actual results compare to these estimates is a powerful factor that could impact its near-term stock price. The earnings report, which is expected to be released on October 24, 2018, might help the stock move higher if these key numbers are better than expectations.

  • At Facebook, public funds join push to remove Zuckerberg as chairman
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    Reuters

    At Facebook, public funds join push to remove Zuckerberg as chairman

    State treasurers from Illinois, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, co-filed the proposal. A similar shareholder proposal seeking an independent chair was defeated in 2017 at Facebook, where Zuckerberg's majority control makes outsider resolutions effectively symbolic.

  • Steven Mnuchin, Who Sat on Sears' Board for Years, Could Impact the Pensions of Thousands of Workers
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    Fortune

    Steven Mnuchin, Who Sat on Sears' Board for Years, Could Impact the Pensions of Thousands of Workers

    Long before he was Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin was a student at Yale University. One of those was Eddie Lampert. Lampert, of course, is the recently departed CEO of Sears Holdings, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday.

  • Pfizer to cut around 2 percent of jobs through early next year
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    Reuters

    Pfizer to cut around 2 percent of jobs through early next year

    U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) plans to reduce its global headcount by around 2 percent through voluntary retirements and layoffs this year and early next year, as it looks to streamline its corporate structure and eliminate some managerial roles and responsibilities. Pfizer has around 90,000 employees worldwide. Shares of Pfizer were up 1.8 percent at $44.70 in early afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Home Depot Stock Falls 4.5% on Credit Suisse’s Downgrade
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    Market Realist

    Home Depot Stock Falls 4.5% on Credit Suisse’s Downgrade

    Home Depot Stock Falls 4.5% on Credit Suisse’s Downgrade Credit Suisse’s downgrade Today, CNBC reported that Credit Suisse downgraded Home Depot (HD) stock from “outperform” to “neutral.” Credit Suisse lowered its price target from $222.00 to $204.00

  • Netflix is ditching freeloaders from subscriber forecasts after volatile stock moves
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    MarketWatch

    Netflix is ditching freeloaders from subscriber forecasts after volatile stock moves

    After two consecutive off-the-mark quarters, falling short of its own forecasts for subscriber growth, Netflix Inc. hopes to put an end to the big swings in its stock price with some changes to its accounting. Three months ago, Netflix reported weaker-than-expected subscriber growth, sending its stock tumbling about 12% in the next trading day. From last quarter: Is Netflix stock falling down a mountain, or just tripping over a molehill?

  • Walmart will save $20 million annually on floor wax
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    MarketWatch

    Walmart will save $20 million annually on floor wax

    Walmart Inc. has found a new way to save millions of dollars: Switch the floor wax it uses in its stores. According to the retail giant’s Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs, Walmart (WMT)  switched to a new floor wax that’s both cheaper and more effective, reducing the number of times the floors have to be buffed. “That one change in floor wax will save us over $20 million a year,” he said, according to a FactSet transcript of the company’s Tuesday investment community meeting.

  • Marijuana Stocks to Watch in October -- and Into 2019
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    Motley Fool

    Marijuana Stocks to Watch in October -- and Into 2019

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 17, Canada will become the first industrialized county in the world where marijuana is legal for adult recreational use -- and only the second country, along with Uruguay, where such use is legal.  Not only does this open up

  • IBM disappoints, more Facebook accusations, Apple apologizes
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    Yahoo Finance

    IBM disappoints, more Facebook accusations, Apple apologizes

    Here’s a look at some of the companies the Yahoo Finance team will be watching for you today. IBM investors aren’t thrilled with the latest earnings report. The company posted a beat on earnings but revenue missed. CEO Ginni Rometty says the results show

  • Here's the Average Social Security Benefit for 2019
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    Motley Fool

    Here's the Average Social Security Benefit for 2019

    Millions of seniors collect Social Security, and without it, they'd be underwater on their bills. At present, the average retiree gets $1,422 a month in Social Security benefits. There's a world of misinformation surrounding Social Security, and perhaps one of the most detrimental myths out there is the notion that the program is enough to sustain seniors by itself.

  • Legal pot in Canada putting pressure on US
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    Yahoo Finance Video

    Legal pot in Canada putting pressure on US

    Canada’s moves to legalize recreational marijuana could have major impacts on the US. Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous speaks with Alexis Keenan about the state of legalization in this country.

  • 3 Stocks for Warren Buffett Fans
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    Motley Fool

    3 Stocks for Warren Buffett Fans

    Warren Buffett has no shortage of acolytes, and it's easy to see why. The Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) chief and founder has made thousands of early investors in his conglomerate rich as the parent of businesses like GEICO car insurance and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad has posted average annual returns of 20% over the last 50 years, crushing the market. Buffett has never gotten too big for his britches, however.

  • Housing Stocks Tumble Midday; Home Depot Dents Dow
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    Investing.com

    Housing Stocks Tumble Midday; Home Depot Dents Dow

    Investing.com - Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and other housing-leveraged stocks fell in midday trading following disappointing data on home construction. Home Depot fell about 4.2% at 12:08 PM ET (16:08 GMT) and was a drag on the Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • Will Boston Scientific's (BSX) Q3 Earnings Reflect Overall Gain?
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    Zacks

    Will Boston Scientific's (BSX) Q3 Earnings Reflect Overall Gain?

    Boston Scientific Corporation BSX is scheduled to report third-quarter 2018 results before the opening bell on Oct 24. In the last reported quarter, the company’s earnings per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 20.6%. Similar to the prior quarter, we are upbeat about strong contributions from Boston Scientific’s Cardiovascular business group, which comprises Interventional Cardiology (IC) and Peripheral Interventions (PI).

  • Where Will NVIDIA Be in 5 Years?
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    Motley Fool

    Where Will NVIDIA Be in 5 Years?

    At one time, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) floated under the radar in the technology sector. Its graphics processing units (GPUs) were then niche tech products that appealed mainly to graphic artists and hardcore PC gamers, but that all changed over the last

  • Better Buy: The Home Depot, Inc. vs. Lowe's
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    Motley Fool

    Better Buy: The Home Depot, Inc. vs. Lowe's

    Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and Lowe's (NYSE: LOW) have helped countless homeowners increase the value of their homes. They've also made many investors rich. With their shares having soared 879% and 484%, respectively, over the past decade, Home Depot and Lowe

  • GE to pay penalty if falls short of French job pledges: ministry
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    Reuters

    GE to pay penalty if falls short of French job pledges: ministry

    General Electric's new CEO told France's finance minister on Wednesday that it would stick to his predecessor's French job pledges or pay a penalty, the Finance Ministry said. Former CEO John Flannery warned French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire in June that the target was "out of reach", and the government raised the possibility of fines worth 50,000 euros ($57,570) for each job not created. GE's new CEO Larry Culp, who took up his post at the start of the month, told Le Maire in a meeting on Wednesday that France remained a strategic country for the company, the ministry said in statement.

  • Boeing (BA) Q3 Earnings Preview: What to Expect
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    Zacks

    Boeing (BA) Q3 Earnings Preview: What to Expect

    Boeing (BA) is expected to deliver a year-over-year increase in earnings on lower revenues when it reports results for the quarter ended September 2018. This widely-known consensus outlook gives a good sense of the company's earnings picture, but how the actual results compare to these estimates is a powerful factor that could impact its near-term stock price. The earnings report, which is expected to be released on October 24, 2018, might help the stock move higher if these key numbers are better than expectations.

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    Benzinga

    Kinder Morgan's Q3 Earnings Preview

    Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) will be releasing its next round of earnings Wednesday. For all of the relevant information, here is your guide for the Q3 earnings announcement. Earnings and Revenue Analysts expect Kinder Morgan earnings of 21 cents per share

  • Kinder Morgan Canada's profit surges on TransMountain sale
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    Reuters

    Kinder Morgan Canada's profit surges on TransMountain sale

    The company said on Wednesday it expects to return about C$1.2 billion ($921.5 million) or C$11.40 per restricted voting share from the sale to its shareholders. Its parent, U.S.-based Kinder Morgan Inc, closed the sale of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline to the Canadian government for C$4.5 billion in August. Kinder Morgan Canada said net income rose to C$1.35 billion in the three months ended Sept. 30, from C$42.4 million, a year earlier.