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Airbnb cuts half of San Francisco listings as new laws kick in

San Francisco's strict short-term home rental laws just kicked in on Wednesday, and are already having a big effect on SF-based Airbnb. Listing plunged from over 10,000 to around 5,500, dropping around 4,760 listings. Wednesday midnight was the deadline for hosts to register homes with the city for a $250 fee, or face fines as high as $1,000 a day.

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    Chip Stocks Could Be Facing Their Worst Climate in Years

    There is likely to be more pain ahead for chip stocks even after a 28% drop from their summer highs. Chip analysts at Morgan Stanley think the sector will struggle due to elevated inventories and excessive orders from semiconductor distributors. “The biggest difference in semi fundamentals today versus the last correction seen in 2015 is in the degree of excess that built up in the supply chain this go-round,” Morgan Stanley analyst Craig Hettenbach wrote to clients on Tuesday.

  • A Google self-driving car reportedly caused a crash in 2011 after a former engineer changed its code to drive where it wasn't supposed to (GOOG, GOOGL)
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    A Google self-driving car reportedly caused a crash in 2011 after a former engineer changed its code to drive where it wasn't supposed to (GOOG, GOOGL)

    Before Anthony Levandowski was accused of stealing trade secrets from Google sister company Waymo, he worked on Google's in-house self-driving car unit, nicknamed Project Chauffeur. Former Google executives claimed that Levandowski ignored safety concerns, including in one instance where he allegedly took a self-driving car on an off-limits route. While working at Google's Project Chauffeur, the self-driving car program that would later evolve into Waymo, Levandowski allegedly modified the car's software so it could be taken on routes that were previously off-limits.

  • Bombardier meets 70 percent of delivery target for 2018
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    Reuters

    Bombardier meets 70 percent of delivery target for 2018

    The company, which is in the middle of a five-year turnaround plan through 2020, said the backlog in its business jet unit rose to about $14.3 billion from $14.1 billion in the quarter. Separately, Bombardier said NetJets Inc, the luxury plane unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N), will take its first delivery of Global 7500 ultra-long-range business jet in 2021. NetJets had placed a firm order for 50 Global business jets in 2011, with options for an additional 70 jets.

  • Even With $80 Oil, You Should Avoid These 3 Stocks
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    Even With $80 Oil, You Should Avoid These 3 Stocks

    Three oil and gas stocks that truly stick out as companies with a "stay away" label are independent oil and gas producer SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD), equipment and services provider Weatherford International (NYSE: WFT), and pipelines and logistics specialist Buckeye Partners (NYSE: BPL).

  • Goldman Sachs and Raymond James cut Netflix price target ahead of earnings
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    Goldman Sachs and Raymond James cut Netflix price target ahead of earnings

    Netflix getting its price target slashed by both Goldman Sachs and Raymond James ahead of its highly expected earnings report tomorrow. Both firms are concerned that rising interest rates could pinch the company’s valuation.

  • Walmart is aggressively shifting away from its most legendary shopping format
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    Walmart is aggressively shifting away from its most legendary shopping format

    Walmart (WMT) continues to kill off the American shopping creation it’s most known for, the massive supercenter that sells everything under one roof. With the U.S. market already having more than 3,500 Walmart supercenters and a focus by CEO Doug McMillon to increase spending on eCommerce and India, Walmart said Tuesday it will open a mere 10 supercenters in 2019. The company has reduced emphasis on the store format pioneered by founder Sam Walton – which could average a gargantuan 178,000 square feet – in recent years.

  • Under Armour Benefits From Growth in Digital & DTC Platforms
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    Under Armour Benefits From Growth in Digital & DTC Platforms

    Under Armour, Inc.’s UAA focus on brand development, and expansion of DTC and technology-based fitness businesses bode well. Furthermore, apart from rolling out e-commerce platforms, the company continues to look for opportunities to expand global footprint. Also, these factors raised investors’ optimism on this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock with a Growth Score of A. So far this year, shares of Under Armour have gained 30%,  outperforming its industry’s and S&P 500 index’s growth of 15.9% and 3.5%, respectively.

  • Bill Gates Mourns His Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen: 'Personal Computing Would Not Have Existed Without Him'
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    Bill Gates Mourns His Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen: 'Personal Computing Would Not Have Existed Without Him'

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s death yesterday was met with mourning from people who remembered him for his various business ventures, philanthropic work, and sports enthusiasm. Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft msft with Allen, was among them. From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend.

  • A Look at AT&T’s Dividends
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    A Look at AT&T’s Dividends

    What Investors Should Know about AT&T’s Growth Prospects (Continued from Prior Part) Shareholder returns Increasing capital returns to shareholders is one of AT&T’s (T) main priorities. In the second quarter, the company returned $3.1 billion to shareholders

  • Where Will NVIDIA Be in 5 Years?
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    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

  • Brits Are All Making the Same Joke About the New Royal Baby
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    Brits Are All Making the Same Joke About the New Royal Baby

    Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is expecting her first child with Prince Harry. The news, announced Monday morning by Kensington Palace, has already been greeted by hundreds of messages of congratulations for the royal couple on social media. The U.K. is set to leave the European Union on March 29, exactly two years after Prime Minister Theresa May started the formal process for doing so by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

  • Jamal Khashoggi was accidentally killed during interrogation: report
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    Jamal Khashoggi was accidentally killed during interrogation: report

    Fox Business foreign policy analyst Walid Phares on the report that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was accidentally killed.

  • Forget Gilead Sciences: Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Is a Better Growth Stock
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    Forget Gilead Sciences: Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Is a Better Growth Stock

    Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) has clearly lost its luster as a growth stock over the last three years, thanks to a suite of setbacks for its oncology and hepatitis C franchises, as well as an increasingly competitive HIV marketplace. Gilead's stock, for instance, has woefully underperformed the broader biotech landscape during the past 36 months. With a price-to-sales ratio of 18.9 at present, Intercept's stock might not look like an outright bargain.

  • These are the bad things about early retirement that no one talks about
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    These are the bad things about early retirement that no one talks about

    For all the glamour of living an early retirement lifestyle, there are plenty of negatives I’ve come to discover since I permanently left my job in 2012. As a result, you’re repeatedly forced to will yourself into action.

  • Sears faces tough foe: an unforgiving bankruptcy code
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    Reuters

    Sears faces tough foe: an unforgiving bankruptcy code

    The change stems from a 2005 legislative overhaul of the bankruptcy code that forced companies to find an agreement within seven months on its real-estate leases, or allow landlords to walk away from the agreement. The law intensifies the pressure on Sears and Chairman Eddie Lampert to restructure the company and turn it into a relevant, viable business. Sears did not respond to requests seeking comment.

  • JCPenney Stock: Do Analysts Foresee Any Upside?
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    JCPenney Stock: Do Analysts Foresee Any Upside?

    Can New CEO Bring JCPenney Back on Track? (Continued from Prior Part) Consensus “hold” rating Most analysts currently have a “hold” recommendation for JCPenney (JCP) stock. The mid-tier department store chain was rated a “hold” by 75%, or 12 out of 16

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    Benzinga

    Jim Cramer Advises His Viewers On Cisco, Microsoft And More

    On CNBC's "Mad Money Lightning Round", Jim Cramer said Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) can still be bought, but only a half of a position. United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is going to be stuck until it buys Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE

  • Apple Earnings: The Most Important Metric to Watch
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    Apple Earnings: The Most Important Metric to Watch

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) earnings are coming up -- and lots of investors will be watching. Scheduled for Nov. 1, the earnings release will give investors a better idea of how sustainable the company's reinvigorated growth rates are. Both Apple's revenue and earnings-per-share growth rates have accelerated recently.

  • Offshore drillers eye recovery by 2020
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    Reuters

    Offshore drillers eye recovery by 2020

    Transocean Ltd (RIGN.S), a top supplier of drilling vessels, said last month that rates for its new high-spec vessels in the North Sea are now fetching $300,000 a day. Transocean last year acquired rival Songa Offshore SE [SONG.UL] and recently agreed to buy deep water expert Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG.O) for $2.7 billion. Tie-ups with state run giants like Aramco (IPO-ARMO.SE) and Qatar Petroleum [QATPE.UL] are expected to boost rates in the Middle East for drillers in the jack-up - or shallow water - rig market, while the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and West Africa are already showing signs of recovery, Rystad Energy analyst Oddmund Fore said.

  • Why New Age Beverage Corp. Stock Popped Today
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    Why New Age Beverage Corp. Stock Popped Today

    Shares of New Age Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: NBEV) were climbing again today, riding a surge on marijuana stocks as growers like Tilray, Cronos Group, and Canopy Growth all jumped by double digits. Along with the bullish sentiment in the industry, a number of other factors seemed to be driving New Age shares higher, including the recent hiring of a new CFO, the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada on Wednesday, and the market's reaction to its launch last week of a new line of beverages infused with cannabidiol (CBD). On Friday, New Age named Gregory Gould as its new CFO, a notable move as Gould brings experience from the pharmaceutical industry, which should help the beverage company as it moves into CBD products.

  • Here's the Average Social Security Benefit for 2019
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    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.

  • Better Buy: Western Digital Corporation vs. Intel Corporation
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    Better Buy: Western Digital Corporation vs. Intel Corporation

    Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) and Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) are both mature tech companies that lead their respective industries. WD is the world's top maker of HDDs (hard disk drives), and Intel is the top manufacturer of CPUs for PCs and data centers. WD's stock tumbled 40% over the past six months, while Intel's stock slumped 15%.

  • Ford releases new Territory mid-size SUV in China to boost sales
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    CNBC

    Ford releases new Territory mid-size SUV in China to boost sales

    Ford (F) released an all-new mid-sized sport utility vehicle in China on Monday, as the automaker contends with an aging product line and flagging sales in the world's biggest car market. The Ford Territory is aimed at mid-sized SUV customers in small but fast growing cities across China, which Ford said is the country's fastest growing market. The vehicle was developed with Ford's local partner, Jiangling Motors.

  • 3 Top Large-Cap Stocks to Buy in October
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    3 Top Large-Cap Stocks to Buy in October

    If you're looking for high-quality large-cap stocks to add to your portfolio this month, three of our Motley Fool contributors have some ideas. Here's why you should consider Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.B), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), and AT&T (NYSE: T). Tyler Crowe (Berkshire Hathaway): Perhaps one of the most ridiculous investment takes out there right now is that Berkshire Hathaway's immense cash pile isn't a good thing.

  • Johnson & Johnson edges past profit estimates, lifts outlook
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    Reuters

    Johnson & Johnson edges past profit estimates, lifts outlook

    Shares were unchanged in premarket trading, with the company forecasting adjusted 2018 earnings per share in the range of $8.13 and $8.18, marginally up from a previous range of $8.07 to $8.17. "This is exactly how we want to start the third earnings season," BMO Capital Markets analyst Joanne Wuensch wrote in a note, referring to the overall sales number. As Remicade faces increased competition and sales of medical devices and some consumer products weaken, J&J has been relying on its new cancer drugs as well as deals like the $30 billion purchase of rare disease specialist Actelion last year.