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  • Stocks choppy into the close
    Business
    Yahoo Finance

    Stocks choppy into the close

    Stocks are choppy here into the crucial, last 30 minutes of trading. Plus, the plot thickens over the disappearance and possible murder of a Saudi journalist. So why is Trump going soft on the Saudis now? And, Netflix shares are in the limelight today

  • Delta Air Lines, Inc. Management Takes a Victory Lap
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Delta Air Lines, Inc. Management Takes a Victory Lap

    Delta Air Lines' (NYSE: DAL) third-quarter earnings report -- released last week -- showed that adjusted pre-tax margin continued to decline, as fuel prices are still rising quickly. Delta wasn't quite able to offset the impact of higher fuel costs, although adjusted earnings per share still jumped 16.9%, primarily due to the benefit from federal tax reform.

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

  • Aflac (AFL) Q3 Earnings Preview: What's Shaping Up?
    Finance
    Zacks

    Aflac (AFL) Q3 Earnings Preview: What's Shaping Up?

    The market expects Aflac (AFL) 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 is important in assessing the company's earnings picture, but a powerful factor that might influence its near-term stock price is how the actual results compare to these estimates. 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.

  • ‘Mr. Wonderful’ staying on sidelines as legal pot comes to Canada
    Business
    Yahoo Finance Video

    ‘Mr. Wonderful’ staying on sidelines as legal pot comes to Canada

    Recreational marijuana is now legal in Canada, but one prominent investor is staying on the sidelines. ‘Mr. Wonderful,’ Kevin O’Leary, says he won’t be putting his money into legal pot, for now. He spoke with Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous.

  • Could Enbridge Inc. Be a Millionaire-Maker Stock?
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Could Enbridge Inc. Be a Millionaire-Maker Stock?

    Enbridge (NYSE: ENB) has made its investors lots of money over the years. To put that into perspective, if an investor had bought $10,000 worth of Enbridge's stock 20 years ago, it would be worth about $116,000 today assuming they reinvested their dividends. While Enbridge has done an excellent job creating wealth for investors in the past, it faces an uphill battle in making them millionaires in the future.

  • Pfizer outlines early retirement program ahead of layoffs
    Business
    American City Business Journals

    Pfizer outlines early retirement program ahead of layoffs

    Pfizer Inc. is offering early retirement to U.S. workers ahead of layoffs early next year. The headcount reduction plan is part of a company-wide restructuring and will likely affect non-union workers. Pfizer told employees: The pharmaceutical giant is offering severance packages that pay a base salary of 12 weeks, plus three weeks of salary for every year of work (up to 104 weeks).

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

  • Prince Harry Reunited With His 98-Year-Old 'Favorite' and Introduced Her to Meghan Markle
    News
    Time

    Prince Harry Reunited With His 98-Year-Old 'Favorite' and Introduced Her to Meghan Markle

    While greeting fans outside the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday, the Duke of Sussex was apparently overjoyed to spot royal admirer Daphne Dunne in the crowd. “I’m so glad I got to meet you,” the Duchess of Sussex told Dunne. Royal Tour: Harry introduces 98-year-old Daphne Dunne to his wife Meghan.

  • Boeing delivers first 737 Max 8 BBJ and unveils Max 7 luxury interior (Photos)
    Business
    American City Business Journals

    Boeing delivers first 737 Max 8 BBJ and unveils Max 7 luxury interior (Photos)

    Boeing has delivered its very first 737 Max 8 business jet to a paying customer. It's the first of 20 BBJ Max jets that buyers from around the world have ordered from the Chicago-based jetmaker since they went on sale. Boeing spokesman Dmitry Krol declined to identify the buyer of the jet, which is the second of its kind made at Boeing's Renton 737 factory.

  • IBM disappoints, more Facebook accusations, Apple apologizes
    Business
    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

  • Microsoft's CEO makes 154 times more than its median employee
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    American City Business Journals

    Microsoft's CEO makes 154 times more than its median employee

    Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella made 154 times more than the Redmond-based company's median employee in 2018. Nadella's total compensation reached more than $25.8 million in fiscal year 2018, according to Microsoft's most recent proxy statement filed Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Microsoft's pay gap – which companies are now required to disclose under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – is larger than at Amazon, where CEO Jeff Bezos made 59 times more than the median employee.

  • ‘Wake ’n Bake,’ Plunging Stocks Greet Canada’s Legal Pot Debut
    Business
    Bloomberg

    ‘Wake ’n Bake,’ Plunging Stocks Greet Canada’s Legal Pot Debut

    Stores in St. John’s, Newfoundland were the first to sell recreational cannabis, followed by more than 100 outlets and websites opening across the country of 37 million people. “I’m super happy, this is an historic day for Canadians and for the world because we’re really setting a precedent here," said Isaac Langille outside a store in Halifax, where he bought the legal limit of 30 grams, spending C$344 ($264) on products from Aphria Inc. and Organigram Holdings Inc.

  • 3 Stocks for Warren Buffett Fans
    Business
    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.

  • Business
    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

  • Senate race tightens in Nevada
    Politics
    Fox Business Videos

    Senate race tightens in Nevada

    FBN’s Hillary Vaughn discusses the tight Senate race between Nevada Senate candidate Jacky Rosen and Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.).

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

  • Comparing AT&T’s Valuation amid the October Market Sell-Off
    Business
    Market Realist

    Comparing AT&T’s Valuation amid the October Market Sell-Off

    What Investors Should Know about AT&T’s Growth Prospects (Continued from Prior Part) AT&T’s scale In this part, we’ll look at AT&T’s (T) valuation after the recent sell-off. On October 11, AT&T’s market capitalization was $230.6 billion, making it the

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

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

    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).

  • AT&T (T) Q3 Earnings Preview: How Are Events Shaping Up?
    Finance
    Zacks

    AT&T (T) Q3 Earnings Preview: How Are Events Shaping Up?

    The market expects AT&T (T) 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 is important in assessing the company's earnings picture, but a powerful factor that might influence its near-term stock price is how the actual results compare to these estimates. The stock might move higher if these key numbers top expectations in the upcoming earnings report, which is expected to be released on October 24.

  • Business
    Benzinga

    Alcoa Q3 Earnings Preview

    On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Alcoa (NYSE: AA) will release its latest earnings report. Decipher the announcement with Benzinga's help. Earnings and Revenue Alcoa EPS will likely be near 74 cents while revenue will be around $3.36 billion, according to analysts

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

  • Finance
    CNBC

    Berkshire Hathaway shares look really cheap using Warren Buffett's own method of valuing stocks

    Companies pay investors dividends but they also retain some of their earnings. Over time, companies invest these retained earnings at a higher rate of return and that ultimately boosts their share prices, benefiting their investors. J.P. Morgan analyst Sarah DeWitt calculates that Berkshire's share of undistributed earnings from its stock portfolio is $12 billion, or about $5.19 per Berkshire Class B share.