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Scarlett Johansson; The First Catalyst For SodaStream In 2014

January 16th, 2014 by John Eastman | Report

The manufacturer of home beverage carbonation systems SodaStream International SODA issued a warning earlier in the week indicating it was lowering its fiscal 2013 guidance after sales from the Christmas holiday came in lower than expected. SodaStream is the leading manufacturer and distributor of home beverage carbonation systems, which loyal customers use to convert ordinary […]

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Taking another look at NeoStem

January 5th, 2014 by John Eastman | Report

Taking a look again at NeoStem (NBS) after some time could prove beneficial for new investors as 2014 holds multiple upcoming catalysts for this biotech firm. Neostem develops Cellular therapies derived from individual human cells and is active in the cardiovascular disease area, autoimmune disorders, and tissue regeneration business. Key to the company is the […]

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Morgan Stanley gets a $5 million “improper influence” slap on the wrist during Facebook IPO by Massachusetts’ securities regulator

December 21st, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has fined Morgan Stanley $5 million over its “improper influence” activity during Facebook’s initial public offering (IPO). In 2011, Morgan Stanley recorded $32.4 billion in revenue. The firm was the lead underwriter for the Facebook IPO last spring, and their actions led to criticism and legal complaints from shareholders who claimed […]

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Branson retains control of Virgin Atlantic Airways in sale of 49% stake

December 13th, 2012 by Kyle Rankin | Report

For years after Richard Branson started Virgin Atlantic Airways, he always felt that he was alone in battle with British Airways which, he claimed, was always trying to drive his airline into bankruptcy. Singapore Air paid 600.3 million pounds for its stake in Virgin in 1999, or $966 million present day value, and has written […]

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Data from medical device implants: Who’s data is it?

by John Eastman | Report · Upcoming Post

The tremendous advance of technology in smartphone applications and mobile devices has netted obvious benefits and changed the daily lives of millions. Location and data tracking emitted from these devices is used in hundreds of ways, from navigation to medical organ use. But the ownership and use of that data is always not as clear […]

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Tweaking the Affordable Care Act

December 6th, 2012 by Kyle Rankin | Report

The Affordable Care Act, having withstood a Supreme Court challenge, and significant effort by opposition parties to overturn it, is now secure with the recent election results that put President Obama in office for another term. But there is some tweaking being done to the regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services. The […]

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U.S. birth rates fall from economic recession

December 5th, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

The Pew Research Center recently published a report indicating that the U.S. birth rate fell 8 percent from 2007 to 2010. The decline, a record low, was attributed to immigrant women having fewer children. That same group has led the U.S. population growth for the past 20 years. The rate dropped 6 percent for woman […]

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U.S. gross domestic product revised upward – but challenges ahead due to hurricane Sandy, and concerns over fiscal cliff effects

December 1st, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

The Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy expanded at its fastest pace since late 2011, and revised the nation’s gross domestic product to 2.7% between July through September, up from a prior estimate of 2.0%. The gross domestic product (GDP) is referred to as the broadest measure of goods and services produced in the […]

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Banks’ employment is up due to mortgage processing

November 26th, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

The last U.S. economic recession beginning in late 2007 – its nucleus rooted in sub-prime problematic loans – hit the mortgage department of banks hard, forcing thousands of layoffs. Banks essentially quit lending for a period of 12-18 months by some estimates and demand for mortgage processors was almost nonexistent. That’s about to change as […]

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Housing recovery is on track but fiscal cliff fears may kill it off

November 20th, 2012 by John Eastman | Report

Home sales in the U.S. rose 2.1 percent in the month of October, according to the National Association of Realtors. The increase is a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.79 million units. Hurricane Sandy had little effect on the October housing numbers, as it did not hit the U.S. east coast until late October. Analysts […]

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Starbucks expands its footprint yet again

November 16th, 2012 by Black and White Program Staff | Report

Starbucks is into tea, and sees its growth and profits linked to it. So much so that the coffee giant has announced plans to purchase Teavana $TEA, in a deal that is reportedly the biggest acquisition they have ever done. At $15.50 a share, the purchase totals $620 million in cash, over 50% of Teavana’s […]

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Chinese investment into the U.S. is reportedly on the rise

November 7th, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

Despite the bashing by U.S. election candidates regarding China on matters of currency manipulation, claims of U.S. job losses, patent infringement, and product dumping; Chinese investment into the U.S. is reportedly on the rise. At least according to Rhodium Group, a New York consulting firm that tracks Chinese outward investment who reports that firms from […]

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Warren Buffet delivers again

November 6th, 2012 by John Eastman | Report

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. disclosed that its profit climbed 72% in the third quarter as its holdings in derivatives helped boost its performance. Financial reports indicate that Net Income rose to $3.9 billion, up from $2.28 billion. Operating earnings were $2,057 a share. Berkshire has been busy making various acquisitions; some of which have helped contribute […]

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Ford Motor Company reports profits amid declining market share findings

November 2nd, 2012 by Kyle Rankin | Report

Ford Motor Company has been busy of late. The company has been strengthening its financial capabilities and reach, implementing a companywide cost and labor reduction plan, and cleaning up its problems with its European operations. Lastly, company management has been busy making money, albeit with a worrisome decline of auto sales.The company reported third-quarter earnings […]

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Why Netflix will never be the same

November 2nd, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

Investor Carl Icahn invested over $168 million into Netflix stock, forever altering the landscape and potential independence of the video streaming and movie rental company. His actions essentially put the company into play and inspired significant volume in trading of the company’s stock on the markets. Icahn’s purchase represented approximately 5.54 million shares. Potential suitors […]

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Nobel economics prize awarded to Alvin E. Roth for practical applications of math theories

October 23rd, 2012 by Black and White Program Staff | Report

The 2012 Nobel economics prize has been awarded to Alvin E. Roth for his practical applications of mathematical theories. His work involves essentially matching up various players in the markets with each other for a more level playing field end result. These players are agents (buyers/sellers), donors/recipients, and schools/students. It is reported that his work […]

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Jobless Claims rise again in the see-saw environment

October 19th, 2012 by John Eastman | Report

The number of workers filing applications for jobless benefits in the U.S. has risen again, although this statistics has been plagued by technical factors, causing distortion. Initial jobless claims (the measure of layoffs) were up by 46,000, to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, in the week ended Oct. 13, according to the U.S. Labor Department. In […]

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Sprint sells to Japan’s Softbank Corp.

October 15th, 2012 by John Eastman | Report

A major shift in the telecom industry, one that could be an indication of more large-scale transactions to come, has been announced by Japan’s Softbank Corp and Sprint Nextel Corp.. Softbank announced its intent to purchase a 70% stake in Sprint Nextel Corp. for about $20 billion, in what is reportedly the largest overseas acquisition […]

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Out of the gate for her first time, Mayer delivers for Yahoo

October 12th, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer presented her turnaround strategy for Yahoo, while the company reported third-quarter profit and sales that topped analysts’ prior estimates. Revenue, excluding traffic and partner acquisition costs, was $1,089 million for the third quarter of 2012, representing a 2 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2011. Operating income was […]

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October 1st, 2012 by Black and White Program Staff | Report

Tesla announced last week that it was revising its previous forecast for automobiles delivered this year, of its Model S, to 200 to 225 cars in the third quarter and 2,500 to 3,000 in the fourth. The previous forecast was for 5,000 deliveries this year. The Model S, the company’s flagship product, has a starting […]

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Revised GDP proves negative

September 28th, 2012 by Black and White Program Staff | Report

A downward revision to the U.S. economic growth rate has analysts presenting a skeptical and cautious outlook for upcoming near term quarters.  The GDP grew at a sluggish 1.3 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, revised and lowered from a previous estimate of 1.7 percent. The anemic rate was affected by the severe drought […]

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Some economic indicators suggest growing strength

September 27th, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

Several informational reports point towards a strengthening economic picture. Looking at report data from July, indicators point to the sixth straight month in which U.S. home prices rose, indicating housing market recovery that seems to be sustainable. The rise in prices is accompanied by reports of increased home sales and new groundbreaking on properties that […]

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The Mortgage rate downtrend continues

September 24th, 2012 by Black and White Program Staff | Report

Mortgage rates for 30-year U.S. loans again fell, enabling the U.S housing market to improve via low borrowing costs. The declining rates match the lowest level on record. Freddie Mac announced the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.49 percent from 3.55 percent, equaling the record reached in July of 2012. The […]

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PricewaterhouseCoopers report indicates value of acquisition deals up

September 10th, 2012 by Black and White Program Staff | Report

A report from worldwide tax and advisory consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) indicates that technology companies focused more on spending large acquisition amounts in 2011 than on smaller deals, while trying to grow their own firms. The report attributes large cash positions and landscape shifts as reasons for the trend. Analysis indicates that tech firms spent […]

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New York Times Company said it has sold its how-to website About.com

August 27th, 2012 by Kyle Rankin | Report

In a continued effort to divest itself of residual businesses, shed losing assets, and focus on its core publications, New York Times Company $NYT said it has sold its how-to website About.com to the owners of Ask.com. $300 million in cash is the reported transaction amount that IAC/InterActiveCorp.$IACI (a Barry Diller company) paid for the […]

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State unemployment claims up and Housing sales climb in display of slow progress

August 23rd, 2012 by Black and White Program Staff | Report

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 372,000, considered by analysts to be a sluggish labor market. The four-week moving average for new claims was calculated at 368,000 last week, a slight increase from the prior week, but still 2.1 percent […]

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Fall catalysts to watch 2012

August 21st, 2012 by John Eastman | Report

Many investors key in on a company’s catalyst events and accordingly take a long or short investment positions as their strategy. A similar approach can be applied larger scale using upcoming catalysts associated with government, economic, and general news. Landing on the right side leading up to, on, or after the catalyst point could benefit […]

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Netflix Inc. CEO Reed Hastings buys $1 Million of Facebook stock

August 13th, 2012 by Steven Barnes | Report

Often, when an insider or CEO of a public firm makes an open market purchase of company stock, it’s considered a vote of confidence, especially if there is controversy in the company, a tanking stock, large PR problem, or continual quarterly losses. When directors of the company do the same, it’s also a vote-with-two-feet indication […]

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U.S. Postal Service’s delivers a $5.2 billion loss for last quarter

August 10th, 2012 by Black and White Program Staff | Report

The U.S. Postal Service’s delivered a $5.2 billion loss for the three months ended June 30, despite $3.3 billion (9%) in revenue increases in shipping and packaging services. Officials attributed losses in part to due to declining volume of first class mail (4.4% from the previous quarter) and a congressional mandate to pre-fund retirement health […]

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Unexpectedly, new jobless claims drop

August 10th, 2012 by Black and White Program Staff | Report

Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week, potentially indicating the economic condition of the country is improving. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the Labor Department stated. Many economists had projected claims to rise to 370,000. The data is reported following information released last week […]

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