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Feb 28



Wendy’s (WEN) plans to install self-ordering kiosks at 1,000 locations by the end of the year. According to the company, the move will help it appeal to a younger customer while reducing labor costs. The kiosks have already been installed at several of the fast food chain’s Ohio locations, where the company tested its new technology. If customers do not want to partake in Wendy’s new technology marvel, they will still have the option of walking up to the counter and ordering from a human.

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

Japanese auto parts maker Takata plead guilty Monday to criminal wrongdoing and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for providing misleading testing reports to auto makers on their rupture prone airbags. Takata’s plea agreements requires the company to pay a $25 million criminal fine, $125 million to consumers harmed by the airbags, and $850 million to auto makers currently shouldering recall costs. A company spokesman declined to comment. Takata has expressed regret for its safety scandal and pledged its continuing cooperation with government officials and automakers.


Asia: Asian markets closed mixed on Tuesday as investors await tonight’s speech from President Trump.

Europe: European shares ended mixed on Monday as investors digested corporate earnings while keeping an eye on the possible unraveling of the London Stock Exchange’s 31 billion mergers.

U.S: U.S. indexes closed higher after President Trump commented his new infrastructure plan will be big. DJIA: +15.68 20837.44 Nasdaq +16.592 5861.89 S&P + 2.41 2369.75

Word of The Day:


The purchase by a company of its own outstanding shares, reducing the number of shares on the open market.

Dinner or Drink:

Frosty Noggin

1 1/2 oz. rum
3/4 oz. white creme de cacao
3 oz. eggnog
3 cups vanilla ice cream

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a parfait glass and top with whipped cream. Garnish with a few drops of green creme de menthe and a rolled cookie, and serve.

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Feb 27



Alphabet, parent company of Google, is suing Uber Technologies for allegedly stealing trade secrets to jump-start its autonomous vehicle program. At the center of the suit is Anthony Levandowski, once a key manager in Google’s self-driving car project who left the company and went to Uber. Levandowski is accused of secretly downloading 14,000 files in December 2015 before departing Alphabet. This information, according to court fillings, was used by Uber to develop a laser sensor for self-driving navigation.  The lawsuit intensifies Alphabet’s rivalry with Uber, and reflects an escalating talent war in the autonomous-driving arena as tech and auto companies alike compete for skilled engineers.


J.C. Penny has announced it will close between 130 and 140 stores nationwide over the next few months. The company will offer buyouts to the 6,000 workers who will be effected by the closures. A full list of stores to be closed will be released in mid-March. Liquidation sales will take place by the end of the second quarter. The closures mark a departure from Penny’s consistent store count over the last 15 years.  Online competition, such as H&M and Forever 21 along with discounters like T.J. Maxx have undermined Penney’s business. According to CEO Marvin Ellison the closures will JCPenny to raise its overall brand standard and invest more in its remaining stores. In addition to closing stores, JCPenny will also close two of its distribution centers.


Asia: Asian indexes closed lower on Monday after a report suggested U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing for the Scottish government to call a second independence referendum.

Europe: European shares fell more than 1 percent as jitters in the German and French bonds markets over political risk spilled over into equities.

U.S:  U.S markets closed mostly flat on Friday as markets took a breather from their rally. DJIA: +11.44 20,821.76 NASDAQ: +9.80 5,845.31 S&P: +3.53 2,367.34

Word of The Day:

Preferred Stock

A class of stock issued by a company which typically pays a fixed dividend however, they do not have voting rights. In the event of a company bankruptcy’s preferred stock holders have the right to be paid company assets first.

Dinner or Drink:

Spring Fling

1 – 2 oz. Seagram’s® Extra Dry gin
6 oz. lemon-lime soda
6 oz. cranberry juice

Pour in the Gin over two ice cubes. Then pour in the Cranberry Juice, then the soda. Kind of a fruity taste but very smooth and drinkable over a long period.

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Feb 23



Nissan Motor Co. chief executive, Carol Ghosn, is leaving the company he rescued from near-collapse and lead for nearly two decades. Mr. Ghosn will hand the reins at Nissan over to Hiroto Saikawa in April. Mr. Ghosn will remain as chairman of the Japanese auto company. The car maker’s new chief executive will have his hands full as investors wonder if the current shareholding arrangement- Renault holds 43% of Nissan and Nissan holds on 15% of Renault is sustainable moving into the future.

Come Back

Fast food giant, McDonald’s, is hoping $1 sodas will help draw more customers into its U.S. stores as it fights to reverse four years of declining visits. The company will roll out $1 soda of any size for a limited time starting in April, along with $2 smoothies, frappes, and shakes. The new deals come after McDonald’s sales dipped 1.3 percent at establish U.S. location in the last quarter of 2016. As the chain tries to step up its food image, it struggles to attract and keep deal seekers after it got rid of its popular Dollar menu.


Asia: Asian markets closed lower on Thursday after Wednesday’s release of last month’s Federal Reserve meeting hinted at a rate hike soon.

Europe:  European shares closed higher on Wednesday as strong corporate earnings gave investors something to cheer about.

U.S: U.S. markets closed mixed on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve January meeting minutes hinted a rate hike could come as early as next month. DJIA: +32.60 20,775.60 NASDAQ: -5.32 5,860.62 S&P: -2.56 2,362.82

Word of The Day:


A physical substance, such as oil, metals, or grains, which investors can buy or sell through futures contracts.

Dinner or Drink:

Motor Oil

1 oz. Jagermeister® herbal liqueur
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
1/2 oz. Goldschlager® cinnamon schnapps
1/2 oz. Malibu® coconut rum

Pour jagermeister into a triple shot glass. Add, in order; peppermint schnapps, goldshlager, and Malibu rum.

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Feb 22


You’re Fired

Wells Fargo announced on Tuesday it has fired four current or former senior managers who were involved in the opening of thousands of fraudulent accounts. The four were terminated for cause in a unanimous vote by the company’s board of directors. The ousters come as the San Francisco based financial company faced pressure to take accountability for the scandal that occurred last year. The terminated managers include Claudia Russ Anderson, former check risk officer in charge of overseeing the division that created millions of accounts. Also terminated were Pamela Conboy, regional president, Shelley Freeman, former Los Angeles regional president and Matthew Raphaelson head of community bank strategy and initiatives. The four will not receive their 2016 bonus and will forfeit all their unvested stock awards and vested stock options.

Cost Cutting

Faced with unknown costs related to two large data breaches, Yahoo and Verizon Communication have agreed to shave $350 million from the price Verizon will pay to buy Yahoo’s core internet businesses. The two companies will also share liabilities related to the security breaches that occurred in 2013 and 2014. The revised agreement, now valued at $4.48 billion, paves the way for the deal to proceed to a shareholder vote as early as April. Yahoo anticipates the deal to close by the end of June.


Asia: Asian markets closed higher on Wednesday after a positive hand off from Wall Street.

Europe: European shares closed higher as investor optimism generated by encouraging manufacturing surveys.

U.S: Solid corporate earnings helped boost U.S. markets on Tuesday. DJIA: +118.95 20,743.00 Nasdaq: +27.37 5,865.95 S&P: +14.22 2,365.38

Word of The Day:

Due Diligence:

An investigation or audit of a purchase or sale of a potential investment which servers to confirm all the facts.

Dinner or Drink:

Premium Margarita

  • 1 1/2 parts Sauza® Conmemorativo® Añejo 100% Agave
  • 1/2 part JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 1 part fresh Lime Juice

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Pour over ice into a salt rimmed glass.

Feb 21



On Friday, Kraft Heinz seemed determine to steam ahead with its $143 billion takeover bid for Unilever. Less than 48 hours, Kraft Heinz board, including Warren Buffet, decided to walk away from the ambitious campaign that would have put dozens of the best know consumer household products under one roof. The announcement over the weekend ended what could have been the largest consolidation within the food and consumer goods industry. A combined company would have sold everything from Heinz ketchup and Oscar Mayer hot dogs to Hellmann’s mayonnaise, Dove Soap and Lipton Tea. Shares of both companies closed higher on Friday.


Federal National Mortgage Association, aka Fannie Mae announced it will pay the U.S. Treasury a $5.5 billion dividend next month after its profit doubled in the latest quarter. The government controlled mortgage company has already paid the Treasury $154.4 billion in dividends since receiving government bailouts in 2008 and 2011 totaling $116.1 billion.


Asia: Asian markets closed mixed on Tuesday, as some trader remain optimistic about President Trump’s economic policies.

Europe: European markets closed on Monday after investors digested a raft of earnings and economic data.

U.S:  U.S. markets ended the week in new highs as signs of economic growth and improve corporate earnings. DJIA: +4.28 20,624.05 NASDAQ: +23.68 5,838.58 S&P: +3.94 2.351.16

Word of The Day:

Dollar Index:

A weighted index which tracks the US Dollar against a basket of other world currencies.

Dinner or Drink:

Citrus Fizz

  • 1 part Pinnacle® Citrus Vodka
  • 2 parts Club Soda
  • Garnish with Raspberries
  • Garnish with Lemon Wheel

Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with raspberries and a lemon wheel

Feb 17


Free Food

Delta Air Lines Inc. will resume offering free meals in coach on 12 transcontinental U.S. routes, restoring an amenity that vanished almost a decade ago. On March 1, the airline giant will offer complimentary food on flights from New York’s JFK International Airport to Los Angeles and San Francisco. On April 24, complimentary food will have extended to another 10-cross-country flight out of New York Boston, Seattle, and Washington. In the mornings, Delta passengers, will choose from items including a honey-maple breakfast sandwich and a fruit-and -cheese plate. Day-time travelers will have options like a turkey combo and veggie wrap. Currently, the airline is only bringing free food back to its longer flights and does not expect to bring the amenity back on shorter U.S. routes. The airline began testing complimentary meals on flights from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco on November and December, generating higher customer satisfaction scores.


On Thursday, a South Korean court approved the arrest of the de facto leader of the Samsung conglomerate, Lee Jae-youg.  Prosecutors have accused Mr. Lee of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury in connection with the roughly $37 million in payments made by Samsung in exchange for government backing of a contentious merger of two Samsung affiliates. This is the same bribery scandal that caused the President of South Korea to be impeached last year. In addition, prosecutors have also accused Mr. Lee of hiding assets abroad and concealing profits gained from criminal acts.


Asia: Asian markets closed out the week lower after shares of Samsung tumbled.

Europe: European markets fell on Thursday, after seven straight sessions of gains, as weaker commodity prices weighted on the mining sector.

U.S: U.S markets closed flat as investors took a more risk off approach. DJIA: +7.91 20619.77 S&P: -2.03 2347.22 NASDAQ: -4.54 5814.90

Word of The Day:

Leading Indicator

A measurable economic factor that can indicate a change in the economy before it starts to follow a pattern or trend. For example, bond yields are thought of as leading indicators because bond traders anticipate and speculate trends in the economy. Leading indicators are used to help predict changes in the economy however, they are not always 100% accurate.

In Dinner or Drink:

Nutty Russian

3/4 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. amaretto almond liqueur
1/2 oz. Frangelico® hazelnut liqueur
4 oz. milk

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add vodka, amaretto and Frangelico. Fill with milk. Stir and serve.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend, Ya’ll!




Feb 16



Wal-Mart announced Wednesday it has acquired outdoor clothing and gear seller Moosejaw for $51 million as it continues to expand its online offerings. Moosejaw, based in Michigan, sells more than 400 brands in both stores and online. According to Wal-Mart the purchase gives it the experience of a well-established e-commerce player with strong industry relationships. Wal-Mart has struggled with slowing online sales over the last two years and has recently started acquiring companies it feels will help it better compete with online leader

No Go

Workers at Boeing Co.’s large plane-making facility in South Carolina voted against unionizing the plant in a move that could affect where the company manufactures future aircraft models. Nearly 74% of the 3,000-hourly staff at Boeing’s plants around Charleston voted not to recognize the International Associate of Machinist. Boeing established the Charleston, South Carolina plants in 2009 as an alternative to its main plane-making operations around Seattle, which are heavily unionized and have a history of strife between labor and management


Asia: Asian shares closed mostly lower on Thursday despite another record closing on Wall Street.

Europe: European markets closed higher as Fed head, Janet Yellen, hinted a rate hike could come as soon as next month.

U.S:  U.S. stocks closed mostly higher as traders continue to bet on President Trump’s pro-growth agenda. DJIA: +107.45 20,611.86 NASDAQ: +36.87 5,819.44 S&P: +11.67 2,349.25

Word of The Day:

Credit Risk

The risk investors could lose their principal or financial reward when a borrower fails to repay a loan or otherwise meet a contractual obligation. Investors are compensated for assuming credit risk by higher interest payments from the borrower or issuer of a debt obligation.

Dinner or Drink:

The Paper Plane:

  • 3/4 oz. bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. Amaro Nonino
  • 3/4 oz. Aperol
  • Lemon Twist

Combine all the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, flute or coupé. Or pour into a lowball glass with a single large ice-cube. Garnish with a lemon twist.



Feb 15


Breaking Up Is Hard

Health Insurer, Cigna announced yesterday it is done with Anthem and its proposed $48 billion acquisition bid. The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s ruling by a judge that the merger violated antitrust laws. Cigna is now seeking a $1.85 million termination fee from Anthem because of breaches in their merger agreement. Per a regulatory filing, Cigna calms Anthem acted in a manner that made it highly unlikely the deal would receive regulatory approval and has harmed Cigna interest and its shareholders. Anthem on the other hand says it Cigna does not have the right to terminate their relationship and is confident the merger will still happen sometime this year.


General Motors is weighing the sale of tis beleaguered Opel AG unit to French car maker Peugeot. The move is a bold retreat by CEO Mary Bara from the European marketplace. The auto giant announced Tuesday it was discussing its existing partnership with Peugeot, including a sale of GM Opel AG division which hasn’t turned a profit this century. The sale however, would reduce GM’s volume by 10% and knock the No. 1 automaker out of the chase to be the top global seller of automobiles. Ms. Barra, has been dismantling unprofitable partnerships and a sale would likely boost margins and free up money for the company to use on pushing future technology, such as self-driving cars.


Asia: Asian stocks closed mostly in the green on Wednesday after yesterday’s record breaking day on Wall Street.

Europe: European markets closed higher as new mergers & acquisitions activity had investors feeling confident.

U.S: U.S. shares closed at record highs on Tuesday as investor seemed giddy about what the future holds for the U.S. DJIA: +92.25 20,504.41 NASDAQ: +18.62 5,782.57 S&P: +9.33 2,337.58

Word of The Day:

Risk-Return Tradeoff

The principal that potential return will rise with an increase in risk. Low levels of uncertainty (Low-risk) are associated with low potential returns, whereas high levels of uncertainty (high risk) are associated with potential high returns.

Dinner or Drink:

Sunny Daze

1 oz. sweet and sour mix
1 oz. orange juice
3 oz. ginger ale
3 oz. Seagram’s® VO Canadian whisky


Start with the 3oz of VO at the bottom then top with sour mix, then OJ, and finish with Ginger Ale and stir for 2 seconds.

Feb 14



Mercedes-Benz announced Monday they will no longer sell their gas-powered Smart cars in the U.S. and Canada after the 2017 model year. The Smart car, introduced in the U.S. in 2008, is eight feet, eight inches long, two seat cars unlike anything Americans had ever seen. It was based on a 1998 design that has changed little over the years. The company will continue to make the electric version of the vehicle and assures all the microcar fans in the world it will dedicate focus to the Smart car as it moves to unveil other electric cars in the future.

Going Down….

Shares of Toshiba tumbled down 8% on Tuesday after the company announced it would postpone issuing its official earnings and book a $6.3 billion write-down on its nuclear business.  According to the company, an internal whistleblower raised suspicions the management of Toshiba’s U.S. nuclear subsidiary, Westinghouse Electric Co., had exerted inappropriate pressure over the units accounting. During interviews with employees, a law firm hired by the company found multiple inconsistencies in their stories. Since the company could not release its earnings while the investigation is still ongoing, it asked for a one month extension from the Japan’s Stock Exchange.  In additional to all the external turmoil Toshiba’s chairman will be stepping down this year. And you thought you were having a bad week….


Asia: Asian markets closed mostly lower on Tuesday, as investors tread cautiously ahead of Tuesday’s congressional testimony of Federal Reserve Janet Yellen.

Europe:  European markets closed higher on Monday as investors digested the European Commission’s latest economic forecast for the Eurozone.

U.S: U.S. shares closed higher on Monday as the Trump Rally gained steamed. DJIA: +142.79 20,142.79 NASDAQ: +29.83 5,763.96 S&P: +12.15 2,38.25

Word of The Day:

Animal Spirits

A term used to describe the human emotion that drives consumer confidence.

Dinner or Drink…


2 oz. banana liqueur
1 oz. vodka
3 oz. cranberry juice

Shake banana liqueur, vodka, and cranberry juice with ice cubes and strain into a red wine glass.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Feb 13



Auto maker Ford has acquired majority ownership of artificial started Argo AI and plans to invest $ 1 billion in the company. The investment will be made during the next five years as part of Ford’s efforts to develop a self-driving car by 2021. The deal is structured in a way that aims to keep Argo as a nimble startup while allowing for technology to be integrated into vehicle development. While Ford will get exclusive access to what the company develops, Argo could ultimately license the technology to other auto makers.


Wireless provider Verizon will begin offering unlimited data plans to customers starting Monday. Verizon will let customers keep their current plans or opt for a new $80 monthly plan, for a single line, with unlimited data, talking, and texting.  Families can also upgrade and pay $45 per line lines. There are a couple catches… Customers must agree to AutoPay and paper-free billing. The move comes amid growing competition in the wireless industry. Verizon has been a holdout however, its competitor Sprint continued to gain ground on Verizon and No. 2 provider AT&T by offering their unlimited offerings. Verizon hopes the move to unlimited will stem any further exodus and add new customers.


Asia: Asian markets closed higher as investors shook off geopolitical concerns over North Korea’s weekend ballistic missile test.

Europe: European shares closed flat on Friday as investors waited for the meeting between President Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Able.

U.S: U.S. markets closed higher on Friday as stronger earnings and investor optimistic over the Trump administration promises of tax relief and decreased regulation had markets in rally mode.  DJIA: +96.97 20,269.37    NASDAQ: +18.95 5734.13 S&P: -8.23 2,316.10

Word of The Day:

Dollar Cost Averaging:

A technique used to buy a fixed dollar amount of an investment on a regular schedule, regardless of price. Theoretically, most shares are purchased when prices are low, and fewer shares are purchased when prices are high.

Dinner or Drink…

Monday Cocktail

1 1/2 oz. whiskey
1/2 oz. brandy
1/2 oz. blueberry brandy
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp sugar

Shake all ingredients with ice; strain into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange slice if desired.

Feb 10


Belt Tightening

Clothing manufacture LL Bean is moving to cut costs by freezing pensions and offering voluntary early retirements. The company is also looking at its generous shipping and return polices as part of its cost savings mission. The Freeport- based outdoor retailer will freeze its defined-benefit pension plan and boost its 401(K) saving contributions to all 5,000 of its workers. LL Bean has always offered free shipping on everything and a liberal satisfaction guarantee. Both have led to abuse and sky rocketed company’s costs. Company officials announced they are considering how they will change the policy to combat fraudulent returns and will make an announcement later this year.

The Answer Is No

A U.S. district Judge ruled the merger between health insurance giants Cigna and Anthem would significantly reduce competition in an already concentrated insurance market and the answer to their marriage is NO. The judge was unconvinced by Anthem’s argument the merged company could save money for its customers by combining the two insurers defend approaches to cost savings. In the past Anthem, had negotiated lower payments to doctors and hospitals, while Cigna took on higher upfront expenses for wellness in hopes of reducing future health expenses. Both companies are looking at their options.


Asia: Asian markets closed out the week in the green after a positive handoff from Wall Street.

Europe: European markets closed higher for a third day after investor received another round of smooth corporate earnings.

U.S: U.S. markets closed higher after Trump promised amazing tax plan. DJIA: +118.06 20172.40 NASDAQ: +32.73 5715.18 S&P: +13.20 2307.87

Word of The Day:

Operating Margin

A measurement of what portion of a company’s revenue is left over after paying for the variable costs of production like wages or material costs. Operating margin give analyst an idea how much a company makes (before interest and taxes) for each dollar of sales. The higher a company’s operating margins, the better off the company is.

Dinner or Drink:

Judge Jr.

3/4 oz. rum

3/4 oz. gin
1/4 tsp grenadine syrup
1/4 tsp powdered sugar
1/2 Oz fresh lemon juice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

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Feb 9


Chips Anyone?

Intel Corp. announced on Wednesday it plans to make a $7 billion investment in a major manufacturing facility in Arizona. The facility itself has already been built however, it was never actually put into service. The company will hire and employ 3,000 high-skilled manufacturing jobs. Chips made at the facility will be used in emerging technologies that Intel is launching to move away from the personal computing business. The new chips will be produce within three to four years and take advantage of a next-generation manufacturing recipe that will etch even tinier transistors onto chips.

Human Touch

Over the last month, Bank of America Corp has opened three completely automated branches. Customers can use ATM’s and video conferences with employees at other branches to help with their banking needs. Like many other U.S. banks, Bank of America in recent years have been reducing its overall branch count to cut costs. The bank’s new branches are typically smaller, employ more technology, and are aimed at selling mortgages, credit cards, and auto loans rather than simple transactions such as cashing checks. The new totally automated branches are currently open in Minneapolis and Denver and are about a quarter of the size of a typical branch.


Asia: Asian shares closed higher on Thursday as crude and gold prices climbed.

Europe: European markets closed higher on Wednesday as investors cheered corporate earnings.

U.S: U.S. shares closed mixed on Wednesday as investors remain jittery about the new administration and its potential policies. DJIA: –35.95 20,054.34 NASDAQ: +8.24 5,682.45 S&P: +1.59 2,2947.67

Word of The Day:

Dual Listing

The ability for a company to list its shares on more than one exchange helping to provide more liquidity and allowing investors greater choice where they can trade their shares.

Dinner or Drink:

Flirty Fizz

  • 1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
  • 2 parts Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Club Soda
  • Garnish with Cranberries

Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with cranberries.


Feb 8



Shares of Michael Kors Holding tumbled on Tuesday after the company announced its quarterly earnings and revised its outlook for the year. The company reported a revenue decrease of 3.2% to $1.35 billion in the three months ending December 31. Sales at the company’s retail stores open at least 12 months fell 6.9% and sales to department stores dropped 18%. According to the company discounting in North America stores have dented its quarterly profit and sales. The company will now start to improve the quality of its handbags and accessories to sell more full-price goods. The company announced last year it would cut back sales of its products to department stores in hope less inventory would translate into more full-priced sales. Shares of the company closed at $36.82, down $4.46, on Tuesday.

On Fire

Apple Inc. has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, former head of Inc.’s Fire TV unit, as a vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing. The move comes as the company renews its focus on Apple TV and providing more content for the device, an effort that has been stalled by failed negotiations with content providers. Apple TV represents a slice of the company’s other products revenue category, which generated just more than 5 percent of Apple’s sales in fiscal 2016. Sales of Apple TV have decreased since the last hardware update for the set-top device was released in 2015.


Asia: Asian markets closed mixed on Wednesday as oil prices declined after a surprise buildup.

Europe: European markets closed higher as investors kept their eyes on better economic data and corporate earnings.

U.S: U.S stocks closed higher on Tuesday as investors digested a slew of corporate earnings. DJIA: +37.87 20,090.29 NASDAQ: +10.867 5,674.21 S&P: +0.52 2,293.08

Word of the Day:

Top Line

A reference to the gross sales or revenue of a company.

Dinner or Drink:

Fashion Victim

1/2 oz. Skyy® citrus vodka
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao liqueur
1 oz. grenadine syrup
1 1/2 oz. Skyy® cosmopolitan mix
1/2 oz. triple sec
Sprite® soda

Shake all but the Sprite in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour over a glass half-filled with ice cubes. Add the Sprite to taste, and a maraschino cherry, and serve.

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Feb 6


Little Blue Box

Tiffany & Co announced Sunday its CEO, Frederic Cunmenal, will step down as chief executive officer, after the jeweler suffered disappointing financial results. According to the company its sales during the November-December holiday period were lower than expected, hurt by lower consumer spending and a drop-in sale at its flagship New York store. The retailer’s chairman and previous CEO will serve as interim Captain while the board of director’s searches for a new leader.

I See You

Alphabet Inc’s Google announced it will sell its satellite business to competitor Plant Labs Inc. for share in the startup. Under the deal, Planet will acquire Google’s satellite-imagery Terra Bella unit and its seven satellites in orbit. In exchange, Google will receive a stake in the company and has agreed to purchase satellite images from the company for the next five years. The move comes as Google believes it can save money simplifying its business if it buys satellite imagery from a third party instead of launching and operation a network of satellites. Google purchased Terra Bella for $500 million in 2014. The sale of Terra Bella is the latest move by Alphabet to shed some of its bolder bets and concentrate on other areas of its business.


Asia: Asian markets closed higher on Monday as investors reacted to Friday’s jobs report.

Europe: European markets closed higher on Friday after the U.S. jobs report blew away analyst expectations.

U.S: U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday after the jobs report blow away analyst expectations. DJIA: +186.55 20,071.46 NASDAQ: +30.57 5,666.77 S&P: +16.57 2,297.42

Word of The Day:

Fiscal Deficit

Occurs when a government’s total expenditures exceed the revenue it generates. Different from debit, which is an accumulation of a counties yearly deficits.

Dinner or Drink:

Big Blue Sky

1/2 oz. Blue Curacao liqueur
1/2 oz. light rum
1/2 oz. cream of coconut
2 oz. pineapple juice
1 cup ice

Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve in a red wine glass.

Feb 3


Now Hiring….

On Friday, the Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report. According to the report the overall economy added 227,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate is at 4.8%.

Run Pony Run

In fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out. On Thursday, design house Ralph Lauren announced its CEO will be leaving in May due to differences he had with the company’s namesake founder and chairman.  Stefan Larsson took the rains over in September 2015 after leaving the Gap’s Old Navy unit. Investors were thrilled with the hire as it would free up Ralph Lauren, who had been CEO, to focus on designing and the company’s long-term plans. CFO, Jane Nielsen will lead Ralph Lauren as it searches for a new CEO. The news sent shares of the company tumbling in Thursday trading.


Asia: Chinese markets closed in the red after returning from a week-long holiday, after private Chinese manufacturing survey missed forecasts and China’s central bank surprised marked by raising its short-term lending rates.

Europe: European markets closed lower on Thursday despite the Bank of England raising its growth forecast for the next couple of years.

U.S: U.S shares closed flat on Thursday as investors wait for Friday’s jobs reports. DJIA: -6.03 19,884.91 S&P: +1.30 2,280.85 NASDAQ: -6.45 5,636.20

Word of The Day:

Penny Stock:

A stock which trades at relatively low prices, such as a couple pennies, and has a relatively low market capitalization.  Penny stocks usually trade outside of the major market exchanges. This type of stock is generally considered to be highly speculative and high risk because of their lack of liquidity, large bid-ask spreads, small capitalization and limited following and disclosure.  Often penny stocks trade over the counter through the OTCBB and pink sheets.

Dinner or Drink…

Birthday Cake

3  Malibu® coconut rum

1/3 vanilla vodka
1/3 lemonade

Mix it all.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend, Ya’ll!

Feb 2



Facebook’s Oculus lost its battle against game maker ZeniMax, leaving the social media giant on the hook for $500 million. A jury found Facebook guilty of stealing intellectual property from Zenimax and ordered the company to pay $500 million in damages. In the lawsuit ZeniMax alleged Oculus founder and ex-ZeniMax employee, Palmer Luckey, of commercial exploited ZeniMax’s computer code and trade secrets to get his products off the ground. The jury found Oculus guilty of copyright infringement, failure to comply with a non-disclosure agreement, and misuse of trademarks


The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks totaling nearly $20 million to more than 617,000.00 T-Mobile customers who had third-party charges added to their mobile bills because of cramming. The refunds are a result of the December 2014 settlement reached with T-Mobile. As part of the settlement T-Mobile agreed to refund unwanted third-party charges to is customers who applied for a refund. The company also agreed to remit to the FCA any remaining funds up to $90 million that were not distributed under the order. The FTC will use the excess money to rebate customers who did not apply for the refund. Cramming occurs when third parties charge unwanted $9.99 monthly fees for horoscopes, sports scores, and celebrity gossip via text message. The FTS alleged T-Mobile received 35-40% of the fees charged by the third-providers, and then failed to remove the charges when customers complained.


Asia: Asian markets closed lower on Thursday as investors ran away from risky assets an into safe havens.

Europe: European markets closed higher on Wednesday as investors felt giddy over corporate earnings.

U.S: U.S. shares closed higher on Wednesday after the Fed Reserve decided not to hike rates during their meeting and the private sector grew at a faster pace in January. DJIA: +26. 85 19,890.94 NASDAQ: +27.866 5,642.65 S&P: +0.63 2,279.55

Word of The Day:

Risk-Return Tradeoff

The principal that potential return will rise with an increase in risk. Low levels of uncertainty (Low-risk) are associated with low potential returns, whereas high levels of uncertainty (high risk) are associated with potential high returns.

Dinner or Drink:

Final Word

  • 0.5 oz. Rye
  • 0.5  oz. green French herbal liqueur
  • 0.5  oz. maraschino liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice

Glass: Coupe Glass

  1. Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake for 10 seconds.
  3. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass.
Feb 1


Now Hiring

Payroll provider ADP released their monthly jobs report on Tuesday. According to the report the private sector added 246,000 jobs in January, well surpassing analyst estimates of 164,000. Next up Friday’s Department of Labor’s NFP report detailing the number of jobs the overall economy added.

The Slump is Over

On Tuesday, Apple reported earnings and the reversal of a three-quarter long decline in iPhone sales. For the company’s fiscal first quarter, iPhone shipments rose to 78.3 million vs. 74.8 million for the same period last year. Sales of its iPads were not so lucky and remained weak coming in at 13.1 million vs last year’s 16.1 million for the same period. Overall the company’s earnings came in better-than-expected at $3.36 per shares on revenues of $78.4 billion. The company also increased their cash balance to a new record of $159 billion, mostly held offshore.


Walmart has decided to discontinue its Amazon Prime copycat program ShippingPass. The program had offered unlimited two-day shipments on for $49 annually. Instead, the discount giant will cut the minimum for free shipping and will speed up deliveries. Walmart customers can now get free shipping on orders of at least $35 and shipping will come down from four to seven days for standard shipping to two days. Non-prime member currently receives free shipping on orders of $49 and delivery can take five to eight days.


Asia: Asian shares closed mostly higher on Wednesday after China’s manufacturing sector showed signs of expansion in January.

Europe: European markets closed lower on Tuesday as investor uncertainty about Trump’s administration continues.

U.S: U.S. markets closed on Tuesday as the chaos in Washington is causing investors to climb a wall or worry. DJIA: -107.04 19,864.09 NASDAQ: +1.07 5,614.79 S&P: -2.03 2,278.87

Word of The Day:

NFP Report (Non-Farm Payroll)

The monthly non-farm payroll (NFP) report is a key economic indicator. It represents the total number of paid workers in the U.S. minus farm employees, government employees, private household employees and employees of nonprofit organizations.

Dinner or Drink:

Dad’s Bourbon Mary

  • 2 parts Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1/4-part Jalapeño Juice
  • 1/2 part Bloody Mary Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 dashes Celery Bitters
  • 2 dashes Tabasco® Hot Sauce
  • Cracked Pepper, Black
  • Rim Glass with Black Sea Salt
  • Garnish with Bacon
  • Garnish with Basil Leaves
  • Garnish with Lemon Wedges

*Use bottled Bloody Mary Mix of your choice or Homemade Bloody Mary Mix:
¼ part Tomato Juice
¼ part Beef Stock
½ tsp. Horseradish

Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, jalapeño juice, Bloody Mary mix, lemon juice, celery bitters, Tabasco®, cracked black pepper and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with black sea salt. Garnish with a slice of cooked bacon, clapped basil leaf and a lemon wedge.

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