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Jul 31


Now Hiring

Amazon (AMZN) will hold a giant job fair next week at nearly a dozen warehouses across the U.S. The company plans to offer thousands of people jobs on the spot to pack or sort boxes and help ship them to customers. Most of the jobs will count toward Amazon’s previously announced goal off adding 100,000 full-time workers by mid-2018, The job fairs will take place on Wednesday and include tours, sessions with company representatives, and an introduction to the company automation technology. Full time positions with health insurance, disability insurance, retirements savings plans and company stock will be offered at a starting rate of $13 an hour.

Animal Planet

Discovery Communication will buy Scripps Network Interactive for $14.6 billion. The deal is expected to boost the combined company’s negotiating leverage with pay TV operators. The acquisition will bring together Scripp’s largely female audience of lifestyle channels like HGTV, Travel Channel, and Food Network with Discovery’s Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, which are primarily viewed by males. The marriage also helps Discovery cut costs and use Scripp’s shows to further its international reach. Shareholders of Scripp’s will receive $90 a share in cash and stock for each share they hold. The deal is expected to close by early 2018.


Asia: Asian markets closed mostly higher as investors shrugged off heightened geopolitical tensions and lower-than-expected China economic data.

Europe: European shares closed lower on Friday after tobacco stocks took a tumble and Amazon’s earning miss.

U.S: U.S markets closed mixed on Friday despite an array of political and geopolitical events and a stronger GDP reading. DJIA: +33.76 21,830.31 NASDAQ: -7.51 6,374.68 S&P: -3.32 2,472.10

Word of The Day:

Tender Offer

An offer to purchase some or all a corporation’s outstanding shares, usually at a premium to the market price.

Dinner or Drink:

Angel’s Fall

1 1/2 oz. amaretto almond liqueur
3/4 oz. gin
3/4 oz. vodka
1/4 oz. 151 rum
1/4 oz. Myer’s® dark rum
1/4 oz. dark rum
1/4 oz. light rum
1 1/2 oz. grenadine syrup
1 splash cranberry juice
1 splash pineapple juice
1 splash grapefruit juice


Pour all ingredients into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes, and serve



Jul 28


Tea Time

On Thursday, coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) reported its third quarter earnings. The company’s revenue came in higher at $5.7 billion, up 8.1% from last year’s $5.2 billion. The company’s revenue prospered by building on marketing coups from its popular loyalty program to its unicorn Frappuccino.  Second quarter earnings came in at $691.6 Million or 47 cents a share down 8.3% from $754.1 million, or 51 cents for the same quarter last year. Starbuck’s did surprise analyst when it announced the closing of all 379 of its Teavana stores, which are mostly situated in malls over the coming year. Teavana’s 3,300 employees will be able to apply for positions at any of the Starbucks of their choosing.

Pretty Good

E-commerce giant, Amazon announced it eked out its smallest quarterly profit in nearly two years on Thursday. The company reported a profit of $197 million on $38 billion in sales in the second quarter as it invested in new warehouses and delivery capacity for its retail business and data centers for cloud services. The company also poured money into hiring engineers to work on its artificial intelligence Alexa service. Amazon’s 25% increase in sales continues to come at the expense of traditional retailers, who struggle to keep foot traffic from declining as more customers opt to shop from home.


Asia: Asian stocks closed out the week lower as investors sifted through regional corporate earnings.

Europe: European markets posted gains on Thursday as more than 85 companies reported earnings.

U.S: U.S. markets closed mostly higher on Thursday as investors ran away from technology stocks and into financial stocks. DJIA: -85.54 21796.55 NASDAQ: -40.56 6382.19 S&P: -2.41 2475.42

Word of The Day:

Dollar Index:

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

Dinner or Drink:

Cattie Surprise

1 1/2 oz. Bananas Over You® liqueur
1/2 oz. DeKuyper® Buttershots liqueur
13 oz. semi-skimmed milk
whipped cream
Hershey’s® chocolate syrup
1 maraschino cherry

Combine the first 3 ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frothy.

Decorate a tall glass internally with swirls of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup and strain the shaker mixture into glass without ice.

Top with whipped cream and garnish with maraschino cherry. Serve with a straw.

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Jul 27


The Fox….

Foxconn Technology Group announced it will build a new $10 billion plant in Wisconsin to make display panels used in televisions and other products. The company, which helped cement China’s dominance in electronics manufacturing, new factory is expected to employ 3,000 people initially and as many as 13,000. Foxconn announced its plans for the new factory on Wednesday at a White House ceremony. The plan marks the first major U.S. investment for the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics, maker of iPhones, and other gadgets for Apple Inc. With the move, Foxconn is betting the U.S can rebuild an electronics supply chain that largely shifted to China and other lower-cost Asian countries in recent decades.


E-commerce giant, Amazon, launched its two-hour delivery service Prime Now in Singapore on Thursday. The service will be free to customers whose orders cost at least 40 Singaporean dollars ($29) and there is an extra up charge of 10 Singaporean dollars ($7.37) for shoppers to have their goods delivered in an hour. The Seattle company does face competition in Singapore, going up against local rival Lazada, which is owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Southeast Asia’s e-commerce industry topped $15 billion last year, and the number of digital consumers has increased 50% this year.


Asia: Asian markets closed higher on Thursday as oil prices continued to climb and the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep rates unchanged.

Europe: European shares closed higher as oil prices continued their rally.

U.S: U.S. stocks closed mostly higher on Wednesday on the back of strong corporate earnings and the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged. DJIA: +97.58 21,711.01 NASDAQ: +10.573 6,422.74 S&P: +0.70 2,477.83

Word of The Day:


The collection of stocks, bonds, cash, mutual funds, ETFs, and other investments that an investor owns.

Dinner or Drink:

Quick Fox

1 oz. Irish cream
1 oz. melon liqueur
1 oz. Kahlua® coffee liqueur

Carefully layer each ingredient on top of the previous and serve.

Jul 25


Call the Doctor….

Online health publisher WebMD Health has agreed to be bought by private equity firm KKR for around $2.8 billion. The deal brings together WebMD’s websites like,, with those owned by KKR unit Internet Brands, including and Shareholders of WebMD will receive $66.50 per share, a premium of 20.5 percent to WebMD’s Friday closing price. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

I want my Jimmy Choo’s

Michael Kors Holding will purchase upscale shoemaker Jimmy Choo for $1.17 billion as the company looks to find new avenues for growth amid the slowdown of its core handbag business. Sales of handbags are lagging amid price competition and an environment of heavy discounting that have put pressure on bottom line and encouraged women to trade down to smaller less expensive purses. Buying Jimmy Choo gives Michael Kors a foothold into the fast-growing luxury shoe business and a well-respected name with an international present.


Asia: Asian markets closed mostly lower on Tuesday as investor remain cautious ahead of this week’s Federal Reserve meeting.

Europe:  European shares closed lower on Monday with automakers hitting their lowest level this year after anti-trust regulators opened an investigation.

U.S: U.S. markets closed mostly lower on Monday, as investors gear up for more corporate earnings and this week’s Federal Reserve meeting. DJIA: -66.90 21,513.17 NASDAQ: +23.05 6,410.81 S&P: +2.63 2,469.91

Word of The Day:

Market Capitalization

Market capitalization is calculated by multiplying a company’s outstanding shares by the current market price of one share. Market Capitalization is used to determine whether a company is categorized as a small cap, mid cap, small/mid cap, or large cap.

Dinner or Drink:

Blue Bird:

1 1/2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. triple sec
1 dash bitters

Add gin, bitters and triple sec to a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry and lemon twist.


Jul 24



Now you can wear your favorite McDonald’s food while eating it from the comfort of your own home. The fast food giant, who recently started offer delivery service, is now looking to make its customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that included an adult-size Big Mac onesie. McDonald’s describes its new McDeliver Collection as a selection of fun, fashion forward items. The collection also includes French fry-themed sweatsuits, sandals, hamburger pillowcases and a picnic blanket dotted with McDonald’s items.


Asia: Asian markets closed mixed on Monday as investors turned their attention to the week’s meeting of the Federal Reserve.

Europe: European shares closed sharply lower on Friday despite better than expected corporate earnings.

U.S: U.S stocks closed lower on Friday as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings. DJIA: -31.71 21,580.07 NASDAQ: -2.25 6,387.75 S&P: -0.91 2,472.54

Word of The Day:

Income Statement

A company’s financial statement which measures financial performance over a specific accounting period. Financial performance is assessed by providing a summary of how the business incurs its revenues and expenses through operating and non-operating activities. The statement also shows the net profit or loss over a fiscal quarter or year.

Dinner or Drink:

Fresh Air

1 oz. gin
1 oz. Bianco vermouth
1 oz. mint liqueur

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes and lemon slices, and serve.

Today’s daily digest is dedicated to our beloved AJ, who passed away yesterday. He was an important part of our family and the inspiration for ask AJ.

Jul 23


I don’t feel well

Chipotle Mexican Grill is facing another blemish to its already damaged reputation. The burrito chain announced it will temporarily close one of its restaurants in Sterling, VA, after learning a small number of patrons reported issues characteristic of the norovirus. Norovirus is spread virally and is not the result of contaminated food. The chain is working with health authorities to understand what the cause may be and to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. The closed location is expected to reopen after a thorough sanitizing. Shares of Chipotle plugged 4.3% on Tuesday with trading volume more than eight times its average level.

Big Blue

IBM reported another quarter of falling profit and sales, adding to doubts Chief Executive Ginni Rometty’s lengthy effort to reinvent the 106-year-old technology company is working. The technology giant reported second quarter revenue dropped 4.7%, to $19.3 billion, marking the 21-consecutive quarter of declining sales at IBM. The company did report a 15% increase in cloud revenue from a year earlier. Ms. Rometty, who became CEO in January 2012, is placing bets on markets IBM calls “strategic initiatives” including cloud computing as well as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Big Blue slid more than 5% in after-hours trading and has dropped roughly 8% this year.


Asia: Asian markets closed higher on Wednesday as investors wait for this week’s ECB meeting.

Europe: European markets closed lower after a surprise decline in the U.K inflation made investors wonder how it will affect central bank policy.

U.S: U.S markets closed mixed after the health care bill was declared officially dead and investors sifted through a slew of corporate earnings.  DJIA: -54.99 21574.73 NASDAQ: +29.87 6344.31 S&P: +1.47 2460.61

Word of The Day:

Stop Loss

An order placed to sell a security once it reaches a certain price. Stop Loss orders are designed to limit an investors loss in a security.

Dinner or Drink:

The Luchadora

1 part Tequila

1 Lime Wedges

A pinch Cayenne Pepper

Pour the tequila in the shot glass. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on your hand, like you would with salt. Lick the cayenne, being careful to avoid contact with your eyes. Take the shot and bite the lime.

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Jul 21



Sears announced plans to sell Kenmore-branded appliances on The new “Smart” appliances will be integrated with Amazon’s Alexa platform, allowing customers to change the temperature on their air conditioner without leaving the sofa.  Appliances has long been Sear’s bread and butter in the retail world, but the space has become overcrowded with players like Best Buy, Costco, and J.C. Penny. In partnering with Amazon, Sears is looking to expand its reach and grow its business. However, the move also gives customers an excuse not visit a Sears store. Shares of Sears climbed on Thursday while shares of its competitors plunged.

In The Clouds

On Thursday, Microsoft reported stronger than expected gains as it continues its rebirth as a force in the cloud computing world. The Redmond, Wash. Company said Thursday revenue from its cloud segment rose 11% to $7.4 billion. The company also reported earnings of 98 cents per share compared to 39 cents a year ago. The software giant has been working to expand its business, and now has solidified its spot as the No. 2 provider of on-demand computing processing and storage behind Amazon.


Asia:  Asian markets closed mostly lower on Friday as investors reacted to the ECB’s interest rate decision.

Europe: European markets closed mixed on Thursday after the ECB left interest rates unchanged.

U.S.:  Closed mostly lower on Thursday as investors reacted to corporate earnings. DJIA: -28.97 21,611.78 NASDAQ: +4.96 6390.00 S&P: -0.38 2473.45

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.

In Dinner or Drink:

Grand Coffee

1 oz. Grand Marnier, warmed

3 oz. Hot brewed coffee

.75 oz. Brown sugar syrup, if desired

Pour all the ingredients into a mug or heat-proof highball glass and stir.



Jul 18


Pizza, Pizza….

Yum Brands, parent company of Pizza Hut, will hire around 14,000 delivery drivers by the end of 2017, or about 3,000 a month. The company will also add a new technology system to help improve the reliability and accuracy of its deliveries. The new Delivery Network Algorithm will better predict how long a delivery will take based on local weather conditions, construction, and traffic issues among other things. Pizza Hut hopes all the new changes it is making will help better serve customers and lead to more orders. The new moves are a result of Yum plans to invest $130 million in the struggling pizza chain to upgrade equipment, improve restaurant technology and boost advertising spending through 2018.


On Monday, streaming content giant Netflix reported its second quarter earnings. Netflix’s revenue jumped by 32% to $2.79 billion, while the company’s operating profit margin went down to 4.6%, compared to 9.7% in the first quarter.  Netflix however, blew Wall Street expectation away adding 5.2 million subscribers including 4.14 million international subscribers, well above the company’s target of 2.6 million. The company ended the quarter with nearly 104 million subscribers globally.  Shares of the company jumped 9%.


Asia:  Asian markets closed lower after the dollar tanked on news the health care bill is official dead.

Europe: European markets closed mixed as investors juggled good economic news from China and another round of Brexit talks.

US: U.s markets closed flat as investor anticipate a slew of earnings reports this week. DJIA: -8.02 21,629.72 Nasdaq: + 1.97 6314.43 S&P -0.13 2459.14

Word of the Day:

Income Statement

A company’s financial statement which measures financial performance over a specific accounting period. Financial performance is assessed by providing a summary of how the business incurs its revenues and expenses through operating and non-operating activities. The statement also shows the net profit or loss over a fiscal quarter or year.

Dinner or Drink:

Italian Lemonade

2 limoncello lemon liqueur

1 part vodka
1-2 sweet and sour mix
2 Sprite® soda


Get the highball glass and put your ice in it. Pour in 2 parts Limoncello to 1 part of any vodka (I use Smirnoff). Pour in your Sprite/7Up. Stir. Add 1 part Sweet and Sour. Stir, taste. If you feel it needs more Sweet and Sour adjust it to meet your tastes (I personally use 1.5 parts Sweet and Sour).

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Jul 17


Engaging Talks

Sprint Corp (S) Chairman Masayoshi Son is engaging in talks with Warren Buffet and John Malone, think two of the richest men in the world, to help infuse some much-needed cash into the troubled wireless provider. Sprint’s Chairman spoke to both men separately at the last week’s gathering of CEO’s in Sun Valley, Idaho. Both sets of talks are in the early stages and may not wheel a deal of any kind, but one rumor has Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway investing more than $10 billion into Sprint.  Mr. Son, who owns more than 80% of the company, has been shopping for a deal which will help the money losing wireless company who is saddled with more than $32 billion in debt. In recent months, Sprint has explored deals with T-Mobile and Charter Communications.


An error by Dow Jones & Co, owner of publications such as Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal, left some subscribers information exposed to possible unauthorized access while configuring a cloud-computing service. The records included customer names, usernames, email and physical addresses, and the last four digits of credit-card information for around 2.2 million subscribers. The exposed data was discovered by UpGuard Inc., a cybersecurity firm hired by the company. In additional to the subscriber information, data from the company’s Risk & Compliance service, which helps company follow international regulations, was also exposed. According to UpGuard around 1.6 million people and entities information was expose. The data breach is only one of several inadvertent leaks on cloud-computing systems by companies who are moving more of their data from servers the company themselves operated to those managed by Amazon. Com and others.


Asia: Asian markets closed lower on Monday despite China’s better-than-expected GDP reading.

Europe:  European markets closed higher on Friday as the world’s major central banks signaled they would likely not tighten monetary policy as soon as first anticipated.

U.S: U.S equities closed higher on Friday as investors felt giddy over the prospects of interest rates staying low for a while.  DJIA: +84.65 21,637.74 NASDAQ: +38.03 6,312.46 S&P: +11.44 2,459.270

Word of The Day:


A negative reverse moment of at least 10% in a stock, bond, commodity or index to adjust for overvaluation. Corrections are generally temporary price declines which interrupt an uptrend in the market or an asset. The duration of a correction is shorter than a bear market or recession however, they can be precursor to either.

Dinner or Drink:

Blue Banana

  • 1 part Creme de Banana Liqueur
  • 1 part Vodka
  • 1 1/2 parts Pucker® Island Punch Schnapps
  • 1 splash Pineapple Juice
  • Orange Wheel
  • Cherry Flag


Build over ice, stir gently, and serve. Garnish with orange wheel and cherry flag or any fresh fruit on hand.

Jul 14


Toy Story

J.C. Penny announced it will create toy shops within its department stores to boost store sales and create the magic of past childhoods. J.C Penny will add the toy shops, in all its 1,000 locations. The retailer had already added toys in 100 stores and had plans to expand its assortments for back-to-school shopping. The rollout reflects an aggressive turn for the retailer who is seeking to demonstrate its relevance amid the surging presences of


Honda Motor Company is recalling 1.2 million Accords in the U.S. due to battery sensors shorting out and causing a potential fire. The recall covers cars from 2013 through 2016 model years. According to the company sensors in the Accord’s negative terminal of the car’s battery weren’t properly sealed from moisture. Road salt can get in the cables, cause a short in the sensors, which could cause a fire. Owners can take their vehicles into the dealership and have their sensors inspected. If they are deemed to be faulty the dealership will replace them. If they are not, the dealership will seal the sensor with adhesive and replace the sensors when additional parts become available.


Asia: Asian markets closed out their week higher as oil prices seemed to have stabilized for now.

Europe: European indexes closed higher on Thursday lead by the financial sector.

U.S: U.S stocks closed higher on Thursday led by the financial and technology stocks. DJIA: +44.75 25,364.80 NASDAQ: +13.27 6274.44 S&P: +4.58 247.83

Word of The Day:

Asset Classes

A group of securities that have similar characteristics, behave similarly in the markets, and are subject to the same laws and regulations. The three main asset classes are equities (stocks), fixed-income (bonds), and cash equivalents (money market instruments).

Dinner or Drink:


  • 2 parts Light Rum
  • 1 part  Triple Sec Liqueur
  • 2 parts Pineapple Juice
  • 1 splash Grenadine
  • Garnish Orange Wedges
  • Garnish Maraschino Cherries

Add a splash of grenadine to the bottom of a hurricane glass. Layer other ingredients and stir gently. Garnish with a cherry and orange wedge.

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Jul 13



On Thursday, Target (TGT) announced it will raise its guidance for the companies’ second quarter earnings higher, citing a rise in traffic. The retailer now sees second-quarter earnings per share higher than its previous guidance range of 95 cents to $1.15. The company also expects to see a modest increase in comparable store sales. According CEO Brian Cornell following the companies better than expected results in the first quarter the company has seen additional broad-based improve in traffic and sales trends in the second quarter, despite the continued competitive environment in retail. Target also announced the company is pleased with the initial results of its Target Restock program, a next-day home delivery service it has been testing in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Target will release its second quarter earnings results on August 16.


Visa has a new offer for small merchants: we will pay you thousands of dollars to upgrade your payment technology and stop taking cash. On Wednesday, the company unveiled its new initiate as part of a broader effort to steer Americans away from paper money. Visa plans to give $10,000 a piece to 50 restaurants and food vendors to help pay for their technology and marketing costs. In return, the business must pledge to start a journey to cashless. Customers of the businesses would be able to pay for their goods and services with debit or credit cards or with their cellphones using electronic contactless payments like Apple Pay. Visa has long considered getting rid of cash as a priority. Visa processes 59% of the credit and debit card payments in the U.S. and makes money when consumer use their Visa branded cards by charging a fee to the bank or credit card company on each transaction. Visa will pick the participating merchants for its journey to cashless project through an application process. Online-only shops will be excluded.


Asia: Asian markets closed higher on Thursday as investors digested Fed head, Janet Yellen’s testimony.

Europe: European indexes closed higher on Wednesday lead by a rally in financial stocks.

U.S:  U.S. markets close higher on Wednesday after comments from Janet Yellen testimony that rate hikes will be more gradual. DJIA: +123.07 21,532.25 NASDAQ: +67.87 6,261.17 S&P: +17.72 2,443.25

Word of the Day:

Capital Markets

The markets where equities and debit instruments, aka. bonds, are sold.

Dinner or Drink:

Lucky Rita

  • 2 parts Tequila
  • 4 parts Limeade
  • Garnish with Lime

Serves 8. In a shaker filled with ice combine all ingredients and shake to chill. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice and rimmed with sugar. Garnish with a lime.

Jul 12


Gone Country

On Tuesday, Microsoft rolled out a plan to bring broadband internet to rural America. The plan, paid for by both corporate and government cash, would rely on nascent television “white space” technology to provide internet to rural households. White space technology uses unused broadcast frequencies set aside for television channels to send broadband data to customers using that frequency. The effort could connect the 23.4 million Americans in rural areas who lack high-speed internet access.


On Tuesday, a new online retailer was born. Brandlesss, based in San Francisco, sells generic health and environmentally conscious consumer staples all for $3. Yes, everything on the site is $3.00 no matter what it is. The business model for Brandless, cut out supermarkets and traditional marketing and funnel that money instead to making products that compete with pricier national name brands. In doing so, Brandless aims at capitalizing on the upheaval the packaged goods sector currently faces with increased competition from consumer shopping more online and demanding less-processed stuff in their food and necessities. Shipping will cost costumer’s $9 or for orders of $72 or more it’s Free. Customers also have the option of paying a $36-membership fee and receive free shipping on orders of $48 or more. Brandless has also paired with the Feeding America program and will donate one meal for each order placed on the site.


Asia: Asian equities closed mostly lower on Wednesday as the world awaits Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony before congress.

Europe: European shares closed lower on Tuesday as investors kept a close eye on the fluctuating price of oil and disappointing industry survey results.

U.S: U.S markets closed mostly flat on Tuesday as investors digested Trump Jr. ‘s email drama. DJIA: +0.55 21,409.07 S&P: -1.90 2,453.53 NASDAQ: -16.916,192.99

Word of The Day:

Par Value

The face value of a bond and is typically either $100 or $1000.

Dinner or Drink:

Summer Chill

45 ml vodka
15 ml banana syrup
5-10 ml lemon juice
60 ml orange juice
1 slice of banana

How to make:

1. Add 4 to 5 cubes of ice into a shaker.
2. Add all the above mentioned ingredients.
3. Shake well at least for 10 sec.
4. Once all the ingredients mixed well, strain into a pre-chilled martini glass.
5. Garnish with banana slice and serve

Jul 7


Now Hiring

On Friday, the Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report. According to the report the overall economy added 222,000 jobs in June, blowing away analyst expectations of 174,000. The unemployment rate is now at 4.4%,

Buy, Buy, Buy

Longtime rivals QVC and the Home Shopping Network have agreed to become one. The companies, famous for pitching products like the Miracle Mop have agreed to combine in an all-stock transaction valued at around $2.1 billion. The merger will give the combined company a greater scale to invest in emerging technologies. Both companies have struggled in the last several years as consumers migrated to online shopping and Amazon. Together, the two companies have 23 million global customers, including around two million who shop both QVC and HSN. Both companies depend on a business model which counts on viewers who may be tuning in during the day or unwinding at night to make impulse purchases. Shareholders of HSN will receive Series A QVC common stock at an equivalent of $40.36 per share of HSN owned. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.


Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has struck a deal to buy one of the largest power transmission companies in the U.S. Berkshire will buy bankrupt Energy Future Holding, for $9 billion in cash. Oncor, which is owned by Energy Future, formally TXU, was the subject of the largest leveraged buyout on record in 2007. The company, laden with debt filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014. Oncor will mesh well with Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which earned $24.07 billion last year. Berkshire Hathaway Energy is the second largest utility in the U.S. serving customers in 18 Western and Midwestern states. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval.


Asia: Asian shares closed lower on Friday after a weak hand off from Wall Street and global bond yields rise as geopolitical uncertainty grows.

Europe: European markets closed lower as investors focused on the Federal Reserve minutes and the G20 meeting.

U.S: U.S stocks closed lower after a disappointing jobs report. DJIA: -153.13 21,320.04 Nasdaq: -61.39 6,089.46 S&P -22.79 2,409.75

Word of The Day:

REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust):

A type of security which can sell like a stock on the major exchanges and invests in real estate directly. REIT’s receive special tax considers and typically offer investors higher yields.

Dinner or Drink:

Friday Forgetfulness

2 oz. Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1 oz. Bacardi® white rum
1 oz. butterscotch schnapps
4-6 oz. milk


In a tumbler glass or mason jar put in about 4 ice cubes, the Kahlua, Bacardi rum, Butterscotch Schnapps and Milk. Stir to blend if needed.

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Jul 6


Help Wanted

On Thursday, private payroll provider, ADP released its monthly jobs report. According to the report, the private sector added 158,000 jobs in June, well below the 185,000 jobs analyst expected. Investors will now turn their focus to tomorrow’s release of the government’s monthly jobs report.


Amazon has joined the wine making business developing a new wine brand called Next. The new brand is produced by King Vintners, a subsidiary of Oregon’s King Estate Winery. The new wine line includes a Pinot Gris for $20, a Red Blend for $30, and a Pinot Noir for $40. The new line is a departure from Amazon, as its aim is not to undercut competition with bargain-basement prices. According to Amazon, the new wine line will help to re-establish the connection between winemakers and today’s digital village. Next maybe Amazon’s first wine but it’s not the company’s first intro the alcohol marketplace. Amazon launched its online wine marketplace, Amazon Wine, in 2012. The company also offers alcohol delivery in some U.S. cities in as little as one hour, in partnership with local shops and its Prime Now service.


Asia: Asian markets closed lower on Thursday as oil prices rose, but failed to recoup all its overnight losses.

Europe: European shares closed slightly higher on Wednesdays as investors assessed geopolitical tensions.

U.S: U.S. markets closed mostly higher on Wednesday as the minutes from the Federal Reserve showed it will start paring down its balance sheet in the very near future. DJIA: -1.10 21478.17 NASDAQ: -40.80 6150.86 S&P 500: +3.53 2432.54

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:


1 jug of sangria
1 L orange soda
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
cut in cubes melons
cut in cubes pineapples
slices of oranges
lots of ice
cut in cubes strawberries

Use a large punch bowl, add the Sangria (Carlo and Rossi or any dry red wine) add sugar, cinnamon, fresh fruit, and orange soda. Refrigerate for at least two hours, add ice and serve!

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Jul 5


No gas

Automaker Volvo announced it will begin phasing out conventual car engines, the first major auto maker to abandon gas engines. Starting in 2019 all Volvo models with either be electric or hybrid. The company will launch five new electric and hybrid vehicles between 2019 and 2021. Two of the new models will be built by Polestar, the Volvo’s electrified global high-performance car company, and Volvo will build the other three models. The move to electric could help the automakers plans to go public. Volvo was originally founded in 1927, bought by Ford Motor Co. in 1999, and sold to Chinese investment company Geely Holding Group in 2010.


J.P. Morgan Chase, has made a preliminary approach to acquire U.K. payments business Worldplay, potentially marking one of the biggest deals for a U.S. bank since the financial crisis. The board of Worldpay announced it has been approached by J.P. Morgan and U.S based credit-card processor, Vantiv, Inc. Under U.K takeover regulations, the two have until August 1 to make formal takeover bids for the company. The move exhibits the growing interest among banks to harness technology, either by building it or buying it, before it disrupts their businesses. Worldpay processes millions of payments daily in stores, online and on cellphone, predominately in the U.K.


Asia: Asian markets closed mostly higher on Wednesday, despite North Korean latest missile launch.

Europe: European markets closed lower on Tuesday amid geopolitical concerns.

U.S: U.S. markets closed higher on Monday as oil prices continued their rally. DJIA: +129.64 21,479.27 NASDAQ: -30.36 6110.06 S&P: +5.60 2429.01

Word of the Day:

Return On Investment- ROI

A measure of performance used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment against other different investment.

Dinner or Drink:

Summertime Soda

1 oz. orange juice
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp caster sugar
3 oz. soda water
1 tbsp. vanilla ice cream

Dissolve sugar in juices in a highball glass three-quarters filled with ice. Add soda, top with ice cream, and garnish with fruit. Add straws, and serve.

Jul 3



On Sunday, Tesla CEO Elon Muck announced the first production model of the hotly anticipated Model 3 will start on Friday. The new model 3 was first unveiled over a year ago at a lavish event at Tesla’s headquarters in California and is expected to bring electric cars to the masses.  Production of the $35,000 vehicle will grow exponentially with 100 cars being made in August, more than 1,500 by September and more than 20,000 by December. The first 3 customers of the new Model 3 will receive their cars at a handover party on July 28th.  Currently, Tesla has over 400,000 pre-orders for the Model 3.


French dairy company Danone has agreed to sell its U.S. dairy business, Stoneyfield to Lactalis for $875 million. The sale of Stoneyfield is part of an agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice because of Danone’s recent acquisition of WhiteWave. Together both companies would have dominated the yogurt market with brands including Dannon, Oikos, Silk and Horizon Organic raising concernes from the U.S Department of Justice. Lactalis is a family-owned business whose cheese, milk and dairy products are currently sold under the President and Bridel name. Currently the company has 75,000 employees in 85 countries. The deal is expected to close to by the end of the year.


Asia: Asian markets closed higher on Monday after economic data out of China showed a slight improvement in the country’s economy.

Europe: European shares closed lower on Friday following news several British bans have stopped trading Qatar currency for retail customers as the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf increases.

U.S: U.S markets closed out the month mostly higher on Friday as investors decided to shop before next week’s holiday shortened week. DJIA: +62.60 21,349.69 NASDAQ: -3.93 6140.42 S&P: +3.71 2423.41

Word of The Day:

Exchange Traded Funds (ETF)

A security that tracks an index, a commodity or a basket of assets like an index fund, however it trades like a stock on an exchange. ETFs experience price changes throughout the day as they are bought and sold just like their BFF, stocks.

Dinner or Drink:

Holiday Punch

  • 2 part Spiced Rum
  • 3 parts Blood Orange Soda
  • 1 part Orange Juice
  • 2 parts Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 parts Soda Water

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and stir for 30 seconds. Serve over ice with a blood orange slice for garnish.

Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July, Ya’ll!

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