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Aug 30


Moving On

Discount giant Target may be struggling to compete with Amazon, but it’s finding other ways to fight the e-commerce giant. Target will scale back its use of Amazon Web Services and will take greater control over its online infrastructure and stop financing its chief rival. Among the cloud venders vying to nab Target’s cloud business, Microsoft’s Azure, Google, and Oracle. Target may not be able to compete head on with Amazon’s dominance in retail, but it and other corporate behemoth’s decision to move their cloud business elsewhere gives them a place to hit Amazon where it counts.


Medical consulting and software company, The Advisory Board Co, will split up and be sold in a deal worth $2.21 billon. The company’s health-care business will be sold to UnitedHealth Group and its education unit will go to private-equity firm Vista Partners. Vista Partners will pay around $1.55 billion for the educational side The Advisory Board, which focuses largely on colleges and universities. After that deal closes, UnitedHealth will complete its acquisition of The Advisory Board’s health operations, paying around $1.3 billion. The acquisition will raise questions with some Advisory Board clients, who currently entrust their data to the firm and rely on its to work to negotiating prices with big insurers like UnitedHealthcare.


Asia: Asian shares closed mostly higher on Wednesday after a positive handoff from Wall Street.

Europe: European markets closed lower on Tuesday as jitters over North Korea increased.

U.S: U.S. stocks closed higher on Tuesday after investors shook off North Korea and the sun started to shine in Houston. DJIA: +56.97 21,865.37 NASDAQ: +18.87 6,301.89 S&P: +2.06 2,446.30

Word of The Day:

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)

A price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.  Invented by Charles Dow back in 1896.

Dinner or Drink:

Health Shake Martini

1 oz. vodka
1 oz. coffee liqueur
2 oz. green creme de menthe
2 oz. chocolate milk

Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker that is 3/4 full of cracked ice. Shake well and pour into one chilled martini glass. Garnish with spearmint candy.


Aug 28



Uber’s CEO search has finally reached its destination. The ride hailing company chose a surprise candidate on Sunday, current Expedia CEO Dara Khosroshahi.  The top two candidates in the hunt, current HP CEO Meg Whitman and ex GE CEO Jeffery Immelt both withdrew their names on Sunday before Uber’s board met with Khosroshahi. The new CEO will have his work cut out for him. The ride sharing company has been dealing with a rash of issues include allegations of sexual harassment. Former CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick resigned in June under pressure from investors.

New Gadget

Samsung will release its new note 8 on September 15. The new note will feature a massive 6.3-inch borderless display, water resistance up to 5 feet of water, and will include a dual lens camera system. The company is hoping its new note will impress customers and investors into forgetting about the issue that plagued it’s Note 7. The new gadget’s price tag is $929.00.


Asia: Asian indexes closed lower on Monday after investors had mixed reactions to Friday’s Central Bank speeches.

Europe: European markets closed lower on Friday after Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen failed to provide any details on the next rate hike.

U.S: U.S equites closed higher after Janet Yellen’s speech at Jackson Hole speech contained no surprises. DJIA: +30.27 21,813.67 NASDAQ: -5.68 6.265.64 S&P: +4.08 2.443.05

Word of The Day:

Money Manager

A business or bank responsible for managing an individual or institutional investor’s securities portfolio. Typically for a fee, the money manager, has the fiduciary duty to choose and manage investments which are prudent for his or her clients, including developing an investment strategy, and buying and selling securities.

Dinner or Drink:

Legends of The Fall

3/4 oz. Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee whiskey
3/4 oz. amaretto almond liqueur
2 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. cranberry juice

Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice. Add all ingredients. Stir and serve.

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Aug 25



Amazon announced Thursday its takeover of Whole Foods will close on Monday and the first order of business is to make items more affordable. Starting Monday, the chain will lower prices on a selection of its best-selling grocery staples across its stores. Items to set for mark downs include organic avocados, organic brown eggs, organic salmon, almond butter, organic apples and organic rotisserie chicken. If your favorite products don’t make Monday’s list of markdowns, never fear Amazon will keep the markdowns coming. In addition to the mark down’s Amazon Prime members will be given additional discounts at the check-out line.

Christmas Wish

Apple is trying to get into your living room. The company plans to unveil its latest gadget, an upgraded Apple TV top box that can stream 4K video, at its September event. The new gadget has a processor capable of steaming higher-resolution 4K content enabling the viewer to have a clearer clarity viewing experience. Apple is seeking to revive its video ambition with the new product. Apple TV trails behind devices from Roku, Inc.,, and Alphabet’s Inc’s Google in the U.S. set-top box market shares. The company will also launch a new iPhone and Apple Watch models at the same event.


Asia:  Asian indexes closed higher on Friday as investors anticipate Fed Head Janet Yellen’s speech today in Jackson Hole.

Europe: European markets closed higher as investors anticipate good things will come from both Janet Yellen and ECB President Mario Draghi’s speeches at Jackson Hole.

U.S: U.S. markets closed lower on Thursday as investor juggled Friday’s speech from Janet Yellen and the possible effects Hurricane Harvey. DJIA: -28.69 21,7183.40 Nasdaq: -7.08 6,271.33 S&P: -5.07 2,438.97

Word of The Day:

Credit Rating

An assessment of a corporation, state, or provincial authority, individual, or sovereign government creditworthiness in respect to a debt or financial obligation.

Dinner or Drink:

Apple Fizz

2 oz. apple brandy
4 oz. apple juice
1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 oz. soda water

Pour the apple brandy, apple juice and lime juice into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Top with soda water, garnish with a slice of lime, and serve.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend, Ya’ll!


Aug 23


I’m Outta Here

Chevron’s CEO, John Watson, has decided to step down from his post after ten years.  Watson was named CEO after he oversaw the integration of Texaco and Unocal into Chevron. Under his leadership the company quit processing crude in Western Europe as growth slowed and sharpened its focus on expanding demand in East Asia and Africa. But Watson also struggled the last few years to protect dividend payouts from the ravages of declining oil prices and shrinking cash flow. An official replacement has not been named however, Michael Wirth, a Chevron lifer is a leading candidate.


Starting next month, shoppers will be able to order their favorite items at Walmart from Google Express. The world’s largest retailer and the world’s most popular search engine are joining forces to challenge Amazon’s growing dominance in online commerce. Shoppers will be able to select from hundreds of thousands of Walmart products through the Google Express website, mobile app, or voice-activated Google home. Walmart Executives say the retailer will have more items available than any other Google Express partner. Customers can personalize experience when they link their Walmart account to Google Express. Google express can then quickly locate the brand, size and amount the customer usually purchases at Walmart and can make suggestion based on the information.


Asia:  Asian markets closed mixed on Wednesday despite yesterday’s Wall Street rally.

Europe: European markets closed higher on Tuesday, breaking a three-day losing streak, as a flurry of results from the mining sector injected energy into the markets.

U.S: U.S markets rallied on Tuesday after speculation grew Trump’s Tax plan may actually have a shot at getting passed. DJIA: +196.14 21,899.89 NASDAQ: +84.35 6297.48 S&P 500: +24.14 2452.21

Word of The Day:

Blue Chip Stock

A nationally recognized, well-established, and financially sound company. Blue Chip companies generally sell high-quality, widely accepted products and services. They are known to weather downturns and operate profitably in the face of adverse economic conditions, which help to contribute to their long record of stable and reliable growth.

Dinner or Drink:


  • 1 part Coconut Rum
  • 1 part Mango Rum
  • 1 splash Pineapple Juice
  • Pineapple
  • Mango

Combine over ice and serve. Skewer a pineapple wedge, a mango cube and a pineapple leaf for garnish.


Aug 22


Black Gold

Global oil giant Total will buy Maersk Oil for $7.45 billion in a deal which will help bolster the company’s earnings and cash flow. Danish company A.P. Moller-Maersk is selling its Maersk Oil division to focus on other activities including its shipping business as part of a massive restructuring plan. Total, the world’s largest oil company, has been on the takeover trail since last year, helped by signs of recovery in the oil market. Shares of AP Moller Maersk rose in Monday trading, while Total shares dipped 0.5 percent lower.

Death By Chocolate

McDonald’s is adding a little more sweetness to its menu. The fast food mega-chains are putting its owns spin on gooey lava cake. The new desert, a chocolate version of its signature apple pie, has a fried flakey chocolate shell that holds an oozy hot chocolate center. The new tasty treat is taking the millennial world by storm. There is one catch—this delectable goody is only available in South Korea now. According to the golden arches there are no plans to bring the dessert to the U.S.


Asia: Asian markets closed mostly higher on Tuesday as investors turned their attention to the annual Federal Reserve symposium in Jackson Hole at the end of the week.

Europe: European equities closed lower on Monday as geopolitical jitters tricked over from Asia.

U.S: U.S. markets closed mostly higher as investors cautiously waiting for tonight’s Presidential address. DJIA: +29.24 21703.75 S&P: +2.82 2428.37 NASDAQ: -3.40 6213.13

Word of The Day:

Durable Goods

Consumer goods, such as consumer electronics, toy makers, small tool manufacturer, and jewelry, which do not have to be purchased frequently.

Dinner or Drink:

Lava Bomb

3 oz. silver tequila
1 oz. mango schnapps
1 Oz fresh lime juice
1 tsp agave juice
2 oz. strawberry soda

Prepare glass with ice. Add agave nectar over ice. In shaker, combine tequila, mango schnapps, and lime juice. Shake until cold, pour over ice. Fill with strawberry soda, stir, and serve.

Aug 21


John Deere Green

Shares of Deere tumbled on Friday after the company reported a second straight quarter of losses. The lower-than-expected sales comes as demand remain sluggish for the company’s trademark green tractors and harvesting combines.  Recent seasons of bumper corn and soybean harvest in the United States have driven down crop prices, leaving famers with less cash to spend on updating their farm equipment. Analyst and investors’ expectations were high for the company heading into the quarter as the company had impressed both with its ability to control costs amid weak demand. Total equipment sales for Deere in the quarter that ended July 30 rose to $6.83 billion from $5.86 billion, coming in below the $6.92 billion analyst had been looking for. The company does expect its equipment sales to rise 10 percent, compared with its previous forecast of 9 percent.  Shares of Deere closed $ 6.67 to $117.31 in Friday’s trading session.


U.S. utility owner Sempra Energy has agreed to buy Oncor Electric Delivery Co. topping a bid by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. The deal will cost the company $9.45 billion. The agreement comes just six weeks after Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway struck a deal to buy Oncor for $9 billion. Sempra Energy currently runs power and gas utilities in Southern California, Chile, and Peru which serves more than 32 million customers. It also owns and operates a portion of almost 2,400 megawatts of renewable energy, and a liquefied natural gas export terminal project in Louisiana.


Asia: Asia markets closed mixed on Monday as the U.S. and South Korea start their joint war exercises.

Europe: European stocks closed out the week on a negative note, after the terror attack in Spain.

U.S: U.S equities closed lower on Friday after the departure of one of President Trump’s advisors made investors wonder if he can actual get his agenda passed. DJIA: -76.22 21674.51 NASDAQ: -5.39 6216.53 S&P: -4.46 2425.55

Word of The Day:

Preferred Stock

A class of stock ownership in a corporation that have a higher claim on its assets and earning than common stock.

Diner or Drink:

The Eclipse

5 cl vodka
5 cl cranberry juice
2 1/2 cl Blue Curacao liqueur

Shake well with ice and strain into a glass.


Aug 17



Apple Inc. is intensifying its efforts to compete with the big boy streaming services as the company plans to spend around $1 billion on original program in the next 12 months. A new Los Angeles-based team, led by former Sony Corp television executives hired in June, will produce and by television shows and films for Apple Music and future video steaming products. Apple released its first attempt at original content earlier this month with the release of Plant of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke. The company plans to release as many as 10 original shows by the end of the year. While a budget of $1 billion represents an increase in spending by Apple is significantly less than Netflix and Amazon.

Instant Pickup…

Amazon official launched its new Instant Pickup, a new program for Prime members, that allows customers to order hundreds of items including snacks, cold drinks, and personal care items using the Amazon app and pick them up within two minutes at staffed self-service sites. The new type of stores is in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Berkeley, California, College Park, Maryland, and Columbus, Ohio. All five locations are existing college pickup spots that Amazon has already built for deliveries to campuses.


Asia: Asian markets closed mixed on Thursday as investors digested the Wednesday release of the Federal Reserve’s minutes.

Europe: European shares closed higher on Wednesday after GDP figures from the Eurozone show improvement.

U.S: U.S. markets closed higher after the Federal Reserve meeting minutes showed a split on when the next rate change will be.  DJIA: +25.88 22,024.87 Nasdaq: +12.10 6345.11 S&P: +3.50 2468.11

Word of the Day:

Mutual Funds

Made up of a pool of funds collected from investors for the purpose of investing in stocks, bonds, money market instruments, and similar assets. Mutual funds are operated by money managers, who invest the fund’s capital and attempt to produce gains and income for investors in the fund.

Dinner or Drink:


  • 1 part Coconut Rum
  • 1 part Mango Rum
  • 1 splash Pineapple Juice
  • Pineapple
  • Mango

Combine over ice and serve. Skewer a pineapple wedge, a mango cube and a pineapple leaf for garnish.

Aug 15


Shhh, It’s A Secret….

Technology giant Apple and insurance giant Aetna held a series of secret meetings last week to discuss bringing Apple’s health and fitness-tracking smartwatch to millions of Aetna’s members. The insurer, which covers 23 million Americans, already offers Apple Watch’s to its 50,000 employees as part of its corporate wellness program. Now, Aetna is trying to negotiate with Apple on a plan to offer a free or discounted Apple Watch, as a perk for its members. The invitation-only meeting took place last Thursday and Friday in California. Those in attendance included executives from both company as well as hospital chief medical information officers across the country.


VF Corp (VFC) makers of Vans, The North Face, and Timberland announced it will buy Dickies makers of hospital scrubs and Kodiak boots for $820 million. The move is the company’s first major acquisition since it bought Timberland six years ago. The cash deal for the 100-year-old private family held Dickies will double VF’s workwear business to $1.7 billion in annual revenue. VF’s purchase comes as the company continues to work to update its portfolio, easing investors frustrations over the company’s absence of a major deal. VF is well regarded in the apparel industry for its ability to take popular underperforming brands, bring them in house, and rehabilitate them with disciplined management. Shares of VF closed $1.92 to $63.50 in Monday trading.


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

Europe: European stocks closed higher on Monday after officials downplay the US- North Korea situation.

U.S: U.S stocks continued to rebound on Monday as the prospect of war cooled. DJIA: +135.39 21,993.71 NASDAQ: +83.68 6340.23 S&P: +24.52

Word of The Day:


A measure of volatility, or systematic risk, of a portfolio or security to the overall market.

Dinner or Drink:

Amaretto    Pina Colada

  • 1 part Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 part Aged Light Rum
  • 1 1/2 parts Coconut Milk
  • 1 1/2 parts Pineapple Juice

Blend or build over ice and serve.







Aug 14


Moving on Up

Netflix (NFLK) announced it has recruited television mega producer Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes will continued to produce her hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal at ABC however, she will move her production company to Netflix and will create new content for them. The move is the latest in the ongoing battle between Disney, parent company of ABC, and Netflix. Earlier this month Disney announced it would pull all its movies from Netflix and would be creating its own streaming service. Netflix signing a superstar showrunner like Ms. Rhimes, whose work has generated over $2 billion in revenue for the ABC network, illustrates the streaming services ability to poach top talent from traditional networks.

Retail Therapy

Shares of retailer, JC Penny, sunk to an all-time low for the 115- year retailer after it announced another bumpy quarter. The company reported a rise in revenue of 1.5 percent or $2.96 billion while also reporting a net loss of $62 million higher than the $ 56 million it lost during the same period a year ago. Sales at established J.C Penny fell for the fourth straight quarter. Retailers like J.C. Penny and rivals Macy’s, Kohl’s and Dillard’s all reported declines in same store sales last quarter as people increasingly avoid malls and shop online or at discount retailers. Recently, JC Penny has added departments like toys and appliances to help lure customers back by into its stores.


Asia: Asian markets closed mixed on Monday as investors weighted Japan surprise GDP report against disappointing economic data from China.

Europe:  European markets closed lower for a third day as tensions between the United States and North Korea seemed to have ramp-up.

U.S: U.S. shares closed higher on Friday as investors seemed to be less jittery over global geopolitical events. DJIA: +14.31 21,858.32 S&P: +3.11 2,441.32 NASDAQ: +39.68 6,256.56

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:

Summer Rain

1 oz. raspberry puree
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. orange sherbet
1 oz. lemonade

Blend all ingredients (except lemonade) briefly with half a glassful of crushed ice and pour into a highball glass. Add lemonade, garnish with fruit, add straws and serve.

Aug 11


Tickets Available…

Amazon.Inc (AMZN) is seeking to partner with U.S venue owners to sell evert tickets, in a move that could loosen Ticketmaster’s powerful grip. The Seattle-based company sees the U.S ticketing market ripe for attack as consumers dislike ticket fees and venue owner, sports leagues and teams want more distributors for their tickets so they can boost sales.  Currently, Ticketmaster, is the exclusive seller of primary tickets for most of the top venues in the United States. In the past would be challengers have struggled to compete with Ticketmaster’s strong relationships with the venue operators and sports teams. Amazon has already had success with ticketing in Britain, even outselling Ticketmaster at some events. For music acts and sports teams a relationship with Amazon would could help sell their merchandise.

Closing Time…

On Thursday, DineEquity (DIN) announced it will close more than 100 Applebee location and up to 25 IHOPS as the company struggles to cut costs. The closures are just one more nail in the restaurants industry’s coffin as it continues to struggle to bring in Millennials, the largest generation in America, and their money. Millennials are instead preferring to cook at home or spend less on eating out busting fast-casual chains like Panera.


Asia:  Asian stocks closed lower on Friday as investor ran toward haven assets as tensions heat up with the U.S. and North Korea.

Europe: European markets closed lower for a second day as investors climb the wall of worry over the global geopolitical picture.

U.S: U.S. shares tumbled on Thursday as the rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea heated up. DJIA: -204.69 21,844.01 NASDAQ: -135.46 6,216.87 S&P: -35.81 2,438.21

Word of The Day:


The removal of a listed security from an exchange. Removal of the stock can be either voluntary or involuntary, if the company is not in compliance with the listing

Dinner or Drink:

Weekend On The Beach

1/2 oz. Crown Royal® Canadian whisky
1/2 oz. peach schnapps
1/4 oz. sweet and sour mix
1/4 oz. apple schnapps


Mix the crown royal, apple and peach schnapps, and sweet and sour mix with ice cubes in a shaker and shake until well blended. Strain into a shot glass. Makes one serving.


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Have a safe and wonderful weekend, Ya’ll!

Aug 10


O’ That’s Good….

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has teamed up with food giant Kraft Heinz to launch a line of soups and sides. The new brand called O’ That’s Good! Will offer comfort foods with added vegetables, like mashed potatoes with cauliflower mixed in or broccoli cheddar soup mixed with butternut squash to replace some of the cheese. Marketed as a healthy riff on comfort food, the eight-item line will have no artificial flavors or colorings.  O’ That’s Good will hit some stores as early as next week and will go nationwide by October of this year. Suggested prices for the line will be $ 4.99 for the soups and $4.49 for the sides. 10% of the profits will go to charities working to reduce hunger in America.

Pay Up

Payments processor Vantiv (VNTV) has agreed to buy British rival WorldPay in an 8 billion-pound ($10.4 billion) deal that will create a giant in the sector. Vantiv, based in Cincinnati, Ohio will pay 3.97 pounds a share in cash, stock, and dividends for Worldpay, a 24 percent premium over the July 3 closing price when news of the talks became public. The move will combine Vantiv’s U.S focused business with WorldPay’s operations around the world. The company will be led by Vantiv Chief Executive Charles Drucker.


Asia: Asian markets closed on Thursday as investors remain jittery over geopolitical events.

Europe:  European markets closed lower on Wednesday as geopolitical tensions escalate between the U.S. and North Korea.

U.S: U.S. shares closed lower on Wednesday as the situation with North Korea escalates and investors begin to climb the wall of worry. DJIA: -36.64 22,048.70 NASDAQ: -18.13 6,352.33 S&P: -0.90 2474.02

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:

Fresh Watermelon Margarita

1 Watermelon (sliced)

.25 oz. Agave syrup (1-part agave nectar, 1 part water)

1.5 oz.  Tequila

.5 oz. Lime juice

Garnish:  1 Watermelon slice

Glass: Martini
In a shaker, muddle the watermelon and agave syrup

Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice

Shake well and double strain into a chilled Martini glass

Garnish with a watermelon slice


Aug 9


Going It Alone

During its earning call Disney announced it will end its deal to distribute the company’s movies to Netflix and will launch its own streaming-video service. Disney’s new app will become the exclusive source for streaming animated and live-action Disney and Pixar movies starting with Toy Story 4 and the sequel to Frozen in 2019. The entertainment giant also announced it will kick off its ESPN streaming service by early 2018. To help it build out its sports streaming platform Disney will buy a controlling stake in BAMtech for $1.6 million. BAMtech, founded by Major League Baseball, provides direct-to-customer streaming services to the MLB, NHL, and PGA, among other customers. The new ESPN streaming service will air baseball, hockey, soccer games, tennis matches, and college sports through the ESPN mobile app.

So Long

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co have quietly canceled their program that allowed customers to replace lost debit cards at many of its 5,300 branches. The change means customers who lose their debit cards or have them stolen will have to wait for a new one to be mailed to them. The bank eliminated the service in March as part of its cost cutting and after seeing an uptick in fraud. In the last couple of years JP Morgan Chase began to experience a jump in people coming in with fake IDs that matched customer information such as their name and birth date. The swindlers, using the fake ID’s, would request new replacement debit cards and PIN numbers on the spot. The new cards made at the branch were then used to make purchases online or withdraw unsuspecting customer’s money from the bank. Branches can now give customers a new temporary debit card which allows them to withdraw money from an ATM but does not include the charging capabilities while the customer waits for their new card to come via snail mail.   JPMorgan does offer rush delivery of new debit cards for a $5 fee.


Asia: Asian markets closed lower on Wednesday as investors reacted to geopolitical events around the globe.

Europe: European shares closed mostly flat on Tuesday as investors seem to be taking a summer day off.

U.S: U.S. shares closed lower with the Dow Jones braking its ten-day winning streak. Risk off was the theme in late afternoon trading as investors reacted to the escalating tensions with North Korea. DJIA: 33.08 22.085.34 NASDAQ: -13.31 6370.49 S&P 500 -5.99 2,48.92

Word of The Day:


The removal of a listed security from an exchange. Removal of the stock can be either voluntary or involuntary, if the company is not in compliance with the listing requirements of the exchange.

Dinner or Drink:

Long Summer Night

1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1 1/2 oz. triple sec
1 1/2 oz. sweet and sour mix
Mountain Dew® citrus soda

Pour the southern comfort, triple sec and sour mix over ice in a glass. Fill with mountain dew, stir and serve









Aug 7


Car Heaven…

Auto giants Toyota Motor Corp and Masada Motor Corp. announced they will spend $1.6 billion to build a joint-venture auto manufacturing plant in the U.S. The plant will have an annual capacity of about 300,000 vehicles and create up to 4,000 jobs. For its share of the plant, Toyota will produce Corollas for the North American market while, Mazda will make cross-over models it plans to introduce to the market. The location of the plant has yet to be determined.


Apple will introduce a new smartwatch this year capable of connecting to cellular networks, marking the first step in liberating the device. The new Apple watch will have LTE capabilities like the data connection on a wireless phone. This will allow the watch to receive texts and make phone calls on its own without having to be paired with an iPhone. The cellular-enabled Apple Watch is expected to be released sometime this fall. The new Apple Watch is part of Apple’s plan to introduce a new smartwatch every other year, just as it does with the iPhone.


Asia: Asian markets closed higher on Monday after Friday’s U.S. jobs report.

Europe: European shares closed higher on Friday after the U.S released a better than expected jobs report.

U.S:  U.S. indexes closed out the week in the green after the release of positive economic data. DJIA: +66.71 22.092.81 NASDAQ: +11.22 6,351.56 S&P: +4.67 2.476.83

Word of The Day:


The difference between the expected price of a trade, and the actual executed price of the trade. Slippage often occurs during periods of higher volatility, when market orders are used, and when large orders are executed when there may not be enough buyers at the desired price level to maintain the expected price of trade.

Dinner or Drink:

Cable Car

1/2 oz. Orange Curacao liqueur
1 oz. Captain Morgan® Original spiced rum
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. sweet and sour mix

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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Aug 4



On Thursday, Avon Products announced Chief Executive Sheri Mc-Coy will leave the company next March after being pushed out of the company. Avon’s board had grown impatient with Mc-Coy’s after several quarters of disappointing results. Mc-Coy’s departure was announced the same day the company reported a third-straight quarter of particularly bleak results that sent shared down almost 11%. Mc-Coy had tried to turn things around with the company only to have things backfire. In the U.K. Avon switched from local package carriers to a national firm to save cost however, the process slowed down deliveries to their representative. In Mexico, Avon bolstered incentives but then ran short on products and failed to meet demand.  Shares of the company closed lower at $2.95.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs….

On Friday, the Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report for July. According to the report the overall economy added 209,000 jobs, blowing away analyst estimates. The unemployment rate is at 4.3%.


Asia: Asian markets closed mostly lower on Friday as investor reacted to global geopolitical events.

Europe: European markets closed higher after the Bank of England left its rates unchanged but cut its forecast for economic growth.

U.S: U.S shares closed flat on Thursday after markets could seem to figure out what direction it wanted to go in. DJIA: + 9.86 22,026.10 NASDAQ: -22.30 6,340.34 S&P: -5.41 2,472.16

Word of The Day:

Window Dressing:

No outfits here… A strategy used by mutual fund and portfolio managers near quarter or year end to improve the appearance of performance. To window dress, a fund manager will sell stocks with large losses and purchase high flying stocks therefore, improving the performance of the fund.

Dinner or Drink:

Mango Hurricane

  • 1 part Mango Rum
  • 1 part Aged Dark Rum
  • Orange Juice
  • 1 splash Grenadine
  • Orange Wedges
  • Cherries

Combine ingredients with ice in a hurricane glass. Add a splash of grenadine. Garnish with orange wedge and a cherry.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend, Ya’ll!


Aug 3


I Am Outta Here

Snack giant Mondelez International announced its chief executive, Irene Rosenfield, will step down after an 11-year run. During her tenure Rosenfield has battled to improve sales and profitability amid an upheaval in the package food business as customers want more health choices in snack foods. Investors of the company have long pushed for the company to draw more profit from a broad portfolio of traditional snacks such as Oreo’s and Ritz cracker and became more frustrated by the company’s lack push in that direction. Dirk Van de Put, current chief executive of Canadian frozen food maker McCain Foods will replace Rosenfield in November.

Double The Fun

Hospitality group Wyndham Worldwide Corp announced it will spin off its hotel and timeshare business into two separate publicly traded companies. The deal is still subject to final approve by Wyndham’s board but will not require share holder approval. The move follows similar splits by Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide Holdings. According to Wyndham the split will help both of the new companies better focus on growth strategies, including mergers and acquisitions. The company expectes to complete the separation by the first half of next year. Share of Wyndham rose 4.9% in after-hours trading.


Asia: Asian markets closed lower on Thursday despite a positive hand off from the U.S and the Dow Jones Index hitting 22,000 for the first time.

Europe: European markets closed lower on Wednesday as investors digest mixed earnings reports.

U.S: U.S. shares closed mostly higher on Wednesday boosted by Apple’s second quarter earnings report. DJIA: +52.32 22,016.24 NASDAQ: -0.29 6,362.65 S&P: +1.22 2,477.57

Word of The Day:

Stop Order

An order to buy or sell a security when its prices hits a point limiting an investor’s profit or loss.

Dinner or Drink:

Angel Kiss

1 oz. apple vodka
1 oz. apple schnapps
1 oz. cream

Mix all, adding cream last.

Read more: Apple Kiss recipe

Aug 1


Game Hack

Cable and content giant HBO has been hacked. HBO confirmed the leak of several of its hit shows like Game of Thrones, Ballers and Room 104 however, the company did not announce specific details of the attack. According to reports, several reporters received an anonymous email announcing the hack and providing a link to watch the stolen materials. The breach of “Game of Thrones” represents a major coup for hackers. The show, HBO’s biggest hit, has fought hard to prevent leaks including discounting the practice of sending journalist a customary advanced copy of show after episodes from Season 5 were leaked online.

Under Pressure

Shares of Under Amour plunged in premarket trading Tuesday after the company announced not-so-stellar earnings, job cuts at the company, and slashed their outlook. The company reported a loss of 3 cent a shares and revenue of $1.088 billion. The company also announced it would cut roughly 2% of its global workforce, or around 280 jobs. About half of the impacted cuts will take place at the company’s Baltimore headquarters. Bankruptcies in the sporting-goods sector, like Sports Authority, have caused headwinds for many specialty retailers like Under Amour and Nike. Nike announced its plans to lay off part of the company’s workforce earlier in the summer.


Asia: Asian markets close higher after stronger-than-expected China manufacturing data.

Europe: European markets closed mixed after Germany announced it would be open to class action lawsuit against auto makers involved in the diesel scandal.

U.S: U.S. markets closed mostly higher as investor seemed to celebrate a good earnings season DJIA + 60.81 21891.12 Nasdaq -26.55 6348.22 S&P -1.80 2470.30

Word of the Day:

Return on Assets (ROA)

An indicator of how profitable a company is compared to its total assets.

Dinner or Drink:

Key Lime Sparkler

1 1/2 parts Lime Rum

1/2 parts Orange Liqueur

2 dashes Bitters

1 part Wine, Sparkling

Orange Twist

Combine Key Lime Rum, Orange Liqueur & Bitters over ice and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe and add sparkling wine. Garnish with a wide twist of orange peel.





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