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Twitter released its latest earnings report before opening bell this morning, posting adjusted earnings of 11 cents per share on $548 million in revenue. Analysts had been looking for earnings of 2 cents per share and $517 million in revenue. […] The post Twitter Inc Posts Decisive Earnings Beat, Shares Skyrocket appeared first on ValueWalk.

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What investment strategy would have given you the highest returns in Europe over the 13 year period from July 2000 to July 2014? In this article I summarised the master’s thesis of Andreas Hennes (completed at Goethe University Frankfurt am […] The post The best investment strategy in Europe from 2000 to 2014 – data driven appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Stays of Sanctuary Cities and Immigration Orders Based on Careless Comments on Muslim ban WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2017) – It is said that “loose lips sink ships,” but lately loose lips have been sinking President Trump’s centerpiece executive orders, […] The post Loose Lips Sink Ships, Also Trump’s Executive Orders appeared first on ValueWalk.

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The Trump-flation narrative has driven U.S. stocks to valuations last seen in the tech bubble. On a relative value basis, Europe is a bit more appealing. As a result, hedge funds have been increasing their equity exposure to Europe since […] The post Le Pen Is The Last Obstacle Between Equity Bulls And The Promised Land appeared first on ValueWalk.

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This morning, we'll discuss the positive numbers coming from businesses and the markets —the Nasdaq closed above 6,000 for the first time while company earnings reports have been decent across the board. Afterwards, we'll look at the potential effects of Trump's proposed corporate tax rate cut on government revenue, and then examine the disparities in per-child spend at schools in different states. 

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Different states spend vastly different amounts on their children, according to a new study out this week. The Urban Institute, a think tank in Washington, looked at spending on public schools, health, and social services and found that the national average is just shy of $8,000 per kid. Some states spend a lot more per pupil than others. The disparities raise questions of fairness and the impact of funding.   Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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Different states spend vastly different amounts on their children, according to a new study out this week. The Urban Institute, a think tank in Washington, looked at spending on public schools, health, and social services and found that the national average is just shy of $8,000 per kid. Some states spend a lot more per pupil than others. The disparities raise questions of fairness and the impact of funding.   Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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From Bloomberg, comes this reminder that these are early days in the EV boom: “Electric cars are coming fast — and that’s not just the opinion of carmakers anymore. Total SA, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, is now saying EVs may constitute almost a third of new-car sales by the end of the… Read More The post The Coming Electric Car Boom appeared first on The Big Picture.

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Back in 2012, it was discovered that a Massachusetts state drug lab technician had falsified thousands of tests submitted as evidence in criminal cases. Technician Annie Dookhan was able to "produce" three times as many test results as her coworkers, mostly by never actually testing the submitted substance -- something that went unquestioned for far too long. Dookhan went to jail for three years, but many of those convicted on faulty evidence spent far more time locked up. Dookhan's prolific

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Having extensively previewed the various known and unknown aspects of Trump's tax plan yesterday, set to be announced shortly, the reality - at least according to Bloomberg's Mark Cudmore - is that no matter what Trump says today, it will almost certainly lead to more stock buying, leading to yet another "Trump Bump." Which is ironic for one main reason: "Trump’s tax plan is expected to promise great things, but it’ll mean little without approval from Congress. So the consensus is that

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This is just one of the stories from our "I've Always Wondered" series, where we tackle all of your questions about the world of business, no matter how big or small. Ever wondered if recycling is worth it? Or how store brands stack up against name brands? Check out more from the series here. Listener Steven Yancey sent in this question: Why does cream cheese come in packaging that is so difficult to reuse? Venture to the nearest supermarket and there is a chance that the cream cheese stocked on its shelves comes wrapped in tin foil and a thin cardboard box. Turns out Philadelphia Cream Cheese — the global brand of cream cheese made by Kraft — has been wrapped in tin foil for more than dozen decades. “We still use foil for our brick Philadelphia Cream Cheese,” said Lynne Galia, a Kraft spokeswoman told Marketplace. “Foil provides a strong light and oxygen barrier for our product, limiting oxidation, which helps maintain the great taste and quality of our Philadelphia Cream Cheese. High quality Philadelphia Cream Cheese has been made, wrapped in foil, since the late 1800s. While we don’t have details on the origin of the brick shape, it certainly makes sense to package this dairy product in foil.” Kraft does sell cream cheese in plastic tubs; some U.S. supermarkets carry both packagings. Typically, flavored cream cheese comes in a plastic tub while the plain classic cream cheese is most often found wrapped in a foil. The plastic containers are easier to reuse after opening than the tin foil packaging. In the United Kingdom, Philadelphia Cream Cheese is only sold in plastic containers. The company’s global arm, which is now a separate company known as Mondelez, only sold cream cheese in tin foil between the 1960s and 1980s. On the history page of its U.K. website, the cream cheese manufacturer notes that between the years 1977 and 1985, new packaging was introduced along with new flavored and low fat cream cheeses. “The fiddly foil packages are replaced with a handy tub,” according to the site. To find out why cream cheese was packaged in foil in the first place, Marketplace reached out to Jeff Marx, a rabbi and a cream cheese expert. "Cream cheese is a very soft cheese. It has to be wrapped for it to maintain some type of form," explained Marx. Back in 1877, William Lawrence was manufacturing cream cheese at his farm in Chester, New York. To wrap his cheese, he used 3-by-4 inch square-like forms and manila tissue paper that Marx described as a firm piece of paper. Related links Kraft tries out cream cheese on JetBlue Company seeks American cheese 'revolution' "Up to this time, almost all cheese was produced in round hoops, but when you are packing smaller cheeses in a box to ship them, you can pack more cheeses in square form than in a round form. This is one of the key moments in manufacturing where product's shape changes for various production reasons." In 1880, Lawrence was approached by Alvah Reynolds, who wanted to distribute the cream cheese produced by Lawrence. "Reynolds is a marketing genius. He says to Lawrence: ‘You need a name for your cheese.’ Because up till now, you just got a cheese in a box that says ‘sold by Lawrence.’ So Reynolds says, ‘Let's give it a name.’ And he says: ‘Look, Philadelphia has a reputation for fine cheeses. It has for a long period of time. Let's call it a Philadelphia cheese, and let's put the name on the cheese wrappers," Marx said. Reynolds also suggested that they use tin foil, which would be easier to imprint. The two men do exactly that. "And from then on, Philadelphia's cream cheese has this signature form wrapped in tin foil with Philadelphia cream cheese printed on the top."

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The office without bounds may not be about trappings or innovation as much as the trading of thoughts, with an emphasis on worker engagement- – what a few specialists are calling the “new maintainability” to help spice up your Working […] The post Cool office conversion appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Until Last Week, Gold Prices Were Rocking and Rolling. Has Gold Lost Its Mojo?   Submitted by Stewart Thomson, Graceland Updates: Gold price enthusiasts are wondering why the recent rally has suddenly lost its “mojo”. Some analysts worry about the GDXJ ETF portfolio rebalancing, and others are focused on the global stock markets rally. That’s […] The post Stewart Thomson Asks, Has Gold Lost Its Mojo? appeared first on Silver Doctors.

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Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation, «Centrist» candidate Emmanuel Macron was no sooner announced winner in the first round of the French presidential election at the weekend, and with unseemly haste the political establishment rushed to close ranks against rival Marine Le Pen of the Front National. Macron topped the poll in the first round winning 23.8 per cent of the vote. Le Pen came in second place with 21.5 per cent. Both candidates will now

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It would appear that British defense minister Michael Fallon's comments that The UK could launch a preemptive nuclear strike "in the most extreme circumstances," was not an implicit threat that the deputy head of the Russian Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security took lightly. In a terse Facebook posted response, Frants Klintsevich raged: "I think that the statement by the minister of defence of Britain's Michael Fallon deserves a harsh response,

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President Trump is set to unveil a tax reform agenda today. One of the centerpieces is expected to be his campaign promise to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.  But tax cuts and tax reform are two different things. The last real crack the U.S. took at tax reform was back in 1986, more than three decades ago. Why is tax reform so hard that most administrations simply skip it?  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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The implementation of the Greek pension reform of 2016, will lead to the sudden death of incomes for widows, and as KeepTalkingGreece reports, will push a large portion of population further into poverty. Widows’ pensions will be cut down to 50% of the deceased’s pension and new more restrictive age-based criteria will go into effect this month. According to so-called Katrougalos Law, a widow is entitled to receive a pension for the rest of her life, if she was at least 55 years

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According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), worldwide defense spending is on the rise once again. As Statista's Dyfed Loesche notes, in total, spending stood at $1.69 trillion in 2016. The ten countries who invest most into their military had a share of 73 percent in this, or $1.23 trillion. You will find more statistics at Statista As the infographic above shows the United States has, after five years of spending cuts, again increased its spending in

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