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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is officially coming to the Nintendo Switch and is no longer coming to the Wii U, according to game designer Koji Igarashi. On the game’s Kickstarter page, Igarashi says that the developer has decided a new […] The post Wii U Version Of Bloodstained Scrapped In Favor Of Nintendo Switch appeared first on ValueWalk.

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If you’re a fan of Kodi 17.1 and it’s latest Krypton releases, its developers have been hard at work for months getting its final version ready. In doing so, they’ve been correcting some severe and other not so serious issues […] The post Final Kodi 17.1 Krypton Release Available For Download Now appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Sears warned investors that it can't be sure that it will secure the liquidity it needs to keep its doors open. If it continues to experience losses it may not be able to access additional funds under its credit agreement, according to the filing. Sears lost $2.2 billion in its latest fiscal year and hasn't turned an annual profit since 2010. Meanwhile, its liabilities have mounted to $13.2 billon...Billionaire hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert took control of Sears in 2004 and said he would turn the company around by closing under-performing stores and focusing on profitability. Instead,
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The workers’ strike at the world’s largest copper mine, Chile’s Escondida, shows no signs of stopping. With unions this week rejecting a request by management for a new round of negotiations. But elsewhere things are looking up for copper supply. […] The post This World-Leading Copper Supplier Just Came Back Online appeared first on ValueWalk.

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January's sales pace was unrevised at 5.69 million units, which was the highest level since February 2007. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast sales decreasing 2.0 percent to a pace of 5.57 million units last month. "Realtors are reporting stronger foot traffic from a year ago, but low supply in the affordable price range continues to be the pest that's pushing up price growth and pressuring the budgets of prospective buyers," said Lawrence Yun, the NAR's chief economist.

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``Trump, who has spoken favorably of public displays of military prowess, looked into deploying heavy military equipment in his inaugural parade. Asked in December about plans to use military equipment during the occasion, a Trump aide refused to address the matter on the record but offered an incredulous off-the-record denial. It's not clear whether the aide was aware of the conversations referenced in the Pentagon emails, and he did not respond to a request for an explanation.''

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NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for more than four years. The rocky landscape on the red planet has started taking a toll on the rover’s wheels. Even though Curiosity has traveled just 16 kilometers since 2012, one of […] The post NASA’s Curiosity Rover Starts Showing Signs Of Wear And Tear appeared first on ValueWalk.

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The broadband, advertising and marketing industries are absolutely thrilled about plans to kill the FCC's new broadband privacy protections for consumers. Passed last year, the rules simply require that ISPs provide working opt-out tools, go to reasonable lengths to protect data and notify users of hack attacks, and be transparent about what data they collect and who they sell to. The rules also require that ISPs obtain opt-in consent (public enemy number one for marketing folks) for the

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Our latest featured stock is a small cap investment company with some significant hidden expenses. Last week, our analysts parsed 350 filings and collected 43,532 data points. In total, they made 7,185 adjustments with a dollar value of $460 billion. […] The post Compass Diversified Holdings – Filing Season Finds: Week Of March 13–17 appeared first on ValueWalk.

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The rumor mill and Samsung executives have done a pretty good job at creating a strong buzz for the Galaxy S8 before its unveiling on March 29th. After the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, the Korean company has a lot of […] The post Samsung Confident That Galaxy S8 Will Beat Note 7 Pre-orders appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Due to go on sale this coming Friday, Apple‘s new tablet the memorably named iPad is the next step in its revamp of that devices lineup. However, it’s not seen as a significant step forward, offering little in the way […] The post 9.7-inch New iPad vs. 9.7-inch iPad Pro: Specs Comparison appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Since the U.S. economic recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, institutional economists began each subsequent year outlining their well-paid view of how things will transpire over the course of the coming 12-months. Like a broken record, they have continually over-estimated […] The post Echo Chamber appeared first on ValueWalk.

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This is fascinating: “President Donald Trump’s cuts to environmental programs may face resistance from members of his own party due to an Obama administration practice that spread billions of dollars in contracts to Republican as well as Democratic congressional districts.A Bloomberg analysis of federal contract data shows that spending related to the environment reached 423… Read More The post Environmental Contract Distribution by Congressional District appeared first on
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This Isn’t Back to the Future: Why Today’s Economy is Different Than the ’80s by John Szramiak was originally published on Vintage Value Investing This article was originally published on VanguardBlog.com.   The Federal Reserve Board met last week and […] The post This Isn’t Back to the Future: Why Today’s Economy is Different Than the ’80s appeared first on ValueWalk.

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On Tuesday, Apple announced the (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus alongside a new 9.7-inch iPad and new Apple Watch bands. The Cupertino company also introduced six new cases for the existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Colors of […] The post Apple Launches New iPhone 7 Silicone, Leather Cases appeared first on ValueWalk.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests. Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work. RELATED: How Putin's and Trump's economic messages are similar US charges Russian officials, hackers in mass Yahoo breach The changing balance of US-Russia relations "We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success,'' Manafort wrote in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, "will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.'' Manafort's plans were laid out in documents obtained by the AP that included strategy memoranda and records showing international wire transfers for millions of dollars. How much work Manafort performed under the contract was unclear. The disclosure comes as Trump campaign advisers are the subject of an FBI probe and two congressional investigations. Investigators are reviewing whether the Trump campaign and its associates coordinated with Moscow to meddle in the 2016 campaign. Manafort has dismissed the investigations as politically motivated and misguided, and said he never worked for Russian interests. The documents obtained by AP show Manafort's ties to Russia were closer than previously revealed. In a statement to the AP, Manafort confirmed that he worked for Deripaska in various countries but said the work was being unfairly cast as "inappropriate or nefarious'' as part of a "smear campaign.'' "I worked with Oleg Deripaska almost a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments,'' Manafort said. "My work for Mr. Deripaska did not involve representing Russian political interests.'' Deripaska became one of Russia's wealthiest men under Putin, buying assets abroad in ways widely perceived to benefit the Kremlin's interests. U.S. diplomatic cables from 2006 described Deripaska as "among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis'' and "a more-or-less permanent fixture on Putin's trips abroad.'' In response to questions about Manafort's consulting firm, a spokesman for Deripaska in 2008 — at least three years after they began working together — said Deripaska had never hired the firm. Another Deripaska spokesman in Moscow last week declined to answer AP's questions. Manafort worked as Trump's unpaid campaign chairman last year from March until August. Trump asked Manafort to resign after AP revealed that Manafort had orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation until 2014 on behalf of Ukraine's ruling pro-Russian political party . The newly obtained business records link Manafort more directly to Putin's interests in the region. According to those records and people with direct knowledge of Manafort's work for Deripaska, Manafort made plans to open an office in Moscow, and at least some of Manafort's work in Ukraine was directed by Deripaska, not local political interests there. The Moscow office never opened. Manafort has been a leading focus of the U.S. intelligence investigation of Trump's associates and Russia, according to a U.S. official. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation were confidential. Meanwhile, federal criminal prosecutors became interested in Manafort's activities years ago as part of a broad investigation to recover stolen Ukraine assets after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych there in early 2014. No U.S. criminal charges have ever been filed in the case. FBI Director James Comey, in confirming to Congress the federal intelligence investigation this week, declined to say whether Manafort was a target. Manafort's name was mentioned 28 times during the hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, mostly about his work in Ukraine. No one mentioned Deripaska. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that Manafort "played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time'' in the campaign, even though as Trump's presidential campaign chairman he led it during the crucial run-up to the Republican National Convention. Manafort and his associates remain in Trump's orbit. Manafort told a colleague this year that he continues to speak with Trump by telephone. Manafort's former business partner in eastern Europe, Rick Gates, has been seen inside the White House on a number of occasions. Gates has since helped plan Trump's inauguration and now runs a nonprofit organization, America First Policies, to back the White House agenda. Gates, whose name does not appear in the documents, told the AP that he joined Manafort's firm in 2006 and was aware Manafort had a relationship with Deripaska, but he was not aware of the work described in the memos. Gates said his work was focused on domestic U.S. lobbying and political consulting in Ukraine at the time. He said he stopped working for Manafort's firm in March 2016 when he joined Trump's presidential campaign. Manafort told Deripaska in 2005 that he was pushing policies as part of his work in Ukraine "at the highest levels of the U.S. government — the White House, Capitol Hill and the State Department,'' according to the documents. He also said he had hired a "leading international law firm with close ties to President Bush to support our client's interests,'' but he did not identify the firm. Manafort also said he was employing unidentified legal experts for the effort at leading universities and think tanks, including Duke University, New York University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Manafort did not disclose details about the lobbying work to the Justice Department during the period the contract was in place. Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, people who lobby in the U.S. on behalf of foreign political leaders or political parties must provide detailed reports about their actions to the department. Willfully failing to register is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, though the government rarely files criminal charges. Deripaska owns Basic Element Co., which employs 200,000 people worldwide in the agriculture, aviation, construction, energy, financial services, insurance and manufacturing industries, and he runs one of the world's largest aluminum companies. Forbes estimated his net worth at $5.2 billion. How much Deripaska paid Manafort in total is not clear, but people familiar with the relationship said money transfers to Manafort amounted to tens of millions of dollars and continued through at least 2009. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the secret payments publicly. In strategy memos, Manafort proposed that Deripaska and Putin would benefit from lobbying Western governments, especially the U.S., to allow oligarchs to keep possession of formerly state-owned assets in Ukraine. He proposed building "long term relationships'' with Western journalists and a variety of measures to improve recruitment, communications and financial planning by pro-Russian parties in the region. Manafort proposed extending his existing work in eastern Europe to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Georgia, where he pledged to bolster the legitimacy of governments friendly to Putin and undercut anti-Russian figures through political campaigns, nonprofit front groups and media operations. For the $10 million contract, Manafort did not use his public-facing consulting firm, Davis Manafort. Instead, he used a company, LOAV Ltd., that he had registered in Delaware in 1992. He listed LOAV as having the same address of his lobbying and consulting firms in Alexandria, Virginia. In other records, LOAV's address was listed as Manafort's home, also in Alexandria. Manafort sold the home in July 2015 for $1.4 million. He now owns an apartment in Trump Tower in New York, as well as other properties in Florida and New York. One strategy memo to Deripaska was written by Manafort and Rick Davis, his business partner at the time. In written responses to the AP, Davis said he did not know that his firm had proposed a plan to covertly promote the interests of the Russian government. Davis said he believes Manafort used his name without his permission on the strategy memo. "My name was on every piece of stationery used by the company and in every memo prior to 2006. It does not mean I had anything to do with the memo described,'' Davis said. He took a leave of absence from the firm in late 2006 to work on John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Manafort's work with Deripaska continued for years, though they had a falling out laid bare in 2014 in a Cayman Islands bankruptcy court. The billionaire gave Manafort nearly $19 million to invest in a Ukrainian TV company called Black Sea Cable, according to legal filings by Deripaska's representatives. It said that after taking the money, Manafort and his associates stopped responding to Deripaska's queries about how the funds had been used. Early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Deripaska's representatives openly accused Manafort of fraud and pledged to recover the money from him. After Trump earned the nomination, Deripaska's representatives said they would no longer discuss the case.

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Together, AppDynamics and Cisco will give customers comprehensive visibility from code to consumer and everything in-between SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 22, 2017) – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of AppDynamics, a leader in […] The post Cisco Completes Acquisition of AppDynamics appeared first on ValueWalk.

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March 22 is World Water Day, and this year’s theme is wastewater. The United Nations is hoping to shed light on the value of all the water we literally flush down the toilet. Other countries use wastewater, but the idea hasn’t taken hold in the U.S. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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The campaign to denigrate French presidential candidate Republican Francois Fillon took a detour into familiar territory yesterday when the satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine published details of his financial ties to the Russian government and prosecutors broadened a probe into his affairs. On Tuesday, Le Canard reported that the 63-year-old former prime minister earned 50,000 euros ($54,000) for setting up a meeting between a Lebanese billionaire, Russian President Vladimir Putin and

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"Warning! US equities can occasionally go down as well as up a lot." That's how Deutsche Bank's Jim Reid begins his morning wrap note, and sure enough after months of warnings that the market has gotten way ahead of itself in pricing in the success of Trump's various domestic policies (confused? read last week's preview of just this event occurring from JPM), global markets are waking up to a sea of red as the US risk rout spreads, leading to a slide in European stocks for the third

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As the euphoria generated by the election of Donald Trump subsides, ebbing away like a strange and fantastic dream, the financial markets are coming to realize that the promises of tax cuts, spending hikes and deregulation are empty.  One very tall central banker we know, for example, is no longer worried about his eponymous rule prohibiting bank principal trading being repealed.  Thus we all mentally reset the quantum monetary clock back to the week prior to the November ’16

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