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American Business News for 25 Oct 2018

Who Actually Listens to Halloween Music?

The New York Times - 25 Oct 2018 11:00
Who Actually Listens toSpotify gave us answers.
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Amazon's ambitious drive into digital-advertising

The Economist - 25 Oct 2018 16:44
Amazon's ambitious drive intoAN AWARD-WINNING series, "The Marvellous Mrs Maisel", follows the fortunes of a woman in the 1950s who undergoes an unlikely transformation from a typical housewife of the day into a talented standup... comedian. It is produced by Amazon and can be viewed on Prime Video, the e-commerce giant's on-demand service. Since its birth in 1994, Amazon has starred in several dramatic metamorphoses of its own. It has pushed beyond retailing into fields as varied as electronic books, private-label goods and cloud computing, as well as online video. Now it is intent on becoming a force in digital advertising. Amazon has a long way to go before it catches up with the giants of the industry. It has 4% of an American market worth $111bn, compared with Google's 37% and Facebook's 21% (see chart). But Amazon...
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Alphabet Earnings: Google AndTech giant Alphabet reports third-quarter earnings after market close on Thursday, Oct. 25. Here's a look at what might be expected from the company's report.
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Forget Halloween! RetailersRetailers are competing to offer the best deals this holiday season.
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Chevron to end regulators'Chevron Corp. has agreed to pay a nearly $3-million fine and spend $160 million on environmental improvements and upgrades of oil refineries to resolve allegations that it violated pollution laws,... federal officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Justice Department said the agreement ends investigations...
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Shares of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd dropped more than 6 percent on Thursday to a nine-year low after it said data of about 9.4 million passengers of Cathay and its unit, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines... Ltd, had been accessed without authorization.
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Campbell Soup boss apologizesCampbell Soup's interim chief executive apologized for a tweet from one of the company's senior employees that peddled a conspiracy theory about the migrant caravan headed to the US-Mexico border.... Kelly Johnston, Campbell's vice president of government affairs -- who had tweeted Monday that billionaire George Soros was deploying "rail cars" to transport a caravan...
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Asian shares dived on Thursday as hundreds of billions of dollars hemorrhaged from global markets after a rout in tech stocks inflicted the largest daily decline on Wall Street since 2011, wiping out... all its gains for the year.
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. shares plummet in the extended session Wednesday after the chip maker's outlook and revenue fall short of Wall Street estimates owing to weaker-than-expected graphics... sales.
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HR Leaders Need Stronger Data Skills

Harvard Business Review - 25 Oct 2018 19:00
Research shows that they lag behind other professionals.
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Oil prices rose on Thursday alongside U.S. stock markets as Wall Street recovered from the worst meltdown since 2011 the previous day, allaying some fears that a slowdown in global economic growth... would hit demand for oil.
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What's Driving Superstar Companies, Industries, and Cities

Harvard Business Review - 25 Oct 2018 17:41
Top companies account for a higher share of profits than they used to.
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WPP Stock Takes a Dive as CEOOn today's earnings call, WPP CEO Mark Read acknowledged the company had a difficult quarter thanks to a string of major media account losses and underperformance on the creative side of the business,... especially in North America. WPP stock dropped more than 15 percent in London today and more than 17 percent in early trading...
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Twitter Inc shares jumped as much as 22 percent on Thursday, putting them on track for their biggest one-day gain, as the social media company easily beat Wall Street's revenue and profit estimates by... selling more ads even though it lost users after purging millions of fake accounts.
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Can Tesla Sustain ItsTesla posted its first quarterly profit in two years this Wednesday, driven by its continued production ramp of the mass market Model 3 sedan and slightly better cost management.
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Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods slowed significantly in September, while a key category that tracks business investment fell for a second straight month. Demand for durable... goods …
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American Airlines shares rose 4 percent on Thursday after the company said its profit margin for the current quarter would be higher than most on Wall Street expected, helped by a dip in fuel costs... from their recent spike.
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US average mortgage rates edgeUS average mortgage rates edge up; 30-year average at 4.86 percent
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Tesla shares jump afterTesla Inc. stock jumped Thursday morning after an upbeat report showed booming sales for the electric-car maker's Model 3 and fulfillment of Chief Executive Elon Musk's promises that Tesla would turn... a profit and improve its cash flow. The stock surged as much as 11% in after-hours trading Wednesday...
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New schemes teach the masses to build AI

The Economist - 25 Oct 2018 16:44
New schemes teach the massesOVER THE past five years researchers in artificial intelligence have become the rock stars of the technology world. A branch of AI known as deep learning, which uses neural networks to churn through... large volumes of data looking for patterns, has proven so useful that skilled practitioners can command high six-figure salaries to build software for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. The top names can earn over $1m a year. The standard route into these jobs has been a PhD in computer science from one of America's elite universities. Earning one takes years and requires a disposition suited to academia, which is rare among more normal folk. Graduate students are regularly lured away from their studies by lucrative jobs. That is changing. This month fast.ai, an education non-profit based in...
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Merck & Co Inc and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co posted better-than-expected third quarter profit and raised their 2018 earnings forecasts on Thursday due to strong demand for their rival cancer... immuno-oncology treatments.
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The iShares Russell 1000 ETF'sFor the iShares Russell 1000 ETF, we found that the implied analyst target price for the ETF based upon its underlying holdings is $176.24 per unit.
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Argentina's lower house has approved a 2019 budget bill that includes austerity measures demanded by the International Monetary Fund. Lawmakers debated for more than 17 hours and voted 138-103 early...
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A group representing every city and town in Washington has filed a legal brief supporting the city of Seattle in its legal battle over its income tax. The Seattle Times …
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Toshiba Corp is considering liquidating its British nuclear unit NuGen, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday, leaving Britain to seek alternatives for a project that was... meant to provide 7 percent of the country's electricity.
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