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  • No Thank You, Obama

    09/20/2016 7:03:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    Last week, while touting the new Census report on income and poverty in America, Barack Obama took credit for $2 a gallon gasoline, and immodestly shouted to his crowd of supporters: "Thank you, Obama." I don't want to sound ungrateful, but given that for eight years your administration has done everything to decapitate the oil and gas industry that gave us low gas prices, sorry: No thanks are in order, Mr. President. Even more amazing was Obama's victory lap on the income numbers. Yes, incomes for middle-class families rose by an impressive 5 percent in 2015. And poverty fell. Thank...
  • No thank you, Obama The new Census report on income and poverty proves why no thanks are due

    09/19/2016 2:36:17 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, September 18, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    While touting the new Census report on income and poverty in America, Barack Obama took credit for $2 a gallon gasoline, and immodestly shouted to his crowd of supporters: “Thank you, Obama.” I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but given that for eight years your administration has done everything to decapitate the oil and gas industry that gave us low gas prices, sorry, no thanks are in order Mr. President. Even more amazing was Mr. Obama’s victory lap on the income numbers. Yes, incomes for middle class families rose by an impressive 5 percent in 2015. And poverty fell. Thank...
  • Moody's: Sears' and Kmart's shutdown is imminent

    09/14/2016 2:25:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 140 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Sep. 14, 2016 | Hayley Peterson
    Moody's analysts say Sears and Kmart don't have enough money — or access to money — to stay in business. In a note published Wednesday, the analysts downgraded Sears' liquidity rating, saying the company is bleeding cash and will have to continue to rely on outside funding or the sale of assets, such as real estate, to sustain operations. "We recognize the risks associated with relying on these sources and continued shareholder support to finance its negative operating cash flow which is estimated by Moody's to be approximately $1.5 billion this year," the analysts wrote. Kmart in particular is...
  • Millions of American teens are at risk of starving, and some are trading sex for food

    09/14/2016 10:34:56 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 109 replies
    circa.com ^ | 14 SEP 16 | circa news
    Millions of American teenagers are at risk of running out of food or don't have access to affordable, healthy food. Some of them are so desperate, they're selling their bodies and committing crimes to go to jail to ensure regular meals, according to an Urban Institute study. Breaking down the numbers The study found at least 6.8 million people were "food insecure," meaning they didn't have reliable access to affordable, healthy food. Another 4 million were in "marginally food secure" households, where the "threat of running out of food is real." All of the 10 communities surveyed in focus groups...
  • Cisco Systems to lay off about 14,000 employees: Report

    08/17/2016 5:01:58 AM PDT · by mykroar · 64 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 8/17/2016 | Reuters
    Cisco Systems Inc is laying off about 14,000 employees, representing nearly 20 percent of the network equipment maker's global workforce, technology news site CRN reported, citing sources close to the company. San Jose, California-based Cisco is expected to announce the cuts within the next few weeks, the report said, as the company transition from its hardware roots into a software-centric organization. Apart from Cisco, two other big software companies, Microsoft Corp and HP Inc, have also announced job cuts this year.Microsoft said in July that it would lay off about 2,850 jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total...
  • The Unsexy Truth About Millennials: They’re Poor

    08/15/2016 11:06:57 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 269 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05 August 2016 | Samantha Allen
    Millennials are not some vast unsolvable mystery. According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF), they earn $2,000 less than their parents did at a comparable age, they are more likely to live in poverty, and they are more likely to live at home. But Baby Boomers and Gen Xers still seem to find it hard to believe that basic economic math can explain much of the younger generation’s behavior. After several news outlets, including The Daily Beast, reported that rates of millennial sexual inactivity in early adulthood are surprisingly high, armchair social theorists came out in force...
  • Logan's Roadhouse files for bankruptcy; 18 restaurants closing

    08/14/2016 1:29:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | August 8, 2016 | Leada Gore
    Logan's Roadhouse restaurant chain has filed for bankruptcy. The filing was made Monday with U.S. bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware. The plan, according to the company is "designed to restructure the company's balance sheet" while providing it with the "capital needed to turnaround operations." The Nashville, Tennessee-based steakhouse chain best known for its western flair and peanuts on the floor will close 18 restaurants as part of its restructuring. The chain operates 250 locations nationwide, including 23 in Alabama....
  • Macy's plans to close 100 stores, boost online investment

    08/11/2016 5:53:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 11, 2016
    Macy’s says it plans to close about 100 stores next year as the department store operator aims to become more nimble in a competitive market. That represents close to 14 percent of its store base. […] The nation’s largest department store chain says that it earned $11 million, or 3¢ per share, in the quarter ended July 30. That compares with $217 million, or 64¢ per share, in the year-ago period. …
  • How it’s Possible for the US Economy to Be Strong Even if Many are Not Fully Participating

    08/10/2016 2:37:04 PM PDT · by gop4prez · 13 replies
    Grey Enlightenment ^ | July 23, 2016. Edit | NA
    The left argues that wealth inequality will doom and economy because ‘no one will be able to afford anything’. But the empirical evidence refutes this. Consumer spending is at record highs and keeps rising. Stocks that are dependent on consumer spending keep making new highs. Amazon.com, Johnson and Johnson, Disney, Nike, Facebook, Google, and the consumer staples and consumer discretionary ETFs are are record highs.
  • How the Trump Presidential Campaign is Affecting Trump Businesses

    08/07/2016 8:29:26 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 24 replies
    FourSquare Direct ^ | 08/07/2016 | Foursquare
    At Foursquare, our data scientists are often called upon to analyze real world trends; we use Big Data to determine how commercial fortunes are rising or falling. This year, politics and business are intersecting, as one of the presidential candidates, Donald Trump, has extensive properties including casinos, hotels, and golf courses. Has his campaign been good for Trump-branded business? We have experience tackling these types of questions with a high degree of accuracy. Based on our foot traffic intelligence covering over 50 million users a month, we predicted Apple iPhone 6s sales, a hit Q4 for McDonald’s all-day breakfast, and...
  • High Cancellations Hurt July Class 8 Truck Orders

    08/05/2016 3:59:46 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 13 replies
    TruckingInfo.com ^ | 3AUG2016 | Staff Writer
    It looks like July was another off month for Class 8 truck orders as industry analysts are predicting some of the lowest numbers since 2010, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR. FTR is predicting Class 8 truck orders will come in at around 10,400 units while ACT Research is projecting 10,500 units for the month. Both forecasts are well below July 2015 orders and mark one of the weakest months since 2010. Compared to June, orders were down 19%, which FTR attributed to higher than normal order cancellations in the month. “Usually there are a low number...
  • Here's what the real unemployment rate looks like

    08/05/2016 11:44:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    cnbc ^ | 08/05/2016
    The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent in July, the Labor Department said Friday. But relying on that one number as an indicator of the job market is an oversimplification of the complicated world of employment. Each month on jobs Friday, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics puts out a slew of employment-related data, each of which tells its own story about the jobs situation. Most economists look past the official unemployment rate — also known as the "U-3" number — to other metrics that provide other views of the state of jobs. One of those figures is...
  • US Homeownership Rate Crashes To Lowest Since 1965

    07/28/2016 9:00:33 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 27 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 28 July 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In hopes of promoting the narrative of a US housing recovery, one recurring thesis has been that as Millennials get older and start families, they will eventually leave their parents' basement and buy a house or shift from renting to owning. So far the facts have refused to corroborate this, and according to the latest "Housing Vacancies and Homeownership" report released on Thursday, the dream of owning a home just became even more distant. The reason: after staging a feeble rebound in late 2015, the US homeownership rate just tumbled from 63.5% to 62.9%, tied for the lowest print going...
  • Is U.S. Manufacturing Really in Decline?

    07/28/2016 5:37:52 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 102 replies
    Strategy+business ^ | July 26, 2016 | Daniel Gross
    Did you hear that U.S. manufacturing just had another big month? That output has risen about 20 percent in the past six years? That industrial capacity is actually expanding?Probably not. At most times, and especially in election season, the talk surrounding U.S. manufacturing is one of relentless decline: a loss of jobs, the shutting down of factories, increased competition from foreign countries, a global war in which the U.S. seems to be on the losing end.And of course, it’s true. At some level, manufacturing has declined dramatically — as a direct employer of American workers. According to the Bureau of...
  • 18 states see significant job gains, but unemployment rises

    07/22/2016 8:13:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07/22/2016
    n Colorado, the rate jumped 0.4 point from May to a still-low 3.7 percent as more of its population began looking for work without being hired, a positive for the economy as it suggests greater optimism that these people will find jobs. A similar trend played out in five other states: Nevada and Oregon each saw a 0.3 percent increase, while rates went up 0.2 points in California, Maine and South Dakota. Those trends correspond with the national report that saw the unemployment rate rise from 4.7 percent in May to 4.9 percent as more workers started searching for jobs.
  • Stop Bleeding Red Ink, Make America Sustainable Again

    07/21/2016 5:51:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2016 | Veronique de Rugy
    The Congressional Budget Office recently released its long-term budget outlook. There isn't much new there; we are still in the red, and it will only continue to get worse. Considering the extent of the problem, you would think someone on the campaign trail would pay attention. Yet no presidential candidate really is. First, CBO projects that the federal public debt-to-GDP ratio will go from its current 75 percent (up from 39 percent in 2008) to 86 percent in 2026 and 141 percent in 2046. On the deficit side, CBO projects that by 2020, our deficit level will reach $1 trillion,...
  • Student Debt Helps, Not Harms, the U.S. Economy, White House Says

    07/19/2016 12:02:51 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 34 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 19, 2016 | Josh Mitchell
    The White House just released a big report on student debt that contains all the familiar horrors about for-profit schools, indebted dropouts and students defaulting on their loans. But it has an interesting conclusion: That growing stack of $1.3 trillion in student debt is helping, not hurting, the U.S. economy. That conclusion is sure to rankle the many student advocates and special-interest groups—from real-estate agents to employers seeking new tax breaks for their young workers—that argue student debt is a big “drag” on the economy. (Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have each decried the rise in student debt.) But the...
  • U.S. economy shows few signs of sustained inflation pressure: Fed

    07/14/2016 1:44:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 13, 2016 | Lindsay Dunsmuir
    The U.S. economy continued to expand from mid-May through the end of June but there was little indication that inflation would surge any time soon, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. Wage pressures were "modest to moderate" in most of the central bank's districts and price pressures remained slight, the Fed said in its Beige Book report of anecdotal information collected from business contacts across the country. Fed policymakers have been spooked by a lack of sustained progress in moving inflation up to the central bank's 2 percent target as well as by a global growth slowdown. U.S. business investment...
  • A staggering percentage of Americans are too poor to shop

    07/08/2016 8:29:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 207 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-6-16 | Lisa Fickenscher
    Retailers have blamed the weather, slow job growth and millennials for their poor results this past year, but a new study claims that more than 20 percent of Americans are simply too poor to shop. These 26 million Americans are juggling two to three jobs, earning just around $27,000 a year and supporting two to four children — and exist largely under the radar, according to America’s Research Group, which has been tracking consumer shopping trends since 1979.
  • Believe it or Not: More Kids Live At Home Now than Since The Great Depression

    06/21/2016 4:48:13 PM PDT · by blam · 67 replies
    TMO ^ | 6-21-2016 | Harry Dent
    Jun 21, 2016 Harry_Dent We all know the situation in the markets is dire. Like, really, everyone knows. There’s an old phrase from Margaret Thatcher’s day (and mine, I suppose) that has recently come back into use: There is no alternative. There’s even an acronym: TINA. There is no alternative example of a campaign advertising material of the CDU for the 1994 election for the Landtag of Thuringia. That’s quaint, and all, but this meatily numbered piece shows the heart of what that phrase means. There is no alternative, the markets will correct. They have to, regardless of how hard...
  • Their Unrealistic Expectations Crushed At Last, Wealthy Millennials Now Shop At Dollar Stores

    06/17/2016 9:40:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2016 | Eric Owens, education editor
    In the wake of the long series of lean economic years since the onset of the Great Recession, America’s affluent millennials have taken to shopping for groceries, toiletries and even clothing at ultra-discount stores such as Dollar General and Family Dollar. It’s not just Pabst Blue Ribbon-drinking hipsters trying way too hard to be different, either. At Dollar General, members of the millennial generation — of all income brackets — accounted for nearly 25 percent of the company’s first quarter revenue in 2016, reports Reuters. Millennials, if you are not up on your demographic jargon, are the cohort of young...
  • Bank Of America Set To Fire 8,000 As Banker Layoffs Accelerate

    06/15/2016 11:02:03 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    zerohedge ^ | Jun 15, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    A few months ago we pointed out that mass layoffs were coming for bankers due to declining revenues and more difficult market conditions, and now we're seeing the first major wave of that come to fruition. Bank of America has announced that it will fire as many as 8,000 employees within its consumer division the FT reports.The core reason given for the headcount reduction in this instance is that digital banking is picking up the pace, and has reduced the need for "back office staff" and bank tellers. This is a trend that BofA highlighted in its In its Q1...
  • Larry Kudlow: 'Overthrow the Establishment' to Fix the Economy

    06/10/2016 5:05:50 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | June 10,2016 | Larry Kudlow
    “Overthrow the establishment. Now's the time,” said the CNBC senior contributor who also hosts a syndicated radio-talk show. "Overthrow the establishment," urged Kudlow, who was a former economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan. “We need a different model. In other words, zero interest rates, or negative interest rates, and tons and tons of government spending for all these G-7 countries have not worked,” he said. “We have global stagnation, a virtual global recession. And we have virtually no inflation,” he said “Something's got to change here,” he said. He offered his own solution to right the sinking U.S. economic ship....
  • The Obama Economy Is Firing On One Cylider At Best

    06/08/2016 8:40:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2016 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- In the eighth year of Barack Obama's presidency, the liberal national news media continue their shameful cover-up of his failed economic policies. The latest and most stunning example of the media's duplicitous shell game came last Friday, the day the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly jobs report. The Washington Post ran a front-page story, written the day before, under the headline "Job market, at long last, shows signs of resilience." The story's dubious lead said: "For the first time since the recession ended, America's job market has been firing on all cylinders: Workers...
  • Is the Fed Outright Buying Stocks/Futures to Prop Up the Markets?

    06/08/2016 9:21:25 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07 June 2016 | Phoenix Capital
    “Someone” is getting desperate. Throughout the last week, anytime stocks have begun to correct or drop, “someone” has bought S&P 500 futures to prop the market up. Anyone who’s been involved with the markets for a while knows the difference between real buyers and manipulation. This is manipulation plain and simple. Look at all those “V” rallies. Three days in a row stocks opened DOWN and someone immediately stepped in and began buying aggressively. Another tell-tale sign of manipulation: the buying halts almost the moment stocks get to 2,100 on the S&P 500. At this point the manipulation ends. And...
  • For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18-34y.o.

    05/31/2016 1:19:52 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 68 replies
    Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U.S. are living, and a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data highlights the implications of these changes for the most basic element of their lives – where they call home. In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household. 1 This turn of events is fueled primarily...
  • Obamacare has been good for the economy

    05/16/2016 9:57:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    AOL ^ | May 15, 2016 | Bob bryan
    The largest increase in consumer spending since gas prices have dropped, according to Markowska, has been on healthcare. "In nominal terms, household spending on healthcare averaged 3.9% between 2010 and 2013," wrote Markowska in a note to clients Thursday. "It began to accelerate in the first half of 2014 and has averaged at 5.2% since then. Importantly, this pickup in healthcare spending was not driven by higher costs; real spending in this category accelerated from 1.9% in 2010-2013 to 3.9% thereafter." This would indicate that Americans have been not only been spending more because of increased costs, but also intentionally...
  • Obama: By Almost Every Measure, America and World Are Better Than 8 Years Ago

    05/16/2016 8:22:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 89 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 15, 2016
    Delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Jersey today, President Barack Obama told the graduates that "the good old days weren't that good" and that both America and the world are better than they were "even eight years ago." "When you hear someone longing for the good old days, take it with a grain of salt, take it with a grain of salt," Obama said in his address. "In fact," he said, "by almost every measure, America is better and the world is better than it was 50 years ago or 30 years ago or even eight years...
  • President Obama’s Economic Legacy

    05/10/2016 9:03:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 10, 2016 | Roger Aronoff
    As President Obama's second term nears its end he has begun a media tour emphasizing what he claims are the positive aspects of his policies. The complicit media, of course, have long worked to inflate positive impressions of Obama’s legacy, and this latest set of interviews is no different. "In two recent interviews, with The New York Times Magazine on his economic legacy and with The Atlantic on his foreign policy legacy, Mr. Obama expressed a common sentiment: He had achieved big things and avoided even bigger mistakes, and yet most people just shrug," wrote Mark Landler for The New...
  • German middle class ‘shrinking as rapidly as USA’s’

    05/09/2016 4:26:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 May 2016 12:09 GMT+02:00
    The middle classes in Germany and the USA are both in sharp decline, while top earners on both sides of the pond reap the rewards, a study by the German Institute for Economic Research shows. The number of Germans counted as belonging to the middle classes sank by six percent between 1991 and 2013, the study released on Friday found. The trend in the Federal Republic closely matches a similar drop seen in the USA over the same period. While in Germany people from all migrant backgrounds were most likely to have fallen out of this income group, in the...
  • President Obama Still Hasn’t Closed The Yawning Jobs Gap

    05/09/2016 5:12:21 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 18 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | May 6, 2016 | Editorial
    Employment: April’s job growth was below expectations, which after seven years of missed targets shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. But doesn’t slow and steady win the race? The short answer is, no. Any way you look at it, April’s report was mediocre. At 160,000 new jobs, April’s number came in well below expectations — which ranged up to 240,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics revised its job growth number down by 19,000... ...the number of people employed dropped by 316,000 last month, while 562,000 dropped out of the labor force. As a result, the labor-force participation rate dropped...
  • My Rebuttal to Obama's Economic Lies

    05/06/2016 12:53:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 6, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The economy is in the tank. It's confirmed. All the April economic news is out, jobs news and everything. So what does Obama do? Come out and spin it. He's doing a presser or some sort of press availability now at the White House timed exactly to coincide with the beginning of this program, which he is wont to do. Here are the numbers that you need to know: 160,000 new jobs in April, the vast majority of them part time. That is 50,000 below "expectations." The expectations are meaningless. It's a bunch of economic experts that...
  • Freight Rail Traffic Plunges: Haunting Pictures of Transportation Recession

    05/06/2016 12:39:42 PM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 40 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | Wolf Richter | 4 May 2016
    292 Union Pacific engines idled in Arizona Desert Total US rail traffic in April plunged 11.8% from a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported today. Carloads of bulk commodities such as coal, oil, grains, and chemicals plummeted 16.1% to 944,339 units. - snip - Only five of the 20 commodity categories saw gains. Of the decliners, coal was the biggest. But petroleum products also plunged 25%, and grain mill products dropped 7%. Even without coal, carloads were down 3% year-over-year.
  • L.A. sees another sharp rise in homelessness and outdoor tents

    05/04/2016 7:06:02 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 4,2016 | Gale Holland and Peter Jamison
    Homelessness increased in the last year in the city and county of Los Angeles, leaving nearly 47,000 people in the streets and shelters despite an intensive federal push that slashed the ranks of homeless veterans by nearly a third, according to figures released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Nearly two-thirds of the homeless people tallied countywide, or 28,000, were in the city of Los Angeles, representing an 11% jump in January from a year earlier, a report from the agency stated. The county's homeless population grew 5.7%. The mayor's proposed budget earmarks $138 million for services as...
  • Aeropostale: One of the hottest teen brands from a decade ago just filed for bankruptcy

    05/04/2016 9:12:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/04/2016 | Mallory Schlossberg
    Aeropostale used to be one of the most popular teen retailers. Cheaper than Abercrombie & Fitch, and less bohemian than American Eagle, the brand was the go-to for teens who still wanted to fit in with the trends. But those days are gone. The retailer has filed for bankruptcy protection, though it says it will be out of debt in six months. Last June, Crain's New York reported that the retailer lost 95% of its value in just five years. The brand has plans to close 113 stores in the US and all 41 stores in Canada. According to Reuters,...
  • Sports Authority Files for Bankruptcy: 450-Store Closure Could Leave 14,500 People Jobless

    05/02/2016 8:49:41 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 2,2016 | Jerome Hudson
    Outdoor apparel giant Sports Authority has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and the retail chain could close all or most of its 450 stores nationwide as it struggles to pay off a reported $1 billion debt. Sports Authority is “pursuing a sale of some or all of the business,” a company statement said. “We have received initial expressions of interest from a number of potential buyers, and we are optimistic about the results of the sale process.” Founded in 1928, the athletic apparel retailer was once the largest sporting goods chain in America. In the years after its 2006...
  • In 1 Out Of Every 5 American Families, Nobody Has A Job

    04/27/2016 6:20:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/27/2016 | Michael Snyder
    If nobody is working in one out of every five U.S. families, then how in the world can the unemployment rate be close to 5 percent as the Obama administration keeps insisting? The truth, of course, is that the U.S. economy is in far worse condition than we are being told. Last week, I discussed the fact that the Federal Reserve has found that 47 percent of all Americans would not be able to come up with $400 for an unexpected visit to the emergency room without borrowing it or selling something. But Barack Obama and his minions never bring...
  • Sears to close 78 stores this summer

    04/21/2016 4:07:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2016 7:06 PM EDT | Anne D’Innocenzio
    Sears Holdings Corp. will close another 78 stores — 68 Kmart units, and 10 Sears stores — as it looks to restore profitability. That accounts for about 5 percent of its store base, which is nearly 1,700 stores. The ailing company, based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, had said in February that it would accelerate the closing of unprofitable stores following a “challenging” holiday season. The move announced Thursday is expected to generate a “meaningful level” of cash from the liquidation of store inventories and from the sale or sublease of some of the related real estate, it said Thursday. All...
  • The American Dream is at a Standstill

    04/20/2016 7:21:25 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 20, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Now here's news you’re not likely to get from many commencement speeches, especially if they are given by Obama Administration officials, including the chief executive himself. Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, believes that U.S. income mobility, or the rags-to-riches story of the American Dream, is at a standstill. At a presentation and panel discussion at the Hoover Institution, Petrilli pointed out the problems that American families are facing in today's economy. He said that other countries, not the U.S., "tend to do better than we have" in income mobility. Petrilli said that the U.S. and the...
  • Intel to slash 12,000 jobs and take a $1.2 billion charge, stock drops

    04/19/2016 2:19:45 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 19, 2016 | Matt Rosoff
    Intel plans to cut 12,000 jobs, or 11% of its workforce. It will take a $1.2 billion charge as a result. Trading was halted around the release, then the stock immediately dropped when trading resumed. It's down about 3%. But Intel beat on earnings and revenue. Here are the reported numbers for Q1 2016: • EPS (non-GAAP): $0.54 vs. $0.49 expected. That's up 2% from last year. • Revenue: $13.80 billion vs. $13.84 billion expected. But that number includes $99 million from a deferred revenue write-down — without that, revenue would've come in at $13.70 billion. That's still a 7%...
  • Sport Chalet closing all of its stores

    04/16/2016 8:16:14 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 66 replies
    OC Register ^ | 4/16/2016 | LILY LEUNG and LOU PONSI
    Sport Chalet announced on Saturday that it is closing all of its stores and has stopped selling goods online. "While our online store is no longer available, all Sport Chalet stores will remain open for several weeks, offering customers the opportunity to use their remaining rewards and gift cards, and to take advantage of great sales," the chain says on its website. Michelle De Leon, a department head at the Sport Chalet in Lake Forest, said employees found out about the store closure through their general managers on Thursday.
  • Miserable Year for Banks: Stocks Suffer as Rates Stay Low

    04/12/2016 7:31:46 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10 April 2016 | Aaron Kuriloff, Riva Gold
    Financial shares are down sharply in 2016 even as broader markets have recovered; central-bank policies squeeze interest margins --- Bank stocks are having a terrible 2016, as central-bank policies, which for years lifted asset prices, are hurting the financial sector. The impact of economic stimulus efforts on lenders will get a fresh airing this week, as big U.S. banks begin reporting their earnings for the first quarter. Trading revenue is expected to have taken a hit, but the more enduring problem will be visible in the lenders’ net interest margins, the basic measure of bank profitability that gets flattened by...
  • First-quarter economy looks bleaker by the day

    04/08/2016 12:52:21 PM PDT · by mykroar · 6 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 4/8/2016 | Patti Domm
    Some economists now see first-quarter growth as negligible, and it could easily turn out to be negative. Economists shaved already weak growth forecasts by a few more tenths Friday, after wholesale inventories fell 0.5 percent month over month in February, much more than the anticipated 0.1 percent decline. January was also revised down by 0.4 percent. The closely watched Atlanta Fed GDPNow model now shows first-quarter growth tracking at 0.1 percent, compared to a 0.4 percent estimate earlier in the week. JPMorgan economists now forecast the economy only expanded by 0.2 percent in the first quarter, from 0.7 percent. Barclays...
  • Hancock Fabrics stores closing nationwide

    04/04/2016 10:48:34 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 73 replies
    UPI ^ | 02 April 2016 | Daniel Uria
    Hancock Fabrics stores will close its remaining 185 stores nationwide after filing for bankruptcy protection earlier this year. Great American Group, a liquidator, announced it was the highest bidder on the assets and inventory of the fabric retailer, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early February. "Great American Group has worked closely with Hancock Fabrics in a range of capacities over the last several years," Scott Carpenter, of Great American Group, said. "This has given us a deep understanding of Hancock's inventory and assets, which ultimately allowed us to prevail as the highest bidder." On Friday, the stores...
  • Why the Anger? Obamanomics Has Failed

    03/31/2016 9:45:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2016 | Larry Elder
    resident Barack Obama, when asked to name an accomplishment for which he is most proud, said, "I'm proud of saving the American economy." Breathtaking. Let's examine the facts, using only government, left wing -- or, at least, non-conservative -- statistics, sources or analyses. In 2012, the third year of the Obama recovery, the Associated Press wrote: "Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest. ... Economic growth has...
  • Corporate profits fall for the first time since the Great Recession

    03/25/2016 10:57:13 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    MSN Money ^ | March 25, 2016 | Jeffry Bartash
    American companies have been squeezed by falling exports, cheaper imports and continued caution on the part of savings-minded consumers. Firms have also incurred higher labor costs. Adjusted pretax profits sank by 7.8% in the fourth quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday. Profit figures are adjusted for depreciation and the value of inventories.
  • 38% of Companies to Reduce Employment in 2016, Only 29% Expect Increase: Five Consequences

    03/22/2016 3:59:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    fx street ^ | 17 March 2016 | Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    Is the part-time hiring binge that has inflated job numbers for at least two years about to come to an end? I think so. More importantly, so do CEOs of large corporations. In December, a quarterly survey of large corporation CEOs showed a minuscule net of 1% (35% to 34%) of corporations expected an increase in hiring. 31% expected no change. The latest quarterly survey shows nearly 10% (29% to 38%) of large corporation CEOs expect to reduce headcount. The remaining 33% expect no change.
  • Debtors face day of reckoning as credit bubble bursts

    03/06/2016 8:53:47 AM PST · by NRx · 73 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03-06-2016 | Mehreen Khan
    The world's credit boom is beginning to show dangerous signs of unraveling, ushering in a period of fresh turmoil for the over-indebted global economy, the Bank of International Settlements has warned. The globe's top financial watchdog called time on the world's debt binge, noting that debt issuance and cross border flows in emerging economies slowed for the first time since the aftermath of the global credit crunch at the end of last year. With financial markets thrown into fresh paroxysms in 2016, oscillating between extremes of "hope and fear", the over-leveraged world was finally approaching a day of reckoning, said...
  • Obama Blames Republicans For Slow Economic Recovery

    03/04/2016 4:13:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3/4/16 | Connor D. Wolf
    President Barack Obama responded to reports of slow job growth Friday by blaming Republicans who have opposed parts of his economic agenda. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report found the economy added 242,000 new jobs in February. The latest number highlights a long-running trend of slow, yet positive, economic growth. Obama credits the growth to his agenda but its slowness to Republicans for their opposition to his plan. “The plans that we have put in place to grow the economy have worked,” the president declared in the Oval Office. “They would work even faster if we did not have...
  • Buffett Rails Against Presidential Candidates Who Talk Down Economy

    02/27/2016 1:19:00 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    OANN ^ | February 27,2016 | Jennifer Ablan and Jonathan Stempel
    Warren Buffett bemoaned the “negative drumbeat” on the U.S. economy from presidential candidates in his annual Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholder letter on Saturday, saying they are misleading Americans into believing their children will be worse off than they are. “It’s an election year, and candidates can’t stop speaking about our country’s problems (which, of course, only they can solve),” Buffett wrote, italicizing “they” for emphasis. As a result of their dour outlook on the U.S. economy, many Americans now believe that their children will not live as prosperously as they themselves do, the 85-year-old Buffett said. “That view is dead...