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EA Sports is planning for a FIFA without FIFA

To millions of people around the world, the letters FIFA now represent not actual soccer but instead a one-word shorthand for the hugely popular video game series that has become a fixture in the lives of players......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsOct 13th, 2021

SpongeBob, Star Trek, and South Park digital tokens may soon be available as ViacomCBS enters the NFT market

The owner of Nickelodeon and Comedy Central is planning to create an NFT platform with startup RECUR. Spongebob Squarepants. Viacom ViacomCBS is teaming up with NFT startup RECUR to sell digital tokens based on its shows. The media company owns franchises such as SpongeBob SquarePants and South Park, among others. Its NFT platform will be "chain-agnostic," meaning royalties can continue to be collected on resales. ViacomCBS - the owner of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV - is getting into the NFT space. The media company is teaming up with NFT startup RECUR to build a platform where fans can buy, collect and resell digital assets centered on "cherished" franchises.That could include SpongeBob SquarePants, South Park, and Star Trek, for example, although the company did not specify what characters or shows it would put on the platform.The new platform, to be available in the spring of 2022, will be "chain-agnostic," according to the Wednesday press release. That means royalties granted to the original owners can be minted on any cryptocurrency, allowing the creators to continue receiving their share of sales and resales, wrote TechCrunch, which first reported the news. "Fueled by beloved characters and iconic properties with multi-generational appeal, we are thrilled to accelerate our consumer products presence even further into the growing metaverse," ViacomCBS President Pam Kaufman said. ViacomCBS' partner RECUR launched six months ago and is dedicated to creating branded experiences for fans to exchange NFTs, aka non-fungible tokens. The startup recently completed a $50 million funding round, valuing the company at $333 million. In a statement about the funding, the co-chiefs said, "The Metaverse is the next frontier, and community and culture will be the driving force."The market for digital collectibles has boomed in 2021 with more than $10 billion in sales in the third quarter alone, Insider previously reported. Celebrities and even professional sports leagues and athletes have jumped into the space, with more marketplaces, from companies such as Coinbase and FTX, becoming available. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytOct 13th, 2021

New Yorkers are biking, scootering, and jogging to New Jersey to bet on sports games

New Jersey lets sports bettors make online wagers. New Yorkers are taking their bikes, scooters, legs, and phones across the George Washington Bridge. A cyclist rides onto the George Washington Bridge on August 16, 2011 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images New Yorkers are hitting the pavement to cross the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey. They're biking, scootering, and jogging to cross state lines and virtually sports bet, according to the New York Times. New York City has technically legalized online sports betting, but it hasn't rolled out yet. If you're a New Yorker hoping to make a dime off a sports game - but without losing money to a toll - the place for you might just be a jog or e-scooter ride away. The New York Times' David Waldstein reported that a group of bettors are taking to leg or wheel and traversing the George Washington Bridge to make their wagers. That's because the George Washington Bridge connects Upper Manhattan with New Jersey; in Manhattan, bettors still aren't able to legally gamble on games on their phones. But in New Jersey, they can. Cue the bikers, scooters, and runners.One bettor, Colman Cooper, arrived in New Jersey via bike. He told the New York Times that if he won on 1 p.m. games, he might bike back from Manhattan to New Jersey to try his hand again for a 4 p.m. game.The entrance to the George Washington Bridge is located in New York's Washington Heights. For New Yorkers residing in Upper Manhattan - which includes neighboring Inwood and Harlem - as well as the Bronx, the bridge is easily accessible. Once on the bridge, there's just about a mile and a half between you and New Jersey. It's a byproduct of the ongoing rollout of sports betting - especially mobile sports betting - and the way that some bettors have gotten creative during the pandemic. In 2018, the Supreme Court lifted a federal ban on sports betting, Insider's Alexandra Licata reported. New Jersey launched its sports betting that year. Currently, New Yorkers can only bet on sports in-person at a handful of casinos upstate, according to MarketWatch. In April 2021, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would soon have its own online sports betting but said the state needed to decide on an operator to run that outfit.Since New York hasn't done that yet, it's still not legal to place mobile wagers in the state, according to the Times. New Yorkers heading to Jersey isn't a new phenomenon. Sports Illustrated's Ben Pickman reported in August on how virtual sports bettors flock to Linwood Pizza, right across the bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Owner Jim Missiris told Sports Illustrated that his specialty pizza output increases by 50% during football season."It's almost like a party being in here," Missiris told Sports Illustrated.The pandemic also fueled a boom in online sports betting. The American Gaming Association said that a record 7.6 million Super Bowl bettors in 2021 would wager virtually, a 63% year-over-year increase. Meanwhile, the number of bettors planning to bet in person dropped.And, as the New York Times highlighted, the bridge also saw a pandemic boom - because the in-person New Jersey casino closed. Biking and e-scootering also took off even more during the pandemic, as work-from-home denizens yearned to safely get around and get some air.But while New Yorkers are getting their steps - and bets - in, the practice might not be so healthy for New York's wallet.New York State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. chairs the racing, gaming, and wagering committee, and has been a proponent for legalizing virtual betting to help raise funds for state programs. Addabbo told the Times that New York's legislation includes funding for gambling addiction programs; the state's Office of Addiction Services and Supports calls gambling addiction a "hidden addiction," and advises that having a plan before gambling can help adults gamble responsibly."That's our money that's going over that bridge," Addabbo told the Times. "Money that should be going to New York's education system is going to New Jersey. It burns me up."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytOct 10th, 2021

Zebra (ZBRA) Buys antuit.ai, Enhances Retail Software Portfolio

Zebra's (ZBRA) acquisition of antuit.ai will boost its advanced analytics, AI, and automation solution offerings for the consumer products industries. Zebra Technologies Corporation ZBRA yesterday announced that it has closed the acquisition of antuit.ai. The buyout, which was announced in August 2021, was funded through cash.Zebra’s shares declined 0.4% yesterday to eventually close the trading session at $504.41.Headquartered in Dallas, TX, antuit.ai belongs to a consortium managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management. The company offers artificial intelligence (AI)-driven Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for retail and consumer packaged goods industries. Its solutions facilitate consumer product companies in executing various business processes like demand forecasting, optimizing inventory allocation, and order delivery procedures as well as formulating prices and promotion.Inside the HeadlinesZebra’s acquisition of antuit.ai will complement its Enterprise Asset Intelligence offerings that empower users with operational visibility and provide important business, market, and customer insights. The addition of antuit.ai’s proficiency in the demand forecasting space will enable Zebra to combine it with its SaaS portfolio to provide advanced analytics, AI, and automation solutions for its customers. This will facilitate them in effective planning and executing business process with better insights into the supply chain, thus enhancing their margins and profitability.With the acquisition, Zebra will enhance the planning and demand forecasting module for its retail software portfolio that includes Workforce Connect and SmartCount solutions. The company expects this buyout, together with the launch of its fixed industrial scanning and machine vision portfolio, to strengthen its position in the consumer products industries.Other Notable BuyoutsIn August 2021, Zebra completed the Fetch Robotics, Inc. buyout for $290 million, which is likely to boost its position as a provider of comprehensive line of advanced robotics solutions. Also, in May 2021, it acquired Adaptive Vision, which has been enhancing its offerings in fixed industrial scanning and machine vision markets.In September 2020, Zebra acquired Reflexis Systems, Inc, which has been complementing its software offerings across retail and other key markets. In second-quarter 2021, acquisitions had a contribution of 1.6% to the company’s net sales.Zacks Rank, Price Performance and Estimate RevisionsZebra, with approximately $27 billion market capitalization, currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). The company stands to benefit from the solid demand environment for its products and solutions, acquired assets, strong cash flows, and organic growth investments in the quarters ahead. However, escalating costs and expenses along with supply chain challenges pose major concerns for the company.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchYear to date, the company’s share price has increased 31.1% compared with the industry’s growth of 32.3%.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s earnings has been stable at $17.43 for 2021 in the past 60 days. The consensus estimate for 2022 earnings is pegged at $18.10, down 1% over the same time frame.Stocks to ConsiderSome better-ranked stocks from the Zacks Industrial Products sector are Alcoa Corporation AA, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. SWK, Standex International Corporation SXI. While Alcoa currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Stanley Black and Standex carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.Alcoa pulled off an earnings surprise of 42.70%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.Stanley Black pulled off an earnings surprise of 11.87%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.Standex pulled off an earnings surprise of 10.52%, on average, in the trailing four quarters. Infrastructure Stock Boom to Sweep America A massive push to rebuild the crumbling U.S. infrastructure will soon be underway. It’s bipartisan, urgent, and inevitable. Trillions will be spent. Fortunes will be made. The only question is “Will you get into the right stocks early when their growth potential is greatest?” Zacks has released a Special Report to help you do just that, and today it’s free. Discover 7 special companies that look to gain the most from construction and repair to roads, bridges, and buildings, plus cargo hauling and energy transformation on an almost unimaginable scale.Download FREE: How to Profit from Trillions on Spending for Infrastructure >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Alcoa Corp. (AA): Free Stock Analysis Report Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SWK): Free Stock Analysis Report Standex International Corporation (SXI): Free Stock Analysis Report Zebra Technologies Corporation (ZBRA): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksOct 8th, 2021

7 Long-Term Bets That Are Strong Buys Today

There is lot of uncertainty in the short term, which could be reason to invest for the long term. The final quarter of the year is usually an exciting one because of the holidays. And every year, we typically don’t have a whole lot of other things disturbing the view. But this year is a little different and there are way too many unknowns at this point. Everything may still turn out great, but there are chances that it won’t be so great either. So this seems like a good time as any to stretch out the investment horizon and take stock of the longer-term potential. That’s what I’m attempting here with stocks that are great buys today based on their long-term potential.But first, a brief recap of the current situation-    What Could Go WrongEarnings Season: We already know that this earnings season is not going to be as eye-popping as the last (when S&P 500 earnings grew 95.3% on revenue growth of 25.3%!), although they’re expected to be pretty good in their own right. From what we know so far, earnings growth for the S&P 500 is expected to be 26.1% on revenue growth of 13.8%. What’s more, margins are still expected to be up both sequentially and year over year. But investors have been selling the strong earnings news of late, and we don’t know if they’ll go that way this time as well. And just in case there are disappointments, which could very well happen, given the extent of the supply chain issues that are impacting both availability and prices of inputs. So there are big ifs and buts to those strong expectations.Energy Crisis: The second big headwind is the energy crisis. WTI Crude prices are approaching the $80 level, while the Brent usually trades a bit higher is above that mark. If the U.S. doesn’t release some of its strategic reserves (some media outlets are saying that it will while others are saying that it won’t), we will see these prices march higher. Which is going to be bad for inflation and also for the consumer (that has been pretty strong so far, and needs to stay that way in the crucial fourth quarter).But going by media reports and analyst speak, the energy crunch is partly driven by a secular move away from fossil fuels, i.e. we are curtailing production when we haven’t dealt with the issue of demand that continues to increase. And this year it is exacerbated by the pent-up demand situation created by the pandemic.Oil’s substitutability is also a factor to consider. Natural gas prices have been soaring this year because of higher consumption at power generation as a result of a hotter summer leading to historically low inventories. Since natural gas prices are particularly high in Asia, some industries are switching to oil. And of course, Europe is in particular crisis because of lower production from wind. Russia may help alleviate the situation, but again it may not. So until there’s more clarity on that, it’s safe to assume that the pressure on oil remains.Softer Holiday: The consumer has been relatively strong this year and that’s partly why this holiday season is expected to be a good one. But availability of holiday items could become a major issue because of supply chain problems. Most companies want the buying to start soon and spread out through the quarter, so there’s better planning and distribution of constrained resources. And promos and discounts in the early days may help this happen to a certain extent. But not everyone will start early. So some of the year-end rush will definitely be there. Whether the supply chain can handle it, given the way it’s struggling right now, is a big unknown. And this could lead to lost sales.What Could Go RightIf the above negatives don’t happen, everything could be hunky dory.Earnings Season: So investors could reverse trends this quarter and buy companies that report solid beats. They could punish the negative surprisers less because demand is not going away but simply getting pushed out because supply can’t keep up.  Energy Crisis: While this won’t go away entirely, the U.S. and Russia could step in to help the situation.Debt Ceiling: There could be a relief rally when the ceiling is finally raised, possibly close to the Oct 18 deadline. Some experts think that this ritual needs to be done away with completely. But we’ll see in the following days.Robust Holiday: There’s an equal chance that consumers are wise to the situation this holiday season and that they will start early to grab the discounts. So sales wont be lost and instead, there will be stronger profitability because of lower discounts as we move through the quarter.There has also been a lot of talk about passing on rising input costs to consumers. This, of course, means that people will be paying more for whatever they buy. This year, they are likely to go along given that household savings remain robust and the desire to indulge is high. With that backdrop, let’s jump to stocks. I’m seeing that the auto dealers are still worth buying, as are some retailers and transporters.AutoNation, Inc. ANAutoNation is one of the nation’s largest dealers of new and used vehicles, as well as financing and maintenance and repair services, vehicle parts, extended service contracts, vehicle protection products, and other aftermarket products.The Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock with A grades for Value, Growth and Momentum, has grown its earnings 17.6% over the last five years. Growth in the current year is expected to be 123.5% and in the long term, 19.1%.With a P/E multiple of 7.2X (the average for our coverage universe is at 16X), a P/S multiple of 0.34X (indicating that the share price is just a fraction of the sales value generated) and a PEG of 0.38 (meaning that its earnings growth potential is not fully valued), the shares look really cheap.Group 1 Automotive, Inc. GPIGroup 1 is one of the leading automotive retailers of new and used cars, and light trucks in the world, with operations primarily located in the U.S., UK and Brazil. It also offers vehicle financing and insurance, maintenance and repair services, as well as replacement parts and aftermarket automotive products.The Zacks Rank #1 stock also has Value Growth and Momentum Scores of A. In the last five years, its earnings have growth 26.9% and it is expected to grow 83.5% this year. Its long-term growth is expected to be 13.2%.It has an attractive valuation with a P/E multiple of 5.7X, P/S multiple of 0.27X and a PEG of 0.43.Lithia Motors, Inc. LADOne of the leading automotive retailers of new and used vehicles, and related services in the United States, Lithia Motors has the largest online inventory in the country with competitive pricing on vehicles and services. It introduced its e-commerce platform Driveway in July 2020.Another Zacks Rank #1 stock with a triple A for Value, Growth and Momentum, it has a solid growth profile. It has grown earnings at an average rate of 26.1% in the last five years, it is expected to grow 93.0% this year and 21.9% in the long term.At 8.8X earnings, 0.52X sales and 0.40X earnings growth, the shares are worth snapping up today.Penske Automotive Group, Inc. PAGThe company has an automotive and commercial truck dealership business in the United States, Canada and Western Europe through which it offers new and used vehicles, finance, insurance and vehicle service contracts; maintenance repair services; replacement parts and aftermarket automotive products. It also deals in commercial vehicles, diesel engines, gas engines, power systems and related parts and services principally in Australia and New Zealand.This Zacks Rank #1 stock also has an A for Value and Growth but a B for Momentum. It has grown earnings 14.7% in the last five years. It is currently expected to grow 101.3% in 2021 and 14.8% over the long term.It is trading at 7.6X earnings, 0.33X sales and 0.51X earnings growth.Abercrombie & Fitch Company ANFAbercrombie & Fitch is a specialty retailer of premium, high-quality casual apparel for men, women, and kids through a network of approximately 850 stores across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.The Zacks Rank #1 stock has a Value Score of A, Growth Score of A and Momentum Score of C. Its stellar earnings growth in the last five years of 73.9% is expected to be followed up with 702.7% growth this year and 18.0% growth in the long term.The shares trade at 8.6X earnings, 0.62X sales and 0.48X earnings growth. So they are definitely worth picking up today.Hibbett, Inc. HIBBHibbet has evolved its offerings from sports goods to an athletic-inspired fashion focused assortment, including clothes, shoes and accessories. It also offers products for individual and team sports.The Zacks Rank #1 stock has Value and Growth Scores of A and a Momentum Score of D. After growing earnings at 28.5% over the last five years, the company is expected to grow 84.6% in 2021. In the long term, it’s expected to grow 22.4%.Its valuation also supports accumulation of the shares: P/E of 6.6X, P/S of 0.67X and PEG of 0.29.ArcBest Corp. ARCBArcBest Corporation provides road, air and ocean freight transportation services, integrated warehousing services and supply chain solutions. It also offers premium, expedited services to government and commercial customers.The Zacks Rank #1 stock has Value and Growth Scores of B and a Momentum Score of A. In the last five years, the company has grown 16.2%. In 2021, its expected growth rate is 113%. Analysts expect it to grow 29.7% over the next five years.Its current valuation represents a P/E multiple of 13.0X, a P/S multiple of 0.67X and a PEG ratio of 0.44X.One-Month Price MovementImage Source: Zacks Investment Research Infrastructure Stock Boom to Sweep America A massive push to rebuild the crumbling U.S. infrastructure will soon be underway. It’s bipartisan, urgent, and inevitable. Trillions will be spent. Fortunes will be made. The only question is “Will you get into the right stocks early when their growth potential is greatest?” Zacks has released a Special Report to help you do just that, and today it’s free. Discover 7 special companies that look to gain the most from construction and repair to roads, bridges, and buildings, plus cargo hauling and energy transformation on an almost unimaginable scale.Download FREE: How to Profit from Trillions on Spending for Infrastructure >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Abercrombie & Fitch Company (ANF): Free Stock Analysis Report Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (PAG): Free Stock Analysis Report AutoNation, Inc. (AN): Free Stock Analysis Report Hibbett, Inc. (HIBB): Free Stock Analysis Report Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (GPI): Free Stock Analysis Report Lithia Motors, Inc. (LAD): Free Stock Analysis Report ArcBest Corporation (ARCB): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksOct 8th, 2021

58 thoughtful gifts to give your friends under $100

Buying gifts for friends is a thoughtful way to show them how much you care. Here are 58 gift ideas for your friend, all for less than $100. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Getty Images Whether it's your friend's birthday or you simply want to say thank you, they deserve the best. We rounded up 58 gifts, each under $100, that your special friend will treasure. Still looking for gift ideas? Check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyFriends are the ones you rely upon, confide in, and plague with everything from menu choices to whether or not you should move across the country for a new job. So when those gifting occasions roll around, it can be difficult to find something adequately thoughtful to give to that important person - especially within the relatively affordable under-$100 range.To make things easier for you, we put together a list of unique, thoughtful gifts that your friend would love to receive - all for less than $100.Below are 58 gifts under $100 that your friend will actually want: A set of friendship lights Urban Outfitters Brookstone Friendship Lamp Set, available at Urban Outfitters, $89.95If your close friend lives far away, let them know you're always thinking of them with this friendship light. Your friend will know you haven't forgotten them by tapping your light to instantly activate their twin light. A luxurious lavender scent perfume Nordstrom Yves Saint Laurent Libre Fragrance, available at Nordstrom, from $25.50A designer perfume like this Saint Laurent fragrance is a fitting gift for a friend who enjoys luxurious items. The floral fragrance's bold lavender scent appeals to the confident friend who's daring and always lives true to herself. A gold bracelet with her favorite football team Baublebar NFL x Baublebar Gold Pisa Bracelet, available at Baublebar, $30Even if you don't share in friend's enthusiasm for sports, this sports team bracelet shows you get them. Match the bracelet with their favorite team to help her be prepared for the next game day outfit. A relaxing weighted blanket Amazon Luna Weight Blanket, available at Amazon, $76.99For the friend who's constantly working or just needs a chance to unwind, a weighted blanket can make all the difference. We love this one because it's wallet-friendly but still made from quality materials like Oeko-Tex-certified cotton and natural glass beads.  A scent tied to a favorite place Amazon Homesick candle, available at Uncommon Goods, $34For your old college roommate or your friend who's taken a job across the country, this candle is a sweet reminder of home. A planner to help them stay organized Rifle Paper Co. 2022 17-Month Large Planner, available at Rifle Paper Co., $36Your Type A friend will thank you for this planner and its neat, detailed layout. The 17-month design means they can finish out this year and be set for the new year. Plus, two pages of colorful stickers can help liven up the notes, weekly, and monthly planning pages. A neoprene makeup bag from a cool startup they'll love Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag, available at Dagne Dover, from $40Dagne Dover is one of our all-time favorite handbag companies, and most of that has to do with quality, style, and unmatched attention to detail. The Hunter bag comes in six colors of water-resistant neoprene. It has helpful features like elastic lip gloss loops, slip pockets and a removable zipper pouch for compacts and shadows, and a smooth lining that's easily cleaned. Zipper tabs can be unsnapped to adjust the shape, too.  A playful earbud pouch for that one forgetful friend Baggu Puffy Earbuds Case, available at Baggu, $14If you have a friend who tends to lose their AirPods or earbuds all too often, this unique case attaches straight onto their keyring. Plus, it's quilted, padded, and machine washable. The pouch fastens with velcro and comes in fun colors and patterns like leopard print and stripe. A phone case and wallet all-in-one Nomad Rugged Folio, available at Nomad, $69.95You might have a friend who doesn't like carrying around bulky wallets and would rather keep it simple and sleek. This leather folio case sports three card slots and one cash slot, and also has a new internal shock absorption bumper that protects against 10-foot drops. Best of all, it's made of Horween leather, which ages and appears more rugged as time passes.  A Fitbit for the activity tracker newcomer Fitbit Fitbit Inspire 2, available at Walmart, $87.99If they're contemplating joining the Fitbit bandwagon, they'll appreciate this uncomplicated activity tracker that monitors their exercise, sleep, and heart rate. It's slimmer than its counterparts, but still lasts for 10 days, has 20+ different exercise modes, and receives basic smartphone notifications. A high-tech towel that's better for their hair AQUIS Aquis Lisse Luxe Long Hair Towel, available at Anthropologie, $30Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of reviewers.The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that's composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction the hair experiences while in its weakest state. It also prevents hygral fatigue — the stretching and swelling of wet hair that makes it vulnerable to frizz and damage — by cutting the hair's drying time by 50%. Their favorite specialty food straight from the source Goldbelly/Instagram Order their favorite specialty foods using Goldbelly, from $28Goldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration.  A book of witty, quirky postcards Amazon/Business Insider 'Friendship Maintenance: 30 Postcards to Say How Much You Freaking Care,' available at Amazon, $8.34"Friendship Maintenance" adds a more personal touch to the frequent check-ins you're probably already having with one another. The witty postcards weave in themes of friendship in a hilariously relatable way. A tie-dye kit Amazon/Business Insider Just My Style Tie Dye Kit, available at Amazon, $7.03Tie-dye has made a resurgence: It's a socially distant (or virtual) activity that friends can enjoy together. They'll appreciate this affordable tie-dye kit that will provide them with enough dye for up to 12 projects. A gift card to a popular wine subscription club Winc Gift Card, available at Winc, from $60Winc is a personalized wine club — and we think the best one you can belong to overall. Members take a wine palate profile quiz and then choose from the personalized wine suggestions. Each bottle has extensive tasting notes and serving recommendations online, and makes it easy to discover similar bottles. Gift her a Winc gift card, and she can take a wine palate profile quiz and get started with her own customized suggestions.  A custom note with a surprise inside Greetabl/Business Insider Greetabl Gift Box, available at Greetabl, from $14Greetabl is one of the Insider Reviews team's favorite modes of checking in on those we love. The customizable box includes a fun print, a spot for a personal message, and the selection of a small gift like Sugarfina treats or quirky pins.  An upgrade to the classic travel pillow Amazon/Business Insider Trtl Pillow Super Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow, available at Amazon, $29.99One of the best gifts for frequent travelers is a genuinely supportive neck pillow. The super-soft fleece of the Trtl holds the neck and head in an ergonomic position during flight, and it's lightweight — weighing only about a half a pound — so it won't weigh them down too much. Read our full review of the pillow here. There's also a newer, slightly more expensive version that we like too.  A hilarious collection of Tinder exchanges that, altogether, become one modern horror story Amazon/Business Insider "Tinder Nightmares," available on Amazon, $14.95"Tinder Nightmares" is a modern horror story of Tinder exchanges organized by theme, with chapters such as Bad English, Broetry, Strange Requests, Sneak Attacks, and more. The Instagram account of the same name has nearly 2 million followers. But beware — like Tinder, this book is not for the faint of heart.  A set of the best socks they'll ever wear Bombas Women's Ankle Sock, 4-Pair Box, available at Bombas, $47.50Men's Original Ankle Sock, 4-Pair Box, available at Bombas, from $47.50Bombas' ankle socks have extra blister tabs to prevent chafing, a honeycomb arch-support system to cradle the foot's arch, and a seamless toe that gets rid of the annoying bump that runs across the toes of most socks.  A three-month subscription to the book club that put "Gone with the Wind" on the map Book of the Month Three Month Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99This subscription gift was handcrafted for bookworms. Book of the Month has been around since 1926, and it's credited with the discovery of titles like "Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye." A team of experts and celebrity guest judges curate must-read books — usually new releases, hot topics, and debut authors — and send them to the subscriber's doorstep.If they're more into audiobooks or e-reading, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here). A makeup and skincare subscription Birchbox Three Month Subscription, available at Birchbox, $30-$45Birchbox is a skincare and makeup subscription that sends tons of samples of new and cult-favorite products so subscribers can find products they love without committing to buying full-sized anything in the meantime. It's also a monthly excuse for them to treat themselves. An insulated stainless steel water bottle that keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours Amazon Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug (12 oz), available at Amazon, from $24.44This double-wall, vacuum insulated stainless steel mug is especially perfect for commuters who would rather drink hot coffee than room-temperature for the 45 minutes on the subway — or any other time. We're big fans, and it does a pretty incredible job of keeping cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to six hours.  A gimmicky-seeming nail polish holder they'll actually wind up using Amazon/Business Insider Tweexy Wearable Nail Polish Holder, available on Amazon, $9.99Finding a convenient spot to place an open bottle of sticky, vibrant, and fast-drying liquid while you paint your nails is not easy. This $10 nail polish holder looks gimmicky, but it's actually pretty useful.  A funny adult coloring book Amazon Wine Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book, available at Amazon, $6.99Adult coloring has had a resurgence in recent years as a great de-stressor (even Kate Middleton is a fan). It turns out, though, that adult coloring is even more fun with adult beverages. Here's one that combines both.  A brass and wood display box that's a bit cooler than the average picture frame Artifact Uprising Brass & Wood Display Box, available at Artifact Uprising, $55Artifact Uprising's brass and hardwood Display Box is a bit more aesthetically pleasing than the traditional picture frame. They can showcase their favorite picture by sliding it into the front of the box, and the box itself can hold up to 50 five-inch by five-inch Square Prints inside.If you're just looking for prints, you can find those starting at $9 here. A silk pillowcase for smoother hair and less breakage Amazon Celestial Silk 100% Silk Pillowcase, available at Amazon, $40.99This Celestial Silk pillowcase is one of the internet's hidden gems. It's nearly $40 on Amazon, but it gives you more silk per square inch than options twice the price at Sephora. It's made out of 100% Mulberry silk — one of the highest quality silks you can buy — and comes in more than 25 colors and three sizes: standard, queen, and king. It's the one I personally own, and it makes a big difference for frizzy hair.  A poetry book that has become a phenomenon Urban Outfitters/Business Insider Milk and Honey, available at Target, from $7.38Rupi Kaur's "Milk and Honey" is a New York Times bestseller and a small cultural phenomenon. It's a collection of poetry and prose dealing with love, loss, femininity, and survival. If they already have this, you may want to look into Cleo Wade's "Where to Begin" here. A yoga mat towel with skid-less technology made by a trusted company Amazon Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel, available at Amazon, from $45.39Manduka consistently makes some of the best yoga gear on the market, and their cult-favorite Yogitoes mat towels aren't an exception — they'd probably be the main response if you asked around yoga studios for a mat towel recommendation. They have patented skid-less technology that uses 100% silicone nubs, and it makes a big difference. Each Yogitoes towel is also made from at least eight recycled plastic water bottles, and the dyes used to make it are free of azo, lead, or heavy metal. A vitamin C serum developed by MIT scientists that keeps selling out Maelove Glow Maker, available at Maelove, $27.95Maelove is a skincare company founded by a team of MIT grads (skincare obsessives, brain and cancer researchers, and chemical engineers) to make affordable, high-quality skincare accessible. The entire under-$30 line is supposedly great, but this $28 vitamin C serum (which people have likened to the multi-award-winning $166 C E Ferulic Serum) is the real showstopper — and it keeps selling out. I've tried it, and it does a great job of reducing hyperpigmentation, hydrating, and adding a "glow" to the skin.Read our full Maelove review here.  A monogrammed leather passport case Leatherology Standard Passport Cover, available at Leatherology, from $50For the world traveler, adventure companion, or person who has a lot of places left to see before they're satisfied, this leather passport cover is one of the best mixes of quality for price you're bound to find. You can also personalize your gift further with a monogram (starting as an extra $10). Every time they use it, they'll think of you.  A design service that can help them figure out their decor or new apartment layout Modsy Premium Package, available at Modsy, $159Whether they're moving, always talking about redecorating, or would love a gallery wall but don't want to expend the necessary brain power, they'll appreciate a Modsy gift. The service makes an exact 3D, digital replica of their room and fills it with actual pieces of furniture from well-known brands that they can buy on the spot. A super soft $75 cashmere sweater from a sustainable startup Naadam The Essential Cashmere Sweater, available at Naadam, $75This $75 cashmere sweater is one of the best I've worn, and it took me by surprise for $75. You can get it in either crew-neck or v-neck styles, unisex sizing, and 20 colors. In person, the cashmere is one of the softest I've felt.Plus, Naadam is a sustainable startup. They avoid toxic chemicals, invest in sustainable grazing practices, fund better vaccination programs for healthier goats, and use 100% clean energy to power production facilities. By cutting out middlemen, they pay nomadic herders about 50% more and charge about 50% less to customers without changing quality. A new book by the co-creator of "Broad City" Amazon/Business Insider I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff, available at Amazon, $10.64This book by Abbi Jacobson, co-creator of "Broad City", deals with love, loss, work, comedy, and identity.  A soft, durable pair of slippers they'll want to live in Nordstrom UGG Ansley Water Resistant Slipper, available at Nordstrom, from $99.95They're not a new name, but UGG slippers have stuck around for a very good reason: they're incredibly soft, durable, and made really well. The sole is sturdy enough to withstand walks to the mailbox, and the water-resistant material can take a little gross winter slush on the way there.If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, check out Minnetonka — we're big fans of their mix of price and quality, too. An award-winning at-home facial Sephora Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, available at Sephora, $80This now-legendary AHA and BHA at-home "facial" gently resurfaces the skin to remove built-up dead skin cells and reveal brighter, more even skin underneath. It's also won multiple notable beauty awards, including a Best of Beauty from Allure and Reader's Choice from InStyle in 2017. For more skincare products, check out the best luxury skincare on Amazon and best gifts from Sephora here. Popular leggings they can wear anywhere Outdoor Voices Outdoor Voices Core 3/4 Leggings, available at Outdoor Voices, $88It seems like everyone and their best friend is talking about Outdoor Voices leggings, and these are the company's most sweat-friendly option.  A card game to play with other friends to rehash favorite stories and learn some new ones Amazon/Business Insider The Voting Game Adult Card Game, available at Target, $19.99The Voting Game is basically a card game that gives you a funny prompt and invites you to anonymously answer "Who's the most likely to..." out of your friends. It's a great way to rehash your favorite memories and learn new stories. A vase and smartphone stand handmade from glazed stoneware Uncommon Goods Bedside Smartphone Vase, available at Uncommon Goods, $32These smartphone stands are handmade out of glazed stoneware, and they double as vases so their owner can have the benefit of convenience without totally giving into the sterility of tons of tech devices. A mug with a "coffee reading" tarot-inspired theme Society6/Business Insider Coffee Reading, available at Society6, $13.59Perfect for the avid coffee drinker or casual fan of the occult, this ceramic mug made by the independent artists of Society6 is a fun — and useful — gift. They've also got pretty much every mug pattern you could want. A cocktail recipe book that pairs music with good drinks Amazon/Business Insider Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks, available at Amazon, $21.99Have a friend that loves music and a nice cocktail? This pairs both for a perfect combination every time. The guide includes music from 70 albums, ranging from the '50s to the '00s, with an accompanying A-side and B-side cocktail for each — all organized by mood.  A tiny waffle maker Amazon/Business Insider Dash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Target, $12.99This mini waffle maker may seem more gimmick than substance, but it didn't garner 1,800+ reviews just for being pretty cute. It's compact for small kitchens and people who only want to make three waffles rather than buffet quantities, and it's really easy to clean. A screw-on top that turns a wine bottle into a glass Amazon/Business Insider Guzzle Buddy Wine Bottle Glass, available on Amazon, $15.06If they're more of a "one bottle per person" vino drinker, why not cut out the middleman with this twist-on bottle-to-glass helper?  The personal diary of icon Frida Kahlo Amazon "The Diary of Friday Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait", available at Amazon, $21.94In the last 10 years of her life, Friday Kahlo kept a journal full of thoughts, poems, illustrations, and dreams. This is it, and it's a particularly perfect gift for an artistic or feminist friend.  Machine-washable sneakers they'll wear all the time Allbirds Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $98Soft, lightweight, breathable shoes that wick away moisture and can be tossed in a machine washer when they get dirty — what's not to love?  A guard to keep away hot, messy splatter Amazon/Business Insider Frywall 10 Splatter Guard, available at Sur La Table, $13.99A splatter guard gives you the benefit of an uncovered pan, minus the countertop cleaning and dodging of hot, popping oil. An elegant, unobtrusive diffuser that smells great Snowe Diffuser, available at Snowe, $40Snowe's Diffuser has the advantage of looking more like home decor than a diffuser, but it also fills the room with a wonderful smell. Plus, the bottles of scent tend to last for months. Pick it up for a friend in five scent options that range from Speak Easy (leather, bitters, burnt cedar) to Pillow Talk (sandalwood, ginger, lavender).  A beautiful candle that smells amazing Otherland Manor House Weekend Candle, available at Otherland, $36Otherland is a candle company started by Ralph Lauren's former art buyer, Abigail Cook Stone. If you want to give your friend a candle that burns for 55 hours, looks beautiful, and comes from an up-and-coming startup that they've probably seen (or coveted) before, this is a great option.Read our full Otherland review here. A Tile with a replaceable battery to help them find missing keys and wallets Amazon Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery, 2 Pack, available at Target, $59.99Few gifts are going to be as useful as a Tile Pro with a replaceable battery. It'll help them find missing items like keys and wallets. An app on their phone can trigger the Tile to ring out so they can locate where they accidentally left their belongings.  A rechargeable battery Amazon Anker PowerCore 10000, available at Amazon, $31.99Anker's PowerCore is a powerful, compact external battery that can provide nearly three and a half iPhone 8 charges or two and a half Galaxy S8 charges.  Luxurious bodycare products Necessarie Nécessaire The Body Wash, available at Sephora, $25Nécessaire is a new line of bodycare products that use vitamins and plant-based oils. It was founded by Randi Christiansen, a former Estée Lauder vice president, and Nick Axelrod, a co-founder of Into the Gloss, the editorial site that preceded Glossier. Read our full Nécessaire review here. A cute plant in a ceramic pot delivered to their door The Sill Shop plants and accessories at The Sill, from $5A plant from The Sill will come in a small ceramic pot with a drainage hole and its own saucer. It comes potted in the company's potting mix and will be delivered to their doorstep.  A renewing honey mask that warms up while it's on their face Sephora Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask, available at Sephora, from $38This intensely hydrating mask from beauty brand Farmacy is infused with antioxidants to leave the skin looking glowy and plump. It also physically warms up while on the face, so the self care feels a bit more tangible.  A subscription to K-beauty sheet masks Facetory/Instagram/Business Insider Facetory Gift Subscription Plan, available at Facetory, from $19.90Facetory is an affordable monthly subscription to various K-beauty sheet masks. You can opt to pay for one, three, six, nine, or 12 months at a time.  A cult-favorite sleeping lip mask Sephora Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, available at Sephora, $22Laneige's hyper-popular overnight lip mask smooths and moisturizes with vitamin C and antioxidants. Currently, it has over 13,000 reviews and a rating of 4.4-stars on Sephora.  A pretty leather wrap for taking chargers and cables on the go Mark & Graham Leather Charger Roll Up, available at Mark & Graham, from $22.99Mark & Graham's Leather Charger Roll Up is made from soft, supple leather and has three separate pockets to stash cables and chargers on the go. Get it monogrammed for free. A box of gourmet artisan milk and dark chocolate Amazon Chuao Chocolatier Share the Love 36-Piece Gift Set, available at Amazon, $39.95A box stuffed full of chocolate needs no introduction, but this one is a pretty good deal. The box comes with 36 mini bars of gourmet artisan milk and dark chocolate, all made in small batches and free of artificial flavors. The 14 flavors range from sweet to savory, and each bar is only 60 calories.  A ClassPass gift card Class Pass Gift Card, available at ClassPass, choose your amountStart heading to more (virtual or socially distant) boutique fitness classes with your friend by making them easier and cheaper to attend. ClassPass lets you drop in to different specialized studios for $15 or less per class. A class or experience for you to take together Airbnb Experiences Check out local Airbnb ExperiencesCheck out local GrouponsOnce it's safe to do so, book an experience like a pasta-making class, brewery tour, or local tour that the two of you can enjoy together. Plus, you can buy this gift as last-minute as you like. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 6th, 2021

Oil Price Hits 7-Year High Mark: Bet on 3 Upstream Firms

The significant crude price recovery indicates sunny prospects for oil explorers and producers. CLR, MGY & WLL with their promising upstream businesses are thus well poised to gain from such an upbeat scenario. The price of crude has reached a level never seen in seven years. This is highlighting a substantial improvement from the negative territory hit last April when the coronavirus pandemic was wreaking havoc on energy businesses. The massive crude price recovery thus brightened the outlook for oil exploration and production business.  Spike in Crude PricePer the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and a Russia-led group of oil producers, jointly called OPEC+, collective production will be expanded by 400,000 barrels a day each month. Thus, the group decided to stick to its previously agreed plan of gradually returning production to pre-pandemic levels.With oil price’s continued climb, most analysts expected more production increase from OPEC+. Instead, the group’s decision to continue to lift production in measured steps has primarily led WTI crude to trade at more than $78 a barrel for the first time since 2014.Oil Explorers & Producers in the SpotlightThe oil pricing scenario will continue to be favorable for oil explorers and producers since fuel demand will consistently rise as the coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out on a massive scale. Many analysts believe that the steep escalation in the commodity’s price is because of buoyant demand when inventories of crude in the United States are low.3 Stocks to BuyIt is clear that inclusion of stocks of oil explorers and producers to one’s portfolio is highly advisable for investors. Since selecting the right companies with promising upstream operations from the stock universe is not an easy task, we are employing our proprietary Stock Screener to zero in on the three prospective names. Two stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) while one company sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.Being a leading oil producer in the prolific Bakken play of North Dakota and Montana, Continental Resources, Inc. CLR is well placed to capitalize on the crude price rally. The upstream firm is deepening focus on reducing well costs to aid its bottom line. The company is now on track to lower its well costs in Bakken by more than 7% year over year in 2021. As compared to 2018, this #1 Ranked company is planning to lower its drilling and completion costs per lateral foot in Bakken by more than 30% within the ongoing year. With the cost decline, the company is improving its capital efficiency.Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation MGY has a strong footprint in the core of the low-risk and prolific Eagle Ford Shale and Austin Chalk formations. The company set a 2021 production guidance, suggesting growth of 6-9% from the year-ago reported figure. Thus, rising production amid a favorable oil price scenario will drive the bottom line of the upstream player. Owing to these positives, this Zacks #2 Ranked company has gained 171.7% so far this year and is likely to increase further.Whiting Petroleum Corporation WLL, with its footprint in prolific Bakken/Three Forks resource play in the Williston Basin, is among the largest upstream energy companies in the United States. The company has revised its oil production guidance upward for 2021. Thus, increasing production amid rising oil price will be aiding its bottom line. The leading exploration and production company with a Zacks Rank of 2 has already gained 148.4% so far this year and is likely to surge further. Zacks' Top Picks to Cash in on Artificial Intelligence In 2021, this world-changing technology is projected to generate $327.5 billion in revenue. Now Shark Tank star and billionaire investor Mark Cuban says AI will create "the world's first trillionaires." Zacks' urgent special report reveals 3 AI picks investors need to know about today.See 3 Artificial Intelligence Stocks With Extreme Upside Potential>>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Continental Resources, Inc. (CLR): Free Stock Analysis Report Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL): Free Stock Analysis Report Magnolia Oil & Gas Corp (MGY): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksOct 6th, 2021

Reata (RETA) Confirms Omaveloxolone NDA Filing in Q1 2022

Reata (RETA) confirms submission of an NDA seeking approval for omaveloxolone to the FDA in the first quarter of 2022, following the completion of its pre-NDA meeting with the FDA. Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. RETA announced that it has completed its previously requested pre-new drug application (NDA) meeting with the FDA related to its Friedreich’s ataxia (“FA”) candidate, omaveloxolone. The company affirmed its plan to submit an NDA for omaveloxolone in the first quarter of 2022, following the completion of the pre-NDA meet.The pre-NDA meeting was requested by the company to discuss the content of the potential omaveloxolone NDA submission. Although the company is planning to seek standard approval for the candidate, the FDA has indicated that the approval pathway can be determined only after the regulatory submission. However, the FDA has allowed the company to submit data from certain nonclinical and clinical studies, following a potential approval of omaveloxolone for FA.The confirmation of an NDA submission for omaveloxolone by the company following the meeting implies that Reata is not required to conduct a second pivotal study on the candidate as requested by the FDA last year. The FDA had previously stated that data from a single pivotal study was not sufficient to support an NDA filing for the candidate.  A new study would have significantly delayed potential approval for the candidate and increased operating expenses for the company. The company may get an approval for omaveloxolone at most by 2023 under current circumstances. However, any mishap during the review period will delay the approval.Shares of Reata are down 18.7% so far this year compared with the industry’s 5.8% decrease.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchReata has successfully completed the pivotal MOXIe study on its omaveloxolone as a potential treatment for FA in 2019. Data showed statistically significant improvement in mFARS (a measure of FA disease progression) compared to placebo after 48 weeks of treatment. The company also successfully completed a baseline-controlled study (crossover study) and additional exploratory analyses for additional data requested by the FDA previously. With the successful completion of the pre-NDA meeting with the FDA, the company will finally be able to file the much-awaited NDAThe company’s NDA seeking approval for another lead candidate, bardoxolone methyl, as a potential treatment for patients with chronic kidney disease (“CKD”) caused by the Alport syndrome is under review with the FDA. A decision related to the potential approval of the bardoxolone NDA is expected by Feb 25, 2022.However, the FDA informed the company about four “significant clinical and statistical review issues” in the NDA in August. The company needs to address the issues with follow-up submission to the NDA. Moreover, the FDA will also conduct an Advisory Committee meeting likely in December this year. The follow-up submissions and any potential negative outcome of advisory meeting will likely delay the approval.Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Price Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. price | Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. QuoteZacks Rank & Stocks to ConsiderReata currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).Some better-ranked stocks from the biotech sector include Regeneron Pharmaceuticals REGN, Avid Bioservices CDMO and Heska Corporation HSKA. While Regeneron sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Avid Biosciences and Heska carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.Regeneron’s earnings per share estimates have moved up from $53.22 to $61.41 for 2021 and from $44.11 to $46.73 for 2022 in the past 30 days. The company delivered an earnings surprise of 18.66%, on average, in the last four quarters. The stock has risen 25.2% so far this year.Avid Biosciences’ earnings per share estimates have increased from 21 cents to 24 cents for 2021 and from 38 cents to 39 cents for 2022 in the past 30 days. The company delivered an earnings surprise of 223.33%, on average, in the last four quarters. The stock has surged 87% so far this year.Heska’s earnings per share estimates have improved from $1.50 to $1.66 for 2021 and from $1.96 to $2.28 for 2022 in the past 30 days. The company delivered an earnings surprise of 514.08%, on average, in the last four quarters. The stock has risen 78% so far this year. Zacks Names "Single Best Pick to Double" From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all. You know this company from its past glory days, but few would expect that it's poised for a monster turnaround. Fresh from a successful repositioning and flush with A-list celeb endorsements, it could rival or surpass other recent Zacks' Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in a little more than 9 months and Nvidia which boomed +175.9% in one year.Free: See Our Top Stock and 4 Runners Up >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (REGN): Free Stock Analysis Report Heska Corporation (HSKA): Free Stock Analysis Report Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 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Category: topSource: zacksOct 1st, 2021

The 4 best dash cams you can buy in 2021

Everyone should use a dash cam to prove your side of the story in case of an accident. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Dash cams can be extremely valuable if you ever find yourself in an accident. The best dash cam overall is the Nextbase 522GW for its excellent video quality and user-friendly design and app. The Nextbase 222 is an excellent budget dash cam that covers the basics, and it has a screen. Dash cameras, commonly shortened to "dash cams," are the single most undervalued and underused piece of tech that Americans can buy for themselves and their car.A dash cam can help prove you didn't cause an accident, especially if other drivers involved are untruthful, uncooperative, or simply unaware. Dash cam footage can be valuable in an insurance claim to settle contrasting accounts of what happened or even avoid insurance fraud. It can even capture the license plate information of a hit-and-run driver.It can also prove that you caused an accident, but that's not the dash cam's fault. And depending on how you were driving at the time of an accident, dash cams might not help you even if you didn't cause the accident. Regardless, having one of the best dash cams is incredibly useful for responsible drivers around the world.Here are the best dash cams of 2021The best overall dash cam: Nextbase 522GWThe best mid-range dash cam: Vantrue T3The best 4k dash cam: Nextbase 622GWThe best budget dash cam: Nextbase 222 The best dash cam overall Best Buy The $260 Nextbase 522GW is pricey, but it delivers the best combination of video quality, simplicity, features, and upgradability for the price than other dash cams we've tested. Video: 1440p, 30fps, 140-degree FoVEase of viewing footage on the road: Touch screen and app/built-in WiFi makes it easyParking mode: Yes, runs on built-in camera battery. Optional hardwire kit with low-voltage protection enables constant recording without draining car battery too farRear camera module support: YesAutomatic collision detection: YesMemory card included?: No. Quality branded Class 10 or U3 type microSD card recommended by Nextbase. Company recommends its own branded cards for best longevity. Supports up to 256GB cardsSpecial features: Touch screen; Alexa support for recording controls; Emergency SOS response (subscription required); Built-in polarizing filter to tackle windscreen glarePros: High-quality video, easy to use, touch screen, simple mounting system, upgradable with rear/rear-view/cabin view camera modules, WiFi and app, often discountedCons: Pricey, no storage card includedWhen making our top overall recommendation, we're not trying to race to the bottom in terms of price. That's why we recommend the $260 Nextbase 522GW, even if it is a little expensive. That's also why we have a "best mid-range dash cam" recommendation below, in case the Nextbase 522GW is too pricey. This is the best dash cam for most people, based on our testing. But if you want the absolute most in terms of hardware, you can see our pick for the best 4K dash cam below.The Nextbase 522GW beat similar models we tested from Garmin (67W) and Vantrue (T3), even though they offer similar video quality. What sets the 522GW apart is its support for rear/rear-view/cabin view camera modules, which you can buy later should you want to upgrade. The large, 3-inch touch screen compared to the smaller non-touch screens on the Garmin 67W and Vantrue T3 is also a bonus.Its built-in polarizing filter that reduces windshield glare and reflections and results in a clearer picture is a bonus.Plus, the Nextbase 522GW is often discounted down from $260 to $210 at Best Buy and Nextbase's site. If it's not discounted when reading this, you could wait for a little to save $50 and get a great deal on an excellent dash cam.Nextbase 522GW dash cam sample footage Best mid-range dash cam Amazon The $170 Vantrue T3 isn't loaded with features like the similarly priced Garmin 47, nor does it even come with GPS. But it's a simple, high-resolution dash cam with better video quality that gets the job done well for under $200.Video: 1520p (2,592x1,520), 30fps, 160-degree FoVEase of viewing footage on the road: Screen makes it easyParking mode: Yes, only works when using the included OBDII power adapter. Low voltage protection. Rear camera module support: NoAutomatic collision detection: YesMemory card included?: No. Company recommends its own branded cards for best longevity. Company doesn't recommend cards from SanDisk or Transcend. Supports up to 256GB cardsSpecial features: ScreenPros: High-quality video, screen, easy to use, ultra-wide 160-degree FoVCons: No storage card included, Vantrue says not to use popular SanDisk cards, microSD card can get stuck in the socket if not inserted correctly, no WiFi or appThe $170 Vantrue T3 is a worthy cheaper alternative to the Nextbase 522GW. You'll find more features in the Garmin 47 for the same price, but the Vantrue T3 takes much sharper and better quality video — the Garmin 47's 1080p video quality is disappointing.Indeed, the Vantrue T3 has excellent video quality with an odd 1520p resolution that's ever-so-slightly sharper than the Nextbase 522GW's 1440p resolution. The footage below will look jumpy because I was driving a sports car (Mazda MX-5 Miata) with stiffer suspension than the average car.Vantrue offers a separately sold GPS mount for $20, giving the T3 GPS functionality and bringing the T3's price to $190. At that price, if you want GPS, you might as well get the Nextbase 522GW when it's discounted down to $210.Vantrue T3 dash cam sample footage Best 4K dash cam Nextbase The Nextbase 622GW is the ultimate splurge for its crisp 4K video quality, simple mounting system, and touch screen that makes it incredibly easy to use and view footage on the road. Video: 4K, 30fps, 140-degree FoVEase of viewing footage on the road: Touch screen and app/built-in WiFi makes it easyParking mode: Yes, runs on built-in camera battery. Optional hardwire kit with low-voltage protection enables constant recording without draining car battery too farRear camera module support: YesAutomatic collision detection: YesMemory card included?: No. Quality branded Class 10 or U3 type microSD card recommended by Nextbase. Company recommends its own branded cards for best longevity. Supports up to 256GB cardsSpecial features: Touch screen; Digital image stabilization; Alexa support for recording controls; Emergency SOS response (subscription required); Built-in polarizing filter to tackle windscreen glarePros: Excellent video quality, easy to use, touch screen, simple mounting system, upgradable with rear/rear-view/cabin view camera modules, WiFi and appCons: Pricey, storage card not includedIf you're looking for the absolute most from a dash cam, and you don't mind paying top dollar for it, the Nextbase 622GW should be at the top of your list. The main reason you'd buy the Nextbase 622GW over our top overall pick — the Nextbase 522GW — is for its 4K resolution and fantastic video quality. The Nextbase 622GW also includes digital image stabilization that reduces vibrations, making details even clearer. With this kind of video quality, the Nextbase 622GW could be used to capture a beautiful drive — depending on the amount of storage in your microSD card. Otherwise, both the Nextbase 622GW and 522GW come with identical features. Spending an extra $200 for the 622GW does represent diminishing returns — you'd have to truly value 4K resolution to justify the expense. Nextbase 622GW dash cam sample footage Best budget dash cam Walmart The Nextbase 222 has surprisingly sharp video quality for its price, and it can be all you need if you're looking for a simple tool to visually tell your side of the story in an accident. Video: 1080p, 30fps, 140-degree FoVEase of viewing footage on the road: Screen makes it easyParking mode: Yes, runs on built-in camera battery. Optional hardwire kit with low-voltage protection enables constant recording without draining car batteryRear camera module support: NoAutomatic collision detection: YesMemory card included?: No. Quality branded Class 10 or U1 type microSD card recommended by Nextbase. Company recommends its own branded cards for best longevity. Supports up to 128GB cards.Special features: Screen, compatible with polarizing filter (sold separately)Pros: Sharp video quality for the price, easy to use, screen, simple mounting system, inexpensiveCons: No GPS, no WiFi or app, storage card not includedIf spending over $100 for a dash cam is out of the question, the $80 Nextbase 222 comes highly recommended for its surprisingly sharp video quality for the price, although it struggles a little with mixed lighting. Still, it easily captures enough detail to reliably tell you what happened in case of an accident. It's also compatible with Nextbase's $30 polarizing lens that helps reduce windshield glare and reflections.A major reason why the Nextbase 222 comes recommended in the budget range is for its screen that lets you watch recorded footage on the road, despite its lower price. There's no GPS here, nor is there an option to add it with a module or accessory, so don't get this camera if you value GPS.Unfortunately, the Nextbase 222 doesn't support adding rear or cabin cameras in Nextbase's lineup, making it more suitable for those who firmly believe they won't want to add a rear-view camera in the future. Nextbase 222 dash cam sample footage Other dash cams we tested In the Garmin lineup, we tested the Garmin Mini 2, Garmin 47, and Garmin 67W. The Garmin 67W is a great dash cam that's sincerely worth your consideration if you're looking for a more discreet dash cam than the Nextbase 522GW. The Garmin 67W has great 1440p video quality, a screen, a compact design, a simple mounting system, and many features. Just note that it doesn't support rear camera modules for future upgrading. Garming 67W dash cam sample footageThe Garmin 47 is also a decent dash cam, but its price is high for a 1080p dash cam, as well as its lesser video quality — the Vantrue T3 beat it out for its superior 1520p resolution for the same price. Garmin 47 dash cam sample footageThe Garmin Mini 2 is not recommended due to its high price for a 1080p dash cam and its poor video quality. It perfectly shows how much video quality can differ, even between two cameras with the same resolution. Garmin Mini 2 dash cam sample footageWe also tested the high-end 4K Blackvue 900S, which has competing video quality to our top 4K pick — the Nextbase 622GW. It didn't make the cut as it doesn't have a screen, the app is complicated, and the mount's sticky pad couldn't handle the heat when I parked my car in the hot sun, and the camera fell. We also tested the Blackvue 590, but its comparatively poor video quality didn't match its price tag.Blackvue 900X dash cam sample footageWe were somewhat disappointed with a popular and well-reviewed model called the Nexar Beam, which goes for $140. It offers good 1080p video quality for the price, especially when it's discounted down to $110 from retailers like Walmart. However, it doesn't have a screen for reviewing footage on the road, which Nexar tries to remedy with its app and phone solution. It works by connecting the Beam to your phone over a WiFi/Bluetooth connection for an entire drive and saving the drive onto your phone's storage. You can also upload clips to the cloud via your phone's data connection, or when you get to a known WiFi connection. The Nexar app and screenless solution feels clunky and confusing, and it's not something I'd want to deal with after an accident. It's best used as a simple dash cam that lets you review footage on your computer. For the price, you can find something with a screen and near-equal video quality, like the Nextbase 222. Nexar Beam dash cam sample footageWe tried the Vantrue N2S, which is a dual-lens dash cam that records inside the car. It's a great dash cam, but we still need to test more multi-lens dash cams to determine whether it's worth buying.  Dash cams we're testing next After a good experience with Nextbase dash cams, we plan to test out its full lineup, including the 122, 322GW, and 422GW. We're also planning on trying out more models from Vantrue in the budget and premium range. Vantrue has lots of models with multiple camera lenses, too. Viofo and Thinkware are other popular dash cam brands, and we're looking to try out some of their cameras. We're also going to try more 1080p dash cams under $150 to find 1080p models worth buying. FAQ What is a dash cam?A dash cam is a small video camera that you stick to your windshield that records video footage when you're driving. Dash cams are used to capture a video of what happened in case of an accident, as video footage can be more reliable than driver accounts of what happened.How much is a dash cam?Dash cams vary in price according to the video resolution and set of features, much like anything else. We've seen some dash cams as low as $55 and some as high as $400. The ideal sweet spot is between $170 and $260, according to our testing and the dash cams we've reviewed so far.What microSD card should I buy for a dash cam?Standard vs endurance microSD cardsDash cams put an unusual amount of stress on microSD cards, as they're continuously recording over older footage, which wears out storage cards faster. A standard microSD card may not last as long as endurance models designed for heavier workloads. Endurance microSD cards are more expensive, but they may save you money in the long run.Instead of endurance microSD card models, you could opt for high-capacity cards like 128GB (or 256GB if your dash cam supports it). The theory is that higher capacity cards don't overwrite old footage as often as lower capacity cards, thus leading to less wear and tear.The "U" ratingNot all microSD cards can reliably record all video resolutions, as cards with different "U" ratings store data at different speeds. For 1080p cameras, microSD cards with a U1 rating will suffice. For 1440p and higher resolution dash cams, microSD cards with a U3 rating are usually recommended. You'll be able to tell the U rating of a card by the little "U" symbol and the number inside of that U.How much storage capacity you should useSome dash cams include microSD cards with all the necessary features, like high endurance and proper U ratings. Unfortunately, those included microSD cards are often low on storage, like 16GB and 32GB. Those lower capacities can be OK with a dash cam's automatic collision detection feature, which automatically saves and secures accident footage from being overwritten. Still, for peace of mind, we'd recommend going for higher capacity cards to avoid overwriting footage you wanted to keep from an event that involved light contact or no contact. For example, a gentle sideswipe may not trigger the collision detection feature on some cameras. 64GB cards are mostly recommended, with 128GB cards being a good option for 4K dash cams. Storage cards from dash cam companiesSome dash cam companies like Nextbase recommend using their own cards, but they're comparatively expensive. Unless the company specifically says not to use specific brands, you'll be fine with a brand of your choice. Vantrue claims that cards from SanDisk and Transcend aren't compatible with its dash cams, which is an odd claim. Still, it's better to avoid buying something that a manufacturer warns against. For Vantrue users, microSD cards from Vantrue and other trusted brands like Samsung, Lexar, and Kingston are likely your best bet.What we look for in a dash camSufficient  video qualityAlmost any dash cam has decent enough video quality to at least show you and any interested parties what happened, so you don't necessarily need an expensive model with 4K resolution. Still, a clear picture showing as much detail as possible, like license plates and street and road signs, is more valuable than a blurry one — higher quality video will have a better chance of capturing relevant details. With this in mind, we prefer higher resolutions like 1440p or 4K, as the video quality on most 1080p models we tested was pretty poor. Automatic collision detectionA dash cam should also have an automatic collision detection feature that automatically saves video footage of an accident into a secure folder that won't get recorded over.ScreensWe also value ease-of-use and the ability to watch footage from the dash cam itself with a built-in screen. Screens can make it easier to review footage immediately after an accident rather than fumbling around an app you rarely use when nerves are frayed.WiFiMany dash cams come with apps and the ability to broadcast their own WiFi networks that let you transfer clips to your phone. This is a great option to have alongside screens, as you'll be able to save that footage to your phone and reduce the risk of overwriting important clips on your dash cam. It also lets you watch clips on a bigger phone screen when you're on the road. UpgradeabilitySome dash cams support add-on camera modules for your car's interior and/or the rear. Having that option is valuable, as it avoids buyer's remorse if you got a front-facing dash cam but wished you got a front/rear model later on.GPSWe leave that up to you. The debate of whether speed data from GPS can be your friend or your enemy is hotly contested. One argument for GPS speed data suggests it can prove you weren't speeding. On the other hand, insurance or police can penalize you for speeding, even if you weren't speeding by very much and/or going with the flow of traffic. It's often an option on many dash cams that you can disable should you not want it.How to install a dash camInstalling a dash cam can be as simple as sticking the camera to your windshield, connecting the power cable to the camera, and plugging in the power adapter to your 12V power socket, which is also known as the cigarette lighter. That's fine, but it leaves a dangling cable that looks messy, and can even be distracting.The best and cleanest way to install a dash cam is to route the power cable by routing the cable from the camera to the 12V power socket by squeezing it inside your car's interior trim pieces. It can be daunting, and depending on the car, it can be difficult. Dash cam user manuals give you instructions, and the video below gives you a good idea of how it's done. If it seems too daunting or you're afraid of damaging your car's interior, you can get your mechanic or dealer to install it for you. They'll likely charge you a (hopefully small) fee for the service. 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A Look At Tesla’s Relatively Tiny Numerical Sequential Sales Growth

Stanphyl Capital’s commentary for the month ended September 30, 2021, discussing their short position in Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA). Q2 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more We remain short the biggest bubble in modern stock market history, Tesla Inc. 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Get the entire 10-part series on our in-depth study on activist investing in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or print it out to read anywhere! Sign up below! (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Q2 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more We remain short the biggest bubble in modern stock market history, Tesla Inc. (TSLA), which currently has a diluted market cap of $868 billion, roughly equal to the $870 billion (non-diluted) combined market caps of Toyota ($253 billion), VW ($141 billion), Daimler ($96 billion), GM ($76 billion), BMW ($65 billion), Stellantis ($60 billion), Ford ($57 billion), Honda ($53 billion), Hyundai ($49 billion) and Nissan ($20 billion), despite annualized sales for Tesla of around 800,000 cars a year to their over 50 million. The core points of our Tesla short thesis are: Tesla has no “moat” of any kind; i.e., nothing meaningfully proprietary in terms of electric car technology, while existing automakers—unlike Tesla­—have a decades-long “experience moat” of knowing how to mass-produce, distribute and service high-quality cars consistently and profitably, as well as the ability to subsidize losses on electric cars with profits from their conventional cars. Excluding sunsetting emission credit sales Tesla is barely profitable. Growth in sequential unit demand for Tesla’s cars has slowed to a crawl. Elon Musk is a pathological liar who under the terms of his SEC settlement cannot deny having committed securities fraud. Tesla's Expected Q3 Sales Growth Latest estimates are that Tesla is expected to report around 29,000 more deliveries for Q3 vs. Q2 (approximately 230,000 vs. Q1’s 201,000), a rounding error for an auto company trading at even one-tenth of Tesla’s valuation. If in any quarter GM or VW or Toyota sold 2.55 million vehicles instead of 2.58 million or 2.525 million, no one would pay the slightest bit of attention to the difference. Well guess what? Seeing as Tesla is being valued at more than eleven GMs, it’s time to start looking at its relatively tiny numerical sequential sales growth, rather than Wall Street’s sell-side hype of “percentage off a small base.” In other words, if you want to be valued at a giant multiple of “the big boys,” it’s time you were treated as a big boy! Meanwhile in July, thanks to an suspiciously high gross margin and very “non-growthy” reduced R&D expense, Tesla reported an improved Q2 2021, claiming to have earned $788 million excluding $354 million of pure-profit emission credit sales (excluded because they’ll almost entirely disappear some time next year when other automakers will have enough EVs of their own). However, that earnings number also includes what I estimate to be around $300 million in unsustainably low warranty provisioning, and after adjusting for that plus the credit sales, I believe Tesla earned a sustainable .43/share, which annualizes to $1.72. An auto industry PE multiple of 10x would thus make TSLA worth around $17/share (admittedly, more than the “$0” I previously expected). A “growth multiple” of 20x would value it at $34, which is more than a 95% discount to September’s closing price of $775. And before you tell me that a 100% premium to the industry’s PE ratio isn’t enough, keep in mind that—as noted earlier—Tesla’s sequential unit growth is an auto industry rounding error. In fact, one could argue that Tesla’s multiple should carry a discount, considering the massive legal and financial liabilities continually generated by its pathologically lying CEO. Meanwhile, on the Q2 earnings call Musk admitted that the so-called “Full Self Driving” he’s been selling for five years (and that Consumer Reports calls outright dangerous) doesn’t work, and he said it again in August following an “AI Day” in which he tried to cover up the Tesla’s autonomy cluelessness with an inert plastic statue of a robot and a man dancing in a unitard. (You had to see it to believe it and then you still wouldn’t believe it!)  In a saner regulatory environment Tesla’s selling of “Full Self Driving” for five years now would be considered “consumer fraud,” and indeed in August two U.S. Senators finally demanded an FTC investigation while the NHTSA opened yet another safety investigation. (For all known Tesla deaths see TeslaDeaths.com.) Will there be major write-downs and refunds given, killing the company’s slight “profitability”? Stay tuned! And remember, the 2021 overview from Guidehouse Insights rates Tesla dead last among autonomous competitors: The Chinese Government's Love Affair With Tesla Is Over Another favorite hype story from Tesla fans has been “the China market.” Sadly, that government’s love affair with Tesla is over and Q2 Tesla sales there were down 10% from Q1 while Q3 looks to be down approximately 10% more. In July Tesla sold just 8621 cars in China (with the balance of that month’s production exported to Europe) and in August only 12,885. This an absolute disaster for Tesla, as massive July price cuts on both the Model Y and the Model 3 meant that in August in China it was supposed to sell around 30,000; instead it had to export all that excess capacity. (It still may sell around 50,000 in China in September, but so what? With insignificantly small sequential growth for three quarters now, Tesla’s Chinese “hypergrowth” story is over.) Remember when Musk claimed Tesla would have so much domestic Chinese demand that it would need multiple factories there to satisfy it? Ah, the good old days! Another favorite Tesla hype story has been built around so-called “proprietary battery technology.” In fact though, Tesla has nothing proprietary there—it doesn’t make them, it buys them from Panasonic, CATL and LG, and it’s the biggest liar in the industry regarding the real-world range of its cars. A recent story has been the supposedly imminent arrival of a new “4680” design that Teslemmings and their sell-side Wall Street shills claim will allow Tesla to “leapfrog” the batteries of its competitors. Sadly for them though, in a June interview with the CEO of Tesla’s primary battery supplier Panasonic, we learned that not only are these cells still in the “production testing” phase (and thus nowhere near ready for commercial production), but that if they *do* work, Panasonic will sell them to anyone.  And then news broke that Tesla extended its current battery supply deal with CATL until the year 2025, and in August it revealed it will even be using those Chinese-made batteries in the U.S. If those great proprietary 4680s were coming any time soon, why would Tesla need to do that? Obviously it wouldn’t, which explains why in the Q2 earnings press release (and on the call) Musk admitted they don’t know how long (if ever) it will take to get those 4680 batteries into production. Oh well… I guess it’s on to the next nonsensical stock pump! Meanwhile, the quality of the Model Y—is awful, and that car faces current (or imminent) competition from the much better built electric Audi Q4 e-tron, BMW iX3, Mercedes EQA, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach E, Nissan Ariya, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. And Tesla’s Model 3 now has terrific direct “sedan competition” from Volvo’s beautiful Polestar 2 and the premium version of Volkswagen’s ID.3 (in Europe), and later this year from the BMW i4, plus multiple local competitors in China. And in the high-end electric car segment worldwide the Audi e-tron and Porsche Taycan outsell the Models S & X (and the newly updated Tesla models with their dated exteriors and idiotic shifters & steering wheels won’t change this), while the spectacular new Mercedes EQS and Audi e-Tron GT make any Tesla look like a Yugo, while the extremely well reviewed new BMW iX does the same to the Tesla Model X. And oh, the joke of a “pickup truck” Tesla previewed in 2019 (and still hasn’t shown in production-ready form) won’t be much of “growth engine” either, as it will enter a dogfight of a market; in fact, in May Ford formally introduced its terrific new all-electric F-150 Lightning which now has over 150,000 reservations and Rivian’s pick-up has gotten fantastic early reviews. Also, the Tesla semi-truck  has been delayed until at least 2022 (and possibly forever, as it depends on the aforementioned “4680” batteries that don’t exist). Meanwhile, Tesla quality ranks 30th among 33 brands in the most recent J.D. Power dependability survey… …and second-to-last in the most recent Consumer Reports reliability survey: …while the most recent What Car? survey shows similar results with Tesla finishing #29 out of 31, and now quality is slipping in China. Flawed Autopilot System Regarding safety, as noted earlier in this letter, Tesla continues to deceptively sell its hugely dangerous so-called “Autopilot” system, which Consumer Reports has completely eviscerated; God only knows how many more people this monstrosity unleashed on public roads will kill, despite the NTSB condemning it. Elsewhere in safety, in 2020 the Chinese government forced the recall of tens of thousands of Teslas for a dangerous suspension defect the company spent years trying to cover up, and now Tesla has been hit by a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. for the same defect. Tesla also knowingly sold cars that it knew were a fire hazard and did the same with solar systems, and after initially refusing to do so voluntarily, it was forced to recall a dangerously defective touchscreen. In other words, when it comes to the safety of customers and innocent bystanders, Tesla is truly one of the most vile companies on Earth. Meanwhile the massive number of lawsuits of all types against the company continues to escalate. So here is Tesla’s competition in cars... (note: these links are regularly updated) Porsche Taycan Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Porsche Macan Electric SUV Officially Coming in 2023 Volkswagen ID.3 Headlines VW's Electrified Future Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Volkswagen ID 6 to arrive with 435-mile range in 2023 Volkswagen Aero B: new electric Passat equivalent spied VW’s Cupra brand counts on performance for Born EV Cupra, VW brand to get entry-level battery-powered cars Audi e-tron Audi e-tron Sportback Audi E-tron GT Audi Q4 e-tron Audi Q6 e-tron confirmed for 2022 launch Audi previews long-range A6 e-tron EV Audi TT set to morph into all-electric crossover Hyundai Ioniq 5 Hyundai Ioniq 6 spotted ahead of 2022 launch Hyundai Kona Electric Genesis reveals their first EV on the E-GMP platform, the electric GV60 crossover Genesis aims to go all-electric from 2025 Kia Niro Electric: 239-mile range & $39,000 before subsidies Kia EV6: Charging towards the future Kia EV4 on course to grow electric SUV range Jaguar’s All-Electric i-Pace Jaguar to become all-electric brand; Land Rover to Get 6 electric models Daimler will invest more than $47B in EVs and be all-electric ready by 2030 Mercedes EQS: the first electric vehicle in the luxury class Mercedes EQS SUV takes shape Mercedes-Benz unveils EQE electric sedan with impressive 400-mile range Mercedes EQC electric SUV available now in Europe & China Mercedes-Benz Launches the EQV, its First Fully-Electric Passenger Van Mercedes-Benz EQB Makes Its European Debut, US Sales Confirmed Mercedes-Benz unveils EQA electric SUV with 265 miles of range and ~$46,000 price Ford Mustang Mach-E Available Now Ford F-150 Lightning electric pick-up available 2022 Ford set to launch ‘mini Mustang Mach-E’ electric SUV in 2023 Ford to offer EV versions of Explorer, Aviator, ‘rugged SUVs' Volvo Polestar 2 Volvo XC40 Recharge Volvo C40 electric sedan to challenge Tesla Model 3, VW ID3 Polestar 3 will be an electric SUV that shares its all-new platform with next Volvo XC90 Chevy updates, expands Bolt EV family as price drops Cadillac All-Electric Lyriq Available Spring 2022 GMC ALL-ELECTRIC SUPERTRUCK HUMMER EV GM to build electric Silverado in Detroit with estimated range of more than 400 miles GMC to launch electric Hummer SUV in 2023 GM will offer 30 all-electric models globally by 2025 GM Launches BrightDrop to Electrify the Delivery of Goods and Services Nissan vows to hop back on EV podium with Ariya Nissan LEAF e+ with 226-mile range is available now BMW leads off EV offensive with iX3 BMW expands EV offerings with iX tech flagship and i4 sedan 2022 BMW iX1 electric SUV spied BMW 3-series EV coming Rivian R1T Is the Most Remarkable Pickup We’ve Ever Driven Renault upgrades Zoe electric car as competition intensifies Renault Dacia Spring Electric SUV Renault to boost low-volume Alpine brand with 3 EVs Renault's electric Megane will debut new digital cockpit Stellantis promises 'heart-of-the-market SUV' from new, 8-vehicle EV platform Alfa Romeo is latest Stellantis brand to get all-electric future Peugeot e-208 PEUGEOT E-2008: THE ELECTRIC AND VERSATILE SUV Peugeot 308 will get full-electric version Citroen compact EV challenges VW ID3 on price Maserati to launch electric sports car Mini Cooper SE Electric Toyota steps up electric vehicle push with plans for 15 new models Opel sees electric Corsa as key EV entry 2021 Vauxhall Mokka revealed as EV with sharp looks, massive changes Skoda Enyaq iV electric SUV offers range of power, battery sizes Electric Skoda Enyaq coupe to muscle-in on Tesla Model 3 Skoda plans small EV, cheaper variants to take on French, Korean rivals Nio to launch in five more European countries after Norway BYD will launch electric SUV in Europe The Lucid Air Achieves an Estimated EPA Range of 517 Miles on a Single Charge Bentley converting to electric-only brand Rolls-Royce is working on EV called 'Silent Shadow' Aston Martin will build electric vehicles in UK from 2025 Meet the Canoo, a Subscription-Only EV Pod Coming in 2021 Two new electric cars from Mahindra in India; Global Tesla rival e-car soon Former Saab factory gets new life building solar-powered Sono Sion electric cars Foxconn aims for 10% of electric car platform market by 2025 And in China… How VW Group plans to dominate China's EV market VW Goes Head-to-Head With Tesla in China With New ID.4 Crozz Electric SUV Volkswagen’s ID.3 EV to be produced by JVs with SAIC, FAW in 2021 2022 VW ID.6 Revealed With Room For Seven And Two Electric Motors China-built Audi e-tron rolls off production line in Changchun Audi Q2L e-tron debuts at Auto Shanghai Audi will build Q4 e-tron in China Audi in cooperation company for local electric car production with FAW FAW Hongqi starts selling electric SUV with 400km range for $32,000 FAW (Hongqi) to roll out 15 electric models by 2025 BYD goes after market left open by Tesla with four cheaper models for budget-conscious buyers BYD said to launch premium NEV brand ‘Dolphin’ in 2022 Top of Form Bottom of Form Daimler & BYD launch DENZA electric vehicle for the Chinese market Geely announces premium EV brand Zeekr Geely, Mercedes-Benz launch $780 million JV to make electric smart-branded cars Mercedes styled Denza X 7-seat electric SUV to hit market Mercedes ‘makes mark’ with China-built EQC BMW, Great Wall to build new China plant for electric cars BAIC Goes Electric, & Establishes Itself as a Force in China’s New Energy Vehicle Future BAIC BJEV, Magna ready to pour RMB2 bln in all-electric PV manufacturing JV Toyota, BYD will jointly develop electric vehicles for China Lexus to launch EV in China taking on VW and Tesla GAC Aion about to start volume production of 1,000-km range AION LX GAC Toyota to ramp up annual capacity by 400,000 NEVs GAC kicks off delivery of HYCAN 007 all-electric SUV Nio – Ready For Tomorrow Nio steps up plans for mass-market brand to compete with VW, Toyota Xpeng Motors sells multiple EV models SAIC-GM to build Ultium EV platform in Wuhan Chevrolet Menlo Electric Vehicle Launched in China Buick Launches VELITE 6 PLUS MAV Electric Vehicle in China Buick Velite 7 EV And Velite 6 PHEV Launch In China Dongfeng launches the all-electric Voyah  PSA to accelerate rollout of electrified vehicles in China SAIC, Alibaba-backed EV brand IM begins presale of first model L7 Hyundai Motor Transforming Chongqing Factory into Electric Vehicle Plant Polestar said to plan China showroom expansion to compete with Tesla Jaguar Land Rover's Chinese arm invests £800m in EV production Renault reveals series urban e-SUV K-ZE for China Renault & Brilliance detail electric van lineup for China Renault forms China electric vehicle venture with JMCG Honda to roll out over 20 electric models in China by 2025 Geely launches new electric car brand 'Geometry' – will launch 10 EVs by 2025 Geely, Foxconn form partnership to build cars for other automakers Fiat Chrysler, Foxconn Team Up for Electric Vehicles Baidu to create an intelligent EV company with automaker Geely Leapmotor starts presale of C11 electric SUV on Jan. 1 2021 Changan forms subsidiary Avatar Technology to develop smart EVs with Huawei, CATL WM Motors/Weltmeister Chery Seres Enovate China's cute Ora R1 electric hatch offers a huge range for less than US$9,000 Singulato JAC Motors releases new product planning, including many NEVs Seat to make purely electric cars with JAC VW in China Iconiq Motors Hozon Aiways Skyworth Auto Youxia CHJ Automotive begins to accept orders of Leading Ideal ONE Infiniti to launch Chinese-built EV in 2022 Human Horizons Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi to launch electric car business with $10 billion investment Lifan Technology to roll out three EV models with swappable batteries in 2021 Here’s Tesla’s Competition In Autonomous Driving... Waymo ranked top & Tesla last in Guidehouse leaderboard on automated driving systems Tesla has a self-driving strategy other companies abandoned years ago Fiat Chrysler, Waymo expand self-driving partnership for passenger, delivery vehicles Waymo and Lyft partner to scale self-driving robotaxi service in Phoenix Volvo, Waymo partner to build self-driving vehicles Jaguar and Waymo announce an electric, fully autonomous car Renault, Nissan partner with Waymo for self-driving vehicles Cruise and GM Team Up with Microsoft to Commercialize Self-Driving Vehicles Cadillac Super Cruise Sets the Standard for Hands-Free Highway Driving Honda Joins with Cruise and General Motors to Build New Autonomous Vehicle Honda launching Level 3 autonomous cars Volkswagen moves ahead with Autonomous Driving R&D for Mobility as a Service Volkswagen teams up with Microsoft to accelerate the development of automated driving VW taps Baidu's Apollo platform to develop self-driving cars in China Ford's electric Mustang will offer hands-free driving technology in 2021 ARGO AI AND FORD TO LAUNCH SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES ON LYFT NETWORK BY END OF 2021 Hyundai and Kia Invest in Aurora Toyota, Denso form robotaxi partnership with Aurora Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group complete formation of autonomous driving joint venture Amazon’s Zoox unveils electric robotaxi that can travel up to 75 mph Nvidia and Mercedes Team Up to Make Next-Gen Vehicles Daimler's heavy trucks start self-driving some of the way SoftBank, Toyota's self-driving car venture adds Mazda, Suzuki, Subaru Corp, Isuzu Daihatsu  Continental & NVIDIA Partner to Enable Production of Artificial Intelligence Self-Driving Cars Mobileye and Geely to Offer Most Robust Driver Assistance Features Mobileye Starts Testing Self-Driving Vehicles in Germany Mobileye and NIO Partner to Bring Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles to Consumers Lucid Chooses Mobileye as Partner for Autonomous Vehicle Technology AutoX, backed by Alibaba Nissan gives Japan version of Infiniti Q50 hands-free highway driving Hyundai to start autonomous ride-sharing service in Calif. Pony.ai raises $462 million in Toyota-led funding Baidu kicks off trial operation of Apollo robotaxi in Changsha Toyota to join Baidu's open-source self-driving platform Baidu, WM Motor announce strategic partnership for L3, L4 autonomous driving solutions Volvo will provide cars for Didi's self-driving test fleet BMW and Tencent to develop self-driving car technology together BMW, NavInfo bolster partnership in HD map service for autonomous cars in China GM Invests $300 M in Momenta to deliver self-driving technologies in China FAW Hongqi readies electric SUV offering Level 4 autonomous driving Tencent, Changan Auto Announce Autonomous-Vehicle Joint Venture Huawei teams up with BAIC BJEV, Changan, GAC to co-launch self-driving car brands GAC Aion, DiDi Autonomous Driving to co-develop driverless NEV model BYD partners with Huawei for autonomous driving Lyft, Magna in Deal to Develop Hardware, Software for Self-Driving Cars Xpeng releases autonomous features for highway driving Nuro Becomes First Driverless Car Delivery Service in California Deutsche Post to Deploy Test Fleet Of Fully Autonomous Delivery Trucks ZF autonomous EV venture names first customer Magna’s new MAX4 self-driving platform offers autonomy up to Level 4 Groupe PSA’s safe and intuitive autonomous car tested by the general public Mitsubishi Electric to Exhibit Autonomous-driving Technologies in New xAUTO Test Vehicle Apple acquires self-driving startup Drive.ai Motional to begin robotaxi testing with Hyundai Ioniq 5 in Los Angeles JD.com Delivers on Self-Driving Electric Trucks NAVYA Unveils First Fully Autonomous Taxi Fujitsu and HERE to partner on advanced mobility services and autonomous driving Here’s where Tesla’s competition will get its battery cells… Panasonic (making deals with multiple automakers) LG Samsung SK Innovation Toshiba CATL BYD Volkswagen to Build Six Electric-Vehicle Battery Factories in Europe How GM's Ultium Battery Will Help It Commit to an Electric Future Ultium (General Motors & LG joint venture) GM to develop lithium-metal batteries with SolidEnergy Systems Ford, SK Innovation announce EV battery joint venture BMW & Ford Invest in Solid Power to Secure All Solid-State Batteries for Future Electric Vehicles Daimler joins Stellantis as partner in European battery cell venture ACC Renault signs EV battery deals with Envision, Verkor for French plants Nissan to build $1.4bn EV battery plant in UK with Chinese partner UK companies AMTE Power and Britishvolt plan $4.9 billion investment in battery plants Toyota's game-changing solid-state battery en route for 2021 debut Freyr Verkor Farasis Microvast Akasol Cenat Wanxiang Eve Energy Svolt Romeo Power ProLogium Hyundai Motor developing solid-state EV batteries Daimler Morrow Here’s Tesla’s Competition In Charging Networks... Electrify America is spending $2 billion building a high-speed U.S. charging network GM, EVgo partner to expand U.S. charging network Circle K Owner Plans Electric-Car Charging Push in U.S., Canada 191 U.S. Porsche dealers are installing 350kw chargers ChargePoint to equip Daimler dealers with electric car chargers GM and Bechtel plan to build thousands of electric car charging stations across the US Ford introduces 12,000 station charging network, teams with Amazon on home installation Shell Plans To Deploy Around 500,000 Charging Points Globally By 2025 Petro-Canada Introduces Coast-to-Coast Canadian Charging Network Volta is rolling out a free charging network Ionity Europe E.ON and Virta launch one of the largest intelligent EV charging networks in Europe Volkswagen plans 36,000 charging points for electric cars throughout Europe Smatric has over 400 charging points in Austria Allego has hundreds of chargers in Europe PodPoint UK charging stations BP Chargemaster/Polar is building stations across the UK Instavolt is rolling out a UK charging network Fastned building 150kw-350kw chargers in Europe Aral To Install Over 100 Ultra-Fast Chargers In Germany Deutsche Telekom launches installation of charging network for e-cars Total to build 1,000 high-powered charging points at 300 European service-stations NIO teams up with China’s State Grid to build battery charging, swapping stations Volkswagen-based CAMS launches supercharging stations in China Volkswagen, FAW Group, JAC Motors, Star Charge formally announce new EV charging JV BMW to Build 360,000 Charging Points in China to Juice Electric Car Sales BP, Didi Jump on Electric-Vehicle Charging Bandwagon Evie rolls out ultrafast charging network in Australia Evie Networks To Install 42 Ultra-Fast Charging Sites In Australia And here’s Tesla’s competition in storage batteries… Panasonic Samsung LG BYD AES + Siemens (Fluence) GE Bosch Hitachi ABB Toshiba Saft Johnson Contols EnerSys SOLARWATT Schneider Electric Sonnen Kyocera Generac Kokam NantEnergy Eaton Nissan Tesvolt Kreisel Leclanche Lockheed Martin EOS Energy Storage ESS UET electrIQ Power Belectric Stem ENGIE Redflow Renault Primus Power Simpliphi Power redT Energy Storage Murata Bluestorage Adara Blue Planet Tabuchi Electric Aggreko Orison Moixa Powin Energy Nidec Powervault Kore Power Shanghai Electric Schmid 24M Ecoult Innolith LithiumWerks Natron Energy Energy Vault Ambri Voltstorage Cadenza Innovation Morrow Gridtential Villara Elestor Thanks and stay healthy, Mark Spiegel Updated on Oct 1, 2021, 11:05 am (function() { var sc = document.createElement("script"); sc.type = "text/javascript"; sc.async = true;sc.src = "//mixi.media/data/js/95481.js"; sc.charset = "utf-8";var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(sc, s); }()); window._F20 = window._F20 || []; _F20.push({container: 'F20WidgetContainer', placement: '', count: 3}); _F20.push({finish: true});.....»»

Category: blogSource: valuewalkOct 1st, 2021

The best sports streaming services in 2021 for watching live games without cable

You no longer need cable to tune into your favorite sporting events live. These are the best streaming services you can use to watch sports. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Watch live sports at home with subscription streaming services. Robert Deutschman/Getty Images Many streaming services let members watch a variety of sports without cable. Services like Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and Fubo TV stream sports on live TV channels. Platforms like ESPN+, DAZN, Peacock, and Paramount Plus offer select events and exclusive matches. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyWhether you want to watch the latest football games, soccer matches, or UFC fights, there's a streaming service for your needs. That said, it's important to keep in mind which sports and networks matter most to you when selecting an app.Some platforms are great for watching specific events, while other options give members access to a wider range of channels with many different sports. With various budgets in mind, we selected the best streaming services you can sign up for to watch live sports across a variety of devices.Here are the best streaming services for sports:Sling TVYouTube TVFuboTVHulu + Live TVParamount PlusESPN+Peacock PremiumDAZN Sling TV Sling TV Sling TV is one of the most affordable services with live sports networks, but it's missing ABC and CBS.Key channels: NBC, Fox, ESPN, TNT, NFL NetworkMissing channels: ABC, CBSExclusive sports: NoPlans: Sling Blue ($35/month), Sling Orange ($35/month), Sling Blue and Orange ($50/month), Sports Extra add-on ($11/month)Promotions: First month for $10Sling TV is a live TV streaming service with two main plans: Sling Blue and Sling Orange. The channel selection differs between them, though some networks are shared by both.If you want to watch live sports on NBC or Fox networks, Sling Blue is your best option. Local channel availability can vary by location, so be sure to check Sling's website first to see if these channels are offered in your market. Sling Blue also includes access to the NFL Network.Meanwhile, Sling Orange ditches NBC, Fox, and NFL Network, but adds ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3 instead. To get the best of both worlds, we recommend combining both plans for $50 a month.If you want even more channels, Sling TV offers a Sports Extra add-on for an additional $11/month. Again, the channel selection differs depending on whether you have the Blue or Orange plan, but stations like NBA Network, NHL Network, and MLB Network are included with both options.Even with the extra add-on fee, Sling ends up being one of the most affordable ways to stream cable channels with live sports. On the downside, it's missing support for local CBS and ABC stations.For more information about Sling TV, check out our full list of Sling channels and packages.TV (small) YouTube TV YouTube TV YouTube TV's base plan includes sports channels that other services charge extra for.Key channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, NFL Network, NBA TV, MLB NetworkMissing channels: NHL NetworkPlans: Base ($65/month), Sports Plus add-on ($11/month), NBA League Pass add-on ($40/month)Exclusive sports: NoPromotions: Free two-day trial of the Base plan, free one-week trial of the Sports Plus add-onYouTube TV's base plan starts at $65 a month and includes access to multiple channels that broadcast live sports, such as ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN. In addition, YouTube TV is one of the only services that includes channels like MLB Network and NBA TV as part of its standard plan.Subscribers who want even more channels should check out the Sports Plus add-on that costs $11/month. This bundle has a one-week free trial and includes access to NFL RedZone, Fox College Sports, Fox Soccer Plus, and more. For the best video quality, you can also add the 4K Plus add-on for $10/month. This option lets you stream select content on ESPN, Fox Sports, and NBC Sports in 4K.Insider's review of YouTube TV considered the platform's live sports options to be the best part of the subscription. In addition, we found the process of recording live games to be very straightforward.TV (small) FuboTV Fubo TV is sports streaming service that provides live coverage of NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and international soccer, plus sports-related news, television, and movies. FuboTV Fubo TV features a big selection of sports channels, but it doesn't carry Turner networks like TNT and TBS.Key channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, NFL NetworkMissing channels: TNT, TBSPlans: Starter ($65/month), Elite ($80/month), Latino Quarterly ($33/month), Sports Plus add-on ($11/month)Exclusive sports: NoPromotions: One-week free trialFuboTV is another fantastic streaming service for watching live sports. The exact number of stations you get varies by location, but the Starter plan costs $65 a month for over 100 channels. This package includes access to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, and more.It even includes access to college sports channels like Big Ten Network and SEC without the need for an add-on. If you crave more networks, you can get even more channels with the Elite plan. For a total of $80 a month, this option adds over 40 channels to the lineup, including MLB Network, NBA TV, and ESPN U. For an extra $11 a month you can also add the Sports Plus package. Some of the channels are already included if you opt for the Elite plan, but the main attraction is NFL RedZone.The Latino Quarterly plan is a good choice for Spanish-speaking sports fans. This plan costs $99 every three months and has access to live TV channels like beIN Sports, Fox Deportes, and ESPN Deportes.Check out our full breakdown of FuboTV plans and a la carte packages.TV (Starter Plan) (small) Hulu + Live TV Hulu Hulu + Live TV has popular live sports in addition to Hulu's entire on-demand library of movies and shows.Key channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, NFL NetworkMissing channels: NBA TV, MLB Network, NHL NetworkPlans: Basic ($65/month), Premium ($71/month), Sports add-on ($11/month), Español add-on ($5/month)Exclusive sports: NoPromotions: Free one-week trial, $10 off your first three monthsIf you want a single subscription that includes access to live sports and a huge catalog of on-demand entertainment, Hulu + Live TV is your best choice. Live TV plans start at $65/month and include essential broadcast channels for watching sports, like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. With over 75 channels, including ESPN, NFL Network, and SEC Network, you can always find something exciting to stream on Hulu + Live TV.Hulu + Live TV does not have as many add-on options as YouTube TV, but their Sports add-on includes NFL RedZone and only costs $10/month. Also, Spanish speakers can watch channels like ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes for an additional $5/month with the Español add-on.Though Hulu + Live TV offers many of the same sports channels as YouTube TV, there are a few exceptions. If you want to watch NBA TV, MLB Network, or MLB Game of the Week, then YouTube TV is a better choice.Hulu + Live TV stands out from other sports streaming services by giving members access to thousands of hours of on-demand entertainment. Whether you're planning a movie night or need a new series to binge-watch, the expansive Hulu catalog is a worthwhile supplement to the live TV channels.For more information about plans, prices, and channels, check out our full breakdown of Hulu.+ Live TV (small) Paramount Plus Paramount + Paramount Plus is a budget-friendly streaming option for people who just want to watch CBS sports.Key channels: Local CBS with Premium planPlans: Essential ($5/month), Premium ($10/month)Exclusive sports: YesPromotions: Free one-week trial, $10 bundle with ShowtimeMembers of Paramount Plus Premium get access to local CBS streaming so they can watch any games broadcast on that channel. In most markets, football fans can watch numerous regular and postseason NFL games, in addition to SEC games. Even though Paramount Plus does not include access to NBA basketball games, the 2021 NCAA March Madness tournament was aired on the streaming service. Future iterations of the college basketball tournament may be available on Paramount Plus as well.Other notable sporting events that stream on Paramount Plus include the PGA Tour, PGA Championship, UEFA club matches, and National Women's Soccer League matches.Paramount Plus has two basic plans: the ad-supported Essential plan for $5 a month and the ad-free Premium plan for $10 a month. Only members who subscribe to the Premium plan get access to their local CBS station. That said, NFL games being broadcast in your market are also included with the cheaper Essential plan.For more information, check out our full breakdown of Paramount Plus.Essential Monthly Plan (ad-supported) (small)Premium Monthly Plan (ad-free) (small) ESPN+ ESPN+ ESPN+ is a perfect fit for fans of soccer, baseball, UFC, and sports documentaries.Plans: Standard ($7/month), Disney Bundle ($14/month)Exclusive sports: YesPromotions: Part of the Disney Bundle, UFC bundle dealESPN+ does not offer access to the live ESPN channel, but members do get access to select live sports and exclusive events. Most notably, the service streams select NHL, MLB, and college football games. Fans of Major League Soccer should also consider ESPN+. Every out-of-market match is available to stream live on the service. ESPN+ is also the best way to watch UFC. Subscribers get access to every UFC Fight Night event, and members can pay $70 per event for exclusive access to UFC pay-per-view matches.In addition to certain live sports, ESPN+ members get access to docuseries like "30 for 30," original programming, and replays of classic football games. On the downside, the service does not feature any live NFL or NBA games.While ESPN+ does not offer a free trial, the streaming service is included as part of the Disney Bundle. If you want more entertainment to watch, this bundle includes ESPN+, Disney Plus, and ad-supported Hulu for $14/month. For more information, check out our full breakdown of ESPN+.Monthly Subscription Service (small) Peacock Premium Peacock Peacock Premium is an affordable way to watch Sunday Night Football and WWE events.Plans: Peacock Premium ($5/month), Peacock Premium Plus ($10/month)Exclusive sports: YesPromotions: Free base plan, save with annual subscriptionsIn contrast to streaming services like Sling TV and YouTube TV, Peacock does not offer any live networks that you'd get with cable. Instead, Peacock has its own selection of live sports. This service is a good fit for viewers who want to save money and only care about watching certain sporting events.Peacock Premium members have access to live events like NFL Sunday Night Football and the Premier League. In addition, Peacock is also the streaming home to WWE. Members get access to all WWE PPV events as part of a Premium subscription.Peacock Premium no longer offers a free trial, but members can save money by signing up for an annual plan. For a yearly subscription, Peacock Premium costs $50 and Peacock Premium Plus costs $100. This is 20% less than the monthly subscription rates.If you want more information, we broke down everything you need to know about Peacock.Premium (Monthly Plan) (small) DAZN DAZN DAZN is a perfect fit for fans of boxing, but it doesn't offer other sports.Plans: Standard ($20/month)Exclusive sports: YesPromotions: First month freeIf you want to watch the latest boxing fights, DAZN is a good choice. DAZN has exclusive, live fight nights and an archive of past events featuring fighters like Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr.Trying to pass the time between fight nights? The DAZN catalog has behind-the-scenes documentaries that follow boxers as they prepare for their next big matchup. DAZN also conveniently groups its on-demand content by fighter. Whether your favorite is Canelo Alvarez or Ryan Garcia, you can easily find the video you want to watch.DAZN might expand their lineup of live sports in the future, but right now the service is uniquely focused on boxing fight nights and excels in that category.Subscription (small) Sports channel availability by service fstop123/Getty Images Live sports are broadcast across many different cable networks and it can be tricky to figure out which services carry the station you want to watch.To make things easier, we rounded up some key sports channels, below, along with details on where you can stream them.ChannelSling TVYouTube TVHulu + Live TVFubo TVABCX✓✓✓CBSX✓✓✓NBC✓✓✓✓Fox✓✓✓✓Fox Sports✓✓✓✓NBC Sports✓✓✓✓ESPN✓✓✓✓TNT✓✓✓XTBS✓✓✓XNFL Network✓✓✓✓NBA TV✓*✓X✓*NHL Network✓*XX✓*MLB Network✓*✓X✓**Channel requires an upgraded plan or add-on package. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 29th, 2021

ADTRAN (ADTN) Expands Fiber Network in Oakland With Sonic Tie-Up

ADTRAN (ADTN) and Sonic partner to power the latter's network infrastructure with the deployment of Total Access 5000 10G fiber access platform and Combo PON technology. ADTRAN, Inc. ADTN has partnered with Internet Service Provider (ISP), Sonic, to enhance the latter’s network infrastructure with the deployment of Total Access 5000 (TA5000) 10G fiber access platform and Combo PON technology.The deployment will help the ISP to not only augment its fiber network in the highly-competitive region of Oakland, CA but also expand its market share while supporting the latest broadband technologies.Sonic, a leading fiber-optic Internet and phone services provider, is based in California. Its 100% fiber network provides seamless connectivity using the most advanced technology available in the market. It is currently focused on extending its fiber network and multi-gigabit services in Oakland.The company aims to cater to the accretive requirements of bandwidth-hungry subscribers while addressing future networking demands. In sync with this, the installation of ADTRAN’s TA5000 and Combo PON technology will support crucial digital initiatives like cloud services and IoT with reliable connectivity.ADTRAN’s TA5000 is the highest density 10G PON solution available in the U.S. market and forms an integral component of the industry’s most comprehensible 10G fiber access portfolio. It enables service providers to rapidly expand network capacity and deliver advanced multi-gigabit services with reduced time to market.The platform accelerates service velocity and simplifies network planning and capacity management to minimize operating expenditure. The 10Gbps fiber broadband will enable Sonic customers to avail exceptional broadband services and simultaneously protect Sonic's market share, thereby driving California’s network infrastructure.ADTRAN is optimizing its customer, geographic, and product diversity momentum as communication service providers scale up their network capabilities. The Huntsville, AL-based company is well poised to benefit from growing customer engagements across its portfolio of software-defined access, 10G solutions, and G.fast products. Its network implementation services provide speed and scale to build fiber and fixed wireless networks. This, in turn, enables service providers to reach more customers and expand their competitive edge.ADTRAN’s shares have rallied 80.9% in the past year against the industry’s decline of 0.3%.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchPer the partnership, Sonic will also leverage ADTRAN’s Combo PON technology. The Combo PON technology supports both GPON and XGS-PON services over a single common interface. This creates a reduction in space and power with negligible capital expenditures for establishing a future-proof fiber-to-the-home network. Apart from an expanded gigabit coverage, this next-gen fiber access technology offers service providers greater network ROI.Driven by such a diligent endeavor, the latest network modernization initiative is likely to not only boost ADTRAN’s capabilities as an end-to-end fiber broadband solutions provider in the global market but also enable network operators to address highly competitive new market demands with differentiated service offerings. This will help in expanding its diverse client base, including business and residential customers.Zacks Rank & Stocks to ConsiderADTRAN currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).Some better-ranked stocks in the broader industry are InterDigital, Inc. IDCC, Nokia Corporation NOK, and Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. WTT. While InterDigital sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Nokia and Wireless Telecom Group carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.InterDigital delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 536%, on average.Nokia delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 202.7%, on average.Wireless Telecom Group delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 27.5%, on average. Zacks' Top Picks to Cash in on Artificial Intelligence In 2021, this world-changing technology is projected to generate $327.5 billion in revenue. Now Shark Tank star and billionaire investor Mark Cuban says AI will create "the world's first trillionaires." Zacks' urgent special report reveals 3 AI picks investors need to know about today.See 3 Artificial Intelligence Stocks With Extreme Upside Potential>>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report ADTRAN, Inc. (ADTN): Free Stock Analysis Report Nokia Corporation (NOK): Free Stock Analysis Report InterDigital, Inc. (IDCC): Free Stock Analysis Report Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. (WTT): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 29th, 2021

Asheville boasts one of the longest foliage seasons in the US - these 10 central hotels offer striking views

These are the best hotels in Asheville, NC including Grand Bohemian, the Biltmore, Cambria, the Renaissance, Kimpton, and Omni Grove Park Inn. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Omni Hotels Asheville is a big city with a small-town feel in North Carolina. Asheville is near national parks and is known for vibrant dining, breweries, art, and music. Asheville's best hotels are also varied, from boutique inns to B&Bs and brand name luxury. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyWith unbelievable mountain views, a thriving food and drink scene, an emphasis on nature, and a penchant for the arts, Asheville is a must-visit destination. Sitting on "America's Prettiest Drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway, it has mild seasons year-round and one of the longest, most vibrant fall foliage seaons in the US.I've been visiting Asheville for the past decade, and throughout the pandemic, it made it my go-to road trip for its accessible location, outdoor activities, and how safely it's handled COVID-19. Follow my lead and plan a trip to Asheville with a stay at one of the following standout hotels that range from cozy bed and breakfast in a historic neighborhood to trendy downtown high rise, and the lap of luxury at a five-star spa hotel. Browse the best Asheville hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area here:The best hotels in AshevilleFAQ: Asheville, NC hotelsHow we selected the best hotels in AshevilleMore of the best hotels on the East CoastThese are the best hotels in Asheville, sorted by price from low to high. Cambria Downtown Ashville Floor-to-ceiling windows offer direct views of Pisgah Mountain. Booking.com Book Cambria Downtown AshevilleCategory: BudgetNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $128/$515Best for: Couples, friends, families, solo travelers, business travelers On-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness room, convenience store, meeting roomsPros: Every room is thoughtfully designed with wide foyers, Bluetooth mirrors in the bathroom, and desks and beds facing floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views.Cons: TVs only have a few channels and don't connect to streaming services, so don't count on a lot of in-room entertainment.Located next to historic Grove Arcade, the Cambria Downtown Asheville places you in an ideal location to explore Downtown's revered restaurants, bars, breweries, and galleries on foot.The rooms are loft-style, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering direct views of Pisgah Mountain and more space to spread out than most standard hotel rooms. As you walk in, a foyer gradually widens, opening up to a space marked by crisp white beds, a desk, plenty of electrical outlets and USB ports, wood floors, and exposed red brick walls with eye-catching splashes of blue. The bathroom is spacious with a large vanity, walk-in showers, bathtubs in some rooms, and the coolest part, Bluetooth mirrors that can play your music while you get ready.A sundry in the lobby is packed with healthy meals to prepare in your in-room microwave, or head to Hemingway's, a Cuban restaurant and bar on the fourth-floor with a terrace and fire pits. Locals pack this rooftop on weekend nights, so make a reservation to grab a seat. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Renaissance Asheville Hotel Rooms are comfortable, clean, and have mountain views. Marriott Book Renaissance Asheville HotelCategory: Mid-rangeNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $131/$512Best for: Couples, solo travelers, business travelers, Marriott loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, fitness room, pool, meeting rooms, marketPros: This Renaissance has the largest Junior Olympic saltwater swimming pool in Asheville.Cons: The restaurant is only open for breakfast, and the only other food served at the hotel are the snacks and packaged meals available at the on-site market. When you need a nice, but moderate Downtown Asheville hotel with a full list of modern amenities from a trusted brand, choose the Renaissance.I stayed here on a whim as I was passing through Asheville in the height of COVID-19 in 2020, and wanted a hotel brand I knew I could trust to handle the pandemic safely. The Renaissance, a Marriott Bonvoy property, did this exceptionally well and impressed me with their levels of safety and cleanliness.The Renaissance is on the edge of Downtown Asheville and every room has floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to wake up to see the sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with plush beds, textured black headboards, a desk, and a sitting area.Asheville was nicknamed "Bee City USA" in 2012 for its honey bee population and commitment to educating the public about how important bees are for the environment. Staying true to this oath, this hotel houses "bee boxes" from the Bee Institute on its roof to promote sustainability.COVID-19 procedures are available here. 1900 Inn on Montford The lavish, spa-like Cloisters Suite is a top pick for romance and relaxation. Booking.com Book 1900 Inn On MontfordCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Montford Historic DistrictTypical starting/peak prices: $145/$605Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, foodiesOn-site amenities: Dining room, daily breakfast and social hour, live music, games, all-day snacksPros: Book the luxurious 1,300-square-foot Cloisters suite, which has a private garden and a large spa room with a two-person Whirlpool, shiatsu massage, air bath, and walk-in shower.Cons: This hotel is not great for families as children under the age of 12 are not permitted.Perched on a hill in a historic residential neighborhood, just eight blocks from the edge of Downtown Asheville, the Inn on Montford is charming, cozy, and well-placed.This Arts and Crafts style bed and breakfast has eight rooms, each with King beds, gas fireplaces, bathrooms with fiber-optic starry floors, Roman baths, and color-changing, LED-lit vanities.Don't miss the daily cookie selection; one of the innkeepers, Shawnie, makes them herself and prepares a mix of mouthwatering flavors like salted chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, or chocolate-orange.If you're on vacation with your special someone, make it extra romantic and book the Cloisters suite, in the Carriage House, which has 1,300 square feet of space, a private garden, a huge living room, a kitchenette, a bar, a fireplace, and a luxurious 68-square-foot spa room with a two-person Whirlpool tub, shiatsu massage, air bath, and a huge walk-in shower. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection Art and design feature prominently, with statement decor in guest rooms. Marriott Book Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph CollectionCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Biltmore VillageTypical starting/peak prices: $158 /$600Best for: Couples, families, solo travelers, business travelers, Marriott loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, art gallery, spa, fitness room, meeting roomsPros: Grand Bohemian Asheville is located directly across the street from the entrance to the famed Biltmore Estate, and the on-site art gallery has local and regional art and jewelry for sale.Cons: In some room categories, the bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a thin curtain rather than an actual door, which isn't ideal for privacy or modesty. Request one with a door if you're traveling with mixed company.This art-driven hotel is the best hotel in Biltmore Village, directly across the street from the entrance to famous Biltmore Estate, known as "America's Largest Home," which was built by George Vanderbilt in 1889 and has a world-class winery, historic gardens, popular restaurants, a farm and over 20 miles of nature trails.Like all Kessler boutique properties, this hotel is innately luxurious, but with a vibe that's creative, relaxing, and comfortable enough to make you feel at home. Art also features prominently, with an on-site art gallery filled with paintings, sculptures, glass art, and jewelry by local artists that are also available for sale.As such, the atmosphere is rich and enticing, with an entrance flanked by a Tudor-style driveway, dramatic candelabras, and heavy burgundy drapes.Inside, stylish, but quirky rooms and common areas juxtapose oil and contemporary paintings and historic busts with surprising sculptures, like a wild hog wearing a tacky tourist hat, and bright purple low lighting that matches velvet chairs alongside fixtures that look like antlers. The rooms are big and enticing, with tufted teal headboards, lamps with tree branch bases, brown and teal-patterned carpeting, and sleek bathrooms with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the soaking tub.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville Village Hotel Village Hotel is one of three accommodation options housed within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate. Booking.com Book Village HotelCategory: Mid-RangeNeighborhood: Biltmore VillageTypical starting/peak prices: $170 /$705Best for: Families, couples, solo travelersOn-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, pool, spa, fitness room, meeting roomsPros: Village Hotel is located in Antler Hill Village, on Biltmore Estate, right next to a slew of family-friendly restaurants, activities, a petting zoo, a winery, and over 20 miles of nature trails. Cons: Transportation around the estate is currently unavailable due to COVID-19, so guests will need to factor a rental car into the cost of their trip.Village Hotel is one of three accommodation options housed within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, and it's the best pick for families. Located in Antler Hill Village, just steps from the winery, the famed Cedric's Tavern (named after the Vanderbilt family dog), a petting zoo, the outdoor adventure center, and over 20 miles of nature trails, the hotel offers tons to do.The entry-level Village Double Rooms are simple, without fancy bells and whistles, but are modern and spacious with a minimalist black, white and gray color scheme, comfortable double beds, a walk-in shower, and a charming window seat for a vantage point over the beautiful grounds.In addition to all of the aforementioned perks of staying at Biltmore Estate, guests can also dine at Village Social for kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, or go to The Creamery for "Winky Bar sundaes," which is a waffle cone filled with black cherry ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Kimpton Hotel Arras Kimpton Hotel Arras has a prime downtown location and impressive perks, especially for pets. Booking.com Book Kimpton Hotel Arras Category: Boutique Neighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $171/$760Best for: Couples, solo travelers, business travelers, travelers with pets, IHG loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, fitness center, seasonal book program, free essential toiletriesPros: This hotel boasts a super central location in downtown Asheville, right on Pack Square. Animals may stay at no extra charge and receive special pet amenities.Cons: With its prime downtown location and resident and local foot traffic, this hotel can be loud and crowded.When in Downtown Asheville, look up and you'll spot the Kimpton Hotel Arras; it's the tallest building in all of Asheville.The 128 rooms, suites, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom luxury condos are bright, airy, and filled with natural woods, white and neutral fabrics, textured walls, art by local Asheville artist Catherine Murphy, a desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing Downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.In even the most basic Queen Room, the vanity and bathroom area feels luxurious with a huge walk-in glass shower, marble accents, warm lighting, a dark wood vanity, a large mirror, and a separate toilet.Indulge in drinks and a Mediterranean meal at District 42, and when the sun goes down on a pretty evening, grab a seat by the glass fire pits on the terrace and watch life in Downtown Asheville buzz by. All Kimpton hotels are pet-friendly, too, so bring your dog, cat, bird, iguana or any other animal for no charge. All pet companions are also pampered with perks like stylish feeding bowls, pet beds, treat bags, a ball, and more for free.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Foundry Hotel Asheville Exposed brick and contemporary furnishings give off an industrial-chic vibe. Hilton Book The Foundry Hotel AshevilleCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: DowntownTypical starting/peak prices: $182/$684Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, families, Hilton loyalistsOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness room, meeting rooms, courtyard with fire pitsPros: It's just two blocks walking distance from the heart of downtown Asheville, and offers Tesla car service and a Southern soul food restaurant by a six-time James Beard Award nominee.Cons: The internet connection was unreliable when I visited, which is hard for business travelers or those who like to be overly connected.Once the foundry and warehouse that forged steel for Asheville's famous Biltmore Estate, The Foundry Hotel Asheville is now a luxury boutique Hilton property next to Pack Square Park.An ode to the city's Black history, it's located in a historical enclave called "The Block," that was once a hub of African American community and business in the late 19th and 20th centuries.After sipping a glass of Champagne at check-in, make your way up to your room, which feels industrially luxe with exposed brick walls, all-white beds with cream tufted leather headboards, floor-to-ceiling mountain views, and eclectic wall art featuring period paintings and newspaper clippings in mixed oval and rectangular frames.Paying homage to its Black heritage, the on-site Benne on Eagle is a Southern soul food restaurant led by six-time James Beard Award nominee John Fleer. The hotel is just a five-minute walk from Downtown Asheville, but if you'd rather drive, The Foundry's Tesla car service can drop you off. COVID-19 procedures are available here. Abbington Green This charming B&B feels plucked from the English countryside. Booking.com Book Abbington GreenCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Montford Historic DistrictTypical starting/peak prices: $229/$469Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, foodiesOn-site amenities: Dining room, spa, English gardens, daily breakfast and social hour, games, all-day snacksPros: Every room has a King bed (which is unique for most historic bed and breakfasts in Asheville) and TVs you can watch from the bathtub.Cons: Children under the age of 12 are not permitted, which isn't ideal for young families.The English-inspired Abbington Green is an award-winning bed and breakfast, sitting atop a hill with whimsical landscaping and prize-winning manicured gardens.The property has both a main and carriage house, seven rooms, one two-bedroom suite, a spa room, a dining room, and a living room with games, a piano, and a guitar.Every guest room has a King bed, which is unique for historic homes like these, as well as towel warmers, a fireplace, and luxury bathtubs with a view of the TV — perfect for a bubble bath with a glass of wine and your favorite movie.There's an on-site charging station for electric cars, daily breakfast, a social hour, and a beautiful veranda where you can watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge mountains. The warmth of innkeepers Dean and Cherie brings it all together, as they love to talk to their guests, swap travel stories, and make everyone feel right at home.For COVID-19 procedures, call (828) 251-2454. Sourwood Inn The owners spent more than 25 years in the wine industry, and their knowledge filters down to the overall experience of staying here. Booking.com Book Sourwood InnCategory: BoutiqueNeighborhood: Greater AshevilleTypical starting/peak prices: $235/$390Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, solo travelers, nature lovers, foodies, oenophilesOn-site amenities: Dining room, library, loop trails, wine and flower packages, gamesPros: The owners spent more than 25 years in the wine industry and brought that culinary experience to the hotel, giving guests farm-to-table dining, curated wine lists, in-room wine programs, and pairing dinners.Cons: The inn is a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville on remote mountain roads, so you'll have to factor a rental car into your trip.This romantic bed and breakfast is a true hidden gem that sits largely under the radar in Asheville. Located right off the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, it's just 20 minutes from downtown, positioned on 100 acres of hilly landscapes that make it feel as if you're staying in a national park.There are 12 guest rooms in the cedar and stone-trimmed main house, with a separate Sassafras Cabin, all of which underwent a recent head-to-toe renovation. Rooms are airy and bright, welcoming sunlight through tall windows, plus light-colored walls, wood-burning fireplaces, balconies overlooking Reems Creek Valley, and soaking tubs with scenic Bullhead Mountain views.The owners spent a combined 25+ years in the wine industry, and brought that culinary knowledge to the inn through well-executed farm-to-table cuisine, curated wine lists, food pairings, as well as wine of the month and wine and dine packages that add value for serious oenophiles. COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Omni Grove Park Inn Sprawling grounds feel regal and are exceedingly beautiful. Tripadvisor Book The Omni Grove Park InnCategory: LuxuryNeighborhood: Grove ParkTypical starting/peak prices: $239/$1,049Best for: Couples, luxury travelers, business travelers, families On-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, fitness room, pools, spa, meeting rooms, sports complex, outdoor center, golf course, tennis courts, food foraging experiencesPros: Perfect for a honeymoon or couples getaway, this romantic hotel guarantees five-star service, a renowned subterranean spa, and an iconic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunset from its restaurant, Sunset Terrace.Cons: As this is a luxury property, expect to pay premium prices for everything.Few resorts can say they've hosted 10 US presidents and every celebrity you can think of, from Gene Hackman and Helen Carter to Nick Carter and Barack Obama, but The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of them. Additionally, this historic resort, which opened in 1913 is famous for being a World War II internment camp for German diplomats, and served as the hotel and inspiration of choice for author F. Scott Fitzgerald over the course of two summers. Five-star service is unparalleled, with an exterior resembling a majestic stone palace that appears as if it's built right into the mountains. Overlooking 300 acres of hills, woodlands, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the hotel also sits on a Donald Ross-designed championship golf course.From its famous terrace viewpoint, wander down the stone steps to the subterranean spa (it's so popular that you have to book six or eight weeks in advance to get an appointment) and discover hidden waterfalls along the way. Be sure to drink a glass of wine by one of two huge lobby fireplaces, and look up to see original light fixtures from the first day it opened.You'll likely pinch yourself watching the sunset over the mountains from dinner at Sunset Terrace. It's such an iconic view that, whether you stay at the Omni or not, everyone will ask if you saw it.COVID-19 procedures are available here. FAQ: Asheville, NC hotels What is the best area to stay in Asheville?Asheville is a revered food and drink destination and staying in downtown Asheville puts you within walking distance from many award-winning restaurants and breweries.If you're only in town to visit Biltmore Estate, you could stay in Biltmore Village, which is right across the street from the estate entrance, or at the Biltmore itself. Biltmore Village and Downtown Asheville are the two main attraction areas in Asheville and, luckily for visitors, they are only a 10-minute drive apart.Don't worry about not having a car; Uber and Lyft are everywhere in Asheville's popular areas, and it's easy to catch one to get to and from each. When is the best time of year to visit Asheville?Ask the locals, and they'll tell you there's no such thing as a "low season" in Asheville anymore. As such, the best time of year to visit Asheville is anytime. The award-winning restaurant and brewery scene is always available and the famous Biltmore Estate is a top attraction.If you're planning a fall visit, Asheville's 100+ deciduous trees give it one of the nation's longest fall foliage seaons, making it truly spectacular to visit in September and October. At this time of year, the leaves start to change along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, apple-picking season is in full swing, and temperatures drop to the 40s and 50s.Prices get slightly cheaper in January and February when snow and ice make driving in the mountains less appealing, and in March when it's cold and rainy. What are COVID-19 protocols in Asheville?Asheville has been very proactive about COVID-19 risk since the beginning of the pandemic, and stores, restaurants, and businesses strictly enforce local mandates. Currently, there are no restrictions on capacity and social distancing in restaurants, bars, and meeting spaces. Masks are required in all indoor locations in Buncombe County based on advice from medical experts and scientists. What is the best hotel in Asheville?I believe that The Omni Grove Park Inn is by far the best hotel in Asheville. It feels like staying in a palace built into the mountain, right on a championship golf course, with five-star service, a subterranean spa, and unbelievable views of 300+ acres of rolling green hills and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Staying here is the ultimate getaway, whether you're on your honeymoon, planning a girls spa weekend, or looking for a memorable place to spend the holidays. But with rooms hitting peak prices at $1,049 a night, it might not be an option for everyone. However, Asheville is filled with a range of wonderful boutique properties and larger hotels. For the best boutique hotel in Asheville, stay at the Abbington Green, an England-inspired bed and breakfast in the Montford Historic District with large and modern King rooms, daily breakfast, social hours, and beautiful English gardens.For the best hotels in downtown Asheville, the Kimpton Hotel Arras is a dog-friendly hotel right on Pack Square with beautiful and spacious rooms. And across from Grove Arcade, the Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville offers stylish loft-style rooms with panoramic mountain views, Bluetooth bathroom mirrors, and a terrific terrace restaurant serving authentic Cuban food. What is better in Asheville—a boutique inn or bed and breakfast, or a larger hotel or resort?Both options are wonderful, and the one you choose depends on what your group needs or prefers. Boutique inns or bed and breakfasts are usually in historic residential neighborhoods and offer a cozy and comfortable feel of staying in someone's house. They typically have between six and 16 rooms, so if you're traveling with a small or mid-sized group, you could even rent the entire property.A larger hotel comes with more amenities and usually a more central location within walking distance of great restaurants, bars, breweries, shopping, and entertainment. There are also no age restrictions at larger hotels in Asheville, while most bed and breakfasts don't allow children under the age of 12 so as not to disturb other guests. What is the most romantic hotel in Asheville?With its beautiful stone building, iconic views, luxury service, and intimate feel, there is nowhere more romantic in Asheville than The Omni Grove Park Inn. Make your honeymoon extra special by booking a couples massage at the spa, ordering a tasty steak dinner and a bottle of wine at Sunset Terrace, book a Premium Club Floor Room on the adults-only Club Floor, and end each night with a drink by the lobby fireplace. What is the best hotel for families in Asheville?Village Hotel in Biltmore Estate's Antler Hill Village is great for families. Its basic Village Room starts at $170 and comes with two double beds. If you need more room, upgrade to the Village Double with Living Room, which starts at $320 per night and comes with a bedroom with two double beds, a separate living room with a couch, two twin sleeper sofas, and two full bathrooms.The location is also a huge benefit for families as it is steps away from family-friendly restaurants, the Farmyard petting zoo, 20+ miles of easy nature trails, falconry, and the Biltmore Gardens Railway, which has model trains that kids will love.How cheap or expensive is it to plan a trip to Asheville?Asheville is definitely a top tourist destination in the United States, so prices are constantly rising. That said, there is so much to do and see in Asheville, from hiking, biking, and kayaking to award-winning restaurants, breweries, and the Biltmore. These activities run from free or cheap to quite expensive. Hotels and resorts also run the gamut from $128 to $1,049 per night, and there are also tons of Airbnbs at a variety of price points. If you'd prefer one, we rounded up the best vacation rentals in Asheville as well. How we selected the best hotels in Asheville I chose the properties on this list based on my own deep knowledge of Asheville, supplemented by the research points listed below. I extensively researched and visited each hotel and selected properties with excellent recent reviews and ratings of 4 or higher on trusted traveler sites like Tripadvisor or Booking.com.All properties offer a variety of accommodation types, from boutique bed and breakfasts to brand-name hotels and luxury resorts.They range in starting price from $128 to $1,049 per night to suit a range of budgets. Hotels are located in Asheville's top neighborhoods and historic districts, and are near popular restaurants, breweries, shops, and attractions.All hotels offer COVID-19 safety policies, which we've linked for each property, or provided contact information where you can find out more. More of the best hotels on the East Coast Tripadvisor The best hotels in BostonThe best hotels in New York CityThe best hotels in PhiladelphiaThe best hotels in Washington, DCThe best hotels in Ocean City, MarylandThe best hotels on Hilton Head IslandThe best hotels in Myrtle BeachThe best hotels in CharlestonThe best hotels in SavannahThe best hotels on Tybee IslandThe best hotels in Florida Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 24th, 2021

Futures Slide Alongside Cryptocurrencies Amid China Crackdown

Futures Slide Alongside Cryptocurrencies Amid China Crackdown US futures and European stocks fell amid ongoing nerves over the Evergrande default, while cryptocurrency-linked stocks tumbled after the Chinese central bank said such transactions are illegal. Sovereign bond yields fluctuated after an earlier selloff fueled by the prospect of tighter monetary policy. At 745am ET, S&P 500 e-minis were down 19.5 points, or 0.43%, Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 88.75 points, or 0.58% and Dow e-minis were down 112 points, or 0.33%. In the biggest overnight news, Evergrande offshore creditors remain in limbo and still haven't received their coupon payment effectively starting the 30-day grace period, while also in China, the State Planner issued a notice on the crackdown of cryptocurrency mining, will strictly prohibit financing for new crypto mining projects and strengthen energy consumption controls of new crypto mining projects. Subsequently, the PBoC issued a notice to further prevent and dispose of the risks from speculating on cryptocurrencies, to strengthen monitoring of risks from crypto trading and such activities are illegal. The news sent the crypto space tumbling as much as 8% while cryptocurrency-exposed stocks slumped in U.S. premarket trading. Marathon Digital (MARA) drops 6.5%, Bit Digital (BTBT) declines 4.7%, Riot Blockchain (RIOT) -5.9%, Coinbase -2.8%. Big banks including JPMorgan, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Corp slipped about 0.5%, while oil majors Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp were down 0.4% and 0.3%, respectively, in premarket trading.Mega-cap FAAMG tech giants fell between 0.5% and 0.6%. Nike shed 4.6% after the sportswear maker cut its fiscal 2022 sales expectations and warned of delays during the holiday shopping season. Several analysts lowered their price targets on the maker of sports apparel and sneakers after the company cut its FY revenue growth guidance to mid-single- digits. Here are some of the biggest U.S. movers today: Helbiz (HLBZ) falls 10% after the micromobility company filed with the SEC for the sale of as many as 11m shares by stockholders. Focus Universal (FCUV), an online marketing company that’s been a favorite of retail traders, surged 26% in premarket trading after the stock was cited on Stocktwits in recent days. Vail Resorts (MTN) falls 2.7% in postmarket trading after its full-year forecasts for Ebitda and net income missed at the midpoint. GlycoMimetics (GLYC) jumps 15% postmarket after announcing that efficacy and safety data from a Phase 1/2 study of uproleselan in patients with acute myeloid leukemia were published in the journal Blood on Sept. 16. VTV Therapeutics (VTVT) surges 30% after company says its HPP737 psoriasis treatment showed favorable safety and tolerability profile in a multiple ascending dose study. Fears about a sooner-than-expected tapering amid signs of stalling U.S. economic growth and concerns over a spillover from China Evergrande’s default had rattled investors in September, putting the benchmark S&P 500 index on course to snap a seven-month winning streak. Elaine Stokes, a portfolio manager at Loomis Sayles & Co., told Bloomberg Television, adding that “what they did is tell us that they feel really good about the economy.” While the bond selloff vindicated Treasury bears who argue yields are too low to reflect fundamentals, others see limits to how high they can go. “We’d expected bond yields to go higher, given the macro situation where growth is still very strong,” Sylvia Sheng, global multi-asset strategist with JPMorgan Asset Management, said on Bloomberg Television. “But we do stress that is a modest view, because we think that upside to yields is still limited from here given that central banks including the Fed are still buying bonds.” Still, Wall Street’s main indexes rallied in the past two session and are set for small weekly gains. European equities dipped at the open but trade off worst levels, with the Euro Stoxx 50 sliding as much as 1.1% before climbing off the lows. France's CAC underperformed at the margin. Retail, financial services are the weakest performers. EQT AB, Europe’s biggest listed private equity firm, fell as much as 8.1% after Sweden’s financial watchdog opened an investigation into suspected market abuse. Here are some of the other biggest European movers today: SMCP shares surge as much as 9.9%, advancing for a 9th session in 10, amid continued hopes the financial troubles of its top shareholder will ultimately lead to a sale TeamViewer climbs much as 4.2% after Bankhaus Metzler initiated coverage with a buy rating, citing the company’s above-market growth AstraZeneca gains as much as 3.6% after its Lynparza drug met the primary endpoint in a prostate cancer trial Darktrace drops as much as 9.2%, paring the stock’s rally over the past few weeks, as a technical pattern triggered a sell signal Adidas and Puma fall as much as 4% and 2.9%, respectively, after U.S. rival Nike’s “large cut” to FY sales guidance, which Jefferies said would “likely hurt” shares of European peers Earlier in the session, Asian stocks rose for a second day, led by rallies in Japan and Taiwan, following U.S. peers higher amid optimism over the Federal Reserve’s bullish economic outlook and fading concerns over widespread contagion from Evergrande. Stocks were muted in China and Hong Kong. India’s S&P BSE Sensex topped the 60,000 level for the first time on Friday on optimism that speedier vaccinations will improve demand for businesses in Asia’s third-largest economy. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index gained as much as 0.7%, with TSMC and Sony the biggest boosts. That trimmed the regional benchmark’s loss for the week to about 1%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 climbed 2.1%, reopening after a holiday, pushing its advance for September to 7.7%, the best among major global gauges. The Asian regional benchmark pared its gain as Hong Kong stocks fell sharply in late afternoon trading amid continued uncertainty, with Evergrande giving no sign of making an interest payment that was due Thursday. Among key upcoming events is the leadership election for Japan’s ruling party next week, which will likely determine the country’s next prime minister. “Investor concerns over the Evergrande issue have retreated a bit for now,” said Hajime Sakai, chief fund manager at Mito Securities Co. in Tokyo. “But investors will have to keep downside risk in the corner of their minds.” Indian stocks rose, pushing the Sensex above 60,000 for the first time ever. Key gauges fell in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, while the Thai market was closed for a holiday. Treasuries are higher as U.S. trading day begins after rebounding from weekly lows reached during Asia session, adding to Thursday’s losses. The 10-year yield was down 1bp at ~1.42%, just above the 100-DMA breached on Thursday for the first time in three months; it climbed to 1.449% during Asia session, highest since July 6, and remains 5.2bp higher on the week, its fifth straight weekly increase. Several Fed speakers are slated, first since Wednesday’s FOMC commentary set forth a possible taper timeline.  Bunds and gilts recover off cheapest levels, curves bear steepening. USTs bull steepen, richening 1.5bps from the 10y point out. Peripheral spreads are wider. BTP spreads widen 2-3bps to Bunds. In FX, the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed back from a one-week low as concern about possible contagion from Evergrande added to buying of the greenback based on the Federal Reserve tapering timeline signaled on Wednesday. NZD, AUD and CAD sit at the bottom of the G-10 scoreboard. ZAR and TRY are the weakest in EM FX. The pound fell after its rally on Thursday as investors looked ahead to BOE Governor Andrew Bailey’s sPeech next week about a possible interest-rate hike. Traders are betting that in a contest to raise borrowing costs first, the Bank of England will be the runaway winner over the Federal Reserve. The New Zealand and Aussie dollars led declines among Group-of-10 peers. The euro was trading flat, with a week full of events failing “to generate any clear directional move,” said ING analysts Francesco Pesole and Chris Turner. German IFO sentiment indeces will “provide extra indications about the area’s sentiment as  businesses faced a combination of delta variant concerns and lingering supply disruptions”. The Norwegian krone is the best performing currency among G10 peers this week, with Thursday’s announcement from the Norges Bank offering support In commodities, crude futures hold a narrow range up around best levels for the week. WTI stalls near $73.40, Brent near $77.50. Spot gold extends Asia’s gains, adding $12 on the session to trade near $1,755/oz. Base metals are mixed, LME nickel and aluminum drop ~1%, LME tin outperforms with a 2.8% rally. Bitcoin dips after the PBOC says all crypto-related transactions are illegal. Looking to the day ahead now, we’ll hear from Fed Chair Powell, Vice Chair Clarida and the Fed’s Mester, Bowman, George and Bostic, as well as the ECB’s Lane and Elderson, and the BoE’s Tenreyro. Finally, a summit of the Quad Leaders will be held at the White House, including President Biden, and the Prime Ministers of Australia, India and Japan. Market Snapshot S&P 500 futures down 0.3% to 4,423.50 STOXX Europe 600 down 0.7% to 464.18 German 10Y yield fell 8.5 bps to -0.236% Euro little changed at $1.1737 MXAP up 0.4% to 201.25 MXAPJ down 0.5% to 643.20 Nikkei up 2.1% to 30,248.81 Topix up 2.3% to 2,090.75 Hang Seng Index down 1.3% to 24,192.16 Shanghai Composite down 0.8% to 3,613.07 Sensex up 0.2% to 60,031.83 Australia S&P/ASX 200 down 0.4% to 7,342.60 Kospi little changed at 3,125.24 Brent Futures up 0.4% to $77.57/bbl Gold spot up 0.7% to $1,755.38 U.S. Dollar Index little changed at 93.14 Top Overnight News from Bloomberg China Evergrande Group’s unusual silence about a dollar-bond interest payment that was due Thursday has put a focus on what might happen during a 30-day grace period. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s inflation target is increasingly out of step with international counterparts and fails to account for structural changes in the country’s economy over the past 30 years, Westpac Banking Corp.’s Bill Evans said. With central banks from Washington to London this week signaling more alarm over faster inflation, the ultra-stimulative path of the euro zone and some of its neighbors appears lonelier than ever. China’s central bank continued to pump liquidity into the financial system on Friday as policy makers sought to avoid contagion stemming from China Evergrande Group spreading to domestic markets. A more detailed look at global markets courtesy of Newsquawk Asian equity markets traded mixed with the region failing to fully sustain the impetus from the positive performance across global counterparts after the silence from Evergrande and lack of coupon payments for its offshore bonds, stirred uncertainty for the company. ASX 200 (-0.4%) was negative as underperformance in mining names and real estate overshadowed the advances in tech and resilience in financials from the higher yield environment. Nikkei 225 (+2.1%) was the biggest gainer overnight as it played catch up to the prior day’s recovery on return from the Autumnal Equinox holiday in Japan and with exporters cheering the recent risk-conducive currency flows, while KOSPI (-0.1%) was lacklustre amid the record daily COVID-19 infections and after North Korea deemed that it was premature to declare that the Korean War was over. Hang Seng (-1.2%) and Shanghai Comp. (-0.8%) were indecisive after further liquidity efforts by the PBoC were offset by concerns surrounding Evergrande after the Co. failed to make coupon payments due yesterday for offshore bonds but has a 30-day grace period with the Co. remaining quiet on the issue. Finally, 10yr JGBs were lower on spillover selling from global counterparts including the declines in T-notes as the US 10yr yield breached 1.40% for the first time since early-July with the pressure in bonds also stemming from across the Atlantic following a more hawkish BoE, while the presence of the BoJ in the market today for over JPY 1.3tln of government bonds with 1yr-10yr maturities did very little to spur prices. Top Asian News Rivals for Prime Minister Battle on Social Media: Japan Election Asian Stocks Rise for Second Day, Led by Gains in Japan, Taiwan Hong Kong Stocks Still Wagged by Evergrande Tail Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Tech Index Extends Decline to More Than 2% European equities (Stoxx 600 -0.9%) are trading on the back foot in the final trading session of the week amid further advances in global bond yields and a mixed APAC handover. Overnight, saw gains for the Nikkei 225 of 2.1% with the index aided by favourable currency flows, whilst Chinese markets lagged (Shanghai Comp. -0.8%, Hang Seng -1.6%) with further liquidity efforts by the PBoC offset by concerns surrounding Evergrande after the Co. failed to make coupon payments due yesterday for offshore bonds. As context, despite the losses in Europe today, the Stoxx 600 is still higher by some 1.2% on the week. Stateside, futures are also on a softer footing with the ES down by 0.4% ahead of a busy Fed speaker schedule. Back to Europe, sectors are lower across the board with Retail and Personal & Household Goods lagging peers. The former has been hampered by losses in Adidas (-3.0%) following after hours earnings from Nike (-4.2% pre-market) which saw the Co. cut its revenue guidance amid supply chain woes. AstraZeneca (+2.1%) sits at the top of the FTSE 100 after announcing that the Lynparza PROpel trial met its primary endpoint. Daimler’s (+0.1%) Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will take a 33% stake in a battery cell manufacturing JV with Total and Stellantis. EQT (-6.5%) sits at the foot of the Stoxx 600 after the Swedish FSA announced it will open an investigation into the Co. Top European News EQT Investigated by Sweden’s FSA Over Suspected Market Abuse Gazprom Says Claims of Gas Under-supply to Europe Are ‘Absurd’ German Sept. Ifo Business Confidence 98.8; Est. 99 German Business Index at Five-Month Low in Pre-Election Verdict In FX, the rot seems to have stopped for the Buck in terms of its sharp and marked fall from grace amidst post-FOMC reflection and re-positioning in the financial markets on Thursday. Indeed, the Dollar index has regained some poise to hover above the 93.000 level having recoiled from 93.526 to 92.977 over the course of yesterday’s hectic session that saw the DXY register a marginal new w-t-d high and low at either end of the spectrum. Pre-weekend short covering and consolidation may be giving the Greenback a lift, while the risk backdrop is also less upbeat ahead of a raft of Fed speakers flanking US new home sales data. Elsewhere, the Euro remains relatively sidelined and contained against the Buck with little independent inspiration from the latest German Ifo survey as the business climate deteriorated broadly in line with consensus and current conditions were worse than forecast, but business expectations were better than anticipated. Hence, Eur/Usd is still stuck in a rut and only briefly/fractionally outside 1.1750-00 parameters for the entire week, thus far, as hefty option expiry interest continues to keep the headline pair in check. However, there is significantly less support or gravitational pull at the round number today compared to Thursday as ‘only’ 1.3 bn rolls off vs 4.1 bn, and any upside breach could be capped by 1.1 bn between 1.1765-85. CAD/NZD/AUD - Some payback for the non-US Dollars following their revival, with the Loonie waning from 1.2650+ peaks ahead of Canadian budget balances, though still underpinned by crude as WTI hovers around Usd 73.50/brl and not far from decent option expiries (from 1.2655-50 and 1.2625-30 in 1.4 bn each). Similarly, the Kiwi has faded after climbing to within single digits of 0.7100 in wake of NZ trade data overnight revealing a much wider deficit as exports slowed and imports rose, while the Aussie loses grip of the 0.7300 handle and skirts 1.1 bn option expiries at 0.7275. CHF/GBP/JPY - The Franc is fairly flat and restrained following a dovish SNB policy review that left in lagging somewhat yesterday, with Usd/Chf and Eur/Chf straddling 0.9250 and 1.0850 respectively, in contrast to Sterling that is paring some hawkish BoE momentum, as Cable retreats to retest bids circa 1.3700 and Eur/Gbp bounces from sub-0.8550. Elsewhere, the Yen has not been able to fend off further downside through 110.00 even though Japanese participants have returned to the fray after the Autumn Equinox holiday and reports suggest some COVID-19 restrictions may be lifted in 13 prefectures on a trial basis. SCANDI/EM/PM/CRYPTO - A slight change in the pecking order in Scandi-land as the Nok loses some post-Norges Bank hike impetus and the Sek unwinds a bit of its underperformance, but EM currencies are bearing the brunt of the aforementioned downturn in risk sentiment and firmer Usd, with the Zar hit harder than other as Gold is clings to Usd 1750/oz and Try down to deeper post-CBRT rate cut lows after mixed manufacturing sentiment and cap u readings. Meanwhile, Bitcoin is being shackled by the latest Chinese crackdown on mining and efforts to limit risks from what it describes as unlawful speculative crypto currency trading. In commodities, WTI and Brent are set the conclude the week in the green with gains in excess of 2% for WTI at the time of writing; in-spite of the pressure seen in the complex on Monday and the first-half of Tuesday, where a sub USD 69.50/bbl low was printed. Fresh newsflow has, once again, been limited for the complex and continues to focus on the gas situation. More broadly, no update as of yet on the Evergrande interest payment and by all accounts we appear to have entered the 30-day grace period for this and, assuming catalysts remain slim, updates on this will may well dictate the state-of-play. Schedule wise, the session ahead eyes significant amounts of central bank commentary but from a crude perspective the weekly Baker Hughes rig count will draw attention. On the weather front, Storm Sam has been upgraded to a Hurricane and is expected to rapidly intensify but currently remains someway into the mid-Atlantic. Moving to metals, LME copper is pivoting the unchanged mark after a mixed APAC lead while attention is on Glencore’s CSA copper mine, which it has received an offer for; the site in 2020 produced circa. 46k/T of copper which is typically exported to Asia smelters. Elsewhere, spot gold and silver are firmer but have been very contained and remain well-within overnight ranges thus far. Which sees the yellow metal holding just above the USD 1750/oz mark after a brief foray below the level after the US-close. US Event Calendar 10am: Aug. New Home Sales MoM, est. 1.0%, prior 1.0% 10am: Aug. New Home Sales, est. 715,000, prior 708,000 Central Bank Speakers 8:45am: Fed’s Mester Discusses the Economic Outlook 10am: Powell, Clarida and Bowman Host Fed Listens Event 10:05am: Fed’s George Discusses Economic Outlook 12pm: Fed’s Bostic Discusses Equitable Community Development DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap WFH today is a bonus as it’s time for the annual ritual at home where the latest, sleekest, shiniest iPhone model arrives in the post and i sheepishly try to justify to my wife when I get home why I need an incremental upgrade. This year to save me from the Spanish Inquisition I’m going to intercept the courier and keep quiet. Problem is that such speed at intercepting the delivery will be logistically challenging as I remain on crutches (5 weeks to go) and can’t grip properly with my left hand due to an ongoing trapped nerve. I’m very glad I’m not a racehorse. Although hopefully I can be put out to pasture in front of the Ryder Cup this weekend. The big news of the last 24 hours has been a galloping global yield rise worthy of the finest thoroughbred. A hawkish Fed meeting, with the dots increasing and the end of QE potentially accelerated, didn’t quite have the ability to move markets but the global dam finally broke yesterday with Norway being the highest profile developed country to raise rates this cycle (expected), but more importantly a Bank of England meeting that saw the market reappraise rate hikes. Looking at the specific moves, yields on 10yr Treasuries were up +13.0bps to 1.430% in their biggest daily increase since 25 February, as both higher real rates (+7.9bps) and inflation breakevens (+4.9bps) drove the advance. US 10yr yields had been trading in a c.10bp range for the last month before breaking out higher, though they have been trending higher since dropping as far as 1.17% back in early-August. US 30yr yields rose +13.2bps, which was the biggest one day move in long dated yields since March 17 2020, which was at the onset of the pandemic and just days after the Fed announced it would be starting the current round of QE. The large selloff in US bonds saw the yield curve steepen and the long-end give back roughly half of the FOMC flattening from the day before. The 5y30y curve steepened 3.4bps for a two day move of -3.3bps. However the 2y10y curve steepened +10.5bps, completely reversing the prior day’s flattening (-4.2bps) and leaving the spread at 116bp, the steepest level since first week of July. 10yr gilt yields saw nearly as strong a move (+10.8bps) with those on shorter-dated 2yr gilts (+10.7bps) hitting their highest level (0.386%) since the pandemic began.That came on the back of the BoE’s latest policy decision, which pointed in a hawkish direction, building on the comment in the August statement that “some modest tightening of monetary policy over the forecast period is likely to be necessary” by saying that “some developments during the intervening period appear to have strengthened that case”. The statement pointed out that the rise in gas prices since August represented an upside risks to their inflation projections from next April, and the MPC’s vote also saw 2 members (up from 1 in August) vote to dial back QE. See DB’s Sanjay Raja’s revised rate hike forecasts here. We now expect a 15bps hike in February. The generalised move saw yields in other European countries rise as well, with those on 10yr bunds (+6.6bps), OATs (+6.5bps) and BTPs (+5.7bps) all seeing big moves higher with 10yr bunds seeing their biggest climb since late-February and back to early-July levels as -0.258%. The yield rise didn’t stop equity indices recovering further from Monday’s rout, with the S&P 500 up +1.21% as the index marked its best performance in over 2 months, and its best 2-day performance since May. Despite the mood at the end of the weekend, the S&P now starts Friday in positive territory for the week. The rally yesterday was led by cyclicals for a second straight day with higher commodity prices driving outsized gains for energy (+3.41%) and materials (+1.39%) stocks, and the aforementioned higher yields causing banks (+3.37%) and diversified financials (+2.35%) to outperform. The reopening trade was the other main beneficiary as airlines rose +2.99% and consumer services, which include hotel and cruiseline companies, gained +1.92%. In Europe, the STOXX 600 (+0.93%) witnessed a similarly strong performance, with index led by banks (+2.16%). As a testament to the breadth of yesterday’s rally, the travel and leisure sector (+0.04%) was the worst performing sector on this side of the Atlantic even while registering a small gain and lagging its US counterparts. Before we get onto some of yesterday’s other events, it’s worth noting that this is actually the last EMR before the German election on Sunday, which has long been signposted as one of the more interesting macro events on the 2021 calendar, the results of which will play a key role in not just domestic, but also EU policy. And with Chancellor Merkel stepping down after four terms in office, this means that the country will soon be under new management irrespective of who forms a government afterwards. It’s been a volatile campaign in many respects, with Chancellor Merkel’s CDU/CSU, the Greens and the centre-left SPD all having been in the lead at various points over the last six months. But for the last month Politico’s Poll of Polls has shown the SPD consistently ahead, with their tracker currently putting them on 25%, ahead of the CDU/CSU on 22% and the Greens on 16%. However the latest poll from Forschungsgruppe Wahlen yesterday suggested a tighter race with the SPD at 25, the CDU/CSU at 23% and the Greens at 16.5%. If the actual results are in line with the recent averages, it would certainly mark a sea change in German politics, as it would be the first time that the SPD have won the popular vote since the 2002 election. Furthermore, it would be the CDU/CSU’s worst ever result, and mark the first time in post-war Germany that the two main parties have failed to win a majority of the vote between them, which mirrors the erosion of the traditional big parties in the rest of continental Europe. For the Greens, 15% would be their best ever score, and exceed the 9% they got back in 2017 that left them in 6th place, but it would also be a disappointment relative to their high hopes back in the spring, when they were briefly polling in the mid-20s after Annalena Baerbock was selected as their Chancellor candidate. In terms of when to expect results, the polls close at 17:00 London time, with initial exit polls released immediately afterwards. However, unlike the UK, where a new majority government can immediately come to power the day after the election, the use of proportional representation in Germany means that it could potentially be weeks or months before a new government is formed. Indeed, after the last election in September 2017, it wasn’t until March 2018 that the new grand coalition between the CDU/CSU and the SPD took office, after attempts to reach a “Jamaica” coalition between the CDU/CSU, the FDP and the Greens was unsuccessful. In the meantime, the existing government will act as a caretaker administration. On the policy implications, it will of course depend on what sort of government is actually formed, but our research colleagues in Frankfurt have produced a comprehensive slidepack (link here) running through what the different parties want across a range of policies, and what the likely coalitions would mean for Germany. They also put out another note yesterday (link here) where they point out that there’s still much to play for, with the SPD’s lead inside the margin of error and with an unusually high share of yet undecided voters. Moving on to Asia and markets are mostly higher with the Nikkei (+2.04%), CSI (+0.53%) and India’s Nifty (+0.52%) up while the Hang Seng (-0.03%), Shanghai Comp (-0.07%) and Kospi (-0.10%) have all made small moves lower. Meanwhile, the Evergrande group missed its dollar bond coupon payment yesterday and so far there has been no communication from the group on this. They have a 30-day grace period to make the payment before any event of default can be declared. This follows instructions from China’s Financial regulators yesterday in which they urged the group to take all measures possible to avoid a near-term default on dollar bonds while focusing on completing unfinished properties and repaying individual investors. Yields on Australia and New Zealand’s 10y sovereign bonds are up +14.5bps and +11.3bps respectively this morning after yesterday’s move from their western counterparts. Yields on 10y USTs are also up a further +1.1bps to 1.443%. Elsewhere, futures on the S&P 500 are up +0.04% while those on the Stoxx 50 are down -0.10%. In terms of overnight data, Japan’s August CPI printed at -0.4% yoy (vs. -0.3% yoy expected) while core was unchanged in line with expectations. We also received Japan’s flash PMIs with the services reading at 47.4 (vs. 42.9 last month) while the manufacturing reading came in at 51.2 (vs. 52.7 last month). In pandemic related news, Jiji reported that Japan is planning to conduct trials of easing Covid restrictions, with 13 prefectures indicating they’d like to participate. This is likely contributing to the outperformance of the Nikkei this morning. Back to yesterday now, and one of the main highlights came from the flash PMIs, which showed a continued deceleration in growth momentum across Europe and the US, and also underwhelmed relative to expectations. Running through the headline numbers, the Euro Area composite PMI fell to 56.1 (vs. 58.5 expected), which is the lowest figure since April, as both the manufacturing (58.7 vs 60.3 expected) and services (56.3 vs. 58.5 expected) came in beneath expectations. Over in the US, the composite PMI fell to 54.5 in its 4th consecutive decline, as the index hit its lowest level in a year, while the UK’s composite PMI at 54.1 (vs. 54.6 expected) was the lowest since February when the country was still in a nationwide lockdown. Risk assets seemed unperturbed by the readings, and commodities actually took another leg higher as they rebounded from their losses at the start of the week. The Bloomberg Commodity Spot index rose +1.12% as Brent crude oil (+1.39%) closed at $77.25/bbl, which marked its highest closing level since late 2018, while WTI (+1.07%) rose to $73.30/bbl, so still a bit beneath its recent peak in July. However that is a decent rebound of roughly $11/bbl since its recent low just over a month ago. Elsewhere, gold (-1.44%) took a knock amidst the sharp move higher in yields, while European natural gas prices subsidised for a third day running, with futures now down -8.5% from their intraday peak on Tuesday, although they’re still up by +71.3% since the start of August. US negotiations regarding the upcoming funding bill and raising the debt ceiling are ongoing, with House Speaker Pelosi saying that the former, also called a continuing resolution, will pass “both houses by September 30,” and fund the government through the first part of the fiscal year, starting October 1. Treasury Secretary Yellen has said the US will likely breach the debt ceiling sometime in the next month if Congress does not increase the level, and because Republicans are unwilling to vote to raise the ceiling, Democrats will have to use the once-a-fiscal-year tool of budget reconciliation to do so. However Democrats, are also using that process for the $3.5 trillion dollar economic plan that makes up the bulk of the Biden agenda, and have not been able to get full party support yet. During a joint press conference with Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Schumer said that Democrats have a “framework” to pay for the Biden Economic agenda, which would imply that the broad outline of a deal was reached between the House, Senate and the White House. However, no specifics were mentioned yesterday. With Democrats looking to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill early next week, negotiations today and this weekend on the potential reconciliation package will be vital. Looking at yesterday’s other data, the weekly initial jobless claims from the US for the week through September 18 unexpectedly rose to 351k (vs. 320k expected), which is the second week running they’ve come in above expectations. Separately, the Chicago Fed’s national activity index fell to 0.29 in August (vs. 0.50 expected), and the Kansas City Fed’s manufacturing activity index also fell more than expected to 22 in September (vs. 25 expected). To the day ahead now, and data highlights include the Ifo’s business climate indicator from Germany for September, along with Italian consumer confidence for September and US new home sales for August. From central banks, we’ll hear from Fed Chair Powell, Vice Chair Clarida and the Fed’s Mester, Bowman, George and Bostic, as well as the ECB’s Lane and Elderson, and the BoE’s Tenreyro. Finally, a summit of the Quad Leaders will be held at the White House, including President Biden, and the Prime Ministers of Australia, India and Japan. Tyler Durden Fri, 09/24/2021 - 08:12.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeSep 24th, 2021

Disney (DIS) Warns Slow Disney+ Subscriber Growth in Fiscal Q4

Disney (DIS) expects uneven streaming subscriber growth in the near term while also hosting Disney+ Day on Nov 12 in an attempt to attract subscribers. Disney’s DIS shares ended the session down 4.1% on Tuesday after CEO Bob Chapek warned that global subscriber growth for the company’s flagship streaming service, Disney+ will slow down for the quarter ending in September, per a Wall Street Journal report.Disney expects to add low single-digit millions of streaming subscribers in the September ended fiscal fourth quarter, excluding Hotstar, which is Disney's streaming service for India.The company cited that mobilizing partners in Latin America to push Disney’s new Star+ streaming service has impacted subscriber growth in the fiscal fourth quarter. The Star+ rollout has seen its challenges with the platform, having to adapt to 18 different markets, eight separate pay-TV distribution agreements in seven different currencies, across six different platforms.Moreover, the postponement of the Indian Premier League, which airs on Disney’s Hotstar, and short-term production delays due to a spurt in the Delta variant of coronavirus have been major headwinds.Nonetheless, this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company expects Disney+ subscriptions to hit its long-term targets while anticipating uneven growth in the shorter term. Disney projects 230 million to 260 million Disney+ subscribers by 2024. The streaming service netted 12.4 million net new subscribers to stand at 116 million worldwide as of Jul 3. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.The Walt Disney Company Price and Consensus The Walt Disney Company price-consensus-chart | The Walt Disney Company QuoteStrong Content Lineup Holds PromiseThe Disney+ Day on Nov 12 is part of Disney’s plans to boost growth of its streaming service. The company will host the day as a global celebration for subscribers of the popular streaming service that brings content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and the Star streaming service in international markets.The program includes the Disney+ premiere of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Jungle Cruise being made available for all subscribers at no additional charge.Besides, several Walt Disney Animation Studios shorts will also be made available for the first time on Disney+, including Frozen Fever, Feast, Paperman, and the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse!.The service will also be rolling out a large selection of new offerings, including Home Sweet Home Alone (a Disney+ reimagining of the Home Alone franchise), Olaf Presents (a new series of Frozen shorts retelling classic Disney tales), Ciao Alberto (featuring characters from Pixar’s Luca), and the first five episodes of Season 2 of The World According to Jeff Goldblum.Currently, Walt Disney Studios has 61 new movies and 17 series in production, and the Disney TV group has hundreds of programs in production.Moreover, ESPN is looking to expand into sports wagering in an attempt to appeal to a much younger sports fan base.The company is also planning special events for its Parks division, special deals through its retail channels, and promotional activities across ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN+, Freeform, FX, Hulu, and National Geographic in the United States.Disney+ will also add some important new international markets when it debuts in South Korea and Taiwan on Nov 12, and in Hong Kong on Nov 16. This is expected to aid international subscriber growth and revenues to compete better with the likes of Netflix NFLX, Apple TV+, Comcast’s CMCSA Peacock, and AT&T T owned HBO and HBO Max among others. More Stock News: This Is Bigger than the iPhone! It could become the mother of all technological revolutions. Apple sold a mere 1 billion iPhones in 10 years but a new breakthrough is expected to generate more than 77 billion devices by 2025, creating a $1.3 trillion market. Zacks has just released a Special Report that spotlights this fast-emerging phenomenon and 4 tickers for taking advantage of it. If you don't buy now, you may kick yourself in 2022.Click here for the 4 trades >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report AT&T Inc. (T): Free Stock Analysis Report Comcast Corporation (CMCSA): Free Stock Analysis Report Netflix, Inc. (NFLX): Free Stock Analysis Report The Walt Disney Company (DIS): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 23rd, 2021

Jacobs (J) Wins Seat on Transport for London"s Projects

Jacobs Engineering Group (J) to keep on providing professional services to London's Integrated Transport Authority. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. J has reinstated its position as a key professional service provider to London's Integrated Transport Authority. Recently, the company held 13 positions on Transport for London's (TfL) Engineering Consultancy Framework.Per the framework, which will operate for a maximum of a four-year period, Jacobs’ scope of work includes Framework Lots of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering and Rail Services, Transport and Non-Transport Architecture, and Cyber Security Engineering. This framework will also enable the TfL unit and London's Borough Authorities to access a broad range of multi-disciplinary design as well as consultancy services.In this regard, Jacobs People & Places Solutions Europe & Digital Strategies’ senior vice president Donald Morrison said, “Through this framework, we look forward to supporting that vision and delivering innovative solutions to complex engineering, architectural and transportation-based challenges across the TfL network.”The company has already been providing various support services to TfL's diverse and high-profile major projects, and engineering portfolio. This includes program leadership for the delivery of Crossrail, and planning and design services for the Piccadilly Line Upgrade.People & Places Solutions or P&PS Unit: A Major Growth DriverJacobs’ P&PS segment (accounting for 63.4% of total revenues) serves clients of broad sectors like water, transportation, building, and semiconductors and acts as a major contributing business segment. This segment has solid prospects, given its overall higher sales pipeline. Also, both life sciences and electronics customers have moved forward with the previously paused projects, defying the ongoing pandemic situation.This is evident from the segment’s backlog level that grew 6.5% year over year at fiscal third quarter-end to $15.56 billion.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchAlthough shares of this leading professional, technical, and construction service provider have underperformed the Zacks Engineering - R and D Services industry year to date, the share price of Jacobs should continue to maintain positive momentum in the near term, as the company’s solutions are closely aligned with President Biden’s policies and industry trends. Jacobs is also expected to benefit from strong global trends in infrastructure modernization, energy transition, national security and a potential super-cycle in global supply chain investments.Zacks Rank & Key PicksJacobs currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Some better-ranked stocks in the same industry include Altair Engineering Inc. ALTR, Quanta Services, Inc. PWR and KBR, Inc. KBR. While Altair sports a Zacks Rank #1, the other two stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).Altair, Quanta Services, and KBR’s earnings for 2021 are expected to rise 64.5%, 19.9%, and 24.9%, respectively. Infrastructure Stock Boom to Sweep America A massive push to rebuild the crumbling U.S. infrastructure will soon be underway. It’s bipartisan, urgent, and inevitable. Trillions will be spent. Fortunes will be made. The only question is “Will you get into the right stocks early when their growth potential is greatest?” Zacks has released a Special Report to help you do just that, and today it’s free. Discover 7 special companies that look to gain the most from construction and repair to roads, bridges, and buildings, plus cargo hauling and energy transformation on an almost unimaginable scale.Download FREE: How to Profit from Trillions on Spending for Infrastructure >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Quanta Services, Inc. (PWR): Free Stock Analysis Report Altair Engineering Inc. (ALTR): Free Stock Analysis Report KBR, Inc. (KBR): Free Stock Analysis Report Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (J): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 22nd, 2021

I used TikTok to take my cotton-candy business online. I"ve made $165,000 in sales since March - here"s how.

After in-person events shut down during the pandemic, Emily Harpel launched a website to sell her hand-spun cotton candy online. Emily Harpel founded her business, Art of Sucre, in 2016 after being inspired by Pinterest. Emily Harpel/Anita Louise Photography Emily Harpel, 29, is a cotton candy maker based in Ohio and owner of Art of Sucre. After gaining over a million followers on her business' TikTok, she launched an ecommerce shop and has made over 6 figures since March. This is what her job is like, as told to freelance writer Judy Brumley. See more stories on Insider's business page. This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Emily Harpel, a cotton candy maker and small business owner based in Ohio. It has been edited for length and clarity.When I was planning my wedding, I saw cotton candy being used as favors on Pinterest. I thought it was a cute idea, but was disappointed in the options: pink or blue with no distinguishable flavor. Every other dessert, like cake pops and sugar cookies, had been given an Instagrammable upgrade, and I just couldn't let cotton candy be left out. I was planning to get my masters in clinical and mental health counseling, but since the program I applied to was full, my enrollment got deferred for a year. After my husband and I got married in March of 2016, I decided to withdraw my application and launched an LLC for Art of Sucre by May.We chose the name during the 20-hour car ride home from our honeymoon. After a lot of Googling we landed on "sucre," which means sugar in French.I had zero experience and no equipment, so I bought a machine and taught myself by watching YouTube videos. Harpel says she taught herself to spin cotton candy by watching videos online. Emily Harpel/Anita Louise Photography Cotton candy is just flavored sugar. You pour the base into the hot center of a cotton candy machine where it melts into a liquid and spins. The spinning creates a centrifugal force, which pushes the sugar to the top. The sugar goes from a solid to a liquid then back to a solid, and you catch it on a cone during that in-between phase when it's nice and fluffy. Once I had the technique down, I started to create my own fun flavors.For the first four years, I spun cotton candy at all kinds of events and celebrations. I went to birthday parties and weddings, helped celebrate bat mitzvahs, and worked with professional sports teams, like the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers. I even spun cotton candy for VIP ticket holders at Elton John, Ariana Grande, and Travis Scott concerts. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, I knew I needed to figure out how to make my business more COVID-friendly. I spent a lot of time consuming TikTok videos during quarantine and had nothing but time on my hands, so I created an account for Art of Sucre and started posting in July 2020. We hit one million followers in October, and that's when I decided to transition from events to e-commerce. Our biggest challenge with e-commerce was shipping and packaging logistics, because cotton candy is delicate. Art of Sucre's original flavors include champagne, orange bourbon, and piña colada. Emily Harpel/Anita Louise Photography We shipped prototypes to Australia, Canada, and Arizona to make sure they could survive any trip. The online shop finally launched on March 15, 2021 with six original flavors (sugar cookie, bubble gum, piña colada, orange bourbon, champagne, and watermelon) and our best-selling shimmer glitter bombs. Our pre-spun pouches start at $12 each and the shimmer glitter bombs (puffs of cotton candy wrapped around glitter that floats when dropped into a liquid) sell for $22. Since March, we've sold over $165,000 worth of cotton candy. That number doesn't include sales from custom orders, which is my favorite thing we offer at Art of Sucre. A father once asked if I could top mannequin heads with cotton candy hair for his daughter's bat mitzvah. After I spent three hours spinning the hair, the mannequin heads - which had sunglasses on - were walked out on silver platters and devoured in seconds. We've also created custom shimmer glitter bombs using edible black glitter and silver stars for a galaxy-themed wedding, and pouches of pre-spun cotton candy that were half black and half white for a Cruella de Vil party. The possibilities are endless, and we'll try anything the customer can imagine.I used to have one person who would help with events - now I have a team of 15, including one full-time employee. Harpel has a team of 15 to help produce and package cotton candy for the ecommerce site. Emily Harpel/Anita Louise Photography We keep our six core cotton candy flavors in stock and drop limited-edition releases throughout the year. We're also working on some fun holiday treats and getting ready for the New York City Wine and Food Festival in October. I still pop into the studio to spin cotton candy, but now most of my days are spent doing admin work. My full-time employee and I have a morning meeting around 10 a.m. before I take calls with suppliers, potential collaborators, and our design team. I create content for our TikTok, Instagram, and website in the afternoon and, after everyone else heads home, I test and develop new flavors. Sometimes I feel guilty to have found such great success during a time that's been so challenging for so many people, but as a small business owner and employer, I'm thankful for the growth we've experienced this year. It's really special to see how something as simple as cotton candy can bring so much joy to people's lives. Judy Brumley is a freelance writer from Kentucky. She has written editorial and branded content stories across all verticals for brands like InStyle, Parents, PEOPLE, and Romper.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 22nd, 2021

4 Reasons to Add Exelon (EXC) to Your Portfolio Right Now

Exelon Corporation (EXC) makes a strong case for investment, given its positive estimate revision, systematic capital investments, emission-reduction plans and efficient cost management. Exelon Corporation’s EXC systematic capital expenditure to strengthen operations, cost management, support from the Illinois legislature to continue two nuclear plants and strong cash flow make it a solid investment option in the utility space.Let’s focus on the factors that make this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock a strong investment pick at the moment. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.Growth ProjectionsThe Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 earnings per share has moved up 1.07% in the past 60 days to $2.81.The consensus mark for 2022 earnings is pegged at $5.65 per share, up 11.3% in the past 60 days.Surprise History and Earnings GrowthExelon reported an earnings surprise of 27.14% in the last reported quarter.The long-term (three to five years) earnings growth of the company is projected at 2.99%.Regular Investments & Emission ReductionAfter investing $6.5 billion in 2020 in utility operation, Exelon plans to invest nearly $27 billion over the 2021-2024 time frame in regulated utility operations for grid modernization and increase the resilience of its infrastructure for the benefit of customers. Exelon is going to invest $17.8 billion in distribution, $5.8 billion in transmission and $3.2 billion in gas main replacement in the aforesaid time frame. The systematic investments will support rate base growth of 7.6% in the 2020-2024 time period.Exelon — through its “path to clean” goal — is planning to reduce operations-driven emissions by 50% by 2030 against a 2015 baseline and reach net-zero operations-driven emissions by 2050. Support from the Illinois legislature that allowed the company to continue the operation of Byron and Dresden nuclear plants will allow the company to produce emission-free electricity for customers in Illinois.Efficient Cost ManagementExelon is targeting to lower operating and maintenance expenses by 1% over the 2019-2022-time frame. Given the unprecedented economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and the unpredictable nature of recovery from this difficult period, the company — through efficient cost management — lowered costs by $400 in 2020, which was $150 million more than planned.The company aims to offset the negative impact of adverse weather on earnings for 2021 through additional one-time cost-saving initiatives, which will continue to boost margins.Price PerformanceOver the past 12 months, the stock has returned 43.1%, outperforming the industry’s rally of 10.7%.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchOther Stocks to ConsiderOther top-ranked stocks in the same sector include Otter Tail Corporation OTTR, Middlesex Water Company MSEX and ONE Gas Inc. OGS. Otter Tail currently sports a Zack Rank #1 while the other two stocks have a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).Otter Tail, Middlesex Water, and ONE Gas delivered an average earnings surprise of 31.79%, 0.51%, and 6.5%, respectively, in the last four quarters.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 earnings per share of Otter Tail, Middlesex Water,  and ONE Gas has moved up 39.2%, 3.7%, and 0.3%, respectively, in the past 60 days. 5 Stocks Set to Double Each was handpicked by a Zacks expert as the #1 favorite stock to gain +100% or more in 2021. Previous recommendations have soared +143.0%, +175.9%, +498.3% and +673.0%. Most of the stocks in this report are flying under Wall Street radar, which provides a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.Today, See These 5 Potential Home Runs >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Exelon Corporation (EXC): Free Stock Analysis Report Otter Tail Corporation (OTTR): Free Stock Analysis Report Middlesex Water Company (MSEX): Free Stock Analysis Report ONE Gas, Inc. (OGS): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

Buffalo Wings & Rings planning push into Cleveland area

The sports-themed restaurant and bar started in 1984 in Loveland, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb, and now has 20 locations in Ohio and 65 elsewhere......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsMar 11th, 2021

TheScore Files For US Listing Giving Investors Another Sports Betting Investment Option

Canadian media and sports betting company, Score Media and Gaming (OTC: TSCRD), better known as theScore, is planning a listing on a major exchange in the U.S. read more.....»»

Category: blogSource: benzingaFeb 23rd, 2021

Senate panel advances sports gambling bill

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Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkMay 17th, 2019