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Stocks Rise for the Week as Jobs Report Threads the Needle

Stocks Rise for the Week as Jobs Report Threads the Needle The monthly jobs report was pretty much perfect as far as nervous investors are concerned, which sent stocks solidly higher on Friday and gave the major indices a positive weekly performance. Let’s get right to the big news. The Government Employment Situation report for May showed the economy adding 559,000 jobs, marking a substantial improvement over the previous month’s 266K (which infamously missed expectations of more than 1 million). However, the result fell well short of expectations around 650K – 670K. Investors loved BOTH sides of the report. The sharp month-over-month improvement combined with the negative surprise meant that the report threaded the needle. The economy is hot and continues to rebound from the pandemic, but it’s not so hot that the Fed would accelerate plans for tapering or some other policy change. It’s no wonder everybody is calling it a ‘goldilocks’ report. “While at first glance the number seems bad, this is good for stocks as the data tells us we really aren’t that close to tapering,” said Jeremy Mullin in Counterstrike. “(T)he Fed will eventually have to attack this momentum. However, in the short-term the Fed can relax and see what the summer months bring.” The tech space was most enamored with the report, as evidenced by the NASDAQ soaring 1.47% (or just under 200 points) to 13,814.49. The index now has a three-week winning streak after advancing 0.5% over these four days. The S&P advanced 0.88% to 4229.89, while the Dow was up 0.52% (or about 180 points) to 34,756.39. These indices were up 0.6% and 0.7%, respectively, for this truncated week and may be making new all-time highs very soon. Today's Portfolio Highlights: Insider Trader: We’re finally seeing some activity from the insiders, which means business is picking up in this portfolio as well. On Friday, Tracey added the following three names: • Dollar Tree (DLTR) – two directors bought so far this month • Monro Muffler (MNRO) – new CEO made a “confidence buy” • Norfolk Southern (NSC) – a director made a large buy on June 1 But that’s not all. The editor needed to sell a few names to make room for these buys, which included cashing in two double-digit gains. She sold half of UnitedHealth (UNH) and Fastenal (FAST) each for profits of 21.7% and 12.9%, respectively. Both of these names were added in mid-February. The portfolio also sold all of the underperforming Chipotle (CMG) and Weyerhaeuser (WY) positions. Tracey will take the cash from these sells and split it between the three new buys. The allocations should come somewhere between 8% and 10% each. Make sure to read the complete commentary for more specifics on all of these moves. Blockchain Innovators: Growth is the name of the game at Perion Network (PERI), a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) global technology company that delivers online advertising solutions and search monetization to brands and publishers. It has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate for ten straight quarters now and is expected to generate earnings growth of 22% this year with sales growth of 20%. Next year is looking good too with growth expectations of 18.6% and 67%, respectively. PERI uses blockchain in several ways, including monetization and security. Dave added PERI on Friday, while also “voting a bad boy off the island” by selling his frustrating Brightcove (BCOV) position for 5.4% in about seven months. Read the full write-up for more. Technology Innovators: It’s finally time to say goodbye to Calix (CALX), a cloud play that was added nearly a year ago. The stock brought an outstanding return of 198.4% in that time. The new buy is Diodes (DIOD), a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality discrete and analog semiconductor products. The company has beaten in each of the last four quarters, but the most recent surprise of 19% was the biggest and suggests more good times ahead. Rising earnings estimates have made this chip play a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and its valuation is very appealing for a company that just reported year over year growth of 47%. Read the full write-up for more on today’s moves. In other news, this portfolio had two of the best performers among all ZU names on Friday, including a double-digit gain of 11.3% for Clearfield (CLFD). The other noteworthy performance came from Criteo (CRTO, +6%). Stocks Under $10: The ‘goldilocks’ jobs report not only sent the market higher on Friday, but also gave gold a boost. As a result, Comstock Mining (LODE) was the best performer among all ZU names with a gain of 15.3%. Brian added this gold miner late last month as earnings estimates “radically” jumped in the wake of a strong quarterly report, which included a positive earnings surprise of 150%. The stock is now up 12.9% in the portfolio since being added just a little over a week ago. By the way, Cassava Sciences (SAVA) is one of the biggest movers over the past 30 days with a surge of 52.7%.  Headline Trader: "The labor market's success will be the primary driver of the Fed's decision on a tapering timeline of its $8 trillion balance sheet. As I discussed yesterday, the Fed's dual mandate is to maintain price stability and reach full employment. Inflation and whether it's as 'transitory' as the Fed claims, has been a big concern for investors, with pricing pressures being seen in virtually every sector of the economy. "The Fed's outlook that pricing pressures will occur in the short-run but will not be sustained leads me to assume that this dovish group of central bankers won't make its first moves to taper based on short-term inflation data. The speed at which employment returns to normal levels will likely drive the Fed's balance easing timeline (the central banks first move to increase rates)." -- Dan Laboe Have a Great Weekend! Jim Giaquinto Recommendations from Zacks' Private Portfolios: Believe it or not, this article is not available on the Zacks.com website. The commentary is a partial overview of the daily activity from Zacks' private recommendation services. If you would like to follow our Buy and Sell signals in real time, we've made a special arrangement for readers of this website. Starting today you can see all the recommendations from all of Zacks' portfolios absolutely free for 7 days. 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Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

The Importance Of Dune, Part 2: The Jihad

The Importance Of Dune, Part 2: The Jihad Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, 'n Guns blog, Read Part 1 here In 2020 I wrote a pair of editorials for the Gold Goats ‘n Guns Newsletter in sympathy to the movie’s original release for last December. This one appeared in November after the (s)election of Joe Biden as U.S. president. I’ve written a lot about the ideas contained in this essay but I felt it appropriate to revisit it now that we’re in the window of seeing our story play out on the big screen, where art still has the possibility of moving us to action. The Jihad “We Fremen have a saying: God created Arrakis to train the faithful. One cannot go against the word of God.” — FRANK HERBERT In my last editorial I talked about why Frank Herbert’s Dune was even more relevant today than when it was published in 1965.  As we approached the election, after re-reading Dune, I made it into Herbert’s sequel, Dune Messiah. And having not read it in thirty years I was amazed at how good it was.  The whole book is about a moment in time that Paul, who can see into the future, cannot see beyond.  The 2020 election felt exactly that way to me. That moment was a singularity, a point we pass through without knowing what lies on the other side.  The parallels were simply too deep for me to ignore.  The trope Herbert used in Dune Messiah has been copied a hundred times since then, but its metaphoric power remains the same. A moment like that turns everything on its head when it happens.  It shattered Paul’s life and ushered in the next period of chaos far deadlier than the last. Dune left us knowing that with the victory over the entrenched, sclerotic power structure of the great houses there would be a religious jihad by the Fremen which would sweep across the galaxy like a plague of killer locusts. That jihad occurred and Paul was powerless to stop it. And, like Paul, this is what I fear is coming. The results of the election confirm for me that what comes next will be a terrible thing.  The Davos Crowd think they have won the war, that they have been successful in defeating the insurgent Trump and his Deplorable sand rats.  They think there are only a few of us vocally leading a loose contingent of conspiracy theorists on the fringe of society who can be easily controlled and marginalized. This was the mistake the establishment made in Dune, thinking the Fremen numbered in the thousands.  In reality, they numbered in the tens of millions and were viciously angry, self-sufficient and disciplined; ready to remake the world and shut off the source of the power, the spice. When Dune was written the spice was a metaphor for oil.  Today information is the currency of the realm, and Davos thinks that by controlling all information flow they can control everything else. But they don’t control the information anymore, even if it looks that way. Because by cheating and creating false value throughout the society, by degrading the quality of the information, they have raised the value of producing real things with real labor to the point of it being existential to their power. And when you marginalize the tens of millions of people who produce the goods which sustain their false reality, when you remove their ability to speak their mind and make their voices heard, when you insult them, berate them, hector them and beat them then you will bear the consequences when the sleeper awakens, in Herbert’s words. This isn’t a threat or an open invitation to violence.  This is an observation of what always comes next.  These people know that they have been lied to, their children spiritually separated from them.  The election was a cruel joke meant to rub our noses in their complete power over us.  You can see it every day on Twitter. What comes next will be nothing short of a Fremen-esque jihad by the 70+ million people who voted for Donald Trump.  If his allies prove the systematic thievery of the election, it will fuel what is now a simmering anger to a violent boiling rage with a near-religious frenzy. They will be fully justified. I get that anger.  I feel it building in me.  Paul saw this coming in Dune and failed in his attempt to control it.  And I can see it coming today. Their Jihad will be joined by the people who didn’t want to win by cheating.  There are millions of them, too.  They voted against Trump but don’t view their neighbors as enemies. The alternative to it is worse, acquiescence and vassalage to a corrupt system.  And that’s why today it’s clear to me this only ends in violence.  The elites had a choice.  They chose poorly. They have their own religious zealots, suffused with the righteous anger at a corrupt system but blaming it on the wrong people, their neighbors.  The people have a choice, stand their ground or be ground into paste.  This is why I feel the only option for Davos when faced with the coming jihad against them will be to unleash a response to it orders of magnitude deadlier than COVID-19.  That’s a moment I, frankly, don’t want to see beyond. *  *  * I think it’s quite clear now that we’re in the middle of that next response. The ‘Jihad’ of angry Trump voters hasn’t quite materialized yet, but it has in other parts of the world. The descent into random violence with brutal Harkonnen police and embedded Sardaukar mercenaries putting down protests in Melbourne, Australia is not only deeply disturbing but, sadly, wholly predictable. The Fremen were trained by Arrakis through privation and extreme thrift imposed on them by the desert to find meaning and beauty in the simplest things. We’re not there yet. But by now brutally imposing vaccination mandates through a terror campaign people have woken up quickly. Because they already saw the problem if they didn’t want to believe it would ever come to this. The sleeper will awaken here in the U.S. The more they take away from us the more it will feed the burning inside. Davos’ Sardaukar are sustained through blood sacrifice and dehumanization, the Harkonnens through good ol’ payola. They serve this system not because they believe in it but because they are fed by it. Australians will begin imposing costs on them that outweigh their comfort and they will collapse. It’s already happening in France. It will happen in Germany this fall. And when the U.S. joins the jihad that’s when the violence gets real. Fat, roid-freaks running around beating old women and unarmed men with gang tactics will turn into massacres, but not for us, for them. They have told us they are no longer negotiating with us. Become subservient or be destroyed. Their call isn’t a bluff but it ultimately is. We have reached that moment today where the choice is clear. Get hard, get in shape, get tough-mined and become #ungovernable or be extinguished. You are not alone. Moments like this take generations to build to. Welcome to Arrakis. *  *  * Join my Patreon if you can see The Jihad forming BTC: 3GSkAe8PhENyMWQb7orjtnJK9VX8mMf7Zf BCH: qq9pvwq26d8fjfk0f6k5mmnn09vzkmeh3sffxd6ryt DCR: DsV2x4kJ4gWCPSpHmS4czbLz2fJNqms78oE LTC: MWWdCHbMmn1yuyMSZX55ENJnQo8DXCFg5k DASH: XjWQKXJuxYzaNV6WMC4zhuQ43uBw8mN4Va WAVES: 3PF58yzAghxPJad5rM44ZpH5fUZJug4kBSa ETH: 0x1dd2e6cddb02e3839700b33e9dd45859344c9edc DGB: SXygreEdaAWESbgW6mG15dgfH6qVUE5FSE Tyler Durden Sun, 09/26/2021 - 20:00.....»»

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I flew American Airlines to Europe for the first time during the pandemic and found it"s back to normal with bad food, uncomfortable seats, and free alcohol

American did a great job of getting me to Madrid on time but the flight was far from memorable. One thing I didn't miss was the bad airplane food. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider American Airlines is one of four US carriers flying overseas to Europe and has recently started increasing services as more countries open to American tourists. Transatlantic flights are pretty much back to normal, besides having to wear a mask. Hot meals and alcohol are once again served in all cabins including economy class. See more stories on Insider's business page. American Airlines is one of the leading US carriers flying between the US and Europe, especially from its international gateway in New York. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The summer before the pandemic saw American fly to 23 European destinations from the US. Fast forward to the summer of 2021, however, and that number stood at 11 as American wasn't as quick to rebuild in Europe following its reopening. Flying American Airlines to Europe during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Source: Cirium But even still, American has maintained service to core cities like London; Madrid; and Rome, while opening new routes including New York-Athens. Athens, Greece. Shutterstock Read More: American and JetBlue just unveiled a new partnership with 33 new routes combined— here's what it means for travelers And American has proved to be an inexpensive option when crossing the pond, as I found when planning a recent work trip to Doha, Qatar with flights on American, British Airways, and Qatar Airways. Flying American Airlines to Europe during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Read More: Gulfstream just debuted its new $75 million ultra-long-range plane that's also the world's largest purpose-built private jet: Meet the G700 I flew American Airlines from New York to Madrid during the summer of vaccinated travel. Here's what it was like. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Read More: I booked a flight on American Airlines despite the airline canceling thousands of flights this summer – here's how I'm preparing for the worst After recent bad experiences on American, I was a bit nervous to fly the carrier overseas. I made sure to do extra research on backup options in case something went wrong, and even arrived at the airport four hours early. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Read More: I was stranded in Bogotá airport for 10 hours and it taught me the true value of credit card perks and not taking no for an answer But having flown American internationally earlier in the summer, I knew how to prepare. The first step was to download Verifly, American's preferred health passport service that speeds along airport check-in and document verification. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I submitted all my required documentation and got the green light. As a result, check-in at the airport was less painful than expected as I was able to use a self-serve kiosk to get my boarding pass. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider For those checking a bag, though, there was a bit of a line, as is usually the case in international terminals. I was glad to have only brought a carry-on. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I was instantly relieved once I had my boarding pass and headed straight to the gate with only a minimal line at security. I felt silly having arrived four hours before departure but as the old saying goes, better safe than sorry. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider One benefit of flying out of American's Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport is that Bobby Van's Steakhouse is open, and Priority Pass members through Chase can get a free meal. I had the burger and it was delicious. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Read More: I used a credit perk to dine for nearly free at an airport restaurant and it's my new favorite travel hack The rest of the concourse was quiet as I arrived before the bulk of the evening overseas departures. Even still, there were shops and restaurants open for business in a good sign for the industry. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I headed straight to the gate after lunch and got my first glimpse at the aircraft taking us to Spain, the mighty Boeing 777-200. American now only flies Boeing 777 aircraft between New York and Europe in a win for business class and first class customers that get to enjoy the airline's best premium cabin products. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Pandemic-era safety measures including social distancing floor placards and plexiglass portions at the gate counter were still on display. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Boarding began around 45 minutes prior to departure in American's standard group boarding procedure. Most US airlines have abandoned back-to-front boarding. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider American's Boeing 777-200 aircraft seat 273 passengers across three cabins, with classes of service including business, premium economy, and economy. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Source: SeatGuru In economy, seats are arranged in a 10-abreast, 3-4-3 configuration that's standard for most airlines flying the 777. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Seat pitch in economy is between 31 and 32 inches, according to SeatGuru, while seat width is a standard 17 inches. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Source: SeatGuru I booked this flight quite late and there weren't too many seats from which to choose that didn't require paying an extra fee. American isn't alone in the practice of charging for advance seat assignments on long-haul flights but I despise the practice as these tickets are expensive enough as it is. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider But to American's credit, there were a good showing of complimentary aisle and window seats towards the back of the plane from which to select. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider And to my surprise, the most unique seats in economy were available for selection. The last three rows on this aircraft are arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration meaning there are six two-seat pairs. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I thought I had lucked out by selecting one of them but my excitement was short-lived. Simply put, these seats were not the most comfortable for a larger traveler. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The small width didn't help and I felt like I was taking up part of the seat next to me. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider One thing that could've helped was if the armrest for the window seat was moveable, but it was fixed in place. I was so close to the seat in front of me that my tray table couldn't even lay flat (a problem I didn't have on the other carriers on which I flew during this trip). Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider My top concern was having enough room once my seat neighbor arrived. But I lucked out and had both seats to myself as nobody showed up to claim the other. Flying American Airlines to Europe during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider There was a gap between the seat and the cabin wall which offered some additional legroom and a place to store the pillow and blanket kit left on the seat. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider American is quite generous with seat features on its wide-body aircraft. Each seat has an 8.9-inch in-flight entertainment screen with a variety of movies, television shows, games, and music. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The moving map proved handy during the flight to keep track of our location. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider A tethered remote is also available to control the system and act as a game controller or keyboard for the seat-to-seat chat function. It also comes in handy when scrolling through content since the touch functionality is quite poor in that regard. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider In-flight WiFi is also available on the aircraft for a price. And for those using devices during the flight, in-seat power is offered through USB charging ports and 110v C power outlets at seats. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The rest of the aircraft was quite full, which surprised me as it was quite late in the season for transatlantic travel. Some passengers were visiting family and friends while others were starting their study abroad term. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Bad weather in New York wreaked a bit of havoc on the airport but we weren't overly affected. I was quite relieved that our departure was pretty close to on time as I had a connection to make in Madrid. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The storm did, however, make for some great views as we blasted out of New York. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Madrid is quite a short flight from New York and while I wanted to go straight to sleep, I did want to see what the meal service was like. This was the first time I'd had a hot meal on American during the pandemic. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider As I waited for the service to begin, I had a look at what was on offer in the movie department. American had quite a good selection in all categories, and I ultimately picked "The Vault." Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider First attendants started the drink service first with a selection of soft drinks, juices, wine, and beer. Alcohol isn't currently served in economy on American's domestic flights but it flows freely on transatlantic hops. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I ordered a club soda along with some red wine to help ease my sleep after the meal. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Next came the meal service as flight attendants quickly passed out the trays. I felt like I was being served in a cafeteria as one flight attendant curtly asked, "chicken or pasta?" Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I unwrapped the entree to find that not much has changed at all when it comes to American's economy catering. The chicken dish was accompanied by a side salad, cheese and crackers, and a cinnamon dessert bar. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I couldn't describe the chicken beyond that it was served in a tomato-based sauce. I enjoyed the sides more than the main and was glad I had the burger at Bobby Van's before the flight. Next time, I think I'll head straight to sleep. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Flight attendants were very quick to complete the meal service, though, and got it done in under an hour and a half. The flight to Madrid is only six hours and 30 minutes so every second counts. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Ready for bed with a full stomach, I used the pillow and blanket that American had left on the seat and did my best to get comfortable. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Another downside of the two-seat row is that there's a gap between the seat and window, making propping a pillow up against the cabin wall near-impossible. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider But even then, it wasn't too difficult to get to sleep and I woke just before breakfast was served. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Flight attendants once more came around to serve drinks first, followed by a pre-packaged cold breakfast. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider On offer for the optimistic morning meal included Chobani strawberry yogurt, a raspberry fig bar, and coconut cashew granola. All in all, it was quite standard but still enjoyable. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider The flight to Madrid was nearing its end and I can't say I was upset to see it go. American did a great job of getting me to Spain on time but the in-flight experience was exactly what I expected it to be. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider I did appreciate the modernity of the aircraft and the efficiency of the crew but there wasn't anything memorable about this flight. Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Besides having to wear a mask, though, I'd say that American is back to normal on these flights, for better or worse. 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Category: topSource: businessinsider15 hr. 30 min. ago

"Shang-Chi" is set to pass "Black Widow" as the biggest movie in the US this year

"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" is expected to surpass "Black Widow's" $183 million at the US box office on Friday. Simu Liu plays Shang-Chi. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Shang-Chi" will likely surpass "Black Widow" as the highest-grossing film of the year in the US on Friday. It's a big win for theaters as the movie has a 45-day exclusive theatrical window. "Shang-Chi" has yet to be approved in China, which has hindered its global box office. See more stories on Insider's business page. Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" will soon be the highest-grossing movie at the US box office this year.It's expected to pass another Marvel movie, "Black Widow's" $183 million, on Friday, 21 days after it debuted on September 3 with a 45-day exclusive theatrical window. It was only $272,000 away from beating "Black Widow" after Thursday, according to Comscore.Before the pandemic, the typical theatrical window was 75 days to 90 days. The movie will be available to stream on Disney+ on November 12.It's a major win for the movie theaters after the pandemic shifted distribution models and studios released some of their biggest films straight to streaming or simultaneously on streaming platforms and in theaters."A theatrical-first release is the most advantageous for any film looking to generate the biggest possible box office around the world," said Paul Dergarabedian, the Comscore senior media analyst.The success of "Shang-Chi" prompted Disney to announce earlier this month it would release its remaining 2021 movies - including Marvel's "Eternals" and Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" remake - with exclusive 45-day or 30-day theatrical windows, a moment theater owners had been waiting for.Disney released "Black Widow" simultaneously to theaters and on Disney+ for an additional $30 fee, a strategy that sparked ire from the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO), the largest theater trade group. It also provoked a lawsuit from star Scarlett Johansson.After "Black Widow" dropped a dramatic 68% in its second weekend, NATO released a statement calling simultaneous release a "pandemic-era artifact." By contrast, "Shang-Chi" only dropped 54% in its second weekend and an impressive 37.5% in its third weekend. NATO CEO John Fithian predicted as such in an interview with Insider, arguing that "Shang-Chi" would have stronger legs at the box office than "Black Widow" because it's only in theaters.A big part of NATO's argument is that simultaneous release increases piracy and in turn eats at a movie's box office. Indeed, "Shang-Chi" was pirated less in its debut weekend than "Black Widow," which quickly topped piracy-news website Torrent Freak's weekly list of most pirated movies. Globally, "Shang-Chi" has earned more than $320 million, which doesn't include China, the world's largest film market. It has not yet been approved for release by the nation's government and may not be.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 24th, 2021

12 luxury hotels on the Las Vegas Strip that will make you feel like a high roller without spending like one

These are the best luxury hotels in Las Vegas on the Strip in 2021, from the hotel-within-a-hotel The Palazzo at the Venetian to the Four Seasons. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. TripAdvisor Las Vegas hotels offer opulent luxury at surprisingly cheap prices. Many five-star stays on or near the Las Vegas Strip often start under $250 per night. The best luxury hotels in Las Vegas boast spacious suites, private pools, excellent views, and more. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyThere's plenty to gamble on in Las Vegas, but you don't have to risk the odds when it comes to choosing a hotel. Las Vegas is one of the few US cities where a luxury hotel can regularly start under $250 per night, sometimes as low as $75 to $100. Of course, weekends and high seasons will bring increased prices, but with a little sleuthing you might just snag a great deal so you can save those extra dollars for Sin City's casino floors, top-notch restaurants, and world-class entertainment. Browse all the best luxury Las Vegas hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area:The best luxury hotels in Las VegasFAQ: Luxury hotels in Las VegasHow we selected the best Las Vegas luxury hotelsMore of the best places to stay in Las VegasThese are the best luxury hotels in Las Vegas, sorted by price from low to high. Signature at MGM Grand Every room here is a suite with apartment-like features. Tripadvisor Book Signature at MGM GrandTypical starting/peak prices: $89/$320Best for: Families, business travelersOn-site amenities: Pool, restaurants, shopsPros: All rooms are quiet, apartment-style suites with kitchenettes and are close to the action but removed from the party atmosphere.Cons: The walk to MGM Grand is long and some may view the off-Strip location and lack of a casino as a con.The Signature is an all-suite hotel set back from the MGM Grand's main resort and casino but is still easily accessible to it by indoor walkways. There's no casino on-site, which means the crowd is less rowdy, and the hotel feels peaceful. There are fewer amenities too, though all of the restaurants, entertainment, and wellness found at MGM Grand are just steps away. We once used the Chase Sapphire Reserve card to book here and scored extra perks such as free upgrade, late checkout, and complimentary food and beverage credit. Spacious suites are quiet and include spa baths, flat-screen TVs, separate sitting areas, balconies, and kitchenettes for an apartment-like experience. It's a great fit for a family or someone in town for business on an extended stay.COVID-19 procedures are available here. NoMad Las Vegas The luxe NoMad has its own sleek pool that is private from guests at adjacent Park MGM. Trip Advisor Book NoMad Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $99/$345Best for: Couples, friendsOn-site amenities: Spa, salon, fitness center, restaurants, Moroccan-themed pool deck just for NoMad guestsPros: The hotel feels in-the-know and stylish, hidden away from the throngs filling Park MGM, while still offering easy access to its amenities. Cons: The hotel within a hotel concept is intimate, and lacks the big Vegas punch of other big resorts.Located on the upper four floors of the Park MGM Las Vegas, the NoMad Las Vegas is the third location from the luxury NoMad hotel group with properties in New York and Los Angeles.It's one of many hotel-within-a-hotel concepts that are popular in Las Vegas (and within this list) for a more intimate, boutique-quality that feels rare in this town of mega-resorts. Rooms are decadent and design-forward featuring hardwood floors, velvet furnishings, and standalone soaking bathtubs in the bedroom.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Aria Resort & Casino Aria has a 150,000-square-foot casino, 16 restaurants, and more than 4,000 rooms. Trip Advisor Book Aria Resort & Casino Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $107/$359Best for: Groups of friends, couplesOn-site amenities: Casino, 16 restaurants, CityCenter shops, nightclub, huge spa, three pools, fitness centerPros: Rooms boast high-end technology for an exceptionally comfortable stay and the location is very central to the Las Vegas Strip.Cons: Food is pricey on property, as is the resort fee.Located on the Las Vegas Strip within the CityCenter complex, Aria is a glittering curvilinear property with a 150,000-square-foot casino, 16 restaurants, and more than 4,000 rooms. Opened just a decade ago, rooms feature fully tricked-out tech, including a one-touch room control system to adjust lighting, curtains, and more from the touch of a tablet.Hakkasan Group's Jewel nightclub is located here, as is a huge spa with 62 treatment rooms, and three pools, including the Liquid pool club for grown folks.Plus, the location is central, close to the City Center, conference events, and all the Strip action.COVID-19 status and policies available here. The Venetian Resort Las Vegas Even the cheapest standard rooms are suites with separate living areas. The Venetian Book The Venetian Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $113/$399Best for: Families, first-time visitors, couples, business travelersOn-site amenities: Casino, theater, night club, Grand Canal Shoppes, multiple pools, 80 restaurants, bars, spa, fitness centerPros: Even entry-level rooms at this all-suite hotel are impressively large, and it's tough to beat taking an indoor gondola around. Cons: The opulent style might not be to your tastes if you prefer a sleeker, modern look. This five-star Las Vegas Strip resort is one of the most instantly recognizable resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Drawing inspiration from Italy, it's best known for its indoor canals and gondola rides, modeled off its namesake city. However, vast interiors show off an array of architectural styles and swathes of Renaissance-era aesthetics, and the hotel is one of the most visually impressive in a city of decadent hotels.There are 80 restaurants — including Thomas Keller's Bouchon — a glittering casino, the Grand Canal Shoppes, and a pool deck that covers 1.2 acres, and every room is a suite, and huge, starting at 650 square feet.The Venetian also connects to the Sands Expo & Convention Center, and guests are granted access to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club gym.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of The Venetian Encore at Wynn Las Vegas The Encore is the Wynn's take on a boutique hotel. Oyster.com Book the Encore at WynnTypical starting/peak prices: $115/$410Best for: Groups of friends, couples, familiesOn-site amenities: Encore-only pool, access to Wynn's mega-complex of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, spa, pools, gym, and even a golf course.Pros: This hotel has a boutique vibe with all the perks of a huge resort that caters to a sleek set.Cons: Room pricing is volatile and can swing dramatically in either direction.Not to be confused with the Wynn itself, the Encore is the Wynn's take on a boutique offering. It also comes with all the benefits of being housed within a parent property.While guests of the Wynn can't use Encore facilities, such as the pool, all those booked at Encore are allowed privileges at both. I've scored cheaper deals at Encore, though historically it's sometimes more expensive than Wynn. If you like the glitz of the Wynn but think it feels too overwhelming, or prefer a more intimate approach, the Encore offers a solid alternative.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Nobu Hotel is zen and quiet, with 182 stylish, Japanese-inspired rooms and suites. Trip Advisor Book Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Las VegasTypical starting price: $116/$447Best for: Couples, business travelersOn-site amenities: Nobu restaurant, pool, spa, the full slate of dining, shopping, and entertainment available at adjacent Caesars PalacePros: The hotel is quiet and private with a gorgeous Japanese-inspired design by noted architect David Rockwell.Cons: There is a steep resort fee of $45 per night plus tax.Inside the blockbuster 85-acre, 3,960 room resort Caesars Palace, the intimate Nobu Hotel is tucked away as a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel concept, created by the famed sushi chef of the same name. If Caesars is frenetic and bustling, Nobu Hotel is uber-Zen and quiet, with 182 stylish, Japanese-inspired rooms and suites. Staying here feels a bit like being a celebrity, with added VIP perks.Rooms channel Japanese traditions with deep soaking tubs and come with free Wi-Fi, a 55-inch flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station, and Natura Bisse toiletries, as well as priority seating at Nobu Restaurant and Lounge. Nobu Hotel guests also have access to a private front desk and lounge, the Venus Pool at Caesars Palace, expedited line privilege at OMNIA nightclub, a complimentary Friday social hour, and a dedicated hotel concierge.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Bellagio Las Vegas We love the Bellagio for its central location, designer shopping, and iconic fountain show. TripAdvisor Book Bellagio Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $119/$475Best for: Families, first-time visitors, business travelersOn-site amenities: Casino, multiple restaurants and bars, nightlife, spa, pool, designer shoppingPros: This is a fashionable hotel with a classy casino, excellent shopping, and a must-try buffet. Cons: You'll have to brave the summer heat to score cheap prices here.The Bellagio draws a consistent crowd for its central Strip location, popular casino, designer fashion, and curated art, including the signature Dale Chihuly glass installation hanging from the lobby ceiling.It's also a huge draw to those craning for a front-row view of the dancing fountains, and there's no better spot than a room overlooking the action. We've reviewed the balcony room facing the fountains and can confirm it's one of the best rooms on the Strip. Plus, in what's clearly a competitive field, they might have one of the best buffets in Las Vegas, though that's subject to change in a post-pandemic world. COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of Bellagio Las Vegas Wynn Las Vegas The Wynn is renowned as one of the best on the Strip with world-class amenities, dining, gambling, and entertainment. Booking.com Book the Wynn Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $131/$497Best for: Groups of friends, couples, families, first-time visitors, business travelersOn-site amenities: Casino, designer shops, entertainment theater, fitness center, spa, pools, multiple restaurants and barsPros: No detail is overlooked at this stunning resort with a beautiful pool and spa area, beautiful guest rooms, and plenty to keep you on-site.Cons: Some might view the Strip location as far from other attractions, and prices surge in the high season.I once stayed at this luxury resort and casino and was blown away by the level of detail and thoughtfulness in each generously appointed guest room. The design is immaculate with a clean, modern palette and smart-enabled features that only add to an air of sophistication. Since then, the hotel's reputation has only continued to grow as one of the best on the Strip with world-class resort amenities, dining, gambling, and entertainment. There's a reason it's consistently rated as one of the best places to stay in Vegas and if you can secure a good deal, this might be one of the best places to book.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of the Wynn Las Vegas Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas A posh pool deck strikes a serene tone. Trip Advisor Book the Waldorf Astoria Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $139/$384Best for: Couples, business travelersOn-site amenities: French restaurant, 3 pools, spa, fitness center, easy access to CityCenter complexPros: The Waldorf is a leading figure in luxury and this location is no exception.Cons: A major renovation was delayed due to COVID.Travelers accustomed to the highest level of hospitality book this five-star property known for immaculate service and spacious rooms that start at 500 square feet with extravagant soaking tubs.With no casino on-site, it's another great option when you prefer a more blissful stay. If you come to Vegas for luxe spas, pools, and dining, this is a great bet.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Palazzo at the Venetian Spread out in standard suites with ample living spaces, plush bedding, sleek bathrooms, all the amenities of the Venetian. TripAdvisor Book The Palazzo at The VenetianTypical starting/peak prices: $142/$399Best for: Groups of friends, couples, familiesOn-site amenities: Pool, spa, access to the Venetian's casino, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, and entertainment.Pros: This is like a higher-end version of The Venetian with close access to all its attractions.Cons: While prices in summer are cheap, expect them to skyrocket at other times when it's more comfortable to visit the desert.While The Venetian is perhaps more well-known, and cheaper, consider a stay at its sister property, The Palazzo.Newer and more low-key but equally refined, even The Palazzo's standard rooms are dubbed Luxury Suites and are not only more up-to-date than entry-level Venetian offerings but significantly larger. Spread out with ample living spaces, plush bedding, sleek bathrooms, and relish in the fact that your room is just steps from tons of the Strip's best attractions, plus all that the Venetian has to offer.COVID-19 status and policies available here. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection Bold, sleek, decor shines on the casino floor, especially in the signature Chandelier Bar. Tripadvisor Book The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph CollectionTypical starting/peak prices: $150/$500Best for: Groups of friends, couplesOn-site amenities: Celebrity chef-driven restaurants, several bars and lounges, a pool deck with dive-in movie nights, gym, Drybar salonPros: Staying at Cosmo offers the trimmings of a Las Vegas resort in a boutique format. The central location is one of the best on the Strip, and balcony views are hard to come by elsewhere.Cons: In high season, expect the starting rate to at least double.The Cosmopolitan is trendy, hip, and sophisticated, and generally feels like you're hanging out inside a chandelier (likely why they have a bar named after one). It's a favorite among those visiting Las Vegas who want to join in on nightlife action over betting at tables, though the latter is readily available too. Plus, it's one of the few hotels with balconies — request one facing Bellagio for a great view of the fountain show.A member of the Autograph Collection of hotels, it's also a great way for Marriott Bonvoy members to earn and redeem points. Book here if you're looking to blur the lines between a glam getaway and a healthy dose of revelry.COVID-19 procedures are available here.Read our full hotel review of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas There's a private, tranquil pool area just for Four Seasons guests, plus all the perks and attention to detail associated with the brand. Trip Advisor Book the Four Seasons Hotel Las VegasTypical starting/peak prices: $250/$495Best for: Couples, business travelersOn-site amenities: Private pool only for Four Seasons guests, all the bars, restaurants, spa of Mandalay Bay.Pros: Enjoy top luxury accommodations with impeccable service and a private pool that is separate from the more raucous Mandalay Bay.Cons: The Mandalay Bay crowd can be rowdy, and you still have to navigate that space to find the Four Seasons. The location is also at the far end of the Las Vegas Strip.The Four Seasons is a symbol of luxury and one that often comes with an accompanying high price tag. However, I've seen deals around $200 per night at this location hidden within Mandalay Bay, and it's widely regarded as one of the nicest hotels in Vegas.Rooms feel like a scintillating oasis of luxury, cocooned away from the frenetic pace of the Strip, though, it's right there when you choose to seek it out. There's a private, tranquil pool area for Four Seasons guests only, plus all the perks and indulgent attention to detail you'd expect from a Four Seasons.COVID-19 procedures are available here. FAQ: Luxury hotels in Las Vegas Westend61/Getty Images Where is Las Vegas?Las Vegas is located in the southern tip of the state of Nevada, near the borders of both California and Arizona. When will I find the best deals on Las Vegas luxury hotels?You'll often find the cheapest hotel prices in Las Vegas midweek in summer, when scorching hot temperatures keep most travelers away, or in the winter, after New Year's Day, when it's still too cool to hit the pool. Once the temperatures turn milder, expect prices to rise.Much of Las Vegas tourism also revolves around an annual convention calendar, which often drives up hotel prices. Holidays also see an influx of crowds.Why are Las Vegas hotels cheap?Because Vegas resorts make most of their profits on the casino floor, cheap room rates are intended to attract guests who will then spend their extra money on slots and tables.As Las Vegas is located in a desert climate, you can expect hot, hot summers and cool winters. No matter when you visit, it's likely to be chilly at night. Early winter and spring, however, offer the nicest, mildest weather when it will be the most comfortable to stroll the Las Vegas Strip or lounge at the pool.Though, if you're planning to spend most of your time indoors on the casino or convention floor, the weather likely won't be a big factor when considering the time of year to visit.Is Las Vegas open?Las Vegas is open, without restrictions involving capacity limits and large gatherings.However, the State of Nevada has mandated that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings, including resorts and casinos, restaurants, bars, showrooms, and meeting spaces. Masks are also required on public transportation.Large indoor events also have masks, testing, and vaccination requirements so check before arriving both with local Las Vegas mandates, the Nevada Health Response updates, as well as your individual hotel and destination.Is it safe to stay in hotels right now?The CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US. And, with added caution, experts we spoke to said it is safe to stay in a hotel.  How we selected the best Las Vegas luxury hotels All hotels are five-star stays with exceptional luxury service, decor, rooms, amenities, and high-quality attractions.Hotels have been personally visited and/or vetted by our team of reviewers whenever possible, and include accompanying reviews in most cases.Every standard room in this list feels like you've upgraded to a suite or more indulgent offering.Hotels are also loved by guests with top ratings and reviews on sites such as Trip Advisor, Booking.com, and Hotels.com.All of these luxury hotels are priced under $250 per night to start in the low season. For this guide, we looked for hotels on or right near the Strip. However, you may also want to consider some of the best Vegas hotels off the Strip too.All hotels also have updated COVID-19 policies, which we've outlined below.Hotel rooms are sophisticated and spacious, even for entry-level, standard rooms. More of the best places to stay in Las Vegas Airbnb The best cheap hotels in Las VegasThe best Las Vegas hotels off the StripThe best Las Vegas hotel suites for all budgetsThe best Las Vegas Airbnbs Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 24th, 2021

Elon Musk says dogecoin fees have to fall for it to become a viable form of payment, after AMC suggests it might accept the token for movie tickets

Musk has been relatively quiet about cryptocurrencies ever since he announced Tesla would no longer take bitcoin as payment for its electric vehicles. Elon Musk. Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images Elon Musk says dogecoin fees would have to fall for it to become a viable payment option. His tweet came after AMC's CEO said the movie-chain operator may accept dogecoin for movie ticket payments. Musk's latest tweet suggests he isn't sure about adopting dogecoin for Tesla yet. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Tesla boss Elon Musk said Wednesday dogecoin fees would have to drop for it to become a feasible payment option, after movie-chan operator AMC's CEO hinted he might add it as a method to pay for tickets."Super important for Doge fees to drop to make things like buying movie tix viable," Musk said in a tweet.The billionaire CEO was responding to dogecoin creator Billy Markus, who is no longer developing the digital asset."Robinhood announcing wallets, AMC CEO not only talking about accepting dogecoin but saying it was the single most interacted with tweet he has ever made, the crypto market finally seeing some green," Markus had tweeted.Cryptocurrencies had a weak start to the week with the total value of the market falling below $2 trillion, as the fallout from Evergrande's debt crisis delivered a huge blow to risk appetite, sending roughly every asset class lower. Bitcoin tumbled 8% to around $43,000 on Monday, while dogecoin fell 13% to 22 cents.Most digital coins made some gains Wednesday, after Robinhood announced it would launch a crypto wallet by next year and AMC CEO Adam Aron responded to the Twitter poll he put out that sought input on accepting dogecoin in theaters. "It's clear that you think AMC should accept dogecoin," Aron said. "Now we need to figure out how to do that."Aron also appeared thrilled that Musk had liked his poll, and called him the "epitome of innovation."Musk has been relatively quiet about cryptocurrencies ever since announcing Tesla would suspend vehicle purchases using bitcoin due to its impact on the environment. He previously hinted at adopting dogecoin for the EV-maker instead, but his latest suggestion about lower fees seems like he still isn't sure.Dogecoin fees are made for the effort used in processing transactions on the blockchain. These fees can fluctuate, depending on how busy the network is. The dogecoin development team last month announced an update to the network, which claimed to enable upcoming fee reductions. Musk had reacted positively, calling it "good progress."Dogecoin was last trading at 22 cents on Thursday. It's up more than 4,500% so far this year, according to data from CoinDesk.Read More: Ahead of bitcoin's $3 billion options expiry this Friday, 5 experts told us how much the crypto and other leading altcoins can surge or fall from here: 'if markets bleed, they will bleed as a group.'Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 23rd, 2021

Disney Plus Premier Access lets subscribers buy new movies like "Jungle Cruise" while they"re still in theaters

Disney Plus members can buy "Jungle Cruise" to stream at home. Premier Access movies each cost $30 to unlock. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. "Jungle Cruise" stars Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures With Premier Access, Disney Plus members can pay $30 to unlock select movies while they're in theaters. "Jungle Cruise" is the latest Premier Access title. A Disney Plus subscription costs $8 a month or $80 a year. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky(Disney Plus Premier Access) (small)With the release of "Mulan" in September 2020, Disney Plus introduced a new purchase option called "Premier Access." This feature allows subscribers to pay a $30 one-time fee in order to watch a movie early before it's released to all Disney Plus members. "Jungle Cruise" is the latest Premier Access movie. "Black Widow" also debuted through Premier Access, but the movie is no longer available to buy on Disney Plus. It will be unlocked to all subscribers without an extra fee on October 6.Below, we've detailed everything you need to know about Premier Access, including how it works, how much it costs, and how long the option will be available. What is Disney Plus Premier Access?Disney Plus Premier Access is a purchase option for Disney Plus subscribers, enabling members to pay an extra $30 one-time fee to gain early streaming access to a movie that's still playing in theaters. Once purchased, Disney Plus members can continue to stream or download a Premier Access movie for as long as they remain a subscriber. You can think of Premier Access as a way to buy a virtual ticket to a brand-new Disney movie to watch at home instead of a theater. And, unlike a one-time theater viewing, you get to watch as many times as you like as long as you stay a Disney Plus subscriber. That said, it's important to note that Premier Access movies eventually become available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee. As such, Premier Access is best for people who like to watch new films as soon as they come out. If you don't mind waiting a couple months, you can simply hold out for the wide release and save a lot of money.How do you get Premier Access on Disney Plus?To get Premier Access, you first need to be a Disney Plus member. Once subscribed, you can follow these simple steps to purchase a Premier Access title:Log in to your Disney Plus account.Browse the Disney Plus library to find Premier Access titles like "Jungle Cruise."After you select the film you want, click "Unlock Now" on the movie's title page.Enter your credit card information to pay the $30 Premier Access fee.The Premier Access movie will now be available to stream on Disney Plus.How much does Disney Plus Premier Access cost?The Disney Plus Premier Access fee is $30 in the US. In order to buy a Premier Access movie, you also need to have a Disney Plus subscription, which costs $8 a month or $80 a year.Disney Plus is also available as part of a bundle with Hulu Basic and ESPN+ for $14 a month. That's about $6 less per month than you'd pay if you subscribed to all of those services without the bundle.How long does the Disney Plus Premier Access window last?The Premier Access window typically lasts around three months. After that period, Premier Access titles become available to all Disney Plus subscribers.This three-month period is similar to the release window that studios typically use for theatrical movie premieres before they're allowed to debut on home video. What movies are on Disney Plus Premier Access?Disney has released five movies via Premier Access on Disney Plus. Three of those titles are now available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee.Below is a full rundown of Premier Access titles released so far, along with details on when all members can watch them without paying extra.Premier Access movie release dates Premier Access release dateWhen can all Disney Plus subscribers watch?"Mulan"September 4, 2020Now available to all subscribers"Raya and the Last Dragon"March 5, 2021Now available to all subscribers"Cruella"May 28, 2021Now available to all subscribers"Black Widow"July 9, 2021Available to all subscribers on October 6"Jungle Cruise"July 30, 2021Available to all subscribers on November 12What other movies will be available for Disney Plus Premier Access?Disney has not announced any new Premier Access titles. Instead, the studio has committed to debuting the rest of its 2021 lineup exclusively in theaters.Upcoming Disney movies will play in theaters for a minimum of 45 days before hitting streaming services like Disney Plus. The one exception is "Encanto," which will have a reduced 30-day window before arriving on Disney Plus.Can you buy or rent Premier Access movies on other services?Though all Premier Access movies debut at home exclusively on Disney Plus, their exclusivity periods are only temporary. The movies typically become available to buy on other streaming platforms without a Disney Plus subscription around one month after they premiere. Will 'Shang-Chi' be available with Premier Access on Disney Plus?Marvel's "Shang-Chi" will not be released through Premier Access on Disney Plus. Instead, the movie debuted exclusively in theaters on September 3."Shang-Chi" will be released on Disney Plus on November 12. All members will be able to watch the movie without any extra fees.Product Card (small)Jungle Cruise (small)Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 22nd, 2021

The 4 best OLED TVs in 2021 for vibrant, high-end picture quality

OLED TVs can deliver an impressive entertainment experience in your home. Here are our top OLED TV picks in 2021 from LG, Sony, and Vizio. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky OLED TVs offer key benefits over LCDs, making them ideal for buyers who want high-end image quality. The LG CX presents the best balance between picture and price of any OLED we've tested. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to provide the best product recommendations. OLED TVs have become popular among home theater enthusiasts, and it's easy to see why. Thanks to some key perks, OLED displays offer several benefits over traditional LCD TVs (including those branded as LED and QLED). Though they tend to be pricier, there's no substitute for an OLED if you want the best home theater experience for movies, streaming, and gaming.OLED stands for "organic light-emitting diode." Instead of using a traditional LED backlight like those found on an LCD TV, OLED screens are self-illuminating. This means that each pixel on an OLED can emit its own light or turn off completely, enabling an infinite contrast ratio.As a result, OLED TVs are capable of true black levels - something even the best LCDs have a hard time producing. Viewing angles are also better than typical LCD displays, making OLEDs a great fit for rooms where people need to sit off to the side of their TV. On the downside, OLEDs can't get as bright as flagship LCD TVs, which makes OLED displays less ideal for living rooms that let in a lot of sunlight. LG, Sony, and Vizio all sell OLED TVs in the US. While image quality does vary a bit between the displays, the TVs' physical design, connectivity, and software are the most telling differences. With that in mind, we've tested and researched several OLED displays in order to select the best models for a variety of needs and budgets. Here are the best OLED TVs you can buy:Best OLED TV overall: LG CXBest OLED TV for picture quality: Sony A80JBest premium design OLED TV: LG GXBest budget OLED TV: Vizio H1 The best OLED TV overall LG The LG CX OLED presents the best balance between picture performance, smart connectivity, design, and value of any OLED TV you can buy. HDR formats: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLGHDMI version: HDMI 2.1Sizes: 48,- 55-, 65-, and 77-inch modelsRead our LG CX OLED 4K TV reviewPros: Solid brightness for an OLED, HDMI 2.1 with next-gen gaming features, voice remote, lots of screen sizesCons: Processing and image accuracy aren't as good as Sony OLEDsWhen it comes to balancing image quality and smart features, the CX remains the best OLED TV you can buy. LG sells a 2021 successor to the CX, called the C1, but we think the CX presents a better value since it costs less and offers very similar performance. Like all OLED TVs, the CX provides pixel-level contrast with deep black levels and precise highlights. Peak brightness is also good for an OLED, with a max of around 700 to 800 nits. Thanks to the α9 Gen 3 Intelligent Processor, the CX is capable of advanced upscaling. This feature can make lower-quality video content, like Full HD (1080p), look cleaner and sharper. That said, Sony's OLED offerings are still known for slightly better processing.The panel offers very low input lag and includes compatibility with Variable Refresh Rate, Nvidia G-Sync, and 120Hz high frame rate. These features help make the CX one of the best gaming displays you can buy, and we think the 48-inch model is a great alternative to a traditional monitor.The CX is powered by LG's webOS and ThinQ platforms, enabling extensive streaming app support and voice control. The magic remote also features a unique pointer function which allows you to navigate through menus with a virtual cursor. The best OLED TV for picture quality Sony Sony's A80J is the best premium TV on the market for image accuracy, but it's a little pricey.HDR formats: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLGHDMI version: HDMI 2.1Sizes: 55-, 65-, and 77-inch modelsPros: High-end processing for industry-leading image accuracy, acoustic surface audio technology, HDMI 2.1Cons: No VRR support yet (coming in future firmware), a little expensiveThe Sony A80J OLED (2021) is the successor to last year's A8H (2020). Though both models offer similar performance, the new A80J features a few key upgrades for about the same price.Most notably, the 2021 model includes HDMI 2.1 ports, enabling advanced gaming features like 4K/120Hz for PS5 and Xbox Series X owners.  Sony also improved the display's picture processing with new cognitive technology to cross-analyze picture elements simultaneously instead of individually. The resulting image is stunning in person.This advanced processing gives the A80J an edge over LG and Vizio OLEDs when it comes to image accuracy. During annual TV competitions, Sony's OLEDs consistently come the closest to matching the look of professional broadcast monitors and we expect the A80J to be no different. The A80J also features a unique audio system with acoustic surface technology. Instead of conventional speakers, the TV uses actuators behind the panel to create sound from the screen itself. This lets speech sound as if it's coming from the mouths of characters on screen. Sony also offers a step-up A90J model, which adds a few extra perks here and there, including a brighter image in some picture modes. That said, image processing is the same and Sony says brightness capabilities are similar to the A80J when using the most accurate picture settings. Since the A90J is considerably more expensive, we think the A80J is a better overall pick. The best premium design OLED TV Monica Chin/Business Insider With a display so thin it can hang flush on your wall like a piece of art, the LG GX is one of the prettiest OLED TVs to look at — whether it's turned on or off.HDR formats: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLGHDMI version: HDMI 2.1Sizes: 55-, 65-, and 77-inch modelsPros: Same great image performance as the LG CX, thin design lets you mount it flush to a wallCons: More expensive than most OLED models with standard designsBeyond impressive picture performance, the GX boasts an exceptionally thin profile, enabling the display to be mounted like a piece of art hanging flush on your wall. At just 0.79 inches deep, the 65-inch GX Gallery TV offers an incredibly narrow design.LG has also been able to keep all of the TV's components within the panel. This means that GX TVs don't need to use an external box or soundbar unit as a connection hub. Instead, you can simply hook up all your devices directly to the display. When it comes to actual image quality, the GX OLED TV offers very similar performance to the rest of the displays on our list. Since those TVs are among the best you can buy, that's not a bad thing at all.At the end of the day, you're paying extra purely for style perks with this model, but if you plan to mount your TV on a wall, the GX can double as a genuine design piece for your living room.That said, LG has a new 2021 version of the GX available, called the G1. The updated model has a new "OLED evo" panel which promises improved brightness. It's more expensive than the 2020 model, however, so we still recommend the GX for most buyers.  The best budget OLED TV Vizio Vizio's 65-inch 4K OLED TV offers all the OLED picture quality benefits that home theater fans love for less than the competition.HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLGHDMI version: HDMI 2.1Sizes: 55- and 65-inch modelsRead our Vizio 4K OLED TV reviewPros: Unbeatable image performance for the price, only OLED model in the US with HDR10+, HDMI 2.1 portsCons: Glitches, on-screen app selection is limited, no voice remoteIn the US, OLED TV models have primarily been limited to high-end offerings from LG and Sony. Though these TVs have been undeniably gorgeous, they've also been expensive. Thanks to Vizio's OLED, however, that high cost barrier is starting to disappear.Just like Sony and LG's OLEDs, Vizio's model offers pixel-level contrast with true black levels. The display can't get quite as bright as LG's OLEDs, but it can get close with a max of around 700 nits. Vizio's OLED has comprehensive HDR support and it's the only model on our list with HDR10+ playback. It also supports HDMI 2.1. On the downside, the TV is missing a voice remote. You can still pair it with a separate Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa device, however.Though image quality is nearly identical to more expensive OLEDs, the Vizio does lose some points when it comes to general stability. I encountered glitches and compatibility issues when reviewing the TV. Thankfully, most of these problems have been fixed through firmware updates, but it's a shame the display's software isn't more reliable. Still, there's no denying the incredible value this OLED offers. When it's on sale it delivers unbeatable picture quality for the price. In fact, if it wasn't for those glitches, Vizio's OLED might even edge out the CX for the top spot on this list. As it stands, it's not quite there, but it's a fantastic option for budget-conscious buyers. OLED vs. LCD Samsung's QN90A uses an LCD panel. Samsung When buying a new TV, shoppers have two main display technologies to choose from: LCD and OLED.In the US, you can buy OLED TVs from brands like LG, Sony, and Vizio. Meanwhile, LCD TVs are sold by all major manufacturers, but some companies use different marketing terms for their LCD models, including LED, QLED, Neo QLED, NanoCell, and QNED.LCD TVs are known for their high brightness, especially on flagship models. On the downside, LCDs use backlights which can lead to washed-out black levels, blooming, and uniformity issues. LCD TVs are also known for mediocre viewing angles, which cause colors and contrast to distort when you sit off to the side.On the other hand, OLED TVs are celebrated for their infinite contrast ratios. Unlike LCD displays, OLED TVs don't need a backlight. Instead, each pixel dims and brightens on its own so the TV can create true black levels in dark scenes. OLEDs also have wide viewing angles. On the downside, OLED TVs can't get as bright as the best LCD TVs and they can be susceptible to burn-in in some instances.Ultimately, LCDs are generally better for buyers who watch TV in bright rooms that let in a lot of light. OLEDs are better for home theater environments where you watch movies with the lights off. Both display types can provide impressive picture quality but, in most cases, we prefer OLED for the very best contrast. That said, mid-range and entry-level LCD models are cheaper than most OLEDs, so they can be a better option if you're on a budget. Should you worry about burn-in on an OLED TV? Vizio Like plasma TVs of yesteryear, OLED panels are susceptible to a problem known as burn-in. This means that if a static image is left on the screen for hours on end — the CNN or ESPN logo in the corner, for example — a faint, ghostly image can be left permanently stuck on the TV.Though OLED owners should be aware of this risk, OLED TVs feature special measures to help prevent burn-in, including pixel-refreshers and pixel-shift modes. Websites like Rtings have conducted long-term tests with OLEDs, and while their results do prove that burn-in is possible, their tests show that buyers with regular viewing habits really shouldn't worry about it. You're more likely to notice temporary image retention, which is when a ghost image faintly lingers on the screen and then fades away over time. Though true burn-in is really only a risk in extreme situations, it is worth pointing out that LCD TV owners don't have to worry about burn-in at all.If you really only plan on watching content with the same static logos all day long, you're better off with an LCD (also branded as LED or QLED). Buyers with regular viewing habits, however, shouldn't be put off from buying an OLED TV because of burn-in. The best deals on OLED TVs from this guide If you want the best image quality and the darkest blacks you can only get from OLED TVs, we've rounded up the best deals we found on our top picks. Perfect for your family room, bedroom, or basement movie theater, you can score deals on displays from LG, Sony, and Vizio. These sets are terrific, but they often come with a sizable price tag. Luckily,  sales do pop up, with discounts that usually amount to at least $100 off.Here are the best deals we've found on OLED TVs65-inch OLED 4K TV (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)65-inch A80J OLED 4K TV (medium)Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us. Check out our other TV buying guides Amazon The best cheap TVsThe best 4K TVs  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 22nd, 2021

10 Things in Politics: Capitol Hill divided over vax mandates

And the House passed a bill meant to avert a government shutdown and avoid a debt default. Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to bgriffiths@insider.com or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about:Inside Congress' patchwork vaccine approachHouse passes bill meant to avoid shutdown and default, but things are far from overTrump is suing The New York Times and his niece over his tax recordsWith Phil Rosen. Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican of North Carolina, and Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat of Delaware, heading to the Senate chamber for votes at the US Capitol on Monday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 1. INSIDE THE CAPITOL: The halls of Congress are not much different from scenes back home. President Joe Biden's sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate does not cover lawmakers or their staff members. According to a memo obtained by Insider, each of the 435 House offices can set its own vaccine policies. This is leading to suspicion, concern, and more headaches.Here's a look at where things stand:Some Democratic staffers are fearful of their unvaccinated counterparts: They told my Insider colleagues that they had been wary of sharing spaces in the cafeterias, bathrooms, and staircases.Don't ask about the vax: One Republican House staffer told Insider that GOP aides didn't talk about their vaccination status for the most part "and consider it a personal decision." Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, a former dentist, falsely suggested that asking about vaccination status would violate HIPAA. (It does not.)Many Republican lawmakers said they're vaccinated but wouldn't impose a mandate: "I am pro-vaccine and anti-mandate," said Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming. Added Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin: "I don't encourage or discourage. I just want people fully informed."While some of their Democratic colleagues are following Biden's example: Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland said he had a vaccine mandate for his staff and for any outside visitors. The office of Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia asked staffers to disclose when they got their shot. New staffers and interns are also required to get vaccinated.Hiring unvaccinated staffers would be ludicrous to some: "I've made a point of not hiring knuckleheads, and everybody on our staff got vaccinated as soon as they got the chance to do it and didn't have to worry about it," Rep. Sean Casten of Illinois said. He said his office was eager to get vaccinated "because they don't like to be dead."This is about more than just practicing what they preach: While less so in the House, the Capitol is unusually vulnerable in the sheer number of older elected officials. Aging Democratic senators make the party's control of Washington vulnerable to change at any moment.Read more about how vaccine mandates are and aren't working within Congress.2. House passes bill meant to avert a government shutdown and avoid a debt default: The vote was 220-211 along party lines. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to block the bill in the Senate, meaning there's still no agreement that would avoid a shutdown and government default. Congress keeps playing chicken with a rule that could torpedo the economy. Here's an explainer on the debt ceiling and why a default would be so dangerous.Progressive lawmakers forced Democrats to pull funding for Israel's Iron Dome: The House-passed bill to avoid a government shutdown did not include $1 billion for Israel's missile-defense system, CNN reports. The provision was removed after a group of liberal lawmakers threatened to tank the entire legislation if it remained. A top House Democrat pledged to find another way to get the funding passed.3. Trump is suing The New York Times and his niece over his tax records: Former President Donald Trump is suing Mary Trump, The Times, and three of the paper's reporters for their coverage of his tax records, The Daily Beast reports. The suit alleges that Mary Trump and The Times came up with an "insidious plot" on how to obtain the financial records that provided the basis for an 18-month Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that illustrated how Trump was able to pay no federal income taxes for at least 11 years. More on the lawsuit.4. During his UN address, Biden promises "relentless diplomacy": Biden told fellow world leaders that the US would continue to work to resolve crises around the world, Reuters reports. He did not dwell on his latest actions that had angered some allies, including the chaotic ending to the war in Afghanistan. The president also never mentioned China by name, but he laid out thinly veiled references to Beijing and Vladimir Putin's Russia. Most notably, Biden pledged that the US would double its pledged funding to developing nations to address the climate crisis, though Congress will have the final say. Here are some other major moments from the speech.5. Americans haven't hated the housing market this much in a long time: Just 29% of Americans this month said it was a good time to buy a home, the University of Michigan's Surveys of Consumers found. That's the smallest share since 1982 and close to record lows. People are pessimistic about other things too, including the economic recovery.6. Democrats push White House over images from the border: Photos and videos of US border agents on horseback grabbing and shouting at migrants have sparked intense anger among some of the president's allies, The Washington Post reports. The White House has distanced itself from the agents' conduct, but top Democrats are pressing the administration to reverse its decision to expel more Haitian immigrants seeking asylum. More on the anger within Biden's party.Key quote: "If we were to close our eyes and this was occurring under the Trump administration, what would we do?" the NAACP's president, Derrick Johnson, told The Post, calling the treatment of Haitian migrants "utterly sickening."7. Family confirms that authorities found Gabby Petito's body: The Teton County Coroner's Office performed an autopsy on the body found near the border of Grand Teton National Park. The FBI said the initial determination for her death was homicide. Authorities continue to search for Petito's fiancé, Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the case whose family reported him missing last week. The latest on the case.8. France is escalating its disputes with the US and Australia: French President Emmanuel Macron is said to be seeking to derail a planned European Union-Australia trade deal and separate EU-US trade talks to show displeasure over Australia's submarine deal with the UK and the US. Other nations have been taken aback at the intensity of the French response to losing the deal.9. Evergrande debt fiasco has rocked global markets. Now investors are waiting to see whether the Chinese property giant will be able to pay $83 million in interest on its bonds due Thursday. Some investors are worried, while others like Fundstrat's Tom Lee anticipate a full market rebound. Evergrande already missed payments that were due Monday, and its next move could have widespread market implications. Here's what investors are focused on as the key debt payment looms.10. Fall officially arrives today: The fall equinox is at 3:21 p.m. ET. On the equinox, sunrise and sunset are roughly 12 hours apart worldwide, and Earth's tilt is perpendicular to the angle of sunlight. A planetary scientist created an animation that shows what exactly happens during equinoxes. See the animation here.Today's trivia question: The UN has been depicted in many famous films, but the organization hasn't always given its OK. Which movie required Cary Grant's entrance into the UN headquarters to be secretly filmed? Email your guess and a suggested question to me at bgriffiths@insider.com.Yesterday's answer: A memorial of a boot is dedicated to Benedict Arnold for his service during the Battles of Saratoga, which occurred before his infamous treachery. Arnold is not mentioned by name on the monument.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 22nd, 2021

Blow up your Instagram with these 10 over-the-top hotels in the US

Here are 10 cool, photogenic US hotels to post about on Instagram, with over-the-top decor, dramatic architecture, and eccentric rooms. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. The Saguaro When choosing a hotel, social media-minded travelers place a high value on a visual appeal. Many hotels design with Instagram in mind, with decor ranging from highly curated to eccentric. We found the most photogenic hotels across the US with options for all budgets and travelers. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyThe saying goes, "pics or it didn't happen," and when it comes to travel, that is especially true. After all, vacation visuals that get posted to social media serve as photogenic proof that you had an incredible time away, inspiring others' travel decisions, and perhaps even a bit of travel envy.Whether or not you're an influencer commanding a major social media presence, it's nice to visit somewhere that is visually appealing, both on and off the 'Gram. That's why we rounded up some of the most Instagram-worthy hotels across the United States, each catering to a variety of aesthetics.You can be sure that each and every hotel on this list has gorgeous decor that'll photograph perfectly, even if you're relatively inexperienced behind the camera.Browse all the most Instagrammable hotels in the US below, or jump directly to a specific area here.The most Instagrammable hotels in the USFAQ: Instagrammable hotelsHow we selected the most Instagrammable hotelsMore photogenic accommodationsThese are the most Instagrammable hotels in the US, sorted by price from low to high. The Roxbury This suite is inspired by the tale of "Cinderella" with a bathroom entrance fashioned out of her pumpkin carriage. Roxbury Hotel Book The RoxburyCategory: Budget Location: Roxbury, NYTypical starting/peak prices: $95/$138Best for: Couples, families, friendsOn-site amenities: Pool, spa, hiking trails (to a waterfall!)Pros: Between the property's two hotels, there are about two dozen room themes, meaning there's something to tickle everyone's fancy.Cons: There's no on-site restaurant, but daily breakfast is included. Guests are charged to use the pool (a one-time, not daily fee), which eliminates the need for a resort fee.When it comes to themed hotel rooms, no one does them quite like The Roxbury in New York's Catskills region.Made up of two hotels, the Roxbury Motel and the Roxbury at Stratton Falls, there are 28 whimsical rooms and suites. Entry-level rooms are fairly traditional, though still bold in colors, but it's the suites and cottages that really dazzle.Themes range from Maryann's Coconut Cream Pie, where the ceiling looks as if it's coated in undulating meringue; and The Wizard's Emeralds, a riff on "The Wizard of Oz" complete with a yellow brick (or, in this case, yellow tile) road and a glittering green bedspread worthy of the Emerald City. Additionally, the Tower Cottages are standalone duplex suites with themes like the Faerie Forest, where interiors resemble whimsical woods plucked out of a fairy tale, with flowers, ferns, mushrooms, and gnarled tree branches adorning every inch.The Roxbury also has a pool with a spa that appears warped to create the illusion that it's defying gravity, alongside a hot tub, dry sauna, and treatment rooms. There are also hiking trails, one of which leads to a 50-foot waterfall.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Saguaro Palm Springs The colorful Saguaro is one of Palm Springs' most recognizable hotels. Tripadvisor Book The Saguaro Palm SpringsCategory: BudgetLocation: Palm Springs, CATypical starting/peak prices: $129/$350Best for: Couples, friends, solo travelersOn-site amenities: Pool, restaurants, bars, gym, spaPros: The pool is the place to see and be seen — and to take your Instagrams. Pool parties are particularly boisterous, and the rainbow backdrop of the hotel brightens up any photographs.Cons: There's a mandatory $38 (plus tax) resort fee, which makes seemingly affordable room rates less appealing.Palm Springs is a desert oasis primarily known for two things: amazing midcentury architecture and a raucous party scene, particularly at its hotels. The Saguaro Palm Springs is no exception to either.The hotel was built in 1971 but underwent a major renovation in 2012 by the same group behind the ultra-hip Ace Hotels. That refurbishment brought about the brightly painted exterior with a gradient rainbow effect for which the hotel is best known. These vibrant, cheerful colors carry throughout the entire property, most notably in the courtyard pool area. Paired with swaying palm trees, bright yellow umbrellas, and the cool blue of the pool, and it's positively photogenic.  That pool area, by the way, is one of the hotel's biggest draws. Lively parties are thrown regularly and often spill over into the Saguaro's restaurants and bars. Be sure to reserve a cabana in advance for the best spot for photos.Inside, guest rooms are similarly colorful with lemon yellow walls, royal purple carpets, and furniture done up in lime green, hot pink, or electric orange alongside technicolor striped bedspreads.COVID-19 procedures are available here. TWA Hotel Built into an old airline terminal, the TWA hotel offers a retro feel infused with heavy doses of '60s glam and nostalgia. TWA Hotel/David Mitchell Book TWA HotelCategory: BoutiqueLocation: New York, NYTypical starting/peak prices: $200/$280Best for: Couples, families, friends, solo travelers, aviation and design enthusiastsOn-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, gym, rooftop pool, event space, museums displays, ice/roller rinkPros: The main building is legendary among aviation geeks and architecture lovers, but anyone who appreciates funky design will enjoy the hotel. Don't miss the cocktail bar inside an old airplane. And, of course, if you're flying out of JFK, it doesn't get more convenient than staying here.Cons: The rooms are pretty small, even the suites. Mixed reviews cite cleanliness issues, too. You're far better off hanging out in the public spaces, which are more visually interesting anyway.As the only hotel within John F. Kennedy International Airport, the TWA Hotel is, of course, a place for those who need a place to rest pre- or post-flight. But it's also so much more, as a design-forward gem that feels like a slice of preserved history with front-row views of airplanes taking off and landing.Designed by midcentury architecture icon Eero Saarinen in 1962 (originally as a flight center for Trans World Airlines), the TWA hotel has jaw-dropping interiors. The main building, which houses the front desk, restaurants, and bars, features soaring, curved white ceilings that are not unlike a Jetsons-style spaceship with bright red carpets, classic midcentury furniture, and an old-school departures/arrivals board. Throughout the hotel and in some guest rooms, enjoy iconic views of the runway as planes land and depart, a boon for aviation enthusiasts. Rooms are small, but feel like you've stumbled onto the set of "Mad Men" with bright red Saarinen-designed Womb chairs, retro TWA travel posters, dark wood paneling, and brass accents on furniture, including a martini bar.Visiting this hotel is a lot like, walking into a time capsule, especially when you enter the hotel's cocktail bar housed within an actual 1958 Constellation airplane.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Madonna Inn The Floral Fantasy is one of 110 over-the-top themed rooms. Tripadvisor Book Madonna InnCategory: BoutiqueLocation: San Luis Obispo, CATypical starting/peak prices: $220/$580Best for: Families, friends, couplesOn-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, bakery, pool, spa, gym, dance floor, boutique, tennis, basketballPros: Every room is unique, meaning you can stay 110 times and have an entirely different experience for each visit. Cons: The decor is undoubtedly kitschy and even borderline gauche, which may not appeal to some guests. For others, it's the entire reason they're here.When it opened in 1958, the Madonna Inn in the midst of San Luis Obispo's wine country, had just 12 rooms. Today, it has 110, from economy kings to three-bedroom suites, and each one has its own absolutely one-of-a-kind, at times tacky, but highly memorable decor.In the Fabulous 50s room, teal walls are framed by pink trim, while gilded mirrors form a focal point in the bathroom. In the Victorian Gardens room, a four-post bed is matched with floral wallpaper, pink walls, and pink-velvet chairs and sofas. And in the Caveman room, the ceiling, walls, and floors are all made with rough-hewn rock, while furnishings are upholstered with animal print to complete the prehistoric theme.The rooms are spread across a 1,000-acre resort, which includes basketball and tennis courts, a pool, a retro gas station (a nod to the hotel's roots as a classic road trip stop, though today you'll find Tesla Superchargers there), a spa, a bakery, and several restaurants and bars.The eclectic decor doesn't stop in the rooms, either. Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House is decked out in topsy-turvy pink and gold colors that recall either the Mad Hatter's tea party or the "Be Our Guest" scene in Beauty and the Beast." Hot pink circular banquettes are trimmed with gold, while a pink floral carpet provides punchy patterns. An organic, tree-like candelabra rises in the center of the room, its golden tendrils supporting dozens of electric candles. COVID-19 procedures are available by phone at 805-543-3000. The Greenbrier Bright colors mix heavily with punchy prints. The Greenbrier Book The GreenbrierCategory: ResortLocation: White Sulphur Springs, WVTypical starting/peak prices: $240/$425Best for: Families, couples, friends, solo travelersOn-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, casino, shopping, pool, tennis, golf, spa, ropes course, bowling, art studio, Cold War bunkerPros: Everything you could possibly want to do at a mountain resort, you can do here, whether falconry or jewelry making. It's almost shocking how many activities are offered.Cons: Some might find the decor a bit too traditional — there are lots of florals — but there's no denying it makes for a great Instagram post.Opened in 1778, the Greenbrier is an iconic American resort in West Virginia, having hosted 27 presidents throughout its history. Naturally, there have been many changes to the property over the centuries, but perhaps the most dramatic was a 1946 redecoration by lauded interior designer Dorothy Draper, who introduced lurid colors and punchy patterns into the historic buildings.Take the Greenbriar Avenue lobby, where black-and-white houndstooth club chairs sit atop bright red carpet, surrounded by teal-and-white striped columns, tropical-print wallpaper, and black-and-white checkered floors. Then in the Victorian Writing Room, rainbow-colored floral armchairs and drapes contrast with forest green walls and a bright red carpet.The guest rooms feature similar idiosyncratic decor, though perhaps not as in-your-face. Entry-level rooms all feature floral wallpaper with floral drapes to match, while higher room tiers have slightly more vibrant approaches to interior design. In the Windsor Club Rooms, you'll likely find brighter pink wallpaper, whole beds are covered by canopies, and furniture and carpets feature gingham or plaid patterns. The Greenbrier is also known for its many on-site activities, ranging from sports facilities, studios, and workshops for creative types to a casino, more than a dozen dining options, and plenty of shopping on the 11,000-acre grounds. But its most unusual amenity is a formerly secret Cold War-era bunker designed to house Congress. It's now declassified and open for tours.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Urban Cowboy Catskills Room designs are a feast for the eyes. Urban Cowboy Catskills Book Urban Cowboy CatskillsCategory: BoutiqueLocation: Big Indian, NYTypical starting/peak prices: $250/$500Best for: Couples, friends, solo travelersOn-site amenities: Restaurant, bar, games room, libraryPros: Despite being a wilderness lodge, there's very strong Wi-Fi for the WFH (or can't-be-disconnected) crowd.Cons: There are often minimum stay requirements, usually two to three nights on weekends.In New York's Catskills region, a popular weekend trip for city dwellers, the Urban Cowboy sits on 68 forested acres with plenty of outdoor recreation, but we wouldn't blame you if you wanted to spend your entire stay indoors.That's because the hotel's 28 accommodations feature super cool decor that focuses on quintessential rustic elements like deer antlers, live-wood furniture, rough-hewn wood beams, and outdoorsy accent pieces like snowshoes or oars. Colorful Native American pattern work covers the ceilings, beds, chairs, and rugs, creating a visual cacophony that feels high-design. And then there's the matter of the absolutely gorgeous copper soaking tubs set in front of big picture windows.This rugged-chic mountain style continues in public spaces, especially in the bar with a massive stone fireplace and columns that look like trees. The vibrant patterns make an appearance, too, from the walls to the sofas to the rugs.COVID-19 procedures are available here. Faena Hotel Miami Beach An attractive pool scene sets a sleek tone. Booking.com Book Faena Hotel Miami BeachCategory: LuxuryLocation: Miami Beach, FLTypical starting/peak prices: $445/$1,350Best for: Couples, friends, familiesOn-site amenities: Restaurants, bars, gym, spa, beach club, kids' clubPros: Despite its opulent, perhaps frenzied look, this is actually a surprisingly family-friendly hotel. Cons: It's 10 blocks north of South Beach, so you're not right in the heart of the action. However, there's plenty to do on-site.If it feels like Faena Hotel Miami Beach is some sort of phantasmagoric movie set, that's because it basically is. Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and production and costume designer Catherine Martin, a husband-wife team, spearheaded the design of this Mid-Beach property, and they went all out.Public spaces are filled with sumptuous colors, dazzling metallics, and all manners of prints and patterns, from leopard spots to Art Deco geometry. Even the spa, a typically soothing space, is filled with bright colors, a neon-colored pom-pom chandelier, and bird-filled, floral landscape wallpaper.In fact, public areas are absolutely buzzing with visual elements, with a gold-covered woolly mammoth skeleton by the pool (a Damien Hirst artwork) that takes center stage.Guest rooms, however, are a bit more subdued, with white walls and wood floors to keep things grounded, accented by red and turquoise furnishings. Bits of animal print are thrown in for good measure and as subtle reminders of your larger surroundings. COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Inn of the Five Graces Guest rooms, spaces, and even bathrooms are bursts of colors, prints, and international influences. Tripadvisor Book The Inn of the Five GracesCategory: BoutiqueLocation: Santa Fe, NMTypical starting/peak prices: $715/$1,175Best for: Couples, friendsOn-site amenities: Bar, spa, gymPros: A made-to-order breakfast is included, as is a wine and cheese reception on Fridays. The spa's Tibetan-style treatment room is beautiful.Cons: There's no true on-site restaurant, but in-room dining is available via the restaurant next door.From the outside, the Inn of the Five Graces is just another (450-year-old) adobe dwelling in Santa Fe. But inside, it's a global journey along the Silk Road.Public spaces and all 24 rooms burst with colors and patterns, whether from mosaic tiles, Central Asian textiles, or South Asian works of art. The look is definitely maximalist, but the blend of international styles is somehow never overwhelming thanks to the smooth and soothing adobe walls that serve as a calming backdrop. Natural elements like wood-beamed ceilings and stone hearths also provide simple contrast.The boutique property is limited on amenities, though it has an exceptional spa treatment room inspired by Tibetan tradition (both in decor and in therapies), a gym, and in-room dining provided by a neighboring restaurant.The Inn of the Five Graces is a five-minute walk from downtown Santa Fe, but thanks to its global influences, it seems to transport you to the other side of the world.COVID-19 procedures are available here. The Villa Casa Casuarina Gianni Versace's former mansion is now a luxury hotel showcasing his ostentatious style. TripAdvisor Book The Villa Casa CasuarinaCategory: LuxuryLocation: Miami Beach, FLTypical starting/peak prices: $750/$1,400Best for: CouplesOn-site amenities: Pool, restaurant, barPros: The hotel's old-world-inspired grandeur truly is unmatched in Art Deco-filled South Beach.Cons: Because this is a major tourist site in Miami, there can be many people around snapping photos at all hours. Diners at the restaurant are loud, and noise can reach the rooms.Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was tragically murdered in 1997, but his lavish Miami Beach mansion was preserved to pay homage to his life, and now, operates as a luxury hotel. Today it's called the Villa Casa Casuarina, and was inspired by the Alcázar de Cólon in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Spanish-style mansion, built in 1930, captivated Versace, who bought it in 1992 and renovated it to suit his extravagant taste. It's still exquisitely over the top.The hotel's suites feature ostentatious decor in various themes. In the Azure Suite, blue-and-white decor abounds with Roman-inspired architectural details, like the medallion-inlaid pediments above the windows in the bedroom and the tromp l'oeil "plasterwork" in the bathroom. In the Signature Suite, however, there's a far more sultry vibe, with animal print upholstery, a sumptuous warm-tone marble bathroom, and gilded furnishings.But the visual highlight of the entire property is the Million Mosaic Pool, which is comprised of thousands of 24-karat gold tiles. COVID-19 procedures are available by phone at 305-908-1462​​. Amangiri Utah's luxury Amangiri resort is a favorite with celebrities. Amangiri Book AmangiriCategory: LuxuryLocation: Canyon Point, UtahTypical starting/peak prices: $1,931/$3,500Best for: CouplesOn-site amenities: Spa, restaurant, bar, poolPros: This is desert minimalism at its finest — the hotel blends perfectly into its landscape with earth-toned decor. The luxury service is unmatched.Cons: This is not the easiest property to get to, as the closest major airports are more than four hours away. But the remote location is one of the many reasons why people visit.Arguably one of the most exclusive resorts in the US, Amangiri is a lesson in understated elegance. Architecturally, the sleek hotel is designed to blend in with the stark, rocky landscape surrounding its 600 desert acres in Utah, with color palettes that match near perfectly.Despite the indulgent luxury price tag, everything here is understated. Furnishings are made of sinuous wood or matte concrete with white upholstery to maximize the natural surroundings, which are often framed by views so beautiful, they appear like a work of art. With so many clean lines, use the sky for color and take pictures at different times of day to create variation. Though it'd be easy to rest in your luxurious suite all day long, you'll want to spend time in the dramatic Aman Spa, which covers 25,000 square feet. With looming concrete walls, it can at times feel cavernous, akin to the deep canyons found just a few miles away. While expensive, the rate covers all meals (sans alcohol), some activities, and some spa treatments, too. Stunning nature, hiking, horseback riding, or climbing, are all activities that await. COVID-19 procedures are available here. FAQ: Instagrammable hotels What are other unique hotels in the US?For unusual hotels, consider the Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho, where the main building is shaped like a beagle; ​​The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where Christmas is celebrated year-round; and the Railroad Park Resort in Dunsmuir, California, where guests sleep in converted train cars.How do I find cool hotels to stay in?If you're looking for an Instagrammable hotel, head to Instagram to get inspired by other travelers. Search hashtags like #beautifulhotels or #coolhotels. Or trust the experts, like us!What makes a hotel Instagrammable?Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Styles that some might consider Instagram-worthy might not be quite right for the aesthetic of your feed. But in general, bold interior design is key or a stunning setting. And bold doesn't necessarily mean maximalist. A stark, minimalist interior can be visually dynamic in photographs, too.What are some of the most photogenic hotels in the world?There's no shortage of beautiful hotels in the world, whether you're looking for the classic Italian style of Villa d'Este on Lake Como, the over-the-top safari lodge Ol Jogi in Kenya's Laikipia region, or the futuristic ME by Meliá Dubai, designed by Zaha Hadid. How we selected the most Instagrammable hotels in the US As a travel writer who focuses on architecture and design, I determined that every hotel has photo-worthy design elements, whether in the guest rooms, public spaces, or exterior areas.Each property on the list is highly rated on traveler review sites like TripAdvisor, Booking.com, and Expedia.High-design hotels range greatly in budget. We've selected properties from each end of the spectrum; they cost anywhere from $95 to $$3,500 per night.Tastes vary, so we've picked a selection of decor styles. There's everything from kitschy-themed suites to magazine-worthy interior design.While COVID-19 policies vary from state to state, these hotels still have strict health and safety policies in place to protect both guests and staff. More photogenic hotels The Setai Miami Beach The best luxury hotels in the USThe best themed hotel suites for familiesThe best bucket-list Airbnbs in the US Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 21st, 2021

Investors Wary of the Weekend Again as Cases Rise

Investors Wary of the Weekend Again as Cases Rise Stocks limped into the weekend with losses of more than 2% in all the major indices on Friday, as it appears the economic recovery may not be as quick as hoped. The market was handling rising coronavirus cases rather well for a while, but now states are beginning to pause their reopening plans. Texas and Florida backtracked on Friday by re-closing bars as cases continue to rise. That’s a direct assault against all the optimism this market has showed throughout most of the past several weeks, which is why we just had our second 2%+ selloff of the week. The Dow dropped 2.84% (or around 730 points) to 25,015.55, while the NASDAQ slipped 2.59% (or about 260 points) to 9757.22 and the S&P declined 2.42% to 3009.05. For the week, the Dow slumped 3.3%, the S&P was off 2.9% and the NASDAQ dropped 1.9%. The market has now been negative in two of the past three weeks. Also putting some pressure on the market was the results of the Fed’s stress test on the banks, which showed that some of them would get close to minimum capital levels under some of their scenarios for this pandemic. As a result, the Fed capped dividends and share buybacks. The banks slumped sharply on Friday, including Wells Fargo (WFC, -7.42%), Bank of America (BAC, -6.35%), Citigroup (C, -5.88%) and JPMorgan (JPM, -5.48%). We’re just a day removed from the financials leading the market higher on Thursday after regulators eased restrictions to free up capital. So, we’re right back to watching the daily coronavirus numbers. The market isn’t plunging like it did in March thankfully, but investors are again wary of the weekend. The great reopening is a learning process and we’re unlikely to be as shocked as before by this sickness. Let’s keep doing our part to fight the spread and hope for some good headlines next week as we move toward the Fourth of July weekend. Today's Portfolio Highlights: Large-Cap Trader: The portfolio ended the week by swapping out three names on Friday as the virus threatens to sink its teeth into this economy again. John sold all of the idled Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), along with “coronavirus victims” Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Pilgrim's Pride (PPC). The new buys are: • Repligen (RGEN) – a life sciences company • Thor Industries (THO) – a recreational vehicles maker • Dollar General (DG) – a major discount retailer Each of these names should be better prepared to deal with the current environment. They are also all Zacks Rank #2s (Buys) from highly-ranked industries that saw big beats in their most recent quarterly reports. Read John’s complete commentary for specifics on each of these moves. Healthcare Innovators: The recent Invitae/ArcherDX deal means big things for the genetic testing space, so Kevin got involved on Friday by adding Natera (NTRA). The company offers diagnostics with proprietary bioinformatics and molecular technology. One of its specialties is non-invasive prenatal testing, which is an area that its competitor Invitae is just beginning to move into. Therefore, the aforementioned deal doesn’t pose much of a threat for NTRA, since it has a head start on this innovative field. Revenues should cross over $350 million into early next year for NTRA, so the editor thinks this stock is poised to “bust out”. Learn a lot more about this new addition in the complete commentary. Black Box Trader: The strong demand that Big Lots (BIG) saw in mid-April continued into its fiscal second quarter. In fact, the discount retailer said today that comparable sales through fiscal June increased “well ahead of expectations”. It’s expected to be up by a mid-to-high twenties percentage. The stock soared more than 27% on Friday, which easily gave this portfolio the top performer of the day among all ZU names. It nearly doubled the runner up… and on a day when the S&P plunged by more than 2.4%.  Surprise Trader: The top movers list actually had TWO double-digit winners on an otherwise difficult day for the market. In addition to BIG (mentioned above), this portfolio saw Synnex (SNX) rise nearly 14.6% after reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that topped expectations. Dave added this business process services company on Monday. Options Trader: "The growing concern over rising coronavirus cases weighed on stocks, overshadowing the better than expected consumer spending report which showed a sharp 8.2% increase vs. last month’s upwardly revised -12.6%. "While 16 states are seeing an increase in cases due to the economic reopening and weeks-long protests, it’s also important to note that 34 states are not seeing an increase. "Either way, the markets will be watching these developments closely. And if reality proves to be better than people’s fears, stocks should quickly resume their winning ways. "Remember, stocks surged by more than 40% in 3 short months. There was bound to be a pullback one of these days. And now it’s here. "But don’t get distracted from the bigger picture. The economic rebound is underway. And we’re seeing great pent-up economic demand being unleashed virtually everywhere. "That’s why top analysts are calling for unprecedented GDP growth in Q3, more record growth in Q4, and the largest full year GDP growth in 2021 in 38 years." -- Kevin Matras Have a Great Weekend! Jim Giaquinto Recommendations from Zacks' Private Portfolios: Believe it or not, this article is not available on the Zacks.com website. The commentary is a partial overview of the daily activity from Zacks' private recommendation services. If you would like to follow our Buy and Sell signals in real time, we've made a special arrangement for readers of this website. Starting today you can see all the recommendations from all of Zacks' portfolios absolutely free for 7 days. Our services cover everything from value stocks and momentum trades to insider buying and positive earnings surprises (which we've predicted with an astonishing 80%+ accuracy). Click here to "test drive" Zacks Ultimate for FREE >>  Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

NASDAQ Soars Over 2.5% as Stocks Make It Four in a Row

NASDAQ Soars Over 2.5% as Stocks Make It Four in a Row New Zacks Feature: ASK ALEXA Now call out a stock name or ticker. Alexa will give you its latest Zacks Rank and price. Also hear daily additions to and deletions from the services you follow. For easy directions on starting Zacks on Alexa, click here >> It felt kind of like the good old days (i.e. a couple months ago) on Monday with tech going crazy and leading the market higher, leaving the major indices with their fourth straight day of gains as we begin a fresh earnings season. The NASDAQ surged 2.56% (or nearly 300 points) today to 11,876.26. All of the FAANGs were higher, especially Apple (AAPL, +6.35%) and Amazon (AMZN, +4.75%). Tomorrow will be a big day for both of these heavy hitters. AAPL has one of its big events where the iPhone 12 will be launched, which will include 5G wireless connectivity. And Tuesday also marks the beginning of AMZN’s Prime Day, which was postponed from July due to the pandemic. More than 1 million items will be discounted in the two-day event.   Meanwhile, the S&P rose 1.64% to 3534.22, while the Dow advanced 0.88% (or around 250 points) to 28,837.52. Stocks are coming back from some strong performances, which included the NASDAQ soaring 4.6% for its third straight week of gains. The S&P and Dow each advanced more than 3% over the five days for a second straight week of green. Not bad after failing to register a positive week throughout September! This rally is taking place despite the absence of a stimulus deal. After all the back and forth last week, President Trump recently raised his offer to $1.8 trillion from $1.6 trillion. However, Speaker Pelosi isn’t a fan, leaving the economy empty-handed in this regard with the election now three weeks away. And Washington is also dealing with a Supreme Court confirmation hearing. But we can be sure of one thing this week: earnings season is about to begin! It unofficially kicks off tomorrow with a couple big financials: JPMorgan (JPM) and Citigroup (C). The following day brings Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Wells Fargo (WFC), and U.S. Bancorp (USB), among others. And then things will really heat up! So get ready… Today's Portfolio Highlights: Surprise Trader: It’s earnings season yet again, so be prepared for a lot of action from this portfolio in the weeks ahead. Dave got things started this week by adding Silgan (SLGN), a supplier of rigid packaging for consumer goods products. More specifically, it’s the largest metal-container supplier for food products on this continent, which makes it a play on the record profits still coming from grocery stores. This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) has an Earnings ESP of 3.81% for the quarter coming before the bell on Wednesday, October 21. The editor added SLGN on Monday with a 12.5% allocation, while also selling Acuity (AYI). Read the complete commentary for more. Counterstrike: As promised on Friday, the portfolio started this week with a couple new additions. Jeremy picked up jeans staple Levi Strauss (LEVI) and organic food distributor United Natural Foods (UNFI), who beat their Zacks Consensus Estimates by 130% and 49%, respectively, in the most recent reports. These companies both topped revenue expectations and guided higher, as well. Shares moved upward after these results, but then came back down to earth and right in the wheelhouse of this portfolio. The editor sees good technical support for these two, so he added LEVI with a 6% allocation and UNFI with a 7% allocation on Monday. In addition, Alphabet (GOOGL) moved a bit quicker than expected and was sold today for a 9% return in less than three weeks. The complete commentary has all the specifics on today’s action.  Technology Innovators: The market’s uptrend is giving this portfolio the chance to pick up some much-needed positions, which led to today’s addition of Viasat (VSAT). Shares of this satellite play moved higher after a solid beat, but then the stock gave it all back. Now it’s coming to life again and Brian wants to be on board. VSAT beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last four quarters with a surprise of more than 53% in its most recent report. Earnings estimates have soared to a profit of 25 cents next year from a loss of 15 cents this year. Such a massive swing explains VSAT’s status as a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). See the full write-up for more on this addition. Healthcare Innovators: The genomic sequencing innovator Illumina (ILMN) was beaten down last month after downgrades and panic over a questionable acquisition. But Kevin kept calm and didn’t sell this name when it plunged 25% because he believed there was solid fundamental value under $300, even as major Wall Street banks were lowering their targets to $280. Now that the stock has fully recovered, but remains a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), Kevin has decided to cash-in the bounce for a 20% profit. But don’t be surprised if he gets back in after growth returns to estimates. Learn more in the full write-up. Stocks Under $10: When Brian bought Surface Oncology (SURF) back on the first day of September, he knew this biotech name would eventually be an attractive buyout target. So it’s no surprise that the market was buzzing today that this immunotherapy company was looking into a sale. As a result, the stock soared more than 32% on Monday, which was the best performer among all ZU names and more than three times better than the runner up. SURF is now up more than 39% since being added to the portfolio. Marijuana Innovators: Cannabis stocks continue to rise in the wake of last week’s one-two punch, which included Vermont becoming the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana and Senator Harris’ pro-marijuana comments at the Vice Presidential debate. Dave is skeptical that the latter point is as bullish as it seems, but nonetheless this portfolio saw three names in the top five on Monday. Those winners were Aphria (APHA, +10.8%), Canopy Growth (CGC, +8.5%) and MTech Acquisition (KERN, +6.1%). Black Box Trader: All four of the stocks that left the portfolio in this week's adjustment were positive. Today the service said 'goodbye' to: • TRI Pointe Group (TPH, +6%) • LKQ Corp. (LKQ, +4.3%) • Jabil (JBL, +3.2%) • Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH, +0.8%) The new buys that replaced these names were: • C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW) • D.R. Horton (DHI) • Lennar (LEN) • PulteGroup (PHM) Read the Black Box Trader’s Guide to learn more about this computer-driven service designed to take the emotion out of investing. Until Tomorrow, Jim Giaquinto Recommendations from Zacks' Private Portfolios: Believe it or not, this article is not available on the Zacks.com website. The commentary is a partial overview of the daily activity from Zacks' private recommendation services. If you would like to follow our Buy and Sell signals in real time, we've made a special arrangement for readers of this website. Starting today you can see all the recommendations from all of Zacks' portfolios absolutely free for 7 days. Our services cover everything from value stocks and momentum trades to insider buying and positive earnings surprises (which we've predicted with an astonishing 80%+ accuracy). Click here to "test drive" Zacks Ultimate for FREE >>  Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

Stocks Too Frustrated To Enjoy Vaccine Rollout

Stocks Too Frustrated To Enjoy Vaccine Rollout A coronavirus vaccine finally started rolling out in the U.S. on Monday, but it wasn’t much help to stocks as the market is more concerned about the next few months. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine achieved emergency use authorization over the weekend and started being administered to healthcare workers today. At the same time though, the mayor of New York City warned of a “full shutdown” soon, which is representative of renewed restrictions all over the country amid rising coronavirus cases. Investors are confident that the pandemic’s days are numbered, but it’s going to be a while until we get back to normal. And so stocks remain under pressure. The S&P is now on a four-day losing streak, as it slipped 0.44% in the session to 3647.49. Last Tuesday, the index closed above 3700 for the first time, but it hasn’t finished in the green since. The Dow jumped to a new high momentarily on Monday, but ended with the worst performance of the day. It slipped 0.62% (or nearly 185 points) to 29,861.55.   The NASDAQ gained 0.50% (or about 62 points) to 12440.04. With the market’s near-term so cloudy and unpredictable, money flowed into the safer sectors on Monday. Stocks are coming off a frustrating week when all of the major indices were modestly lower. The S&P dipped by 1%, while the NASDAQ and Dow were off 0.7% and 0.6%, respectively. The big problem last week was the lack of a stimulus package. The folks in Washington are still talking about it, and today we received a new proposal. The interesting thing this time is that the relief may be split into two bills to make it easier to pass. Let’s see if it works… Today's Portfolio Highlights: Technology Innovators: The portfolio made an unconventional move on Monday by adding a company without a Zacks Rank. The new addition is C3.ai (AI), a leading enterprise AI software provider for accelerating digital transformation. It had a very successful IPO recently as investors are impressed with its three consecutive years of double-digit growth. Brian also appreciates AI’s subscription-based business model. Today’s sharp pullback provided a great opportunity to add a company with a prosperous future at a great price. By the way, the editor also sold Rapid7 (RPD) after it slipped to a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). The software security name still brought a more than 12% return to the portfolio in about two months. Read the full write-up for a lot more on today’s action. In other news, this service had the best performer of the day among all ZU names as Calix (CALX) jumped 17.2%. Healthcare Innovators: Biotech is hot again, so Kevin bought a couple names on Monday that might “go along for the ride” as the space sees more M&A moving forward. First of all, the editor added Meridian Bioscience (VIVO), a provider of diagnostic test kits for gastrointestinal and respiratory infectious diseases. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) is expected to grow sales 18% this year to $300 million. The other buy was Oncternal Therapeutics (ONCT), which develops oncology therapies for the treatment of cancers with critical unmet medical needs. However, Kevin warns that ONCT is HIGHLY SPECULATIVE with a couple of volatile catalysts that makes this position more unpredictable. Make sure to read Kevin’s commentary for more on today’s moves, especially his guidance on ONCT. In addition, Sangamo Therapeutics (SGMO) remained on the top movers list Monday with an advance of 6.5%. Surprise Trader: It’s going to be a slow week for this portfolio, but Dave still started things off on Monday with a new addition. He added The Toro Company (TTC), which is part of the highly-ranked tools – handheld industry (Top 10%). The company surprised by more than 46% last time. Now it has a positive Earnings ESP of 7.69% for the quarter coming before the bell on Wednesday, December 16. TTC was added today with a 12.5% allocation, while the editor also sold Beacon Roofing (BECN) for a 6.8% profit in just a little over a month. Read the full write-up for more. Stocks Under $10: With restrictions being re-instated as coronavirus cases rise, Brian thought this was a good time to add a name like Waitr Holdings (WTRH). It  provides an online food ordering and delivery platform. This is a small company at the moment, but the editor likes that it’s profitable and that it reported double-digit surprises in the last two quarters. Plus, WTRH is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) with ties to Houston billionaire and CNBC contributor Tilman Fertitta. Brian added WTRH on Monday and has plans to buy again tomorrow. Read the full write-up for a lot more on this new addition. Meanwhile, Liquidity Services (LQDT) was a top performer in the session by rising 10.7%.  Insider Trader: Defense spending is insulated from most of the negatives brought on by this pandemic. That’s fantastic news for Corporate Office Properties (OFC). This REIT specializes in corporate office properties, but its mostly focused on government and defense IT buildings. It also has a data center shell business. Earlier this month, the CEO bought shares twice. Why? He probably saw a buying opportunity when the stock came off its November highs. Tracey sees a buying opportunity as well to pick up a recovery play for 2021. The editor added OFC on Monday with a 7% allocation, while also selling Sprouts (SFM). Read the full write-up for more. Counterstrike: “Targets are targets,” says Jeremy. And even though Penn National Gaming (PENN) could move higher from here, the editor decided it was close enough and sold this owner and manager of gaming and racing facilities on Monday for an approximately 27% return in just over a month! The editor would be happy to get back into this name on a pullback. Black Box Trader: The portfolio replaced six names in this week's adjustment. The stocks that were sold today included: • Flagstar Bancorp (FBC, +2.2%) • Resideo Technologies (REZI, +1%) • Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) • Performance Food Group (PFGC) • Big Lots (BIG) • Cardinal Health (CAH) The new buys that replaced these names were: • Fidelity National Financial (FNF) • Steel Dynamics (STLD) • Tapestry (TPR) • Target (TGT) • TEGNA (TGNA) • UBS Group (UBS) Read the Black Box Trader’s Guide to learn more about this computer-driven service. Until Next Time, Jim Giaquinto Recommendations from Zacks' Private Portfolios: Believe it or not, this article is not available on the Zacks.com website. The commentary is a partial overview of the daily activity from Zacks' private recommendation services. If you would like to follow our Buy and Sell signals in real time, we've made a special arrangement for readers of this website. Starting today you can see all the recommendations from all of Zacks' portfolios absolutely free for 7 days. Our services cover everything from value stocks and momentum trades to insider buying and positive earnings surprises (which we've predicted with an astonishing 80%+ accuracy). Click here to "test drive" Zacks Ultimate for FREE >>  Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

Cautiously Optimistic

Cautiously Optimistic Daniel Laboe here to cover once again for the vivacious Mr. Giaquinto and provide you with today's market update. After everyone's favorite dovish Fed Chair Jerome Powell spoke soft words of more money being infused into the debt market yesterday, equities drove higher, and today all the major indices closed at all-time highs. Investors & traders are remaining cautiously optimistic. A $900 billion stimulus bill is being rushed through congress and will include another round of direct checks to many Americans, re-enhanced unemployment benefits, direct aid to Main Street businesses, and vaccine support funding. I remain cautious with my investment decisions as there appear to be bubbles forming in some of the hottest tech sectors. The excess can be embodied with what we saw in both the Airbnb (ABNB) and DoorDash (DASH) IPO's last week. In my opinion, investors are much too eager to put on risk right now, and like the famous Warren Buffett saying goes, "Be fearful when others are greedy." I wouldn't be surprised if the markets started pulling profits when the positive expectations it has been pricing in come to fruition.  The Space Race The space race is back in full gear, but this time it's not nations measuring shoe size. The most ostentatious billionaires are now racing to explore (and commercialize) the final frontier. Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos are all looking to the sky. Branson has commercially driven Virgin Galactic (SPCE), Musk has the esteemed SpaceX for his conquest to Mars, and now Bezos has NASA's greenlit Blue Origin. Blue Origin is Bezos space play for satellite usage & planetary expeditions. Bitcoin Surge Bitcoin is becoming ingrained in our rapidly advancing financial system as institutions start buying it in bulk. BTC is now one of the few asset tracked on CNBC's bottom right-hand corner quote box, with eager investors & traders unable to take their eye off this skyrocketing digital currency. The blockchain pioneer hit new all-time highs today and looks to be headed higher. The massive monetary expansion that the Federal Reserve employed has executives concerned about the value of their liquid capital, with future inflation expected to swell. MicroStrategy (MSTR) CEO Michael Saylor made a savvy business decision when he decided to store his enterprise's liquid capital in Bitcoin. He made this judgment call in the face of ultra-low interest rates that were poised to eat away at MicroStrategy's cash reserve value. Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve are printing money like there is no tomorrow and vowing to let inflation run past its 2% target to make up for the past two decades of below-target inflation. MicroStrategy's management team feels that gold is an antiquated store of value and that Bitcoin's blockchain-driven cryptocurrency is the future of inflation-protected assets. This is a store of value strategy that I expect will be increasingly adapted through the roaring 20s. Now fintech giants like Square (SQ) and PayPal (PYPL) are buying up large sums of the pioneering blockchain currency. PayPal has been purchasing nearly 70% of all newly mined 'virgin Bitcoins' since mid-October and is expected to have over $30MM worth of this digital asset by the end of the year. Combined Square and PayPal are purchasing more than 100% of newly issued Bitcoin as they launch their respective cryptocurrency services. Bitcoin has been given the institutional seal of approval, and more establishments are piling into this next-generation currency every day, driving the price to continuously new highs. Below is a list of bitcoin holdings by company holdings provided by BitcoinTreasuries.org. Today’s Portfolio Highlights: We had a number of big movers today, with all 5 of Zacks Top Movers rallying over 8% (SHSP, AVXL, JNUG, FLDM, LQDT). Our well-positioned portfolios are thriving in this fresh bull market with some very well-time trades by Zacks' best and brightest. Commodity Investors: Today, we had a lot of exciting activity in the Commodity Innovators with a couple of well-timed buys and some profit realization from one of the portfolio's most parabolic holdings. The US economy is preparing to come out of the Pandemic stronger than ever, and commodity demand is rising sharply. Steel has been one such beneficiary of this recovery trade, which is catalyzing Jeremy's addition of Steel Dynamics (STLD), a leading American steel producer and metal recycler, into the Commodity Innovator portfolio. He also added Murphey USA (MUSA), a business that markets refined products through a chain of retail fuel stations, in a similar economic recovery-focused trade. Profits were pulled on Cleveland Cliffs (CLF), which had yielded an unprecedented 146.4% over just under 5 months of holding. Stocks Under $10: This portfolio had a fantastic day with Liquidity Services (LQDT) driving up over 8% and pushing this stock's total returns to over 100% since it was added just over 2 months ago. Monday's biotech addition, Fluidigm (FLDM), had an over 8% day as well, propelling FLDM's total portfolio returns to more than 12.4% in just a few trading days. Brian added Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) to the portfolio today as an economic recovery trade that fits nicely with the rest of the highly diversified Stocks Under $10 portfolio. The market is rotating towards 2020 cyclical underperformers, and I think it is time that our portfolios start reflecting this rotation. TAZR: Kevin Cook's TAZR portfolio has had some great plays this year, like the next-generation chip giant Nvidia (NVDA) driving nearly 150% returns from its purchase in March. The cutting-edge telecom equipment enterprise, Infinera (INFN), has also been a great booster to the portfolio with an average return of 51.7%. Today Cooker pulled profits, scaling out of 1/3rd of the position as the stock came over the 15% allocation threshold, letting the remaining 2/3rds keep running. Cheers, Daniel LaboeRecommendations from Zacks' Private Portfolios: Believe it or not, this article is not available on the Zacks.com website. The commentary is a partial overview of the daily activity from Zacks' private recommendation services. If you would like to follow our Buy and Sell signals in real time, we've made a special arrangement for readers of this website. Starting today you can see all the recommendations from all of Zacks' portfolios absolutely free for 7 days. Our services cover everything from value stocks and momentum trades to insider buying and positive earnings surprises (which we've predicted with an astonishing 80%+ accuracy). 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Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

NASDAQ Closes Above 14K on Fourth Day of Record Highs

NASDAQ Closes Above 14K on Fourth Day of Record Highs SPECIAL ALERT: The February episode of the Zacks Ultimate Strategy Session is now available for viewing! Tune in to this “must-see” event when Kevin Matras, Sheraz Mian, David Bartosiak and Daniel Laboe discuss the investment landscape from several angles. Don’t miss your chance to hear: ▪ Sheraz and David Agree to Disagree on Reddit Wall Street bets and whether they’re good or bad for the market ▪ Kevin answers questions ranging from where he expects to see the market by end of year to his odds of a correction, plus discusses the tutorial on how to use Zacks.com, in Zacks Mailbag ▪ David and Daniel choose one portfolio to give feedback for improvement ▪ And much more Simply log on to Zacks.com and view the February episode here. And please let us know what you think of this format. Email all feedback to mailbag@zacks.com. The S&P and Dow had their first negative sessions of February on Tuesday, but the good old NASDAQ managed to keep advancing and setting new records. The tech-heavy index, which has soared approximately 7% so far this month, rose 0.14% (or about 20 points) to 14,007.70. That advance may not be impressive, but it did help the NASDAQ close above 14,000 for the first time ever and extend its record-setting winning streak to four sessions. Unfortunately, not all winning streaks were safe today. The other two major indices saw their six-day runs come to an end with slight losses in a choppy, low volume session. The S&P slipped 0.11% to 3911.23, while the Dow was off 0.03% (or less than 10 points) to 31,375.83. These indices reached new highs yesterday along with the NASDAQ. The market has been in an amazing mood for a while now. The upcoming stimulus is, of course, the main reason for this optimism along with hopes for a smooth vaccine rollout. However, the better-than-expected earnings season is also a big help. But we all knew stocks weren’t going to keep rising and setting records throughout February. It was about time we took a break from all the excitement stemming from the recent short squeezes and big tech’s quarterly reports. There’s no break from earnings season, though. Tomorrow’s reports include some big names like Coca-Cola (KO), Uber (UBER), General Motors (GM) and CME Group (CME), along with dozens of others. Today's Portfolio Highlights: Stocks Under $10: Gamblers will be returning to the casinos amid this vaccine rollout, which means investors are returning to the gaming space. Brian is putting some money down on Full House Resorts (FLL), a developer and manager of gaming facilities. The editor was impressed with its most recent quarterly report, which included earnings of 28 cents compared to expectations for a 2-cent loss. “That is a huge surprise and probably what we can expect in the coming quarters as lockdowns are relaxed and vaccines allow people to hit the casino again,” said Brian. Rising earnings estimates have made FLL a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and its valuation looks good. Get more specifics on this new buy in the full write-up.   Surprise Trader: Will it be four straight quarters of earnings beats for Sonoco Products (SON)? We’ll find out when it reports before the bell on Thursday, but Dave thinks there’s a good chance that the streak continues. The company has a positive Earnings ESP for the release. SON is a leading provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and packaging supply chain services. The editor added SON on Monday with a 12.5% allocation, while also selling Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) for a solid 19.9% return in just a little over a week. Read the full write-up for more on today’s moves.   Counterstrike: With its earnings report scheduled for later this month, Jeremy decided to sell half of his remaining position in e-commerce company Overstock.com (OSTK) for a more than 61% return. The editor took a 28.7% profit out of this name in late January, but held onto half just in case the stock rallied past $100. That was a good move since it’s currently more than $103. So to recap, OSTK has brought two double-digit gains of late and the editor is still holding shares as the stock nears its short-term targets of $109. In other news, the market is far too strong for the service to hold ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ (SQQQ) any longer, so Jeremy sold this hedge on Monday for a loss.   Marijuana Innovators: This portfolio had a great Tuesday session with three of the top five movers among all ZU names. And each of them were double-digit winners! These noteworthy performances came from Aphria (APHA, +24.9%), Artelo Biosciences (ARTL, +14.1%) and Canopy Growth (CGC, +12%). Zacks Short Sell List: The portfolio swapped out four positions in this week's adjustment. The stocks that were short-covered included: • NeoGenomics (NEO) • Alteryx (AYX) • TAL Education Group (TAL) • GoodRX Holdings (GDRX) The new buys that replaced these names were: • Aramark (ARMK) • Intuit (INTU) • Marriott Int'l (MAR) • Penn National Gaming (PENN) Learn more about this emotion-free portfolio that takes advantage of falling and volatile markets by reading the Short Sell List Trader Guide. Have a Great Evening, Jim Giaquinto Recommendations from Zacks' Private Portfolios: Believe it or not, this article is not available on the Zacks.com website. The commentary is a partial overview of the daily activity from Zacks' private recommendation services. If you would like to follow our Buy and Sell signals in real time, we've made a special arrangement for readers of this website. Starting today you can see all the recommendations from all of Zacks' portfolios absolutely free for 7 days. Our services cover everything from value stocks and momentum trades to insider buying and positive earnings surprises (which we've predicted with an astonishing 80%+ accuracy). Click here to "test drive" Zacks Ultimate for FREE >>  Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

Dow Gains Over 200 Points to Begin May

Dow Gains Over 200 Points to Begin May Recovery stocks had a strong start to the new month (and week) on Monday, sending the Dow higher by more than 200 points as investors remain encouraged by a solid earnings season and a rapid pace of vaccinations. They’re also feeling pretty good about Friday’s all-important jobs report. The Dow enjoyed the best performance of the day by advancing 0.70% (or nearly 240 points) to 34,113.23. The S&P rose 0.27% to 4192.66, but the NASDAQ slipped 0.48% (or about 67 points) to 13,895.12. Stocks are coming off a very impressive April that saw the S&P and NASDAQ each advance by more than 5%. The Dow was up 2.7%. We enjoyed strong earnings, solid economic data and a Fed that constantly reiterated its super dovishness throughout the month. We’re also returning from a week dominated by Big Tech earnings reports, especially Alphabet (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Amazon (AMZN). These tech giants all beat on both the top and bottom lines in their quarterly reports. And yet, the market was still disappointed with the results, which is what happens when you’re looking for perfection. The FAANGs + MSFT were down again on Monday, except for AAPL. The iPhone maker managed to gain 0.82%. Speaking of earnings season, we’re still in the thick of it! Those tech names may take up most of the oxygen in the room, but there are still over 1,000 names going to the plate this week. Some of tomorrow’s big reports come from Pfizer (PFE), CVS (CVS), ConocoPhillips (COP) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI).      But the biggest story of the week will likely be Friday’s Government Employment Situation. As you no doubt remember, last month’s report (which was released on Good Friday when the market was closed) was nothing short of epic. The economy added over 900K jobs, which was 250K better than expectations and doubled the previous month. And the market is expecting nearly 1 million more in this report as well! Today's Portfolio Highlights: Technology Innovators: After selling three names last Friday (including cashing in a more than 50% winner), Brian thought it was time to “fill in some of the holes”. On Monday, he added Smart Global (SGH), a designer, manufacturer and supplier of electronic subsystems to OEMs. The company has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the past four quarters with an average surprise of 7.1%. Rising earnings estimates have made SGH a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), while the editor “loves” the valuation here with solid growth being presented as well. Shares of SGH were as high as $55 not too long ago, so it has a lot of ground to recover. Read the full write up for more specifics on this new addition. Counterstrike: The casinos will be among the biggest beneficiaries of the economy’s grand re-opening, which was clearly on display in the quarterly report from Boyd Gaming (BYD). This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) operates a multi-jurisdictional gaming company with properties in as many as 10 states, including Nevada, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The company beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 111% in its recent report, but still slipped about $10 afterwards like so many other strong performances this earnings season. But that's all right since it opens a fantastic opportunity for Jeremy. He added BYD on Monday with a 6% allocation, while also selling eBay (EBAY) for a 9.4% return in two months and Rocket Companies (RKT) for a loss. Surprise Trader: The past two quarters saw Gildan Activewear (GIL) beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by triple digits! And now it has an Earnings ESP of 7.69% for the quarter coming after the bell on Wednesday. There’s no way of telling if GIL is set for another outsized surprise, but it does seem poised for a third straight beat. Dave added this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) on Monday with a 12.5% allocation, while also selling Potlatch (PCH) for a slight 0.6% increase in less than two weeks. Read the complete commentary for more on today’s action. Blockchain Innovators: The dry bulk shipping stocks had a strong session on Monday, which helped Danaos (DAC) become the best-performing stock on the day among all ZU names. Shares jumped 13.5% today and it’s now up approximately 130% in the service since being added in early January. DAC is a leading international owner of containerships and chartering vessels to many of the world’s largest liner companies. The company reports again in two weeks and will be going for a 15th straight positive surprise. Black Box Trader: Half of the portfolio was replaced in this week's adjustment, which included a double-digit winner and a couple other positive returns. The stocks that were sold on Monday included: • Deutsche Bank (DB, +13.3%) • Toll Brothers (TOL, +5.7%) • ConocoPhillips (COP, +1.8%) • CNH Industrial (CNHI) • US Steel (X) The new buys that filled these open spots were: • Dow (DOW) • Graphic Packaging (GPK) • KBR (KBR) • Nucor (NUE) • Olin Corp. (OLN) Read the Black Box Trader’s Guide to learn more about this computer-driven service. Headline Trader: "In the past 9 years, the S&P 500 has illustrated an average return of 5.3% over this once quiet summer period (May through October). These six months of summer might have been a market vacation in the past, but this new market doesn't take any holidays, and selling in May is no longer a rewarding strategy. "That being said, I believe that an enormous amount of optimism has been priced into the markets, but as an investor, there is really no other place to put your money to work today. From real estate to commodities to cryptocurrencies, every other asset class is sitting at very expensive levels. Investors don't want to be holding fixed-income assets in an environment where interest rates are poised to keep rising. Obviously, cash is not attractive to be holding, with inflation already showing signs of soaring. "The stock market remains the most attractive place to put your money to work, despite its seemingly frothy levels." -- Dan Laboe Until Tomorrow, Jim Giaquinto Recommendations from Zacks' Private Portfolios: Believe it or not, this article is not available on the Zacks.com website. The commentary is a partial overview of the daily activity from Zacks' private recommendation services. If you would like to follow our Buy and Sell signals in real time, we've made a special arrangement for readers of this website. Starting today you can see all the recommendations from all of Zacks' portfolios absolutely free for 7 days. 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Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

Five-Day Rally Ends While Waiting for Big Tech Reports

Five-Day Rally Ends While Waiting for Big Tech Reports Stocks finally took a break after five days of gains on Tuesday as investors waited on a trio of big tech heavyweights to report after the bell. Meanwhile, the Fed’s two-day policy meeting began today. The NASDAQ saw the sharpest decline of 1.21% (or about 180 points) to 14,660.58. Shares of Alphabet (GOOG) dropped more than 2% in the session, while Apple (AAPL) was off 1.5% and Microsoft (MSFT) dipped almost 0.9%. These declines came as the market awaited their quarterly reports after the close. The S&P, which has a good amount of tech exposure as well, slipped 0.47% to 4401.46, while the Dow declined 0.24% (or about 85 points) to 35,058.52. These losses end a very impressive five-day winning streak for all the indices, which began after the sharp selloff on Monday, July 19 due to delta variant concerns. It also ended two consecutive sessions of closing highs.   We saw positive earnings data on Tuesday with rising consumer confidence in July and soaring home prices in May, while durable goods orders increased but fell short of expectations. However, investors were most interested with the upcoming tech reports, which all beat expectations on both the top and bottom lines. AAPL’s fiscal third quarter earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 30% as revenues jumped 36% year over year. MSFT’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings beat by 14.2% as revenue for its Intelligent Cloud climbed 30%. And GOOG’s second quarter earnings topped 37% on total revenue growth of 62%. Unsurprisingly, though, the market’s being kind of a spoilsport, just like it was last earnings season. AAPL and MSFT are each off about 2% afterhours, as of this writing, while GOOG could only muster a 0.5% advance. The major tech name coming after the bell on Thursday is Facebook (FB). Other reports include Pfizer (PFE), Shopify (SHOP), McDonalds (MCD), Boeing (BA), and hundreds of others. Tomorrow may end up being the most consequential session of the week. Not only will we see how the market reacts to tonight’s three major reports, but we’ll also be hearing from Fed Chair Jerome Powell after the Committee concludes its two-day meeting. Will the delta variant impact their future plans, especially when it comes to tapering? We’ll see... Today's Portfolio Highlights: Stocks Under $10: With people finally being able to celebrate birthdays and other special events, it’s no wonder than Party City Holdco (PRTY) has caught Brian’s eye. Earnings estimates have moved higher for this year and next, which helped this party supplies company gain the enviable status of Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The editor likes its valuation of 14x forward earnings multiple, especially for a company that posted topline growth of 3% last quarter with expectations for 11% this year. He also appreciates that margins have been improving by about 80 basis points in each of the last few quarters. Brian decided to buy the dip in PRTY on Tuesday, while also getting rid of Berry Corp. (BRY) after a downturn in the oil patch. Read the complete commentary for more specifics on today’s action. Meanwhile, Cassava Sciences (SAVA) was the best performer among all ZU names today with a rise of 6.3% and is also the biggest gainer in the past 30 days by surging 62.6%. Surprise Trader: Over the past four quarters, AdvanSix (ASIX) has topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate each time with an average beat of 45%. And now this chemicals company, which is a producer and supplier of Nylon 6 materials, has a positive Earnings ESP of 21.3% for the quarter coming before the bell on Friday, July 30. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) also has a Zacks VGM Score of “A”. Dave thinks this stock is poised for another positive surprise, so he added ASIX on Tuesday with a 12.5% allocation while also selling Hancock Whitney (HWC) for a slight loss. Read the full write-up for more on today’s moves. Large-Cap Trader: We’re having a selloff in the last week of July, so John thought this was a good time for his turn-of-the-month portfolio changes. He sold Jabil (JBL) and NetApp (NTAP) for slight losses and then bought three large-cap growth stocks from a diverse set of attractive industries. The new buys are: • Laboratory Corp. of America (LH) – a leading global life sciences company • Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC) – developer of programmable logic devices • Regal Beloit (RBC) – maker of motion control and power generation products In addition to being major players in top-ranked industries, these companies are Zacks Rank #2s (Buys) that beat earnings estimates by double digits in their most recent quarterly reports. These companies also averaged double-digit surprises over the last four reports. The editor is putting 5% into each of these names. Make sure to read his complete commentary to learn a lot more about these new buys. Headline Trader: Shares of FedEx (FDX) sold off this morning in sympathy with its main competitor UPS (UPS), which announced slowing domestic volumes and pinching margins in its quarterly report today. However, Dan thinks the prospects of these two companies are different, despite the similarity of their business. UPS was at a massive valuation premium compared to its competitor, so this pullback seems justifiable. But the editor thinks FDX is ready for its “next leg higher as today’s sell-off pulls back the slingshot”. He thinks this is the perfect entry point to double down on his FDX position. Read the full write-up for more.   Zacks Short Sell List: This week's adjustment swapped out two positions. The short-covered stocks were Incyte (INCY, +3.3%) and StoneCo (STNE, +1.9%), while the new buys that filled these opened spots were GoodRx Holdings (GDRX) and Maxar Technologies (MAXR). Learn more about this emotion-free portfolio that takes advantage of falling and volatile markets by reading the Short Sell List Trader Guide. In other news, this portfolio had a top performer today as the short in Las Vegas Sands (LVS) rose nearly 4%. All the Best, Jim Giaquinto Recommendations from Zacks' Private Portfolios: Believe it or not, this article is not available on the Zacks.com website. The commentary is a partial overview of the daily activity from Zacks' private recommendation services. If you would like to follow our Buy and Sell signals in real time, we've made a special arrangement for readers of this website. Starting today you can see all the recommendations from all of Zacks' portfolios absolutely free for 7 days. Our services cover everything from value stocks and momentum trades to insider buying and positive earnings surprises (which we've predicted with an astonishing 80%+ accuracy). Click here to "test drive" Zacks Ultimate for FREE >>  Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

How the movie-theater industry will be permanently changed by the pandemic, as major Hollywood studios rethink their release strategies

From Universal to Warner Bros., Hollywood movie studios are striking deals with exhibitors to dramatically change theatrical exclusivity. "Black Widow" will stream on Disney Plus for an additional fee the same .....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytMar 30th, 2021

Upcoming Movies That Are Being Released Despite Coronavirus

Among the many cultural staples to take a hit following the widely followed measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 have been movie theaters. Many movie studios — and filmmakers........»»

Category: blogSource: 247wallstMay 15th, 2020

Miami-based CMX Cinemas files for bankruptcy

The company is seeking new agreements with landlords and movie studios......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsApr 26th, 2020