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TAS gearing up for SiC, GaN device sampling

Taiwan-Asia Semiconductor (TAS, formerly Opto Tech) will start sending samples of gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) devices in 2023, according to the company......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesJun 24th, 2022

Alphabet (GOOGL) Boosts Google Meet Reach Via New Feature

Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google introduces new immersive backgrounds in Google Meet to provide an enhanced experience to users. Alphabet’s GOOGL division Google is leaving no stone unturned to introduce new and innovative features in a bid to bolster its video conferencing software, Google Meet.Reportedly, Google Meet is gearing up to add new immersive backgrounds. This validates the abovementioned fact.The backgrounds will show the current time zone and climate of the dispersed teams with animations representing two different iterations — Condo that includes morning or night; and Cafe including Rainy, Snowy, or Sunny.The new backgrounds will be added to the existing video backgrounds like Spaceship, Under the sea, Beach with palm trees, and Animated characters sitting in a classroom, to name a few.Reportedly, all paying Workspace users can access the immersive backgrounds in the Google Meet web app in the near term.Currently, customers can personalize their Google Meet video feed with light and color filters and stylized backgrounds. With the addition of immersive backgrounds, the company strives to deliver an enhanced experience to Google Meet users. This in turn is likely to boost the software’s adoption rate.Further, the move will strengthen the offerings of Google Workspace, which in turn is expected to drive the company’s momentum across organizations looking for software applications that provide seamless connectivity with employees.Alphabet Inc. Price and Consensus Alphabet Inc. price-consensus-chart | Alphabet Inc. QuoteEfforts to Bolster Google MeetApart from the recent move, the company has made a major advancement in Google Meet, through which the software will notify users in case of echo on video calls.In addition, it launched features like adding up to 25 co-hosts for meetings, moderation tactics, and safety measures along with an updated Quick Access setting to provide a better experience to users.Further, Google collaborated with Cisco Systems CSCO for supporting interoperability. With the help of this, customers using a Cisco device can log into a Google meeting, while those using a Google device can log into a Cisco Webex meeting. Further, Cisco Webex for Google Workspace has made scheduling and joining Webex meetings seamless for users.The partnership aims to help those business organizations that use different hosting platforms or have switched from one platform to another.Apart from its collaboration with Cisco, Google is looking to sign contracts with other video conferencing providers in the near term.These initiatives are expected to benefit Google in expanding its presence in the booming video conferencing market, which is witnessing significant growth amid the coronavirus pandemic.Growing work from home and online learning trends due to social distancing norms amid the pandemic are creating demand for visual communication software. This is propelling growth of this market.A report by Fortune Business Insights indicates that this market is expected to hit $6.28 billion in 2021 and reach $12.99 billion by 2028, registering a CAGR of 10.9% during the forecast period of 2021-2028.Competitive ScenarioThe upbeat scenario in the video conferencing market is not only driving Google but also encouraging other companies like Microsoft MSFT and Zoom Video Communications ZM to take strong measures for bolstering their presence therein.Recently, Microsoft announced that it will introduce a new feature in Microsoft Teams for auto suggesting the most relevant search results across chats, files, people and other content stored or shared in the app.Additionally, Microsoft Teams lets users customize backgrounds and make meetings more fun and inclusive. This capability by the company remains noteworthy.Meanwhile, Zoom’s growing initiatives to provide an improved user experience by offering seamless training, technical support, meetings, cross-platform messaging and file sharing features are worth mentioning.Further, Zoom lets customers download their favourite virtual backgrounds and add them to their meetings. In addition to these, Zoom recently announced the introduction of new products and features such as Zoom Video Engagement Center, Zoom Whiteboard and Zoom Rooms Smart Gallery, to name a few, in order to enable enhanced engagement between workforce and workstreams.Nevertheless, the company’s growing initiatives to strengthen Google Meet are expected to help it gain a competitive edge against peers.Currently, Google’s parent Alphabet carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. More Stock News: This Is Bigger than the iPhone! It could become the mother of all technological revolutions. Apple sold a mere 1 billion iPhones in 10 years but a new breakthrough is expected to generate more than 77 billion devices by 2025, creating a $1.3 trillion market. Zacks has just released a Special Report that spotlights this fast-emerging phenomenon and 4 tickers for taking advantage of it. If you don't buy now, you may kick yourself in 2022.Click here for the 4 trades >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Free Stock Analysis Report Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO): Free Stock Analysis Report Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL): Free Stock Analysis Report Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksNov 19th, 2021

China, Taiwan CCL firms gearing up for capacity expansions

Eyeing robust demand for high-speed and high-frequency device applications, CCL makers in Taiwan and China are set to step up equipment and facility purchases for capacity expansions, according to industry sources......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesNov 18th, 2021

Biotech Stocks" Q3 Earnings on Nov 8: VTRS, EDIT & More

Let us look at four drug/biotech companies, VTRS, RDUS, AXSM and EDIT, which are gearing up for their earnings release. The drug/biotech sector’s earnings season is approaching its end. Overall, it has been a good earnings season for the drug and biotech sector with many companies beating estimates on both counts. Some companies like J&J, Lilly and Pfizer raised their expectations for both earnings and sales.Per the Zacks classification, the pharma/biotech industry comes under the broader Medical sector, which comprises pharma/biotech as well as medical device companies.Per the Earnings Trends report as of Nov 3, 78.2% of the companies in the Medical sector, constituting nearly 84.4% of the sector’s market capitalization, reported earnings. While 90.7% beat earnings estimates, 79.1% beat the same for sales. Earnings increased 22.6% year over year on 13.7% higher revenues. Overall, third-quarter earnings for the Medical sector are expected to rise 28.7% on a 14.5% sales increase.Let’s analyze four drug/biotech companies — Viatris VTRS, Editas Medicine EDIT, Radius Health RDUS and Axsome Therapeutics AXSM — that are set to report third-quarter 2021 results on Nov 8.ViatrisThe company was formed in November 2020 through the combination of Mylan and Upjohn, Pfizer’s business segment. It beat earnings estimates in each of the trailing three quarters, the average surprise being 14.2%. In the last-reported quarter, the company beat expectations by 11.36%.Viatris Inc. Price and EPS Surprise        Viatris Inc. price-eps-surprise | Viatris Inc. QuoteThis company has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings stands at 86 cents per share.Per our proven model, stocks with the combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), #2 (Buy) or #3 (Hold) have a good chance of delivering earnings beat. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.Sales in each of Viatris’ geographical segments, Developed Markets, Emerging Markets and Greater China, are likely to have improved sequentially in the third quarter from the second.Editas MedicineThe company’s earnings surprise history has been mixed so far, with its earnings beating estimates in two of the trailing four quarters and missing the same on the other two occasions, delivering an earnings surprise of 21.95%, on average. In the last-reported quarter, Editas delivered an earnings beat of 4.71%.Editas Medicine, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise Editas Medicine, Inc. price-eps-surprise | Editas Medicine, Inc. QuoteThis Zacks Rank #3 company has an Earnings ESP of -1.31%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate stands at a loss of 86 cents per share.With no approved product in its portfolio at the moment, pipeline development remains the key focus for Editas. The company is developing its lead pipeline candidate, EDIT-101, which employs CRISPR gene editing to treat Leber congenital amaurosis type 10 (LCA10) — a rare genetic illness that causes blindness.Radius HealthThe biotech’s performance has been mixed with earnings beating estimates in two of the trailing four quarters, missing in one and matching the same once. The company delivered a four-quarter negative earnings surprise of 3.61%, on average.Radius Health, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise Radius Health, Inc. price-eps-surprise | Radius Health, Inc. QuoteThis Zacks Rank #3 company has an Earnings ESP of -16.98%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate stands at a loss of 27 cents per share.Axsome TherapeuticsThe company beat estimates in two of the trailing four quarters, missed in one and met the same in one. The company delivered a four-quarter earnings surprise of 0.36%, on average.Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. price-eps-surprise | Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. QuoteAxsome has a Zacks Rank of 3 and an Earnings ESP of 0.00%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate stands at a loss of 94 cents share. Infrastructure Stock Boom to Sweep America A massive push to rebuild the crumbling U.S. infrastructure will soon be underway. It’s bipartisan, urgent, and inevitable. Trillions will be spent. Fortunes will be made. The only question is “Will you get into the right stocks early when their growth potential is greatest?” Zacks has released a Special Report to help you do just that, and today it’s free. Discover 7 special companies that look to gain the most from construction and repair to roads, bridges, and buildings, plus cargo hauling and energy transformation on an almost unimaginable scale.Download FREE: How to Profit from Trillions on Spending for Infrastructure >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Radius Health, Inc. (RDUS): Free Stock Analysis Report Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (AXSM): Free Stock Analysis Report Editas Medicine, Inc. (EDIT): Free Stock Analysis Report Viatris Inc. (VTRS): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksNov 8th, 2021

42 gifts for grandparents, from a wine subscription to a custom pet portrait

Give your grandparents the kind of gift that shows your love and appreciation for them. We found 40+ meaningful and useful gift ideas they'll love. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images In this list, you'll find 42 gifts to give grandparents to thank them for the many years of love. For more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Shopping for grandparents can be daunting. They've likely gotten the basics down pat, and if you ask for ideas you'll likely get a genuine "nothing" in response. But these are the people who sat through your band recitals even though they were unbearably boring. They weathered your tantrums and sticky fingers on their furniture, and they probably slipped you candy even when someone else said no. So, what can you do for them?Below are 42 gifts that you can feel good about gifting. They're thoughtful, useful, sweet, and bound to be extremely appreciated by grandmas and grandpas.Check out all 42 cool gifts for grandparents below: Nice tea and a cute infuser Amazon/Business Insider Genuine Fred Duck Tea Infuser, available at Amazon, $12.14Buy a cute tea infuser and your grandparents will think of you every time they use it. Don't forget to pair it with some delicious loose leaf tea blends. A DNA test that lets them delve into family history ancestryDNA AncestryDNA Genetic Test, available at Ancestry, $59Your grandparents are the origins and default architects of much of your life, and AncestryDNA gives them — and you — the chance to explore and appreciate that history. They'll be able to see their heritage and genetic breakdown (aka 50% Irish, 30% Italian, and so on) and can build family trees complete with historical documents and censuses already on the site. If they're interested in history, they'll love this. A bouquet of fresh flowers 1-800-Flowers Fields of Europe Christmas Bouquet, available at 1-800-Flowers, from $39.99What's nicer than getting a gorgeous bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers sent to your home? Probably only getting to walk by them every day. If you want to send grandma and/or grandpa a bouquet of something fresh and beautiful to enjoy, flowers are a thoughtful option that can typically be delivered within days of purchasing. A funny ode to the festive family moments we all know and love Amazon/Business Insider Senior Moments: Christmas, available at Amazon, $8.59If your grandparents love a good joke, this funny seasonal book illustrates festive family moments from the holidays. Just flip through the first few sample pages to make sure it matches their humor before ordering en masse.  A pair of comfortable sneakers Allbirds Shop all Allbirds sneakers hereEveryone deserves comfortable sneakers and if your grandparents aren't familiar with Allbirds, it's time to get them up to speed. The brand makes footwear using sustainable materials like merino wool, recycled trees, sugarcane, and natural rubber. Check out all of our reviews on Allbirds sneakers to choose the best pair for them. A popular vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle Hydro Flask Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Bottle, available at REI, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Hydro Flask, from $33.71This vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle works really well. It keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. We also love this $30 mug version. The latest Apple AirPods Apple Apple AirPods 3rd Gen, $179Bluetooth headphones always make a great gift for anyone with a smartphone. If grandma and grandpa are iPhone users, AirPods are the best choice because they're incredibly easy to pair and they're easy to carry. Frame one of your favorite memories with them. Framebridge Framed Photo, from $25Framebridge Gift Card, from $25Framebridge makes custom framing for not-custom-framing prices. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed for your grandparents, and you can even take advantage of a team of designers if you want help deciding what frame to get. If you want to give them total control, you can give a gift card and help them with the process if needed. A cheeky Anne Taintor wall calendar Amazon/Business Insider Anne Taintor 2021 Wall Calendar, available at Amazon, $15.99If your grandparents love cheeky humor, Anne Taintor's iconic funny wall calendars are a great place to start. Taintor often pokes fun at domestic stereotypes and uses mid-century advertisements as the main images. Another foolproof option is the 2021 "Dog Shaming Calendar" for $12. Fresh coffee beans from all over the world delivered to their door Atlas Coffee Club Atlas Coffee Subscription or Gift Set, available at Atlas Coffee Club, from $60Atlas Coffee sends them fresh beans from across the globe to their door. They'll learn about its flavor profile, tasting notes, suggested brewing methods, a little history lesson in its origins — and each comes in a bag with festive packaging. If they've been coffee buffs for a while — or just love having a morning cup — they'll appreciate both the thought and opportunity to learn something new.  A touching book to read with young grandkids Amazon/Business Insider How to Babysit a Grandma and a Grandpa Boxed Set, available at Amazon, $23.97This New York Times bestselling kids' picture book is written in a how-to style, with the narrator giving important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa and grandma. It's the perfect gift for new grandparents and little grandkids excited to spend time together.  The collectible edition of a favorite book Barnes and Noble Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Collectible Editions), available at Barnes & Noble, $25Grab one of your grandparents' favorite books in one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions Classics to gift them a pillar for their home library. These volumes feature authoritative texts by some of the world's most renown authors and come in beautifully designed bonded-leather binding with gilt edging and a ribbon bookmark.  Practical tea towels that look like classic oil painting still lives. Food52 Old Masters Cotton Tea Towel, available at Food52, $30These tea towels more practically display the dramatic still-life scenes that are typically found on oil wall-hangings: fruit, oysters, cheese, etc. They're interesting, beautiful to look at, and great to use around the kitchen.  A salt block that'll make grilled foods taste even better Crated and Barrel Himalayan Salt Block, available at Crate and Barrel, from $34.95A salt block is the multitasking tool more and more kitchens are adopting. They're a stable crystal structure, which means they can hold a temperature very well. It can be chilled to use as a serving platter for sushi, or heated over a grill or stovetop to cook veggies infused with flavor. Himalayan salt is more nuanced than table salt, and the amount of saltiness imparted varies with the type of food (moist foods absorb more salt, fatty foods repel it, etc.). It's also long-lasting and naturally antibacterial. A tiny smart garden that they can grow herbs in easily and year-round Amazon Click and Grow Smart Garden, available at Click and Grow, $149.96If your grandparents love gardening or cooking, this kitchen garden is great for fresh herbs and year-round gardening and comes with pods for mini tomato, basil, and green lettuce. Not all climates and spaces are hospitable to herbs, but Click and Grow maintains one that is. It's low-maintenance so there's not a ton of involvement with tech or even much watering, and they're not likely to already have one.  A good-looking, cleverly designed container for artisan cheeses Food52 Cheese Vault, available at Food52, from $34You can't go wrong with a cute, handy place for storing artisan cheese that looks far nicer than plastic wrap. Grab some tasty options to start them off with, too.  The best socks they'll ever wear United by Blue The Ultimate Bison Sock, available at United by Blue, $38United by Blue makes some of the most comfortable and warmest socks we've ever worn. They're made of merino wool, bison down, and nylon and have reinforced heel and toe areas. We're also big fans of Bombas socks.  A media streaming device - and access to your Netflix Amazon Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player, available at Amazon, $29.99Turn their TV into a smart TV with the Roku. Set it up for them, show them the ropes, and log them into your Netflix and Hulu if they don't already have their own. Call them later to chat about recommendations or great new shows you're watching, so you can enjoy them together. A calendar full of cherished personal photos Artifact Uprising Brass Easel and Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $49Photos of loved ones are an instant source of joy, and structuring our daily life around them with a calendar is a great way to fill each day with more gratitude and happiness. Artifact Uprising has one that comes on a wood clipboard ($35) and a wall calendar ($42) that you can customize. The calendar is updated on a rolling 12-month basis, so you don't have to wait until January to create one. A journal that prompts them to record their own personal history for a new family keepsake Uncommon Goods My Life Story — So Far, available at Uncommon Goods, $30Prompt them to sit down and write about their own life, and make a lasting family keepsake in the process. This journal provides prompts, so it's not as daunting as starting from the beginning. It also shows that you're interested in learning about what they have to say and their own experiences.  A soothing bubble bath from a well-loved brand Amazon L'Occitane Relaxing & Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath, available at Amazon, $39This cult-favorite lavender-scented bubble bath from L'Occitane is a great way to relax, and it takes a while to get through.  A luxe holiday candle that comes in a hand-blown glass container they can reuse Bloomingdale's LAFCO Feu de Bois Ski House Candle, available at Bloomingdales, $65LAFCO candles are over $60 for a reason; they smell incredible, they're made simply from soy with a cotton wick, and the container is hand-blown glass that can be washed and used as a centerpiece for everything from candy to plants. This size has a 90-hour burn time. A photo book or photo calendar you curated for them of their favorite people and places Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $62Grandparents are often the gatekeepers to the most involved, best-kept baby books. School pictures, spelling tests, and holidays spent with them are all preserved with the genuine, all-encompassing interest reserved only for grandparents. Rarely, however, do we get to do the same for them. Set aside some time and curate a photo book for them from Artifact Uprising with pictures of their favorite places, people, and memories.Or, if you think they'll use it more, a calendar of you, them, your parents, and their grandkids — primed for a happy exhibition the next time their friends come over. A new cookbook from a beloved Italian restaurant in Brooklyn Amazon/Business Insider The Frankie Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, available at Amazon, $18.43Frankies Spuntino is a tin-ceilinged, brick-walled restaurant in Brooklyn that draws crowds from every walk of life for food that is deeply satisfying. Here, the entire Frankies menu — and it's reimagined Italian American comfort food — is adapted for the home cook. If either of your grandparents loves cooking, they'll probably love this thoughtful — and new — gesture.If you want to gift something that honors your own family recipes, check out this recipe book you or they can write in from Uncommon Goods.  A monthly sampling of some of the tastiest products from around the country Mouth/Instagram Best of Mouth Subscription, available at Mouth, from $54/monthFoodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they'll receive each month. An Echo Dot that's easy to use and extremely helpful Amazon 4th Generation Echo Dot, available at Amazon, $59.99If your grandparents aren't extremely techy, the Echo Dot is an especially good starter gift. It maximizes convenience, requires little interaction after setup, and takes up minimal space. They can easily ask Alexa for recipes, the weather, the news, and to control things like the lights. You could also grab a few accompanying smart bulbs if they either hate getting up to turn them off or if their knees tend to bother them. Stick around to set it up, and show them a few of the coolest features. Tea from around the world Uncommon Goods Tea From Around the World Set, $55If your grandparents prefer tea over coffee, this set will let them sample some of the best flavors from across the globe. A Nespresso that makes everything from a latte to a cappuccino just the way they like it - and from the comfort of home Nespresso Nespresso Lattissima One, available at Amazon, $449.90This is a pricey gift, but one that makes pretty amazing coffee without much more involvement than dropping a pod into the machine. They can make everything from delicious cappuccinos to lattes right at home, which is probably why it was listed as one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2018. Long-distance twin lamps that light up when one of you touches it Uncommon Goods Long Distance Touch Lamp, available at Uncommon Goods, from $85These sentimental long-distance lamps are perfect for grandkids that live far away from their grandparents. Keep one in your home and one at your grandparents' home, and whenever you touch it, their lamp will light up too. It's a simple and instantaneous way to say "I love you!" from across the country. A Jo Malone diffuser that smells amazing and looks good in a home Nordstrom Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Diffuser, available at Nordstrom, $85A diffuser is like the modern take on potpourri, and Jo Malone makes some incredibly good scents. They'll recognize the brand, like the smell, and the clean, minimalist glass container means they won't only bring this out when they know you're coming over. Warm, fluffy slippers they'll love wearing Nordstrom UGG Dakota Water Resistant Slipper, available at Nordstrom, $100Make sure grandma's feet are kept cozy year-round in these plush UGG slippers with rubber soles for indoor or outdoor use.  A gift subscription to a cool wine service they're not likely to already use Vinebox Shop all Vinebox collections here.Vinebox gifts let the recipient try nine of the best wines of the moment every quarter. Their delivery will include nine vials portioned to be full glasses, with each selected based on their personal tastes and preferences. They'll also get a credit for either $15 or $30 to use on full bottles.  A vintage-style record player Amazon Electrohome Kingston 7-in-1 Vinyl Record Player, $199.99Your grandparents probably have a massive collection of records but an outdated record player. With the Kingston 7-in-1, they'll get the vintage feel of old-school record players with additional modern features like Bluetooth, aux, and the ability to turn vinyl into mp3s. A vintage-inspired knit sweater Todd Snyder L.L.Bean x Todd Snyder Bear Sweater, $199Remember all those wonderful knit sweaters you got as gifts over the years? Now it's time to pay it back with a similar gift. Todd Snyder's collaboration with L.L.Bean features several vintage-inspired sweaters that will leave your grandparents feeling nostalgic.  Aura Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at AuraSet up a digital picture frame at Grandma and Grandpa's house and they'll be able to view all of their favorite images from one device. An e-reader with a no-glare screen The Kindle Paperwhite's new, warmer backlight. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99If your grandparents love to read, the first device you should gift is probably the go-anywhere, read-anything Paperwhite. Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof and has a no-glare screen even in direct sunlight — great for long days spent on the porch or at the beach.  A new gadget that lets them preserve wine for years by never technically uncorking it Coravin Coravin Model Two Wine Preservation System, available at Bloomingdale's, $149.95Coravin allows you to pour a glass of wine without ever uncorking the bottle, so you don't have to worry about oxidation ruining the wine. If your grandparents are opening it just for a glass, their wine will stay preserved over weeks, months, and years if they like. It also gives them greater freedom; there's no need to conserve by sharing a bottle, so they can pick their own favorite every time.  A movie night with you, planned out by you Fandango/Business Insider Gift Card, available at Fandango, from $15Once it's safe to do so, take them to a movie — spare no expense on movie popcorn, an unnecessarily huge soft drink, and a candy that is usually gone by the close of previews. Grab a gift card and put it in a nice Etsy card, and set a date for the next blockbuster. They'll probably love just spending time with you, and knowing you went to the trouble to orchestrate this. A comfortable weighted blanket for better rest Gravity Blankets Gravity Blankets, starting at $195Give your grandparents better rest for the holidays with a cult-favorite weighted blanket with a removable cover. By mimicking DPTS (deep pressure touch stimulation), weighted blankets help us calm down, fall asleep faster, stay asleep better and for longer, and feel more rested when we wake up. A high-end shaver for Grandpa Braun Braun Series 9 Pro, $329.99As Braun's most advanced shaver ever, the Series 9 Pro will pro will give Grandpa the best shave he's ever had. A smart frame that allows them to look through photos The Grommet Smart Connected Picture Frame, available at The Grommet, $299If they're tech-savvy, get them a smart picture frame that cycles through family photos from their digital albums or phone. You can also use a built-in family sharing feature to have other people send pictures directly to their frame. A custom painting of their furry best friend Uncommon Goods Custom Painterly Pet Portraits, available at Uncommon Goods, from $250Make sure this is their decor style before committing to it, but a portrait of their pet is probably one of the sweetest and most thoughtful gestures. It's unique, handmade, and pays homage to the little fur-mop that loves lounging in an adjacent sun patch on the couch every day. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 5th, 2021

43 gifts for grandparents, from a wine subscription to a custom pet portrait

Give your grandparents the kind of gift that shows your love and appreciation for them. We found 40+ meaningful and useful gift ideas they'll love. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images In this list, you'll find 43 gifts to give grandparents to thank them for the many years of love. For more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Shopping for grandparents can be daunting. They've likely gotten the basics down pat, and if you ask for ideas you'll likely get a genuine "nothing" in response. But these are the people who sat through your band recitals even though they were unbearably boring. They weathered your tantrums and sticky fingers on their furniture, and they probably slipped you candy even when someone else said no. So, what can you do for them?Below are 43 gifts that you can feel good about gifting. They're thoughtful, useful, sweet, and bound to be extremely appreciated by grandmas and grandpas.Check out all 43 cool gifts for grandparents below: Gifts for grandparents under $25 Nice tea and a cute infuser Amazon/Business Insider Genuine Fred Duck Tea Infuser, available at Amazon, $12.14Buy a cute tea infuser and your grandparents will think of you every time they use it. Don't forget to pair it with some delicious loose leaf tea blends. The best socks they'll ever wear United by Blue The Ultimate Bison Sock, available at United by Blue, $38United by Blue makes some of the most comfortable and warmest socks we've ever worn. They're made of merino wool, bison down, and nylon and have reinforced heel and toe areas. We're also big fans of Bombas socks.  A funny ode to the festive family moments we all know and love Amazon/Business Insider Senior Moments: Christmas, available at Amazon, $8.59If your grandparents love a good joke, this funny seasonal book illustrates festive family moments from the holidays. Just flip through the first few sample pages to make sure it matches their humor before ordering en masse.  Frame one of your favorite memories with them. Framebridge Framed Photo, from $25Framebridge Gift Card, from $25Framebridge makes custom framing for not-custom-framing prices. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed for your grandparents, and you can even take advantage of a team of designers if you want help deciding what frame to get. If you want to give them total control, you can give a gift card and help them with the process if needed. A cheeky Anne Taintor wall calendar Amazon/Business Insider Anne Taintor 2021 Wall Calendar, available at Amazon, $15.99If your grandparents love cheeky humor, Anne Taintor's iconic funny wall calendars are a great place to start. Taintor often pokes fun at domestic stereotypes and uses mid-century advertisements as the main images. Another foolproof option is the 2021 "Dog Shaming Calendar" for $12. A new cookbook from a beloved Italian restaurant in Brooklyn Amazon/Business Insider The Frankie Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, available at Amazon, $18.43Frankies Spuntino is a tin-ceilinged, brick-walled restaurant in Brooklyn that draws crowds from every walk of life for food that is deeply satisfying. Here, the entire Frankies menu — and it's reimagined Italian American comfort food — is adapted for the home cook. If either of your grandparents loves cooking, they'll probably love this thoughtful — and new — gesture.If you want to gift something that honors your own family recipes, check out this recipe book you or they can write in from Uncommon Goods.  A movie night with you, planned out by you Fandango/Business Insider Gift Card, available at Fandango, from $15Once it's safe to do so, take them to a movie — spare no expense on movie popcorn, an unnecessarily huge soft drink, and a candy that is usually gone by the close of previews. Grab a gift card and put it in a nice Etsy card, and set a date for the next blockbuster. They'll probably love just spending time with you, and knowing you went to the trouble to orchestrate this. A touching book to read with young grandkids Amazon/Business Insider How to Babysit a Grandma and a Grandpa Boxed Set, available at Amazon, $23.97This New York Times bestselling kids' picture book is written in a how-to style, with the narrator giving important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa and grandma. It's the perfect gift for new grandparents and little grandkids excited to spend time together.  The collectible edition of a favorite book Barnes and Noble Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Collectible Editions), available at Barnes & Noble, $25Grab one of your grandparents' favorite books in one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions Classics to gift them a pillar for their home library. These volumes feature authoritative texts by some of the world's most renown authors and come in beautifully designed bonded-leather binding with gilt edging and a ribbon bookmark.  Gifts for grandparents under $50 Practical tea towels that look like classic oil painting still lives. Food52 Old Masters Cotton Tea Towel, available at Food52, $30These tea towels more practically display the dramatic still-life scenes that are typically found on oil wall-hangings: fruit, oysters, cheese, etc. They're interesting, beautiful to look at, and great to use around the kitchen.  A salt block that'll make grilled foods taste even better Crated and Barrel Himalayan Salt Block, available at Crate and Barrel, from $34.95A salt block is the multitasking tool more and more kitchens are adopting. They're a stable crystal structure, which means they can hold a temperature very well. It can be chilled to use as a serving platter for sushi, or heated over a grill or stovetop to cook veggies infused with flavor. Himalayan salt is more nuanced than table salt, and the amount of saltiness imparted varies with the type of food (moist foods absorb more salt, fatty foods repel it, etc.). It's also long-lasting and naturally antibacterial. A good-looking, cleverly designed container for artisan cheeses Food52 Cheese Vault, available at Food52, from $34You can't go wrong with a cute, handy place for storing artisan cheese that looks far nicer than plastic wrap. Grab some tasty options to start them off with, too.  A media streaming device - and access to your Netflix Amazon Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player, available at Amazon, $29.99Turn their TV into a smart TV with the Roku. Set it up for them, show them the ropes, and log them into your Netflix and Hulu if they don't already have their own. Call them later to chat about recommendations or great new shows you're watching, so you can enjoy them together. A popular vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle Hydro Flask Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Bottle, available at REI, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Hydro Flask, from $33.71This vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle works really well. It keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. We also love this $30 mug version. A calendar full of cherished personal photos Artifact Uprising Brass Easel and Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $49Photos of loved ones are an instant source of joy, and structuring our daily life around them with a calendar is a great way to fill each day with more gratitude and happiness. Artifact Uprising has one that comes on a wood clipboard ($35) and a wall calendar ($42) that you can customize. The calendar is updated on a rolling 12-month basis, so you don't have to wait until January to create one. A journal that prompts them to record their own personal history for a new family keepsake Uncommon Goods My Life Story — So Far, available at Uncommon Goods, $30Prompt them to sit down and write about their own life, and make a lasting family keepsake in the process. This journal provides prompts, so it's not as daunting as starting from the beginning. It also shows that you're interested in learning about what they have to say and their own experiences.  A bouquet of fresh flowers 1-800-Flowers Fields of Europe Christmas Bouquet, available at 1-800-Flowers, from $39.99What's nicer than getting a gorgeous bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers sent to your home? Probably only getting to walk by them every day. If you want to send grandma and/or grandpa a bouquet of something fresh and beautiful to enjoy, flowers are a thoughtful option that can typically be delivered within days of purchasing. A DNA test that lets them delve into family history ancestryDNA AncestryDNA Genetic Test, available at Ancestry, $59Your grandparents are the origins and default architects of much of your life, and AncestryDNA gives them — and you — the chance to explore and appreciate that history. They'll be able to see their heritage and genetic breakdown (aka 50% Irish, 30% Italian, and so on) and can build family trees complete with historical documents and censuses already on the site. If they're interested in history, they'll love this. A soothing bubble bath from a well-loved brand Amazon L'Occitane Relaxing & Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath, available at Amazon, $39This cult-favorite lavender-scented bubble bath from L'Occitane is a great way to relax, and it takes a while to get through.  Gifts for grandparents under $75 A luxe holiday candle that comes in a hand-blown glass container they can reuse Bloomingdale's LAFCO Feu de Bois Ski House Candle, available at Bloomingdales, $65LAFCO candles are over $60 for a reason; they smell incredible, they're made simply from soy with a cotton wick, and the container is hand-blown glass that can be washed and used as a centerpiece for everything from candy to plants. This size has a 90-hour burn time. A photo book or photo calendar you curated for them of their favorite people and places Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $62Grandparents are often the gatekeepers to the most involved, best-kept baby books. School pictures, spelling tests, and holidays spent with them are all preserved with the genuine, all-encompassing interest reserved only for grandparents. Rarely, however, do we get to do the same for them. Set aside some time and curate a photo book for them from Artifact Uprising with pictures of their favorite places, people, and memories.Or, if you think they'll use it more, a calendar of you, them, your parents, and their grandkids — primed for a happy exhibition the next time their friends come over. A monthly sampling of some of the tastiest products from around the country Mouth/Instagram Best of Mouth Subscription, available at Mouth, from $54/monthFoodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they'll receive each month. An Echo Dot that's easy to use and extremely helpful Amazon 4th Generation Echo Dot, available at Amazon, $59.99If your grandparents aren't extremely techy, the Echo Dot is an especially good starter gift. It maximizes convenience, requires little interaction after setup, and takes up minimal space. They can easily ask Alexa for recipes, the weather, the news, and to control things like the lights. You could also grab a few accompanying smart bulbs if they either hate getting up to turn them off or if their knees tend to bother them. Stick around to set it up, and show them a few of the coolest features. Fresh coffee beans from all over the world delivered to their door Atlas Coffee Club Atlas Coffee Subscription or Gift Set, available at Atlas Coffee Club, from $60Atlas Coffee sends them fresh beans from across the globe to their door. They'll learn about its flavor profile, tasting notes, suggested brewing methods, a little history lesson in its origins — and each comes in a bag with festive packaging. If they've been coffee buffs for a while — or just love having a morning cup — they'll appreciate both the thought and opportunity to learn something new.  Tea from around the world Uncommon Goods Tea From Around the World Set, $55If your grandparents prefer tea over coffee, this set will let them sample some of the best flavors from across the globe. Gifts for under $100 A pair of comfortable sneakers Allbirds Shop all Allbirds sneakers hereEveryone deserves comfortable sneakers and if your grandparents aren't familiar with Allbirds, it's time to get them up to speed. The brand makes footwear using sustainable materials like merino wool, recycled trees, sugarcane, and natural rubber. Check out all of our reviews on Allbirds sneakers to choose the best pair for them. A Jo Malone diffuser that smells amazing and looks good in a home Nordstrom Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Diffuser, available at Nordstrom, $85A diffuser is like the modern take on potpourri, and Jo Malone makes some incredibly good scents. They'll recognize the brand, like the smell, and the clean, minimalist glass container means they won't only bring this out when they know you're coming over. Warm, fluffy slippers they'll love wearing Nordstrom UGG Dakota Water Resistant Slipper, available at Nordstrom, $100Make sure grandma's feet are kept cozy year-round in these plush UGG slippers with rubber soles for indoor or outdoor use.  Long-distance twin lamps that light up when one of you touches it Uncommon Goods Long Distance Touch Lamp, available at Uncommon Goods, from $85These sentimental long-distance lamps are perfect for grandkids that live far away from their grandparents. Keep one in your home and one at your grandparents' home, and whenever you touch it, their lamp will light up too. It's a simple and instantaneous way to say "I love you!" from across the country. A gift subscription to a cool wine service they're not likely to already use Vinebox Shop all Vinebox collections here.Vinebox gifts let the recipient try nine of the best wines of the moment every quarter. Their delivery will include nine vials portioned to be full glasses, with each selected based on their personal tastes and preferences. They'll also get a credit for either $15 or $30 to use on full bottles.  Gifts for grandparents under $200 A vintage-style record player Amazon Electrohome Kingston 7-in-1 Vinyl Record Player, $199.99Your grandparents probably have a massive collection of records but an outdated record player. With the Kingston 7-in-1, they'll get the vintage feel of old-school record players with additional modern features like Bluetooth, aux, and the ability to turn vinyl into mp3s. The latest Apple AirPods Apple Apple AirPods 3rd Gen, $179Bluetooth headphones always make a great gift for anyone with a smartphone. If grandma and grandpa are iPhone users, AirPods are the best choice because they're incredibly easy to pair and they're easy to carry. A vintage-inspired knit sweater Todd Snyder L.L.Bean x Todd Snyder Bear Sweater, $199Remember all those wonderful knit sweaters you got as gifts over the years? Now it's time to pay it back with a similar gift. Todd Snyder's collaboration with L.L.Bean features several vintage-inspired sweaters that will leave your grandparents feeling nostalgic.  Aura Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at AuraSet up a digital picture frame at Grandma and Grandpa's house and they'll be able to view all of their favorite images from one device. An e-reader with a no-glare screen The Kindle Paperwhite's new, warmer backlight. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99If your grandparents love to read, the first device you should gift is probably the go-anywhere, read-anything Paperwhite. Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof and has a no-glare screen even in direct sunlight — great for long days spent on the porch or at the beach.  A new gadget that lets them preserve wine for years by never technically uncorking it Coravin Coravin Model Two Wine Preservation System, available at Bloomingdale's, $149.95Coravin allows you to pour a glass of wine without ever uncorking the bottle, so you don't have to worry about oxidation ruining the wine. If your grandparents are opening it just for a glass, their wine will stay preserved over weeks, months, and years if they like. It also gives them greater freedom; there's no need to conserve by sharing a bottle, so they can pick their own favorite every time.  A comfortable weighted blanket for better rest Gravity Blankets Gravity Blankets, starting at $195Give your grandparents better rest for the holidays with a cult-favorite weighted blanket with a removable cover. By mimicking DPTS (deep pressure touch stimulation), weighted blankets help us calm down, fall asleep faster, stay asleep better and for longer, and feel more rested when we wake up. A tiny smart garden that they can grow herbs in easily and year-round Amazon Click and Grow Smart Garden, available at Click and Grow, $149.96If your grandparents love gardening or cooking, this kitchen garden is great for fresh herbs and year-round gardening and comes with pods for mini tomato, basil, and green lettuce. Not all climates and spaces are hospitable to herbs, but Click and Grow maintains one that is. It's low-maintenance so there's not a ton of involvement with tech or even much watering, and they're not likely to already have one.  Luxury gifts for grandparents A Nespresso that makes everything from a latte to a cappuccino just the way they like it - and from the comfort of home Nespresso Nespresso Lattissima One, available at Amazon, $449.90This is a pricey gift, but one that makes pretty amazing coffee without much more involvement than dropping a pod into the machine. They can make everything from delicious cappuccinos to lattes right at home, which is probably why it was listed as one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2018. A high-end shaver for Grandpa Braun Braun Series 9 Pro, $329.99As Braun's most advanced shaver ever, the Series 9 Pro will pro will give Grandpa the best shave he's ever had. A smart frame that allows them to look through photos The Grommet Smart Connected Picture Frame, available at The Grommet, $299If they're tech-savvy, get them a smart picture frame that cycles through family photos from their digital albums or phone. You can also use a built-in family sharing feature to have other people send pictures directly to their frame. A custom painting of their furry best friend Uncommon Goods Custom Painterly Pet Portraits, available at Uncommon Goods, from $250Make sure this is their decor style before committing to it, but a portrait of their pet is probably one of the sweetest and most thoughtful gestures. It's unique, handmade, and pays homage to the little fur-mop that loves lounging in an adjacent sun patch on the couch every day. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 5th, 2021

Exiled Papa John"s founder literally cannot stop eating the chain"s pizza: John Schnatter says he"s had 800 pizzas in the last 18 months

After previously claiming to have eaten 40 Papa John's pizzas in 30 days, exiled founder John Schnatter now says he's continued his rigorous testing. Papa John's founder and former CEO John Schnatter at the 19th Annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marc Sanchez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Papa John's founder and former CEO John Schnatter says he's been binging on the chain's pizza. In the last 18 months, he said he's "sampled" 800 pies - a continuation of his previous 40 pies in 30 days marathon. "Some were burnt, some were undercooked," the exited founder told Bloomberg. The exiled founder, namesake, and former CEO of Papa John's has been eating a lot of the chain's pizza in the last 18 months: Somewhere in the realm of 800 pizzas in total, "Papa John" Schnatter told Bloomberg.He isn't consuming the whole pies, but "sampling" them instead - a kind of anecdotal quality assurance process that he said is returning lackluster results."Some were burnt," he said. "Some were undercooked." This isn't his first time criticizing the company's pizza since he left the company in 2018 amid a controversy where he admitted to using the N-word on a work conference call."I've had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days," Schnatter told WDRB News, a Fox affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky, in late 2019. "And it's not the same pizza. It's not the same product. It just doesn't taste as good."Schnatter has been a vocal critic of his former company and its new CEO, Rob Lynch, since his rapid downfall as its leader began in late 2017. In a November 2017 investor call, as NFL players were kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism, Schnatter criticized the NFL for not reconciling "the current debacle.""The NFL has hurt us," he said. "And more importantly, by not resolving the current debacle to the players and owners' satisfaction, NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders."At the time, Papa John's was the official pizza of the NFL, a $34 million annual expense for the company, according to Bloomberg, which also included a major advertising partnership with the league.A month later, Schnatter resigned as the company's CEO, but remained the chairman of its board. Papa John's backed out of its partnership with the NFL soon after, which Pizza Hut picked up a few weeks later.Then, in July 2018, on a company conference call with a PR firm, Schnatter doubled down on his criticisms of the players protesting, before using a racial slur. "They're all beating their wives up," he said on the call, in reference to professional football players in the NFL. "They're all on steroids or pot, and now [NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell's] going to let them protest."Later in the call, Schnatter compared himself to another fast-food figure: "What bothers me is Colonel Sanders called Blacks '[n-word],' " he said. "I'm like, 'I've never used that word.'" He apologized and stepped down from the board, before promptly suing Papa John's. His lawsuit sought internal documents that he believed would explain the "unexplained and heavy-handed way in which the company has treated him since the publication of a story that falsely accused him of using a racial slur," a spokesperson for his attorney, Patricia Glaser, wrote in an email to Insider.The lawsuit included an audio recording of the call where Schnatter used the racial slur.Schnatter has since claimed he was forced to resign, and that the company's product has degraded since his departure."They stole the company, and now they've destroyed the company," Schnatter said in late 2019. "The day of reckoning will come."Got a tip? Contact Insider senior correspondent Ben Gilbert via email (bgilbert@insider.com), or Twitter DM (@realbengilbert). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by email only, please.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 3rd, 2021

Macroblock gearing up for miniLED device boom

LED driver IC firm Macroblock has expressed optimism about its operations in 2022, citing a boom in demand for miniLED-backlight device applications......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesOct 21st, 2021

Macroblock gearing up for mini LED device boom

LED driver IC firm Macroblock has expressed optimism about its operations in 2022, citing a boom in demand for miniLED-backlight device applications......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesOct 21st, 2021

The 24 best gifts for your in-laws, whether you"re meeting them for the first time or have known them for years

A thoughtful gift can go a long way in impressing your partner's family. You can't go wrong with any of these great gift ideas for your in-laws. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Gilaxia/Getty Images Gifts for in-laws can be tricky, whether it's your first meeting or you've known them for years. We rounded up 25 of the best gift ideas for your in-laws, from small thank yous to grander gestures. For more gift ideas, check out all of our gift guides here. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Depending on your relationship, their tastes, and a host of other factors, getting a thoughtful gift for in-laws can be pretty high pressure. Whether you're meeting them for the first time or have known them for years and just want to show some appreciation, the right gift can go a long way. You don't have to go overboard, and there are plenty of unique gift ideas for in-laws that show you care about them. To ease your mind, we curated some great gifts that are sure to please any mother-in-law and father-in-law. We picked gifts that cover a wide range of prices, tastes and functions. Whether it's a small gift like a lotus-shaped serving board or a bigger one like a tech gadget, what these all have in common is that your in-laws will love them.Here are 24 of the best gifts for in-laws: A salt block that'll up their grilling game Wayfair Himalayan Salt Plate, available at Wayfair, $7.53This is more than just a pretty pink plate, it's actually a block of Himalayan salt. Not only can it be used to serve food, but it can actually be used to cook food too. Cooking and serving with a salt slab will up the ante on plenty of their family-favorite meals. Amazon Audible Membership, available at Amazon, from $15The amazon audible is great for entertaining the in-law who loves absorbing new information wherever they go. They can listen to anything they want from thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, documentaries, sleep programs, and more. A coffee table book for book lovers Amazon "Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany," available at Amazon, $15.19If your in-laws love to read, they'll enjoy this book from illustrator Jane Mount, who is known for the colorful book spines of notable works. Inside, they'll find tours of the world's best bookstores, quizzes to test book knowledge, and samplings of famous fictional meals — all illustrated in Mount's fun and whimsical style. You can find more coffee table books for gifting here. A photo book of fond memories with your in-laws Artifact Uprising/Business Insider Large Format Prints, available at Artifact Uprising, from $17If you've spent holidays or vacations in the past with your in-laws, a sweet photo book to bring back good memories can be a great gift and way to show you appreciate family time with them. Artifact Uprising makes it easy with custom options at affordable prices. Or you can customize thoughtful cards for as little as $1 per card. You can also create a set of prints for $9. A new cookbook to add to their repertoire Amazon "Cook Like a Pro" by Ina Garten, available at Amazon, $17.21Ina Garten's latest release is a great addition to any home chef's cookbook collection. They'll learn plenty of new recipes and cooking techniques — and you might even get to taste the fruits of their labor one day.  A coffee subscription box for trying new beans Blue Bottle Coffee Whole Bean Subscription, available at Blue Bottle Coffee, from $22/monthIf they love coffee, they'll love getting the chance to try a bunch of new brews every month. Blue Bottle's beans are high quality, packaged at peak flavor, and come in a range of unique blends. A smart speaker to help them get started on a smart home Best Buy Google Nest Mini, available at Best Buy, $24.99If your in-laws are not really the techie types, start them out with this small smart speaker. Nest Mini is a subtle introduction to smart technology — plus they'll get a kick out of communicating with Google Assistant. Read our full review of the Google Nest Mini here. A charging hub so they don’t have to fight for the open outlet Amazon elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub, available at Amazon, from $24.99If they're always fighting for the last free outlet to charge their Apple products, or if they're both big Apple fans, this hub will charge all their devices at once. A fun way to show off their cork collection Uncommon Goods State Map Wine Cork Trap, available at Uncommon Goods, $35For the bunch with a bunch of state pride, give them a fun way to use their leftover wine corks and show off their favorite place. This birch-wood display makes a nice piece of wall art that's sure to start a conversation.  A modern vase to brighten up any space West Elm Barro Vases, available at West Elm, from $36These cute vases look great in any space and come in subtle but fun yellows and blues to add a pop of color.  If you want to go that extra mile, you could put some florals or dried plants in it too. A monthly sampling of some of the tastiest products from around the country Mouth Best of Mouth Subscription, available at Mouth, from $47.75/monthFoodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they'll receive each month. An elevated serving board for your in-laws next dinner party Uncommon Goods Bamboo Lotus Serving Board, available at Uncommon Goods, $48If your in-laws like to do a lot of hosting, this lotus-shaped serving tray will elevate their next dinner party. It has built-in spots for dips, crackers, cheese, veggies, and more. A cozy gift for your mother-in-law to keep her feet warm Uncommon Goods Ballerina Herbal Warming Slippers, available at Uncommon Goods, $48Pamper your mother-in-law with these fuzzy slippers featuring removable insoles filled with aromatic lavender buds and thermally conductive flax seeds. In the winter she can heat them up in the microwave for extra warmth, and in the summer she can throw them in the fridge for a refreshing cool down. A leather catchall for their keys Mark & Graham Rustic Leather Catchall Tray, available at Mark & Graham, from $49Your in-laws will love this chic catchall tray for staying organized. Place on a desk, nightstand, or entryway table to hold keys, wallets, headphones, and more. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch. Choose from small, medium, large, or opt for a set of all three. A trio of unique condiments to spice up their meals Bloomingdale's Bushwick Kitchen Threes Knees Trio, available at Bushwick Kitchen, $49.99Adventurous eaters and hot sauce lovers will definitely enjoy using this trio of spicy condiments. A spicy honey, spicy maple, and gochujang sriracha give them all sorts of new ways to spice up their favorite foods.  Gifts under $100 Winc Winc Gift Card, available at Winc, from $60A wine subscription service makes their favorite pastime easier for them as they can handpick wine from around the world. They can spend time wine tasting at home with exclusive choices that match their unique palate. We also ranked it as the best wine subscription overall. A nice candle with a reusable vessel Lafco Lafco Library Candle, available at Bluemercury, $65A nice candle is always a welcomed gift. These ones are made to embody the scents of common places, including rooms in the house. The best part of these candles, though, is that they'll be able to reuse the hand-blown glass vessel once the candle has burned down. All they have to do is put it in the freezer when the wax runs down, pop it out with a knife, and run it through the dishwasher. Our editor uses hers for everything from cotton swabs to serving snacks. An e-reader for their love of books Amazon Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $94.99E-readers make flipping pages easier than ever. If your in-laws inhabit the library and bookstore pretty much all the time, get them this Kindle. It's water-resistant, can be read in the sunlight, and has a long battery life. Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here.  An indoor garden for urban dwellers and herb lovers Amazon Click & Grow Smart Garden, available at Amazon, $99.95Anyone who spends time in the kitchen or garden knows how much fresh herbs can upgrade a dish. While not all climates or spaces can sustain a full herb garden, this little indoor gardening kit can, so they can top every last dish with their favorite fresh herbs. An Airbnb gift card for in-laws who love to travel Airbnb Instagram Airbnb Gift Card, available at Zola, from $100A tangible gift is great, but so is the gift of an unforgettable experience. For the jet-setting duo, bring them one step closer to their next vacation (as soon as vacations are safe again) with an Airbnb gift card so they can explore someplace new together. You can find more hotel and Airbnb gift card options here. A decanter and matching glasses with a personal touch Mark & Graham Etched Windowpane Decanter and Glasses, available at Mark and Graham, $139Show them you mean business with this sophisticated decanter and set of four double old fashioned glasses. You can even add a monogram if you're looking for a more personal touch. A digital picture frame for all their favorite memories Aura Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, available at Aura, $179In-laws can be sentinmental people, so there's no better personal gift than a digital photo frame. They can view loads of family memories from a single device. As long as the frame is hooked up to WiFi, your in-laws can enjoy the photos you've carefully curated, all day long. You can hear about our experience with another Aura frame, here. A pizza maker for home cooks and pizza aficionados Williams Sonoma Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker, available at Williams Sonoma, $179.95Some might call this one life-changing. If they love cooking together, gift them a countertop pizza maker so they can enjoy homemade pies with the toppings of their choice in less than 10 minutes.  A gift for the father-in-law who's a major baseball fan Uncommon Goods Baseball Stadium Blueprints, available at Uncommon Goods, $185A little bit of history, a little bit of architecture, and a whole lot of team spirit — whether you support their favorite team or not, they'll appreciate this thoughtful print that'll quickly find a home on one of their walls. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 12th, 2021

64 of the best gifts for dads, from personalized football jerseys to a do-it-all smartwatch

We've rounded up a huge selection of gift ideas for Dad, no matter if he's into personalized football jerseys, the perfect steak, or a good book. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Tom & Teddy Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, especially if yours doesn't offer many hints of what he wants. We found the best gifts for Dad, whether for Christmas, his birthday, Father's Day, or another milestone. From a Sirloin of the Month club to a massage gun, these gift ideas are sure to be a big hit. If you're searching for the perfect gift for Dad but coming up empty, don't stress; we've done the hard work for you and compiled the absolute best gifts that he'll love no matter the occasion. Whether it's a gift for Christmas, an idea for his birthday, or just a thoughtful way to show your love, we found a number of unique gift ideas that are sure to impress even the toughest Dads to shop for.From a monthly steak subscription and an at-home golf hitting mat to a new record player or a comfy pillow, you can't go wrong with any of the gifts on this list.Here are 72 of the best gifts for Dad Coasters with the classics Uncommon Goods Upcycled Record Coasters, $18, available at Uncommon GoodsDad can reminiscence about his favorite jams while enjoying a drink with these coasters made from reclaimed records. The discs are specially sealed so moisture won't seep through and damage the surface. Modern over-ear headphones Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, $349 via AmazonThese over-ear headphones from Sony are a must-have for frequent travelers as they have incredible noise cancellation that does well to drown out drum of a car engine or airplane. They also deliver clear audio which is perfect for when Dad wants to jam out to his favorite album or catch up on some podcast episodes. An Audible subscription Audible/Business Insider AudiblePlus subscription, from $7.95 per month, available at AudibleWith an Audible subscription, Dad gets unlimited access to thousands of audiobooks and podcasts. Plus, you can even have Dad test it out first with a free trial. A gift subscription to a popular coffee club Atlas Coffee Club Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, $50, available at Atlas Coffee ClubIf your dad's veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won't go unused. We recommend a subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag. Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club here.  A massage gun to use after working out Theragun Theragun Mini, from $199, available via TherabodyWhether Dad wants to recover after a grueling workout or just wants to be his own personal, at-home masseuse, a massage gun is an excellent gift. This model, Theragun's Mini, is our pick of the best entry-level massage gun, as it has a modest price tag yet still comes standard with a number of features found on more expensive, premium options.  An easy way to open wine Connie Chen/Insider Secura Electric Wine Opener, $26.99, available at AmazonDad can open his wine hassle-free with this gift. The sleek, fast-charging, and cordless wine opener can pull out 30 corks on one charge, making it our choice for one of the best electric wine openers. All Dad has to do is push a button and it does all the work. A tiny tag to ensure he never loses his valuables Apple Apple AirTag, $29, available at AppleIf dad tends to frequently misplace his key, wallet, or other valuables, help him out by gifting him a handy AirTag. The tags can be placed on just about any item and will connect to his phone so he can easily keep track of his stuff via the Find My app. For an extra personal touch, you can even get it engraved for free. Breathable and machine-washable sneakers Allbirds Allbirds Wool Runners, $95, available at Allbirds These merino wool sneakers from Allbirds, Silicon Valley's favorite shoe brand, are the perfect mix of sporty and stylish. They come in tons of colors and are even machine washable.Read our full review of Allbirds Wool Runners here. A mat to help with dad's short game Amazon Rukket Tri-Turf Golf Hitting Mat, $99.99, available on AmazonFor the dad who loves to golf, this is one of the best golf hitting mats to help improve his short game from home. This compact, portable practice aid features three turf heights, to simulate rough, fairway, and close-cropped "collar" turf. A digital picture frame to display his favorite memories Aura Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at AuraSometimes, all Dad wants is something sentimental and personal. A digital picture frame is the perfect gift for Dad because it means he can view his favorite photos from a single device. As long as the frame is hooked up to WiFi, your dad can enjoy the photos you've carefully curated, all day long in his office or home. You can hear about our experience with another Aura frame, here. A compact gas grill The Home Depot Dyna-Glo 3-Burner Open Cart Propane Gas Grill, $119, available at Home DepotIf owning a grill is one of your dad's long-standing dreams, this one from Dyna-Glo is the one to get him. The best part is that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, which is why we've named it the best budget option in our guide to the best gas grills. We've also put together a complete guide to grilling products, if you're looking for more grilling gifts for Dad.  A monthly subscription for the bookworm dad Book of the Month Book of the Month Subscription, from $49.99, available at Book of the MonthIf your dad's always on to the next page turner, he'll love getting a new book delivered straight to his doorstep each month. We think it's the ideal gift for Dad and even rank it as the best for bookworms in our guide to the best subscription boxes.  A workout shirt he won't want to take off Vuori Vuori Strato Tech Tee, $44, available at VuoriRegardless of whether Dad's a fitness guru or novice, an essential part of working out is the gear itself. Vuori makes extremely soft, comfy, and functional activewear. Our team loves the brand and has even dubbed it the best overall in our guide to the best men's workout clothes. Read our full review of Vuori clothing here.  A garden tool set for the dad with a green thumb Cutco Cutco 4-Piece Garden Tool Set, $103, available at CutcoIf gardening is one of your dad's favorite pastimes, this set has everything he could need when working outside. Each garden tool has a comfortable grip handle, a durable head, and depth marks. Tools are only one part of what he might need for his gardening adventures, so make sure to also check out our guides to the best gardening tools and best gardening tools for beginners. His new go-to summer shorts Buck Mason Deck shorts, $85, available at Buck MasonAvailable in four neutral color options, as well as in a six-inch and eight-inch length, these classic shorts are sure to become a staple wardrobe piece for dad this summer. Made from a lightweight, quick-drying cotton blend, these shorts are comfy and chic on land, but can also get wet and even act as swim trunks.   Personalized vinyl wall art Uncommon Goods Personalized LP Record, $150, available at Uncommon GoodsCommemorate his birthday, anniversary, or Father's Day with this custom record art. Made from an upcycled vinyl LP and suspended in a floating frame, this custom wall art can feature the soundtrack to their life or songs you share together. Choose from two retro designs, title the record, and add up to five personal song titles.  A two-step skincare regimen Amazon Brickell Men's Daily Essential Face Care Routine II, $57, available at AmazonTime to up Dad's skincare game. Created specifically for men, the startup has become a favorite skincare brand for Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael because it's simple and effective. Each product uses high-quality natural and organic ingredients. The charcoal works great for deep pore cleansing without the long, drawn-out process, earning it a spot on our list of the best skincare brands in 2021. An electric toothbrush Walmart Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, $39.95, available at WalmartHelp him ditch the manual toothbrush with Philips Sonicare, whose brushes are gentler on teeth and give brighter results over time. We recommend this one for its powerful cleaning and movements-per-minute. Plus, the rechargeable toothbrush is better for the environment. A personalized video message from his favorite star Cameo/Business Insider Cameo Personalized Video Message, from $10, available at CameoYou can choose from thousands of actors, athletes, and musicians and get Dad a personalized video message from his favorite star. For a gift that also gives back, search for celebrities donating some of the proceeds to charity. Or, opt for a funny and festive option like a Buddy the Elf impersonator. You can read our full breakdown of Cameo here. A leather iPhone wallet case Etsy Leather Wallet Case, from $28.40, available on EtsyGet Dad a protective and stylish case for his iPhone that can also double as a handy wallet for storing cards. You can even get personalized with Dad's initials for an extra special touch. The case is available for iPhones ranging from the 6S to the 12 Pro Max.  A smart watch to track his fitness goals Amazon Suunto 7, $399, available on AmazonFor a worthy splurge for the fitness-obsessed dad, the Suunto 7 is a feature-rich and highly accurate smartwatch that offers tracking for more than 70 different activities, is comfortable to wear, and offers useful training feedback anyone can benefit from. It can also give alerts for texts, emails, and has numerous other handy smart features dad will surely appreciate. We even named it the best running watch you can buy.Read our full review of the Suunto 7 here. A mask fit for athletes Under Armour UA Sportsmask, $30, available at Under ArmourIf Dad loves his fitness routine but is often frustrated by working out with a mask on, the Sportsmask is a useful solution. This mask from Under Armour was specifically designed for high activity, and its water resistance, breathability, and UPF 50+ sun protection all lend well to making his workout routine more comfortable. A handy duffel bag Away The Weekender, $215, available at AwayIf your dad is a frequent traveler or gym-goer, he'll love this versatile duffel bag from Away. It's available in canvas or nylon, has a separate compartment for shoes, and a handy sleeve that slips over a carry-on handle.Read our full review of the Away Weekender here.  A cookbook from his favorite burger joint Amazon/Business Insider "Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories," $16.38, available at AmazonIf your dad is a fan of Shake Shack, he'll love this cookbook that will teach him how to make his very own ShackBurger. A keepsake he can use for years to come Uncommon Goods Ticket Stub Diary, $14, available at Uncommon GoodsConcerts, museums, sporting events, or movies — regardless of what Dad's passionate about, this handy journal makes for efficient storage of sentimental memories that could otherwise get stained or ruined. With 118 ticket sleeves, there's plenty of room for upcoming memories as well. A set of quality merino wool socks Bombas Men's Merino Wool Calf Sock 8-pack, $136.80, available at BombasThey may just seem like a basic, everyday accessory, but socks are among the most underrated gifts you can give. Dad will love these Bombas socks made from soft and warm merino wool. You can hear more about why we love this brand and its products in our review of Bombas socks.  A health and ancestry genetic test kit 23andme 23andMe Health and Ancestry Genetic Test Kit, $199, available at 23andMeThis genetic test kit from 23andMe is great for the dad who's interested in learning more about his family history. You can learn more about all this kit has to offer in our guide to the best DNA test kits.  A Disney Plus subscription Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Disney Plus gift subscription, 1-year subscription for $79.99It gives Dad unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Read everything there is to know about Disney Plus over here.And if he needs some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream. A colorful swimsuit Tom & Teddy Tom & Teddy Men's Swim Shorts, from $64.94, available at Tom & TeddyMade from super-soft, quick-dry fabric, these swim trunks will make dad the star of your next beach or pool day. They come in an array of colors and prints, and you can even get matching father-and-son swim short sets. A beer growler for sipping at home Houzz Personalized Craft Beer Growler, $43, available at HouzzNow, Dad can take his favorite ales home with him to enjoy. This 64 oz growler comes personalized with his initials on it and includes four mini pilsner glasses. Soft, crisp sheets and bedding Brooklinen Brooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $198, available at BrooklinenBrooklinen's luxe sheets are among our favorites for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and unbelievable comfort.The company's Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything your dad needs to completely makeover his bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. They include a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, a duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets. Read our full review of Brooklinen sheet here.  A custom whiskey glass BRVOglass/Etsy Personalized Whiskey Glass, $18.90, available at EtsyGreat for new dads, this custom, hand-etched whiskey glass can boast his proudest title alongside the year he became a father. Photos from reviewers go to show that this glass isn't just for whiskey, recipients have gotten creative by storing candy and other small gifts in their glasses. A subscription for steaks AmazingClubs Sirloin of the Month Club, from $103.95 per month, available at AmazingClubsMeat lovers will enjoy sinking their teeth into a premium cut of sirloin. Each month Dad will receive a mouth-watering selection of premium steaks curated by experts and shipped fresh right to his door. Choose from subscription options of three months, six months, 12 months, or every three months. A SodaStream Amazon SodaStream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Machine, $86, available at WalmartThe SodaStream Fizzi lets you turn plain water into sparkling water in just a few seconds. Dad can adjust the fizziness and flavor level to his personal taste. We even named it the best overall in our guide to the best soda makers.  A classic stovetop espresso maker Amazon Bialetti 9-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker, $49.95, available at Crate & BarrelThis classic kitchen accessory is perfect for the coffee-loving dad who wants to bring cafe-quality coffee home. The Bialetti stovetop espresso maker not only makes great coffee, but it looks great on the counter. We made sure to include its 6-cup counterpart in our guide to the best stovetop espresso makers, as the best overall pick.  The Amazon Echo Show Amazon Amazon Echo Show 5, $49.99, available at AmazonThere's an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon's Alexa can and can't do, but once that's passed, the Echo Show can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things Dad should find charming. Unlike the Echo or Echo Dot, the Echo Show also has a screen for displaying information. A device that improves golfing skills Amazon Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, $179.99, available at AmazonIf your dad is a big golfer, this performance-tracking system is a fun addition to his golf bag. A durable backpack and cooler combo Carhartt Carhartt Medium Pack + 3 Can Insulated Cooler, $74.99, available at CarharttMade from a durable 500 denier Cordura ripstop material, this Carhartt backpack is perfect for outdoorsy dads. The included 3-can cooler is a great addition that'll let him carry a few cold brews on his fishing or camping trips. A custom map poster Grafomap Grafomap Custom Map Poster, from $49, available at GrafomapGrafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your dad's hometown, his college town, his favorite travel destination, or the place where he got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination.  A gift card for the sports fan Fanatics Fanatics gift card, from $10, available at FanaticsIf Dad's nostalgic for his college days or loves gearing up for his favorite sports season, give him the gift of variety with a Fanatics gift card. Fanatics is home to apparel, accessories, and memorabilia for just about every major sports team you can think of.  A luxurious shave kit Harry's Harry's Winston Shave Set, $25, available at Harry's (+ $15 for monogram)This shave set from Harry's is as sleek as it gets at this price. To go the extra mile, you can get his initials engraved into the razor. You can hear more about this set in our guide to the best shaving kits.  A freshly scented beard wash and conditioner set The Art of Shaving The Art of Shaving Beard Wash and Conditioner Set, $30, available at The Art of ShavingSoap and water can leave his facial hair dry and scratchy. Bearded dads need this soothing beard wash and conditioner set from The Art of Shaving in their lives.  A sous-vide device for ambitious home cooks Amazon Anova Nano Sous Vide, $129, available at TargetFor under $100, the Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Dad's life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, it'll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. It's so good that we name it the best overall pick in our guide to the best sous vide machines.  A cozy and supportive pillow Leesa Leesa Pillow, $79, available at LeesaGive the gift of a good night's sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from mattress startup Leesa.  A 10-pack of soft and stylish underwear Amazon MeUndies Men's Boxer Brief 10-Pack, $170, available at MeUndiesMade from MicroModal and elastane, MeUndies claims its underwear is three times softer than cotton. We think its boxers are so comfortable they'll blow Dad's mind. You can learn more about MeUndies in our guide on where to shop for men's underwear.  Comfortable and stylish jeans Mott & Bow Mott & Bow Wooster Dynamic Stretch Jeans, $118, available at Mott & BowGive the gift of good style with jeans from Mott & Bow. For more styles from the brand, check out our review of Mott & Bow's stretch-denim jeans.  Amazon's new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Amazon Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at AmazonIf your dad is tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift. The latest version is now waterproof too. Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here.  A hot sauce sampler pack Amazon The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler Pack, $34.99, available at AmazonIf you're not quite sure what kind of hot sauce your dad likes, or if he isn't committed to this or that variety of the spicy stuff, then The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler is a great gift idea. It features sauces made with peppers that come from India, Mexico, and beyond, and it has flavors ranging from Chipotle Pepper to Garlic Herb to Whiskey Habanero. A personalized sports jersey MLB Shop MLB Shop Custom Men's Jersey, from $149.99, available at the official MLB ShopNFL Shop Custom Men's Jersey, from $30.24, available at the official NFL Shop The sports-loving dad won't want to take this jersey off. At the MLB Shop and NFL Shop, you can order a personalized jersey with your dad's name on the back. An at-home workout system TRX TRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit, $167.95, available at Amazon For the active dad, you can bring the gym home with this TRX trainer. A durable, temperature-maintaining water bottle Hydroflask Instagram Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth, from $44.95, available at Hydro FlaskHydro Flasks are great for any situation, from camping to commuting. This durable, insulated water bottle does a masterful job of making sure drinks keep their temperatures. A modern turntable U-Turn Audio U-Turn Audio Orbit Special Turntable, $459, available at U-TurnThis turntable is the sleek home accessory your dad didn't know he needed. He can bring his old records out of storage and enjoy them with this modern record player.  A subscription service for new vinyl every month Vinyl Me Vinyl Me, Please 3-Month Gift Membership, $119, available at Vinyl Me, PleaseEvery person's vinyl collection is deeply personal, so instead of trying to guess his taste, let him choose the record himself. Each month, he'll choose and receive one LP, pressed exclusively for Vinyl Me, Please, from a collection of Essentials, Classics, and Rap & Hip Hop.The three-month gift membership includes one bonus record, while the six- and 12-month ones include two bonus records. A streaming TV player Amazon Roku Ultra, $69.99, available at TargetA media streaming device can transform your dad's so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Ultra with its easy-to-use interface and 4K video streaming.Read our full review of the Roku Ultra here.  A nice tie The Tie Bar/Business Insider Men's Neckties, from $18, available at Tie BarNeckties might be a cliché gift for dads, but The Tie Bar makes some handsome ties that he'll actually wear on a regular basis. You'll find plenty of colors, patterns, and styles — and the best part is they're all affordably priced. A handy multi-functional tool Amazon Leatherman OHT Multi-Tool, $89.95, available at B&H PhotoThis multi-functional tool does it all, plus it has a 25-year guarantee. A fast wireless charger and accessory tray Courant Catch:3 Charger Tray, $122.50, available at Staycourant.comGive your dad the gift of organization with this accessory tray and wireless charger combo. The pebbled leather is a much-needed upgrade from all the plastic tech accessories he has lying around, and the catchall tray is useful and thoughtful. It also means he'll stop asking you where his keys are three times before leaving the house.  Stylish computer glasses Felix Gray Felix Gray Blue Light Computer Glasses, from $95, available at Felix GrayIf he sits in front of a computer every day, he needs these blue light glasses that increase magnification, reduce glare, and filter out blue light in order to reduce eyestrain. They're also available with prescription lenses — we tried them and loved them.Read our full review of Felix Gray blue light computer glasses here.  Apple AirPods Amazon Apple AirPods with Wired Charging Case, $128.98, available at AmazonSome of the best gifts are items that can be used every day — and AirPods fall into that category. Whether your dad likes listening to music and podcasts or prefers to talk on the phone hands-free, AirPods will quickly become an essential item for him. You can learn more about the different versions in our guide to the best AirPods.  A ceramic pizza stone Wiliams Sonoma Emile Henry Pizza Stone, $54.95, available at Williams SonomaHomemade pizza is delicious, but it can be tricky to perfect. This ceramic pizza stone will make sure his pizza comes out perfectly cooked every time. An iPad Apple Apple iPad (Latest Model with Wi-Fi, 32GB), $329.99, available at Best BuyTech-obsessed dads will love to get their hands on the latest iPad. For more information on the different iterations, check out our guide to the best iPads.  A leather iPad case Leatherology Leatherology iPad Portfolio, from $190, available at LeatherologyThis leather iPad portfolio comes in 17 colors, so there's sure to be one that your dad will like. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch.  A durable and waterproof speaker Urbanears Urbanears Rålis Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $199.99, available at UrbanearsThe Rålis is Urbanears' first portable Bluetooth speaker and it sounds as good as it looks. It's a little pricey, but the sound quality is impressive enough to warrant the cost. An alarm clock that uses light to wake him up gently Amazon Philips Light Alarm Clock, $99.99, available at AmazonJust because Dad has to wake up before the sun rises doesn't mean he has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake him up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so he can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. This clock is also one of the top picks in our buying guide, so you can be sure he'll love it. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Category: topSource: bizjournalsSep 20th, 2018

4 Stocks to Watch Amid Recovering Medical Products Industry

Despite the COVID-induced challenges, rising demand for IVD coupled with dependence on AI & Robotics should lend support to the Zacks Medical-Products industry. ZBH, BIO, LNTH and HAE are well-poised to gain from the favorable factors. The COVID-19 pandemic, which turned out to be a biological crisis of unprecedented nature, has altered the very nature and dynamics of the healthcare industry. The Zacks Medical – Products industry bore the brunt of widespread supply chain disruptions and deferral of elective procedures. However, the medical products space has experienced substantial recovery, primarily owing to the easing of prior restrictions and ramped-up vaccinations. Apart from this, the slow resumption of elective procedures, rising demand for in vitro diagnostics (IVD) and increasing dependence on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are likely to drive the industry participants in the days ahead.Despite the pandemic-induced disruption, particularly in the first half of 2022, the industry players have not shown signs of slowing down yet. Industry participants like Zimmer Biomet ZBH, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. BIO, Lantheus LNTH and Haemonetics HAE are likely to gain from the abovementioned factors.Industry DescriptionThe industry comprises companies that provide medical products and cutting-edge technologies for diagnosis, observation, consultation, treatment and other healthcare services. The industry players are primarily focused on research and development. The industry participants primarily cater to vital therapeutic areas like cardiovascular devices, nephrology and urology devices, to name a few. Diagnostic testing stocks, which had registered a slowdown in demand for COVID-19 testing, picked up momentum in 2022. However, lockdown across several countries, notably China, in the first half of 2022 amid rising COVID-19 cases led to significant supply chain disruptions. Recent inflationary pressure and supply-chain issues are weighing on the gross and operating margins of the industry players. The trend is likely to continue for the rest of 2022.Major Trends Shaping the Future of the Medical Products IndustryAI, Medical Mechatronics & Robotics: The rising utilization of minimally-invasive robot-assisted surgeries, self-automated home-based care, use of IT for quick and improved patient care, and shift of the payment system to a value-based model underscore the growing influence of AI in the Medical Products space. In fact, mechatronics — a high-end technology incorporating electronics, machine learning and mechanical engineering — is rapidly becoming a defining characteristic of the space. There are several companies that have shown substantial prowess when it comes to their involvement in AI, robotics and medical mechatronics. Advancements in robot-assisted surgical platforms continue to be crucial with respect to minimally-invasive surgery that helps in reducing trauma associated with open surgery. With respect to Mechatronics, the benefits of the same have been demonstrated in the form of 3D printing, which has altered the face of the medical devices industry. Currently, 3D printing is being utilized to print stem cells, blood vessels, heart tissues, prosthetic organs and skin.Rising Demand for IVD: Toward the end of February 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak started to spread rapidly and took the shape of a pandemic. This led to the rise in global demand for diagnostic testing kits in order to curb the spread of the virus. The need of the hour became testing and that led to a shift in the pipeline of IVD products, with a large number of rapid, point-of-care devices going into development. Companies not only received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA but also bolstered production to aid testing shortages. The industry players anticipate significant demand for rapid diagnostic testing in the future as well and are well-poised to capitalize on the same.Emerging Markets Hold Promise: Given the rising medical awareness and economic prosperity, emerging economies have been witnessing solid demand for medical products. An aging population, relaxed regulations, cheap skilled labor, increasing wealth and government focus on healthcare infrastructure make these markets extremely lucrative for global medical device players.Zacks Industry RankThe Zacks Medical Products industry falls within the broader Zacks Medical sector.It carries a Zacks Industry Rank #154, which places it in the bottom 39% of more than 250 Zacks industries.The group’s Zacks Industry Rank, which is basically the average of the Zacks Rank of all member stocks, indicates bleak near-term prospects. Our research shows that the top 50% of the Zacks-ranked industries outperforms the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.Before we present a few medical products stocks that you may want to consider for your portfolio, let’s take a look at the industry’s recent stock-market performance and valuation picture.Industry PerformanceThe industry has underperformed its own sector and the Zacks S&P 500 composite in the past year.Stocks in this industry have collectively lost 44.5% compared with the Zacks Medical sector’s decline of 20.2%. The S&P 500 has gained 3.3% in the same time frame.One Year Price Performance Industry's Current ValuationOn the basis of the forward 12-month price-to-earnings (P/E), which is commonly used for valuing medical stocks, the industry is currently trading at 22.4X compared with the S&P 500’s 18.68X and the sector’s 21.72X.Over the last five years, the industry has traded as high as 30.17X and as low as 17.68X, with the median being at 20.22X, as the charts below show.Price-to-Earnings Forward Twelve Months (F12M)Price-to-Earnings Forward Twelve Months (F12M) 4 Promising Medical Products StocksLantheus: Lantheus is involved in developing, manufacturing, selling and distributing diagnostic medical imaging agents and products for diagnosing cardiovascular and other diseases. It serves hospitals, clinics, group practices, integrated delivery networks, group purchasing organizations, radio pharmacies and wholesalers. The company reported robust top and bottom-line growth for the second quarter on the back of its key product, Pylarify — the PSMA PET imaging agent of choice. Strong quarterly results led the company to raise its revenues and adjusted earnings guidance by 9.5% and 17.4% respectively, as measured at the midpoint of the earlier and new guided ranges. Currently, the company sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here. For this North Billerica, MA-based company, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2022 revenues suggests growth of 111.8%. The consensus mark for earnings indicates an improvement of 528.6%. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 54.6%, on average.Price and Consensus: LNTHBio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.: Bio-Rad Laboratories is a manufacturer and global supplier of clinical diagnostics and life science research products in healthcare, analytical chemistry, life science research and other markets. The company reported market-beating top and bottom-line performance in the second quarter of 2022. However, revenues were hurt by unfavorable currency movement. On a currency-neutral basis, sales improved, reflecting an elevated level of demand particularly in Asia as a result of the ongoing outbreaks in China. Overall, demand for both Life Science and Clinical Diagnostics continued to be strong on localized surges of COVID-19. China in particular drove higher-than-expected PCR instrument demand. However, the lockdown in China had a negative impact on local sales during the quarter. Meanwhile, foreign-exchange woes and pandemic-led macroeconomic troubles are likely to continue in 2022.For this Hercules, CA-based company, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 revenues suggests a decline of 2.6%. The consensus mark for earnings indicates a decrease of 8.8%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2023 revenues and earnings suggests growth of 7.8% and 9.6%, respectively. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 46.75%, on average. Presently, the company carries a Zacks Rank of 2 (Buy).Price and Consensus: BIOHaemonetics: Haemonetics provides blood management solutions to customers encompassing blood and plasma collectors, hospitals and health care providers globally. Haemonetics ended the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 with better-than-expected earnings and revenues. During the quarter, the company registered year-over-year growth in revenues driven by recovery across businesses. The robust performance in the Hospital business on continued strength in Hemostasis Management product line buoys optimism. Strong customer end-market demand for NexSys PCS system with Persona technology is encouraging. Robust contributions from the Vascular Closure business also seem promising. However, the year-over-year decline in the company’s Blood Center businesses raises apprehension.For 2023, the company expects GAAP total revenue growth in the range of 8-11% on a reported basis following the fiscal first-quarter results (up from the prior projection of 5-9%). Organic revenue growth is currently expected in the range of 10-14%. The company also raised the lower band of its guidance for adjusted earnings from $2.50 - $2.90 to $2.60-$2.90.For this Boston, MA-based company, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2023 revenues suggests growth of 9.2%. The consensus estimate for earnings indicates an improvement of 7.4%. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 6.25%, on average. Presently, the company carries a Zacks Rank of 2.Price and Consensus: HAEZimmer Biomet: Zimmer Biomet is a leading musculoskeletal healthcare company that designs, manufactures and markets products like orthopedic reconstructive products, sports medicines, trauma products and dental implants among others. In spite of a difficult macro-economic scenario in the second quarter, Zimmer Biomet posted better-than-expected earnings and revenues. Each of the company’s geographic segments and product divisions, barring “other” recorded year-over-year sales growth at CER. Revenues were driven by continued execution along with strong COVID recovery across most markets.According to the company, strong procedure volume recovery extended from the first quarter, especially as Zimmer Biomet moved into April and May, with a moderation of recovery in June. U.S. sales grew 1.3%, driven by a strong recovery in execution as COVID cases subsided and elective procedures returned, especially in knee and hips. The company’s strategic acquisitions, focus on emerging markets to drive growth, strong balance sheet position and stabilizing market trend bolster our confidence in this stock. Yet, factors like macroeconomic uncertainties, pricing pressure and unfavorable currency fluctuations have been adversely impacting Zimmer Biomet's business. On the second-quarter earnings call, Zimmer Biomet raised its adjusted EPS guidance for the full year from $6.65-$6.85 to $6.70-$6.90. The company carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).For this Warsaw, IN-based company, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 revenues indicates a decline of 12.7 and the same for earnings suggests a decline of 8%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2023 revenues and earnings suggests growth of 3.3% and 4.6%, respectively. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 7.4%, on average. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry in the past year.Price and Consensus: ZBH  Free: Top Stocks for the $30 Trillion Metaverse Boom The metaverse is a quantum leap for the internet as we currently know it - and it will make some investors rich. Just like the internet, the metaverse is expected to transform how we live, work and play. Zacks has put together a new special report to help readers like you target big profits. The Metaverse - What is it? And How to Profit with These 5 Pioneering Stocks reveals specific stocks set to skyrocket as this emerging technology develops and expands.Download Zacks’ Metaverse Report now >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. 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Category: topSource: zacks9 hr. 41 min. ago

The Children"s Place (PLCE) Posts Q2 Loss, Stock Declines

The Children's Place's (PLCE) second-quarter fiscal 2022 results reflect a decline in net sales due to the soft consumer demand resulting from the unprecedented inflation. Shares of The Children’s Place, Inc. PLCE dropped roughly 11% during the trading session on Aug 17, following the company’s dismal performance in the second quarter of fiscal 2022. Both the top and bottom lines not only missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but also declined year over year. Comparable retail sales continued with the sluggish run in the quarter. Management also disappointed investors with its soft third-quarter and fiscal 2022 view.Cautious consumer behavior amid the soaring inflation, increased promotional activity from key competitors and supply-chain issues adversely impacted the company’s results. These weighed on fashion AUR and margins during the quarter. However, this pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer highlighted that the third-quarter to-date sales trend has improved compared with the last two weeks of July and that the quarter-to-date AUR increase is encouraging.Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Based on the current environment, although we are now anticipating that consolidated sales for full year 2022 will be down approximately 8% versus pre-pandemic levels in 2019, we anticipate operating income will be up approximately mid-teens versus 2019 and EPS will increase approximately 30% versus 2019. With the multiple headwinds we are currently facing, these results would only be possible due to the structural reset to our business model since the start of the pandemic.”Let’s AnalyzeThe Children’s Place posted an adjusted net loss of 89 cents a share. This was sharply down from the Zacks Consensus Estimate of earnings of 68 cents and the year-ago period’s earnings of $1.71 per share.Net sales of $380.9 million decreased 8% year over year, primarily due to the soft consumer demand resulting from the unprecedented inflation, higher promotional activity across the sector, the lapping of the enhanced child tax credit last July and the impact of permanent store closures. The top line also missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $383.6 million, marking the fifth straight miss. Comparable retail sales declined 8.7% for the quarter.U.S. net sales fell 13% year over year to $313 million, while Canadian net sales decreased 5% to $35 million.Consolidated digital sales declined 7% year over year during the quarter. We note that digital sales represented 47% of total retail sales, with approximately 76% of the digital business now coming through a mobile device. Management expects digital revenues to represent 50% of retail sales in fiscal 2022 and 60% of retail sales by the end of fiscal 2024. Again, store net sales were down 14% from the year-ago period, while comp-store traffic fell 4% during the quarter.The Children's Place, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise The Children's Place, Inc. price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | The Children's Place, Inc. QuoteMargin DiscussionMoving on, the second-quarter adjusted gross profit was $114.8 million, down from $168.1 million in the year-ago period. Again, the adjusted gross margin shriveled 1,046 basis points to 30.2%. This year-over-year contraction was the result of lower merchandise margins due to unplanned AUR pressure resulting from soft consumer demand, combined with increased promotional activity, higher domestic supply-chain costs and the increased penetration of the wholesale business, which carries a lower margin. Higher inbound transportation costs and the deleverage of fixed expenses resulting from lower net sales also hurt the gross margin.Adjusted SG&A expenses decreased 0.5% year over year to $113.5 million in the reported quarter. As a percentage of net sales, the metric deleveraged 224 basis points to 29.8%, primarily due to the deleveraging of fixed expenses resulting from lower net sales and higher planned marketing spend. The Children’s Place expects fiscal 2022 SG&A expenses to be marginally lower than the prior year, with SG&A expenses planned to be approximately $450 million for the year.The company posted an adjusted operating loss of $11.7 million, down significantly from the adjusted operating income of $40.1 million in the comparable period last year.Store UpdateThe Children’s Place ended the quarter with 658 stores. Concerning its store fleet optimization strategy, The Children’s Place permanently shuttered seven stores during the second quarter. The company plans to close roughly 40 stores in fiscal 2022. Since the announcement of the fleet optimization initiative in 2013, the company has permanently closed 541 stores.Other Financial AspectsThe Children’s Place ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $28.2 million. The company had $283.9 million outstanding on its revolving credit facility as of Jul 30, 2022. Stockholders' equity at the end of the quarter was $184.2 million.The company incurred capital expenditures of $8 million during the quarter. Management anticipates fiscal 2022 capital expenditures to be approximately $45 million, with a major portion to be allocated for digital and supply-chain fulfillment initiatives.During the quarter, the company bought back 484,000 shares for approximately $22.6 million. As of Jul 30, 2022, the company had approximately $196.1 million remaining under its existing share repurchase program.OutlookThe Children’s Place assumes a low-single-digit jump in AUR for the back half of the year and foresees significant growth in the Wholesale channel with Amazon. It anticipates lower occupancy costs for the balance of the year due to favorable lease negotiations, permanent store closures and lower variable expenses. It also expects lower interest expenses in the back half of the year.The Children’s Place estimates third-quarter fiscal 2022 net sales of approximately $500 million, down from the $558.2 million reported in the year-ago period. The company anticipates a low-double-digit decline in comparable retail sales. It projects the adjusted operating income of approximately 14% of net sales, down from 20.9% in the last year. The company envisions third-quarter adjusted earnings to be approximately $3.95 per share. This suggests a significant decline from the earnings of $5.43 per share reported in the prior-year quarter.For fiscal 2022, management guided net sales of approximately $1,725 million. This suggests a decline of 10% from the net sales of $1,915.4 million reported in fiscal 2021. The company expects a low-double-digit decrease in comparable retail sales. It expects the adjusted operating income of approximately 7.5% of net sales, down from 15.1% in the last year. The company expects adjusted earnings of approximately $7.00 per share for fiscal 2022. This indicates a meaningful decline from the earnings of $13.40 per share reported in fiscal 2021.Shares of this Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) company have dropped 24.3% in the past six months compared with the industry’s decline of 20.7%.3 Stocks Hogging the LimelightHere we have highlighted three better-ranked stocks, namely Dollar General DG, Costco COST and Dollar Tree DLTR.Dollar General, a discount retailer, currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). DG has an expected EPS growth rate of 12.8% for three to five years. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Dollar General’s current financial-year revenues and EPS suggests growth of 10% and 13.4%, respectively, from the year-ago reported figure. Dollar General has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 2.8%, on average.Costco, which is engaged in the operation of membership warehouses, carries a Zacks Rank #2. COST has an expected EPS growth rate of 9.2% for three to five years.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Costco’s current financial-year sales and EPS suggests growth of 15.4% and 18.2%, respectively, from the year-ago period. COST has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 9.7%, on average.Dollar Tree operates discount variety retail stores. The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. DLTR has an expected EPS growth rate of 15.5% for three to five years.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Dollar Tree’s current financial-year revenues and EPS suggests growth of 6.7% and 40.7%, respectively, from the year-ago reported figure. DLTR has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 13.1%, on average. Free: Top Stocks for the $30 Trillion Metaverse Boom The metaverse is a quantum leap for the internet as we currently know it - and it will make some investors rich. Just like the internet, the metaverse is expected to transform how we live, work and play. Zacks has put together a new special report to help readers like you target big profits. The Metaverse - What is it? And How to Profit with These 5 Pioneering Stocks reveals specific stocks set to skyrocket as this emerging technology develops and expands.Download Zacks’ Metaverse Report now >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Citigroup Inc. (C): Free Stock Analysis Report Dollar General Corporation (DG): Free Stock Analysis Report Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR): Free Stock Analysis Report Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): Free Stock Analysis Report The Children's Place, Inc. (PLCE): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacks9 hr. 41 min. ago

What"s in the Cards for Medtronic (MDT) in Q1 Earnings?

Going by the industry-wide macro trend, we expect Medtronic (MDT) to once again report an adverse effect related to the global supply chain issues in fiscal Q1. Medtronic plc MDT is scheduled to report first-quarter and fiscal 2023 results on Aug 23, before the opening bell.In the last reported quarter, the company’s earnings lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.56%. Medtronic surpassed estimates in three of the trailing four quarters and missed in one, the average surprise being 1.83%.Let’s see how things have shaped up prior to this announcement.Factors at PlayMedtronic witnessed an adverse trend of procedure volume across its core business over the past few quarters, impacted by the choppy macroeconomic scenario globally. Per the company’s May 2022 update, the full impact of inflation with increased freight expense will be realized in Q1 and Q2 of fiscal 2023. Further, challenges related to the global supply chain as well as extended COVID-led restrictions in China are expected to have impacted the company’s major business lines.In this regard, in fiscal Q4, Medtronic particularly faced raw material shortages within the Surgical Innovations arm resulting in large backorders. The business revenues came well below the company’s expectations. Several of other business too faced similar challenges. Going by the global trend, we expect the company to once again report an adverse effect related to these global supply chain issues in fiscal Q1.In terms of the bottom line, according to the company, the full impact from inflation on raw material and direct labor costs will be realized over the next couple of quarters as inventory rolls off the balance sheet, negatively affecting gross margin.Meanwhile, Cardiovascular portfolio and cardiac rhythm management businesses are expected to have gained in Q1 fiscal 2023 on the recently launched Leadless Pacemakers, including Micra AV in Japan and China as well as Micra VR in China.Medtronic PLC Price and EPS Surprise Medtronic PLC price-eps-surprise | Medtronic PLC QuoteIn the neuroscience portfolio, the company is expected to have increased market share in Cranial and Spinal technologies. Demand for the company’s new spine implants is expected to have contributed to the growth. Strong adoption of AI-enabled surgical planning platform among the U.S. user base, the launch of the Catalyft expandable titanium interbody system and the rollout of enabling technologies are expected to have contributed to the growth in Q1. The Mazor robotics system and StealthStation navigation system particularly are expected to have performed strongly in the to-be-reported quarter.In Neuromodulation, over the past few months, Medtronic has been witnessing strong momentum from new products in both Pain Stim and Brain Modulation.Within Pelvic Health, the FDA approval of the company’s next-generation InterStim recharge-free device and InterStim X are expected to have contributed to top-line growth.In Medical Surgical and surgical robotics, Medtronic remains focused on the limited market release of the Hugo robot while it scales production. The company recently completed Hugo installations in Denmark, France, and Italy, which should have added to the company’s Q1 top-line growth within this arm.In Diabetes, MDT might have gained from the continued execution of its turnaround strategy. Germany and France recently began reimbursement of MiniMed 780G insulin pump, combined with the Guardian 4 sensor system, which is likely to have added to the top line. However, at the same time, the company is expected to have lost its share in the United States due to regulatory complications. Meanwhile, CMS’ Medicare coverage expansion (announced in December 2021) to include CGMs that integrate with Medtronic insulin pumps is expected to have a partial-quarter contribution to this business revenues in the first quarter.Q1 EstimatesThe Zacks Consensus Estimate for Medtronic’s fiscal first-quarter total revenues of $7.20 billion suggests a 9.8% rise from the prior-year reported number. The consensus mark for earnings of $1.12 per share implies a 20.6% plunge from the year-ago reported figure.What Our Quantitative Model PredictsPer our proven model, a stock needs to have the combination of a positive Earnings ESPand a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) to deliver an earnings surprise. But this is not the case here as you will see below.Earnings ESP: Medtronic has an Earnings ESP of -0.57%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.Zacks Rank: Medtronic currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).Other ReleasesSome stocks in the broader medical space that have announced quarterly results are Hanger HNGR, Molina Healthcare MOH and Merck & Co. MRK.Hanger, carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), reported second-quarter 2022 adjusted EPS of 35 cents, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 16.7%. Revenues of $312 million outpaced the consensus mark by 1.8%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Hanger has an earnings yield of 6.1% compared with the industry’s 3.8%. HNGR’s earnings surpassed estimates in three of the trailing four quarters, the average being 25.9%.Molina Healthcare, having a Zacks Rank #2, reported second-quarter 2022 adjusted EPS of $4.55, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4.8%. Revenues of $8.1 billion outpaced the consensus mark by 6.2%.Molina Healthcare has a long-term estimated growth rate of 16.4%. MOH’s earnings surpassed estimates in the trailing four quarters, the average being 3.2%.Merck reported second-quarter 2022 adjusted earnings of $1.87 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.67. Revenues of $14.6 billion surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5.4%. It currently has a Zacks Rank #2.Merck has a long-term estimated growth rate of 10.1%. MRK’s earnings surpassed estimates in the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 16.8%.Stay on top of upcoming earnings announcements with the Zacks Earnings Calendar. Free: Top Stocks for the $30 Trillion Metaverse Boom The metaverse is a quantum leap for the internet as we currently know it - and it will make some investors rich. Just like the internet, the metaverse is expected to transform how we live, work and play. Zacks has put together a new special report to help readers like you target big profits. The Metaverse - What is it? And How to Profit with These 5 Pioneering Stocks reveals specific stocks set to skyrocket as this emerging technology develops and expands.Download Zacks’ Metaverse Report now >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Merck & Co., Inc. 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Category: topSource: zacks9 hr. 41 min. ago

Here"s Why Investors Should Retain Hologic (HOLX) Stock for Now

Investors are optimistic about Hologic's (HOLX) better-than-expected results and expanded Panther installed base. Hologic, Inc. HOLX is gaining from continued strength in GYN Surgical business. The company’s earnings and revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company gained regulatory approvals in the fiscal third quarter, instilling optimism. However, declining sales and weak margins do not bode well.In the past year, the Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock has lost 6.7% against a 24.1% fall of the industry and a 4.1% drop of the S&P 500.The renowned medical device company has a market capitalization of $17.95 billion. Its earnings for third-quarter fiscal 2022 surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 37.7%.In the past five years, the company’s earnings have registered a 34.1% increase, way ahead of the industry’s 10.9% rise and the S&P 500’s 13.4% increase. The company’s long-term expected growth is estimated at 15.2%, compared with the industry’s growth expectation of 15.1% and the S&P 500’s estimated 11.2% growth.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchLet’s delve deeper.Factors At PlayQ3 Upsides: Hologic delivered better-than-expected revenues and earnings for the fiscal third quarter. Within the Diagnostics arm, the cytology and perinatal businesses delivered strong results as patients resumed Well Woman exams after prolonged delays during high COVID prevalence. The company’s Panther installed base stood at 3,200 instruments worldwide, per the fiscal third quarter’s earnings update. Hologic’s raised outlook for fiscal 2022 indicates the continuation of this bullish trend.Molecular Diagnostics Holds Potential: Hologic’s global molecular diagnostics franchise grew 22%, excluding revenues from COVID-19 tests. The uptick in the molecular diagnostics business was driven by strong uptake of both legacy and new assays, including the BBCVTV vaginitis panel, MGen, CTMG and respiratory menu on the Panther Fusion. Per the company, the vaginitis panel is well-positioned to become one of the top three assays within the molecular diagnostic portfolio over time.In May 2022, Hologic gained CE marking for the Panther Fusion EBV Quant Assay and the Panther Fusion BKV Quant Assay, extending its transplant pathogen monitoring menu on the Panther Fusion system. The company also gained FDA approval for Aptima CMV Quant assay, which adds to its diagnostic and viral load testing portfolio for HIV-1, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B.Strength in GYN Surgical: In the fiscal third quarter, revenues in the GYN Surgical business rose 7.9% year over year (up 9.7% at CER). The business recorded a strong rebound exhibiting positive procedural trends. The upside in the business was primarily driven by MyoSure and Fluent Fluid Management System sales. The acquired businesses of Acessa and Bolder also performed well in the reported quarter. Sales of Accessa procedures improved nearly 50% year-over-year, led by the company’s efforts to increase patient-covered lives to 84%.DownsidesDull Sales Scenario: Hologic witnessed a substantial revenue decline during the fiscal third quarter. The decline in the top line can be attributed to lower international COVID-19 assay sales and supply chain challenges in the Breast Health business.Weak Margins: The contraction of both margins is worrying. In the fiscal third quarter, the company-provided adjusted gross margin contracted 280 basis points (bps) to 63.3%. Adjusted operating margin also contracted 720 bps to 32.3%.COVID-19 Revenue Uncertainty: Hologic is witnessing a decline in COVID-19 testing following the vaccine rollout. This might significantly pull down the company’s revenues in the upcoming quarters.Estimate TrendHologic has been witnessing a positive estimate revision trend for the fiscal 2022. In the past 90 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Hologic’s fiscal 2022 earnings has moved 6% north to $5.82.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its fiscal 2022 revenues is pegged at $4.78 billion, suggesting a 15.2% fall from the year-ago reported number.Key PicksA few better-ranked stocks in the broader medical space that investors can consider are AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. AMN, Molina Healthcare, Inc. MOH and Patterson Companies, Inc. PDCO.AMN Healthcare has a long-term earnings growth rate of 3.2%. The company surpassed earnings estimates in the trailing four quarters, delivering a surprise of 15.7%, on average. It currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.AMN Healthcare has outperformed its industry in the past year. AMN has gained 1.2% against the industry’s 28.8% fall.Molina Healthcare has a long-term earnings growth rate of 16.4%. The company surpassed earnings estimates in the trailing four quarters, delivering a surprise of 3.2%, on average. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).Molina Healthcare has underperformed its industry in the past year. MOH has gained 25.3% against the industry’s 27.4% growth.Patterson Companies has an estimated long-term growth rate of 7.9%. The company’s earnings surpassed estimates in all the trailing four quarters, the average beat being 16.5%. It currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #2.Patterson Companies has outperformed its industry in the past year. PDCO has gained 0.6% compared with the industry’s 6.3% fall in the past year. Free: Top Stocks for the $30 Trillion Metaverse Boom The metaverse is a quantum leap for the internet as we currently know it - and it will make some investors rich. Just like the internet, the metaverse is expected to transform how we live, work and play. Zacks has put together a new special report to help readers like you target big profits. The Metaverse - What is it? And How to Profit with These 5 Pioneering Stocks reveals specific stocks set to skyrocket as this emerging technology develops and expands.Download Zacks’ Metaverse Report now >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Molina Healthcare, Inc (MOH): Free Stock Analysis Report Hologic, Inc. (HOLX): Free Stock Analysis Report Patterson Companies, Inc. (PDCO): Free Stock Analysis Report AMN Healthcare Services Inc (AMN): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacks9 hr. 41 min. ago

Wolfspeed (WOLF) Q4 Loss Narrows, Revenues Increase Y/Y

Wolfspeed's (WOLF) fourth-quarter fiscal 2022 results reflect rising demand for its silicon carbide required for electronic vehicles. Wolfspeed WOLF reported a non-GAAP loss of 2 cents per share for fourth-quarter fiscal 2022, comparing favorably with the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 10 cents. The year-ago loss was 23 cents per share.Revenues of $228.5 million were up 57% from the last fiscal year’s quarterly figure, surpassing the consensus mark by 9.98%. Growth in revenues was driven by a continued improvement in the Durham device staff and back-end operations.Quarter in DetailIn the fiscal fourth quarter, Wolfspeed’s revenues benefited from the growing trend of high-voltage applications’ continuous migration from traditional silicon to silicon carbide. This is owing to various initiatives to move toward greener energy sources.WOLF is also experiencing rising demand for its silicon carbide on high demand for electronic vehicles.In the fiscal fourth quarter, WOLF reported a non-GAAP gross margin of 36.5%, which expanded 430 bps from the year-ago fiscal quarter’s number, primarily driven by higher revenues.Total operating expenses in the quarter were $137.8 million (60.3% of total revenues), down by 21.9% from the last fiscal year’s quarterly figure.However, Wolfspeed incurred start-up costs, primarily related to Mohawk Valley, totaling approximately $30 million, contributing to the operating loss in the fiscal fourth quarter.WOLF experienced a non-GAAP operating loss of $8.6 million compared with the operating loss of $35.4 million in the year-ago fiscal quarter.Wolfspeed Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise Wolfspeed price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | Wolfspeed QuoteBalance Sheet & Cash FlowAs of Jun 26, 2022, WOLF reported cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $1.2 billion compared with $1.28 billion as of Mar 27, 2022.In the fiscal fourth quarter, WOLF reported cash outflow from operations of $154.2 million compared with $123.4 million in the fiscal third quarter.GuidanceFor the first quarter of fiscal 2023, WOLF expects revenues in the range of $232.5-$247.5 million.Non-GAAP loss per share is expected to be 11-17 cents.Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to ConsiderWolfspeed currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).WOLF’s shares have fallen 15.3% compared with the Zacks Computer and Technology sector’s decline of 20% in the year-to-date period.Here are some other top-ranked stocks from the broader sector:Intuit INTU carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Intuit’s shares have slumped 25.7% in the year-to-date period compared with the Zacks Computer - Software industry’s decline of 16.2%.Coupa Software COUP carries a Zacks Rank of 2, currently.COUP’s shares have dropped 55.4% in the year-to-date period compared with the Zacks Internet - Software industry’s decline of 44.6%.Hewlett Packard HPE is presently Zacks #2 Ranked.HPE’s shares have dropped 5.3% in the year-to-date period compared with the Zacks Computer - Integrated Systems industry’s decline of 3.2%. Free: Top Stocks for the $30 Trillion Metaverse Boom The metaverse is a quantum leap for the internet as we currently know it - and it will make some investors rich. Just like the internet, the metaverse is expected to transform how we live, work and play. Zacks has put together a new special report to help readers like you target big profits. The Metaverse - What is it? And How to Profit with These 5 Pioneering Stocks reveals specific stocks set to skyrocket as this emerging technology develops and expands.Download Zacks’ Metaverse Report now >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Intuit Inc. (INTU): Free Stock Analysis Report Wolfspeed (WOLF): Free Stock Analysis Report Coupa Software, Inc. (COUP): Free Stock Analysis Report Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacks9 hr. 41 min. ago

Alphabet (GOOGL) Updates Google Meet With Recent Capability

Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google updates Google Meet with a noise cancellation feature to help users stay engaged in meetings. Alphabet’s GOOGL division Google is leaving no stone unturned to introduce innovative features to bolster its video-conferencing software Google Meet.This is evident from the fact that Google recently updated Google Meet with a noise cancellation feature to let users know the extent to which noise cancellation is active and the degree of loudness in the background environment.Google Meet users can now be aware of how much noise is being reduced as it shows an expanding or contracting ring around the blue voice indicator.GOOGL also minimizes distractions by removing typing, construction sounds, background chatter and other noises to help users make productive video calls.Alphabet started rolling out the latest capability to customers using Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus and those with individual Workspace accounts.With the recent innovative feature, GOOGL aims to help presenters and attendees stay engaged in the meetings.Thus, the latest move is expected to boost the adoption rate of Google Meet.Alphabet Inc. Price and Consensus Alphabet Inc. price-consensus-chart | Alphabet Inc. QuoteEfforts to Bolster Google WorkspaceThe recent initiative bodes well with Alphabet’s consistent efforts in strengthening the Google Workspace offerings consisting of Gmail, Meet, Drive, Calendar, Contacts and more.Google Workspace has been driving GOOGL’s momentum for a while across organizations demanding productivity and collaboration tools.Apart from the latest step, Google released a redesigned version of the layout of emails sent by Google Calendar to make the event details useful and accessible to users.Additionally, Google Docs is gearing up to add emoji reactions to documents for expressing opinions informally.Gmail introduced a feature that allows users to pause mobile notifications while the desktop client remains active.All these endeavors are expected to continuously increase demand for Google Workspace, which will likely drive Alphabet’s top line in the days ahead.Evidently, this will aid GOOGL in winning investors’ confidence in the near and the long term.Shares of Google’s parent Alphabet have been down 17.4% in the year-to-date period, outperforming the Computer and Technology sector’s decline of 20.9%.Competitive Video-Conferencing MarketThe introduction of the noise cancellation feature to Google Meet will help GOOGL expand its presence in the booming video-conferencing market, which is expanding on the growing remote-working and online-learning trends, triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.Per a Fortune Business Insights report, the underlined market is expected to hit $14.6 billion by 2029, witnessing a CAGR of 11.3% between 2022 and 2029.Given the upbeat scenario, not only GOOGL but other companies like Microsoft MSFT, Cisco Systems CSCO and Zoom Video Communications ZM are also taking strong measures to bolster their presence in this space.Shares of Microsoft have been down 13.4% in the year-to-date period. In May, Microsoft introduced a feature whereby users can schedule a meeting, a private appointment or vacations and update those on the calendar.Further, Microsoft Teams’ auto-suggesting feature remains noteworthy, which suggests the most relevant search results across chats, files, people and other content stored or shared in the app.Cisco, having lost 26.4% in the year-to-date period, released the latest Webex Calling features in the Webex Suite in June 2022 to improve work flexibility, reliability and audio quality.Cisco introduced devices for hybrid work like the Webex Room Bar and Cisco Video Phone 8875. The Webex Room Bar can turn huddle spaces and small-to-medium-sized meeting rooms into a hub to engage in collaborations, while the Cisco Video Phone 8875 lets Webex users conduct phone calls and video meetings, ensuring maximum productivity.Zoom made its digital canvas named Zoom Whiteboard generally available in April. Zoom Whiteboard offers a unified solution for collaboration and creation on the ZM platform.Shares of Zoom have been down 44.4% in the year-to-date period. ZM further introduced capabilities for Zoom Chat and Meetings in April to help teachers engage and manage their students remotely.Nevertheless, Google’s growing initiatives to strengthen Google Meet are expected to help it gain a competitive edge over its peers.Currently, Google’s parent Alphabet carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here. Free: Top Stocks for the $30 Trillion Metaverse Boom The metaverse is a quantum leap for the internet as we currently know it - and it will make some investors rich. Just like the internet, the metaverse is expected to transform how we live, work and play. Zacks has put together a new special report to help readers like you target big profits. The Metaverse - What is it? 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