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Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Or Home Alone?

Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Or Home Alone? According to the Statista Global Consumer Survey and more than 1,000 U.S. respondents between the ages of 18 and 89, Thanksgiving with the family is still the way to celebrate the holiday this year. Friendsgiving - or celebrating Thanksgiving with friends - was the next popular plan, with 17 percent of Americans saying they would celebrate this way. Friendsgiving was most popular with the 25-34 age group. You will find more infographics at Statista Almost one in eight Americans said they would likely celebrate alone - here older Americans were overrepresented. Only 3 percent said they would not celebrate at all, while 6 percent planned to be out at a restaurant. According to the survey, 64 percent of respondent thought that the meaning of Thanksgiving was to spend time with family, while 61 percent saw it as a time to be thankful. 40 percent said they where out to have a good meal, 18 percent found meaning in watching football and 17 percent liked to remember the history of the celebration. Tyler Durden Thu, 11/24/2022 - 12:45.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytNov 24th, 2022

LIVE: The 50 best Amazon Prime Day Lightning Deals to shop before Black Friday

Amazon's Lightning Deals offer some of the best savings during Prime Day — but they aren't around very long. Here are all the top sales as they go live. Amazon/InsiderAmazon's second Prime Day of 2022 — the Prime Early Access Sale — is here. And some of the best saving opportunities are Lightning Deals, which are short-time deals that also have limited availability. To help you sort through what's worth buying, throughout the two-day event, we'll be updating a comprehensive roundup of the event's best deals and a list of the best deals under $25, along with this story, to highlight all the best deals available right now. If something piques your interest, act fast here — Amazon's Lightning Deals sell out quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes.Note: When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Samsung Galaxy Watch 4AmazonThe Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is the obvious choice for Android users looking for a comprehensive smartwatch experience. Right now it's down to an all-time low of $200 as part of an Amazon Lightning Deal.Blink Video DoorbellAmazonThe Blink Video Doorbell integrates seamlessly into the Alexa ecosystem. Like other video doorbells, this model will help you keep an eye on visitors and packages with two-way audio, two-year battery life, and other great features. It's currently down to only $125 as part of an Amazon Lightning Deal.Bentgo Kids Prints Lunch BoxAmazonBentgo's lunch boxes bring meal prep to the next level. This five-compartment option for kids is leak proof and available in a variety of fun colors and prints. Down to $20, this is a solid deal that won't last long.Levoit Classic 300S HumidiferAmazonThe Levoit Classic 300S Humidifer clears dry air quickly, quietly, and effectively. It's also easy to clean. It rarely drops below its $80 retail price, so this drop to $64 is an excellent deal. Act fast though, this Lightning Deal won't last long.Mighty Paw Dog Lick BowlAmazonWhile we haven't tested this lick bowl, which is meant to slow your dog down during mealtime, we like Mighty Paw's lick pad. The current price matches the best we've seen for this bowl.Death Wish Coffee Co. Whole Bean CoffeeAmazonDeath Wish Coffee is for those with a very high tolerance for caffeine. Don't take the name lightly! We've seen the price for a pound of beans closer to $12.50, but this is still a good deal on the expensive coffee.TruSkin Vitamin C SerumAmazonSome vitamin C serums can cost over $100, but this one has rave reviews for the way it works on fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and sun spots. The 1-ounce bottle often sells for about $18, so you're getting twice as much for an extra $20. SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress (Queen)Suzy Hernandez/InsiderWe found sleeping on the Dream Series felt like resting on a giant soft pillow. Meant for in-home use, it's the top pick in our air mattress guide for when you have guests over. This air bed usually sells for about $150, so you'll save around $30 during this lightning deal.Barbie Dreamplane PlaysetAmazonOf course Barbie has her own PJ. The Dreamplane playset includes the plane, snack cart, and puppy so Barbie and her pals can travel in style. The set's price has dipped this low before, but it's usually closer to $60.Bee's Wrap Beeswax Food Wrap (3 Pack)AmazonMade of beeswax, these wraps are great for covering bowls, storing cheese, and keeping all sorts of other food fresh. They're reusable, making them more sustainable than single-use plastic. This set comes with three sizes:  7 by 8 inches, 10 by 11 inches, and 13 by 14 inches. This lightning deal is the lowest price we've seen on this trio.Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Nose PatchesAmazonIf your nose is prone to blackheads, individual patches might not work for clearing them up. This pack from Mighty Patch has the same hydrocolloid formula, but in 10 large patches to fit your nose. Consistently priced at $18, the pack's lightning deal saves you 20%.YnM Weighted Blanket (15-Pound)AmazonYnM's weighted blanket has several layers to keep you warm but not overheat. While this is a blanket we technically don't recommend in our guide because of its beanbag feel, weighted blankets can be a personal choice, and one of our reviewers liked it a lot. We typically see this size blanket for around $50, so this Prime deal is saving you a few bucks. If you want a similarly priced 15-pound blanket, the Luna is also on sale for the event. Now & Later Chewy Mixed Fruit Chews (38-Ounce Jar)AmazonNow & Later candies are a childhood favorite, though their tough texture is polarizing for some. A 38-ounce jar is currently available for about $4 its usual price. They're individually wrapped, so you can hand them out as Halloween candy. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (3 Pack)AmazonCocoa butter is known for providing long-lasting hydration. Palmer's formula contains antioxidant-rich vitamin E and moisturizes for up to 24 hours. Typically priced at around $16 for this three-pack, it's now on sale for closer to $12. Bentgo Pop Lunch BoxAmazonWhile we haven't tested this version of the popular Bentgo lunch box, we like that it comes in many colors, has multiple compartments to keep food separate, and is leakproof. There's a removable divider, and the Pop holds more food than the regular kids' size. It typically sells for about $30, so the current Prime deal is for about $6 off.Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)AmazonAn obvious choice for Android users, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is sleek and useful. We wish that the ECG feature wasn't only for Samsung phone owners, though. During this Prime event lightning deal, it's 39% off, one of the best prices we've seen.Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Canceling HeadphonesAmazon You can get a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones for under $100. Anker's Soundcore headphones help dampen outside noise when you're listening to music or podcasts. The memory foam on the earcups will be welcome during long listening sessions. Though not the best price we've seen for them, it is the best in 2022.Embark Dog DNA Test KitChewyGet the scoop on your pup's health and background for $72 off. The Embark DNA test determines your dog's breed and checks for genetic health conditions. You'll also learn fun facts, like certain traits associated with your dog's breed.LG Gram laptopLGThis incredibly thin ultra lightweight laptop is equipped with the latest generation of Intel processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1080p webcam. This $450 Lightning Deal discount is one of the best prices we've seen for it to date.New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1 SneakerNew BalanceThese New Balance running shoes are sleek, supportive, and lightweight. At 40% off, these are a great deal for walking around the city or starting a running routine.Cosori Air Fryer Oven ComboAmazonStep aside, oven. This COSORI Air Fryer oven combo has the capacity to cook a 5-lb chicken, perfect for friendsgiving. Now on sale for 20% off, you can snag this multi-purpose kitchen tool for just $128.Playskool Sit ‘n SpinAmazonPlaySkool's Sit 'n Spin is a classic toy for toddlers, letting kids whirl around indoors at their own speed. This Prime Day Early Access lightning deal reduces the toy's price by $14 until it's fully claimed.welltree Cloud SlidesAmazonPillow slides: so hot right now. While we haven't tested this specific pair, our editor-in-chief loves this style of sandal so much that she wrote an article about it. Snag a pair of your own for $14 during Amazon's second Prime Day.Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor with Wall MountAmazonWith two-way audio, clear video, night vision, and cry detection, this safety system is designed to give parents and guardians peace of mind. It also alerts you if the baby's mouth and nose are covered or is face down. This price matches the best we've ever seen, with a discount of $40 off.Paper Mate EverStrong #2 Pencils, 6 Packs of 24 (144 Count)AmazonPencils: not the most exciting deal, but this is a great discount on a school staple. With the lightning deal, you'll get 144 pencils for $12.55. That's 9 cents a pencil. This is also a great deal to grab for the teacher in your life.iHealth No-Touch Forehead ThermometerAmazonStill relevant amid the ongoing pandemic, this best-selling, non-contact digital thermometer is available at an all-time low price of $14.HappyTrends Kitchen Floor MatAmazonAvailable at a slight discount from its normal Prime price, this water-resistant, cushioned floor mat can provide comfort for your feet when you're standing in the kitchen for extended periods of time.Jenga GameAmazonJenga is a crowd favorite for all ages — found anywhere from living rooms to sports bars. Save over 40% on the classic game, which is currently available for just under $10.Sleepbox Sound White Noise MachineAmazonEquipped with 25 "non-looped" soundscapes, this portable white noise machine can hang beside your bed as a speaker or accommodate wired headphone listening to help you relax or fall asleep. Its current $17 deal price matches a recent all-time low. The CeeCee Pillow by PharMeDocAmazonThis pregnancy pillow offers full-body support for pregnant women and people recovering from surgeries. At $21, more than 50% off its regular Amazon price, this is one of the best deals we've seen for this product. CALF Wireless Karaoke MicrophoneAmazon$61 is the lowest price we've seen for this Bluetooth karaoke microphone, which can pull triple duty as a speaker, player, and recorder. It's compatible with nearly any karaoke and singing app. JBL Tune 125TWS True Wireless In-Ear HeadphonesAmazonThese in-ear headphones from JBL deliver crystal clear audio, allow you to make and receive phone calls, and offer up to 32 total hours of battery life between the buds and their case. They're on sale for $40 during Prime Day which is one of the best prices we've seen them at.Ailessom Native VGA Bluetooth ProjectorAmazonThis powerful Bluetooth projector can bring a true movie theater experience to your home with up to 450-inch screen projection. $227 is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model. Wise Owl Outfitters Camping HammockAmazonThe best-selling hammock on Amazon is available at a slight discount as a Lightning Deal. Two nine-foot tree straps can hold you and potentially another person in this medium-sized camping hammock.Fangor Tablet Holder Mount for Car TravelAmazonA must-have travel companion for keeping your kids occupied on long drives, this tablet holder attaches to the back of a car seat headrest and is compatible with iPad Pro and Air and Kindle Fire HD models. $8 is an all-time low price for this recent model. Jeenek 10ft iPhone Charging CableAmazonNo one should be without the aid of an extended charging cable for their devices. This inexpensive Jeenek model lets you charge your iPhone or iPad 10 feet from an outlet. EMEET Webcam With MicrophoneAmazonLooking to level up your virtual meeting appearances? This webcam streams video at a bright 1080p and its built-in noise reduction microphones can improve your sound quality. $32 is an all-time low price for the product.DIGITNOW Bluetooth Record Player TurntableAmazonThis incredibly versatile record player can convert vinyl into MP3 files, play CDs and cassettes, and more, and it comes with Hi-Fi surround sound speakers. At $109, this deal nearly matches the all-time low we saw for the product two years ago. Aerlang Muscle Massage GunAmazonA portable and rechargeable massage gun, this Aerlang model can work up to 16mm into your muscle tissue for an effective relief from pain and fatigue. The cheapest "lightning" deal you can find for it is a Walmart deal at $25. Vont Smart ScaleAmazonThis wireless smart scale can track 13 different body measurements, including BMI, muscle mass, and visceral fat, to get a better picture of your overall health. At $14, it's 63% off its list price and $5 off what you can currently buy it for from Vont directly. Inse Cordless Vacuum CleanerAmazonEditor's note: This lightning deal is now out of stock on Amazon, though it is still available for purchase via Walmart at a better price.This 6-in-1 cordless cleaner can conveniently shift into several different versions of a vacuum to address anything from general floor cleaning to hard-to-reach areas, like between couch cushions. While it's available for $114 as an Amazon "lightning" deal, listed at 74% off, Walmart has it for an even greater discount at $97. Eufy Security Smart LockAmazonThe Eufy Security Smart Lock features four different methods of unlocking, so you get into your home as conveniently as possible. It's weatherproof, can be programmed to lock automatically, and can even open with just your fingerprint. It sees sales often throughout the year, but this drop to $130 is one of the best deals we've seen for it yet.Bentgo Glass Snack ContainerAmazonThis glass snack container is built with two compartments for dividing your food. It's perfect for meal prepping or keep fresh food from going stale during your commute. Right now you can get your own for only $12 during this Amazon Lightning Deal.Eufy RoboVac 30EufyDown to $140, this beats deals we've seen for the Eufy RoboVac 30 in the past. It's less pricey than other robot vacuums on the market but doesn't compromise suction and silence in exchange. The variety of extras — no-go zone strips, a user-friendly app, and Alexa and Google Home compatibility — make it worth the price.Soundcore by Anker Liberty 2 Pro Wireless EarphonesAmazonThese true wireless earphones let you choose between the privacy of noise cancellation or Transparency Mode which allows ambient noise and conversation. They offer up to seven hours of playtime and hi-res audio that is unparalleled at this price point.U-Taste Silicone Spatula SetAmazonThis four-piece set includes a jar spatula, spoon, large, and mini spatula made of seamless silicone. These tools are high-temperature resistant and dishwasher friendly, making them a solid addition to any kitchen drawer. Currently, select colors are down to $12 as part of a Lightning Deal.Kitchy Pizza Cutter WheelAmazonWhether you're a home pizza chef or just hate poorly sliced delivery pie, a home pizza cutter wheel is a must-have. This one is compact, safe to store, and on sale for an all-time low price.Samsung 85-inch The Frame QLED TVSamsungSamsung's 85-inch Frame TV may be the next large TV for you, and it has a sharp 4K QLED screen encased in a classy frame to make it look like a work of art. Right now as part of a Lightning Deal, it's available for just under $3,500 — an exceptional all-time low.Razor AW Kick ScooterWalmartRight now, you can get your child their very own Razor Scooter at an excellent low price of only $30. These iconic scooters are designed for kids ages five and up, and the AW style even allows for tricks and stunts like popping wheelies.Spider-Man Multi-Feature on Blu-rayAmazonWhether you're a fan of Tom Holland's performance as Spider-Man or want to catch up on the MCU, this Blu-ray multi-feature is a steal. It's currently on sale and features "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Spider-Man: Far from Home," and "Spider-Man: No Way Home" all in one.KitchenAid Food ChopperAmazonThis food chopper from KitchenAid is compact, dishwasher-safe, and available in a variety of colors for you to choose your favorite from. It's even on sale for a new low price for a limited time as part of an Amazon Lightning Deal.'Dune' 4K UHDAmazonThe 2021 "Dune" film stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in an sci-fi action adventure. Fans of DVD or BluRay collecting can pick up their own copy now for only $12, matching the previous all-time low we've seen for it.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytOct 12th, 2022

LIVE: The 48 best Amazon Prime Day Lightning Deals to shop before Black Friday

Amazon's Lightning Deals offer some of the best savings during Prime Day — but they aren't around very long. Here are all the top sales as they go live. Amazon/InsiderAmazon's second Prime Day of 2022 — the Prime Early Access Sale — is here. And some of the best saving opportunities are Lightning Deals, which are short-time deals that also have limited availability. To help you sort through what's worth buying, throughout the two-day event, we'll be updating a comprehensive roundup of the event's best deals and a list of the best deals under $25, along with this story, to highlight all the best deals available right now. If something piques your interest, act fast here — Amazon's Lightning Deals sell out quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes.Note: When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Mighty Paw Dog Lick BowlAmazonWhile we haven't tested this lick bowl, which is meant to slow your dog down during mealtime, we like Mighty Paw's lick pad. The current price matches the best we've seen for this bowl.Death Wish Coffee Co. Whole Bean CoffeeAmazonDeath Wish Coffee is for those with a very high tolerance for caffeine. Don't take the name lightly! We've seen the price for a pound of beans closer to $12.50, but this is still a good deal on the expensive coffee.TruSkin Vitamin C SerumAmazonSome vitamin C serums can cost over $100, but this one has rave reviews for the way it works on fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and sun spots. The 1-ounce bottle often sells for about $18, so you're getting twice as much for an extra $10. SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress (Queen)Suzy Hernandez/InsiderWe found sleeping on the Dream Series felt like resting on a giant soft pillow. Meant for in-home use, it's the top pick in our air mattress guide for when you have guests over. This air bed usually sells for about $150, so you'll save around $30 during this lightning deal.Barbie Dreamplane PlaysetAmazonOf course Barbie has her own PJ. The Dreamplane playset includes the plane, snack cart, and puppy so Barbie and her pals can travel in style. The set's price has dipped this low before, but it's usually closer to $60.Bee's Wrap Beeswax Food Wrap (3 Pack)AmazonMade of beeswax, these wraps are great for covering bowls, storing cheese, and keeping all sorts of other food fresh. They're reusable, making them more sustainable than single-use plastic. This set comes with three sizes:  7 by 8 inches, 10 by 11 inches, and 13 by 14 inches. This lightning deal is the lowest price we've seen on this trio.Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Nose PatchesAmazonIf your nose is prone to blackheads, individual patches might not work for clearing them up. This pack from Mighty Patch has the same hydrocolloid formula, but in 10 large patches to fit your nose. Consistently priced at $18, the pack's lightning deal saves you 20%.YnM Weighted Blanket (15-Pound)AmazonYnM's weighted blanket has several layers to keep you warm but not overheat. While this is a blanket we technically don't recommend in our guide because of its beanbag feel, weighted blankets can be a personal choice, and one of our reviewers liked it a lot. We typically see this size blanket for around $50, so this Prime deal is saving you a few bucks. If you want a similarly priced 15-pound blanket, the Luna is also on sale for the event. Now & Later Chewy Mixed Fruit Chews (38-Ounce Jar)AmazonNow & Later candies are a childhood favorite, though their tough texture is polarizing for some. A 38-ounce jar is currently available for about $4 its usual price. They're individually wrapped, so you can hand them out as Halloween candy. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (3 Pack)AmazonCocoa butter is known for providing long-lasting hydration. Palmer's formula contains antioxidant-rich vitamin E and moisturizes for up to 24 hours. Typically priced at around $16 for this three-pack, it's now on sale for closer to $12. Bentgo Pop Lunch BoxAmazonWhile we haven't tested this version of the popular Bentgo lunch box, we like that it comes in many colors, has multiple compartments to keep food separate, and is leakproof. There's a removable divider, and the Pop holds more food than the regular kids' size. It typically sells for about $30, so the current Prime deal is for about $6 off.Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)AmazonAn obvious choice for Android users, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is sleek and useful. We wish that the ECG feature wasn't only for Samsung phone owners, though. During this Prime event lightning deal, it's 39% off, one of the best prices we've seen.Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Canceling HeadphonesAmazon You can get a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones for under $100. Anker's Soundcore headphones help dampen outside noise when you're listening to music or podcasts. The memory foam on the earcups will be welcome during long listening sessions. Though not the best price we've seen for them, it is the best in 2022.Embark Dog DNA Test KitChewyGet the scoop on your pup's health and background for $72 off. The Embark DNA test determines your dog's breed and checks for genetic health conditions. You'll also learn fun facts, like certain traits associated with your dog's breed.LG Gram laptopLGThis incredibly thin ultra lightweight laptop is equipped with the latest generation of Intel processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1080p webcam. This $450 Lightning Deal discount is one of the best prices we've seen for it to date.New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1 SneakerNew BalanceThese New Balance running shoes are sleek, supportive, and lightweight. At 40% off, these are a great deal for walking around the city or starting a running routine.Cosori Air Fryer Oven ComboAmazonStep aside, oven. This COSORI Air Fryer oven combo has the capacity to cook a 5-lb chicken, perfect for friendsgiving. Now on sale for 20% off, you can snag this multi-purpose kitchen tool for just $128.Playskool Sit ‘n SpinAmazonPlaySkool's Sit 'n Spin is a classic toy for toddlers, letting kids whirl around indoors at their own speed. This Prime Day Early Access lightning deal reduces the toy's price by $14 until it's fully claimed.welltree Cloud SlidesAmazonPillow slides: so hot right now. While we haven't tested this specific pair, our editor-in-chief loves this style of sandal so much that she wrote an article about it. Snag a pair of your own for $14 during Amazon's second Prime Day.Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor with Wall MountAmazonWith two-way audio, clear video, night vision, and cry detection, this safety system is designed to give parents and guardians peace of mind. It also alerts you if the baby's mouth and nose are covered or is face down. This price matches the best we've ever seen, with a discount of $40 off.Paper Mate EverStrong #2 Pencils, 6 Packs of 24 (144 Count)AmazonPencils: not the most exciting deal, but this is a great discount on a school staple. With the lightning deal, you'll get 144 pencils for $12.55. That's 9 cents a pencil. This is also a great deal to grab for the teacher in your life.iHealth No-Touch Forehead ThermometerAmazonStill relevant amid the ongoing pandemic, this best-selling, non-contact digital thermometer is available at an all-time low price of $14.HappyTrends Kitchen Floor MatAmazonAvailable at a slight discount from its normal Prime price, this water-resistant, cushioned floor mat can provide comfort for your feet when you're standing in the kitchen for extended periods of time.Jenga GameAmazonJenga is a crowd favorite for all ages — found anywhere from living rooms to sports bars. Save over 40% on the classic game, which is currently available for just under $10.Sleepbox Sound White Noise MachineAmazonEquipped with 25 "non-looped" soundscapes, this portable white noise machine can hang beside your bed as a speaker or accommodate wired headphone listening to help you relax or fall asleep. Its current $17 deal price matches a recent all-time low. The CeeCee Pillow by PharMeDocAmazonThis pregnancy pillow offers full-body support for pregnant women and people recovering from surgeries. At $21, more than 50% off its regular Amazon price, this is one of the best deals we've seen for this product. CALF Wireless Karaoke MicrophoneAmazon$61 is the lowest price we've seen for this Bluetooth karaoke microphone, which can pull triple duty as a speaker, player, and recorder. It's compatible with nearly any karaoke and singing app. JBL Tune 125TWS True Wireless In-Ear HeadphonesAmazonThese in-ear headphones from JBL deliver crystal clear audio, allow you to make and receive phone calls, and offer up to 32 total hours of battery life between the buds and their case. They're on sale for $40 during Prime Day which is one of the best prices we've seen them at.Ailessom Native VGA Bluetooth ProjectorAmazonThis powerful Bluetooth projector can bring a true movie theater experience to your home with up to 450-inch screen projection. $227 is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model. Wise Owl Outfitters Camping HammockAmazonThe best-selling hammock on Amazon is available at a slight discount as a Lightning Deal. Two nine-foot tree straps can hold you and potentially another person in this medium-sized camping hammock.Fangor Tablet Holder Mount for Car TravelAmazonA must-have travel companion for keeping your kids occupied on long drives, this tablet holder attaches to the back of a car seat headrest and is compatible with iPad Pro and Air and Kindle Fire HD models. $8 is an all-time low price for this recent model. Jeenek 10ft iPhone Charging CableAmazonNo one should be without the aid of an extended charging cable for their devices. This inexpensive Jeenek model lets you charge your iPhone or iPad 10 feet from an outlet. EMEET Webcam With MicrophoneAmazonLooking to level up your virtual meeting appearances? This webcam streams video at a bright 1080p and its built-in noise reduction microphones can improve your sound quality. $32 is an all-time low price for the product.DIGITNOW Bluetooth Record Player TurntableAmazonThis incredibly versatile record player can convert vinyl into MP3 files, play CDs and cassettes, and more, and it comes with Hi-Fi surround sound speakers. At $109, this deal nearly matches the all-time low we saw for the product two years ago. Aerlang Muscle Massage GunAmazonA portable and rechargeable massage gun, this Aerlang model can work up to 16mm into your muscle tissue for an effective relief from pain and fatigue. The cheapest "lightning" deal you can find for it is a Walmart deal at $25. Vont Smart ScaleAmazonThis wireless smart scale can track 13 different body measurements, including BMI, muscle mass, and visceral fat, to get a better picture of your overall health. At $14, it's 63% off its list price and $5 off what you can currently buy it for from Vont directly. Inse Cordless Vacuum CleanerAmazonEditor's note: This lightning deal is now out of stock on Amazon, though it is still available for purchase via Walmart at a better price.This 6-in-1 cordless cleaner can conveniently shift into several different versions of a vacuum to address anything from general floor cleaning to hard-to-reach areas, like between couch cushions. While it's available for $114 as an Amazon "lightning" deal, listed at 74% off, Walmart has it for an even greater discount at $97. Eufy Security Smart LockAmazonThe Eufy Security Smart Lock features four different methods of unlocking, so you get into your home as conveniently as possible. It's weatherproof, can be programmed to lock automatically, and can even open with just your fingerprint. It sees sales often throughout the year, but this drop to $130 is one of the best deals we've seen for it yet.Bentgo Glass Snack ContainerAmazonThis glass snack container is built with two compartments for dividing your food. It's perfect for meal prepping or keep fresh food from going stale during your commute. Right now you can get your own for only $12 during this Amazon Lightning Deal.Eufy RoboVac 30EufyDown to $140, this beats deals we've seen for the Eufy RoboVac 30 in the past. It's less pricey than other robot vacuums on the market but doesn't compromise suction and silence in exchange. The variety of extras — no-go zone strips, a user-friendly app, and Alexa and Google Home compatibility — make it worth the price.Soundcore by Anker Liberty 2 Pro Wireless EarphonesAmazonThese true wireless earphones let you choose between the privacy of noise cancellation or Transparency Mode which allows ambient noise and conversation. They offer up to seven hours of playtime and hi-res audio that is unparalleled at this price point.U-Taste Silicone Spatula SetAmazonThis four-piece set includes a jar spatula, spoon, large, and mini spatula made of seamless silicone. These tools are high-temperature resistant and dishwasher friendly, making them a solid addition to any kitchen drawer. Currently, select colors are down to $12 as part of a Lightning Deal.Kitchy Pizza Cutter WheelAmazonWhether you're a home pizza chef or just hate poorly sliced delivery pie, a home pizza cutter wheel is a must-have. This one is compact, safe to store, and on sale for an all-time low price.Samsung 85-inch The Frame QLED TVSamsungSamsung's 85-inch Frame TV may be the next large TV for you, and it has a sharp 4K QLED screen encased in a classy frame to make it look like a work of art. Right now as part of a Lightning Deal, it's available for just under $3,500 — an exceptional all-time low.Razor AW Kick ScooterWalmartRight now, you can get your child their very own Razor Scooter at an excellent low price of only $30. These iconic scooters are designed for kids ages five and up, and the AW style even allows for tricks and stunts like popping wheelies.Spider-Man Multi-Feature on Blu-rayAmazonWhether you're a fan of Tom Holland's performance as Spider-Man or want to catch up on the MCU, this Blu-ray multi-feature is a steal. It's currently on sale and features "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Spider-Man: Far from Home," and "Spider-Man: No Way Home" all in one.KitchenAid Food ChopperAmazonThis food chopper from KitchenAid is compact, dishwasher-safe, and available in a variety of colors for you to choose your favorite from. It's even on sale for a new low price for a limited time as part of an Amazon Lightning Deal.'Dune' 4K UHDAmazonThe 2021 "Dune" film stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in an sci-fi action adventure. Fans of DVD or BluRay collecting can pick up their own copy now for only $12, matching the previous all-time low we've seen for it.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 11th, 2022

LIVE: The 44 best Amazon Prime Day Lightning Deals to shop before Black Friday

Amazon's Lightning Deals offer some of the best savings during Prime Day — but they aren't around very long. Here are all the top sales as they go live. Amazon/InsiderAmazon's second Prime Day of 2022 — the Prime Early Access Sale — is here. And some of the best saving opportunities are Lightning Deals, which are short-time deals that also have limited availability. To help you sort through what's worth buying, throughout the two-day event, we'll be updating a comprehensive roundup of the event's best deals and a list of the best deals under $25, along with this story, to highlight all the best deals available right now. If something piques your interest, act fast here — Amazon's Lightning Deals sell out quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes.Note: When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.TruSkin Vitamin C SerumAmazonSome vitamin C serums can cost over $100, but this one has rave reviews for the way it works on fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and sun spots. The 1-ounce bottle often sells for about $18, so you're getting twice as much for an extra $10. SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress (Queen)Suzy Hernandez/InsiderWe found sleeping on the Dream Series felt like resting on a giant soft pillow. Meant for in-home use, it's the top pick in our air mattress guide for when you have guests over. This air bed usually sells for about $150, so you'll save around $30 during this lightning deal.Barbie Dreamplane PlaysetAmazonOf course Barbie has her own PJ. The Dreamplane playset includes the plane, snack cart, and puppy so Barbie and her pals can travel in style. The set's price has dipped this low before, but it's usually closer to $60.Bee's Wrap Beeswax Food Wrap (3 Pack)AmazonMade of beeswax, these wraps are great for covering bowls, storing cheese, and keeping all sorts of other food fresh. They're reusable, making them more sustainable than single-use plastic. This set comes with three sizes:  7 by 8 inches, 10 by 11 inches, and 13 by 14 inches. This lightning deal is the lowest price we've seen on this trio.Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Nose PatchesAmazonIf your nose is prone to blackheads, individual patches might not work for clearing them up. This pack from Mighty Patch has the same hydrocolloid formula, but in 10 large patches to fit your nose. Consistently priced at $18, the pack's lightning deal saves you 20%.YnM Weighted Blanket (15-Pound)AmazonYnM's weighted blanket has several layers to keep you warm but not overheat. While this is a blanket we technically don't recommend in our guide because of its beanbag feel, weighted blankets can be a personal choice, and one of our reviewers liked it a lot. We typically see this size blanket for around $50, so this Prime deal is saving you a few bucks. If you want a similarly priced 15-pound blanket, the Luna is also on sale for the event. Now & Later Chewy Mixed Fruit Chews (38-Ounce Jar)AmazonNow & Later candies are a childhood favorite, though their tough texture is polarizing for some. A 38-ounce jar is currently available for about $4 its usual price. They're individually wrapped, so you can hand them out as Halloween candy. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (3 Pack)AmazonCocoa butter is known for providing long-lasting hydration. Palmer's formula contains antioxidant-rich vitamin E and moisturizes for up to 24 hours. Typically priced at around $16 for this three-pack, it's now on sale for closer to $12. Bentgo Pop Lunch BoxAmazonWhile we haven't tested this version of the popular Bentgo lunch box, we like that it comes in many colors, has multiple compartments to keep food separate, and is leakproof. There's a removable divider, and the Pop holds more food than the regular kids' size. It typically sells for about $30, so the current Prime deal is for about $6 off.Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)AmazonAn obvious choice for Android users, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is sleek and useful. We wish that the ECG feature wasn't only for Samsung phone owners, though. During this Prime event lightning deal, it's 39% off, one of the best prices we've seen.Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Canceling HeadphonesAmazon You can get a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones for under $100. Anker's Soundcore headphones help dampen outside noise when you're listening to music or podcasts. The memory foam on the earcups will be welcome during long listening sessions. Though not the best price we've seen for them, it is the best in 2022.Embark Dog DNA Test KitChewyGet the scoop on your pup's health and background for $72 off. The Embark DNA test determines your dog's breed and checks for genetic health conditions. You'll also learn fun facts, like certain traits associated with your dog's breed.LG Gram laptopLGThis incredibly thin ultra lightweight laptop is equipped with the latest generation of Intel processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1080p webcam. This $450 Lightning Deal discount is one of the best prices we've seen for it to date.New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1 SneakerNew BalanceThese New Balance running shoes are sleek, supportive, and lightweight. At 40% off, these are a great deal for walking around the city or starting a running routine.Cosori Air Fryer Oven ComboAmazonStep aside, oven. This COSORI Air Fryer oven combo has the capacity to cook a 5-lb chicken, perfect for friendsgiving. Now on sale for 20% off, you can snag this multi-purpose kitchen tool for just $128.Playskool Sit ‘n SpinAmazonPlaySkool's Sit 'n Spin is a classic toy for toddlers, letting kids whirl around indoors at their own speed. This Prime Day Early Access lightning deal reduces the toy's price by $14 until it's fully claimed.welltree Cloud SlidesAmazonPillow slides: so hot right now. While we haven't tested this specific pair, our editor-in-chief loves this style of sandal so much that she wrote an article about it. Snag a pair of your own for $14 during Amazon's second Prime Day.Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor with Wall MountAmazonWith two-way audio, clear video, night vision, and cry detection, this safety system is designed to give parents and guardians peace of mind. It also alerts you if the baby's mouth and nose are covered or is face down. This price matches the best we've ever seen, with a discount of $40 off.Paper Mate EverStrong #2 Pencils, 6 Packs of 24 (144 Count)AmazonPencils: not the most exciting deal, but this is a great discount on a school staple. With the lightning deal, you'll get 144 pencils for $12.55. That's 9 cents a pencil. This is also a great deal to grab for the teacher in your life.iHealth No-Touch Forehead ThermometerAmazonStill relevant amid the ongoing pandemic, this best-selling, non-contact digital thermometer is available at an all-time low price of $14.HappyTrends Kitchen Floor MatAmazonAvailable at a slight discount from its normal Prime price, this water-resistant, cushioned floor mat can provide comfort for your feet when you're standing in the kitchen for extended periods of time.Jenga GameAmazonJenga is a crowd favorite for all ages — found anywhere from living rooms to sports bars. Save over 40% on the classic game, which is currently available for just under $10.A Famree Smart Air PurifierAmazonThis air purifier works with Alexa and Google Assistant to allow you to remotely monitor and control the air quality of a large room in your home. At a $100 discount and an all-time low price, this Amazon Lightning Deal is a steal.Sleepbox Sound White Noise MachineAmazonEquipped with 25 "non-looped" soundscapes, this portable white noise machine can hang beside your bed as a speaker or accommodate wired headphone listening to help you relax or fall asleep. Its current $17 deal price matches a recent all-time low. The CeeCee Pillow by PharMeDocAmazonThis pregnancy pillow offers full-body support for pregnant women and people recovering from surgeries. At $21, more than 50% off its regular Amazon price, this is one of the best deals we've seen for this product. CALF Wireless Karaoke MicrophoneAmazon$61 is the lowest price we've seen for this Bluetooth karaoke microphone, which can pull triple duty as a speaker, player, and recorder. It's compatible with nearly any karaoke and singing app. JBL Tune 125TWS True Wireless In-Ear HeadphonesAmazonThese in-ear headphones from JBL deliver crystal clear audio, allow you to make and receive phone calls, and offer up to 32 total hours of battery life between the buds and their case. They're on sale for $40 during Prime Day which is one of the best prices we've seen them at.Ailessom Native VGA Bluetooth ProjectorAmazonThis powerful Bluetooth projector can bring a true movie theater experience to your home with up to 450-inch screen projection. $227 is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model. Wise Owl Outfitters Camping HammockAmazonThe best-selling hammock on Amazon is available at a slight discount as a Lightning Deal. Two nine-foot tree straps can hold you and potentially another person in this medium-sized camping hammock.Fangor Tablet Holder Mount for Car TravelAmazonA must-have travel companion for keeping your kids occupied on long drives, this tablet holder attaches to the back of a car seat headrest and is compatible with iPad Pro and Air and Kindle Fire HD models. $8 is an all-time low price for this recent model. Jeenek 10ft iPhone Charging CableAmazonNo one should be without the aid of an extended charging cable for their devices. This inexpensive Jeenek model lets you charge your iPhone or iPad 10 feet from an outlet. EMEET Webcam With MicrophoneAmazonLooking to level up your virtual meeting appearances? This webcam streams video at a bright 1080p and its built-in noise reduction microphones can improve your sound quality. $32 is an all-time low price for the product.DIGITNOW Bluetooth Record Player TurntableAmazonThis incredibly versatile record player can convert vinyl into MP3 files, play CDs and cassettes, and more, and it comes with Hi-Fi surround sound speakers. At $109, this deal nearly matches the all-time low we saw for the product two years ago. Aerlang Muscle Massage GunAmazonA portable and rechargeable massage gun, this Aerlang model can work up to 16mm into your muscle tissue for an effective relief from pain and fatigue. The cheapest "lightning" deal you can find for it is a Walmart deal at $25. Vont Smart ScaleAmazonThis wireless smart scale can track 13 different body measurements, including BMI, muscle mass, and visceral fat, to get a better picture of your overall health. At $14, it's 63% off its list price and $5 off what you can currently buy it for from Vont directly. Inse Cordless Vacuum CleanerAmazonEditor's note: This lightning deal is now out of stock on Amazon, though it is still available for purchase via Walmart at a better price.This 6-in-1 cordless cleaner can conveniently shift into several different versions of a vacuum to address anything from general floor cleaning to hard-to-reach areas, like between couch cushions. While it's available for $114 as an Amazon "lightning" deal, listed at 74% off, Walmart has it for an even greater discount at $97. Eufy Security Smart LockAmazonThe Eufy Security Smart Lock features four different methods of unlocking, so you get into your home as conveniently as possible. It's weatherproof, can be programmed to lock automatically, and can even open with just your fingerprint. It sees sales often throughout the year, but this drop to $130 is one of the best deals we've seen for it yet.Bentgo Glass Snack ContainerAmazonThis glass snack container is built with two compartments for dividing your food. It's perfect for meal prepping or keep fresh food from going stale during your commute. Right now you can get your own for only $12 during this Amazon Lightning Deal.Eufy RoboVac 30EufyDown to $140, this beats deals we've seen for the Eufy RoboVac 30 in the past. It's less pricey than other robot vacuums on the market but doesn't compromise suction and silence in exchange. The variety of extras — no-go zone strips, a user-friendly app, and Alexa and Google Home compatibility — make it worth the price.Soundcore by Anker Liberty 2 Pro Wireless EarphonesAmazonThese true wireless earphones let you choose between the privacy of noise cancellation or Transparency Mode which allows ambient noise and conversation. They offer up to seven hours of playtime and hi-res audio that is unparalleled at this price point.U-Taste Silicone Spatula SetAmazonThis four-piece set includes a jar spatula, spoon, large, and mini spatula made of seamless silicone. These tools are high-temperature resistant and dishwasher friendly, making them a solid addition to any kitchen drawer. Currently, select colors are down to $12 as part of a Lightning Deal.Kitchy Pizza Cutter WheelAmazonWhether you're a home pizza chef or just hate poorly sliced delivery pie, a home pizza cutter wheel is a must-have. This one is compact, safe to store, and on sale for an all-time low price.Samsung 85-inch The Frame QLED TVSamsungSamsung's 85-inch Frame TV may be the next large TV for you, and it has a sharp 4K QLED screen encased in a classy frame to make it look like a work of art. Right now as part of a Lightning Deal, it's available for just under $3,500 — an exceptional all-time low.Razor AW Kick ScooterWalmartRight now, you can get your child their very own Razor Scooter at an excellent low price of only $30. These iconic scooters are designed for kids ages five and up, and the AW style even allows for tricks and stunts like popping wheelies.Spider-Man Multi-Feature on Blu-rayAmazonWhether you're a fan of Tom Holland's performance as Spider-Man or want to catch up on the MCU, this Blu-ray multi-feature is a steal. It's currently on sale and features "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Spider-Man: Far from Home," and "Spider-Man: No Way Home" all in one.KitchenAid Food ChopperAmazonThis food chopper from KitchenAid is compact, dishwasher-safe, and available in a variety of colors for you to choose your favorite from. It's even on sale for a new low price for a limited time as part of an Amazon Lightning Deal.'Dune' 4K UHDAmazonThe 2021 "Dune" film stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in an sci-fi action adventure. Fans of DVD or BluRay collecting can pick up their own copy now for only $12, matching the previous all-time low we've seen for it.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 11th, 2022

LIVE: The 43 best Amazon Prime Day Lightning Deals to shop before Black Friday

Amazon's Lightning Deals offer some of the best savings during Prime Day — but they aren't around very long. Here are all the top sales as they go live. Amazon/InsiderAmazon's second Prime Day of 2022 — the Prime Early Access Sale — is here. And some of the best saving opportunities are Lightning Deals, which are short-time deals that also have limited availability. To help you sort through what's worth buying, throughout the two-day event, we'll be updating a comprehensive roundup of the event's best deals and a list of the best deals under $25, along with this story, to highlight all the best deals available right now. If something piques your interest, act fast here — Amazon's Lightning Deals sell out quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes.Note: When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Nose PatchesAmazonIf your nose is prone to blackheads, individual patches might not work for clearing them up. This pack from Mighty Patch has the same hydrocolloid formula, but in 10 large patches to fit your nose. Consistently priced at $18, the pack's lightning deal saves you 20%.YnM Weighted Blanket (15-Pound)AmazonYnM's weighted blanket has several layers to keep you warm but not overheat. While this is a blanket we technically don't recommend in our guide because of its beanbag feel, weighted blankets can be a personal choice, and one of our reviewers liked it a lot. We typically see this size blanket for around $50, so this Prime deal is saving you a few bucks. If you want a similarly priced 15-pound blanket, the Luna is also on sale for the event. Now & Later Chewy Mixed Fruit Chews (38-Ounce Jar)AmazonNow & Later candies are a childhood favorite, though their tough texture is polarizing for some. A 38-ounce jar is currently available for about $4 its usual price. They're individually wrapped, so you can hand them out as Halloween candy. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (3 Pack)AmazonCocoa butter is known for providing long-lasting hydration. Palmer's formula contains antioxidant-rich vitamin E and moisturizes for up to 24 hours. Typically priced at around $16 for this three-pack, it's now on sale for closer to $12. Bentgo Pop Lunch BoxAmazonWhile we haven't tested this version of the popular Bentgo lunch box, we like that it comes in many colors, has multiple compartments to keep food separate, and is leakproof. There's a removable divider, and the Pop holds more food than the regular kids' size. It typically sells for about $30, so the current Prime deal is for about $6 off.Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)AmazonAn obvious choice for Android users, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is sleek and useful. We wish that the ECG feature wasn't only for Samsung phone owners, though. During this Prime event lightning deal, it's 39% off, one of the best prices we've seen.Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Canceling HeadphonesAmazon You can get a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones for under $100. Anker's Soundcore headphones help dampen outside noise when you're listening to music or podcasts. The memory foam on the earcups will be welcome during long listening sessions. Though not the best price we've seen for them, it is the best in 2022.Embark Dog DNA Test KitChewyGet the scoop on your pup's health and background for $72 off. The Embark DNA test determines your dog's breed and checks for genetic health conditions. You'll also learn fun facts, like certain traits associated with your dog's breed.LG Gram laptopLGThis incredibly thin ultra lightweight laptop is equipped with the latest generation of Intel processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1080p webcam. This $450 Lightning Deal discount is one of the best prices we've seen for it to date.New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1 SneakerNew BalanceThese New Balance running shoes are sleek, supportive, and lightweight. At 40% off, these are a great deal for walking around the city or starting a running routine.Cosori Air Fryer Oven ComboAmazonStep aside, oven. This COSORI Air Fryer oven combo has the capacity to cook a 5-lb chicken, perfect for friendsgiving. Now on sale for 20% off, you can snag this multi-purpose kitchen tool for just $128.Playskool Sit ‘n SpinAmazonPlaySkool's Sit 'n Spin is a classic toy for toddlers, letting kids whirl around indoors at their own speed. This Prime Day Early Access lightning deal reduces the toy's price by $14 until it's fully claimed.welltree Cloud SlidesAmazonPillow slides: so hot right now. While we haven't tested this specific pair, our editor-in-chief loves this style of sandal so much that she wrote an article about it. Snag a pair of your own for $14 during Amazon's second Prime Day.Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor with Wall MountAmazonWith two-way audio, clear video, night vision, and cry detection, this safety system is designed to give parents and guardians peace of mind. It also alerts you if the baby's mouth and nose are covered or is face down. This price matches the best we've ever seen, with a discount of $40 off.Paper Mate EverStrong #2 Pencils, 6 Packs of 24 (144 Count)AmazonPencils: not the most exciting deal, but this is a great discount on a school staple. With the lightning deal, you'll get 144 pencils for $12.55. That's 9 cents a pencil. This is also a great deal to grab for the teacher in your life.iHealth No-Touch Forehead ThermometerAmazonStill relevant amid the ongoing pandemic, this best-selling, non-contact digital thermometer is available at an all-time low price of $14.HappyTrends Kitchen Floor MatAmazonAvailable at a slight discount from its normal Prime price, this water-resistant, cushioned floor mat can provide comfort for your feet when you're standing in the kitchen for extended periods of time.Jenga GameAmazonJenga is a crowd favorite for all ages — found anywhere from living rooms to sports bars. Save over 40% on the classic game, which is currently available for just under $10.A Famree Smart Air PurifierAmazonThis air purifier works with Alexa and Google Assistant to allow you to remotely monitor and control the air quality of a large room in your home. At a $100 discount and an all-time low price, this Amazon Lightning Deal is a steal.Sleepbox Sound White Noise MachineAmazonEquipped with 25 "non-looped" soundscapes, this portable white noise machine can hang beside your bed as a speaker or accommodate wired headphone listening to help you relax or fall asleep. Its current $17 deal price matches a recent all-time low. The CeeCee Pillow by PharMeDocAmazonThis pregnancy pillow offers full-body support for pregnant women and people recovering from surgeries. At $21, more than 50% off its regular Amazon price, this is one of the best deals we've seen for this product. CALF Wireless Karaoke MicrophoneAmazon$61 is the lowest price we've seen for this Bluetooth karaoke microphone, which can pull triple duty as a speaker, player, and recorder. It's compatible with nearly any karaoke and singing app. JBL Tune 125TWS True Wireless In-Ear HeadphonesAmazonThese in-ear headphones from JBL deliver crystal clear audio, allow you to make and receive phone calls, and offer up to 32 total hours of battery life between the buds and their case. They're on sale for $40 during Prime Day which is one of the best prices we've seen them at.Ailessom Native VGA Bluetooth ProjectorAmazonThis powerful Bluetooth projector can bring a true movie theater experience to your home with up to 450-inch screen projection. $227 is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model. Wise Owl Outfitters Camping HammockAmazonThe best-selling hammock on Amazon is available at a slight discount as a Lightning Deal. Two nine-foot tree straps can hold you and potentially another person in this medium-sized camping hammock.Fangor Tablet Holder Mount for Car TravelAmazonA must-have travel companion for keeping your kids occupied on long drives, this tablet holder attaches to the back of a car seat headrest and is compatible with iPad Pro and Air and Kindle Fire HD models. $8 is an all-time low price for this recent model. Jeenek 10ft iPhone Charging CableAmazonNo one should be without the aid of an extended charging cable for their devices. This inexpensive Jeenek model lets you charge your iPhone or iPad 10 feet from an outlet. EMEET Webcam With MicrophoneAmazonLooking to level up your virtual meeting appearances? This webcam streams video at a bright 1080p and its built-in noise reduction microphones can improve your sound quality. $32 is an all-time low price for the product.DIGITNOW Bluetooth Record Player TurntableAmazonThis incredibly versatile record player can convert vinyl into MP3 files, play CDs and cassettes, and more, and it comes with Hi-Fi surround sound speakers. At $109, this deal nearly matches the all-time low we saw for the product two years ago. Aerlang Muscle Massage GunAmazonA portable and rechargeable massage gun, this Aerlang model can work up to 16mm into your muscle tissue for an effective relief from pain and fatigue. The cheapest "lightning" deal you can find for it is a Walmart deal at $25. Vont Smart ScaleAmazonThis wireless smart scale can track 13 different body measurements, including BMI, muscle mass, and visceral fat, to get a better picture of your overall health. At $14, it's 63% off its list price and $5 off what you can currently buy it for from Vont directly. Inse Cordless Vacuum CleanerAmazonEditor's note: This lightning deal is now out of stock on Amazon, though it is still available for purchase via Walmart at a better price.This 6-in-1 cordless cleaner can conveniently shift into several different versions of a vacuum to address anything from general floor cleaning to hard-to-reach areas, like between couch cushions. While it's available for $114 as an Amazon "lightning" deal, listed at 74% off, Walmart has it for an even greater discount at $97. Eufy Security Smart LockAmazonThe Eufy Security Smart Lock features four different methods of unlocking, so you get into your home as conveniently as possible. It's weatherproof, can be programmed to lock automatically, and can even open with just your fingerprint. It sees sales often throughout the year, but this drop to $130 is one of the best deals we've seen for it yet.Bentgo Glass Snack ContainerAmazonThis glass snack container is built with two compartments for dividing your food. It's perfect for meal prepping or keep fresh food from going stale during your commute. Right now you can get your own for only $12 during this Amazon Lightning Deal.Eufy RoboVac 30EufyDown to $140, this beats deals we've seen for the Eufy RoboVac 30 in the past. It's less pricey than other robot vacuums on the market but doesn't compromise suction and silence in exchange. The variety of extras — no-go zone strips, a user-friendly app, and Alexa and Google Home compatibility — make it worth the price.Soundcore by Anker Liberty 2 Pro Wireless EarphonesAmazonThese true wireless earphones let you choose between the privacy of noise cancellation or Transparency Mode which allows ambient noise and conversation. They offer up to seven hours of playtime and hi-res audio that is unparalleled at this price point.U-Taste Silicone Spatula SetAmazonThis four-piece set includes a jar spatula, spoon, large, and mini spatula made of seamless silicone. These tools are high-temperature resistant and dishwasher friendly, making them a solid addition to any kitchen drawer. Currently, select colors are down to $12 as part of a Lightning Deal.Kitchy Pizza Cutter WheelAmazonWhether you're a home pizza chef or just hate poorly sliced delivery pie, a home pizza cutter wheel is a must-have. This one is compact, safe to store, and on sale for an all-time low price.Samsung 85-inch The Frame QLED TVSamsungSamsung's 85-inch Frame TV may be the next large TV for you, and it has a sharp 4K QLED screen encased in a classy frame to make it look like a work of art. Right now as part of a Lightning Deal, it's available for just under $3,500 — an exceptional all-time low.Razor AW Kick ScooterWalmartRight now, you can get your child their very own Razor Scooter at an excellent low price of only $30. These iconic scooters are designed for kids ages five and up, and the AW style even allows for tricks and stunts like popping wheelies.Spider-Man Multi-Feature on Blu-rayAmazonWhether you're a fan of Tom Holland's performance as Spider-Man or want to catch up on the MCU, this Blu-ray multi-feature is a steal. It's currently on sale and features "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Spider-Man: Far from Home," and "Spider-Man: No Way Home" all in one.KitchenAid Food ChopperAmazonThis food chopper from KitchenAid is compact, dishwasher-safe, and available in a variety of colors for you to choose your favorite from. It's even on sale for a new low price for a limited time as part of an Amazon Lightning Deal.'Dune' 4K UHDAmazonThe 2021 "Dune" film stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in an sci-fi action adventure. Fans of DVD or BluRay collecting can pick up their own copy now for only $12, matching the previous all-time low we've seen for it.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 11th, 2022

LIVE: The 38 best Amazon Prime Day Lightning Deals to shop before Black Friday

Amazon's Lightning Deals offer some of the best savings during Prime Day — but they aren't around very long. Here are all the top sales as they go live. Amazon/InsiderAmazon's second Prime Day of 2022 — the Prime Early Access Sale — is here. And some of the best saving opportunities are Lightning Deals, which are short-time deals that also have limited availability. To help you sort through what's worth buying, throughout the two-day event, we'll be updating a comprehensive roundup of the event's best deals and a list of the best deals under $25, along with this story, to highlight all the best deals available right now. If something piques your interest, act fast here — Amazon's Lightning Deals sell out quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes.Note: When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (3 Pack)AmazonCocoa butter is known for providing long-lasting hydration. Palmer's formula contains antioxidant-rich vitamin E and moisturizes for up to 24 hours. Typically priced at around $16 for this three-pack, it's now on sale for closer to $12. Bentgo Pop Lunch BoxAmazonWhile we haven't tested this version of the popular Bentgo lunch box, we like that it comes in many colors, has multiple compartments to keep food separate, and is leakproof. There's a removable divider, and the Pop holds more food than the regular kids' size. It typically sells for about $30, so the current Prime deal is for about $6 off.Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)AmazonAn obvious choice for Android users, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is sleek and useful. We wish that the ECG feature wasn't only for Samsung phone owners, though. During this Prime event lightning deal, it's 39% off, one of the best prices we've seen.Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Canceling HeadphonesAmazon You can get a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones for under $100. Anker's Soundcore headphones help dampen outside noise when you're listening to music or podcasts. The memory foam on the earcups will be welcome during long listening sessions. Though not the best price we've seen for them, it is the best in 2022.Embark Dog DNA Test KitChewyGet the scoop on your pup's health and background for $72 off. The Embark DNA test determines your dog's breed and checks for genetic health conditions. You'll also learn fun facts, like certain traits associated with your dog's breed.LG Gram laptopLGThis incredibly thin ultra lightweight laptop is equipped with the latest generation of Intel processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1080p webcam. This $450 Lightning Deal discount is one of the best prices we've seen for it to date.New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1 SneakerNew BalanceThese New Balance running shoes are sleek, supportive, and lightweight. At 40% off, these are a great deal for walking around the city or starting a running routine.Cosori Air Fryer Oven ComboAmazonStep aside, oven. This COSORI Air Fryer oven combo has the capacity to cook a 5-lb chicken, perfect for friendsgiving. Now on sale for 20% off, you can snag this multi-purpose kitchen tool for just $128.Playskool Sit ‘n SpinAmazonPlaySkool's Sit 'n Spin is a classic toy for toddlers, letting kids whirl around indoors at their own speed. This Prime Day Early Access lightning deal reduces the toy's price by $14 until it's fully claimed.welltree Cloud SlidesAmazonPillow slides: so hot right now. While we haven't tested this specific pair, our editor-in-chief loves this style of sandal so much that she wrote an article about it. Snag a pair of your own for $14 during Amazon's second Prime Day.Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor with Wall MountAmazonWith two-way audio, clear video, night vision, and cry detection, this safety system is designed to give parents and guardians peace of mind. It also alerts you if the baby's mouth and nose are covered or is face down. This price matches the best we've ever seen, with a discount of $40 off.Paper Mate EverStrong #2 Pencils, 6 Packs of 24 (144 Count)AmazonPencils: not the most exciting deal, but this is a great discount on a school staple. With the lightning deal, you'll get 144 pencils for $12.55. That's 9 cents a pencil. This is also a great deal to grab for the teacher in your life.iHealth No-Touch Forehead ThermometerAmazonStill relevant amid the ongoing pandemic, this best-selling, non-contact digital thermometer is available at an all-time low price of $14.Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch XL Hydrocolloid Face MaskAmazonIf you're tackling bigger breakouts, don't waste your individual patches. This pack from Mighty Patch has the same hydrocolloid formula, but in five extra-large patches to fit your nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin. You can save 20% off during the fall Prime Day, which is the first time this product has gone on sale on Amazon.ChomChom Pet Hair RemoverBrenna Darling/InsiderWe love the ChomChom for removing hair from furniture, rugs, and clothes. If you have a dog or cat that sheds a lot, this tool is a must. Right now, you can snag it for $19.95 during a lightning deal, which matches the lowest price we've seen for it.HappyTrends Kitchen Floor MatAmazonAvailable at a slight discount from its normal Prime price, this water-resistant, cushioned floor mat can provide comfort for your feet when you're standing in the kitchen for extended periods of time.Jenga GameAmazonJenga is a crowd favorite for all ages — found anywhere from living rooms to sports bars. Save over 40% on the classic game, which is currently available for just under $10.A Famree Smart Air PurifierAmazonThis air purifier works with Alexa and Google Assistant to allow you to remotely monitor and control the air quality of a large room in your home. At a $100 discount and an all-time low price, this Amazon Lightning Deal is a steal.Sleepbox Sound White Noise MachineAmazonEquipped with 25 "non-looped" soundscapes, this portable white noise machine can hang beside your bed as a speaker or accommodate wired headphone listening to help you relax or fall asleep. Its current $17 deal price matches a recent all-time low. The CeeCee Pillow by PharMeDocAmazonThis pregnancy pillow offers full-body support for pregnant women and people recovering from surgeries. At $21, more than 50% off its regular Amazon price, this is one of the best deals we've seen for this product. CALF Wireless Karaoke MicrophoneAmazon$61 is the lowest price we've seen for this Bluetooth karaoke microphone, which can pull triple duty as a speaker, player, and recorder. It's compatible with nearly any karaoke and singing app. JBL Tune 125TWS True Wireless In-Ear HeadphonesAmazonThese in-ear headphones from JBL deliver crystal clear audio, allow you to make and receive phone calls, and offer up to 32 total hours of battery life between the buds and their case. They're on sale for $40 during Prime Day which is one of the best prices we've seen them at.Ailessom Native VGA Bluetooth ProjectorAmazonThis powerful Bluetooth projector can bring a true movie theater experience to your home with up to 450-inch screen projection. $227 is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model. Wise Owl Outfitters Camping HammockAmazonThe best-selling hammock on Amazon is available at a slight discount as a Lightning Deal. Two nine-foot tree straps can hold you and potentially another person in this medium-sized camping hammock.Fangor Tablet Holder Mount for Car TravelAmazonA must-have travel companion for keeping your kids occupied on long drives, this tablet holder attaches to the back of a car seat headrest and is compatible with iPad Pro and Air and Kindle Fire HD models. $8 is an all-time low price for this recent model. Jeenek 10ft iPhone Charging CableAmazonNo one should be without the aid of an extended charging cable for their devices. This inexpensive Jeenek model lets you charge your iPhone or iPad 10 feet from an outlet. EMEET Webcam With MicrophoneAmazonLooking to level up your virtual meeting appearances? This webcam streams video at a bright 1080p and its built-in noise reduction microphones can improve your sound quality. $32 is an all-time low price for the product.DIGITNOW Bluetooth Record Player TurntableAmazonThis incredibly versatile record player can convert vinyl into MP3 files, play CDs and cassettes, and more, and it comes with Hi-Fi surround sound speakers. At $109, this deal nearly matches the all-time low we saw for the product two years ago. Aerlang Muscle Massage GunAmazonA portable and rechargeable massage gun, this Aerlang model can work up to 16mm into your muscle tissue for an effective relief from pain and fatigue. The cheapest "lightning" deal you can find for it is a Walmart deal at $25. Vont Smart ScaleAmazonThis wireless smart scale can track 13 different body measurements, including BMI, muscle mass, and visceral fat, to get a better picture of your overall health. At $14, it's 63% off its list price and $5 off what you can currently buy it for from Vont directly. Inse Cordless Vacuum CleanerAmazonEditor's note: This lightning deal is now out of stock on Amazon, though it is still available for purchase via Walmart at a better price.This 6-in-1 cordless cleaner can conveniently shift into several different versions of a vacuum to address anything from general floor cleaning to hard-to-reach areas, like between couch cushions. While it's available for $114 as an Amazon "lightning" deal, listed at 74% off, Walmart has it for an even greater discount at $97. Eufy Security Smart LockAmazonThe Eufy Security Smart Lock features four different methods of unlocking, so you get into your home as conveniently as possible. It's weatherproof, can be programmed to lock automatically, and can even open with just your fingerprint. It sees sales often throughout the year, but this drop to $130 is one of the best deals we've seen for it yet.Bentgo Glass Snack ContainerAmazonThis glass snack container is built with two compartments for dividing your food. It's perfect for meal prepping or keep fresh food from going stale during your commute. Right now you can get your own for only $12 during this Amazon Lightning Deal.Eufy RoboVac 30EufyDown to $140, this beats deals we've seen for the Eufy RoboVac 30 in the past. It's less pricey than other robot vacuums on the market but doesn't compromise suction and silence in exchange. The variety of extras — no-go zone strips, a user-friendly app, and Alexa and Google Home compatibility — make it worth the price.Soundcore by Anker Liberty 2 Pro Wireless EarphonesAmazonThese true wireless earphones let you choose between the privacy of noise cancellation or Transparency Mode which allows ambient noise and conversation. They offer up to seven hours of playtime and hi-res audio that is unparalleled at this price point.U-Taste Silicone Spatula SetAmazonThis four-piece set includes a jar spatula, spoon, large, and mini spatula made of seamless silicone. These tools are high-temperature resistant and dishwasher friendly, making them a solid addition to any kitchen drawer. Currently, select colors are down to $12 as part of a Lightning Deal.Kitchy Pizza Cutter WheelAmazonWhether you're a home pizza chef or just hate poorly sliced delivery pie, a home pizza cutter wheel is a must-have. This one is compact, safe to store, and on sale for an all-time low price.Samsung 85-inch The Frame QLED TVSamsungSamsung's 85-inch Frame TV may be the next large TV for you, and it has a sharp 4K QLED screen encased in a classy frame to make it look like a work of art. Right now as part of a Lightning Deal, it's available for just under $3,500 — an exceptional all-time low.Razor AW Kick ScooterWalmartRight now, you can get your child their very own Razor Scooter at an excellent low price of only $30. These iconic scooters are designed for kids ages five and up, and the AW style even allows for tricks and stunts like popping wheelies.Spider-Man Multi-Feature on Blu-rayAmazonWhether you're a fan of Tom Holland's performance as Spider-Man or want to catch up on the MCU, this Blu-ray multi-feature is a steal. It's currently on sale and features "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Spider-Man: Far from Home," and "Spider-Man: No Way Home" all in one.KitchenAid Food ChopperAmazonThis food chopper from KitchenAid is compact, dishwasher-safe, and available in a variety of colors for you to choose your favorite from. It's even on sale for a new low price for a limited time as part of an Amazon Lightning Deal.'Dune' 4K UHDAmazonThe 2021 "Dune" film stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in an sci-fi action adventure. Fans of DVD or BluRay collecting can pick up their own copy now for only $12, matching the previous all-time low we've seen for it.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 11th, 2022

LIVE: The 34 best Amazon Prime Day Lightning Deals to shop before Black Friday

Amazon's Lightning Deals offer some of the best savings during Prime Day — but they aren't around very long. Here are all the top sales as they go live. Amazon/InsiderAmazon's second Prime Day of 2022 — the Prime Early Access Sale — is here. And some of the best saving opportunities are Lightning Deals, which are short-time deals that also have limited availability. To help you sort through what's worth buying, throughout the two-day event, we'll be updating a comprehensive roundup of the event's best deals and a list of the best deals under $25, along with this story, to highlight all the best deals available right now. If something piques your interest, act fast here — Amazon's Lightning Deals sell out quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes.Note: When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Cosori Air Fryer Oven ComboAmazonStep aside, oven. This COSORI Air Fryer oven combo has the capacity to cook a 5-lb chicken, perfect for friendsgiving. Now on sale for 20% off, you can snag this multi-purpose kitchen tool for just $128.Playskool Sit ‘n SpinAmazonPlaySkool's Sit 'n Spin is a classic toy for toddlers, letting kids whirl around indoors at their own speed. This Prime Day Early Access lightning deal reduces the toy's price by $14 until it's fully claimed.welltree Cloud SlidesAmazonPillow slides: so hot right now. While we haven't tested this specific pair, our editor-in-chief loves this style of sandal so much that she wrote an article about it. Snag a pair of your own for $14 during Amazon's second Prime Day.Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor with Wall MountAmazonWith two-way audio, clear video, night vision, and cry detection, this safety system is designed to give parents and guardians peace of mind. It also alerts you if the baby's mouth and nose are covered or is face down. This price matches the best we've ever seen, with a discount of $40 off.Paper Mate EverStrong #2 Pencils, 6 Packs of 24 (144 Count)AmazonPencils: not the most exciting deal, but this is a great discount on a school staple. With the lightning deal, you'll get 144 pencils for $12.55. That's 9 cents a pencil. This is also a great deal to grab for the teacher in your life.iHealth No-Touch Forehead ThermometerAmazonStill relevant amid the ongoing pandemic, this best-selling, non-contact digital thermometer is available at an all-time low price of $14.Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch XL Hydrocolloid Face MaskAmazonIf you're tackling bigger breakouts, don't waste your individual patches. This pack from Mighty Patch has the same hydrocolloid formula, but in five extra-large patches to fit your nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin. You can save 20% off during the fall Prime Day, which is the first time this product has gone on sale on Amazon.ChomChom Pet Hair RemoverBrenna Darling/InsiderWe love the ChomChom for removing hair from furniture, rugs, and clothes. If you have a dog or cat that sheds a lot, this tool is a must. Right now, you can snag it for $19.95 during a lightning deal, which matches the lowest price we've seen for it.HappyTrends Kitchen Floor MatAmazonAvailable at a slight discount from its normal Prime price, this water-resistant, cushioned floor mat can provide comfort for your feet when you're standing in the kitchen for extended periods of time.Jenga GameAmazonJenga is a crowd favorite for all ages — found anywhere from living rooms to sports bars. Save over 40% on the classic game, which is currently available for just under $10.A Famree Smart Air PurifierAmazonThis air purifier works with Alexa and Google Assistant to allow you to remotely monitor and control the air quality of a large room in your home. At a $100 discount and an all-time low price, this Amazon Lightning Deal is a steal.Sleepbox Sound White Noise MachineAmazonEquipped with 25 "non-looped" soundscapes, this portable white noise machine can hang beside your bed as a speaker or accommodate wired headphone listening to help you relax or fall asleep. Its current $17 deal price matches a recent all-time low. The CeeCee Pillow by PharMeDocAmazonThis pregnancy pillow offers full-body support for pregnant women and people recovering from surgeries. At $21, more than 50% off its regular Amazon price, this is one of the best deals we've seen for this product. CALF Wireless Karaoke MicrophoneAmazon$61 is the lowest price we've seen for this Bluetooth karaoke microphone, which can pull triple duty as a speaker, player, and recorder. It's compatible with nearly any karaoke and singing app. JBL Tune 125TWS True Wireless In-Ear HeadphonesAmazonThese in-ear headphones from JBL deliver crystal clear audio, allow you to make and receive phone calls, and offer up to 32 total hours of battery life between the buds and their case. They're on sale for $40 during Prime Day which is one of the best prices we've seen them at.Ailessom Native VGA Bluetooth ProjectorAmazonThis powerful Bluetooth projector can bring a true movie theater experience to your home with up to 450-inch screen projection. $227 is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model. Wise Owl Outfitters Camping HammockAmazonThe best-selling hammock on Amazon is available at a slight discount as a Lightning Deal. Two nine-foot tree straps can hold you and potentially another person in this medium-sized camping hammock.Fangor Tablet Holder Mount for Car TravelAmazonA must-have travel companion for keeping your kids occupied on long drives, this tablet holder attaches to the back of a car seat headrest and is compatible with iPad Pro and Air and Kindle Fire HD models. $8 is an all-time low price for this recent model. Jeenek 10ft iPhone Charging CableAmazonNo one should be without the aid of an extended charging cable for their devices. This inexpensive Jeenek model lets you charge your iPhone or iPad 10 feet from an outlet. EMEET Webcam With MicrophoneAmazonLooking to level up your virtual meeting appearances? This webcam streams video at a bright 1080p and its built-in noise reduction microphones can improve your sound quality. $32 is an all-time low price for the product.DIGITNOW Bluetooth Record Player TurntableAmazonThis incredibly versatile record player can convert vinyl into MP3 files, play CDs and cassettes, and more, and it comes with Hi-Fi surround sound speakers. At $109, this deal nearly matches the all-time low we saw for the product two years ago. Aerlang Muscle Massage GunAmazonA portable and rechargeable massage gun, this Aerlang model can work up to 16mm into your muscle tissue for an effective relief from pain and fatigue. The cheapest "lightning" deal you can find for it is a Walmart deal at $25. Vont Smart ScaleAmazonThis wireless smart scale can track 13 different body measurements, including BMI, muscle mass, and visceral fat, to get a better picture of your overall health. At $14, it's 63% off its list price and $5 off what you can currently buy it for from Vont directly. Inse Cordless Vacuum CleanerAmazonEditor's note: This lightning deal is now out of stock on Amazon, though it is still available for purchase via Walmart at a better price.This 6-in-1 cordless cleaner can conveniently shift into several different versions of a vacuum to address anything from general floor cleaning to hard-to-reach areas, like between couch cushions. While it's available for $114 as an Amazon "lightning" deal, listed at 74% off, Walmart has it for an even greater discount at $97. Eufy Security Smart LockAmazonThe Eufy Security Smart Lock features four different methods of unlocking, so you get into your home as conveniently as possible. It's weatherproof, can be programmed to lock automatically, and can even open with just your fingerprint. It sees sales often throughout the year, but this drop to $130 is one of the best deals we've seen for it yet.Bentgo Glass Snack ContainerAmazonThis glass snack container is built with two compartments for dividing your food. It's perfect for meal prepping or keep fresh food from going stale during your commute. Right now you can get your own for only $12 during this Amazon Lightning Deal.Eufy RoboVac 30EufyDown to $140, this beats deals we've seen for the Eufy RoboVac 30 in the past. It's less pricey than other robot vacuums on the market but doesn't compromise suction and silence in exchange. The variety of extras — no-go zone strips, a user-friendly app, and Alexa and Google Home compatibility — make it worth the price.Soundcore by Anker Liberty 2 Pro Wireless EarphonesAmazonThese true wireless earphones let you choose between the privacy of noise cancellation or Transparency Mode which allows ambient noise and conversation. They offer up to seven hours of playtime and hi-res audio that is unparalleled at this price point.U-Taste Silicone Spatula SetAmazonThis four-piece set includes a jar spatula, spoon, large, and mini spatula made of seamless silicone. These tools are high-temperature resistant and dishwasher friendly, making them a solid addition to any kitchen drawer. Currently, select colors are down to $12 as part of a Lightning Deal.Kitchy Pizza Cutter WheelAmazonWhether you're a home pizza chef or just hate poorly sliced delivery pie, a home pizza cutter wheel is a must-have. This one is compact, safe to store, and on sale for an all-time low price.Samsung 85-inch The Frame QLED TVSamsungSamsung's 85-inch Frame TV may be the next large TV for you, and it has a sharp 4K QLED screen encased in a classy frame to make it look like a work of art. Right now as part of a Lightning Deal, it's available for just under $3,500 — an exceptional all-time low.Razor AW Kick ScooterWalmartRight now, you can get your child their very own Razor Scooter at an excellent low price of only $30. These iconic scooters are designed for kids ages five and up, and the AW style even allows for tricks and stunts like popping wheelies.Spider-Man Multi-Feature on Blu-rayAmazonWhether you're a fan of Tom Holland's performance as Spider-Man or want to catch up on the MCU, this Blu-ray multi-feature is a steal. It's currently on sale and features "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Spider-Man: Far from Home," and "Spider-Man: No Way Home" all in one.KitchenAid Food ChopperAmazonThis food chopper from KitchenAid is compact, dishwasher-safe, and available in a variety of colors for you to choose your favorite from. It's even on sale for a new low price for a limited time as part of an Amazon Lightning Deal.'Dune' 4K UHDAmazonThe 2021 "Dune" film stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in an sci-fi action adventure. Fans of DVD or BluRay collecting can pick up their own copy now for only $12, matching the previous all-time low we've seen for it.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 11th, 2022

Navy Veteran, 66, Lives An "American Horror Story" Since His Arrest On Jan. 6 Seditious-Conspiracy Charge

Navy Veteran, 66, Lives An 'American Horror Story' Since His Arrest On Jan. 6 Seditious-Conspiracy Charge Authored by Joseph M. Hanneman via The Epoch Times, “Abba, Father! Please don’t let them murder my wife!” After more than two decades in the U.S. Navy and assignments around the world, Thomas E. Caldwell thought he knew the meaning of horror. That all changed in the predawn hours of Jan. 19, 2021. Minutes after being jostled awake, Caldwell found himself outside in the freezing cold in his undershorts and a T-shirt. In handcuffs attached to a belly chain, he was dragged across the lawn by FBI agents and thrown onto the hood of a government sedan. Caldwell looked back at the porch of his farmhouse and saw Sharon, his wife of 22 years, standing in her nightgown, with arms extended. She clutched a sock in each hand. Laser dots appeared on her face and chest, beamed from the carbine barrels of an FBI SWAT team. In an instant, Caldwell saw it all, just a finger twitch from unspeakable tragedy. “That was moral terror,” the white-haired 66-year-old Caldwell told The Epoch Times. “I would rather that they had shot me between the eyes than to threaten her like that.” “I will never forget that image, because she looked like an angel in a white nightshirt, standing in her bare feet on that cold concrete, with her arms extended to her side in compliance to them,” Caldwell recalled, choking back tears. “That was the moment I learned what real horror was,” he said. “Because I’m looking at that and I said, ‘Abba, Father! Please don’t let them murder my wife! Please don’t let them kill my wife!’ ” ‘The Lowest Point in My Life’ Life over the past 14 months has been full of challenges, tragedy, and miracles for the retired Navy intelligence officer from Berryville, Va. His trip to Washington D.C. to see President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 morphed from a patriotic outing with his wife into an FBI raid, 53 days in jail, near bankruptcy, and a federal indictment accusing him of seditious conspiracy, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, conspiracy to prevent an officer from discharging duties, and tampering with a document or proceeding—aiding and abetting. Left: Lieutenant Commander Thomas E. Caldwell aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 62) as it leaves San Diego in 1989. Right: Caldwell aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (Courtesy of Sharon Caldwell) Prosecutors accuse him of working with members of the Oath Keepers to prevent Congress from certifying the Electoral College votes from the 2020 presidential election. Caldwell allegedly recommended a hotel for members of an Oath Keepers “Quick Reaction Force” that was to be stationed near Washington to aid other Oath Keepers attacking at the Capitol. Prosecutors said Caldwell asked his contacts for help securing boats that could be used to ferry men and weapons across the Potomac River. “Can’t believe I just thought of this: how many people either in the militia or not (who are still supportive of our efforts to save the Republic) have a boat on a trailer that coud (sic) handle a Potomac crossing?” Caldwell wrote in one message, according to the criminal complaint. “If we had someone standing by at a dock ramp (one near the Pentagon for sure) we could have our Quick Response Team with the heavy weapons standing by, quickly load them and ferry them across the river to our waiting arms…” Caldwell says federal prosecutors have gotten it badly wrong, mixing up or intentionally twisting bluster among retired military men into some kind of sinister conspiracy. “I have now reviewed mountains of messages, photos, etc. in the huge volume of discovery provided by the government in this case, and I have not seen one iota of evidence that anyone had a plan or an intention to invade the Capitol, or to stop the peaceful transition of the Presidency, or to do anything of an unlawful nature,” he said. “My personal intentions related to January 6 were to hear President Trump and enjoy a safe and peaceful day with my wife and other American citizens.” Caldwell plans to go to trial in search of exoneration and restoration of his reputation. His trial was scheduled to begin July 11 in U.S. District Court in Washington, but it now appears the date will be moved back to Sept. 26. Defense attorneys are working through terabytes of evidence, including more than 24,000 video files turned over by the Department of Justice. “A lot of the things that they’re saying are horrible and seditious are mocking and jibing and poking fun with friends—in private conversations—sometimes was one person in a text message, or two people,” he said. “In fact, some of these things are with guys that are 75 miles away in Virginia, who are at their farms, drunk as lords, as they say, watching stuff on TV.” Thomas and Sharon Caldwell on their farm, now empty after they sold their animals and equipment to pay legal bills, in Berryville, Va., on March 19, 2022. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) A Farm for Freedom Caldwell’s legal fight has already come at a steep price. The Caldwells sold their farm equipment and animals to help pay legal bills. He worries his multi-generation Shenandoah Valley farm will soon be lost, and has turned to internet crowd-funding for help. Through it all, the physical and psychological assault on his family that brisk morning is what sticks with him. He has difficulty talking about seeing his wife literally in the crosshairs of the FBI. “I will never forget it. It is seared into my memory. In my nightmares, it plays again and again and again,” Caldwell said. “Not them kicking me; it’s that image. It is the lowest point in my life. And yet, it might be the greatest miracle of my life that she was spared.” As he stood on the windswept porch staring into a sea of what looked like klieg lights, he was dumbfounded at the combat-strength force arrayed against him and his wife. An armored vehicle with a battering ram stood ready to punch through the side of the house. Agents in full tactical gear lit Caldwell up like a Christmas tree with the piercing laser beams from their rifle sights. He figured they were fully automatic M4 carbines aimed at his head and center mass. After throwing him down on the car hood, Caldwell said, one of the agents kneed him hard in the small of the back, right where metal hardware remained from surgeries. Agents put him in the back of a car, where he sat wondering if Sharon was still alive. Thomas Caldwell recounts the FBI raid as Sharon stands at the spot where laser dots appeared on her face and chest from the carbine barrels of an FBI SWAT team, at their home in Berryville, Va., on March 19, 2022. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) Agents used a handheld battering ram to smash their way into the stand-alone garage where Caldwell used to store his 1963 Ford Thunderbird convertible. The T-Bird is gone, sold to pay for his legal defense. Agents broke into the barn, ripped things off the walls, and then “ransacked the house,” Caldwell said. After a while, Caldwell was taken back into his home and questioned. He spent two and a half hours explaining his trip to the Capitol, how he was not now, nor had ever been, a member of the Oath Keepers. He said there were lots of assumptions behind the questions, but few facts. “I had asked them five separate times, ‘What am I being charged with? What am I being charged with?’ They finally said, ‘Trespassing.’ I said, ‘Are you out of your mind? You come here and point guns in my wife’s face for trespassing? Where am I supposed to have trespassed?’ They said, ‘Well, you went into the Capitol.’” As it turns out, Caldwell never went into the Capitol. After Trump’s speech at the Ellipse was finished, he and Sharon slowly made their way to the Capitol grounds. Trump told supporters to peacefully go to the Capitol, so the Caldwells thought perhaps Trump was going to make remarks there. They got as far as the Peace Monument before Caldwell had to sit. He said his legs and back were causing terrible pain. So they spent about an hour snapping photos, chatting with the crowd, and admiring the 44-foot-high Carrara marble monument set on a Maine blue granite base. ‘You Can’t Believe the View!’ Reports started to trickle down the 300-some yards from the West Front of the Capitol, where the president-elect takes the oath of office every four years. “People were up there and they were taking selfies and folks were coming down (by the Peace Monument) saying, ‘You can’t believe the view!’” Caldwell said. The Caldwells wanted to see for themselves. They slowly made their way up the stairs, with Tom pressing his hip against the railing for support. They walked through the giant scaffolding set up for inauguration, up near the platform where so many famous speeches have been made. “We did go up on … the inauguration balcony and we took a selfie,” Caldwell said. “Again, no police saying, ‘Don’t do it.’ No sign saying, ‘Don’t do it.’ And a crush of people doing it. And so you might say, ‘Well, maybe you shouldn’t have done that.’ Well, maybe so, but it didn’t seem like there was any deterrent to it at all.” Tom and Sharon Caldwell listened to President Donald Trump’s speech from outside the Ellipse on Jan. 6, 2021. (Courtesy of Sharon Caldwell) Caldwell said he did not notice any rioting or violence while at the West Front of the Capitol. After a while, the couple began the trek back down toward the Peace Monument. After a rest, they continued the walk up Constitution Avenue to their car. By then, reports were circulating that Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a curfew for that night due to events at the Capitol, just as Caldwell was near his vehicle. Caldwell said despite the contention in federal charging documents, he is not a member of the Oath Keepers, was never recruited for the group, and had no plans to join. He knows veterans who are Oath Keepers. His private text messages with friends were twisted into something they were not, he said. He told the lead FBI agent that morning that his opinions and speech were the real targets. “I said, ‘Look, it looks like there’s people in the government who want to prosecute me for bombast with a friend and private text message or something like that. This is all about things I think, and things I say.’ And he said, ‘Nobody’s going to lock you up or prosecute you for words.’ And I said, ‘We’ll see.’ That’s on tape. So it looks like I was right.” ‘Hell on Earth’ The next chapter in Caldwell’s Jan. 6 saga took place in the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange, Va. His experience there was similar to reports from other Jan. 6 detainees in facilities including the DC jail who said they were subjected to brutal beatings, denial of food, and banishment to solitary confinement, a practice condemned by Amnesty International as “cruel and all too usual.” Caldwell said he became convinced he would not live to see the outside world again. He said he spent 49 of his 53 days in solitary confinement. He was denied his prescription medications, which led to him having seizures on the concrete floor of his cell and soiling himself. The guards seemed to enjoy it, he said.“I’d have seizures on the concrete floor of my dungeon, and the guards looking through the little bulletproof glass laughing, laughing at me as I’m messing myself,” he said. “And I’m thinking, ‘I’m never getting out of here.’ “This is hell on earth. It really is hell on earth, 24 hours a day, no visitors, no medicines, no exercise. And my entire world was reduced to a 7-by-12-foot concrete dungeon with a huge steel door on one end.” The inhumane treatment started upon arrival. Caldwell said he underwent some kind of full body scan. He was subjected to an anal probe before and after the scan. “I guess it’s just to show that they can dehumanize you,” he said. One day a guard struck him hard in the lower back where his surgery had been. With the double handcuffs attached to a belly chain, he had no way to break the fall. “So I did kind of a face plant, I turn my head sideways,” he recalled. “And then someone stepped between my ankles and kicked me in the groin. Repeatedly. …I can now win (at) Double Jeopardy. If the question is, ‘How many times can you be kicked in the groin before you pass out?’ So I know the answer that I hope no one else finds out. But I have the answer to that question.” What happened next sticks with Caldwell, seared permanently in his memory. “The guy that was the kicker said to me, he said, ‘Where’s your Sky Daddy? Where’s your Sky Daddy? Gonna come down here and help you?’ He was referring, of course to Jesus Christ. I never want to forget it. I never want to forget it.” Occasionally Caldwell was allowed to take a phone call from Sharon. The phone was stuck through a hole in the bars, so he had to kneel to use the receiver. They prayed together. “It was just like an angel speaking from heaven,” he said. “And she would remind me of the importance of presenting my prayers and petitions to God with thanksgiving. So it’s not just, ‘Here’s my Christmas wish list, God.’ It’s like, ‘Thank you for another day. Thank you for my lovely wife, thank you for the chance that maybe I’ll get out of here someday.’ “One time I couldn’t come up with anything,” Caldwell said. “When I first started, I said: ‘Thank you, God, that I haven’t been beaten yet today. But the day isn’t over, Lord.” One day Caldwell saw a guard with a cart full of newspapers and other reading materials. He spotted a thick book that he suspected was a Holy Bible, and asked if he could have it. The guard said, “No man, I can’t give you anything.” “I felt embarrassed. And yet I believe that God put the words in my mouth. And I said, ‘Hey, it’s just a Bible, man.’ I was embarrassed because it’s the word of God. But it was the thing he needed to hear. He moved the newspapers and by golly, it was a tattered Bible.” Caldwell snatched the Bible when the guard placed it between the bars. He never felt so alone. He felt hated, despised. “Nobody knows what’s going on and nobody’s doing anything,” he thought. Then God spoke to him as the Bible opened to the Book of Psalms. “I sat down on the cold floor and I just opened the Bible,” he said. “I just held it in my hands and it flopped open to Psalm 109: ‘The mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful man is opened against me. They have spoken against me with deceitful tongues.’” “I said, ‘God knows what I’m going through! He knows. I’m not alone.’ And I thought, I told him many times, I said, ‘I just want to come home if this is all that’s here for me. I give up. I want to come home. I’ll come home to you right now. Let’s do it.’ And then I said, ‘But you know what, I’d love to see Sharon just one more time.’” Just a bit later in Psalm 109, it reads: “Help me, O Lord my God; save me according to Thy mercy. And let them know that this is Thy hand: and that Thou, O Lord, hast done it. They will curse and Thou will bless: let them that rise up against me be confounded: but Thy servant shall rejoice.” A few days later, Caldwell had a hearing before U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta. Attorney David Fischer argued convincingly that Caldwell needed to be released from incarceration. “Judge Mehta, I believe he saved my life,” Caldwell said. “Because I was broken physically. I had no self respect, no nothing. I was drained. The only thing I had was just just a shred of faith that Jesus was there with me. “You know what, I saw it. I saw the light,” he said. “Just a couple of days later, I fell into my wife’s arms in the dark in that parking lot, on March the 12th of last year.” Thomas and Sharon Caldwell on their farm, now empty after they sold their animals and equipment to pay legal bills, in Berryville, Va., on March 19, 2022. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) Hand of Providence Caldwell said he saw the hand of divine providence many times during his ordeal. He believes Fischer was sent to him by God, to rescue him from prison and defend him from the criminal charges. “He drove down and talked to me through bulletproof glass for about a half-hour,” Caldwell said. “He finally said to me, ‘Mr. Caldwell, look, I defend a lot of people in the federal system. I have some people lie to me for a living. You’re innocent.’ I said, ‘Yeah, that’s what I’ve been trying to tell everybody.'” It took Caldwell weeks at home to stop shivering from the cold cell. One of his ankles was raw and swollen from the steel ankle restraints. He began to heal. First the physical wounds. The psychological damage is likely permanent. “It’s like, I am a human being. I am not a thing that you could put in a box and shove me away and lock me up. You know, I have worth and I’m a person,” he said. “And this is not right. And yet it happened, and is happening. “And I am just so fortunate, so fortunate that God brought me out, I don’t know why. I’m forever grateful. I feel like I was born again.” Caldwell said he worries about the other Jan. 6 defendants still in jail, held without bail for more than a year. He knows what they face, day after day. “They’re going to be emotionally scarred by post-traumatic stress disorder,” he said. “I would tell you I had PTSD before they threw me in there. Now I tell people I’ve just got stress disorder, because there ain’t no post. This is part of it. The pressure is on every single day.” ‘Evil All Around Me’ Caldwell said he was not part of any Oath Keepers plan to do anything at the Capitol on Jan. 6. He and Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes III met very briefly at a local Virginia political rally the weekend after the 2020 presidential election, Caldwell said. Caldwell had just stepped off a hay wagon after making some remarks. “I’m approached by this guy with an eyepatch, and this was Stewart Rhodes,” he said. “He introduced himself …’You’re a nice guy, love what you said.’ And that is how I met Stewart Rhodes. “I’ve told you before, I know but it really needs emphasis, because the government has consistently fibbed about this,” Caldwell said. “I am not a member of the Oath Keepers. He did not attempt to recruit me. Nobody rushed me like Tau Kappa Epsilon at the University of Louisville, none of that.” As he works with his wife and attorney on his defense, Caldwell has had time to reflect on the past 14 months. Even with the passage of time, he said, his experience is still unbelievable. He calls it his “American Horror Story.” It is not something he ever imagined taking place in America. “I love our country. I can’t see how this is happening here. This is, this is Nazi Germany in the 30s. This is Josef Stalin,” Caldwell said. “This is Venezuela. This is Cuba. You know, in a way, it’s a little bit like the way Ferdinand Marcos operated in the Philippines. This is Pol Pot. It’s absolute evil. There was evil all around me.” As he works to regain his health and his good name, Caldwell turns his attention to holding onto the family legacy. I hope we don’t end up losing our farm. It’s the last thing that we have of monetary value,” he said. “Sharon and I are not rich people who moved to the country and got a farm and a McMansion. This is property that I worked as a child beside my parents who are in heaven, and my widowed sister.” Thomas Caldwell inside an empty barn that used to hold farming equipment, after selling the animals and equipment to pay legal bills, in Berryville, Va., on March 19, 2022. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) With stakes this high, Caldwell admits there have been times he was ready to throw in the towel, take a plea and save the family farm. “This is where our family memories live. This is where our heart lives. And they really don’t have the right to take this from us,” he said. “But as Sharon tells me, she says, ‘You’re not pleading anything.’ And I said, ‘Yes I am.’ “She says, ‘You’re not taking a plea deal. I don’t care if we’re living in the back of a car. We’re gonna fight all the way.’ “And what more could you ask for than a beautiful, soulful Christian woman who feels that way?”   Tyler Durden Wed, 03/23/2022 - 21:00.....»»

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Black Friday Turns Red On "Terrible News" - Global Markets Crater On "Nu Variant" Panic

Black Friday Turns Red On "Terrible News" - Global Markets Crater On "Nu Variant" Panic The Friday after thanksgiving is called black Friday because that's when retailers finally turn profitable for the year. Not so much for market, however, because this morning it's red as far as the eye can see. The culprit: the same one we discussed late last night - the emergence of a new coronavirus strain detected in South Africa, known as B.1.1.529, which reportedly carries an "extremely high number" of mutations and is “clearly very different” from previous incarnations, which may drive further waves of disease by evading the body’s defenses according to South African scientists, and soon, Anthony Fauci. British authorities think it is the most significant variant to date and have hurried to impose travel restrictions on southern Africa, as did Japan, the Czech Republic and Italy on Friday. The European Union also said it aimed to halt air travel from the region. "Markets have been quite complacent about the pandemic for a while, partly because economies have been able to withstand the impact of selective lockdown measures. But we can see from the new emergency brakes on air travel that there will be ramifications for the price of oil," said Chris Scicluna, head of economic research at Daiwa. As a result, what was initially just a 1% drop in US index futures, has since escalated to a plunge of as much as 2% with eminis dropping the most since September, at one point dropping below 4,600 after closing on Wednesday above 4,700 as a post-Thanksgiving selloff spread across global markets amid mounting concerns the new B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant - which today will be officially called by the Greek lettter Nu - could derail the global economic recovery.  Russell 2000 contracts sank as much as 5.4%. Technology shares may be caught in the net too as Nasdaq 100 futures slid. The VIX increased as much as 9.4 vols to 28, it's biggest jump since January. It was last seen up 7.4 points, or the biggest increase since February. Adding to the pain, there is nothing on today's macro calendar and the US market closes early which will reduce already dismal liquidity even more, exacerbating some of the moves throughout the session. Headlines are likely to center on various nations preventing travel from South Africa whilst potentially imposing more stringent COVID measures domestically, as well as which countries "find" the Nu variant. Amid the panicked flight to safety, 10Y TSY yields tumbled as traders slashed bets on monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve (just hours after Goldman predicted that the Fed would double the pace of its taper and hike 3 times in 2022, oops) ... ... as did oil amid fears new covid lockdowns will lead to a collapse in crude demand (they will also certainly force OPEC+ to put on pause their plans to keep hiking output by 400K every month). Paradoxically, even cryptos are tumbling, which is surprising since even the dumbest algos should realize by now that a new covid outbreak means more dovish central banks, no tightening, and if nothing else, more QE and more liquidity which is precisely what cryptos need to break out to new all time highs. Cruise ship operator Carnival slumped 9.1% in premarket trading and Boeing slid 5.8% as travel companies tumbled worldwide. Stay-at-home stocks such as Zoom Video rallied.  Didi Global shares fell after Chinese regulators reportedly asked the ride-hailing giant to delist from U.S. bourses. Here are some of the other big premarket movers: Airlines and other travel stocks slumped in premarket trading on growing concern about a new Covid-19 variant identified in southern Africa. The European Union is proposing to halt air travel from several countries in the area and the U.K. will temporarily ban flights from the region. United Airlines (UAL US) fell 8.9%, Delta Air (DAL US) -7.9%, American Airlines (AAL US) -6.7%; cruiseline-operator Carnival (CCL US) -12%; hotelier Marriott (MAR US) -6.1%; lodging company Airbnb (ABNB US) -6.9%. Stay-at-home stocks that benefit from higher demand in lockdowns rose in premarket, with Zoom Video (ZM US) gaining 8.5% and fitness equipment group Peloton (PTON US) +4.7%. Vaccine stocks surged in premarket, while Pfizer and BioNTech got an added boost after their coronavirus shot won European Union backing for expanded use in children. Moderna (MRNA US) rose 8.8%, Novavax (NVAX US) +6.2%, Pfizer (PFE US) +5.1%, BioNTech (BNTX US) +6.4%. Small biotech stocks gained in premarket as investors sought havens. Ocugen (OCGN US) added 22%, Vir Biotechnology (VIR US) +7.8%, Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE US) +5%. Cryptocurrency-exposed stocks fell as Bitcoin dropped as investors dumped risk assets. Marathon Digital (MARA US) declined 9%, Riot Blockchain (RIOT US) -8.8%, Coinbase (COIN US) -4.6%. Didi Global (DIDI US) declined 6% in premarket after Chinese regulators were said to have asked the ride-hailing giant to delist from U.S. bourses. Selecta Biosciences (SELB US) dropped 13% in Wednesday’s postmarket ahead of Thursday’s Thanksgiving closure, after saying the U.S. FDA placed a clinical hold on a trial. Quotient Technology (QUOT US) gained 3.9% in Wednesday’s postmarket on news that a board member bought $150,000 of shares. What happens next will matter and so, all eyes are on the opening bell for the U.S. markets, set to return from the holiday for a shortened trading session. Tumbling futures and a soaring VIX signaled that the rout in Asia and Europe won’t spare New York equities, while lack of liquidity will only make the pain worse. The Japanese yen emerged as the main haven currency of the day, with the dollar languishing. “Every trader in New York will be rushing to the office now,” said Salm-Salm & Partner portfolio manager Frederik Hildner, adding that news of the new variant could mean the end of the inflation and tapering debate. The worsening pandemic poses a dilemma for central banks that are preparing to tighten monetary policy to curb elevated price pressures, according to Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote. “It’s terrible news,” Ipek Ozkardeskaya, a senior analyst at Swissquote, said in emailed comments. “The new Covid variant could hit the economic recovery, but this time, the central banks won’t have enough margin to act. They can’t fight inflation and boost growth at the same time. They have to choose.” “We now have a new Covid variant that’s ‘very’ different from the ones we knew so far, a rising inflation, and a market bubble,” she said.  “The only encouraging news is the easing oil prices, which could tame the inflationary pressures and give more time to the central banks before pulling back support.” In the meantime, the World Health Organization and scientists in South Africa were said to be working “at lightning speed” to ascertain how quickly the B.1.1.529 variant can spread and whether it’s resistant to vaccines. The new threat adds to the wall of worry investors are already contending with in the form of elevated inflation, monetary tightening and slowing growth. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 index headed for the biggest drop in 13 months plunging 2.7%; travel and banking industries led the Stoxx Europe 600 Index down as much as 3.7%, the biggest intraday drop since June 2020. Airbus slumped 8.6% in Paris and British Airways owner IAG tumbled 12% in London, while food-delivery stocks gained.  Here are some of the biggest European movers today: Stay-at-home stocks and Covid testing firms such as TeamViewer and DiaSorin are among the biggest gainers as worries over a new Covid variant send the Stoxx 600 tumbling on lockdown fears TeamViewer and DiaSorin rise as much as 6% and 7%, respectively On the down side, travel and leisure stocks plunge, with the likes of IAG, Lufthansa and Carnival posting double- digit falls IAG drops as much as 21% Software AG shares rise as much as 9.5% after Bloomberg reported that the firm is exploring strategic options, including a potential sale, with Morgan Stanley saying the company’s biggest headwinds are behind it. Evolution gains as much as 4.6%, recouping part of Thursday’s 16% plunge, with Bank of America saying the share price’s “crazy time” amounts to a good buying opportunity. Skistar rises as much as 3.7%, bucking steep declines for travel and leisure stocks, after Handelsbanken upgraded the stock, saying bookings for the Scandinavian ski resort operator are “set to surge.” Telecom Italia climbs as much as 2.8% following a Bloomberg report that private equity firms KKR and CVC are considering teaming up on a bid for the company. ING Groep falls as much as 11% after Goldman Sachs analyst Jean-Francois Neuez cut his recommendation to neutral from buy. Getlink drops as much as 6% as French fishermen start protests aimed at stepping up pressure on the U.K. in a post-Brexit fishing dispute. Earlier in the session, MSCI's index of Asian shares outside Japan fell 2.2%, its sharpest drop since August. Casino and beverage shares were hammered in Hong Kong, while travel stocks dropped in Sydney and Tokyo. Japan's Nikkei skidded 2.5% and S&P 500 futures were last down 1.8%. Giles Coghlan, chief currency analyst at HYCM, a brokerage, said the closure of the U.S. market for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday had exacerbated moves. "We need to see how transmissible this variant is, is it able to evade the vaccines - this is crucial," Coghlan said. "I expect this story to drag on for a few days until scientists have a better understanding of it." Indian stocks plunged as the detection of a new coronavirus strain rattled investor sentiment globally, raising concerns over a likely setback to the nascent economic recovery.  The S&P BSE Sensex lost 2.9%, the most since mid-April, to 57,107.15 in Mumbai, taking its loss this week to 4.2%, the biggest weekly drop since January. The NSE Nifty 50 Index declined by a similar magnitude on Friday. Reliance Industries was the biggest drag on both measures and declined 3.2%.  “There is fear of this new variant spreading to other countries which might again derail the global economy,” said Hemang Jani, head of equity strategy at Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd.   Of the 30 shares in the Sensex index, 26 fell and 4 gained. All but one of 19 sub-indexes compiled by BSE Ltd. retreated, led by a index of realty companies. The S&P BSE Healthcare index was the only sub-index to gain, surging 1.2%. While researchers are yet to determine whether the new virus variant is more transmissible or lethal than previous ones, authorities around the world have been quick to act. The European Union, U.K., Israel, and Singapore placed emergency curbs on passengers from South Africa and the surrounding region. Travel stocks were among the hardest hit. InterGlobe Aviation Ltd. fell 8.9%, Spicejet Ltd. slipped 6.7% and Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. plunged 11.2%, the most since March 2020.  “Nervousness on the new variant of coronavirus and expectations of the U.S. Fed increasing the pace of tapering have led to recent market weakness,” Amit Gupta, fund manager for portfolio management services at ICICI Securities Ltd. said. “This trend may take some time to recover as the WHO meeting on the new mutant variant impact and hospitalization rates in US and Europe will be watched by the market very closely.” Crude oil to emerging markets completed this picture of mayhem. In rates, fixed income was firmly bid as Treasuries extended their advance led by the belly of the curve, outperforming bunds, while money markets pared rate-hike bets amid fears that a new coronavirus strain may spread globally, slowing economic growth. Cash Treasuries outperformed, richening 12-14bps across the short end, with Thursday’s closure exacerbating the optics. As shown above, 10Y Treasury yields shed as much as 10 basis points while the Japanese yen jumped the most since investors’ March 2020 rush for safety. Yields across the curve are lower by more than 8bp at long end, 13bp-15bp out to the 7-year point, moves that if sustained would be the largest since at least March 2020 and in some cases since 2009. Short-term interest rate futures downgraded the odds of Fed rate increases. Gilts richened 10-11bps across the curve, outperforming bunds by 4-5bps. Peripheral and semi-core spreads widen. In FX, JPY and CHF top the G-10 scoreboard with havens typically bid. In FX, the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed after earlier touching a fresh cycle high, and the greenback was mixed versus its Group-of-10 peers as the yen and the Swiss franc led gains while the Canadian dollar and Norwegian krone were the worst performers as commodity prices plunged. Traders pushed back the timing of a 25-basis-point rate increase by the Federal Reserve to July from June, with only one further hike expected for the remainder of 2022. It’s a similar story in the U.K. where the Bank of England is now expected to tighten policy in February instead of next month. Wagers that the ECB will raise its deposit rate by the end of next year have also been slashed, with only a six basis-point increase priced in, half of that seen earlier this week. The European Union is proposing to follow the U.K. in halting air travel from southern Africa after the new Covid-19 variant was identified there. The yen is at the epicenter of skyrocketing currency volatility as the new virus variant shakes markets. The cost of hedging against swings in the Japanese currency over the next week, which captures the release of the next U.S. payrolls report, is the most expensive in more than a year. In commodities, crude futures are hit hard. WTI drops over 7% before finding support near $73, Brent drops over 5% before recovering near $78. Spot gold grinds higher, adding $21 to trade near $1,809/oz. Base metals are sharply offered with much of the complex off as much as 3%. Looking at the otherwise quiet day ahead, data releases include French and Italian consumer confidence for November, as well as the Euro Area M3 money supply for October. Otherwise, central bank speakers include ECB President Lagarde, Vice President de Guindos, and the ECB’s Visco, Schnabel, Centeno, Panetta and Lane, and BoE chief economist Pill. Market Snapshot S&P 500 futures down 1.9% to 4,607.50 STOXX Europe 600 down 2.8% to 468.04 MXAP down 1.8% to 193.33 MXAPJ down 2.2% to 628.97 Nikkei down 2.5% to 28,751.62 Topix down 2.0% to 1,984.98 Hang Seng Index down 2.7% to 24,080.52 Shanghai Composite down 0.6% to 3,564.09 Sensex down 2.7% to 57,234.83 Australia S&P/ASX 200 down 1.7% to 7,279.35 Kospi down 1.5% to 2,936.44 Brent Futures down 5.8% to $77.46/bbl Gold spot up 0.9% to $1,805.13 U.S. Dollar Index down 0.33% to 96.46 German 10Y yield little changed at -0.31% Euro up 0.4% to $1.1259 Top Overnight News from Bloomberg The European Union is proposing to halt air travel from southern Africa over growing concern about a new Covid-19 variant that’s spreading there, as the U.K. said it will also temporarily ban flights from the region Those close to the Kremlin say the Russian president doesn’t want to start another war in Ukraine. Still, he must show he’s ready to fight if necessary in order to stop what he sees as an existential security threat: the creeping expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in a country that for centuries had been part of Russia Bitcoin tumbled 20% from record highs notched earlier this month as a new variant of the coronavirus spurred traders to dump risk assets across the globe Germany’s Greens tapped their two co- leaders to run the foreign ministry and take charge of an influential portfolio overseeing economy and climate protection in the country’s next government under Social Democrat Olaf Scholz A more detailed breakdown of global markets courtesy of Newsquawk Asian equity markets declined and US equity futures were also on the backfoot on reopen from the prior day’s Thanksgiving lull with markets spooked by new COVID variant concerns related to the B.1.1.529 variant in South Africa that was first detected in Botswana. The new variant showed a high number of mutations and was said to be the most evolved strain ever which spurred fears it could be worse than Delta and is prompting both the UK and Israel to halt flights from several African nations. ASX 200 (-1.7%) was negative with heavy losses in energy and broad underperformance in cyclicals leading the downturn across all sectors, while the much better than expected Australian Retail Sales data was largely ignored. Nikkei 225 (-2.5%) underperformed and gave up the 29k status as selling was exacerbated by detrimental currency inflows and with SoftBank shares among the worst hit on reports that China is said to have asked Didi to delist from US exchanges on security fears, which doesn't bode well for SoftBank given that its Vision Fund is the top shareholder in the Chinese ride hailing group with a stake of more than 20%. Hang Seng (-2.5%) and Shanghai Comp. (-0.7%) conformed to the risk aversion with the mood not helped by ongoing geopolitical concerns after a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson noted they are ready to crush Taiwan independence bid "at any time”, while China also said it opposes US sanctions on its companies and will take all necessary measures to firmly defend the rights of Chinese companies. Beijing interference further contributed to the headwinds amid the request by China for Didi to delist from US which reports stated regulators could backtrack on and with Tencent subdued after some Chinese state-run companies restricted the use of Tencent's messaging app. Top Asian News Stocks in Asia Set for Worst Day Since March on Virus Woes Mizuho CEO Steps Down After Regulator Hit on System Issues Meituan 3Q Revenue Meets Estimates Japan’s Kishida Delivers $316 billion Extra Budget for Recovery European equities are trading markedly lower (Stoxx 600 -2.9%) with losses in the Stoxx 600 extending to 3.8% WTD. Sentiment throughout the week has been hampered by various lockdown measures imposed across the region with the latest leg lower accelerated by new COVID variant concerns related to the B.1.1.529 variant in South Africa. The new variant has shown a high number of mutations and is said to be the most evolved strain so far. This has spurred fears it could be worse than Delta and has prompted multiple nations to halt flights from several African nations.The handover from the overnight session was an equally downbeat one with the Nikkei 225 (-2.5%) dealt a hammer blow by the risk environment and unfavourable currency flows. Stateside, futures are lower across the board with the RTY the clear laggard with losses of 4.2% compared to the ES -1.8%, whilst the tech-heavy NQ is faring better than peers but ultimately still lower on the session to the tune of 1.6%. Note, early closures in the US and subsequent liquidity conditions could exacerbate some of the moves throughout the session. With the macro calendar light, focus for the session is likely to centre on various nations preventing travel from South Africa whilst potentially imposing more stringent COVID measures domestically. Any further clarity on the spread of the variant and its potential to evade vaccines will be of great interest to the market and likely be the main driving force of price action today. Sectors in Europe are lower across the board with the Stoxx 600 Banking (-5.1%) sector bottom of the pile amid the declines seen in global bond yields as markets scale back expectations of central bank tightening (e.g. pricing now assigns a 63% chance of a 15bps hike by the BoE next month vs. 93% a week ago). Oil & Gas names (-4.8%) are suffering on account of the declines in the crude space with WTI crude in freefall with losses of 6.7% given the potential impact of travel restrictions on demand. Travel restrictions on South Africa (from UK, Israel, EU et al) and the potential for further announcements has crushed the Travel & Leisure sector (-5.7%) with airline names dealt a hammer blow; IAG (-13.5%), easyJet (-11%), Deutsche Lufthansa (-12%), Air France (-9.5%). Elsewhere, there are a whole raft of other laggards which are very much in-fitting with the March 2020 playbook but there are simply too many to list for the purpose of this report. Defensives and Tech are faring better than peers but ultimately still lower on the session to the tune of 1% and 1.9% respectively. Finally, for anyone wanting some positivity from today’s session, the potential for further lockdowns has proved to be beneficial for the likes of HelloFresh (+3.2%), Ocado (+2.1%) and Delivery Hero (+1.9%). Top European News Airlines Skid on South Africa Travel Bans Tied to Variant German Coalition Proposes a Combustion-Car Ban Without Saying So Putin Pushes Confrontation With NATO as Hardliners Prevail Siemens Is Said to Kick Off Sale of Postal Logistics Business In FX, the index has been under pressure in the risk-averse environment amid a slump in yields and gains in its basket components – namely the JPY, CHF, EUR (see below) – and with liquidity also thinned by Thanksgiving. From a technical perspective, the index has declined from its 96.787 overnight high, through the 96.500 mark, to a low of 96.332 – with the weekly trough at 96.035. Ahead, the US calendar is once again light, with the US also poised for an early Thanksgiving closure; thus, impulses will likely be derived from the macro environment. JPY, CHF, EUR - Haven FX JPY and CHF are the clear outperformers as a function of risk-related inflows. USD/JPY has retreated from a 115.37 peak and fell through its 21 DMA (114.15) to a base around 113.66 - with the current weekly low around 113.64. USD/CHF retreated from 0.9360 to 0.9260 – with the 50 and 100 DMAs seen at 0.9234 and 0.9219, respectively, ahead of 0.9200. EUR/USD meanwhile gains on what is seemingly an unwind of the carry trade amid a spike in volatility. EUR/USD found support near 1.1200 before rebounding to a current 1.1288 peak. AUD, NZD, CAD, GBP - The non-US Dollar risk currencies bear the brunt of the latest market downturn, with losses across industrial commodities not helping. The Loonie has taken the spot as the biggest G10 loser as hefty COVID-induced losses in the oil complex keep the currency suppressed. USD/CAD trades towards the top of a current 1.2647-2774 range. AUD is also weighed on by softer base metal prices – AUD/USD fell from a 0.7200 overnight high to a current low at 0.7110. On that note, Westpac sees AUD/USD pushed down to 0.7000 by Jun 2022 (prev. 0.7700) amid rate differentials with the US; Westpac made significant changes to its FOMC policy forecast and now expect consecutive increases in the fed funds rate in Jun, Sept, and Dec 2022. NZD/USD is slightly more cushioned amid smaller exposure to commodities, and as the AUD/NZD cross takes aim at 1.0450 to the downside. GBP, meanwhile, was initially among the losers amid its high-beta status but thereafter nursed losses in a move that coincided with EUR/GBP rejecting an upside breach of its 21 DMA at 0.8475. EM - The ZAR is the standout laggard given the new South African COVID variant - B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant (expected to be named Nu) – which is said to be the most evolved strain so far and thus prompted several countries to halt travel to the country of origin. USD/ZAR currently trades within a 15.9375-16.3630 intraday band. Meanwhile, the downturn oil sees USD/RUB north of 75.00 and closer to 76.00 from a 74.2690 base. The Lira also feels some contagion despite the lower oil prices (Turkey being a large net oil importer) – USD/TRY is back on a 12.00 handle and within 11.92-1226 parameters at the time of writing. In commodities, the crude complex has been hit by compounding COVID fears which in turn triggered various travel restrictions and subsequently took its toll on global crude demand prospects. The new and more evolved South African variant prompted the UK, Singapore, and Israel to expand their travel red lists to include some African nations (Israel reported its first case of the new COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.529). Japan also imposed tighter border restrictions. China’s Shanghai city see flights impacted by its own outbreak. Europe also tackles its surge in daily cases - German Green Party's Baerbock (incoming Foreign Minister) does not rule out a German lockdown, according to Spiegel. EU Commission President von der Leyen is also to propose activation of the emergency air brake, to halt travel from southern Africa due to the B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant. Losses in oil have exacerbated - with WTI Jan and Brent Feb now under USD 74/bbl (vs high 78.65/bbl) and USD 77/bbl (vs high 80.42/bbl), -6.0% and -5.0% respectively. This comes ahead of the OPEC+ confab next week, whereby OPEC watchers have suggested that oil prices will be a large contributor to the final decision. It is difficult to see how OPEC+ will increase output to the levels the US et al. will be content with, with the latest COVID downturn building the case for a pause in planned output hikes. Elsewhere, haven demand sees spot gold extend on gains above USD 1,800/oz after topping the 100 DMA (1,792.95/oz), 200 DMA (1,791.38/oz), 50 DMA (1,790.13/oz) overnight. Base metals are softer across the board amid the risk aversion. LME copper posts losses of around 3% at the time of writing, as prices threaten a more convincing downside breach of USD 9,500/t. US Event Calendar Nothing major scheduled DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap Things have escalated on the covid front quite rapidly over the last 12 hours. Yesterday new covid variant B.1.1.529 was slowly starting to gather increasing attention but overnight it has begun to dominate markets and has caused a notable flight to quality with 10 year USTs -8bps lower. It was originally identified in Botswana and is starting to spread rapidly in Africa. The South African Health Minister has said it is "of serious concern". Almost 100 cases have already been identified in South Africa and the UK moved to put the country back (along with 5 other African nations) on a reinstated red travel list last night with others following this morning. The variant is said to be the most heavily mutated version yet and the WHO will meet today to decide if it is a variant of interest or a variant of concern. So a lot of eyes will be on how severe it is and whether it completely evades vaccines. At this stage very little is known. Mutations are often less severe so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions but there is clearly a lot of concern about this one. Also South Africa is one of the world leaders in sequencing so we are more likely to see this sort of news originate from there than many countries. Suffice to say at this stage no one in markets will have any idea which way this will go. Overnight in Asia all benchmarks are trading lower on the news with the Shanghai Composite (-0.50%), CSI (-0.64%), KOSPI (-1.27%), Hang Seng (-2.13%) and the Nikkei (-2.90%) all lower. Airlines and other travel stocks have obviously fallen heavily. Hong Kong has detected two confirmed cases of the new variant just as Hong Kong and China were considering quarantine-free travel. S&P 500 (-0.93%) and DAX (-1.82%) futures are also much weaker. Elsewhere, in Japan, CPI rose +0.5% year-on-year (+0.4% consensus and +0.1% previously), on the back of 16-month high fuel prices. With the US out on holiday for Thanksgiving, there wasn’t much going on yesterday after a very quiet day in markets. The variant news was only slowly creeping into the news flow so it hardly impacted trading. But in keeping with the theme of recent days, both inflation and the latest covid wave in Europe remained very much in the picture as jitters continue to increase that we could see further lockdowns as we move towards Christmas. Starting with the headline moves, European equities did actually show signs of stabilising yesterday, with the STOXX 600 up +0.42% thanks to a broad-based advance across the continent. In fact that’s actually the index’s best daily performance in over three weeks, although that’s not reflecting any particular strength, but instead the fact the index inched steadily but persistently towards a record high before selling off again a week ago. Other indices moved higher across the continent too, with the FTSE 100 (+0.33%), the CAC 40 (+0.48%) and the DAX (+0.25%) all posting similar advances. These will all likely reverse this morning. One piece of news we did get came from the ECB, who released the account of their monetary policy meeting for October. Something the minutes stressed was the importance that the Governing Council maintain optionality in their policy settings, with one part acknowledging the growing upside risks to inflation, but also saying “it was deemed important for the Governing Council to avoid an overreaction as well as unwarranted inaction, and to keep sufficient optionality in calibrating its monetary policy measures to address all inflation scenarios that might unfold.” Against this backdrop, 10yr bond yields moved lower across multiple countries, with those on bunds (-2.3ps), OATs (-2.3bps) and BTPs (-1.9bps) all declining. There was also a flattening in all 3 yield curves as well, with the 2s10s slope in Germany (-3.0bps), France (-3.7bps) and Italy (-2.8bps) shifting lower. And the moves also coincided with a continued widening in peripheral spreads, with both the Spanish and the Greek spreads over 10yr bund yields widening to their biggest levels in over a year. Of course, one of the biggest concerns in Europe right now remains the pandemic, and yesterday saw a number of fresh measures announced as policymakers seek to get a grip on the latest wave. In France, health minister Veran announced various measures, including the expansion of the booster rollout to all adults, and a reduction in the length of time between the initial vaccination and the booster shot to 5 months from 6. Meanwhile in the Czech Republic, the government declared a state of emergency and approved tighter social distancing measures, including the closure of restaurants and bars at 10pm. And in Finland, the government have said that bars and restaurants not using Covid certificates will not be able to serve alcohol after 5pm. All this came as the European Medicines Agency recommended that the Pfizer vaccine be approved for children aged 5-11, which follows the decision to approve the vaccine in the US. Their recommendation will now go to the European Commission for a final decision. There wasn’t much in the way of data at all yesterday, though German GDP growth in Q3 was revised down to show a +1.7% expansion (vs. +1.8% previous estimate). Looking at the details, private consumption was the only driver of growth (+6.2%), with government consumption (-2.2%), machinery and equipment (-3.7%) and construction (-2.3%) all declining over the quarter. To the day ahead now, and data releases include French and Italian consumer confidence for November, as well as the Euro Area M3 money supply for October. Otherwise, central bank speakers include ECB President Lagarde, Vice President de Guindos, and the ECB’s Visco, Schnabel, Centeno, Panetta and Lane, and BoE chief economist Pill. Tyler Durden Fri, 11/26/2021 - 08:12.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeNov 26th, 2021

Will ETFs Win During Thanksgiving Week Amid Virus Fears?

Powell's renomination, solid retail earnings and upbeat monthly retail sales data and seasonal uptrend may keep the ongoing Thanksgiving Week charged-up for investors. Wall Street remains typically upbeat in Thanksgiving week, marking the start of a year-end Santa rally. “The last five trading days of November are traditionally positive, since 1950,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. “There’s a two-thirds likelihood the market is up on the day before Thanksgiving and a 57% likelihood the day after Thanksgiving, and a 71% likelihood that it’s up on Monday,” as quoted on CNBC.However, this year is a little different given the renewed virus-led lockdown fears in Europe. Wall Street was mixed last week with the S&P 500 (up 0.32%) and the Nasdaq Composite (up 1.24%) gaining and the Dow Jones and the Russell 2000 slumping. This raised doubts over the possibility of a successful thanksgiving week this year.Already, Wall Street opened the week on a mixed note. But we expect the likes of SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Value ETF MDYV, Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF VCR, ProShares S&P Technology Dividend Aristocrats ETF TDV and VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF SMH to see gains in the near term.Why Wall Street is Likely to Remain Positive This ThanksgivingFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s term will expire in February. Going against many market watchers’ belief, President Biden has renominated Powell as Federal Reserve chair for the second term. Powell will now face the Senate Banking Committee for renomination before facing the full 100-member Senate for approval. Biden’s second term will give investors clarity about the future monetary policies, which implies the continuation of the previous one.Plus, solid retail earnings and upbeat monthly retail sales data released lately called for upbeat consumer sentiments. This, in turn, should support a decent Thanksgiving week. Jeff Schulze, investment strategist with ClearBridge Investments, expects fourth-quarter gross domestic product growth in the double digits after theng 2% clip of the third quarter, as quoted on CNBC.The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index also displayed solid, better-than-expected activity in the mid-Atlantic region. Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA, added that the market could move sideways to lower for some time now but should close 2021 on a higher note.Against this backdrop, we highlight a few top-ranked ETFs for Thanksgiving week. These ETFs have higher chances of gaining in the week.ETFs in Focus SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Value ETF Powell’s nomination means chances of faster-than-expected policy tightening next year. This should boost yields ahead and favor value stocks as the cohort performs well in a rising rate environment. Plus, with virus fear spreading beyond the border, domestic exposure should be warranted currently. Mid-caps that offer the best of both worlds – large and small-caps – have limited foreign exposure.The underlying S&P MidCap 400 Value Index measures the performance of the mid-capitalization value sector in the U.S. equity market. SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Value ETF charges 15 basis points (bps) in fees.Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF Market watchers are anticipating an impressive retail sales figure in 2021 along with a strong holiday season. The National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to grow 8.5-10.5% in November and December to $843.4-$859 billion. This is higher than last year’s growth of 8.2% and the five-year average of 4.4%. Of these, online and other non-store sales are likely to increase 11-15% to $218.3-$226.2 billion versus $196.7 billion last year.Retailers are also strongly gearing up for the holiday season, which is considered a busy stretch for many industry players. This makes Zacks Rank #1 fund Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF a buy. Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF charges 10 bps in fees.ProShares S&P Technology Dividend Aristocrats ETF The technology sector has become a darling for investors amid renewed virus fears. The dividend potential in ProShares S&P Technology Dividend Aristocrats ETF is an added advantage.The underlying S&P Technology Dividend Aristocrats Index targets companies from information technology, Internet and direct marketing retail, interactive home entertainment, and interactive media and services segments of the economy. ProShares S&P Technology Dividend Aristocrats ETF charges 46 bps in fees and yields 1.05% annually.VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF The semiconductor space has been on a tear as the pandemic has bolstered the demand for chips, leading to the worst global shortage in many years. Corporate earnings from the likes of Nvidia (NVDA), Qualcomm (QCOM) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have been upbeat. The recent upsurge in the electric vehicle industry and increased awareness for clean energy have also made the semiconductor industry an investors’ darling (read: Semiconductor ETFs Flying High on Slew of Q3 Earnings Beat).VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). SMH charges 35 bps in fees.   Want key ETF info delivered straight to your inbox? Zacks’ free Fund Newsletter will brief you on top news and analysis, as well as top-performing ETFs, each week.Get it free >>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 VanEck Semiconductor ETF (SMH): ETF Research Reports Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (VCR): ETF Research Reports SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Value ETF (MDYV): ETF Research Reports ProShares S&P Technology Dividend Aristocrats ETF (TDV): ETF Research Reports To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksNov 23rd, 2021

A Russian pilot was detained by civilians in occupied Kherson. A Ukrainian city councilman released him — and now faces charges of treason.

Illia Karamalikov's lawyer said he had no other option, highlighting challenges facing Ukraine as it investigates accused Russian collaborators. Ukrainian servicemen inspect destroyed equipment left behind by the Russian Army near the Ukrainian border with Russia, on November 5, 2022.Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images A Kherson city councilman has been accused of treason for releasing a Russian pilot. Illia Karamalikov's lawyer has denied the charges, saying he had no other option in the occupied city. The case highlights an issue facing Ukraine as it investigates accused Russian collaborators. Shortly after Russian forces captured Kherson in March, a group of civilians detained a Russian pilot, and a local city council member, unsure of what to do with them, decided to release him. He now faces charges of treason from the Ukrainian government.Kherson, a southern port, was the first major Ukrainian city taken by Russian forces after the invasion in February. The regional capital was held for eight months until Russian officials announced a retreat in November, delivering a humiliating blow to President Vladimir Putin's war effort and placing the city back in Ukraine's hands.Illia Karamalikov, a nightclub owner and city councilman, had organized civilian patrols after the Russian takeover resulted in chaos, according to The New York Times. On March 15, Karamalikov got a call that one of the patrol groups had found and detained a Russian pilot who was covered in mud and stumbling."Nobody knew what to do," Mykhailo Velychko, Karamalikov's lawyer, told the Times. "They couldn't hand him over to Ukrainian forces — there were no Ukrainian forces in the city at that time. And there was no Red Cross. And the Russians were everywhere."After temporarily detaining the pilot in a room at his home, Karamalikov, unsure of what else to do, made plans to release him to Russian forces.Two months later, Karamalikov was arrested while traveling away from Kherson and back into Ukrainian-held territory, according to CNN. The indictment said he took "actions aimed at harming the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability" of Ukraine and that he switched "to the side of the aggressor country of the Russian Federation during martial law, and assisting its representatives in subversive activities against Ukraine."Velichko denied all the charges and said Karamalikov was trying to keep order in Kherson.The Times interviewed over a dozen people in Kherson about Karamalikov, and they all agree with his decision, saying that to keep the pilot in a city dominated by Russian forces would've put civilians at risk.The case highlights a challenge facing Ukrainian authorities after Russian forces retreat. The country said it's investigating hundreds of cases of Ukrainians accused of collaborating with Russia, but some have said local officials may have chosen to remain in their positions in order to help residents or look after their city, rather than support the enemy.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nyt4 hr. 30 min. ago

Six Degrees From James Baker: A Familiar Figure Reemerges With Release Of Twitter Files

Six Degrees From James Baker: A Familiar Figure Reemerges With Release Of Twitter Files Authored by Jonathan Turley via jonathanturley.org, As thousands of Twitter documents are released on the company’s infamous censorship program, much has been confirmed about the use of back channels by Biden and Democratic officials to silence critics on the social media platform. However, one familiar name immediately popped out in the first batch of documents released through journalist Matt Taibbi: James Baker. For many, James Baker is fast becoming the Kevin Bacon of the Russian collusion scandals. Baker has been featured repeatedly in the Russian investigations launched by the Justice Department, including the hoax involving the Russian Alfa Bank. When Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann wanted to plant the bizarre false claim of a secret communications channel between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, Baker was his go-to, speed-dial contact. (Baker would later testify at Sussmann’s trial). Baker’s name also appeared prominently in controversies related to the other Russian-related FBI allegations against Trump. He was effectively forced out due to his role and reportedly found himself under criminal investigation. He became a defender of the Russian investigations despite findings of biased and even criminal conduct. He was also a frequent target of Donald Trump on social media, including Twitter. Baker responded with public criticism of Trump for his “false narratives.” After leaving the FBI, Twitter seemed eager to hire Baker as deputy general counsel. Ironically, Baker soon became involved in another alleged back channel with a presidential campaign. This time it was Twitter that maintained the non-public channels with the Biden campaign (and later the White House). Baker soon weighed in with the same signature bias that characterized the Russian investigations. Weeks before the 2020 presidential election, the New York Post ran an explosive story about a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden that contained emails and records detailing a multimillion dollar influence peddling operation by the Biden family. Not only was Joe Biden’s son Hunter and brother James involved in deals with an array of dubious foreign figures, but Joe Biden was referenced as the possible recipient of funds from these deals. The Bidens had long been accused of influence peddling, nepotism, and other forms of corruption. Moreover, the campaign was not denying that the laptop was Hunter Biden’s and key emails could be confirmed from the other parties involved. However, at the request of the “Biden team” and Democratic operatives, Twitter moved to block the story. It even suspended those who tried to share the allegations with others, including the White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who was suspended for linking to the scandal. Even inside Twitter, the move raised serious concerns over the company serving as a censor for the Biden campaign. Global Comms Brandon Borrman who asked if  the company could “truthfully claim that this is part of the policy” for barring posts and suspending users. Baker quickly jumped in to support the censorship and said that “it’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been [hacked] and that caution is warranted.” Keep in mind that there was never any evidence that this material was hacked. Moreover, there was no evidence of Russian involvement in the laptop. Indeed, U.S. intelligence quickly rejected the Russian disinformation claim. However, Baker insisted that there was a “reasonable” assumption that Russians were behind another major scandal. Faced with a major scandal implicating a Joe Biden in the corrupt selling of access to foreign figures (including some with foreign intelligence associations), Baker’s natural default was to kill the story and stop others from sharing the allegations. The released documents may show why Twitter was so eager to hire Baker despite his role in the Russian collusion controversies. What likely would have been a liability for most companies seemed an actual draw for Twitter. For censors and political operatives in Twitter, Baker likely seemed like a “made man” for a company committed to systemic censorship. He would be working with the chief legal officer at the company, Vijaya Gadde, who functioned as the company’s chief censor.  Gadde was widely reviled by free speech advocates for her dismissal of free speech principles and open political bias. Not unexpectedly, Gadde and Baker would play prominent roles in the suppression of the Hunter Biden scandal. There was hardly a need to round up “the usual suspects” in the suppression scandal when Musk took over the company. Both lawyers swatted down internal misgivings to bury a story that could well have made the difference in the close 2020 election. It is striking how many of the figures and institutions involved in Russian collusion claims are within six degrees of James Baker. Not only did Baker work closely with fired FBI director James Comey and other key figures at the Justice Department, but he was an acquaintance of key Clinton figures like Sussmann who pushed the false collusion allegations. He was also hired by Brookings Institution, which also has a curious Bacon-like role in the origins and development of the false Russian collusion allegations. None of these means that Baker was the driving force of the scandals. To the contrary, Baker earned his bones in Washington as a facilitator, a reliable ally when it came to the business of the Beltway. It is hardly a surprise that Baker found a home at Twitter where “caution” was always “warranted” in dealing with potentially damaging stories for Democratic interests. Tyler Durden Sun, 12/04/2022 - 21:30.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedge5 hr. 46 min. ago

Milo Yiannopoulos has been fired from Kanye West"s political team: report

Yiannopolous confirmed the departure in a statement on Telegram on Sunday, but said he would continue to "pray" for Ye. Milo YiannopoulosLisa Maree Williams/Getty Images Milo Yiannopoulos is no longer working for Ye's political team. Yiannopoulos was reportedly fired, the Daily Beast reported. Yiannopoulos confirmed the departure on Sunday but said it was a mutual decision. Alt-right personality and former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos will no longer be working with Ye on his political team after being fired, the Daily Beast reported.In a Sunday post on Telegram, Yiannopoulos confirmed the departure but said the decision was "mutual." "Ye and I have come to the mutual conclusion that I should step away from his political team," Yiannopoulos wrote: "I will continue to pray for Ye and all his endeavors."Ye told paparazzi that Yiannopoulos, who previously interned for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, would join his political team as a campaign manager on November 25 following the rapper's announcement that he intends to run for president in 2024.He has not yet formally filed paperwork to begin that process, Insider previously reported.Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, continues to be mired in controversy over his antisemitism, which has included praising Adolf Hitler and posting a swastika on his Twitter account.Yiannopoulos was one of a handful of right-wing figures who joined Ye during a dinner at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home on November 22. Trump received backlash for the meeting after it was reported that another Ye staffer, white supremacist Nick Fuentes, was also in attendance.When speaking to NBC News about the event, Yiannopoulos said he arranged the dinner between Trump and Ye in order to "make Trump's life miserable" because he believed that Trump would not properly handle the news of the meeting once it became public."I also wanted to send a message to Trump that he has systematically repeatedly neglected, ignored, abused the people who love him the most, the people who put him in office, and that kind of behavior comes back to bite you in the end," Yiannopoulos told NBC news. Fuentes denied that the dinner was a plot against Trump in a Telegram post following the NBC report.Ye removed references to Yiannopoulos and Fuentes on his Twitter account on Thursday before he was permanently suspended later that day, Newsweek reported. Yiannopoulos, a longtime right-wing provocateur, resigned as an editor of Breitbart News in 2017 after podcast footage of him emerged in which he appeared to condone pedophilia.After years of living as an openly gay man, Yiannopoulos now describes himself as an "ex-gay" and plans to build a conversion therapy center in Florida.A representative for Ye did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nyt6 hr. 18 min. ago

Home sales and cost of homes forecasted to increase across Texas in 2023

The cost of homes and home sales in Texas will likely increase in 2023, including in the San Antonio New Braunfels area, according to new forecasts......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournals6 hr. 18 min. ago

ACRE Announces Launch of Leasing at ‘Havens at Central Park’ in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

 ACRE, a global real estate private equity firm, today announced it has officially begun leasing at Havens at Central Park, a high-quality, 158-unit single-family build-to-rent (BTR) development located in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  The project is being developed in partnership with Fort Lauderdale-based Stellar Communities. With construction underway, Havens at... The post ACRE Announces Launch of Leasing at ‘Havens at Central Park’ in Port St. Lucie, Fla. appeared first on Real Estate Weekly.  ACRE, a global real estate private equity firm, today announced it has officially begun leasing at Havens at Central Park, a high-quality, 158-unit single-family build-to-rent (BTR) development located in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  The project is being developed in partnership with Fort Lauderdale-based Stellar Communities. With construction underway, Havens at Central Park is scheduled to officially open in late Spring 2023. Located 15 miles south of Fort Pierce within Verano – a newly developed, master-planned community – Havens at Central Park will feature a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, with an average size of 949 square feet. Unit interiors will feature best-in-class finishes and smart-home technology. Residents will have access to a full suite of high-quality amenities including a clubhouse, resort-style pool and fitness center.  “ACRE remains focused on identifying unique multifamily and single-family development opportunities in high-growth coastal markets across the Southeast,” said Bret Hewett, Vice President of Acquisitions for ACRE. “We’re very excited to partner with an accomplished firm in Stellar Communities to bring our vision for this development to life, and we’re thrilled to expand our footprint to a region that continues to see robust economic growth and exceptionally strong demand for affordable high-quality apartments.”  Through a series of equity and debt funds, ACRE manages more than $3.2 billion in assets across private real estate investments and loans. The firm specializes in value-add, multifamily opportunities and invests in workforce and affordable housing assets in strategic growth markets. ACRE’s unique approach to managing its diverse portfolio of multifamily properties includes an intentional focus on creating added value for residents that extends beyond the four walls of their homes. By establishing a sense of community among residents through socially impactful investments and sustainable green measures, ACRE effectively improves tenant retention and generates stable, cash-flowing properties. The post ACRE Announces Launch of Leasing at ‘Havens at Central Park’ in Port St. Lucie, Fla. appeared first on Real Estate Weekly......»»

Category: realestateSource: realestateweekly6 hr. 30 min. ago

Rate Hikes: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Declines

Rate Hikes: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Declines Stagflationary crisis events are relatively rare in modern history, and the average mainstream economist will have very little input to give on why they happen and how they can be solved.  Their knowledge is limited on the issue and their experience is non-existent.   It has been argued by alternative analysts for several years now that the majority of banking executives, investors and economists entering the field in the past decade have never worked within a financial environment without direct monetary intervention by central banks.  They can't even comprehend a world where the Federal Reserve does not artificially support equities, bonds and other elements of the system.  They have no concept of consequences. This dynamic is finally being acknowledged by those in the mainstream. Alison Harding-Jones, vice chair of corporate and investment and head of M&A in EMEA at Citigroup, recently noted that the majority of junior bankers had never worked in an investment world without the existence of cheap money. These people are about to experience a rude awakening beyond anything they can imagine.    It was the long term existence of central bank support that conditioned many economists into assuming the easy money party would never end.  The Fed will step in, they say, because the Fed has always stepped in and nothing will ever change.  But things always change, and the notion that the Fed cares about the longevity of the markets is naive.  The past year alone has debunked that little theory, with rates continuing to climb. A cycle of cope has formed with a predictable set of reactions – The Fed suggests hikes will continue, the mainstream freaks out.  The Fed then suggests that “one day” the hikes might stop, maybe sooner maybe later.  The mainstream rejoices and interprets the comments to mean that the Fed is about to pivot, markets rocket higher.  Then, the Fed does not pivot, and they freak out again. No one is asking the question that really matters here:  Why is it so important what the Fed says about rate hikes?  Why is the entire system dependent on their whims?  This is not how it should be.   The US economy is addicted to cheap money like that money is heroin, and many elements of the system just can't let it go.  People thought that the central bankers, our resident drug dealers, would never stop providing the fix.  They thought that there was incentive for the Fed to continue dealing that delicious fiat.  But the easy money drug has diminishing returns and the addict is acclimated.  The negative health effects are starting to set in, the addict is beginning to die, and the dealer wants to distance himself from the corpse. Stagflation has arrived and now there is no reason for the central bank to continue providing easy money because there is nothing to be gained.   The circumstances surrounding stagflation are chaotic.  Certain sectors of the economy will go into steep decline while others will appear to remain resilient.  For example, US jobs numbers came in far hotter than expected this month (some might suggest a little too hot for reality), inspiring the Biden White House to claim a victory in the midst of fiscal defeat.  At the same time, the US is facing an unprecedented manufacturing slowdown, a housing market sales implosion, a GDP sinking back into contraction, a rising poverty rate, an explosion in homelessness, etc.  It might be confusing – Why is there better than expected employment numbers and in some cases retail numbers while there is also a major contraction across the board in multiple other areas of the economy?  That's what happens when a central bank pumps over $8 trillion into the veins of the system in only two years, on top of tens of trillions of dollars over the past decade.  That money is circulating rapidly and wearing down the gears of the machine, some parts break while others still function.   These are the effects of stagflation, as well as the effects of a central bank which is now abandoning the inflation game and actively seeking to create a deflationary event.  Without the endless trillions in free money which kept the system on life support since 2008/2009, they will get what they want eventually, but it will take time.   Meaning, the Fed is going to continue with rate hikes well into next year until there is a hard landing; there will be no “soft landing” and Jerome Powell knows this.  He openly warned about it back in the October Fed meeting of 2012, stating that the economy would not know how to function without stimulus measures because those measures had been active for so long.  That was 10 years ago; imagine how bad things are today. Powell is all too aware of the effects of rate hikes into economic weakness and stagflationary crisis.  He knows what is about to happen, and Joe Biden's economic advisers likely know as well.   In the meantime, an important issue that the Fed and many mainstream economists don't want to discuss is that prices continue to remain painful on most necessities no matter how high interest rates go.  Rent is high, food is high, energy prices fell due to Biden's market manipulation but are still high, home prices are high, vehicle prices are high, everything is incessantly expensive for the average consumer.  This is not going to stop anytime soon.   Once stagflation takes hold it hangs on like a bad rash.  When jobs numbers finally hit a wall (and they will, probably by the second quarter of next year), costs will still be suffocating the public's savings.  If the goal is truly an engineered deflation event that reduces money velocity and drags down prices, we have to ask ourselves how long will that take to accomplish?  Two years?  Five years?  How high will rates have to go?  Maybe only 5%, maybe 10%, maybe more.  How much damage will be done to the middle class and the poor as this process unfolds?   The Fed does not care.  Those hoping for an immediate pivot should understand that the rate hike beatings will continue until morale declines.  The quantitative tightening will stop when the contraction has fully pummeled the jobs market and the populace in general.   Tyler Durden Sun, 12/04/2022 - 18:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedge8 hr. 2 min. ago

Valerie R. Costa Commemorates 10 Years with MJM+A Architects, and is Named Associate by Partner Ryan Scipione

MJM+A is proud to celebrate Valerie Costa’s 10 years with the firm by making her an Associate, a richly deserved advancement within the leadership of the company. Founding partner Michael Macaluso says “Val’s enthusiasm, loyalty, passion, and commitment to our work is infectious through the entire staff. She makes it... The post Valerie R. Costa Commemorates 10 Years with MJM+A Architects, and is Named Associate by Partner Ryan Scipione appeared first on Real Estate Weekly. MJM+A is proud to celebrate Valerie Costa’s 10 years with the firm by making her an Associate, a richly deserved advancement within the leadership of the company. Founding partner Michael Macaluso says “Val’s enthusiasm, loyalty, passion, and commitment to our work is infectious through the entire staff. She makes it both fun and challenging to come to the studio every day and we are very excited to see what she can do from here on.” Partner Ryan Scipione adds, “Valerie has proven herself an invaluable member of the team at MJM+A, and I couldn’t be prouder to announce that she is now an associate of the firm.” Some people just know from the beginning of a job when they have found a home. This was the case when Valerie Costa walked into the offices of MJM+A Architects in 2012 after graduating from New York City College of Technology (CUNY) where she received her BS in Architectural Technology. Valerie was immediately steeped in the warm and nurturing environment at MJM+A and quickly became an integral part of the team. Meticulous and creative, Valerie fast tracked to become Project Manager, a particularly demanding position in an architectural firm. Bringing exceptional insight and skills to run project teams and communicate the most technical of issues with clients and her colleagues, it was clear that Valerie was a leader from the get-go. That was balanced by her ability to dig into the nuts and bolts of jobs, working with the latest technologies such as AutoCad, Revit, 3d Studio Max and the Adobe Creative Suite, producing technical documents, bids and other reports and observing project benchmarks directly in thefield. Essentially, whether it is to lead a team of CAD technicians or to get her hands dirty in the trenches, Valerie’s reputation is to do whatever is necessary to develop a project from design through completion of construction. “Working with Michael and Ryan hand-in-hand on projects has been a true learning experience. From the measure-up of existing conditions into schematic design, design development/construction documents, and construction administration, I see the project fully through from beginning to end and it is very exciting. It’s also great when we all participate in a design charrette and in the end, we go with the design that’s best for this application, no matter who is the initial designer. Everyone then adds to the final design, so it really is a true collaboration” says Valerie in describing the convivial atmosphere at the firm. “In thinking about some of the more memorable projects I’ve worked on, I really enjoyed the ASPCA facility in the Bronx. Not only because I am a dog person, but it was quite the challenge. The entire building is arc shaped, so designing rooms with 90-degree corners in a radial layout required innovative planning. In the end it came out great and was a fantastic project to see through to the end. Another favorite was Maspeth Savings Bank in Queens. Not only because it was the one of the cornerstones of the revitalization of that Queens neighborhood, but it was an award-winning project that required the skilled management of many architectural disciplines. Of course, it was also fulfilling to work on some residential projects right in my own backyard in the Rockaways—especially helping devastated home owners affected by Superstorm Sandy rebuild and return to their storm-resilient new homes ”, Val says with a smile. Valerie also sports a national reputation with the Society of Registered Architects (SARA). She became a Director on the Board for the New York Council of SARA (SARANY) in 2017 and in 2020, joined the Board of Directors for SARA National. As Director on the Board of SARANY and SARA National, Valerie continues to contribute to SARA by assisting in event coordination and by promoting participation among young architects, associate architects, and students. Valerie feels that it is important to get the young architects today involved in SARA given her strong belief in “Architect Helping Architect,” which is SARA’s credo. This commitment also transcends into her role as the current Program Manager for the Sean F.Mellon Scholarship Fund. Valerie’s dedication to the profession of architecture led her to become actively involved and a strong asset to these not-for-profit educational organizations. The post Valerie R. Costa Commemorates 10 Years with MJM+A Architects, and is Named Associate by Partner Ryan Scipione appeared first on Real Estate Weekly......»»

Category: realestateSource: realestateweekly10 hr. 30 min. ago

Apple Accelerates Plans To Shift Production Out Of China

Apple Accelerates Plans To Shift Production Out Of China Apple has accelerated plans to shift some of its production outside of China, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing insiders. The company has been reportedly telling suppliers to 'actively' plan on assembling Apple products elsewhere in Asia - primarily India and Vietnam, as the company looks to reduce dependence on Taiwanese assemblers spearheaded by Foxconn. The company's goal is to ship 40-45% of iPhones from India, vs the current single-digit percentage, according to TF International Securities analyst, Ming-chi Kuo. Vietnam is also expected to shoulder more of the manufacturing of other Apple products, such as AirPods, smartwatches and laptops. A worker is shown disinfecting equipment. The decision was sparked by turmoil at "iPhone City" inside Zhengzhou (a 'city-within-a-city'), where as many as 300,000 workers assemble iPhones and other Apple products as a Foxconn-run factory, which produces roughly 85% of the iPhone Pro lineup, according to Counterpoint Research. In November, violent protests hit the Zhengzhou factory - as workers upset over wages and Covid-19 restrictions began rioting and throwing things at the police. All of this poses a risk to Apple, which has relied on the factory as a stable manufacturing center. Zhengzhou is home to a giant Foxconn facility known as iPhone City, where a worker is shown at right disinfecting equipment. (Shang Ji/Future Publishing/Getty Images) "Apple no longer feels comfortable having so much of its business tied up in one place," according to the report. So no, Apple isn't moving production out of concerns over human rights abuses, censorship, or other types of oppression. "In the past, people didn’t pay attention to concentration risks," said former US-based Foxconn executive, Alan Yeung. "Free trade was the norm and things were very predictable. Now we’ve entered a new world." One response, say the people involved in Apple’s supply chain, is to draw from a bigger pool of assemblers—even if those companies are themselves based in China. Two Chinese companies that are in line to get more Apple business, they say, are Luxshare Precision Industry Co. and Wingtech Technology Co.  On calls with investors earlier this year, Luxshare executives said some consumer-electronics clients, which they didn’t name, were worried about Chinese supply-chain snafus caused by Covid-19 prevention measures, power shortages and other issues. They said these clients wanted Luxshare to help them do more work outside China. -WSJ The concerns over production revolve around new product introduction (NPI), which requires teams to work with contractors to translate blueprints and prototypes into a detailed manufacturing plan. According to the report, Apple has put its manufacturing partners on notice to start trying to do more of this outside of China. That said, unless places like Vietnam and India can excel at NPI as well, they will 'remain stuck playing second fiddle' according to supply chain specialists. For now, consumers doing Christmas shopping are stuck with some of the longest wait times for high-end iPhones in the product’s 15-year history, stretching until after Christmas. Apple issued a rare midquarter warning in November that shipments of the Pro models would be hurt by Covid-19 restrictions at the Zhengzhou facility. -WSJ The shift marks a massive change in the relationship between Apple and China - which for decades have been engaged in a mutually beneficial relationship. According to Kup, the supply-chain analyst, iPhone shipments in the fourth quarter of this year were likely to reach between 70 and 75 million units - around 10 million fewer than market projections before the Zhengzhou riots. "Apple is going to have to find multiple places to replace iPhone City," said Dan Panzica, a former Foxconn executive who now advises companies on supply-chain issues. "They’re going to have to spread it around and make more villages instead of big cities." Tyler Durden Sun, 12/04/2022 - 13:55.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedge11 hr. 30 min. ago

Homearama 2023 heads to Martin"s Gate in Newport, first time in Northern Kentucky

For the first time Homearama will be held in Northern Kentucky, with the luxury home show coming to Newport's Martin's Gate......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournals17 hr. 18 min. ago

A woman had to move out of her tiny home after 1 day because the city threatened to fine her $1,000 a day

Chasidy Decker is taking legal action against the city of Meridian, Idaho over its ban on living in trailers and RVs in residential areas. Chasidy Decker's tiny home.Institute for Justice A woman is suing the city of Meridian, Idaho over its ban on living in mobile homes.  Chasidy Decker bought her tiny home because she couldn't afford a traditional house. City officials told her she can't live in it legally despite her paying rent to park it in a yard. A woman who bought a tiny home is taking legal action against her city because she was left homeless after being threatened with fines of $1,000 a day if she lived in it. Chasidy Decker of Meridian, Idaho, couldn't afford to buy a house so opted for the 252-square-foot tiny home and arranged to put it on Robert Calacal's property paying for $600 a month, according to the lawsuit.A neighbor called the Meridian Police Department when it arrived on the property and asked whether living in it would be legal.In May, a day after Decker moved in, a Meridian city code enforcement officer threatened both Decker and Calacal with criminal prosecution and fines of $1,000 a day unless she moved out, the Institute for Justice wrote in a blog post. Chasidy Decker is a 46-year-old woman who bought a 252-square feet tiny home.Institute for JusticeThe institute, which files constitutional cases in state and federal courts, said in the blog post that Meridian's city code permitted trailers and recreational vehicles to be parked in residential neighborhoods but did not permit living in them.Decker and Calacal filed a lawsuit to challenge the city's ban, bringing five claims as to why the restriction on tiny homes breached the Idado constitution.Judge Jason Scott of the District Court of Ada County allowed four of the five claims to proceed, but blocked Decker from being allowed to live in her home during the legal proceedings.Decker said she was "disappointed because I really wish I was living in my home again. But I have high hopes that in the end, something good will happen. And I appreciate that the judge is so engaged with the case, because this is something that affects a lot of people in the housing crisis," according to another blog post by the law firm.Robert Belden, a lawyer with the Institute for Justice, told Insider: "Everyone needs a place to live, but the city would rather have Chasidy be homeless than living in a tiny home on wheels parked on private property. That's not just wrong, it's unconstitutional. Making Chasidy homeless does nothing to improve public health, safety, or welfare in Meridian, and it certainly doesn't improve Chasidy's.""At a time when so few affordable housing options are available, why is the city's zoning ordinance further reducing such options?" Belden concluded.Lawyers representing Decker and Calacal didn't immediately respond to a request for comment by Insider. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nyt17 hr. 46 min. ago

When a coworker swings by to chat, you’ve been "desk-bombed" – but some people hate the distraction

Working from home seems to have made approaching a colleague's desk for an unscheduled chat even more divisive for those now back in the office. Approaching a coworker at their desk for an unscheduled chat has been dubbed "desk-bombing".Luis Alvarez/Getty Images Offices seem to be divided on whether desk-bombing is good practice in the workplace. Desk-bombing is the act of unexpectedly approaching someone at their desk to have a chat. Some workers welcome it as it can be more efficient than emailing, others think it's disruptive. So you're back in the office, for a couple of days a week at least. But after almost three years of silencing those Slack notifications when they get too annoying, there's one distraction proving much more difficult to avoid: "desk-bombing". That's the term for a colleague coming over to your desk for a conversation about work – or simply a casual chat. While some workers prefer doing that over sending an email or DM to a colleague, especially if they're also in the same room, others hate the interruption to their workflow. Insider asked five workers what they think about desk-bombing.'Pet hates'David Clare, a managing director at a communications agency, has been a hybrid worker for the past seven years. "One of my pet hates is desk-bombing," he says. "The days I got to work from home were so productive, and I feel the lack of desk-bombing on those days is the reason why." He adds: "Since remote working has become far more commonplace, the remote equivalent – sudden, unexpected video calls – can be similar, but I feel you have a lot more control over these. You can simply ignore or decline the call, and get back to the person when you're ready." 'Approachable'George Fryer, a consultant, welcomes desk-bombing, especially in a post-pandemic world where employees are granted more freedom about where they work. "If I choose to work in the office, then I am also choosing to open myself to being approached at my desk," he says. "I think it's important to be approachable when at your desk, as it helps to facilitate quick decision-making when responses are needed urgently, and helps to build relationships with co-workers."'Very disruptive'Amanda Wallace, a content and marketing executive, hates being desk-bombed, however. "As someone who works in content, staying focused is important, and being interrupted can often take me out of the flow state, which can be difficult to get back into."She adds: "I don't mind when it's just a quick discussion at my desk, but longer talks can be very disruptive."'Gets the work done'Dmytro Kondratiev, an attorney, says he is well-known for desk-bombing. "While desk-bombing may be uncomfortable or aggressive to the other party, it gets the work done," he tells Insider. "I feel like sending emails and making arrangements or inquiries by phone is not as effective as face-to-face conversations."Kondratiev even desk-bombed another office a few weeks ago. He sent an email requesting approval from a company but didn't hear back. Follow-up emails also went unanswered, so he decided to desk-bomb the receptionist. "Ironically, the approval was made in less than 10 minutes."'Annoying'Another worker, who preferred to be anonymous as she didn't want to offend colleagues, says she can see both sides. "It might catch anxious people off-guard and can be annoying if they drag out the conversation when you need to get work done," she says. "I think people prefer different approaches." Jack Devlin, a commercial director from London, says desk-bombing is nothing to feel guilty about. "Since when did we expect to be left completely alone in our almost omnipresent culture of open plan offices?" he asks."If I never desk-bombed, I wouldn't have made half of the friends and connections I have over my career, and would have massive knowledge gaps into the overall running of the business."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nyt17 hr. 46 min. ago