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Donald Trump is already getting some Christmas jeer. Florida atheist and First Amendment activist Chaz Stevens has made the president-elect the subject of his “Distresstivus” Pole, placed next to a Nativity scene on city property in Deerfield Beach. That’s his version of a Festivus pole, the centerpiece of the secular holiday celebrated on Seinfeld known for its “airing of the grievances.” And when it comes to Trump, Stevens ― founder of the Religious Liberty Project ― has plenty of grievances. “Wrapped with an upside-down American flag (acknowledging the majority of Americans who didn’t vote for the Pumpkin In Chief), this year’s pole is shorter, a shout-out to Donald’s tiny hands,” Stevens said via email. “We’ve donned Distresstivus with the infamous Make America Great Again red cap, and fastened it all together with a big ol’ safety pin.” He is hoping to eventually burn the display and has applied for a fire permit from the city, but said he hasn’t heard back. Stevens has trolled Trump before. Earlier this year, members of his group wore a giant penis costume with Trump’s face as they crashed rallies. But it’s the holiday displays that have gained him national fame ― which may be ironic since his initial goal wasn’t to create a holiday scene, but to have the Nativity display in Deerfield Beach removed on First Amendment grounds. When the city refused, Stevens took a different tack and instead pushed for the inclusion of his own seasonal message ― choosing Festivus, with the pole each year themed to a topical issue. “I thought, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” Stevens told the Sun Sentinel last year, when he erected a rainbow-striped pole topped with a disco ball in celebration of gay rights. Last year’s poles were set up in at least five states, in capitol buildings and other public locations where governments have allowed Nativity scenes and other religious symbols. This year, Stevens has a pole going up in Delray Beach, also in Florida ― the third time it has been placed there ― along with the one in Deerfield Beach. “Additionally, we’re returning late this month to the Florida State Capitol rotunda, planting Distresstivus right down the hall from Gov. Skeletor’s office,” he said, referring to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Stevens has eight poles ready to go. Supporters who want to see them erected around the country can contribute to the Religious Liberty Project. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
We issued an updated research report on Fastenal Company (FAST) -- a national wholesale distributor of industrial and construction supplies, mainly serving the manufacturing and non-residential construction markets.
Shares of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) reached a new 52-week high of $124.98 on Nov 15, before closing the trading session slightly lower at $124.97. This apex improved upon the last 52-week high of $124.97 touched on Nov 14.
WASHINGTON ― Democrats raised alarms Monday over the naming of Steve Bannon, executive chairman at Breitbart News, as President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the pick an “alarming signal” that Trump “remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign.” Bannon, known for his white nationalist views, took a break from running Brietbart ― which has published headlines like “Racist, Pro-Nazi Roots Of Planned Parenthood Revealed” ― to help run Trump’s campaign. Trump announced Bannon’s new position on Sunday. “There must be no sugarcoating the reality that a white nationalist has been named chief strategist for the Trump Administration,” Pelosi said in a statement Monday. She urged Trump to bring Americans together rather than continue to “fan the flames of division.” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called Bannon’s appointment “deeply disturbing.” “His leadership of Breitbart, which provides a voice to radical white supremacist groups, allegations about his comments on Jews, and charges of domestic abuse ought to be seen as disqualifying for a role at the White House,” Hoyer said. Seconds after the House gaveled into session for the first time since September, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) spoke first, saying that Bannon “built his media career catering to white supremacists and anti-Semites.” “The fact that Republicans have been silent on Bannon’s appointment is a disturbing sign,” McCollum said. “It shows that the Republican Party has embraced Trump’s campaign agenda of blatant sexism, racial bigotry and religious intolerance.” Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) warned that having Bannon so close to Trump, helping make key decisions, would “poison the well” with Congress and the public and fuel the activities of hate groups. “If the saying is true and you are the company you keep, Donald Trump has chosen to champion the positions of neo-Nazis, white nationalists and anti-Semites by appointing Steve Bannon,” Markey said. “There is no place in our society, let alone the White House, for purveyors like Steve Bannon of hate and violence against any group of Americans.” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) piled on, saying that Bannon “boasted of Breitbart as “‘the platform for the alt-right,’ which is the politically correct term for the resurrection of white nationalism.” Merkley noted that after the massacre of nine people at a historically African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, last year, Breitbart published an article with the headline “Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage.” In a letter to House Democrats on Monday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) called on her colleagues to wear a safety pin this week as sign of solidarity with people and groups who fear they may be targeted in post-election hate crimes. The pin, Wasserman Schultz said, is an indication that the people wearing it “stand for safety.” “In the wake of the legitimate fear that has been instilled in the hearts of too many of our fellow Americans, a symbol of safety, unity, and love has been advanced by wearing a safety pin on your lapel,” Wasserman Schultz wrote. “We invite you and your staff to join us in fastening a safety pin to your clothing this week, as a demonstration that we stand for safety, healing and unity against bigotry, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and misogyny.” House Republicans have remained relatively quiet about Bannon, instead focusing on the news that Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus has been named Trump’s chief of staff. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday that because he’s never met Bannon, he has “no concerns” about Bannon’s new role in the White House. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) became testy on Monday when reporters asked him about Bannon’s white nationalist ties. Dodging every question about whether he was concerned by Bannon’s post in the White House, McCarthy only said that Trump has “the right to select his team,” and that the president-elect shouldn’t be “pre-judged.” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to give a speech on Bannon Tuesday when the Senate returns for the first time since the election. After the announcement of Bannon’s post, Reid’s spokesman Adam Jentleson said “it is easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Fairmount Santrol (FMSA) is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is a great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, many groups in the U.S., including African Americans, Muslims and women, are feeling scared and uneasy. Trump, who has said he would ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., made sexist and insulting comments about women and racist comments about people of color in America, is a frightening prospect for many Americans who believe he is unfit for office. So while protests rage on across the country, one movement is using a simple yet powerful symbol to show their support for anyone who is fearful of what is to come. A photo posted by Heidi (@b00kn00k) on Nov 9, 2016 at 9:14pm PST By fastening a safety pin to their clothing, people are declaring themselves allies to groups who have been maligned by Trump, to show that they stand in solidarity with anyone who might be afraid. And as we’ve been dismayed to find out in the days following Trump’s election, it appears that there is reason to fear. People across the country have shared stories on social media of violence and hate speech directed at them in the wake of Trump’s victory. Racist graffiti was spotted around the country and minorities reported experiencing harassment the day after Trump was elected. These frightening instances illustrate why the #safetypin idea ― which was inspired by a movement following Brexit in the United Kingdom ― is so timely. It’s a tiny gesture, but it speaks volumes, assuring people they are not alone. And the movement seems to be catching on. Americans are posting photos of themselves on social media, declaring themselves “safe places” and showing support for women, people of color and other marginalized groups. Check out some of the allies and their powerful messages of hope below. I am a safe place ♡#SafetyPin #Ally #LOVE pic.twitter.com/65GKedN3wm— Samantha Gruber (@Sam_E_Gruber) November 11, 2016 A photo posted by @shanadanger on Nov 10, 2016 at 8:44pm PST Wearing a #safetypin in solidarity w all those exposed to hate & violence after the election. Let's stand as allies! https://t.co/c7awfDmK9t pic.twitter.com/s1WtckRj84— Lucky Tran (@luckytran) November 10, 2016 #SafetyPin I support solidarity & intollerance for hate, stand for your right to be who you are, I am an ally #IStandWithYou #LoveTrumpsHate pic.twitter.com/OERZRWDssr— Nina (@ninasthinking) November 11, 2016 Safety for all. #safetypin #solidarity #lovenothate A photo posted by @tamaraberg on Nov 10, 2016 at 7:21pm PST So #safetypin is happening: Pin one on you to show marginalized groups that they are safe with you, that you will help if they are attacked. pic.twitter.com/PGFlLVMFeN— Jennifer Scheurle (@Gaohmee) November 11, 2016 #Safetypin I'm an ally... All those exposed to hate and violence, you're not alone... A photo posted by Fabian Santos (@fabiansantos77) on Nov 10, 2016 at 7:44pm PST I wear my #SafetyPin to show I am a safe place.I will protect those who are treated unfairly bc of gender, race, disability, & indiv beliefs pic.twitter.com/gn2LmcTbi5— Sarah Lill (@SarahLill9) November 11, 2016 #safetypin on, in solidarity with those who Trump hates. I am a safe ally & I believe in a better world than the one I woke up to yesterday. pic.twitter.com/ynuf1Eg4UH— happify (@happifydesign) November 10, 2016 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Avon Products (AVP) reported adjusted earnings of 2 cents per share for third-quarter 2016 results.
The U.S. election is nearly here -- and brokerage houses are fastening their seatbelts in case things get a little bumpy.
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В американском городе Остин, штат Техас, после ухода компаний Uber и Lyft стал популярен сервис Fasten, созданный предпринимателями из Краснодарского края, в том числе основателем такси-сервиса«Сатурн» Евгением Львовым. Редакция vc.ru связалась с руководителем компании Кириллом Евдаковым и узнала, как они запускали компанию в США, почему они считают американский рынок такси не развитым и в чем минусы бизнес-модели Uber.
One tiny village survives, thrives and even welcomes tourists "You won't find any authentic kalitka pies in Petrozavodsk," a woman tells me as we get in line at a food shop. "There aren't any traditional Karelian pastries here." The implication is that the further from the regional capital, the better the kalitkas are. The stuffing in these pies is the secret to their success. Karelians have a love for kalitkas made with oat flour, consisting of roasted and refined oats. The dough is kneaded from rye flour with plenty of butter and sour cream. Karelians say the stuffing should fill the pie to the brink and a good kalitka crumbles and melts in your mouth. Photo credit: PhotoXpress If you are a lucky traveler, you might also get to taste a kolob pie with potatoes or oat flour in a far-flung Karelian village. Karelians keep the recipes of these pies secret and serve them only to the most honored of guests. Not every tourist can make it to the Kinerma village in the south of Karelia without a guide. Wandering in the nearby forests and fishing in its lake is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of a big city. Karelia has about 60,000 large lakes – as for smaller ones, no one has bothered counting them. The population of the republic is comprised of more than a dozen distinct peoples. The Karelian ethnos includes Karelians, Livvi-Karelians and Ludic Karelians. Karelian villages are long rather than wide, with large, solid houses uniting everything under one roof. Karelians' private acreage Photo credit: TASS/Vasily Kuzmichenok Travelers come to Karelia to admire its nature – its rivers, full of rapids are perfect for kayaking and its forests and lakes with their barely intelligible names are ideal for putting up a tent. Every year the republic receives around 500,000 visitors. Non-touristy spots, which the locals prefer to keep to themselves, have only local names and are rarely shown to anyone. Karelians view them as their private acreage, where they gather berries, fish and hunt. Photo credit: Shutterstock/Legion-Media Karelians are a tall, blue-eyed people, often with fair, almost reddish hair. They are in the center of many rumors and legends. Allegedly, they still worship the forest, resist authority and engage in witchcraft. There is no point in looking for Karelian traditions and customs in Petrozavodsk, Karelia's capital. For an authentic Karelian experience, head for the town of Olonets or the village of Kinerma. A old house and a long-living man Photo credit: RIA Novosti/Ilya Timin A journey to Kinerma from Petrozavodsk is a two-hour drive along a bumpy road. This old Karelian village cannot be reached via public transportation, so you have to either take a taxi or walk the seven-kilometers from the settlement of Vedlozero. The village features 16 large wooden houses and a pagan grove in the middle of it, now dominated by an Orthodox Christian chapel. The pagan grove was a place of worship where Karelians used to say prayers and perform rites to appeal to the spirit of the forest. No one comes to the grove now, but the respect for nature is still felt. Karelians viewed the tree as an intermediary between the earth and the sky, the world of people and the world of spirits. Birches and fir-trees were the most respected, so much so that a woman would use a birch whisk in a sauna in an effort to become more attractive. Photo credit: RIA Novosti/Ilya Timin A complete tour of Kinerma won't take you more than 15 minutes. Most of the yards are empty, as most of its residents come here only in summer to plant potatoes and take a break from the city. I walk through the streets trying to strike up a conversation with the villagers who have not yet left, but they show little enthusiasm. There are only five permanent residents in the village: the 83-year-old Ivan Yershov, also known as Grandpa Vanya, his goats and the Kalmykov family. Grandpa Vanya is the oldest resident of the village. He was born here and has no intention of leaving. His house and the chapel are Kinerma's oldest buildings. They were constructed 261 years ago by a visiting Swedish builder. The last Karelian settlement Photo credit: RIA Novosti/Ilya Timin "In the 1990s, Finland took an active participation in reconstruction here,” Yegor Kalmykov tells us. “They even have a society called the 'Friends of Kinerma.'" The fair-haired 12-year-old boy offers guided tours of Kinerma while his family restores the village out of their own pocket and works with tourists. Once, architecture students from the Finnish town of Oulu came here for some practical training. They were astonished to discover the entire household complex of a traditional Karelian village almost intact here. Restoration began soon after. The Kalmykovs and Grandpa Vanya live in the village all year round and the family helps the old man out. In 2013, the Kalmykovs succeeded in making Kinerma an official conservation area. "Three years ago, our village became a conservation area,” Yegor says. “Presently, any development is prohibited and the houses must retain the traditional Karelian form and décor. You can install a home cinema inside, but the facades must inherently include wooden logs and wood-carved window cases. For instance, our family house is now a museum." Lunch with a Karelian family Photo credit: RIA Novosti/Ramil Sitdikov Yegor leads us past the church toward the house and invites us in for lunch. Nadezhda Kalmykova, Yegor's mother, is dressed in traditional attire. She serves us soup, buckwheat and a Karelian pie with cottage cheese. She is wearing a shawl with a foliage pattern on her shoulders and a string of red beads around her neck. Her head is covered with a povoinik kerchief – married Karelian women keep the tradition of covering their hair. Karelians are fond of red, which signifies fire and fertility. Unlike the women, Karelian men wear simple clothes: Shirts with side-fastening collars, wide trousers and waistbands with protective ornaments. In the village, Nadezhda Kalmykova is mostly responsible for household duties, while her husband engages in construction, renovation and gathering supplies. Photo credit: PhotoXpress In the late 1990s, Nadezhda and her sister decided to renovate their family house, moved to Kinerma with her family and started promoting the locality as a tourist attraction. The children go to school in the neighboring village and a minibus comes to pick them up every day. They also attend after-school classes at the House of the Karelian Language in the same village. "I was born in Kinerma and so were many generations of my family,” says Nadezhda. “My sister and I studied at the department of Karelian in Petrozavodsk University. Later, I continued my studies in Finland, while my sister went to live there permanently. But when I was between jobs, I became homesick and we decided to renovate our family house." Photo credit: Geophoto Like many ethnic minorities, Karelians lost their language in the 20th century, but during the 1990s, local language schools started to emerge. However, for now Finnish is more widely spoken in the republic than Karelian. Kinerma is the only protected Karelian settlement in the entire republic. While other villages are gradually abandoned or become dilapidated, Kinerma attracts new tourists and volunteers from a number of countries every year. They enjoy the traditional chimney-free sauna, which disgorges smoke in all directions, and they gather mushrooms and hunt. Volunteers assist the Kalmykovs in their work with tourists and the restoration of old Karelian houses. Photo credit: Geophoto The main problem concerning Kinerma's houses is subsidence, so they end up needing to be raised up. That is what architects and volunteers do. Such houses never rot, as Karelians used round logs without debarking them completely, which increases the longevity of a house twofold. Today, Kinerma is being restored following the same technology. If you are interested in coming to Kinerma as a guest or a volunteer, please contact the Kalmykovs at [email protected]
Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) reported earnings of $1.50 per share for third-quarter 2016, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.49 as well as the year-ago figure of $1.39.
IDEX Corporation (IEX) reported sedate third-quarter 2016 results with a year-over-year decrease in GAAP earnings despite a healthy improvement in revenues.
Courtesy of Loic Schmid, head of Asset Management & CIO at GS Banque SA, here is what the hedge fund manager see as the key issues in the market right now, in the first market report posted on his blog, long-short.ch, dubbed "The Good, the Bad, the Ugly" The good Risky assets still fueled/drugged by central banks Oil export countries seems to be [finally] agreeing on production and price stability Market talk that ECB might step into buying European equities = tailwind for EU markets Even though it’s not very impressive, global economic expansion remains steady (…) A lot of cash is sitting on the sidelines = ready to be deployed in stocks? Great rotation from bonds to equities might start soon or might have already started US recession fears unclear following latest PMI/ISM [better] reports Eurozone : latest economic data was encouraging China : latest economic data suggests stabilization FED: every time the FED is close to hiking, markets drop postponing decision UK : stronger economic data fueled by weaker GBP EUR: the weakening currency is having positive effects on European exporters Corporate activity : good M&A activity + share buybacks The bad Upside risk for [US] rates. Will the other central banks follow? Historically they did, this time (…) Asymmetric risk for US stocks (upside-potential limited, downside-potential important) US: S&P500 technical picture (rounding top) suggests caution. 2120 = strong support Rising USD could have negative effects on US corporates Uncertainties surrounding BREXIT impact on UK/EU Uncertainties surrounding Italian constitutional referendum Chinese desperate need to invest abroad (creating real estate bubbles) and weakening CNY Australian + Canadian housing bubble fueled by … the Chinese Central bankers incapacity to restore moderate growth in developed countries The ugly US elections pathetic drama Ongoing and rising tensions between Russia and western powers BoJ hazardous monetary policy trying to fight a complex problem >> aging of the population Central banks accommodative monetary policy’s exit strategy nightmare Rising income inequality leading to social unrests Tech bubble 2.0 lead by social media fantasy Global rising debts leading to concerns about the value of Fiat [not the car maker] money Fixed income bubble EU-US tax/economic war – tax my “Apple” and I will destroy your [German] banks My Positioning Equities: favor European equities. Buy downside protection on S&P500 and/or Nasdaq (more vulnerable) to hedge against global risk. Fixed income: avoid sovereign bonds and buy dips on corporate investment grade and high yield Currencies: long USD, long CAD/AUD, short CHF Commodities: long oil, watching to go long agriculture Gold : great level to accumulate the only currency that central banks can’t PRINT Hedge funds: favor global macro and CTA’s and volatility stratégies Important Chart Today’s close (weekly close) will be very important. Market has to close > 2135 otherwise fasten you seat belt for more downside!
Fairmount Santrol (FMSA) currently has a favorable Zacks Rank and a positive Earnings ESP, which is a great sign of a coming earnings beat.
In a June 3 Forbes.com article, John Archer highlighted the strengths of Ferrari's pricing power and iconic brand name. But at that time, he felt that a slightly greater "margin of safety" between the market price of the stock and the company's intrinsic value was warranted. Let's look at what's happened over the last four months.
Fastenal Company's (FAST) adjusted earnings of 44 cents per share in the third quarter missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 45 cents by 2.2%.
Американский поставщик промышленных товаров и строительных материалов Fastenal отчитался о финансовых результатах за третий квартал. Так, чистая прибыль в отчетном периоде составила $126,925 млн или 44 цента на одну акцию по сравнению с $136,49 млн или 47 центами на бумагу годом ранее, тогда как аналитики ждали 45 центов на акцию. Выручка в рассматриваемом периоде выросла на 1,8% до $1,013 млрд по сравнению с $995,25 млн годом ранее, хотя аналитики прогнозировали показатель на уровне в $1,01 млрд.