Coupa Software Inc.'s (COUP) share price surged more than 10% after hours, after the company reported impressive third-quarter fiscal 2017 results.
The Coca-Cola Company (KO) opened a new bottling plant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The investment, valued at $100 million, is part of Coca-Cola's plan to expand its production facility in the Southeast Asian country by 2018.
Anglo-Iranian food blogger and cookbook writer Yasmin Khan is nuts about peanut butter and a geek for exotic fruitMy kitchen is … new. I recently had it renovated – we knocked a wall down and painted the walls sunshine yellow. I’m just beginning to settle into it, still deciding on what goes where. There are endless jars of things on long, open oak shelves, a little wrought-iron breakfast table with a very large fruit bowl – that’s an Iranian thing. I travel a lot, so the kitchen is full of little mementos: a turquoise and navy handpainted dish from Isfahan on the wall, a framed print of little elephants from Thailand, a little fish tile from Nazareth. My cookbooks don’t fit in here – they’re in the living room. I have a very big collection. I’m addicted.My favourite kitchen tool is … my mini food processor. It’s always out on the counter. I use it almost every other day, for pestos, smoothies, chopping fresh herbs and grinding nuts – staple techniques in Iranian cooking. Continue reading...
This month, with Christmas nearly here, How To Eat is ordering the paté. But will it be smoked mackerel or duck? Served with toast or crackers? And does anyone really want a watercress garnish rather than cornichon? Contemporary Britain is weirdly ambivalent about paté. It is a restaurant staple and a Christmas favourite, yet the subject of this month’s How To Eat has a distinct whiff of naff 1970s dinner parties about it. It is unfashionably rich and heavy, a hangover from a time when we blindly mimicked supposedly sophisticated French cuisine. From ethereally smooth parfaits to horny-handed slabs of minced offal, paté is seen as a complex technical challenge best left to chefs and, somehow, at the same time, a faintly suspect way of using up cheap meat. In 2009, a team of UK scientists published a research paper that naysayers will appreciate: “Can people distinguish paté from dog food?”This (literally paste in French) is a food that is simultaneously loved and loathed, and one which stopped being cool circa 1983. Never let it be said that How To Eat [HTE] is a slave to the latest trends as we explore, from smoked kipper to chicken liver, how best to eat paté. Continue reading...
Despite several headwinds, McCormick & Company, Inc. (MKC) has been gaining momentum and is looking to reap long-term gains owing to acquisitions and cost savings measures.
Amkor Tech, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Ambarella, Applied Optoelectronics and Cirrus Logic highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day
Amkor Tech, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Ambarella, Applied Optoelectronics and Cirrus Logic highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day
Economic historians' Divergence debates since 2000 have asked a different question from that asked by Angus Maddison. The issue has become "when did countries' contemporaneous purchasing powers diverge?", not "when did countries' productivity grow at different rates?" The two questions have different answers, especially before 1914. Using pre-1914 prices to compare real purchasing powers on six continents, this article sketches some historical geography of the departures from the conventional Maddison estimates. One underlying reason for the divergence between projections back from 1990 and direct price comparisons from long ago is that before the great 1870-1914 wave of trade globalization, consumer staples were not traded over great distances, and regions specialized in narrow luxury trade. Inter-continental price ratios for subsistence goods thus varied more widely than since 1914. The new measures open up a new economic history of international differences in purchasing power before 1914. Northwest Europe was further ahead of Asian countries than earlier measures have shown. The discrepancy stems from a Gerschenkron effect, magnified before 1914 by Engel effects as well as by Balassa-Samuelson. Yet Northwest Europe was behind America and Australia across the nineteenth century, consistent with the same accounting framework but not with Maddison's estimates.
B&G Foods, Inc. (BGS) has now taken over Victoria Fine Foods Holding Company and Victoria Fine Foods, LLC from Huron Capital Partners and other sellers for roughly $70 million in cash.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much, everybody. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much. Everybody please have a seat. Thank you. (Applause.) Well, good evening, everybody. On behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House. Over the past eight years, this has always been one of our favorite nights. And this year, I was especially looking forward to seeing how Joe Walsh cleans up -- pretty good. (Laughter.) I want to begin by once again thanking everybody who makes this wonderful evening possible, including David Rubenstein, the Kennedy Center Trustees -- I’m getting a big echo back there -- and the Kennedy Center President, Deborah Rutter. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) We have some outstanding members of Congress here tonight. And we are honored also to have Vicki Kennedy and three of President Kennedy’s grandchildren with us here -– Rose, Tatiana, and Jack. (Applause.) So the arts have always been part of life at the White House, because the arts are always central to American life. And that’s why, over the past eight years, Michelle and I have invited some of the best writers and musicians, actors, dancers to share their gifts with the American people, and to help tell the story of who we are, and to inspire what’s best in all of us. Along the way, we’ve enjoyed some unbelievable performances -– this is one of the perks of the job that I will miss. Thanks to Michelle’s efforts, we’ve brought the arts to more young people -– from hosting workshops where they learn firsthand from accomplished artists, to bringing “Hamilton” to students who wouldn’t normally get a ticket to Broadway. And on behalf of all of us, I want to say thanks to my wife for having done simply -- (applause) -- yes. (Applause.) And she’s always looked really good doing it. (Laughter.) She does. (Laughter.) This is part of how we’ve tried to honor the legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy. They understood just how vital art is to our democracy -- that we need song and cinema and paintings and performance to help us challenge our assumptions, to question the way things are, and maybe inspire us to think about how things might be. The arts help us celebrate our triumphs, but also holds up a mirror to our flaws. And all of that deepens our understanding of the human condition. It helps us to see ourselves in each other. It helps to bind us together as a people. As President Kennedy once said, “In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation.” Tonight, we honor five amazing artists who have dedicated their lives to telling their truth, and helping us to see our own. At eight years old, Mavis Staples climbed onto a chair in church, leaned into the microphone, raised her eyes upwards and belted out the gospel. When people heard that deep, old soul coming out of that little girl, they wept -- which, understandably, concerned her. (Laughter.) But her mother told her, “Mavis, they’re happy. Your singing makes them cry happy tears.” It was those early appearances on the South Side of Chicago -– South Side! -- (laughter and applause) -- with Mavis, her siblings, their father, Roebuck “Pops” Staples that launched the legendary Staple Singers. Theirs was gospel with just a touch of country, a twist of the blues, little bit of funk. There was a little bit of sin with the salvation. (Laughter.) And driven by Pops’ reverbed guitar, Mavis’ powerhouse vocals and the harmonies that only family can make, the Staple Singers broke new ground with songs like “Uncloudy Day.” They had some truths to tell. Inspired by Dr. King, Pops would tell his kids, “If he can preach it, we can sing it.” And so they wrote anthems like “Freedom Highway,” and “When Will We Be Paid” -- which became the soundtrack of the Civil Rights movement. As a solo artist, Mavis has done it all and worked with just about everybody from Bob Dylan to Prince to Jeff Tweedy. On albums like “We’ll Never Turn Back,” and “One True Vine,” she still is singing for justice and equality, and influencing a new generation of musicians and fans. And each soulful note -- even in heartbreak and even in despair -– is grounded in faith, and in hope, and the belief that there are better days yet to come. “These aren't just songs I'm singing to be moving my lips,” she says. “I mean this.” And we mean it too. Six decades on, nobody makes us feel “the weight” like Mavis Staples. Give her a big round of applause. (Applause.) Al Pacino calls the theater his “flashlight.” It’s how he finds himself, where he sees truth. And since Al first hit Broadway in 1969, his singular talent has been the gold standard for acting. A great playwright once compared the way Al inhabits his characters to the way Louis Armstrong played jazz. One director said that while “some actors play characters, Al Pacino becomes them.” And we’ve all seen it. In the span of five years -- you think about it -- he became Serpico, became Sonny Wortzik, twice became Michael Corleone for, let’s face it, what have got to be the two best movies of all time -- (laughter) -- became Tony Montana on screen, then became the owner of a couple of Tonys on stage. And he’s always been this way. At 13, Al committed so profoundly to a role in the school play that when his character was supposed to get sick on stage, Al actually got sick on stage. (Laughter.) I’m not sure how audiences felt about that. (Laughter.) Later, when he played Richard III and Jackie Kennedy visited him backstage, the actor playing the self-absorbed king didn’t even stand up to greet actual American royalty, which he says he still regrets. (Laughter.) Through it all, Al has always cared more for his “flashlight” than the spotlight. He says he’s still getting used to the idea of being an icon. But his gift, for all the inspiration and intensity that he brings to his roles, is that he lets us into what his characters are feeling. And for that, we are extraordinarily grateful. Al Pacino. (Applause.) In the late sixties, James Taylor got the chance to audition in front of Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Ringo, I don’t know if you were there -- but this is a true story. (Laughter.) “I was as nervous as a Chihuahua on methamphetamines" -- (laughter) -- is what James Taylor says. Which is exactly the kind of metaphor that makes him such a brilliant songwriter. (Laughter.) But if James has a defining gift, it is empathy. It’s why he’s been such a great friend to and Michelle and myself. We're so grateful to him and Kim for their friendship over the years. It’s why everybody from Carole King to Garth Brooks to Taylor Swift collaborates with him. It’s what makes him among the most prolific and admired musicians of our time. In fact, James recently went through all his songs and kept coming across the same stories -- songs about fathers and traffic jams; love songs, recovery songs. I really love this phrase: “Hymns for agnostics.” (Laughter.) He says that in making music, “There’s the idea of comforting yourself. There’s also the idea of taking something that’s untenable and internal and communicating it.” And that's why it feels like James is singing only to you when he sings. It feels like he's singing about your life. The stories he tells and retells dwell on our most enduring and shared experiences. “Carolina on My Mind” is about where you grew up, even if you didn’t grow up in Carolina. “Mean Old Man” is probably somebody you know. “Angels of Fenway” -- well, actually, that’s just about the Red Sox. So -- (laughter) -- if you're a White Sox fan you don’t love that song, but it's okay. (Applause.) James is the consummate truth-teller about a life that can leave us with more unresolved questions than satisfying answers, but holds so much beauty that you don’t mind. And from his honesty about his own struggles with substance abuse to his decades of progressive activism, James Taylor has inspired people all over the world and helped America live up to our highest ideals. Thank you, James Taylor. (Applause.) Without a preschool rivalry, we might not be honoring Martha Argerich. The story goes that when Martha was two years old, a little boy taunted her, saying, “I bet you can’t play the piano!” (Laughter.) So she sat down at the keys, remembered a piece her teacher had played, and played it flawlessly. By eight years old, she had made her concert debut. By the time she was a teenager, she left her native Argentina to study in Vienna and won two major international competitions, launching one of the most storied and influential careers in classical music. That little boy lost his bet. Martha combines unparalleled technical prowess with passion and glittering musicianship. From Bach to Schumann, she doesn’t just play the piano, she possesses it. Martha can charge through a passage with astonishing power and speed and accuracy, and, in the same performance, uncover the delicate beauty in each note. As a critic once wrote, “She is an unaffected interpreter whose native language is music.” But what truly sets her apart and has cemented her place as one of the greatest pianists in modern history is her dogged commitment to her craft. In an age of often superficial connections, where people too often seek fame and recognition, Martha has been guided by one passion, and that is fidelity to the music. She can only be herself. And that is the truest mark of an artist. And the result is timeless, transcendent music for which we thank Martha Argerich. (Applause.) And finally, there have been some interesting things said about this next group, including being called "one of rock's most contentiously dysfunctional families." (Laughter.) So, yeah, it was unlikely that they'd ever get back together and that they called their reunion tour "Hell Freezes Over." (Laughter.) I love that. But here's the thing -- when you listen to the Eagles, you hear the exact opposite story, and that is perfect harmony. You hear it in the crisp, overpowering a capella chords of "Seven Bridges Road"; dueling guitar solos in "Hotel California"; complex, funky riffs opening "Life in the Fast Lane." It's the sound not just of a California band, but one of America's signature bands -- a supergroup whose greatest hits sold more copies in the United States than any other record in the 20th century. And the 20th Century had some pretty good music. (Laughter.) So, here tonight, we have three of the Eagles: Don Henley, the meticulous, introspective songwriter with an unmistakable voice that soars above his drum set. Timothy Schmit, the bass player and topline of many of those harmonies. And Joe Walsh, who’s as rowdy with a guitar lick as I’m told he once was in a hotel room. (Laughter.) Twice. (Laughter.) This is the White House, though. (Laughter.) And Michelle and I are about to leave. As I've said before, we want to get our security deposit back. (Laughter and applause.) But, of course, the Eagles are also the one and only Glenn Frey. And we all wish Glenn was still here with us. We are deeply honored to be joined by his beautiful wife, Cindy, and their gorgeous children. Because the truth is that these awards aren't just about this reception or even the show we have this evening, which will be spectacular. The Kennedy Center Honors are about folks who spent their lives calling on us to think a little harder, and feel a little deeper, and express ourselves a little more bravely, and maybe “take it easy” once in a while. And that is Glenn Frey -- the driving force behind a band that owned a decade, and did not stop there. We are all familiar with his legacy. And the music of the Eagles will always be woven into the fabric of our nation. So we are extraordinarily honored to be able to give thanks for the Eagles. And what's true for them is true for all of tonight’s honorees: remarkable individuals who have created the soundtrack to our own lives -- on road trips, in jukebox diners; folks who have mesmerized us on a Saturday night out at the movies or at a concert hall. Mavis Staples. Al Pacino. James Taylor. Martha Argerich The Eagles. Their legacies are measured not just in works of art, but the lives they've touched, and creating a stronger and more beautiful America. They’re artists who have served our nation by serving their truth. And we’re all better off for it. So before we transport ourselves to what I'm sure will be a spectacular evening, please join me in saluting our extraordinary 2016 Kennedy Center Honorees. (Applause.) END 5:44 P.M. EST
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When it comes to boosting employee morale, finding small ways to make the day a bit more pleasant, fun, and less stressful can go a long way. That's why office perks are a big deal at today's top companies--and among the most appetizing are boatloads of free snacks. Don't worry--you don't need to hire a celebrity chef and create gourmet meals on-site. However, stocking a bountiful snack pantry, setting up a coffee bar, or having free lunch Fridays just might feed your employees' workplace devotion, and end up offering a pretty healthy return on your investment. According to a Glassdoor survey, younger workers aged 18-34 (89 percent) and 35-44 (84 percent) said they actually prefer benefits or perks to pay raises. And of the perks listed, 19 percent mentioned free lunch. When you consider that only 22 percent of offices provide free snacks and beverages, it's an easy and fairly low-cost way to stand out from your competitors. Take a look at a few of the benefits of keeping your staff well-fed to decide if it's time to get in on the office snacking trend: Snacks make people happy. Even in companies that have extremely or very satisfied employees, a survey by grocery delivery service Peapod found that the happiness factor goes up when free food is involved-jumping from 56 percent in companies with bare cupboards, to 67 percent at workplaces that supply snacks. Think about organizations that are known for their great employer brands (like Dropbox, Apple, and Google), and you'll see that fabulous food is a staple of the employee perks menu. Your staff may be more productive. It's hard to dispute the fact that hunger tends to creep up throughout the day, especially around 3:00 in a hectic office setting. So, ask yourself-isn't it better if your employees walk into the kitchen or lounge for a cupful of popcorn or to make a cappuccino, than if they step out and end up taking an extended work break? Why do you think tech start-ups are notorious for having so many perks on-site-it's to limit the need for their employees to leave the premises. By encouraging people to remain in the building, you'll limit those 15-minute coffee runs that turn into 45 minutes, or those 30-minute lunches that turn into two hours. Healthy food can improve moods and keep people energized. You can't argue with nutritional science. By offering an array of healthy energy-boosting foods, it will help prevent your workers from crashing or fizzling out. Sure, it's nice to have cupcakes or pizza luncheons from time to time, but for daily offerings, stick with snacks that will invigorate your workers. The American Heart Association actually has a Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit that offers smart snack and lunch suggestions for employers to offer. Among the most important tips are to provide clean, cool water, always, and offer healthy treats, like a "Build Your Own Trail Mix" bar, complete with dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and whole grain cereal or granola. If you're looking for an easy and affordable way to increase employee satisfaction, consider serving up some free snacks. A giant jar of pretzels or a few bunches of bananas might seem insignificant, but that small gesture can help show your workers that you appreciate them. -- 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.
The economy is on the recovery trail and the results of the presidential election have not dampened consumer spending.
Everyone's doing it, just follow them... An interesting week: Nasdaq's worst week since Feb 2016 Small Caps worst week since Feb 2016 Bank stocks up 4 weeks in a row to highest since Jan 2008 FANG Stocks down 4 of the last 6 weeks Treasuries down 4 weeks in a row, TLT lowest close in a year USD Index down first time in 4 weeks Oil's best week since Feb 2011 (at highest since July 2015) Gold down 4 weeks in a row to 10 month lows Stocks on the week stunned investors, with Small Caps and Nasdaq suffering their worst weeks since Feb 2016 (and Dow and Trannies clung to unch) NOTE: The Dow gained 10 points on the week - just 3 stocks - GS, UNH, and JPM added over 150 points alone. Since the election, Nasdaq is now red... But futures show the real action... Financials (and Energy) remain the biggest post-Election winners (with Utilities and Staples worst) but both banks and energy stocks faded today... (banks worst day in over 2 months) Just two charts to consider... Notably VIX flash-crashed on payrolls... but look at Dow Futures swings - desperate to keep green for the week... Post-payrolls, oil was best but bonds and bullion beat stocks FANG (Diamondback) outperformed FANG Stocks on the week... The yield curve steepened on the week (after 2 weeks of flattening), leaving 2Y yields lower on the week and the long-end underperforming... So bonds and stocks down on the week - as Risk-Parity funds suffer the 7th week of losses in the last 9 weeks... FX markets were volatile this week withthe USD index ending lower for the first time in 4 weeks led by cable strength... Crude soared on the week - best week since Feb 2011 (to July 2015 highs) and silver gained as gold and copper slipped lower Finally we leave you with this - here is your market America... h/t @Not_Jim_Cramer
A prudent investment decision involves buying stocks that offer solid prospects and selling those that appear risky.
United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) is set to report first-quarter fiscal 2017 results after the market closes on Dec 7. Last quarter, this food products manufacturer posted a positive surprise of 12.90%.
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