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The U.S. Justice Department said in a legal filing Monday that it agrees with a Texas district court's ruling that the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," is unconstitutional, throwing the future of the health-care law in doubt. "The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's judgment should be affirmed," the DOJ said in a filing to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The Texas ruling last December said the law's individual mandate was unconstitutional, invalidating the entire ACA. The Justice Department had previously argued to keep the law mostly intact, but that the law's protection of pre-existing conditions needed to be struck down. The filing means the government agrees the entire law should be struck and it will not challenge the ruling in its lengthy appeal process. Health-insurance stocks turned volatile immediately following the original Texas ruling, as it brought uncertainty over future health-insurance costs. Experts said in December that the case may reach the U.S. Supreme Court in 2020.

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The U.S. Federal Reserve should consider buying Treasury bills in the next phase of its balance-sheet program, said Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren. In a speech to the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference early Tuesday morning in Hong Kong, Rosengren said that one way to stimulate the economy in a "hypothetical" recession would be to push down long-term interest rates by selling Treasury bills from the bank's balance sheet. The only problem is that the Fed holds virtually no T-bills at the moment. "Thus, increasing the share of U.S. Treasury bills and more quickly lowering the duration of securities held [by the Fed] as assets may be an important part of the normalization process," Rosengren said. The Fed has been shedding assets from its balance sheet for almost two years but announced last week that this process will end in September. At some point next year, economists think the central bank will begin buying assets again. The Fed has not agreed yet on what mix of T-bills, or Treasury notes and bonds it might buy when that process starts.

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Shares of Red Hat Inc. wavered between gains and losses in the extended session Monday after the software company posted mixed fourth-quarter results, missing revenue expectations. Red Hat said it earned $139 million, or 75 cents a share, versus a net loss of $12 million, or 7 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted for one-time items, the company earned $214 million, or $1.16 a share, compared with $168 million, or 92 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 14% to $879 million. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected adjusted earnings of $1.01 a share on sales of $884 million. The shares had ended the regular trading day down 0.1%.

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Stocks posted a mixed finish Monday as worries over global economic growth continued to cast a cloud over financial markets. The S&P 500 fell 0.1% to finish near 2,798, according to preliminary figures, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose around 15 points, or 0.1%, to close near 25,517. The Nasdaq Composite ended around 5 points lower near 7,638, off 0.1%. All three indexes sold off sharply on Friday as a closely watched measure of the yield curve inverted, a phenomenon that has been a reliable precursor to a recession, albeit with a lag of a year or more. Shares of Apple Inc. fell 1.2% to lead Dow decliners after the company unveiled a suite of new products, including its long-awaited video streaming service.

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Shares of Netflix Inc. rallied 1.3% toward fresh intraday highs in afternoon trade Monday, reversing earlier losses, after Apple Inc. announced its rival new Apple TV+ service. The new service will include original programming, and offer suggestions for shows and movies from over 150 streaming apps, including Amazon.com Inc.'s Amazon Prime and Hulu, but not Netflix. Reed Hastings, Netflix's CEO, said last week that the company had chosen not to integrate into Apple's services, while the Netflix app will continue to be available in Apple's app store. Netflix's stock was down as much as 1.0% as Apple started announcing its new services. Over teh past 12 months, Netflix shares have rallied 21.4% and Apple's stock has climbed 13.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 8.4%.

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Shares of Amazon.com Inc. bounced back into positive territory in afternoon trade Monday, after Apple Inc. announced its Apple TV+ video subscription service. Apple said the TV app will be available on Amazon Fire TV "in the future," and will offer suggestions for shows and movies from a number of streaming apps, including Amazon Prime. Amazon's stock was up 0.4% in afternoon trade, after being down as much as 1.0% and up as much as 0.7% at its intraday extremes, which were both hit before Apple's Special Event. Amazon's stock has rallied 18% year to date and Apple's stock has run up 19%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 9.1%.

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Apple Inc. unveiled its long-awaited video streaming service on Monday, featuring original programming and offering an ability to purchase channels like HBO and Showtime from within Apple's platform. Apple's original TV offering, as well as the new Apple TV+ service, will play nicely with other offerings in the media landscape. Users will be able to watch Apple TV's bundled content on Roku Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. streaming devices and also on various smart TVs. The company brought on stars from many of its forthcoming shows, including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Sara Bareilles, to preview the programming. Apple TV+ will arrive in the fall in 100 countries, and content will be available for download. Apple didn't discuss pricing for the service. Shares are down 1.8% in afternoon trading, while Roku's stock is up 3.5%.

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Shares of games makers took an afternoon hit Monday, after Apple Inc. introduced a new game subscription service called Apple Arcade. Shares of Activision Blizzard Inc. fell 0.7%, after being little changed ahead of the announcement; Electronic Arts Inc. as down 1.3%, after being down about 0.7% ahead of the announcement; and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. eased 0.5%, after being little changed before the announcement. GameStop Corp.'s stock gave up 3.2%, but was down 2.4% ahead of the Apple Arcade announcement. Meanwhile, Apple shares shed 1.8% to pace the Dow Jones Industrial Average's decliners.

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Apple Inc. announced a new gaming subscription service on Monday, featuring "over 100 new and exclusive games." The service will have games from Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Snowman and other independent publishers. The service doesn't include titles from major publishers Activision Blizzard Inc. , Electronic Arts Inc. or Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. . Apple didn't disclose pricing for the service. The company said that the games on this service won't have ads or the option for in-app purchases. Apple plans to launch Arcade in the fall in more than 150 countries. Arcade will be housed within the App Store and will be playable across devices, including the Apple TV. Shares are off 1.7% in afternoon trading, and they've gained 28% over the past three months as the Dow Jones Industrial Average , of which Apple is a component, has risen 17%.

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Shares of Visa Inc. slipped into negative territory in afternoon trade Monday, in the wake of Apple Inc.'s announcement of a new credit card during the technology giant's press event. Visa's eased 0.3%, after being up about 0.2% just before Apple's announcement. Apple said the card, which will be built into the Apple Wallet app will have no fees, including no late-payment penalty, and aims to provide low interest rates. Meanwhile, Mastercard Inc.'s stock got a brief lift into positive territory, before erasing gains to be down 0.4%, after Apple said it was partnering with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard to provide support of an issuing bank and global payments network. Apple's stock shed 1.5% in afternoon trade. Visa's stock has rallied 30.5% over the past 12 months and Mastercard shares have run up 33.8%, while Apple's stock has climbed 14.0% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has advanced 8.1%.

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Apple Inc. on Monday announced a new credit card in partnership with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Mastercard Inc. . The Apple Card offers 1% cash back on purchases, delivered immediately to a user's Apple Cash balance, 2% cash back on Apple Pay purchases, and 3% cash back on transactions within the Apple ecosystem. Cardholders receive a titanium card that has no card number, security code, or expiration date printed on the physical card. Apple uses machine learning to give cardholders more precise details about where their transactions occurred and lets users text for customer-service requests. Apple also said that it will provide more transparency about interest payments and spending habits than traditional card companies. Users apply for the card on their phone. Apple's stock is down 1.2% in midday trading, while Goldman Sachs shares are off 0.4% and Mastercard's stock is down 0.4%.

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Apple Inc. on Monday announced Apple News+, a subscription service that provides access to 300 magazines, as well as the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. Participating magazines include the Atlantic, Esquire and National Geographic. Users of Apple News+ start with the free version of Apple's News app, which shows trending stories and other pieces that are available to all readers. The News+ app also curates stories from participating magazines and suggests articles to users based on topics they've read about in the past, even if they aren't regular readers of a particular publication. The service will cost $9.99 per month, and families will be able to share the subscription. Apple shares are down 1% in midday trading during the company's media event. The stock has gained 28% over the past three months, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average , of which Apple is a component, has risen 17%.

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Nike Inc. shares fell, then recovered most of their losses, Monday, after duelling tweets from lawyer Michael Avenatti and court reporters citing federal prosecutors. Avenatti was the first out with a tweet that said he would hold a press conference on Tuesday to disclose a "major high school/college basketball scandal" involving the sporting goods giant. Avenatti, who until recently was attorney for adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels, said: "This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball." Just moments later, court reporters tweeted that federal prosecutors were preparing charges against Avenatti alleging he had tried to extort Nike by threatening to release damaging information unless they agreed to pay him and a client millions of dollar. The U.S. Attorney General for the Southern District of New York said it will hold a press conference at 2.30 p.m. Eastern to announce those charges. Separately, the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California said it has arrested Avenatti over allegations he embezzled a client's money in order to pay his own expenses and debts and also defrauded a bank by using phony tax returns to obtain millions of dollars in loans. "Federal law enforcement officials will provide details concerning today's arrest of lawyer Michael Avenatti, who faces federal charges of wire fraud and bank fraud in the Central District of California," it said in a release. A press conference is set for 11 a.m. Pacific Time, or 2 p.m. Eastern. Nike shares were down just 0.1% and are up 11% in the year to date, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 9%.

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Attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested on Monday over allegations he embezzled a client's money in order to pay his own expenses and debts and also defrauded a bank by using phony tax returns to obtain millions of dollars in loans. The allegations announced by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, which say that Avenatti could face up to 50 years in prison, are separate from the complaint made in the Southern District of New York that he attempted to extort Nike .

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Shares of home builder KB Home surged 4.8% in afternoon trade Monday, enough to pace the home construction sector's gainers, after an upbeat call by analyst Jack Micenko at Susquehanna, a day ahead of the company's (KBH) fiscal first-quarter results. The company is slated to report results after Tuesday's close. "We particularly like the set up for KBH into tomorrow's print," Micenko wrote in a note to clients. "The focus will be on orders and we think they will come in better than consensus." The FactSet consensus for deliveries is 2,187 units and for new orders is 2,576. Micenko said he believes Lennar Corp. , which is scheduled to report results before Wednesday's open, can also beat orders expectations given conservative guidance, but is worried about gross margin guidance for the rest of the year. Lennar shares rose 3.0% in afternoon trade. KB Home's stock has rallied 24.8% year to date and Lennar's stock has run up 26.8%, while the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF has hiked up 16.9% and the S&P 500 has gained 9.4%.

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New Jersey has cancelled a vote on marijuana legalization, after lawmakers were unable to secure the votes needed for legalization to pass, according to a report on Patch.com. Senate President Stephen Sweeney was quoted in the report saying he was "disappointed" that the vote was cancelled, but said there was "substantial progress" made on a plan and that new legislation could be reintroduced after the November elections or as a public referendum. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF rose 0.8% in afternoon trade, paring earlier gains of as much as 1.8%. The ETF has run up 57% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has gained 19%.

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Stock repurchases during the fourth quarter set a fourth-consecutive quarterly record for S&P 500 companies, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices, the longest such streak in the 20 years that records have been tracked. Fourth-quarter buybacks totaled $223.0 billion, up 62.8% from $137.0 billion in the same period a year ago, and 9.4% more than the previous record of $203.8 billion in the third quarter. For the year, repurchases set an annual record of $806.4 billion, up 55.3% from 2017. Total shareholder returns, including dividends, rose 34.5% to $1.26 trillion. "Companies continued to spend more of their tax savings on these share repurchases as they boosted earnings through significantly reduced share counts," said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices. "Adding to the share reduction, and therefore the EPS impact, was Q4's stock price decline, which permitted companies to buy even more shares for their dollars and reduce share count more efficiently." The S&P 500 has tumbled 14.0% during the fourth quarter, the biggest quarterly decline since it shed 14.3% during the third quarter of 2011.

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Upscale retailer Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. said Monday it has reached an agreement with lenders representing more than 55% of its term loan and holders of more than 60% of its unsecured notes to extend the maturities by three years, giving it more leeway to overhaul its business. The Dallas-based company said the deal will extend the maturity date of the term loan to 2023 and the maturity date of the bonds to 2024, affecting more than $2.5 billion of debt. "This transaction provides substantial value to our lenders and creates ample runway to execute on and complete Neiman Marcus Group's transformation plan into a luxury customer platform," Chief Executive Geoffroy van Raemdonck said in a statement .The company must get at least 95% of the lenders to participate in the deal. Neiman has been struggling with about $5 billion of debt that was taken on in a $6 billion buyout by Ares Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in 2013. Neiman operates the Bergdorf Goodman department stores, including two flagship locations on New York's Fifth Avenue. The bonds at stake, the 8.750% notes that mature in October of 2021, traded last at 54.875 cents on the dollar to yield 37.669%, according to MarketAxess.

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While the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 have swung into positive territory in choppy morning trade, broader-market breadth data indicates most stocks are losing ground. The number of declining stocks outnumbered advancers 1,444 to 1,267 on the NYSE and by 1,630 to 1,051 on the Nasdaq exchange. Meanwhile, the Dow rose 16 points, with 18 of 30 components trading higher. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 was little changed and the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.2%.

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Shares of Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. plunged 58% on heavy volume in morning trade Monday, enough to pace all decliners trading on major U.S. exchanges, after biopharmaceutical company announced results from a phase 1 study of its cystic fibrosis (CF) treatment. Trading volume ballooned to 7.6 million shares, compared with the full-day average of 1.2 million shares. The company said the increase in ppFEV1 at day 14 of a statistically significant 5 percentage points versus baseline was observed in the 600 milligram PTI-801 cohort. Analyst Geoffrey Porges at SVB Leerink said the results CF did not meet the efficacy of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s medicines, as that 5% was below the 13%-14% hurdle established by Vertex. Porges believes the results of Proteostasis' trial removes the final "long-shot competitor" to Vertex's CF portfolio. Vertex shares gained 1.0% in morning trade. Proteostasis's stock has lost 66.3% over the past 12 months, while Vertex shares have rallied 13.8% and the S&P 500 has gained 7.8%.

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Shares of WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers International Inc. , shed 1.8% toward a fresh 2-year low in morning trade Monday, after Oppenheimer analyst Brian Nagel said that while they not track a "very reasonable" valuation, they are "apt to trade sideways" until there is evidence that subscriber growth is emerging. After a meeting with management on Friday, Nagel said the company now understands that the shortfall in subscriber growth in early 2019 is likely the result of not adequately communication the message about the shift to more of a wellness company than a weight loss company. He said the company is set to launch a new marketing campaign to correct the missteps of its messaging. And while the company is prudently watching expenses, it is not planning significant cost-cutting moves. The stock has plunged 52.6% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has climbed 18.5%.

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U.S. stocks started the week lower, adding on to their losses from Friday when all three major benchmarks recorded their worst one-day drop since Jan. 3. The losses come on the coattails of the inversion of the three-month and 10-year Treasury yield curve, which can be an early recession indicator, and happened for the first one since 2007 on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened 0.1% lower at 25,474, while the S&P 500 started 0.2% weaker at 2,796. The Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.3% to 7,622 at the open. In individual stocks, Apple Inc. was in focus ahead of a "special event" on Monday that is expected to include the unveiling its streaming-media service, as well as updates to existing products.

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Shares of Curis Inc. rocketed 93% in very active premarket trade Monday, after the biotechnology company said it reached an agreement to sell a portion of royalties of its Erivedge cancer treatment for up to $135.7 million to funds managed by Oberland Capital Management LLC. Volume swelled to 1.8 million shares ahead of the open, compared with the full-day average of about 174,000 shares. Under terms of the deal, Curis received $65 million upfront, and is entitled to receive up to an additional $70.7 million in milestone payments if future royalties exceed pre-determined thresholds. In comparison, the company reported a third-quarter net loss of $7.22 million and revenue of $2.85 million. "We believe this structure provides Curis with substantial non-dilutive capital today, while retaining significant participation in the future upside potential of Erivedge," Curis Chief Executive James Dentzer said. "The proceeds of this transaction further strengthen our cash position as we fund our three lead therapeutic candidates to reach their near term development catalysts and beyond." Thes tock has tumbled 60% over the past 12 months through Friday, while the iShares Biotechnology ETF has tacked on 2.7% and the S&P 500 has gained 8.2%.

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Henry Avocado Corp. has issued a voluntary recall of California-grown avocados due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled items were shipped to Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Shoppers can identify the impacted product by a "Bravocado" sticker. Avocados from Mexico are not subject to the recall. The recall comes after a routine government inspection of a California packing facility yielded positive results. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious illness or death in young children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems. Among the healthy, it can cause short-term illness including severe headache, nausea and high fever. Consumers are urged to discard or return affected avocados. The Invesco Dynamic Food & Beverage ETF has gained 9.3% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index is up 11.7% for the period.

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Shares of Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. sank 2.6% toward a fresh 2-year low in premarket trade Monday, adding to the 17% plunge over the previous five sessions, after Stifel Nicolaus analyst Mark Astrachan turned bearish on the direct seller of beauty and wellness products, citing increasing China uncertainty. Astrachan cut his rating back to sell, after upgrading it to hold in August, and slashed his price target to $43 from $63. The downgrade comes after China announced an investigation into direct selling companies and the unlawful promotion and sale of health products, which resulted in a 100-day ban on business meetings. Astrachan noted that recently a Nu Skin customer had died, after refusing medical treatment because they believed the company's products would treat their illness. "While the investigation does not yet specifically pertain to Nu Skin, we view increased scrutiny of the direct selling industry broadly and Nu Skin specifically as likely to impact category and company recruitment, negatively impacting sales and profit in a key market," Astrachan wrote in a note to clients. The stock has tumbled 19.7% year to date through Friday, while the S&P 500 has gained 11.7%.

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Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. said Monday its board has decided to review its strategic alternatives, including a possible sale of the company. The media and entertainment company operates in five Central and Eastern European markets with TV channels in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. AT&T Inc. , the company's biggest shareholder, supports the review, the company said in a statement. U.S.-listed shares were halted premarket for the news, but have fallen 15% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 has gained 8%.

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Ascena Retail Group Inc. shares jumped 14% in Monday premarket trading after it announced an agreement to sell a majority stake in Maurices, the women's clothing chain, to private-equity firm OpCapita LLP for about $300 million. The move is part of a portfolio review that is on track to yield run-rate cost savings of $300 million by July. Other brands in the Ascena portfolio include Ann Taylor and Dressbarn. David Jaffe, Ascena's chief executive, said in a statement the company has a plan for an additional $150 million in savings, "which will drive operating margin expansion." Ascena will continue to support Maurices' business services platform, including sourcing and supply chain. Ascena's stock has slumped more than 57% in 2019 while the S&P 500 index has gained 11.7% for the year to date.

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Shares of Texas Instruments Inc. are down 1.5% in premarket trading Monday, after Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon downgraded the stock to market perform from outperform. He also cut his rating on Analog Devices Inc. shares to market perform from outperform. "Overall we are growing increasingly nervous about the set-up for the industry into the 2H (with inventories remaining elevated, expectations higher, and valuations less favorable)," Rasgon wrote. Texas Instruments and Analog Devices are "more broadly exposed, and more expensive" relative to the other semiconductor names that Rasgon covers. Though he said that Texas Instruments' numbers look "unaggressive," he sees potential for gross-margin headwinds. On Analog Devices, Rasgon argued that " while the company may be able to grind some more growth out of the comm story, it seems to be expected at this point." Analog Devices shares are off 1.3% in premarket trading Monday, and they've soared 34% over the past three months. Texas Instruments shares have risen 25% in that time, while the S&P 500 has climbed 19%.

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will put a version of her Brexit withdrawal agreement to a vote in Parliament on Tuesday, according to local reports. This will be the third vote on May's deal, which has previously been rejected in January and earlier this month. The U.K. was scheduled to leave the European Union by March 29, but last week secured an extension that would postpone the deadline to June 30 if May's deal was supported by lawmakers. If the deal is rejected, the U.K. will have until April 12 to decide on next steps or leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement. The British pound pared earlier losses following the reports and was last up 0.2% at $1.3242.

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Winnebago Industries Inc. said Monday it had net income of $21.6 million, or 68 cents a share, in its fiscal second quarter to Feb. 23, down from $22.1 million, or 69 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Revenue fell to $432.7 million from $468.4 million. The FactSet consensus was for EPS of 60 cents and revenue of $459 million. Motorhome revenue fell 17.3% to $164.7 million, while revenue for towables fell 5.9% to $250.7 million. "While the RV industry has been challenged over the past 6 months, we believe the wholesale shipment and retail sales equation will approach a new equilibrium during our fiscal Q3," Chief Executive Michael Happe said in a statement. Shares swung between gains and losses premarket, but were last up 9.5%. The stock has fallen 20% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 has gained 8%.

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Russia sent home nearly two-thirds of some 30,000 North Koreans working there during 2018 and China repatriated more than half, but did not specify a figure, according to unpublished reports by Moscow and Beijing to the United Nations Security Council.

South Korea's nominee for unification minister said on Tuesday he will seek a creative solution so that North Korea and the United States can meet again soon.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday recognized Israel's 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights in an election boost for visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, prompting a sharp response from Syria, which once held the strategic land.

Saudi Arabia denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency said early on Tuesday.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Monday he had asked the Spanish government and Pope Francis to apologize to indigenous Mexicans for wrongs committed during the Spanish conquest some 500 years ago.

British lawmakers wrested control of the parliamentary agenda from the government for a day in a highly unusual bid to find a way through the Brexit impasse after Prime Minister Theresa May's EU divorce deal was rejected again.

In William Shakespeare's ancient birthplace, discontent over Brexit runs even deeper than three years ago when this "scepter'd isle" shocked the world by voting to leave the European Union.

Australia's nationalist One Nation party allegedly sought millions of dollars from the U.S. gun lobby and discussed weakening the country's strict gun control laws with the U.S. National Rifle Association (NRA), Al Jazeera reported.

Xinjiang needs to "perfect" stability maintenance measures and crack down on religious extremism, the ruling Communist Party's fourth-ranked leader said on a tour of the troubled region where China is running a controversial de-radicalisation program.

Myanmar's Supreme Court was scheduled on Tuesday to hear the appeal of two Reuters journalists imprisoned for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law, in a case that has raised questions about Myanmar's progress towards democracy.

At an election rally in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a local leader from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) described how workers from the state's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) had disrupted a public meeting in January by destroying their vehicles.

Dominican President Danilo Medina met Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Monday, the president's office said, deepening ties between the countries as the United States warns governments in the region against getting too close with China.

A fight brewed between Democrats and Republicans over the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, while President Donald Trump kept up attacks on his critics on Monday.

U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a second attempt by Democrats to pass a measure aimed at prodding the Justice Department to release to the public Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The House of Representatives intelligence committee said on Monday it was postponing the testimony of a former business associate of President Donald Trump so that it can focus on questioning officials related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

A former Hong Kong government official was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday by a U.S. judge following his conviction for bribing officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts for a Chinese energy company.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday condemned the rise of anti-Semitism as a "cancer metastasizing" in the Middle East, Europe and in the United States, where he said the Trump administration would vigorously oppose it.

Israel launched air strikes on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza and deployed extra troops to the border on Monday in response to the longest-range Hamas rocket attack to cause casualties in years.

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, met with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday during the first official British royal visit to the Caribbean island, even as Britain's top ally, the United States, seeks to isolate Cuba's Communist government.

U.S. President Donald Trump was open to easing sanctions on North Korea provided there was a 'snapback' clause if the North restarted nuclear activities, according to South Korean media reports of a North Korean statement.

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Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Friday’s session are DuPont, Nike, and KB Home.

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Thursday’s session are Bed Bath & Beyond, GoPro, and Nike.

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Wednesday’s session are Google Inc., and Barnes and Noble Inc.

Wisconsin Energy Corp., Oracle Corp., and General Electric Co. may all see active trading after deals, or talk of deals.

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Friday’s session are Oracle, Smith & Wesson, and Family Dollar.

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Thursday’s session are BlackBerry, Oracle, and Kroger.

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Wednesday’s session are FedEx, Jabil Circuit, and Red Hat.

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Monday’s session are Covidien, Medtronic and Layne Christensen and Korn/Ferry International.

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trading in Friday’s session are Intel and Finisar.

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Thursday’s session are Lululemon Athletica, Finisar, and Target.

Asian markets largely gained in early Tuesday trading, a day after a regional sell-off sparked by fresh worries of a U.S. recession.

Shares of Samsung Electronics Co. fell slightly Tuesday after the company’s premarket earnings warning.

Companies benefit when their ‘Modern Elders’ and younger workers learn from each other, writes Chip Conley.

A trio of activist investors thinks Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.’s business model has gotten sleepy and plans to give the big-box retailer a wake-up call.

Apple Inc.’s celebrity-laden product launch Monday unveiled new services for reading news, playing videogames, watching TV shows and a new credit card to pay for all of it, but left too many questions for excitement from consumers or investors.

McDonald’s Corp. is buying Israeli digital startup Dynamic Yield Ltd., in a bid to improve in-store ordering and online marketing at the burger giant.

WeWork Cos. on Monday said its loss last year doubled to nearly $2 billion, as the nine-year-old company spent heavily in an effort to rapidly expand its network of shared offices around the world.

A Republican senator on Monday took to the Senate floor to discuss what’s bothering him.

Canada’s foreign minister indicated Monday the government might delay ratification of the revised North American free-trade deal until the Trump administration lifts its tariffs against Canadian steel and aluminum.

Learn how Alibaba and Amazon compare in terms of each company's applied business model and understand the markets each company aims to reach.

How much of a cause for concern is the inverted yield curve? Semiconductors led the selling, but investors don't appear ready for hedges.

Both Baidu and Google are known internet giants, controlling significant online search business in their respective markets.

CEO Tim Cook and other top executives outlined 4 key steps to help diversify the tech giant away from hardware products.

Tesla shares moved lower during Monday's session after an industry report pointed toward a potential slowdown in vehicle registrations.

Bank stocks are down 18% to 21% from their 2018 highs, according to two key gauges, a potentially worrisome development for the markets and economy.

E*TRADE's acquisition of Trust Company of America is resonating well with the RIAs that will be under the New York online broker.

BlackBerry stock just reversed at major resistance, predicting that sellers will prevail after Friday's pre-market report.

Procter & Gamble stock has rallied into the triple digits for the first time since it joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1932.

On March 20, the balance sheet was marked at $3.962 trillion, down $9 billion from March 13. This is a Fed tightening move!

Is inflation ever good? If you like your job it is.

Buy signals in exchange-traded funds and an investor focus on growth-heavy sectors provide reasons for bullishness.

The best performing mutual fund is beating its peers by venturing beyond the Wall Street favorites, betting on some risky names and unlikely startups.

Costco and Sam’s Club have very similar business models with some key differences.

These are the key differences between an initial public offering and a direct listing of shares.

QuickBooks and Quicken are two of the most widely used financial management tools in the world—here's how to determine which one is right for your needs.

As Lyft and Uber battle it out for market share, here is a comparison of the two companies.

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Learn why the British pound is stronger than the U.S. dollar, despite the U.S. economy being larger than that of Britain or the United Kingdom.

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We break down the difference between bitcoin and bitcoin cash, and what this difference might mean for the current status of the cryptocurrency and its future.

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You might expect all of America's top CEOs to have an MBA from an Ivy, but they hail from all kinds of academic backgrounds.

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The TNX may have bottomed out as the retest of S&P 500 support failed and the VIX showed anxiety after two weeks of calm.

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Learn the similarities and differences between the McDonald's and Burger business models.

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Apple has one of the best supply-chain models. Here are some of the top businesses involved, along with the benefits and challenges for each.

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The markets next week will be focused on the Apple's surprise product unveiling Monday, as well as housing and consumer confidence numbers.

Find out how much money it takes to land on the list of 10 of the wealthiest families in the world, and why nobody is really sure what it takes to be number one.

Discover the 10 best checking accounts for expats, including those that do not charge for debit card transactions and ATM withdrawals.

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As an investor, you may think Facebook is a great buy or a bad deal. Here's how to make an informed decision for or against it, by the numbers.

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Warren Buffett considers one basic principle, elementary probability, the core of his investing philosophy, helping him to identify tremendous stock opportunities.

Your investment portfolio should be diversified. Discover legitimate non-stock-market investment vehicles that may help you prosper.

Dividends can turbo-charge a portfolio over the long haul. Here are four funds that meet the criteria for solid long-term performance and low costs.

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Though marijuana legalization may not be the top overall campaign issue heading into 2020, it remains an important part of many candidates' platforms.

- Matthew Johnston

Tech stocks have made a spectacular comeback this year but face a number of political and economic risks that could send crashing again.

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An elite group of 14 startups has been inducted into this small but growing group of unicorns that may IPO in 2019 or 2020

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Homebuilders could head higher in coming months, with lower mortgage rates fueling more robust sales.

- Matthew Johnston

Industrial stocks could outperform this year as expectations of high earnings growth help them rebound from last year's rout.

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Fourteen startups have been inducted into this small but growing group of privately-backed companies.

- John Jagerson

Brexit has re-emerged as a potential short-term spoiler as trade disputes are still weighing on transport stocks.

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Shares of CBD product maker Curaleaf are up more than 20%.

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As expected, the Fed froze the federal funds rate at 2.25% to 2.50% through 2019.

- Matthew Johnston

The Fed actions make it harder for big banks to boost profits and maintain their stock growth.

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Shares of the fast casual burrito specialist could represent a buying opportunity for long-term investors.

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Biotech funds have reached major resistance levels and could reverse in coming weeks, rewarding well-timed short sales.

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Micron shares moved sharply higher on better-than-expected second quarter results, but traders will be watching these key levels.

- Alan Farley

Alphabet's Stadia initiative could set off a healthy round of speculative buying pressure in the beaten-down video game stocks.

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After the company beat analysts' estimates before the opening bell this morning, Darden stock traded as high as $114.24.

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Goldman Sachs expects the Fed;s newly dovish policy to lead to a gradual increase in inflation, favoring high-margin stocks with “pricing power.”

- John Jagerson

While the Fed avoided any major shocks, interest rates are falling with growth outlook, and returns across the market may be uneven.

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Analysts will be looking for benefits from Pinnacle Foods and signs of growth across product lines in Thursday's earnings report.

How Disney became one of the most powerful entertainment companies in history.

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Inflation and a slowing economy favor stocks with pricing power, says Goldman Sachs.

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FedEx shares moved sharply lower during Wednesday's session on lower-than-expected third quarter earnings and surprising guidance.

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Wall Street expects continued earnings growth from the office furniture company, which is set to report results Wednesday afternoon.

- Alan Farley

Banks, precious metals and cyclicals could offer profitable clues about price direction after Wednesday's rate decision.

- Casey Murphy

The bullish chart patterns on this ETF and a couple of its top holdings suggest that the long-term uptrend could just be getting started.

- Alan Farley

IBM could attract a wave of analyst upgrades after rolling out a worldwide banking network that uses fiat-backed digital coins.

- Timothy Smith

Have small-cap stocks exhausted their record-breaking start to 2019? Use these three inverse small-cap ETFs play the return of the bear.

- Matthew Johnston

As the race for space heats up, investors can gain exposure to the space economy through companies from aerospace to tourism.

Warren Buffett uses these twelve investing tenets when determining the future value of a company's stock, and whether he will buy or sell it.

- John Jagerson

The S&P 500 consolidated ahead of the FOMC while small caps lag. What can palladium vs. copper tell us about the commodity market?

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A warrant is similar to an option, except it is issued by a company, giving the holder the right to buy stock at a specified price and time.

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Zillow and Trulia are industry leaders in the real estate industry, but alternatives do exist. Learn about other companies to help you find your new home.

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Louis Vuitton is one of the biggest names in the fashion world, but it also owns and operates brands and subsidiaries in some areas you may not have realized. Read on for an overview of some of LVMH's top companies.

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The Comcast Corporation is the second-largest cable television and broadcasting company in the world. The acquisitions and subsidiaries below have helped it to achieve this impressive status.

Learn why Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram each appeal to different target markets of users of social networks worldwide.

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Moving the federal funds rate higher or lower will be data dependent, but I believe the rate will stay at 2.25% to 2.50% through 2019.

- Justin Kuepper

Shares of Advanced Micro Devices moved higher Tuesday amid concerns that Intel could be facing another major security vulnerability.

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Investigate the different business models and strategies for UPS and FedEx, two companies that seemingly compete for the same delivery business.

- Alan Farley

Nike is firing on all cylinders, but hidden technical headwinds raise the odds for a post-earnings reversal.

- Alan Farley

Micron heads into Wednesday earnings with a sharp drop in DRAM prices competing with a bullish technical outlook.

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Apple is one of the most popular brands in the world. The tech titan got to where it is today in part thanks to its acquisitions and subsidiaries. We'll explore the largest of those here.

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The regulator has accused Musk of not respecting their agreement.

PepsiCo is the maker of several of the world's top soda brands, but Pepsi also owns stakes in many other businesses as well. Discover the top companies that have propelled the growth of PepsiCo during the last twenty years.

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Bullish patterns and nearby support levels on charts of key exchange-traded products suggest that now is the time to buy precious metals.

- Matthew Johnston

Leveraged exchange-traded oil funds are having an exceptional year on the back of rising oil prices, but these risky investments could be a big upset if and when oil trends downward.

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Investors now face a greater challenge in finding shares of companies with upside potential for ROE growth.

George Papadopoulos, the first Trump campaign aide charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, disavowed his guilty plea in a book released on Tuesday, claiming he was unfairly pressured into cutting a deal.

The U.S. Department of Defense shifted $1 billion to plan and build a 57-mile section of "pedestrian fencing", roads and lighting along the border between the United States and Mexico, the Pentagon chief said on Monday.

A fight brewed between Democrats and Republicans over the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, while President Donald Trump kept up attacks on his critics on Monday.

U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a second attempt by Democrats to pass a measure aimed at prodding the Justice Department to release to the public Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The House of Representatives intelligence committee said on Monday it was postponing the testimony of a former business associate of President Donald Trump so that it can focus on questioning officials related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Lawmakers seeking Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report are likely to face a protracted legal battle that will turn on President Donald Trump's right to keep communications with his advisers private, legal and political experts said.

The U.S. military said it successfully tested a missile defense system to knock down an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile class target on Monday, demonstrating its ability to defend against ICBMs from countries like North Korea.

A leading Senate Republican said on Monday he would ask Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special counsel to probe whether U.S. law enforcement officials made missteps in their investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee strongly criticized President Donald Trump's plans for a new "Space Force" on Monday, setting the stage for a battle over one of Trump's favorite initiatives.

Enrollments in healthcare plans for 2019 through the Federal Obamacare marketplace dropped marginally by 300,000 from last year, according to U.S. government figures released on Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a bid by an unidentified company owned by a foreign government to contest a grand jury subpoena related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's now-completed inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 election, though the justices' action does not force the firm to comply.

Democratic Senator Tom Udall on Monday announced that he will not seek re-election in 2020, ending a long career of representing the state of New Mexico in the U.S. Congress.

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller acted honorably, President Donald Trump said on Monday, days after the fellow Republican wrapped up his Russia probe with no evidence of criminal collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, but left unresolved the issue of whether Trump obstructed justice by undermining the investigations that have dogged his presidency.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller informed top U.S. Justice Department officials three weeks ago that he would not be reaching a conclusion on whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice during the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, a U.S. Justice official said Monday.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr's conclusion that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice, revealed publicly on Sunday in a letter to lawmakers, reflects inherent difficulties in proving such an obstruction case, legal experts said.

There have been no conversations about President Donald Trump issuing pardons for any of his associates who have been charged or pleaded guilty as part of the U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the White House said on Monday.

The closure of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election does not mark the end of legal worries for President Donald Trump and people close to him. Other continuing investigations and litigation are focusing on issues including his businesses and financial dealings, personal conduct, charitable foundation and inaugural committee.

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report on the investigation of whether President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russia and whether the president unlawfully tried to obstruct the inquiry.

The following is the text of the letter United States Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress on Sunday summarizing a report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election:

For months, activist investor William Ackman promised to rebuild his record. Now he has some numbers to prove it.

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Morgan Stanley was ranked as the top adviser to companies targeted by activist investors publicly for the third straight year in 2018 while Goldman Sachs vaulted past two competitors to the number...

The board of French oil and gas major Total has proposed total 2018 compensation for Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne of 3.1 million euros ($3.55 million), compared with 3.8 million in 2017, company...

Fund managers have named bearish bets in European equities as the "most crowded" trade in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's survey for the first time in its history, suggesting sentiment for one of the...

If you are looking for steady work, it is probably best not to go into show business. Unless you are Peter Krause, that is.

Corporate America's biggest shareholders have traditionally been content with sharing their views on a company's strategy privately with management.

Investors plowed $14.2 billion into global equity funds this week, the largest amount in a year as investors jumped on to 2019's stock market rally, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Friday,...

Advantage Lithium Corp said on Thursday it has temporarily replaced Chief Executive David Sidoo as he battles U.S. fraud charges connected to a sweeping college admissions scandal.

TPG Capital senior executive Bill McGlashan on Thursday left the private equity firm after he was charged in connection with a U.S. college fraud scheme that has ensnared Hollywood celebrities and...

U.S. investors ended their longest buying streak since October by pulling money out of domestic stock mutual fund and exchange-traded funds last week on global concerns about economic growth in...

Everyone knows the Golden Rule of business is to pay yourself first. But more than half of small business owners are going months without pay - if they are taking any at all.

A $10 billion wipeout over the last week has compounded the worst start to a year for equity flows since 2008, Bank of America Merrill Lynch strategists said on Friday.

The global art market experienced another uptick in 2018, helped by an increase in the spending power of millennials, a report published by UBS and Art Basel said on Friday.

JPMorgan Chase & Co has decided to stop financing private operators of prisons and detention centers, which have become targets of protests over Trump administration immigration policies.

The top U.S. securities regulator said on Tuesday that BB&T Securities has agreed to return more than $5 million to retail investors and pay a $500,000 penalty to settle charges that a firm it...

BlackRock, the world's biggest asset manager, on Monday recommended investors hold more U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) as the Federal Reserve is expected to refrain from raising...

When Laura Hirsch of Keller Texas had to find a rehabilitation center to help her father recover from a difficult surgery in September, the caregiving service Cariloop saved her a whole day.

PG&E Corp investor BlueMountain Capital Management LLC on Friday named 13 people it hopes to install as directors at the embattled power utility weeks after the company filed for bankruptcy in the...