Author Archives: Douglas A. McIntyre

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UPS Expects Record Holiday Shipments

It is not particularly surprising that a major shipping company would disclose that the holiday season will be its busiest. FedEx already has. On the other hand, the fact that ...
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Microsoft’s Wearable Device: Market Is Getting Too Crowded

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has released a new wearable device. It has some features that apparently all such devices need to have, particularly health monitoring. However, the software company is ...
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Samsung Leads Global Smartphone Sales

Despite a 60% drop in profits and an eroding global market share, Samsung was able to hold onto its place as the number one mobile phone company in the world ...
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Could Alibaba’s Market Value Top GE’s?

Much of the news coverage about Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NASDAQ: BABA) has been that its market cap has reached the same level as that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: ...
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Facebook, Amazon and the Harm of Increased Spending

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) shares fell about 10% after it announced earnings and forecast a losing fourth quarter. Wall Street said founder Jeff Bezos was once again on a spending ...
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American Habit of Shopping Online Increases for Holidays

The move to do holiday shopping online has increased most years since the dawn of broadband. This year, it is the preferred means of buying goods and services for the ...
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2013 Chevrolet Volt

GM Faces Greater Failure of Chevy Volt

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) plans to invest a great deal more than it has in the past to drive sales of its failed Chevy Volt. GM has for years ...
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Iceland Ranks First on Gender Gap

Men, particularly in the United States, have significant advantages over women, at least in terms of their earning power. The World Economic Forum's researchers actually claim the situation is worse ...
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Christmas Spending Forecast to Rise 4%

While a 4% rise in Christmas spending may not be enough to substantially lift the revenue at healthy retailers or repair the problems at weaker ones, it is a rate ...
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Amazon Faces Strike by German Workers

Some of Amazon.com Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AMZN) German workforce have called another strike. The action follows several others, as Amazon employees at several of its distribution centers try to get better ...
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Gas Prices Below $3 in 19 States

As a sign of how rapidly gasoline prices have fallen and how low they have become, they have dropped below $3 in 19 states, based on an average gallon of ...
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Are Amazon’s Earnings Bad News for Walmart?

Amazon.com Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AMZN) earnings could be read two ways by followers of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s (NYSE: WMT) numbers. Either they are a sign that holiday sales will be poor ...
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Detroit $1,000 Home Program Fails to Make Progess

Building Detroit represents a laudable effort by Detroit to remove or sell some of the huge inventory of blighted homes created by years of brutal urban financial problems and a ...
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Amazon Is Still Growing 20%

One of the tenets of business management is that it is easier to cut costs than to drive extremely strong growth. Investors who pushed Amazon.com Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AMZN) stock lower ...
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Jeep to Drive Chrysler Sales Higher

U.S. car sales should surge higher in October, led by an outstanding performance by Chrysler, and particularly Jeep. As Kelly Blue Book (KBB) points out, October sales usually represent a ...
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