Author Archives: Douglas A. McIntyre


Walmart Faces Black Friday Protests

Despite raising  hourly wages, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) still faces a series of aggressive protests about pay on Black Friday, one of the most important days for its recovery. Even if ...
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US Issues Travel Alert Until February 24

The travel alert issued by the State Department because of terrorist threats lasts well beyond the holiday travel period. It stretches a full three months, all the way until February ...
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VW Offers $0 Down Payment, $0 Due at Signing

Customers can walk into a Volkswagen dealer and get a $0 down payment, $0 due at signing, $0 first's month payment, and $0 security deposit deal. The $0 program applies ...
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The Case for $1 Gas

The average price for a gallon of regular gas has fallen to $2.064. But this figure is only an average, and there are factors that could drive the price toward ...
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Thanksgiving Meal Costs Rise 3%

Inflation in the U.S. has run close to 0% this year. Food prices, however, are higher in some cases, which has driven up the cost of a Thanksgiving meal modestly. ...
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Nebraska And North Dakota Unemployment Below 3%

Two states have unemployment rates below 3% They are Nebraska and North Dakota. Each stands out because the national rate is 5%, and in some states over 6% The jobless ...
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Gas Prices Drop To $1.85 In South Carolina

Gas prices in refinery rich South Carolina have dropped to $1.85 for the average price of a gallon of regular. The figure may nose dive further as the average price ...
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Airbnb Reaches $25.5 Billion Valuation

The initial public offering of Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ), the valuation of which financiers thought was too high, proved otherwise with a share price that surged on the first day ...
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Over 44,000 Protest JC Penney Thanksgiving Hours

If Thanksgiving is a day on which people should be at home with their families, many large retailers have ignored that. The Thanksgiving weekend is too precious a period to ...
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Why Nike Sells $310 Soccer Shoes

Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) holds the spot of the world's premier maker of athletic shoes. As part of that position, and the universal nature of its brand, it has a ...
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Will CEOs Other Than Facebook’s Zuckerberg Take Paternal Leave?

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc. (NYSE: FB), wrote in a blog post that he will take two months of paternity leave when his daughter ...
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Microsoft and Volvo Offer Virtual Car Shopping

Use a hologram, open a car virtually, design it, customize it. These are all features of a new venture between Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Volvo. It remains to be ...
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Luxury Brands Lead Facebook Fan List

A study of which car brands have the most Facebook fans in America shows that most are brands that the majority of Americans cannot afford. The car brand fan process ...
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Apple Global Smartphone Sales to Close in on Samsung

The remarkable success of the new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone 6 series and the new smartphones it likely will release in 2016 should allow its sales to close rapidly ...
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China Consumer Spending to Reach $6.4 Trillion in 2025

China's consumer economy will reach $6.4 trillion within a decade, according to a report from the Demand Institute. The portion of gross domestic product (GDP) this will represent is still ...
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