Author Archives: Douglas A. McIntyre

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Low Oil Prices Hurt U.S. Shale Operations

By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com Slumping oil prices are putting pressure on U.S. drillers. The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two ...
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McDonald’s 740 Calorie Hamburger and 520 Calorie Shake

Wall Street has lost faith in McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD), the great pillar of the fast-food industry. The reasons given include trouble with suppliers in China and Japan, a drop ...
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Target Offers Free Shipping on Almost Everything

Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) has taken the "free shipping" trend of e-commerce to a whole new level. Between now and the end of December, it will offer "free shipping" on ...
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31% of Americans Believe It’s a Good Time to Find Job

Gallup reports that optimism about finding a job has jumped to a level rarely seen since the Great Recession. Improvement in gross domestic product, consumer sentiment and a drop in ...
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Turner Networks Drop Dish as Content Companies Start Streaming

A dispute between Time Warner Inc.'s (NYSE: TWX) Turner Networks and Dish Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH) has caused Turner to pull its channels from the satellite TV company. Dish believes ...
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Apple Shares Begin Move Toward $200

Most industry experts winced when Carl Icahn said Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares are worth $200 each. Part of his argument is that Apple has enough cash to make a ...
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The Argument for IBM Firing Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty, the CEO of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM), had little to say as the tech company produced horrible earnings: We are disappointed in our performance. We saw ...
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Dodge Prices Hellcat at $63,995, but Will Anyone Buy One?

The new Dodge C SRT Hellcat Charger has been priced, and it will cost at least $63,995 to own. Will anyone actually buy one, or is it just a show car meant ...
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Another Sign Companies Expect Economic Slowdown

A carefully followed report from the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) was released for the current period, and the results were not good. The October 2014 NABE Business Conditions ...
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Can Apple Sell 38 Million iPhones?

As Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) earnings approach, it is left to investors whether they believe the company's own forecast, which is that revenue will reach a range of $39 billion. The ...
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Starbucks Offers ‘Starbucks for Life’ Card

A lucky few Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) cardholders (10 to be exact) will win a "Starbucks for Life" card, the latest in a line of promotions that the coffee firm ...
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Will People Pay $499 for iPad Air 2?

The new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad Air 2 comes with an extraordinary set of new features, both compared to earlier Apple models and products from competitors. However, the tablet ...
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What Do Google’s 55,030 Employees Do?

Wall Street was disappointed by Google's third-quarter results. Most of the blame was placed on paid clicks, one of the company's most carefully watched metrics. A little less prominent in ...
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Starbucks Gives Its Workers a Raise

In a period in which debates over the minimum wage roar and retailers consider paying their workers more, Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) is among the companies that compensates its workers ...
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GM’s Europe Sales Continue to Drop

Car sales in Europe were decimated by the deep recession, which is not over in some countries, at least based on employment and gross domestic product. However, the very modest ...
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