Author Archives: Douglas A. McIntyre

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America’s Best and Worst Car Brands

 Auto companies often make use of awards and quality ratings -- when they’re good at least -- to attract car buyers. The most important brand quality surveys are performed by ...
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Why Oil Prices Must Go Up

By Nick Cunningham for It may be difficult to look beyond the current pricing environment for oil, but the depletion of low-cost reserves and the increasing inability to find ...
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IBM and Avon CEOs in Trouble

As earnings for the final quarter and full year 2014 are released, a second season has also started. Underperforming CEOs at large companies have started to get pushed out by their boards. ...
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The Businesses That Will Build Future Growth at Amazon and Google Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) made many of references to its Amazon Web Services (AWS) as it posted earnings. Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) management finally disclosed information about YouTube's role in ...
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Buying an iPhone 6 for $0 Down

Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY) has started to offer the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone 6 for $0. The decision shows both the needs of Best Buy, as well as where ...
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CEOs of 2 of 24/7 Wall St.’s Worst-Run Companies Resign

The 24/7 Wall St. "America's Worst Run Companies" story is less than five weeks old. Already the CEOs of two of the eight companies on the list have either resigned ...
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Facebook Still a Small Company

Amidst the excitement about Facebook Inc.'s (NASDAQ: FB) nearly 50% revenue growth rate and its successful, accelerating movement into mobile, something is lost. Facebook is still a very small company. ...
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Why It’s Better to Be Apple Than AT&T

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) put out its earnings the same day that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) did. Among the contrasts between the two are how great it is to be ...
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An iPhone for Nearly Everyone in Iran

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) sold 74.5 million iPhones as part of a quarter that has been described as the largest for any company based on net income in the history of ...
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Unemployment Near 7% in 8 States

National nonfarm payroll unemployment rate fell to 5.6% in December, as the nation added 252,000 jobs. However, some portions of the nation, geographically, have been left behind as their jobless rates have held ...
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GM Sales Expected to Surge in January

The astonishing recalls that General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) had last year do not appear to have hurt sales this month. GM is expected to have a large increase in ...
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Tencent Most Valuable Chinese Brand at $66 Billion

Chinese brand value has come of age as huge message company Tencent, a glorified instant messaging service, posted a brand value of $66 billion. Tencent is part of a Chinese holding ...
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Over 7 Million People Who Suffered Foreclosures Could Return to Housing Market

About 7.3 million people who owned a home that went through foreclosure in the housing market collapses could potentially be back in the real estate market within eight years. (These people are known ...
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Small Businesses to Lift Hiring

Economists often say that small businesses employ half of all Americans. If so, the prospects of people who work at or want jobs at these companies has improved. That is a ...
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American Obesity Rate Tops 27%

Heart disease, obesity and diabetes have become epidemics in America. Those trends should not improve soon, as obesity levels hit 27.7% last year. The drag on the American health industry ...
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