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Dems tap Chicago for 2024 convention, cite critical Midwest

Democrats announced Tuesday that they will hold their party’s 2024 national convention in Chicago, choosing the biggest liberal city in the Midwest as they try to keep the momentum going after a strong midterm election performance in the key battleground region.

Organizers from Chicago, Atlanta and New York spent months lobbying to be the site of the convention, but the final decision lay with President Joe Biden, who is expected to formally launch his reelection campaign in the coming weeks.

“Chicago is a great choice,” Biden, who was flying to Northern Ireland, said in a statement.

The Democratic National Committee said its convention would be held Aug. 19-22 and noted that Illinois, along with Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota, was part of the critical Midwestern “blue wall,” which was key to Democrats' success in the 2020 and 2022 elections.

That rosy language omits the fact that Michigan and Wisconsin narrowly broke for Donald Trump in 2016, helping the Republican win the White House.

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Virgin Orbit warned of delisting from the Nadaq


Virgin Orbit Holdings, Inc. a responsive space launch provider, announced today that it was notified by Nasdaq of the latters intention to delist is as a result of the Company’s commencement of voluntary proceedings under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.

Nasdaq also asserted that the Company is not compliant with Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) because it has not yet filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022.

Nasdaq informed the Company that trading in the Company’s common stock and warrants would be suspended at the opening of business on April 13, 2023.

The Company intends to appeal Nasdaq’s decision to delist the common stock and warrants, but pursuant to Nasdaq’s listing rules, such appeal will not impact the upcoming suspension of trading in the common stock and warrants.

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Innovative Eyewear announces first ChatGPT enabled smart eyewear


Innovative Eyewear has launched a new iOS/Android app called Lucyd.

The wearer can use microphones built into the company's glasses to ask ChatGPT questions and hear the responses through stereo speakers.

The app is device agnostic and works with many other hearables, including, but not limited to, AirPods1. Additionally, the app may be used via a streamlined visual interface on any smartphone to enhance accessibility.

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Caterpillar lifts Dow as Nasdaq, S&P struggle ahead of CPI data

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose, aided by Caterpillar and 3M, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite slipped as techs Amazon and Microsoft fell ahead of Wednesday’s inflation report; the consumer price index. In commodities, oil rose 2.2% to $81.53 per barrel.  

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Walmart closing half of its Chicago stores


Walmart is closing four of its eight Chicago stores.

“The simplest explanation is that collectively our Chicago stores have not been profitable since we opened the first one nearly 17 years ago – these stores lose tens of millions of dollars a year, and their annual losses nearly doubled in just the last five years,” the world’s largest retailer said in a blog post.

The company said the strategy gives the remaining four stores the best chance to remain open and serve the community.

The following stores will close to the public by Sunday, April 16:

• #5781 Chatham Supercenter, the Walmart Health center, and the Walmart Academy, 8431 S. Stewart Ave.

• #3166 Kenwood Neighborhood Market, 4720 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

• #5645 Lakeview Neighborhood Market, 2844 N. Broadway St.

• #5646 Little Village Neighborhood Market, 2551 W. Cermak Road

The pharmacies at these locations will remain open to serve patients for up to 30 days.

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WeightWatchers parent shares touch one-month high on Goldman Sachs upgrade


Shares of WW International Inc jumped to a one-month high on Tuesday after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to "buy," expecting the weight-loss services company's entry into the obesity drug business to help drive a turnaround.

Goldman lifted its target price on the stock to $13 — the highest on Wall Street — from $3.80, according to Refinitiv data.

The new target price implies the stock will more than triple in the next 12 months. Median price target for the New York-based company is $4.50.

WeightWatchers, which offers weight loss and weight management programs, entered the obesity drug prescription business last month with its acquisition of telehealth platform Sequence.

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Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes loses bid to stay out of prison

Disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has been rebuffed in her attempt to stay out of federal prison while she appeals her conviction for the fraud she committed while overseeing a blood-testing scam that exposed Silicon Valley’s dark side.

In a ruling issued late Monday, a federal judge concluded there wasn’t compelling enough evidence to allow Holmes to remain free on bail while her lawyers pursue appeal her conviction on four counts of fraud and conspiracy.

The decision means the 39-year-old Holmes must to surrender to authorities on April 27 to start a more than 11-year prison sentence that will separate her from her two young children.

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Carrier plans divestment of fire and security division

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Carrier Global Corp. is drafting a plan to divest itself of its Fire & Security division, which accounts for about 17% of the air-conditioning company’s sales, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.

According to sources, the company is still in the early phase of the project, and there's no assurance that they will complete it.

In 2022, Carrier, headquartered in Palm Beach, Fla., reported $20.4 billion in total revenue, with $3.6 billion generated by their Fire & Security division.

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Wisdom Tree inflows third best quarter in firm's history



WisdomTree reported a 10th straight quarter of net inflows.

The exchange-traded fund and exchange-traded product sponsor and asset manager had net inflows of over $1.9 billion in March and over $6.3 billion year-to-date.

The quarter was the third best in Wisdom Tree’s history.

Fixed income, commodities, and international equity drove organic growth at a 31% annualized pace.

The firm has $90.7 billion of assets under management, an all time high and the first time that AUM has surpassed $90 billion.

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Yellen says vigilant to downside economic risks, but don't 'overdo the negativism'

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday said she remained vigilant to downside risks facing the global economy, given Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine and banking pressures, but the overall outlook was "reasonably bright."

Yellen, speaking at a news conference, pushed back against warnings by the International Monetary Fund of bigger risks associated with severe financial tensions.

"I wouldn't overdo the negativism about the global economy," Yellen said, when asked about a slightly trimmed IMF global growth forecast for 2023 which warned that a flare-up of financial system turmoil could slash output to near recessionary levels.

Yellen told reporters the global economy was in a better place than projected last fall, with energy and food prices having stabilized and supply chain pressures continuing to ease.

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Citi co-M&A chief to retire


Mark Shafir who was most recently co-head of Global M&A will retire from Citi according to the Wall Street Journal. Mark Shafir worked at Citi for over 15 years and plans to stay on until mid-may to help with the transition.

Some of us his the recent mergers and acquisitions he's worked on include the $61 billion acquisition of VMware by Broadcom and the ongoing $25 billion acquisition by Kroger of its rival Albertson's.

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Ford to convert Ontario plant into electric vehicle complex


Ford Motor Co. says it will spend $1.34 billion ($1.8 billion Canadian) to convert an SUV factory in suburban Toronto so it can build next-generation electric vehicles.

The roughly 3,000 workers at the plant in Oakville, Ontario, are expected to keep their jobs depending on market conditions, the company said Tuesday. But some production workers will be furloughed during a six-month construction process to begin in the second quarter of 2024.

Ford wouldn't say which models will be built at the 487-acre (197 hectare) site, which will be renamed the Oakville Electric Vehicle Complex. The plant currently builds the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus gas-powered SUVs.

The company says it will consolidate three body shops into one at the plant, helping to create space to assemble battery cells into packs on site. The lithium-ion cells will come from Ford's planned joint-venture battery complex in Kentucky.

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Moderna says potential flu vaccine needs more study


Moderna shares slipped Tuesday morning after the COVID-19 vaccine developer said its potential flu vaccine needs more study in a late-stage clinical trial.

The company said an independent data and safety monitory board found that the potential vaccine “did not meet the statistical threshold necessary to declare early success” in the study.

The board recommended that the trial should continue.

Moderna is developing the vaccine, labeled mRNA-1010, to guard against seasonal flu. It is testing the vaccine in two, late-stage studies in the Southern and Northern hemispheres.

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Boeing says 11 Chinese airlines have resumed operating 737 MAX


Boeing said on Tuesday that 11 Chinese airlines have resumed operation of the 737 MAX as of April 10, in a positive sign for the U.S. planemaker's attempts to rebuild its business in the world's second-largest aviation market.

Based on these airlines, the number of 737 MAX returning to commercial service reached 43, accounting for approximately 45% of the Chinese 737 MAX fleet, the company also said in a social media post on its official WeChat account.

The best-selling Boeing model was grounded in March 2019 after fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, but returned to service around the world starting in late 2020 after modifications to the aircraft and pilot training.

China is the last major market to resume flying the MAX amid ongoing trade tensions with the United States, and the return comes as domestic travel demand rebounds after China abandoned zero-COVID policies.

Posted by Reuters

Supermarket chain Albertsons tops Wall Street estimates


Albertsons Companies topped Wall Street revenue and profit predictions.

Fiscal fourth quarter revenue rose 5% to $18.27 billion, which is higher than the estimated $18.22 billion.

Identical sales increased 5.6% and digital sales rose 16%.Net income was $311.1 million, down from $455.1 million prior year.

The supermarket chain reported profits of 79 cents per share, 4 cents higher than the same quarter last year when the company reported earnings per share of 75 cents. Profits of 67 cents per share were anticipated by the fifteen analysts providing estimates for the quarter.

Albertsons brands include Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, Kings Food Markets and Balducci's Food Lovers Market.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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South Korea fines Google $32 mln for blocking games on competing platform


South Korea's antitrust regulator has fined Alphabet Inc's Google 42.1 billion won ($31.88 million) for blocking the release of mobile video games on a competitor's platform.

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said on Tuesday that Google bolstered its market dominance, and hurt local app market One Store's revenue and value as a platform, by requiring video game makers to exclusively release their titles on Google Play in exchange for providing in-app exposure between June 2016 and April 2018.

Google said it will review the final decision by the KFTC to evaluate the next course of action. "Google makes substantial investments in the success of developers, and we respectfully disagree with the KFTC's conclusions," a spokesperson said.

The KFTC said the move against the U.S. technology giant is part of efforts by the government to ensure fair markets.

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CarMax tops Wall Street profit estimates, misses on revenue


CarMax Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $69 million.

The Richmond, Virginia-based company said it had profit of 44 cents per share.

The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 22 cents per share.

The used car dealership chain posted revenue of $5.72 billion in the period, missing Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $5.87 billion.

For the year, the company reported profit of $484.8 million, or $3.03 per share. Revenue was reported as $29.68 billion.

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AMC holds 9.1% of theater screen advertiser National CineMedia


National CineMedia is trading higher after disclosing an investment from AMC Entertainment.

The movie theater screen advertising company revealed in a regulatory filing that AMC holds 16.5 million, or 9.1%, of the company.

AMC divested a majority of its equity interests in NCM and relinquish its governance rights when it acquired Carmike Cinemas.

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ADTRAN falls on preliminary financial results

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ADTRAN released preliminary results for the quarter ended March 31. Preliminary revenue is expected to be between $322 million and $326 million as compared to the company’s guidance of $355 million to $375 million.

This was primarily due to customer inventory corrections which impacted the Subscriber Solutions product line. In addition, supply constraints prevented ADTRAN from meeting customer demand across all categories.

Final results for the three-month period ended March 31 will be released as planned on May 8.ADTRAN provides open, disaggregated networking and communications solutions.

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Newmont plumps final bid for Australia's Newcrest to $19.5B


Newmont Corp laid down a best and final offer for Australia's Newcrest Mining Ltd on Tuesday at A$29.4 billion ($19.5 billion) to close a deal that would extend Newmont's lead as the world's biggest gold producer.

The merger is set to be the third-largest deal ever involving an Australian company and the third-largest globally in 2023, according to data from Refinitiv and Reuters calculations.

Newcrest said on Tuesday it had given U.S.-based Newmont access to its books following the sweetened all-share bid that has received some support from shareholders.

Under the revised offer, Newcrest shareholders would receive 0.400 Newmont share for each share held, with an implied value of A$32.87 a share, up from a previous exchange ratio of 0.380 that Newcrest's board unanimously rejected in February.

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BMW on track for 2023 target despite slight Q1 sales fall

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BMW remains on track for slightly higher sales this year despite a dip in demand in the first quarter, including in the Chinese market, the German carmaker said on Tuesday.

BMW said it delivered 588,138 vehicles in the first quarter, down 1.5% on the previous year, while electric vehicle (EV) sales rose 83.2% year on year to 64,647 vehicles.

By region, BMW only saw sales growth in the United States, with an 11.4% increase to 89,750 car sales.

Sales in China fell 6.6%, but the company said the Chinese economy was expected to stabilize over the course of this year.

A 1.9% fall in European sales was attributed largely to an export and production ban in the Russian market, where Chinese marques are benefiting from the exit by Western automakers.

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Bitcoin breaks above $30,000 as investors eye end of rate rises

Major cryptocurrency bitcoin breached the key $30,000 level for the first time in 10 months on Tuesday, adding to its steady gains as investors raised bets that the U.S. Federal Reserve will soon end its aggressive monetary tightening campaign.

Bitcoin peaked at $30,438 in Asian trade and was last up 1.4% at $30,070. It has gained nearly 6% since the start of the month, after rising 23% in March.

Investors are awaiting a U.S. inflation report on Wednesday to assess the Fed's next steps after banking sector turmoil in March raised expectations that the central bank would let up on rate hikes to ease stress on the sector.

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TSMC talking to US about CHIPS Act 'guidance' amid subsidy concerns


Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC said on Monday it is communicating with Washington about its "guidance" for a law designed to boost U.S. semiconductor manufacturing that has sparked concerns about subsidy criteria.

Conditions for subsidies include sharing excess profit with the U.S. government, and industry sources have said the application process itself could expose confidential corporate strategy.

"We can confirm that we are communicating with the U.S. government about the CHIPS ACT guidance," TSMC, the world's leading contract chipmaker, said in a short emailed statement.

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Tyson Foods workers strike at Arkansas chicken plant set to close

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About 150 employees of a Tyson Foods Inc chicken plant in Arkansas went on strike on Monday for better treatment before the company shuts the facility, an organizer said.

Tyson plans to close the plant in Van Buren, Arkansas, on May 12, eliminating jobs for 969 non-union employees, as it seeks to improve performance in its chicken business.

Employees refused to work in part because Tyson said they would not receive full payouts for vacation time they accrued, said Magaly Licolli, director of Venceremos, an organization that advocates for poultry workers in Arkansas. She said the strike may continue on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tyson told Reuters later on Monday it already had a policy in place to give full payouts to employees with unused vacation or holiday time. The company said it will also pay a bonus of $1,000 to workers who stay in their jobs until the plant closes.

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Whole Foods San Franciso crime

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Amazon's Whole Foods is the latest casualty of San Francisco's crime wave which includes the shocking death of tech CEO Tom Lee who founded CashApp and worked closely with Jack Dorsey's Square.

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