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[ July 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 59357 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

For years, satirical late night TV host Stephen Colbert has been running a series on his show called “Better Know a District,” which highlights one of the 435 U.S. congressional districts and its representative. While I am no Stephen Colbert, Iambrutally inquisitive when it comes to the 5,000-plus listed companies on the U.S. stock exchanges. That’s why I’ve made it a weekly tradition to examine one seldom-followed company within theMotley Fool CAPSdatabase and make aCAPScallof outperform or underperform on that company. For this week’s round of “Better Know a Stock,” I’m going to take a closer look at Swift Transportation (NYSE: SWFT  ) . What Swift Transportation does Swift is a transportation services trucking and intermodal company in North America. The company primarily transports discounted consumer goods, perishable and non-perishable foods, and manufactured goods. As of the end of 2012 Swift operated 15,300 tractors, 52,800 trailers, and had 8,700 intermodal containers. … Continue reading

[ July 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 94641 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Online retail giant Amazon says it knows its customers so well it can start shipping even before orders are placed. The Seattle-based company, which late last year said it wants to use drones to speed package delivery, gained a patent last month for what it calls “anticipatory shipping,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon, the Journal reported, says it may box and ship products that it expects customers in a specific area will want, based on previous orders and other factors it gleans from its customers’ shopping patterns, even before they place an online order. Among those other factors: previous orders, product searches, wish lists, shopping cart contents, returns and other online shopping practices. Amazon has worked to cut delivery times as a way of encouraging more orders and satisfying customers, such as by expanding its warehouse network and making some overnight and even same-day deliveries. Best Shipping Companies To … Continue reading

[ July 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 6139 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

By Hal M. Bundrick NEW YORK (MainStreet) — It is the rise of Obamacare-ageddon. Businesses are already cutting workers’ hours and trimming payrolls as the greatly debated and highly anticipated Affordable Care Act becomes a reality October 1. State health care insurance exchanges will open and employers will be required to notify their workforces of available options. Nearly 12 million Americans that don’t currently have health insurance will have three months to make a decision or pay a penalty. Let the havoc begin. Also see: Airline Miles Are Getting Harder to Use>> “Many, but by no means all, uninsured individuals are American adults under the age of 30, who mostly enjoy the robust good health that comes with youth,” says Eleanor Blayney, consumer advocate for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. “Medical costs, let alone health insurance, are often pretty low on their list of financial concerns. Facing the … Continue reading

[ July 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 59333 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

AT&T is in discussions to buy DirecTV for about $50 billion to expand its video offerings and avoid being left out in consolidation hitting the pay-TV industry. The price being discussed by the companies is in the “low-to-mid $90s” per DirecTV share, but an announcement could still be “weeks away,” according to a person familiar with the talks. The person was not authorized to discuss the talks and would not be identified. Shares of DirecTV rose 6% in after-hours trading Monday to $92.35, valuing the nation’s largest satellite-TV provider at about $47 billion. DirecTV shares have been rising steadily since The Wall Street Journal first reported their talks on April 30. Their negotiation follows a deal struck earlier this year by Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for about $45 billion, a transaction that would merge the nation’s two largest cable companies. Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Watch Right … Continue reading

[ July 22, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 88180 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Your company is almost certain to pick up your business trip costs. But if your spouse or significant other tags along, who foots the bill? If you’re a CEO, a senior executive or even a part-time corporate director, your company may be covering the cost often on top of seven-figure compensation packages and other perks ranging from cars and country club memberships to cash allowances. At a time when some companies are under shareholder pressure to rein in excessive pay and benefits, many continue to offer a little-known perk buried in the fine print of Securities & Exchange Commission filings: the business travel tab of the spouses and significant others of CEOs, senior execs and board members. CEO PAY: Executive compensation skyrockets on soaring stock market A USA TODAY analysis of corporate proxies found scores paying for travel, lodging and meals for business-related events, corporate junkets, even attendance at last … Continue reading