Germany versus Brazil: Which Nation Wins at Life?
Germany versus Brazil: Which Nation Wins at Life?
Costco Earnings, Jobless Claims: What to Watch on Wall Street March 5
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It was an overwhelming win for Germany and an excruciating loss for Brazil in the semifinal match Tuesday. The final score? 7-1; a bizarrely-high number of goals for a game infamous for so few. Merely 29 minutes into the first half, the game was all but over with Germany having scored 5 against Brazil's zero. So Germany won against Brazil when it comes to kicking balls into nets, but who wins in the more important (soccer fans, dispute) game of life? Using science and stuff, TheStreet compared the two nations in several key metrics. Check out our ironclad results.
On Thursday, March 5th there are four notable earnings reports we keep an eye on. They include mining equipment maker Joy Global (JOY), supermarket chains Kroger (KR) and Fresh Market (TFM), as well as membership retailer Costco Wholesale (COST). The retailer recently ditched American Express (AXP) as its only accepted credit card in its stores, replacing it with Citigroup (C) and Visa (V) as its new partners. On the U.S. economic calendar, we point out nonfarm business productivity and unit labor costs, as well as the weekly jobless claims and factory orders. TheStreet's Kurumi Fukushima reports in New York.
Shares of SanDisk Corp. (SNDK) surged Wednesday on the company's new flash storage platform, making it TheStreet's Move of the Day. SanDisk announced an all-flash storage system, called InfiniFlash. The system is made up of 64 hot-swappable cards with a total capacity of 512 terabytes. It can connect to up to eight off-the-shelf servers. Earlier in the week, SanDisk announced a new microSD card that can hold a record-breaking 200GB of data at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. Shares of SanDisk closed the day higher on double its average trading volume. TheStreet's Kurumi Fukushima reports in New York.
A down day for U.S. markets Wednesday with the Dow dropping triple digits. Traders waited most of the day to hear from the Fed's 'Beige Book.' The release showed lower oil prices slowed economic growth in several parts of the country. Crude futures gained a buck despite inventory increasing in the U.S. Trading reversed on Saudi Arabia's decision to raise prices and comments from that country's oil minister implying growing oil demand. Major oilers have cut capital spending on falling prices. Exxon (XOM) reduced future spending by 12% over this year following Chevron's (CVX) cutting efforts. A downgrade pushed Alcoa (AA) to fall. Bank of America cut its rating for the stock to NEUTRAL from BUY. There were gainers in the session including gun maker Smith and Wesson (SWHC). Shares spiked 10% on better than expected earnings and outlook.
Long known the past 35 years for eclectic artwork hanging on the walls and a menu filled with standard entrees and cocktails, Applebee’s parent company DineEquity has spent the past year reimagining the brand. The executive team has torn up the Applebee’s playbook, sprucing up the chain’s ambience, decor, menu items, and the actual look of the menu and the bar. For instance, Applebee’s is now out their marketing its shareable and pub plate bar snacks, which includes chef inspired dished like sriracha shrimp and churros with chocolate dipping sauce. At the bar, there is every young adult’s favorite – a cocktail with Fireball whiskey coined the fireball whiskey lemonade. The setting in which all of the revamped food is being dished out is also receiving a facelift. A sleeker-looking bar and dining section are in for Applebee’s, on the way out art the cluttered walls and the overly patterned seats. And, DineEquity is poised to take Applebee’s new show on the road, opening up several new international locations this year and next. As of December 31, 2014, there were 26 franchisees that owned a total of only 147 international Applebee's franchise restaurants. TheStreet sat down with DineEquity’s Chairman and CEO Julia Stewart to discuss the major transformation underway at Applebee’s, and whether hot fast casual restaurants like Shake Shack were just a fad.
Visitors at this year's Geneva Motor Show are getting a sneak peek at some of the hottest cars set to hit showrooms this year. From high-end sports cars to some more affordable options, there's definitely something for everyone. For sports car enthusiasts, there's The Ferrari 488 GTB. The legendary sports car maker unveiled the newly designed two-seater. It comes with a turbo-charged V8 engine and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds flat. Also from Italy, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce. This car has a mighty 750 horsepower engine. It can hit a top speed of 217 mph. Also making its debut in Geneva is the Audi R8. The German luxury car maker unveiled its second-generation R8 supercar on its stand in Geneva. It has a V10 engine capable of zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. If you prefer to leave the driving to someone else, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-600 Pullman is a limousine of nearly unheard of luxury. With armor cladding as an option, the new Pullman has four quilted leather reclinable seats that face each other in the limo's rear, with a champagne cooler in easy reach. And, if you’re looking for a new family car, BMW is out with the 2-Series Gran Tourer. The Tourer might not be a supercar, but it is a blinged-out people mover for what the auto maker calls 'young active families.' BMW says it’s the first premium compact able to carry up to seven people, including up to five child seats for those carpool runs to soccer games or birthday parties.
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