Month: February 2020

Bill Gates: Coronavirus may be ‘once-in-a-century pathogen we’ve been worried about’

Microsoft founder Bill Gates Lintao Zhang/Getty Images Billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said the coronavirus that has killed at least 2,859 people and infected more than 83,700 globally may be the “once-in-a-century pathogen we’ve been worried about.” “I hope it’s not that bad, but we should assume it will be until we know otherwise,” …

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JC Penney expects sales declines to continue in 2020, more store closures ahead

A woman shops for clothing at the JC Penney store in the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York. Saul Martinez | Bloomberg | Getty Images J.C. Penney‘s fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday topped analysts’ expectations, despite steep sales declines during the holiday season. While CEO Jill Soltau said she has been encouraged by Penney’s …

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The sell-off is sparing only a handful of stocks, with Clorox among them

Colorox brand toilet bowl cleaner sits on display at a supermarket in Princeton, Ill. Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images Consumer-staples giant Clorox, along with 10 other stocks have emerged as the definitive anti-coronavirus trades, as the only S&P 500 stocks avoiding correction territory. While the broader market craters, the well-known maker of bleach …

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Counterfeit goods from China are crushing American small businesses – and they’re calling on Trump to fight back

WASHINGTON – A.J. Khubani took a chance when he pulled a seat up to President Donald Trump’s table at the golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey nearly two years ago. “Once we said counterfeits on Amazon, that’s all we had to say, we had his attention,” Khubani told CNBC. Khubani explained to the president how …

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Rolls Royce’s China sales fall ‘close to zero’ due to coronavirus

Rolls-Royce Phantom Source: Rolls-Royce Phantom Sales of Rolls-Royces have fallen “pretty close to zero” in China because of the coronavirus, but the company sees early signs of possible recovery, the company’s CEO told CNBC. Rolls Royce said sales in China, its second largest market after the U.S., were hit especially hard as many parts of …

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Coronavirus live updates: Trump calls outbreak a ‘hoax,’ South Korea has record jump in cases

This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in Beijing time. Total confirmed cases: More than 85,000 Total deaths: At least 2,861 3:45 pm: Kuwait health ministry urges citizens not to travel A health ministry official has called on citizens in Kuwait to avoid travel due the coronavirus outbreak, …

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Walmart names Sam’s Club exec Jamie Iannone to key leadership role in US e-commerce

Walmart logo is seen at a store in Mountain View, California, United States on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Yichuan Cao | NurPhoto | Getty Images Walmart has named Jamie Iannone its chief operating officer for U.S. e-commerce, after the Sam’s Club executive helped oversee digital initiatives for the retailer’s membership-based subsidiary. In a company memo …

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Mylan warns of possible drug shortages, financial hit due to coronavirus

Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan. Adam Jeffery | CNBC Drugmaker Mylan said on Thursday it expects the coronavirus outbreak to impact its financial results and warned of drug shortages in case of continued spread of the virus, sending shares of the company down 3.6%. The outbreak has so far mainly battered China, causing nearly 80,000 …

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Wayfair shares tank as the online furniture retailer’s losses widen

A Wayfair employee works at his desk at the Boston headquarters of Wayfair on July 31, 2018. Suzanne Kreiter | Boston Globe | Getty Images Wayfair‘s stock tanked Friday morning, after the online furniture retailer’s losses widened more than expected during the holiday quarter. Its shares were recently down more than 15% in premarket trading. …

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Stock rout may deepen in the week ahead as coronavirus impact starts to show up in economic data

Traders work at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, the United States, on Jan. 8, 2020. Xinhua News Agency Stock investors just experienced one of the nastiest weeks in history that recorded the S&P 500‘s fastest correction on record, but hold on tight, the market might have more room to fall as the …

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UBS’s Jason Katz tells investors to hold their stocks and ‘take a deep breath’ this weekend

Following the worst week for stocks since the financial crisis, UBS‘s Jason Katz said Friday investors should “take a deep breath” and have a moment of introspection over the weekend. “Reflect on the fact that the markets had a made meaningful move up last year and up until recently, and that corrections are par for …

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This corner of Wall Street is making a mint for JPMorgan and Goldman as the stock market tanks

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 28, 2020. Brendan McDermid | Reuters Amid the wreckage in global stock markets this week as panic over the spread of coronavirus wiped out $6 trillion in value, one corner of Wall Street has been making a mint. …

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Cramer says Apple’s stock may not be done falling in coronavirus-driven plunge

Apple staff and customers, wearing facemasks to protect against the COVID-19 coronavirus, are seen on the shop premises in Beijing on February 22, 2020. Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday he thinks Apple‘s stock can sink further and cautioned retail investors against going all in on the tech giant’s …

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