Verizon Declares a Dividend Hike

Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) is a worldwide leader in delivering communications and technology solutions that improve the lives of its customers.

Verizon has announced that its quarterly dividend will increase to 60.25 cents a share, a 2.1% increase. This will be the 12th straight year that Verizon has hiked its dividend. One year ago, Verizon’s board declared a quarterly dividend disbursement of 59 cents per share, which was an increase of 2.2% from the previous amount.

The wireless provider boasts a stock with an attractive yield of 4.3% and has returned 21.4% over the past year. Last year, the company paid out almost two-thirds of its earnings in the form of dividends -$2.34 per share against earnings of $3.74.

Despite significant capital expenditures, Verizon’s strong cash flow has managed to support the dividend. The second-quarter operating cash flow was up $1.9 billion year over year with a total of $9.8 billion.

The quarterly dividend will be payable November 1, 2018, to the shareholders of record on October 10, 2018, at the close of business.

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First Majestic Silver Corp. & Evrim Resources Corp. Exercise Project Option Agreements in Mexico

First Majestic Silver Corp.  (NYSE: AG) and Evrim Resources Corp. recently announced that the Ermitaño and Cumobabi project option agreements in Sonora, Mexico have now been exercised and that First Majestic has completed its 100% earn-in for both projects. In connection with the exercise, First Majestic has made a US$1.5 million cash payment to Evrim and has granted to Evrim, per the original 2014 option agreements, a 2% net smelter royalty (“NSR”) in the case of the Ermitaño project and a 1.5% NSR in the case of the Cumobabi project. They also confirmed that arbitration proceedings (previously announced on April 5, 2018) between Evrim and First Majestic have been terminated. The Ermitaño property consists of 16,526 hectares of mining concessions located adjacent to the Santa Elena claims which host the producing Santa Elena Main Vein and First Majestic’s 3,000 tonne per day processing plant. The Cumobabi property consists of 22,258 hectares of mining concessions located southeast of the Ermitaño property.

Evrim’s CEO, Paddy Nicol stated, “First Majestic’s ongoing advancement of the Ermitaño West deposit will continue to create significant value for Evrim shareholders. The inferred 40.8 million silver-equivalent ounce resource is located approximately four kilometres south of First Majestic’s operating mill at the Santa Elena mine. First Majestic is in the midst of a 13,000 metre infill and expansion drilling program at Ermitaño West that is designed to extend the deposit at depth, to the west, and to test the Aitana vein. We also look forward to additional work at the Cumobabi project where drilling was completed over the past year.”

Keith Neumeyer, President and CEO of First Majestic added, “Our exploration results at the Ermitaño West project has been extremely successful over the past 18 months and provides evidence of the regional potential across our vast 101,772 hectares of mining concessions to build additional resources in close proximity to our Santa Elena operation. Ermitaño’s maiden Inferred Resource of 40.8 million silver equivalent ounces is a significant discovery that has the potential to become a new, near-term source of production.”

First Majestic is a mining company focused on silver production in Mexico and is aggressively pursuing the development of its existing mineral property assets. First Majestic presently owns and operates the San Dimas Silver/Gold Mine, the Santa Elena Silver/Gold Mine, the La Encantada Silver Mine, the La Parrilla Silver Mine, the San Martin Silver Mine and the Del Toro Silver Mine. Production from these mines are projected to be between 12.0 to 13.2 million silver ounces or 20.5 to 22.6 million silver equivalent ounces in 2018.

Evrim is a mineral exploration company whose goal is to participate in significant exploration discoveries supported by a sustainable business model. Evrim is well financed, has a diverse range of quality projects and a database covering substantial areas of Mexico and portions of southwestern United States. Evrim’s projects are advanced through option and joint venture agreements with industry partners to create shareholder value. Evrim’s business plan also includes royalty creation utilizing Evrim’s exploration expertise and existing projects.

First Majestic and Evrim Resources Agree to Exercise of Ermitaño and Cumobabi Option Agreements

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 10, 2018– First Majestic Silver Corp. and Evrim Resources Corp. are pleased to announce that the Ermitaño and Cumobabi project option agreements in Sonora, Mexico have …..

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Listen to The Groundwork Forum Podcast Interview of Steven Quay CEO of Atossa Titled “What Is Gynecomastia?”

The Groundwork Forum Podcast aims to bring together leaders from all disciplines all over the world to join its Global Community to consider new perspectives on key issues; to create a powerful, global network in order to strengthen the influence throughout the world; to draw up innovative and concrete action plans to encourage contribution to society; and to promote diversity in the business world.

The most recent Groundwork Forum Podcast Episode features an interview with Atossa Genetics (ATOS) CEO Steven Quay MD, Ph.D. and is titled “What Is Gynecomastia?”  Up to 70 percent of boys in early to mid-puberty experience gynecomastia because of the normal hormonal changes that occur during puberty. Gynecomastia is also common among middle-aged and older men. In this population, up to 65 percent of men are affected.

Dr. Quay is the  Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Atossa Genetics (NasdaqCM: ATOS), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics and delivery methods to treat breast cancer and other breast conditions.  Dr. Quay is certified in Anatomic Pathology with the American Board of Pathology, completed both an internship and residency in anatomic pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, and is a former faculty member of the Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine.  Dr. Quay is a named inventor on 87 U.S. patents, 130 pending U.S. patent applications, and is named inventor on patents covering five pharmaceutical products that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  

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Fusion Scores 3-year Cloud Solutions Agreement With “Major Family Entertainment Center & Restaurant Chain”

NYC-based Fusion is a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, and is a Single Source for the Cloud®. Fusion’s advanced, proprietary cloud service platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including cloud communications, contact center, cloud connectivity and cloud computing. Fusion’s innovative, yet proven cloud solutions lower their customers’ cost of ownership and deliver new levels of security, flexibility, scalability, and speed of deployment.

Fusion recently announced that it has secured a $1.1 million, three-year cloud solutions agreement with a major family entertainment center and restaurant chain. The popular chain looked to Fusion to consolidate its communications services across several hundred locations in the United States. The chain is currently reviewing a multiple site deployment in Canada to further support its network optimization efforts.

Fusion’s dedicated solutions integration team facilitated the onboarding of the account for an expedited installation process, exceeding the customer’s expectations for rapid deployment and seamless integration with existing applications and workflows. Fusion’s all-in, fully integrated solution met the chain’s requirement for a single source to provide the highest quality services at competitive pricing across its rapidly expanding chain of popular establishments. The chain also looked for a solution that could support the integration of locations across the border into Canada, a growing territory for the well-known entertainment and restaurant chain.

Dan Foster, Fusion’s Chief Revenue Officers stated, “We’re proud to help the management team of this major organization focus on serving their growing base of customers, relieving them of the need to divert precious resources to manage their wide-ranging and expanding voice and connectivity network. We look forward to growing with the company and improving productivity across the enterprise with the always-on, reliable communications solutions required for businesses to compete, succeed and grow.”

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Fusion Wins $1.1 Million, Multi-Year Contract to Provide Cloud Communications Solution for a Major Restaurant Brand

Fusion (FSNN), a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that it has secured a $1.1 million, three-year cloud solutions agreement with a major family entertainment center and restaurant chain. The popular chain looked to Fusion to consolidate its communications services across several hundred..

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Amazon Creates 300 New Machine Learning, Software Development, Digital Entertainment, Cloud Computing Jobs in San Diego

Amazon.com, Inc.  (AMZN), the world’s largest retailer, has announced its expansion of its San Diego Tech Hub and its intentions to develop 300 new high tech jobs in fields that include machine learning, software development, digital entertainment, and cloud computing.

Amazon’s new 85,000 square foot office expansion resides Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.’s Campus Pointe in the University Town Center neighborhood of San Diego. With the opening of the new office, Amazon can now more than double its tech workforce in the area. Since 2011, the company has created over 39,000 jobs in the state of California and invested more than $19 billion in the state.

The Tech Hub in San Diego is just one of the 17 Tech Hubs beyond Seattle. The Tech Hubs employ over 17,500 people all across North America who invent and create new products and services for Amazon customers. San Diego’s teams work to develop software systems that drive AmazonFresh, PrimeNow, Amazon Web Services, supply chain tech, and prevention of fraud and abuse on Amazon.

The company will celebrate its latest California investment by hosting Mayor Faulconer, Assemblymember Gloria, and other community leaders on September 6th for the grand opening event of its new San Diego Office.

Nate Wiger, General Manager of Amazon’s new San Diego office stated, “Amazon is excited to create more tech jobs in San Diego – a city with terrific talent and a culture of innovation.  We look forward to more than doubling our investment in the area, and hiring local talent to fill exciting roles across Amazon. Thank you to all our partners across the city and the state for helping us create these new jobs, and contributing to the already vibrant innovation economy in San Diego.”

Amazon tops LinkedIn’s 2018 Top Companies list with the #1 spot. The company is renowned for providing comprehensive benefits to all its employees.

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Amazon expands San Diego Tech Hub and announces plans to create 300 high tech jobs

(AMZN)— Amazon today announced an expansion of its San Diego Tech Hub and plans to create 300 new high tech jobs in fields including software development, machine learning, cloud computing, and digital entertainment. To accommodate the job creation, Amazon has opened a new 85,000 square foot office..

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Caterpillar To Sell Purpose-Built Forestry Business

Dow 30 Component Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) is the world’s chief manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines, construction and mining equipment, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Caterpillar, Inc. also works to make sustainable progress possible and contributes to driving positive change on every continent.

Caterpillar, Inc. recently announced its entrance into a preliminary agreement to sell the Cat® purpose-built forestry business to Weiler, Inc. The agreement, which is expected to close by early 2019, is still open to negotiation of the final agreement.

In the agreement, Caterpillar will still provide forestry excavators and other core Caterpillar equipment to the forestry industry, and Weiler will design and manufacture purpose-built forestry products that will be made available through Cat and Prentice dealer networks.

The projected deal currently includes the line of purpose-built forestry products that consist of track feller bucnhers, wheel skidders, wheel feller bunchers, knuckleboom loaders, and related operations facilities such as the manufacturing plant and warehouse in the town of LaGrange, Georgia, the demonstration and training center in Auburn, Alabama, and the legacy Prentice parts distribution center in Smithfield, North Carolina.

Weiler has an upstanding history of the successful manufacturing of purpose-built equipment distributed through the Cat dealer network that currently includes an expansive portfolio of products.

The nearly 270 employees that are currently a part of the purpose-built forestry business will continue to keep employment with Weiler, and Caterpillar’s small number of employees will continue their roles in supporting forestry excavators and forest products field population.

Tom Pellette, Caterpillar Construction Industries Group President stated, “We remain committed to supporting our forestry customers and the forestry industry. The sale of the purpose-built forestry business enables Caterpillar and Weiler to serve the complete forestry industry while providing customers with the same outstanding sales and service support they’ve come to expect.” 

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Disney’s Incredibles 2 Is Now The No. 2 Animated Film Ever

Dow 30 Component, The Walt Disney Company (DIS),  and its subsidiaries is a diversified worldwide entertainment company that operates in four business segments: Studio Entertainment, Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media.

Disney Pixar’s highly anticipated summer release, Incredibles 2, eclipsed the $600 million mark over Labor Day weekend at the domestic box office. This marks the first time an animated film has reached the milestone and makes Incredibles 2 only the ninth film to ever cross the $600 million thresholds. The Pixar film has earned $1.166 billion globally and has become the No. 17 film of all time and the No. 2 animated film. The movie will open in both Germany and Italy this month.

Since its opening in mid-June, the film set a domestic box office record for the biggest animated film debut ever bringing in $182.7 million. CinemaScore has acclaimed Incredible 2 with an A+ and RottenTomatoes awarded the film with a 93% Certified Fresh score.

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‘Incredibles 2’ is First Animated Film to Hit $600 Million Domestic – The Walt Disney Company

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Coca-Cola Enters the Coffee Market with Purchase of Costa

Dow 30 Component, The Coca-Cola Company (KO), is the largest total beverage company in the world. It offers 500 plus brands in over 200 countries and is committed to reducing sugar in its drinks and providing new and diverse drinks to people everywhere.

The Coca-Cola Co. recently announced its decision to purchase Costa the coffee chain for $5.1 billion in an effort to extend its push into healthier markets and to compete with companies like Starbucks and Nestle, in the global coffee market.

The purchase of the coffee chain’s nearly 4,000 outlets once again puts Coca-Cola squarely into the spotlight of a seemingly lethargic packaged food and drinks sector.

The beverage company purchased Costa for nearly $1.3 billion more than experts had predicted. Along with entrance into the coffee shop market, the acquirement of Costa can provide Coca-Cola with an important growth platform that could allow them to range in the markets of beans to bottled drinks with predicted growth by about 6 percent each year.

While Coke does sell some coffee like the Georgia brand in Japan, it lacks a strong global offering.

James Quincey, Coca-Cola CEO stated, “Coffee is one of the strongest growing categories in the world, and Coca-Cola needs to expand into coffee and hot drinks.”

The retail chain will be a new challenge for the 132-year-old Coca-Cola, which mostly sells its soft drink concentrates to a network of franchised bottlers. In bringing the Briton based Costa to the U.S., it will most certainly affect coffee-retailers such as Starbucks and McDonald’s. If Coca-Cola decides to expand into the canned or bottled Costa coffee, then it could upset Starbuck’s and PepsiCo’s dominant joint venture.

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Morning Brief: Coca-Cola buys coffee chain Costa for $5.1 billion

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Walmart Seeks to Become “America’s Best Toy Shop”

Wal-mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)  is a worldwide retailer that operates in various formats.  The three segments of the company include Wal-mart U.S., Wal-mart International, and Sam’s Club.  The company is comprised of discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, home improvement stores, specialty electronics stores, apparel stores, drug stores, convenience stores, and membership-only warehouse clubs; and retail Websites.

Walmart plans to increase its offering of toys this year with its largest variety ever. The world’s largest retailer will be adding 30% new toys to its shelves and expanding its online toy offering by 40%. The store drafted hundreds of children to test a play with the products a few months ago, and also brought in 25 “toy influencers” to play alongside the kids to see which products would be most popular.

Walmart will sell 1,000 exclusive toys this season, 300 of which are brand-new. Some of the exclusive toys will be found in store aisles but others will be found online only including the KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen with 30 piece Play Food.

With Toys “R” Us no longer in the field, Walmart hopes to become “America’s Best Toy Shop”.

Walmart’s toy list can be found here.

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Walmart ramps up toy offering by 30% in stores, 40% online

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