China’s List of Tariffs Against US Estimated To Value Approx. $3B

It seems that the China vs. US trade war is getting escalated along with tensions, fears & egos.

China came forth over the weekend with a list of potential tariffs that span across 128 products estimated to be valued at $3B in US goods. The move is reported to be in reaction to the White House action last month to increase tariffs on steel and aluminum and last weeks’ threat to widen the tariffs to an estimated $50B against Chinese goods.

The stock markets across the world including China and the US are in selloff mode as fear of the unknown and the tariffs’ threat increase on both sides.

Hopefully, we will see some compromise in the near term but for now, the gloves seem to be coming off and we appear to be in for a fight!

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China hits back at Trump by targeting U.S. goods worth $3 billion

China hit back at the U.S. on Monday by slapping additional import duties on a list of U.S. products worth $3 billion, raising fears of an escalating trade war…

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Coca-Cola Refranchising Canadian Bottling Operations

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.

Larry Tanenbaum O.C. and Junior Bridgeman have both signed non-binding Letters-of-Intent to obtain Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada, The Coca-Cola Company’s Canadian bottling and distribution company.

The acquirement of the Canadian-based bottling company will be a joint venture between Tanenbaum and Bridgeman. Tanenbaum is a distinguished businessman and philanthropist. Bridgement, who is a former NBA player, is also an esteemed entrepreneur and the current President and CEO of the Kansas-based Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada currently employs about 5800 associates and operates five facilities, over 50 sales and distribution centers, and does business in all of the country’s 10 provinces and three territories.

The non-binding Letter of Intent begins the final step in completing the refranchising of Coca-Cola’s company-owned bottling operations in North America. The Letter of Intent is subject to both parties reaching a definitive agreement, and the transaction is predicted to close in the latter half of 2018.

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The Coca-Cola Company Announces Letter of Intent for Refranchising of Canadian Bottling Operations


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Caterpillar Launches Water Campaign

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. works to make sustainable progress possible and contributes to driving positive change on every continent.

Water is a critical need of people and communities, yet almost 844 million people do not have access to clean, safe water.

The Caterpillar Foundation has launched the Value of Water Campaign to raise the awareness of the impact of the global water crisis on education, economics, and community health. This is one step on the foundation’s mission to help empower 50 million people globally to rise out of extreme poverty by the year 2020.

The Caterpillar Foundation will be working with multiple partners including water, Ducks Unlimited, Global Citizen, Living Land & Waters, Opportunity International, The Nature Conservancy and

Various aspects addressed in the Campaign include:

  • Bringing clean water to rural communities in Africa through construction of new wells and innovative pipe systems
  • Restoring critical wetland habitats that provide flood protection and water filtration
  • Reducing river pollution throughout the United States
  • Strengthening the health of the world’s vital rivers
  • Delivering running water to homes in Africa, Asia, and South America through micro credit loans

“As the company and its customers work to build traditional infrastructure, the Caterpillar Foundation is focused on building human infrastructure, and ultimately, a better world,” said Caterpillar Foundation President Michele Sullivan. “Water is a fundamental human need – it is a basic building block necessary to pursue opportunities such as education and economic growth, and place people on a path to prosperity.” -Michele Sullivan, Caterpillar Foundation President

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Caterpillar Foundation Launches Value of Water Campaign to Help its Partners Address Poverty


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Cisco Works With STC To Bring 5G To Saudi Arabia

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other communications technology.

Cisco will be collaborating with the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to develop 5G communication systems and networks in Saudi Arabia. This collaboration will help to transform STC into a a digital service provider. The two company’s signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Mobile World Congress. The signing of the MoU will also play an important role in Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Transformation Plan. Working with Cisco will allow STC to provide advanced network services and differentiate its service delivery as well.

As businesses increasingly digitize, mobile carriers will need the speed, low latency, reliability and dynamic provisioning capabilities that 5G networks are expected to deliver. Our collaboration with STC will enable their network infrastructure to evolve into the new era of digitisation by taking advantage of the 5G momentum.” -Ali Amer, Managing Director, Global Service Provider Sales, Cisco Middle East and Africa

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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Cisco Sign Strategic MoU to Bring the Benefits of 5G to Saudi Arabia


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The Home Depot Enables Self-schedule In-person Interviews Tool

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) is the world’s largest home improvement retailer with retail stores all across North America. The Home Depot sells building materials and home improvement products, as well as lawn and garden supplies, and provides installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs.

The Home Depot has added a new tool to its application process that allows the job applicant to self-schedule in-person interviews with the company. This tool has been added to help the company fill over 80,000 positions for the spring selling season.

The self-scheduling tool is available 24/7 on any device and is another enhancement that The Home Depot has made to improve its application process. Along with the application improvements, the company has also boosted its onboarding process with the debut of the PocketGuide for associate training which is a mobile application that helps associates learn about a product while they are in the aisles of the store.

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Intel Invests in Grant Program Supporting STEM For HBCU Students

Intel Corporation seeks to expand the boundaries of technology to provide the most amazing experience possible as it designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology globally.

Intel’s chief executive officer, Brian Krzanich, met with the presidents and leaders of six partner Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The meeting was called to discuss programs and opportunities that will furnish students with the skill to excel in the technology industry.

I’m profoundly grateful to our HBCU partners for joining us to discuss leadership in education and paving the path for a better, more inclusive tech industry.” – Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

Intel invested $4.5 million in a new grant program that supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) for HBCU students. The program directly awarded $3.9 million to HBCUs and will use $600,000 for workshops and discussions that bring the technology industry and HBCUs together to work on expanding and recruiting.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Leads Discussion with Leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities


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Goldman Likes Fundamentals, Refers to Market Sell-off As Technical

CNBC reported today that Goldman Sachs (GS) analysts noted that the recent sell-off in the equity markets are technical in nature and that the fundamentals are still in place. They went on to reiterate their year-end target for the S&P 500 at year end as 2,850. Their positive outlook is directly attributed to the U.S. GDP growth which they said is “robust”.

The Dow 30 currently is up over 500 points or 2+% today!

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Goldman says sell-off is not fundamental, keeps year-end forecast for market

Goldman Sachs equity strategists reiterated their year end stock target and said the sell off is technical and driven by investor positioning, rather than fundamentals…

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Quarterly Dividend for United Technologies Declared

Dow 30 component United Technologies Corporation (UTX) creates smart, sustainable solutions that are used to provide high-technology systems and services to both the building and aerospace industries.

Recently, the United Technologies Corporation Board of Directors declared this quarter’s dividend of $0.70 per common share. The dividend is payable March 10, 2018, to those shareholders recorded at the close of business February 16, 2018.

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Warren Buffett’s Only 2 Rules For Investing

“Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No.1” -Warren Buffett

Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. Buffett serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered by some to be one of the most successful investors in the world.

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Dow Placed on 2017 Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator List

The Dow Chemical Company is a part of the DowDupont holding company which publicly trades with a focus in agriculture, materials science, and specialty sectors.

The Dow Chemical Company has been recognized for a 2017 Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator. This is the company’s seventh consecutive year to be recognized on the list that has become the new standard measure for innovation.

The list recognized a business that makes investment in unique and long-lasting inventions a top priority. The methodology for the list is based on four principles: overall patent volume, patent application-to-grant success rate, patent influence as evidenced by citation, and global reach of the portfolio.

Being recognized as a Top 100 Global Innovator is great acknowledgement of the skills of Dow scientists and engineers. Their creativity yields the inventions and the innovative products that solve customer needs worldwide. Seven consecutive years is testament to the power of Dow R&D.” – A. N. Sreeram, Dow’s senior vice president and chief technology officer.

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Dow Recognized as a Top 100 Global Innovator for Seventh Consecutive Year


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