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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P&G Employees in Korea Carry Olympic Torch

The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) supplies branded consumer packaged goods to consumers across the globe.

The countdown to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics is on and for The Procter & Gamble Company, this Olympic Games is surrounded by a lot of excitement. P&G’s Asia_Pacific Region President Magesvaran Suranjan and Hyunju Jeon, a Product Supply Employee, served as Torchbearer’s in the Olympic Torch Relay.

“I had a wonderful time here with the Korea team,” Suranjan said. “It is amazing to have a chance to be part of a historical event of the PyeongChang Olympics. These Olympics are momentous for us. With the partners that we have in the region and great colleagues, we all come together as part of the first of three Olympics in Asia.”

The relay began November 1 to start the 100-day countdown. The relay in South Korea will cover 2,018 kilometers, symbolizing the year of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

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P&G Korea Employees Help Carry Olympic Torch | P&G BlogP&G News | Events, Multimedia, Public Relations

“I was personally impressed to see the excitement and joy from our employees having a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Olympics.”..


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CATERPILLAR Financial Results to Be Available January 25

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.

Caterpillar’s full-year and fourth-quarter 2017 financial results will be released Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:30 a.m. CST. A teleconference and webcast over the quarterly results will begin at 10 a.m. CST on the same day for those wanting to listen in. Additionally, there will also be a one-hour conference call.

The live broadcast will be available on the Caterpillar, Inc. website after the live event, for those unable to participate.

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Caterpillar Inc. to Announce Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2017 Financial Results on January 25



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Nick Rnjak appointed to lead Travelers Syndicate Management Limited

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV) is an insurance provider of property casualty insurance for home, auto, and business.

Travelers Europe declared Nick Rnjak as the leader of Travelers Syndicate Managment Limited, its platform in the Lloyd’s insurance market. Travelers Syndicate at Lloyd’s specialized in underwriting specialist and complex business classes.

Rnjak previously held the position of Chief Underwriting Officer for Travelers Syndicate. He takes on this new role with more than 40 years of industry experience int he London market and has been with Travelers since 2007.

“Nick is a proven leader and respected underwriter who has been instrumental in our Syndicate’s strong performance over the past several years. His extensive industry knowledge will help us to continue delivering specialized products in key segments and position us for even greater success.” -Mathew Wilson, Travelers Europe Chief Executive Officer

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Press Release | Travelers Insurance



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Jim Dinkins Elected As Senior Vice President Of The Coca-Cola Company

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.

Recently, James L. “Jim” Dinkins was elected by the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company as the Senior Vice President and will also become the President of Coca-Cola North America at the start of the new year.

Dinkins has been the with The Coca-Cola Company for 25 years and currently serves the company as President of the Minute Maid Business Unit and the Chief Retail Sales officer for Coca-Cola North America.

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Coca-Cola Board of Directors Elects Jim Dinkins as Senior Vice President



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75 737 MAX Airplanes Deal for Boeing (BA)

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, and Boeing (BA) recently finalized an order for 75 737 MAX airplanes. A memorandum of understanding was announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show and is valued at an almost $11B at list prices.

Avolon CEO, Dómhnal Slattery. “This is the largest single order that we have placed with Boeing to date and underscores the scale of our ambition and the strength of our business. We have experienced strong interest in our initial MAX orders and this incremental order reflects this demand. With over 140 MAX aircraft now in our owned and committed fleet, we are confident that the superior economics and solid reliability of the 737 MAX family of airplanes will continue to allow our customers to grow their businesses profitably for many years to come.”

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Boeing, Avolon Finalize Deal for 75 737 MAX Airplanes

SEATTLE, Nov. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (BA) and Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, today finalized an order for 75 737 MAX airplanes. Launched at the 2017 Paris Air Show, the MAX 10 will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane. The new airplanes will bolster..


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Apple Shares Surge Post Reporting Quarter Beat- Heading Toward $1T Valuation?

Apple (AAPL) announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 Q4 ended September 30, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $52.6B, an increase of 12% from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.07, up 24%. International sales accounted for 62% of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple also provided the following guidance for its fiscal 2018 first quarter:

  • revenue between $84 billion and $87 billion
  • gross margin between 38 percent and 38.5 percent
 operating expenses between $7.65 billion and $7.75 billion
  • other income/(expense) of $600 million
 tax rate of 25.5 percent

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO stated, “We’re happy to report a very strong finish to a great fiscal 2017, with record fourth quarter revenue, year-over-year growth for all our product categories, and our best quarter ever for Services. With fantastic new products including iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K joining our product lineup, we’re looking forward to a great holiday season, and with the launch of iPhone X getting underway right now, we couldn’t be more excited as we begin to deliver our vision for the future with this stunning device.”

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.63 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 16, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 13, 2017.

AAPL shares closed up today $168.11 up +1.22% with a market cap of $868.33B. It would seem that the company may be on track to hit $1T in valuation if they are able to continue their current pace or manage to achieve even greater growth.

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Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter ended September 30, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $52.6 billion, an increase of 12 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.07, up 24 percent…


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Asian Markets Spiked Post Fed Decision But Settled

Asian market shares moved up post the Fed’s decision to not raise rates Wednesday, confirm economic growth and virtually assure a December raise hike that is widely suggested and expected.

  • MSCI hit its highest levels since November 2007 but closed just above.
  • Australian shares reached a 2.5 year high but reversed gains to close down 0.1%.
  • China’s CSI300 index was down 0.2%.
  • Shanghai Composite Index decline 0.4%.
  • Japan’s Nikkei stock index (.N225) finished up 0.5% at its highest close since June 1996.

Global stocks edge up after U.S. tax plan, Powell nomination; sterling drops

World stock markets edged higher on Thursday, with Wall Street up slightly and the U.S. dollar modestly weaker after details of a Republican tax plan were released and the nomination of Jerome Powell as the new head of the Federal Reserve. “Everyone knows it is a long shot, there is not a bunch..


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Verizon Announces Tender Offers & Extends Data Relief for Customers In Areas Impacted by Northern CA Wildfires

Verizon Communications Inc. (“Verizon”) (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) today announced the commencement of five separate offers to purchase for cash (the “Offers”) any and all of the outstanding series of notes listed below (collectively, the “Notes”), on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated October 16, 2017. See link to complete details in the original story below.

Verizon also announced recently that it is extending its initial data relief offer for customers impacted by the wildfires in Northern California by three days, through October 18, 2017. For customers in qualified counties in Northern California, Verizon is giving postpaid customers talk, text and data relief while prepaid customers receive an extra 3 GB for talk, text and data.

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Verizon announces tender offers for five series of its notes

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Communications Inc. (“Verizon”) (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) today announced the commencement of five separate offers to purchase for cash (the “Offers”) any and all of the outstanding series of notes listed below (collectively, the “Notes..


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