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 Little Laughs!
Knock...Knock...Who is there? FedEx...FedEx who?
FedEx will be there tomorrow!
 
What is the worst kind of cat? 
CAT-astro-phe !
 
What do you get when you cross snowman with vampire
Frost-Bite.
 
What kind of air can you breath?
Billionaire.
 
Why did Dino go to the hospital?

Because he was (Dino) "Saur".
 
How do you make eleven even?

Take away the "el."

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How do you make seven even?

Take away the "s"

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Why did the chicken cross the railroad track?

Because it wanted to get to the Chick train.

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What is a duck on the 4th of July?

A Fire-Quacker!!

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Knock, Knock...Who is there?Banana...Banana who?  Banana...Banana who?Banana...Banana who? Apple...Aren't you glad I didn't say banana?

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Are you 5?

No! I am not 5!  I am 4.95 plus shipping and handling!

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Knock knock...Who is there?  Panther!Panther, who?   PantH-or-no-PantH I am going Thwiming!

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Laughs above are credited to kids and various sources.
 

Business fun facts!

 

Over $18 Trillion a year is spend on Consumer Goods worldwide. Women account for almost two third of it. Just think about this women power!

Did you know the ancestry of American people? It is a melting pot of immigrants from all over the world. This trend continues today. These immigrants make the America great, including best in business.

There are over 300 million Americans. Ancestry of Americans include approximately Germans over 14%, African American 12%, Irish 12%, English 8%, Mexican 8%, Italian 6%, Hispanic 5%, French 4%, Polish Scottish, Dutch, Norwegian, Scotch-Irish, Native American, and Swedish are between 1-3% but add up to 11%. The rest are from other countries.

About 2008 US housing crisis...

At the end of 2008 approximately 7 out of 10 people in the US owned a home. The US population is over 300 million.

In 2008, $3.3 Trillion was the total loss in value for the US housing market. In early 2006 housing market value was close to $9.4 Trillion.

Not so fun fact…there are over 15 million home owners with questionable mortgage loans. Experts believe that 2/3 or over 10 million have potential of foreclosure...but this number is going down
 

Markets swing wildly

The stock market was on a wild ride.  At one point the DOW dropped over 450 points.  After significant up and down finally the DOW closed down just 155 points or 0.94% for the week.  The S&P500  was down 19 points or 0.99% and NASDAQ was down 16 points or 0.39% week ending October 17th. 

The DOW, S&P500, and NASDAQ have now lost all its gains for the year, and now entered into a negative territory. 
Oil slide is also a worry.  It was down $3.27  to $82.25 per barrel.  The news of slow down in Europe caused investors to worry about its impact on US businesses and their earnings.  The economic slowdown has also lowered the worldwide oil demand expectation, which in turn is sending the oil price on a tail spin.

The 3rd quarterly financials results are starting to show sales and profit growth.  These positive financial results especially sales growth is key to show that demand and consumption of US  Goods and Services is increasing worldwide.

The following companies reported positive results, except Google.  Roll your mouse over the red text to learn more about the companies -

   General Electric (Ticker GE)

  Google (Ticker GOOG)

Bank of America (Ticker BAC)
Citigroup (Ticker C)

Goldman Sachs (GS)

Wells Fargo (Ticker WFC)


 
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Who is the new Federal Reserve Chair? Volume 382.

   
   
 
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Oct 6-10, 2014

Weekly Stock Market

Markets Up or Down?

Random Walk of stocks?

Buy Low? or Sell High?

Index

Change

Last

DOW

Down 155

16,380

S&P500

Down 19

1,887

NASDAQ

Down 16

4,258

 

Foreign Exchange Rate

$1 is equal to

Currency

Change

Last

Euro (€)

European Union

0.01

0.78

Yen (¥)

Japan

0.81

106.88

Pound (£)

United Kingdom

0.00

0.62

Yuan ()

China

0.01

6.12

Rupee (Rs.)

India

-0.22

61.46

Canadian (C$)

Canada

-0.01

1.13

 

Your Favorite Stocks

Company

Bought one stock in Jan-14

This week stock is?

Your gain or loss?

$76.40

$83.83

$7.79

$60.96

$60.92 -$0.44

$96.81

91.04 -$5.77
 

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