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Gold prices surged higher on Friday amid doubts the signing of the phase one U.S.-China trade agreement may not resolve certain core differences.

amazon-jan17.jpg The number of Amazon Prime members in the U.S. is growing slowly, but steadily, a recent study has shown. According to the survey by the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC or CIRP, the number of Amazon Prime members in the U.S. is estimated to have risen to 112 million in December 2019 from just over 100 million in the same period of the prior year.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (JBHT) reported that its fourth quarter net earnings increased to $144.7 million or $1.35 per share from $88.7 million or $0.81 per share in the previous year. The prior year results included pretax charges of $134.0 million for contingent liabilities related to the...

cocacola-jan17.jpg Coca-Cola's Powerade sports drink brand expanded its product lineup by introducing two new zero-sugar products. This is the first expansion by the Powerade in over a decade. The expansion comes amid a double-digit growth in the sports water category. The last time Coca-Cola introduced a new sports dink line was when it launched the Powerade Zero in 2007.

Kansas City Southern (KSU) reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.82 compared to $1.56, a year ago. On average, 17 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $1.84, for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items. Fourth-quarter...

Equifax (EFX) said that it agreed to increase its ownership of Equifax Credit Information Services Private Ltd. or ECIS to 100%. ECIS is an Indian credit information company. Since 2010, ECIS has operated as a joint venture between Equifax and leading Indian financial institutions, including State...

holidayretailsales-jan17.jpg U.S. holiday retail sales in 2019 grew strongly compared to last year and came in at the high end of a previously forecast range, the National Retail Federation said Thursday. Holiday retail sales in 2019 grew 4.1 percent from the prior-year period to $730.2 billion. The figures exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Online and other non-store sales rose 14.6 percent.

Wabash National Corp. (WNC) said that it has appointed Mike Pettit as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Before, Pettit served as Senior Vice President and Group President, Final Mile Products since January 1, 2018, following Wabash National's acquisition of Supreme Industries in late...

Hull & Company, LLC, a Brown & Brown, Inc. (BRO) unit, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Texas All Risk, a managing general agent for independent retail insurance agencies placing a wide range of property and casualty insurance for businesses and individuals in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Following...

Fastenal Co. (FAST) on Friday reported a 5.9 percent increase in net earnings for the fourth quarter to $178.7 million from $168.8 million in the year-ago period. Earnings per share increased 5.4 percent to $0.31 from $0.29 last year. The company noted that adjusting for the discrete tax item that...

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (EXPD) said its preliminary fourth quarter operating income is expected to be in a range of $177 million to $183 million. Earnings per share to shareholders is projected to range between $0.78 and $0.81. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect the company...

First Horizon National Corp. (FHN) reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $0.47. On average, 15 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $0.42, for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items. GAAP net income available...

Regions Financial Corp. (RF) on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income available to common shareholders of $366 million or $0.38 per share, compared to $390 million or $0.37 per share in the year-ago period. Total revenue for the quarter rose 3 percent to $1.48 billion from $1.44 billion in the...

Shares of low-fare airline company Spirit Airlines Inc. (SAVE) climbed 7.48% in Thursday's trading session after the company raised its outlook for its total revenue per ASM (TRASM).

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (MITSF.PK, MITSY.PK) has agreed on the sale of its entire economic interest in the Astoria I power generation project in New York City. The project is an independent power business that operates a gas-fired combined cycle power station that supplies power on a merchant basis to New...

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