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Polls Open in France's Pivotal Presidential Election

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It also would represent a seismic shift in the French political landscape, with neither of the candidates from the mainstream left Socialists or the right-wing Republicans party - which have governed post-war France - making the runoff. Marine Le Pen , 48, leader of the Front National, proposes a more disruptive programme of higher social spending, financed by money-printing, coupled with a withdrawal from the euro and possibly the EU. Read More »

Verizon FIOS launches largest gigabit Internet service in the country

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Called Fios Gigabit Connection, it promises download speeds of 940 megabits per second and upload speeds of 880 Mbps. If you live in the northeast, Verizon is the new ticket to blazing Internet speeds. Customers with Fios Instant Internet will also be automatically upgraded to the faster speed. The new offer is part of Verizon's investment strategy to build its 100 percent fiber-to-the-home Fios network. Read More »

Le Pen faces Macron in final round of French presidential election: Estimates

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A race that began with the surprise nomination of Fillon as right-wing candidate in November shifted into a higher gear in December when unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande decided not to seek re-election. Le Pen , who now heads the right-wing National Front, was elected regional councillor in Henin-Beaumont in 2008. "She's the strongest on borders and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France", Trump said. Read More »

France's Fillon says will vote for Macron in presidential runoff

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The selection of Le Pen and Macron would present voters with the starkest possible choice between two diametrically opposed visions of the European Union's future and France's place in it. In Paris , protesters angry at Le Pen's advance - some from anarchist and anti-fascist groups - scuffled with police. Police fired tear gas to disperse an increasingly rowdy crowd. Read More »

Cement multinational CEO resigns after Syria deals

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A search for Eric Olsen's successor will be launched immediately. He will be replaced on an interim basis by the group's Chairman Beat Hess. The company has refused to specify the "local armed groups" it funded other than to say it involved "sanctioned" groups. Read More »

Toronto Raptors VS Milwaukee Bucks NBA Playoffs

They managed to overcome the Bucks team in Game 2, 106:100, but failed again in the Milwaukee series opener. Game 3 was shaping up to be the biggest game in more than a decade. The Raptors were losing the vast majority of those battles in Game 3 but in Game 4, looking squarely at a potential 3-1 deficit in a league where 3-1 nearly automatically gets you an early start on the golf season, they turned it up about three notches to not just match the Bucks physicality but surpass it. Read More »

Euro, markets rally as France's Macron set for presidential win

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Unlike Le Pen, Macron is pro-Europe and made that clear in his victory speech after the first round vote. "He said that the challenge" in the run-off would be "to decide to break completely with a system that has been unable to address our country's problem for more than 30 years". Read More »

Kansas City Southern beats expectations, stock dips on Mexico uncertainty

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The company's net income available to common stockholders rose to $146.5 million, or $1.38 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $107.7 million, or 99 cents per share, a year earlier. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. boosted its position in Kansas City Southern by 494.1% in the third quarter. Kansas City Southern's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 29.80%. Read More »

Panera to hire 10000 as it expands delivery service

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Whether or not the company meets or beats this expectation, along with other factors, can often dictate where the share price might be headed in the near-term. Ratings analysis reveals 62% of Panera Bread's analysts are positive. The Firm is a national bakery-cafe concept. It has a 50.86 P/E ratio. As of December 27, 2016, the Company operated 2,036 own and franchise-operated bakery-cafe locations in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario, Canada. Read More »

Macron, Le Pen in fight to lead France

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With Le Pen wanting France to leave the European Union and Macron wanting even closer cooperation between the bloc's 28 nations, Sunday's outcome meant the May 7 runoff will have undertones of a referendum on France's European Union membership. Read More »

Bruins leave Ottawa with series tied 1-1

Harry Zolnierczyk and Colton Sissons tallied in the second period, while Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala poured it on in the third . Schaller would put the Bruins ahead on a shorthanded goal, the league's best powerplay seeking revenge for MacArthur's effort. Read More »

Global steel output surges in first quarter

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Worldsteel on Friday raised its forecast for global steel demand growth to 1.3 percent in 2017 from 0.5 percent previously, but the estimates in no way match the growth seen so far this year in supply. "With the risk of global recession receding and economic performance improving across most regions, a number of geopolitical changes still create some concern". Read More »

Anglo American reports 9 percent output rise, but copper down

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Copper production dropped to 142,600 tonnes from 146,500 tonnes in the prior year. Diamond production was 8% up at 7.4m carats (6.9m carats) reflecting rising production at new Canadian mine Gahcho Kue. The group's copper output, however, dipped three percent during the reported period, with the fall attributed to poorer grades and a temporary suspension at the El Soldado mine in Chile. Read More »

Trump to announce important tax reform next week

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Earlier in the day, when reporters asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin how far away a tax overhaul proposal was, he said he could not give an answer. "Let me make it absolutely clear: President Trump is absolutely committed to make sure that taxpayers are not at risk for government bailouts of entities that are too big to fail", he said. Read More »

Independence Realty Trust Inc (IRT) Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

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The stock returns do not impact the head to head compare scores which are focused on the fundamentals of each company, but ultimately stock returns are are still a critical piece to a full analysis and compare. Ngam Advsrs Limited Partnership holds 0.08% in Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) or 44,649 shares. Goodwin Daniel L accumulated 0.05% or 10,650 shares. Read More »

France's Macron appears set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

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Front-runners for the past three months, the rivals crossed swords regularly on the campaign trail in a preview of the themes that are likely to dominate in the next two weeks."Nationalism is war", Macron, who grew up in Amiens, near the battlefields of World War I, told Le Pen in a televised debate earlier this month. Read More »

Four key property indices: price growth slows down

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The first-time buyer sector is helping to driving growth, with prices rising by 6.5% annually to new record of £194,881. April's average of £313,655 was 1.1 per cent higher than in March and surpassed the previous record of £310,471 reached in June past year. Read More »

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait signal likely extension of oil supply cuts

Kuwait's oil minister Essam al-Marzouq, at the same event, said he expected to see an extension of the agreement. U.S. drillers added oil rigs for a 14th week in a row, to 688 rigs, extending an 11-month recovery that is expected to boost United States shale production in May by the biggest monthly increase in more than two years. Read More »

Diana Shipping Inc. (DSX), Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ)

The company reported $0.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts' consensus estimates of $0.49 by $0.02. During last one month it showed the change of 0.84%. This is a near-term outlook for the coming 12-18 months. Mondelez International also was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Monday. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) closed at $24.47 a share in the latest session and the stock value rose nearly 4.85% since the beginning of this year. Read More »

Energy stocks take hit on threat of bill cap from Conservatives

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Britain's ruling Conservative Party said it would cap domestic energy prices if it retained power in an election in June, targeting an industry it accuses of not working properly and sending shares in the leading providers down sharply. One firm, EDF Energy, has announced two quick fire price rises - one in December and another earlier in the month. Lawrence Slade, chief executive Energy UK, was quoted by Sky News as saying that price caps were not the answer. Read More »

Le Pen, Macron advance in French election

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With a wink at his cheering, flag-waving supporters who yelled "We will win!" in his election day headquarters in Paris , Macron promised to be a president "who protects, who transforms and builds" if elected. "He represents France's future, a future within Europe", she said. Consensus is that this is sufficient to sideline his far right opponent Le Pen , wiping out the prospect of a Frexit and the disintegration of the EU. Read More »

Election results in France leave Montreal voters with mixed feelings

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French riot police clash with demonstrators after partial results in the first round of 2017 French presidential election, in Paris . Mr Macron and Ms Le Pen secured the two berths for the run-off in May 7 in a result that saw the two movements that have dominated French politics for 60 years eliminated in the first round, partial results showed. Read More »

Canada, Ontario face hard choice as Toronto home bubble builds

The decision, promised by Sousa last November, making it mandatory for all buyers in Ontario to reveal their citizenship and place of residence, would take effect on Monday, CBCNews reports said. But the average price of Vancouver residential property rose from around $949,000 in February to about $960,000 in March, a 1.2 per cent increase, according to data released Tuesday by the Canadian Real Estate Association. Read More »

Frontrunners Macron, Le Pen vote in French election

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Sunday's outcome is a huge defeat for the two centre-right and centre-left groupings that have dominated French politics for 60 years, and also reduces the prospect of an anti-establishment shock on the scale of Britain's vote last June to quit the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as USA president. Read More »

Macron vs. Le Pen - meet the next president of France

Conservative Francois Fillon was on just under 20% of the vote, marginally ahead of far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon on 19.5 per cent. In a speech to supporters, Macron borrowed language favoured by his rival to describe himself as the patriotic choice for France. Read More »

Downing Street silent as political leaders back Macron for French president

He also cited the history of "violence and intolerance" of Le Pen's far-right National Front party, founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who was trounced in the presidential runoff in 2002. Le Pen , who endorses an anti-immigrant and anti-European Union vision for France's future, got 22% of the vote, according to pollsters Harris and Elabe. Read More »

United Airlines to introduce new executive pay scheme based on customer satisfaction

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Munoz received more than $18.7 million in total compensation in 2016, according to the filing, of which $1.2 million was salary. United had previously announced that it would undertake an internal review of its policies in the wake of the incident, which left Dr David Dao with a broken nose, concussion and two lost teeth after being dragged from an overflowing United flight by airport police in Chicago. Read More »

France votes in presidential election amid high security

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Projections based on early votes suggest that Macron won 23.7% of the vote, while Le Pen won 21.7%. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held elected office, new opinion polls on Sunday saw him easily winning the final clash against the 48-year-old Le Pen. Read More »

North Korea Threatens To Sink Trump's 'Armada'

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The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson , shown in 2014, is on routine operations in the South China Sea, the navy said in early April. The paper likened the aircraft carrier to a "gross animal" and said a strike on it will be "an actual example to show our military's force". Read More »

Centrist Macron, Far-Right Le Pen in Battle to Lead France

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The election could change the face of the European Union: two of the top four candidates, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, have vowed to reshape the bloc or pull France out of at least some of its structures. "Markets will be reassured that the dreaded Le Pen versus Mélenchon run-off has been avoided", said Diego Iscaro, an economist from IHS Markit. Read More »

French Election: Citizens Go To Polls Amid Tight Security

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The outcome lessens the risk of an anti-establishment shock on the scale of Britain's vote to quit the European Union with Macron widely tipped to win the final vote and keep France in the union. This year's Socialist party presidential candidate Benoit Hamon cast his ballot in Trappes, a Paris suburb. Hollande was the most unpopular French leader in the country's modern history. Read More »

Security tight as France votes for new president

Thanking Fillon and Hamon for their early endorsements made during their concession speeches, he said: "Tonight I start to gather together the French people". France is now steaming into unchartered territory, because whoever wins on May 7 can not count on the backing of France's political mainstream parties. Read More »