Moody’s upgrades Greek credit rating by 2 notches to B3 Source: AP

Moody's ratings agency upgraded Greece's credit rating by two notches late Wednesday to B3, saying the country is set to return to market-based funding following the conclusion of its current bailout program in the summer. Despite the upgrade, which follows similar moves by ratings agencies Fitch and … [Read More...]

the Bespoke 50 — 2/22/18

Every Thursday, Bespoke publishes its “Bespoke 50” list of top growth stocks in the Russell 3,000.  Our “Bespoke 50” portfolio is made up of the 50 stocks that fit a proprietary growth screen that we created a number of years ago.  Since inception in early 2012, the “Bespoke 50” has … [Read More...]

Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of a $750 million federal contract will leave the U.S. territory soon as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria, officials … [Read More...]

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safety

On Thursday, Feb. 22, the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference amid the nation’s heated debate about gun control following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. During his speech, LaPierre said “elites” don’t care about school safety, and he called for … [Read More...]

Lower paid workers could lose out as a result of pensions auto-enrolment

Workers earning the National Living Wage could be left “significantly worse off” in their retirement as a result of the Government's pensions auto-enrolment scheme, new research has suggested. Leading businessman Sir Brian Souter commissioned the analysis as part of his work as president of the accountancy body ICAS. [Read More...]

Strongest Earnings Beat Rate Since Q3 2006

Yesterday we sent Bespoke members a full rundown of results from the just-completed earnings season.  To view the report, start a Bespoke Premium free trial here.   One stat we can highlight here is the earnings beat rate from this season.  As shown below, the percentage of companies that reported … [Read More...]

From New Airbnb Plus, Properties With More Amenities – New York Times

New York TimesFrom New Airbnb Plus, Properties With More AmenitiesNew York TimesThe brand will offer higher-end accommodations that meet a 100-point quality checklist (kitchens with cookware, plush towels, comfortable mattresses). Image. A home in Austin, Tex., listed on Airbnb Plus.CreditAirbnb. By Shivani Vora. Feb. 22, 2018 …Airbnb is rolling out … [Read More...]

University bosses earn A 268,000 on average, study shows

A new analysis reveals that UK vice-chancellors saw their pay rise by just over A 10,000 on average in 2016/17, nearly four times the 1.1% increase awarded to staff. The data also shows that four higher education leaders shared nearly A 1 million between them in payouts as they retired or stepped … [Read More...]