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Earnings anticipation

Q: When I read about the "anticipated" earnings of a company, who is doing that anticipating? -- K.B., Lancaster, Ohio
A: Such language typically refers to the consensus of Wall Street analysts, who routinely offer estimates of company earnings before they're reported each quarter.
Interestingly, though, these ana ... (full story)


Small business hiring slow, likely to remain so, reports say

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NEW YORK (AP) — Two reports recently show that small business hiring still lags behind the strong job growth reported at larger companies, and that owners are unlikely to increase their staffs significantly in 2020.
Payroll processor ADP said its customers with up to 49 employees added 11,000 jobs in November, one of the w ... (full story)


US firms keep hiring, easing worries of weakening economy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses have complained for years that they can't find the workers they need to fill available jobs. November's robust hiring gain suggests that at least some have found a way to do so.
With the unemployment rate now at a half-century low of 3.5%, many economists have also warned that hiring w ... (full story)


Sugar field burning plagues poor Florida towns with soot

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PAHOKEE, Fla. (AP) — For residents of the Glades, a string of poor, predominantly African American rural towns dotting the southern shore of Florida's Lake Okeechobee, the beginning of the annual sugar cane harvest in October means the arrival of "black snow."
"You'd hate to come down here when it's snowing, ... (full story)


Ballroom dancers say immigration clampdown hurting business

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ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry.
Sabourin had to eventually give up after a year and ... (full story)