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Thursday April 24th 2014

  

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Asian shares, dollar struggle on Ukraine anxiety -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsAsian shares, dollar struggle on Ukraine anxiety

Man looks at an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and various countries' stock indices outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks struggled on Friday, as fears of an escalating Ukraine crisis eclipsed upbeat U.S. economic data and robust U.S. tech shares. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that time was running out for Moscow to change its course in Ukraine. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan erased early modest gains and fell 0.3 percent. Japan's Nikkei stock average took an opposite track and added 0.5 percent in choppy trade, after opening solidly lower amid disappointment over a failed attempt to reach a U.S.-Japan trade pact.



Apple buoys Nasdaq; Ukraine weighs on broader market -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsApple buoys Nasdaq; Ukraine weighs on broader market

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Nasdaq rose modestly in a choppy session on Thursday, lifted by a rally in Apple shares a day after the iPad maker's strong results, though tensions in Ukraine held the broader market in check. Shares of Apple Inc , the most valuable U.S. company by market capitalization, jumped 8.2 percent to $567.77, the biggest gain since August, a day after the company posted revenue that far outpaced expectations. Apple also approved another $30 billion stock-buyback plan, raised its dividend and authorized a seven-for-one stock split. The three major U.S. stock indexes had opened sharply higher, with the Nasdaq initially climbing more than 1 percent before turning negative in the first half-hour of trading.



Exclusive: JetBlue flight attendants seek to hold unionization vote -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsExclusive: JetBlue flight attendants seek to hold unionization vote

JetBlue Airways logo is displayed on a monitor in Terminal 5 at JFK International Airport in New YorkBy Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - Flight attendants at JetBlue Airways are pushing for a vote on whether to unionize, marking a second organizing effort at the formerly non-union airline after pilots authorized joining a union on Tuesday. The flight attendants are working with the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) to sign authorization cards that would let them hold an election under national labor rules, the TWU told Reuters. "We're getting them in very quickly," Thom McDaniel, a TWU International vice president, said of the cards.



New report calls U.S. a 'rising star' of global manufacturing -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsNew report calls U.S. a 'rising star' of global manufacturing

The base of several wind turbine blades are seen outside TPI Composites in NewtonCall it the comeback kid. A new ranking of the competitiveness of the world's top 25 exporting countries says the United States is once again a "rising star" of global manufacturing thanks to falling domestic natural gas prices, rising worker productivity and a lack of upward wage pressure. The report, released on Friday by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG,) found that while China remains the world's No. 1 country in terms of manufacturing competitiveness, its position is "under pressure" as a result of rising labor and transportation costs and lagging productivity growth. The United States, meanwhile, which has lost nearly 7.5 million industrial jobs since employment in the sector peaked in 1979 as manufacturers shipped production to low-cost countries, is now No. 2 in terms of overall competitiveness, BCG said.



GM says facing multiple probes into recent recalls -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsGM says facing multiple probes into recent recalls

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitBy Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors revealed on Thursday it is the subject of five different government probes related to its massive recalls, including two previously unreported investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a state prosecutor. GM disclosed the probes in a regulatory filing after reporting earlier in the day that first-quarter profit tumbled 88 percent due to the recall. The five government investigations are from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, the SEC, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a state attorney general, and Congress. GM did not specify which state attorney general is involved.



Apple, Google agree to settle lawsuit alleging hiring conspiracy -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsApple, Google agree to settle lawsuit alleging hiring conspiracy

The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin. The settlement was disclosed in a court filing on Thursday, which did not spell out terms. The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and a steady disclosure of emails in which Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and some of their Silicon Valley rivals hatched plans to avoid poaching each other's prized engineers. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war.



Insight: Push for tax-avoidance curbs in G-20 threatens Publicis-Omnicom deal -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsInsight: Push for tax-avoidance curbs in G-20 threatens Publicis-Omnicom deal

Publicis Chief executive Levy and Omnicom Group head Wren react during a joint news conference in ParisBy Tom Bergin and Pamela Barbaglia LONDON (Reuters) - International pressure to curb corporate tax avoidance is behind delays to a $35 billion merger of French advertising group Publicis and U.S. rival Omnicom, and could even scupper the deal, tax advisers and sources close to the deal said. Last July, Paris-based Publicis and New York-headquartered Omnicom announced plans to create the world's biggest advertising group. The new company would be registered in the Netherlands and tax resident in the UK. However, on Wednesday Omnicom Chief Executive John Wren said the Dutch and British tax authorities had, "unexpectedly" so far failed to approve the arrangements, which Omnicom said last year would save $80 million a year in taxes.



Microsoft beats Wall Street on new CEO debut -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsMicrosoft beats Wall Street on new CEO debut

The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in BucharestBy Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's new chief executive got off to a winning start with Wall Street on Thursday as the world's largest software company eased past analysts' profit estimates despite the pressure of falling computer sales. Microsoft shares are up about 8 percent since company veteran Satya Nadella took over as CEO in early February, and are up 19 percent since his predecessor Steve Ballmer announced plans to retire last August, easily outpacing the Standard & Poor's 500 . Investors are excited about Nadella's focus on mobile and cloud, or Internet-based, computing, designed to take Microsoft beyond its traditional PC-based Windows business. "This quarter is a nice step in the right direction for Nadella and Microsoft," said Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets.



Amazon's revenue increases even as spending rises -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsAmazon's revenue increases even as spending rises

A parcel moves on the conveyor belt at Amazon's logistics centre in GrabenBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's revenue grew more than expected for the first quarter, largely offset by a sharp increase in spending on technology, content and new warehouses as the e-commerce company branches into new businesses. Amazon's international unit, which accounts for 40 percent of sales, continued to be a drag as sales growth slowed to 18 percent during the quarter. Global unit sales, a closely watched measure of how many items Amazon has sold, also decelerated, rising only 23 percent. "A lot of the things that we've done - making sure that we have the right pricing in place on behalf of the customers, making sure that our service levels are where we need them to be - those are the things we continue to work on in China," Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said during a conference call.



Michael Dell to sell gardening firm ValleyCrest to KKR unit: FT -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsMichael Dell to sell gardening firm ValleyCrest to KKR unit: FT

Dell, chief executive of Dell Inc, delivers his keynote speech at the All Things Oracle OpenWorld Summit in San Francisco, California(Reuters) - Dell Inc Chief Executive Michael Dell is likely to sell his corporate gardening company ValleyCrest to KKR & Co LP's Brickman unit, the Financial Times reported. ValleyCrest, owned by Dell's family investment office MSD Capital, is expected to fetch about $1 billion and talks for a deal are understood to be advanced, the daily said. (http://r.reuters.com/beq78v) The deal will allow KKR to merge Brickman, bought for $1.6 billion last November, with ValleyCrest to create United States' largest horticultural management business, the report said. ...



US, Japan say TPP trade talks make headway -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsUS, Japan say TPP trade talks make headway

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Friday, April 25, 2014, en route to Osan Air Base in Osan, South Korea. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Closing two days of around the clock negotiations, U.S. officials said Friday that they reached a breakthrough with Japan to move forward a stalled regional trade pact even though gaps remain that could still upend a final agreement.



Study: US manufacturers gaining competitiveness -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsStudy: US manufacturers gaining competitiveness

FILE - In this file photo taken March 2, 2011, a forklift arranges the shipping containers near a port in Shanghai. U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies. So says a new private study issuing a report Friday April 25, 2014, which found that rising wages and higher energy costs have diminished China's long-standing edge over the United States. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies.



Asian stocks mixed on US earnings, goods orders -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsAsian stocks mixed on US earnings, goods orders
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Friday after solid earnings for Apple and Caterpillar and better U.S. durable goods orders.
Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsManufacturers see better times for economy, jobs

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 file photo a General Electric logo is seen on a kitchen stove at a Lowe's store in Framingham, Mass. Industrial companies such as General Electric, Honeywell and Caterpillar, which make expensive equipment that other companies need to buy in order to grow, have been posting strong results in recent weeks and telling investors that orders are strong. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Companies are finally starting to spend some of the cash they've been sitting on, and that could mean a stronger economy and more jobs are on the way.



FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsFDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

Daryl Cura demonstrates an e-cigarette at Vape store in Chicago, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.



US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsUS proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes.
Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsStocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up

Tripp Mancuso, 4, works with his trader father Peter Mancuso on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, during the NYSE Working Parents/Caregivers Employee Resource Group's annual Take Your Child to Work Day program, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Mixed earnings from a large number of U.S. companies left the stock market without direction early Thursday, despite positive results from a handful of names including Apple and Caterpillar. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed mostly higher Thursday, helped by positive earnings out of several large U.S. companies including Apple and construction equipment maker Caterpillar.



GM profit sinks; CEO sees no recall hit to sales -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsGM profit sinks; CEO sees no recall hit to sales

FILE - This April 1, 2014 file photo shows the ignition switch of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in Alexandria, Va. General Motors reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)DETROIT (AP) — The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales.



United loses money; other airlines post 1Q profits -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsUnited loses money; other airlines post 1Q profits

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 photo, an American Airlines Boeing 767 takes off from Miami International Airport, in Miami. American Airlines Group Inc. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)DALLAS (AP) — Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring.



Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsCloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures during the keynote address of the Build Conference in San Francisco. Microsoft reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing.



6 Lessons Beyoncé Teaches Us About the Entrepreneurial Mindset -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) news6 Lessons Beyoncé Teaches Us About the Entrepreneurial Mindset

6 Lessons Beyoncé Teaches Us About the Entrepreneurial MindsetBeyoncé recently spoke to OUT magazine about the traits she focused on in developing her latest album. Interestingly, as a professor of entrepreneurship, I can use these same six traits -- discipline, patience, control, truth, risk, and effortlessness -- to teach about the entrepreneurial mindset.



What Emerging Market Start-ups Need Most Is Mentorship -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsWhat Emerging Market Start-ups Need Most Is Mentorship

What Emerging Market Start-ups Need Most Is MentorshipThe entrepreneurs complain about the slow flow of investment capital. The investors complain about the lack of good deals. Both groups are right. While there is plenty of money out there, early stage investment in emerging market companies is sluggish at best. Here is where the paradox can be explained.



Improving Communication for Your Business Through Technology -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsImproving Communication for Your Business Through Technology

Improving Communication for Your Business Through TechnologyWhen you outline the biggest challenges facing your business today, having the right technology for communications is probably not the top item on your list. But along with making sure you have an effective communication style (more on that in this earlier post), choosing the right technology really should be a top priority. An organization that does not effectively communicate -- to its customers, prospects, employees, partners and vendors -- will likely not survive. ...



Ronald McDonald's 'Fresh' New Makeover Is Straight Out Of 1998 -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsRonald McDonald's 'Fresh' New Makeover Is Straight Out Of 1998

Ronald McDonald's 'Fresh' New Makeover Is Straight Out Of 1998The Ronald McDonald of the Internet age is here -- and he's wearing cargo pants. McDonald's unveiled a new look for the famous clown on Wednesday while announcing a new role the character will play in the brand's social media channels around the world. Though Ronald's oversized clown shoes and red hair remain, the fast food giant gave the 51-year-old character a normcore makeover -- or makeunder. His not-quite-on-trend trappings include cargo pants, a vest and a rugby shirt.



The First Thing You Should Do After a Job Rejection -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsThe First Thing You Should Do After a Job Rejection

The First Thing You Should Do After a Job RejectionRats! You've received the dreaded "thank you for your interest but..." letter, and you really thought you were going to get that job. Maybe you were the number 2 or number 3 candidate. What now? Move on to the next opportunity, right? Of course. But first...



Made in America: Burt's Bees... and Corporate America -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsMade in America: Burt's Bees... and Corporate America

Made in America: Burt's Bees... and Corporate AmericaThere was something nice about these hippie companies (or what's left of true hippies) with its environmental bent and values that they took a stand for. It's sad for us consumers out there when they fold into Corporate America. Especially since America is about freedom and freedom of choice.



Southwest Shares -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsSouthwest Shares

Southwest SharesSouthwest Airlines remains one of the most remarkable success stories in American business over the past quarter century. After its first year as a start-up, Southwest has been profitable for 39 consecutive years. It has consistently ranked high in Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For in America. ...



Very Last Minute Tax Tips for Small Businesses -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsVery Last Minute Tax Tips for Small Businesses

Very Last Minute Tax Tips for Small BusinessesSo to help get you through what's probably one of your least favorite times of the year, here's my top five very last minute tax tips to help you see the light and get you back to business as usual.



Jamie Oliver - Behind the Brand -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsJamie Oliver - Behind the Brand

Jamie Oliver - Behind the BrandJamie Oliver is making an impact beyond what most TV celebrities do, from helping reform legislation removing unhealthy ingredients in fast food to community outreach at the local level by helping elementary schools rethink their lunch menus.



Three Reasons to Steal, Not Copy: Here's How and Why -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsThree Reasons to Steal, Not Copy: Here's How and Why

Three Reasons to Steal, Not Copy: Here's How and WhyI'm a true believer that nothing is really new in the world; it's just a constant rehash of old or existing ideas. What's new is how those old ideas are put together, mixed, mashed and clashed, and that is what makes things entirely new and special.



Forget PowerPoint: Improv Is the New (Old) Way to Sell -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsForget PowerPoint: Improv Is the New (Old) Way to Sell

Forget PowerPoint: Improv Is the New (Old) Way to SellDitch your pitch in favor of a persuasive conversation. Engage your customers in the process by asking good questions, questions that will have them coming up with the answers themselves and lead them to their own conclusions, no convincing required.



Central Asian Hydroelectric Water Wars Heat Up -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsCentral Asian Hydroelectric Water Wars Heat Up

Central Asian Hydroelectric Water Wars Heat UpGiven the discrepancies between downstream Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan's agrarian needs and upstream Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan's dreams of hydroelectric prosperity and export sales, tensions can only increase.



Is It the Search or the Search Result? -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsIs It the Search or the Search Result?

Is It the Search or the Search Result?Is content king? Or is it the delivery system? That's a question that a Guardian media columnist asked. He uses the widely publicized release of Beyoncé's latest album, back in December, as an example.



Collateral Damage: The Effect of Card Fraud on Small Businesses, Customers And The Economy -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsCollateral Damage: The Effect of Card Fraud on Small Businesses, Customers And The Economy

Collateral Damage: The Effect of Card Fraud on Small Businesses, Customers And The EconomyBut wait, after the cards were/are compromised, the banks reissue you a new card, they let you dispute any bad transactions and the merchants may offer you a discount to keep you coming back. So, no harm, no foul, right? Not so fast ...



For Africa, Good Policies Bring Good Prospects -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsFor Africa, Good Policies Bring Good Prospects

For Africa, Good Policies Bring Good ProspectsThe issue of rising fiscal imbalances is worth dwelling on. A number of economic observers have asked the question: Are countries heading back to the bad old days of rapid debt accumulation that may need to be forgiven down the line? Are these fears well grounded?



Landlords Accused Of Kicking Out Tenants To List On Airbnb -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsLandlords Accused Of Kicking Out Tenants To List On Airbnb

Landlords Accused Of Kicking Out Tenants To List On AirbnbSan Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera has sued several landlords he alleges evicted their tenants in order to list the apartments for elevated rates on short-term rental sites like Airbnb. In a statement released Wednesday, Herrera announced these are only the first of many investigations his office is conducting in effort to crack down on housing violations aggravating the city’s escalating unaffordability. ...



Where There Is a Will, There Is the Way to an Enduring Small Business -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsWhere There Is a Will, There Is the Way to an Enduring Small Business

Where There Is a Will, There Is the Way to an Enduring Small BusinessWhat will happen to your small business after you pass away? While death may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning for your business this year, the answer to this question is more important than many realize.



How Are You Winning In Social Media? -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsHow Are You Winning In Social Media?

How Are You Winning In Social Media?Let's talk about what's working in social media and what's not. This handy chart helps us identify the winning networks.



China's War on Smog Will Put the Reins on Global Coal Demand -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsChina's War on Smog Will Put the Reins on Global Coal Demand

China's War on Smog Will Put the Reins on Global Coal DemandChinese citizens are angry about what's going into their lungs, while a recent government report says pollution has left 16 percent of the country's land unfit for use. Much of that pollution can be traced back to the billowing smoke stacks attached to China's fleet of coal-fired power plants.



Marketing to the Omni-channel Consumer -  BlackRock Global Allocation Inv A(MDLOX) newsMarketing to the Omni-channel Consumer

Marketing to the Omni-channel ConsumerCustomer expectations have skyrocketed when it comes to the digital experience. Today we live in a multiple-screen world with 90 percent of consumers using more than one device before completing any tasks.



  

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