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  • The battle between Big Beer and craft brewers is getting ugly

    bar beer drinking(Getty Images/Adam Berry)

    Craft beer’s beef with Big Beer is no mystery. However, recently, the rivalry between craft brewers and the biggest beer companies in the world has reached a boiling point.

    Scottish craft brewer BrewDog just released an ad taking a shot at Big Beer’s marketing, with a commercial mocking Guinness’ focus on aesthetics over quality.

    "Big beer advertising is b-------," BrewDog said in a press release. "If you have to spend millions of pounds on ad campaigns to get people to drink your beer, the brewing is probably being neglected."

    In 2012, Diageo, the parent company of Guinness, was forced to apologize for threatening to withdraw support from a contest organized by a Scottish trade organization if BrewDog won. As a result, minutes before BrewDog was presented an award, the craft brewer was swapped out with a different company. Clearly, BrewDog hasn’t forgotten the beer giant’s meddling.

    Meanwhile, in the US, the Super Bowl provided the perfect

    Read More »from The battle between Big Beer and craft brewers is getting ugly
  • [$$] Boeing Shares Fall on Probe Report

    Boeing Co. shares fell sharply Thursday following a media report that the Securities and Exchange Commission is probing the aerospace group’s accounting methods on two of its jetliner programs.

    The SEC is investigating whether Boeing properly accounted for the long-term costs and expected sales of its 787 Dreamliner and the 747 aircraft, Bloomberg News reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. SEC enforcement officials haven’t reached any conclusions and could decide against bringing a case, the report said.

    Boeing declined to comment on the Bloomberg report. “We typically do not comment on media inquiries of this nature,” said John Dern, a Boeing spokesman. The SEC declined to comment.

    Shares in Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company by sales, were down 9% in early afternoon trading Thursday. That put it on pace for possibly one of the biggest declines in the stock’s history, exceeding an 8.9% drop late last

    Read More »from [$$] Boeing Shares Fall on Probe Report
  • Financials crumble; investors flock to gold, Treasurys

    Bloomberg Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, appeared at another congressional hearing Thursday. D MA MB MC MD ME MG ZF ZG ZQ ZR ZS ZT ZU

    U.S. stocks came off session lows but remained deep in negative territory Thursday afternoon amid a global rout in risk assets led by tumbling oil prices and financial shares.

    The main indexes recovered about a percentage point in late-afternoon trade, following headlines from The Wall Street Journal that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are “ready to cooperate” on a production cut, citing the energy minister from the United Arab Emirates.

    Remarks from Federal Reserve

    Read More »from Stocks pare losses; Dow still on track for lowest close in 2 years
  • ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    Retail Velocity, the pioneer and leader in retail demand management, sensing and retail execution, has won Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) Reader’s Choice Award in Retail Execution. CGT’s readers also rated it with the highest Customer Satisfaction ratings amongst competitors such Salesforce.com, SAP, Accenture CAS, RW3 Technologies, Retail Solutions Inc. and many others.

    “We are honored to be recognized again by CGT readers in Retail Execution, not only as a thought leader but as the leader in customer satisfaction,” said Jennifer Beckett, Retail Velocity’s VP of Sales & Marketing. “At Retail Velocity, we’ve spent the last 22 years fine-tuning the capabilities of VELOCITY® to ensure our clients are continuously “winning at the shelf” with laser focus on trade spend ROI and effective in-store execution.”

    Retail Velocity’s flagship

    Read More »from Big Data Leader, Retail Velocity, Wins CGT’s 2016 Award for its Excellence in Retail Execution
    Contact:
    Retail Velocity
    Jennifer Beckett, 616-889-9660
    VP of Sales & Marketing
    Jennifer.Beckett@RetailVelocity.com
    www.RetailVelocity.com
  • [$$] Amazon: Can't Buy Back Investor Love

    Amazon.com apparently thinks its stock is cheap. That is a bit of a leap at more than 100 times estimated forward earnings.

    The e-commerce giant said late Wednesday that its board had authorized a $5 billion stock-buyback program. The program, which has no expiration date, allows Amazon to repurchase its shares “when it believes that doing so would enhance long-term shareholder value,” the company said in a securities filing.

    With Amazon shares down nearly 30% this year, its shareholders might welcome the buyback as a sign management will be more disciplined in its approach to investment. That could help avoid a repeat of projects like its Fire smartphone, whose flame-out led to a $170 million write-down in October 2014 and a decision last August to scale back its hardware division.

    On the other hand, tech companies must constantly invest to remain competitive. This is particularly true of Amazon, where top-line growth—not

    Read More »from [$$] Amazon: Can't Buy Back Investor Love
  • The University of Southern California and Authentidate’s Subsidiary AEON to Participate in a Study Focusing on Medication Adherence

    Poor Medication Compliance Costs the U.S. Healthcare System $100 Billion to $289 Billion Annually

    BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. and GAINESVILLE, Ga., Feb. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Authentidate Holding Corp. (ADAT) today announced that Peachstate Health Management, LLC d/b/a AEON Clinical Laboratories (AEON) will participate in a research   study with the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy focusing on medication adherence. The research study will focus on the issue of medication adherence and compliance, which is estimated to cost the U.S. Healthcare system $100 Billion to $289 Billion annually and contributes 125,000 deaths a year and up to 10 percent of all hospitalizations.

    Sonny Roshan, founder of AEON Clinical Laboratories and Chairman of Authentidate commented, “Medication adherence is an endemic problem for our nation that is extremely costly and undermines the value of carefully designed patient care plans. These important studies are designed to identify the root causes of medication nonadherence. AEON Clinical Laboratories will bring its

    Read More »from The University of Southern California and Authentidate’s Subsidiary AEON to Participate in a Study Focusing on Medication Adherence
    Contact:

    Authentidate Holding Corp.
    James Carbonara, Hayden IR, james@haydenir.com (646) 755-7412
    Brett Maas, Hayden IR, Brett@haydenir.com (646) 536-7331
  • Last hours of armed standoff play out online for listeners

    The last armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, laughed and prayed for tens of thousands to hear online as they negotiated with authorities and spoke with supporters.

    An open phone line broadcast on YouTube gave a glimpse into the final hours of the nearly six-week-long standoff. The four holdouts surrendered Thursday, having refused to leave Malheur National Wildlife Refuge after the group's leaders were arrested last month.

    The call was streamed live by an acquaintance of David Fry, who yelled rambling tirades and threats against the government. Fry's friend and a Nevada lawmaker are among those who tried to calm him and the others.

    Between Wednesday night and Thursday, Fry spoke about marijuana and holding a gun to his head, while other occupiers raised concerns about getting killed by authorities who surrounded them.

  • Fresh Wave of Selling Slams Global Markets -- Live Analysis

    Markets around the world are selling hard on Thursday, a day after U.S. stocks rose but faltered on the back of Congressional testimony from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Crude oil is down sharply, the yen is strengthening, gold has surged, and the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note continue to slide. There is a scramble for safe-haven assets and a wholesale dumping of risk. Emerging markets, energy and banking stocks are under heavy pressure.

    Stay with MoneyBeat all day for the latest news and analysis.

    3:31 pm | Further comments | by Erik Holm

    In headlines hitting the wire a few minutes ago, our colleagues in the Middle East have further comments from the same UAE energy minister. 

    *DJ UAE Energy Minister Says OPEC 'Is Ready to Cooperate' on Output Cuts: Sky News Arabia

    *DJ But UAE Energy Minister Adds Cuts Would Require 'Total Cooperation from Everyone': Sky News Arabia

    *DJ UAE Energy Minister

    Read More »from Fresh Wave of Selling Slams Global Markets -- Live Analysis
  • Fitch Takes Various Rating Actions on Enhanced Municipal Bonds and TOBs

    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    Fitch Ratings has taken various conforming rating actions on enhanced municipal bonds and tender option bonds (TOBs) corresponding to actions taken on their associated enhancement providers or underlying bonds.

    Long-term ratings on enhanced municipal bonds may be higher than those of their enhancement providers as discussed in Fitch's 'Dual-Party Pay Criteria for Long-Term Ratings on LOC-Supported U.S. Public Finance Bonds', dated March 8, 2013.

    Short-term ratings on enhanced municipal bonds may be lower than those of their liquidity providers, as discussed in Fitch's 'Rating Guidelines for Variable-Rate Demand Obligations Issued with External Liquidity Support', dated Jan. 22, 2015.

    Long-term ratings assigned to TOBs are the higher of the ratings assigned by Fitch to the applicable enhancement providers supporting the bonds and the

    Read More »from Fitch Takes Various Rating Actions on Enhanced Municipal Bonds and TOBs
    Contact:
    Fitch Ratings
    Primary Analyst
    Jeff Schaub
    Managing Director
    +1-212-908-0680
    Fitch Ratings, Inc.
    33 Whitehall Street
    New York, NY 10004
    or
    Secondary Analyst
    Ferona Leonard
    Senior Director
    +1-212-908-0541
    or
    Media Relations:
    Elizabeth Fogerty, +1-212-908-0526
    elizabeth.fogerty@fitchratings.com

  • The Biggest Stars Join Music's Biggest Night® as Presenters Line up for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

    Earth, Wind & Fire Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

    Cam, Stephen Colbert, Common, James Corden, Kaley Cuoco, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Ice Cube, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Anna Kendrick, Seth MacFarlane, Ryan Seacrest, Ed Sheeran, And Sam Smith Are Set To Present On The 58th GRAMMY Awards

    LL COOL J Returns To Host Music's Biggest Night® Airing Live On CBS, Feb. 15, 2016

    SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    A diverse, all-star lineup of GRAMMY® nominees, previous winners, and film and TV stars will take the stage as presenters for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. This year's presenters include current GRAMMY nominee Cam; two-time GRAMMY winner/talk show host Stephen Colbert; two-time GRAMMY winner and current three-time nominee Common; talk show host James Corden; actress Kaley Cuoco; singer/actress Selena Gomez; singer/actress Ariana Grande; Ice Cube; O'Shea Jackson Jr.; actress Anna Kendrick; current GRAMMY nominee Seth MacFarlane; Emmy-winning TV/radio host and producer Ryan Seacrest; current four-time GRAMMY nominee Ed Sheeran; four-time GRAMMY winner Sam Smith.

    The GRAMMYs will honor Earth, Wind & Fire founding member and seven-time GRAMMY winner, the late Maurice White by recognizing the band's 2016 Recording Academy

    Read More »from The Biggest Stars Join Music's Biggest Night® as Presenters Line up for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®
    Contact:
    The Recording Academy
    Neda Azarfar, 310-392-3777
    neda.azarfar@grammy.com
    or
    CBS Television
    Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i/Kate Fisher
    818-655-1587/212-975-3818
    tiffany.smith@cbs.com/khfisher@cbs.com
    or
    Rogers & Cowan
    Maureen O'Connor, 310-854-8116
    moconnor@rogersandcowan.com

Blog Posts by Simplus Information Services

  • The battle between Big Beer and craft brewers is getting ugly

    bar beer drinking(Getty Images/Adam Berry)

    Craft beer’s beef with Big Beer is no mystery. However, recently, the rivalry between craft brewers and the biggest beer companies in the world has reached a boiling point.

    Scottish craft brewer BrewDog just released an ad taking a shot at Big Beer’s marketing, with a commercial mocking Guinness’ focus on aesthetics over quality.

    "Big beer advertising is b-------," BrewDog said in a press release. "If you have to spend millions of pounds on ad campaigns to get people to drink your beer, the brewing is probably being neglected."

    In 2012, Diageo, the parent company of Guinness, was forced to apologize for threatening to withdraw support from a contest organized by a Scottish trade organization if BrewDog won. As a result, minutes before BrewDog was presented an award, the craft brewer was swapped out with a different company. Clearly, BrewDog hasn’t forgotten the beer giant’s meddling.

    Meanwhile, in the US, the Super Bowl provided the perfect

    Read More »from The battle between Big Beer and craft brewers is getting ugly
  • [$$] Boeing Shares Fall on Probe Report

    Boeing Co. shares fell sharply Thursday following a media report that the Securities and Exchange Commission is probing the aerospace group’s accounting methods on two of its jetliner programs.

    The SEC is investigating whether Boeing properly accounted for the long-term costs and expected sales of its 787 Dreamliner and the 747 aircraft, Bloomberg News reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. SEC enforcement officials haven’t reached any conclusions and could decide against bringing a case, the report said.

    Boeing declined to comment on the Bloomberg report. “We typically do not comment on media inquiries of this nature,” said John Dern, a Boeing spokesman. The SEC declined to comment.

    Shares in Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company by sales, were down 9% in early afternoon trading Thursday. That put it on pace for possibly one of the biggest declines in the stock’s history, exceeding an 8.9% drop late last

    Read More »from [$$] Boeing Shares Fall on Probe Report
  • Financials crumble; investors flock to gold, Treasurys

    Bloomberg Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, appeared at another congressional hearing Thursday. D MA MB MC MD ME MG ZF ZG ZQ ZR ZS ZT ZU

    U.S. stocks came off session lows but remained deep in negative territory Thursday afternoon amid a global rout in risk assets led by tumbling oil prices and financial shares.

    The main indexes recovered about a percentage point in late-afternoon trade, following headlines from The Wall Street Journal that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are “ready to cooperate” on a production cut, citing the energy minister from the United Arab Emirates.

    Remarks from Federal Reserve

    Read More »from Stocks pare losses; Dow still on track for lowest close in 2 years
  • ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    Retail Velocity, the pioneer and leader in retail demand management, sensing and retail execution, has won Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) Reader’s Choice Award in Retail Execution. CGT’s readers also rated it with the highest Customer Satisfaction ratings amongst competitors such Salesforce.com, SAP, Accenture CAS, RW3 Technologies, Retail Solutions Inc. and many others.

    “We are honored to be recognized again by CGT readers in Retail Execution, not only as a thought leader but as the leader in customer satisfaction,” said Jennifer Beckett, Retail Velocity’s VP of Sales & Marketing. “At Retail Velocity, we’ve spent the last 22 years fine-tuning the capabilities of VELOCITY® to ensure our clients are continuously “winning at the shelf” with laser focus on trade spend ROI and effective in-store execution.”

    Retail Velocity’s flagship

    Read More »from Big Data Leader, Retail Velocity, Wins CGT’s 2016 Award for its Excellence in Retail Execution
    Contact:
    Retail Velocity
    Jennifer Beckett, 616-889-9660
    VP of Sales & Marketing
    Jennifer.Beckett@RetailVelocity.com
    www.RetailVelocity.com
  • [$$] Amazon: Can't Buy Back Investor Love

    Amazon.com apparently thinks its stock is cheap. That is a bit of a leap at more than 100 times estimated forward earnings.

    The e-commerce giant said late Wednesday that its board had authorized a $5 billion stock-buyback program. The program, which has no expiration date, allows Amazon to repurchase its shares “when it believes that doing so would enhance long-term shareholder value,” the company said in a securities filing.

    With Amazon shares down nearly 30% this year, its shareholders might welcome the buyback as a sign management will be more disciplined in its approach to investment. That could help avoid a repeat of projects like its Fire smartphone, whose flame-out led to a $170 million write-down in October 2014 and a decision last August to scale back its hardware division.

    On the other hand, tech companies must constantly invest to remain competitive. This is particularly true of Amazon, where top-line growth—not

    Read More »from [$$] Amazon: Can't Buy Back Investor Love
  • The University of Southern California and Authentidate’s Subsidiary AEON to Participate in a Study Focusing on Medication Adherence

    Poor Medication Compliance Costs the U.S. Healthcare System $100 Billion to $289 Billion Annually

    BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. and GAINESVILLE, Ga., Feb. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Authentidate Holding Corp. (ADAT) today announced that Peachstate Health Management, LLC d/b/a AEON Clinical Laboratories (AEON) will participate in a research   study with the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy focusing on medication adherence. The research study will focus on the issue of medication adherence and compliance, which is estimated to cost the U.S. Healthcare system $100 Billion to $289 Billion annually and contributes 125,000 deaths a year and up to 10 percent of all hospitalizations.

    Sonny Roshan, founder of AEON Clinical Laboratories and Chairman of Authentidate commented, “Medication adherence is an endemic problem for our nation that is extremely costly and undermines the value of carefully designed patient care plans. These important studies are designed to identify the root causes of medication nonadherence. AEON Clinical Laboratories will bring its

    Read More »from The University of Southern California and Authentidate’s Subsidiary AEON to Participate in a Study Focusing on Medication Adherence
    Contact:

    Authentidate Holding Corp.
    James Carbonara, Hayden IR, james@haydenir.com (646) 755-7412
    Brett Maas, Hayden IR, Brett@haydenir.com (646) 536-7331
  • Last hours of armed standoff play out online for listeners

    The last armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, laughed and prayed for tens of thousands to hear online as they negotiated with authorities and spoke with supporters.

    An open phone line broadcast on YouTube gave a glimpse into the final hours of the nearly six-week-long standoff. The four holdouts surrendered Thursday, having refused to leave Malheur National Wildlife Refuge after the group's leaders were arrested last month.

    The call was streamed live by an acquaintance of David Fry, who yelled rambling tirades and threats against the government. Fry's friend and a Nevada lawmaker are among those who tried to calm him and the others.

    Between Wednesday night and Thursday, Fry spoke about marijuana and holding a gun to his head, while other occupiers raised concerns about getting killed by authorities who surrounded them.

  • Fresh Wave of Selling Slams Global Markets -- Live Analysis

    Markets around the world are selling hard on Thursday, a day after U.S. stocks rose but faltered on the back of Congressional testimony from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Crude oil is down sharply, the yen is strengthening, gold has surged, and the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note continue to slide. There is a scramble for safe-haven assets and a wholesale dumping of risk. Emerging markets, energy and banking stocks are under heavy pressure.

    Stay with MoneyBeat all day for the latest news and analysis.

    3:31 pm | Further comments | by Erik Holm

    In headlines hitting the wire a few minutes ago, our colleagues in the Middle East have further comments from the same UAE energy minister. 

    *DJ UAE Energy Minister Says OPEC 'Is Ready to Cooperate' on Output Cuts: Sky News Arabia

    *DJ But UAE Energy Minister Adds Cuts Would Require 'Total Cooperation from Everyone': Sky News Arabia

    *DJ UAE Energy Minister

    Read More »from Fresh Wave of Selling Slams Global Markets -- Live Analysis
  • Fitch Takes Various Rating Actions on Enhanced Municipal Bonds and TOBs

    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    Fitch Ratings has taken various conforming rating actions on enhanced municipal bonds and tender option bonds (TOBs) corresponding to actions taken on their associated enhancement providers or underlying bonds.

    Long-term ratings on enhanced municipal bonds may be higher than those of their enhancement providers as discussed in Fitch's 'Dual-Party Pay Criteria for Long-Term Ratings on LOC-Supported U.S. Public Finance Bonds', dated March 8, 2013.

    Short-term ratings on enhanced municipal bonds may be lower than those of their liquidity providers, as discussed in Fitch's 'Rating Guidelines for Variable-Rate Demand Obligations Issued with External Liquidity Support', dated Jan. 22, 2015.

    Long-term ratings assigned to TOBs are the higher of the ratings assigned by Fitch to the applicable enhancement providers supporting the bonds and the

    Read More »from Fitch Takes Various Rating Actions on Enhanced Municipal Bonds and TOBs
    Contact:
    Fitch Ratings
    Primary Analyst
    Jeff Schaub
    Managing Director
    +1-212-908-0680
    Fitch Ratings, Inc.
    33 Whitehall Street
    New York, NY 10004
    or
    Secondary Analyst
    Ferona Leonard
    Senior Director
    +1-212-908-0541
    or
    Media Relations:
    Elizabeth Fogerty, +1-212-908-0526
    elizabeth.fogerty@fitchratings.com

  • The Biggest Stars Join Music's Biggest Night® as Presenters Line up for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

    Earth, Wind & Fire Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

    Cam, Stephen Colbert, Common, James Corden, Kaley Cuoco, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Ice Cube, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Anna Kendrick, Seth MacFarlane, Ryan Seacrest, Ed Sheeran, And Sam Smith Are Set To Present On The 58th GRAMMY Awards

    LL COOL J Returns To Host Music's Biggest Night® Airing Live On CBS, Feb. 15, 2016

    SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    A diverse, all-star lineup of GRAMMY® nominees, previous winners, and film and TV stars will take the stage as presenters for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. This year's presenters include current GRAMMY nominee Cam; two-time GRAMMY winner/talk show host Stephen Colbert; two-time GRAMMY winner and current three-time nominee Common; talk show host James Corden; actress Kaley Cuoco; singer/actress Selena Gomez; singer/actress Ariana Grande; Ice Cube; O'Shea Jackson Jr.; actress Anna Kendrick; current GRAMMY nominee Seth MacFarlane; Emmy-winning TV/radio host and producer Ryan Seacrest; current four-time GRAMMY nominee Ed Sheeran; four-time GRAMMY winner Sam Smith.

    The GRAMMYs will honor Earth, Wind & Fire founding member and seven-time GRAMMY winner, the late Maurice White by recognizing the band's 2016 Recording Academy

    Read More »from The Biggest Stars Join Music's Biggest Night® as Presenters Line up for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®
    Contact:
    The Recording Academy
    Neda Azarfar, 310-392-3777
    neda.azarfar@grammy.com
    or
    CBS Television
    Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i/Kate Fisher
    818-655-1587/212-975-3818
    tiffany.smith@cbs.com/khfisher@cbs.com
    or
    Rogers & Cowan
    Maureen O'Connor, 310-854-8116
    moconnor@rogersandcowan.com

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