U.S. shoppers increased their spending this holiday season by 4.9% year over year and set a new record for total dollars spent. Online spending rose 18.1% year over year on a late-season rally.
The data were released Tuesday by Mastercard in its SpendingPulse report on shopping between November 1 and December 24.
Retailers generally had a good holiday seasons, but results varied by category. Spending was also driven by heavy early-season promotional pricing. That boosts sales but can have a negative effect on profits.
Sarah Quinlan, senior vice-president of Market Insights at Mastercard, said:
Evolving consumer preferences continue to play out in the aisles and online sites of retailers across the U.S. Overall, this year was a big win for retail. The strong U.S. economy was a contributing factor, but we also have to recognize that retailers who tried new strategies to engage holiday shoppers were the beneficiaries of this sales increase.
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We commenced operations in 1998 through Beijing Acorn Trade Co., Ltd., or Beijing Acorn, and in 2000, two other operating companies, Shanghai Network, and Shanghai Acorn Trade and Development Co., Ltd., or Shanghai Trade, were established and commenced business operations. Prior to January 1, 2005, our business was operated through Beijing Acorn, Shanghai Network and Shanghai Trade, including their subsidiaries. To enable us to raise equity capital from investors outside of China, we established a holding company structure by incorporating China DRTV Inc., or China DRTV, in the British Virgin Islands on March 4, 2004. Commencing on January 1, 2005, our business was conducted through China DRTV and its subsidiaries and affiliated entities. In connection with our initial public offering, we incorporated Acorn International in the Cayman Islands on December 20, 2005 as our listing vehicle. Advisors’ Opinion:
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ATV traded up $0.54 during trading on Friday, hitting $22.01. 50 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 6,431. Acorn International has a 12-month low of $13.21 and a 12-month high of $38.86.
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The following discussion should be read in conjunction with our audited consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes thereto included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The following discussion includes certain forward-looking statements. For a discussion of important factors, including the continuing development of our business and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results referred to in the historical information and the forward-looking statements presented herein, see “Item 1A, Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” contained in this Annual Report. Our Company Premier, Inc., incorporated in Delaware on May 14, 2013, is primarily owned by hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations (such owners are referred to herein as member owners) located in the United States, as well as public stockholders. Advisors’ Opinion:
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Fox Run Management L.L.C. acquired a new stake in Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC) during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm acquired 5,880 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $269,000.
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Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC)’s share price hit a new 52-week high on Thursday . The company traded as high as $45.50 and last traded at $45.32, with a volume of 42082 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $44.89.
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Jupai (NYSE:JP) and Premier (NASDAQ:PINC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.
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BioPharmX Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of novel drug delivery products for women’s health, dermatology, and otolaryngology markets. The company offers prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), and supplement products in oral, topical, inhalant, and/or injectable forms. It provides VI2OLET iodine, an OTC dietary supplement molecular iodine tablet that promotes overall breast health and for the alleviation of benign breast pain associated with fibrocystic breast condition. The companys clinical-stage product candidates include BPX03, a molecular iodine tablet for the treatment of benign breast pain associated with FBC and cyclic mastalgia; and BPX01, a non-lipophilic topical antibiotic for the treatment of acne. It serves pharmaceutical companies; physician’s practices, including OB-Gyn’s, dermatologists, and general practioners; and retail customers through retail sales channels and/or pharmacy outlets. The company has collaboration and licensing agreement with Iogen LLC for the development of molecular iodine products; and collaboration and supply agreement with NuTech Medical, Inc. to develop products in the field of dermatology. BioPharmX Corporation is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
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Shares of Biopharmx Corp (NYSEAMERICAN:BPMX) were up 4.8% during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $0.22 and last traded at $0.20. Approximately 32,497 shares were traded during trading, a decline of 100% from the average daily volume of 8,266,355 shares. The stock had previously closed at $0.21.
Hot Stocks To Watch Right Now: Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation(NYMX)
Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation, incorporated on May 30, 1995, is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on developing its drug candidate, NX-1207, for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and the treatment of low-grade localized prostate cancer. The Company operates through the research and development of products for the aging population segment. The Company markets NicAlert and TobacAlert tests that use urine or saliva to detect use of tobacco products. The Company also has a range of patent portfolio covering its marketed products, its investigational drug, as well as other therapeutic and diagnostic indications. The Company also has the United States and global patent rights for the use of statin drugs for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The Company’s subsidiaries include Nymox Corporation and Serex, Inc. Nymox Corporation conducts research and development, while Serex, Inc. conducts research and development, and manufacturing of NicAlert and TobacAlert.
The Company’s NicAlert and TobacAlert are the test strips, which determine whether a person is using tobacco products (NicAlert) or has been exposed to second-hand smoke (TobacAlert). Both NicAlert and TobacAlert provide a read-out of levels of cotinine, a by-product of the body’s breakdown of nicotine and regarded as the indicator of tobacco exposure for smokers and non-smokers. The technology can be used with saliva, as well as urine samples in order to detect tobacco product use. The Company’s AlzheimAlert is a urine assay that can aid physicians in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The Company has developed a kit version of the AlzheimAlert assay for sale in Europe. The kit allows clinical reference laboratories to perform the AlzheimAlert assay on site with urine samples sent directly to the laboratory.
The Company is developing treatments for BPH. The Company’s lead candidate NX-1207 completed a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II trial. The ! Company is in the process of further data analysis and assessments of the two studies. The Company is also developing NX-1207 as a focal treatment for certain types of cancer. The Company initiated a Phase II clinical trial in the United States. The Company enrolled approximately 147 patients at over 28 clinical centers across the United States to evaluate its NX-1207 drug for the treatment of low-grade localized prostate cancer.
The Company competes with LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, OraSure Technologies Inc., Abraxis LLC, Roche Diagnostics, Abbott, Siemens Medical Solutions, Mossman & Associates Ltd, GFC Diagnostics Ltd., Lilly and GE Healthcare.
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IDEXX Laboratories (NASDAQ: IDXX) and Nymox Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:NYMX) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.
Hot Stocks To Watch Right Now: HP Inc.(HPQ)
HP Inc. provides products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as to the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. It operates through Personal Systems and Printing segments. The Personal Systems segment offers commercial personal computers (PCs), consumer PCs, workstations, thin client PCs, tablets, retail point-of-sale systems, calculators and other related accessories, software, support, and services for the commercial and consumer markets. The Printing segment provides consumer and commercial printer hardware, supplies, media, scanning device, and software and services; and laserjet and enterprise, inkjet and printing, graphics, and software and web services. The company was formerly known as Hewlett-Packard Company and changed its name to HP Inc. in October 2015. HP Inc. was founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
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Two technology names that you have undoubtedly heard of are software behemoth Microsoft(NASDAQ:MSFT) and computer and printer specialistHP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ).Of the two, Microsoft is clearly the more successful company, commanding a market capitalization of $861 billion, dwarfing HP’s $30 billion.
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Shares of HP (NYSE:HPQ) recently plunged after thePC and printer maker posted a mixed first-quarter report. Its revenue rose 1% annually to $14.7 billion, missing estimates by $150 million and marking its slowest growth rate in 10 quarters. HP’s non-GAAP net income rose 1% to $0.8 billion, and its earnings per share, buoyed by buybacks, climbed 8% to $0.52 per share and matched analysts’ expectations.
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Shares of HP (NYSE:HPQ) lost 10.4% in value last month, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence.
After rebounding with the broader market in January, HP stock got clobbered in late February, following a disappointing earnings report that showed the company’s printing segment struggling to grow amid heightened competition.