As one of the larger companies of the consumer discretionary sector, The Coca-Cola Company ( KO ) shares have enjoyed a relative upward trend since the beginning of 2022 as investors appear to be bracing for potential interest rate hikes. Coca-Cola shares currently trade in an above average range based on historical volatility, and option traders appear to be positioned for the stock to rise after the company reports earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter. Analysts expect the company to announce $0.41 in earnings per share (EPS) and $8.93 billion in revenue. Investors will be paying keen attention to how Coca-Cola has managed to navigate ongoing supply chain issues and how rising costs could affect the bottom line. Insiders have recently increased the amount of shares being sold, unloading over 314,000 shares valued at close to $18.6 million over the past 90 days. Investors will be keeping an eye on if the beverage maker can continue to increase sales volume and what, if … [Read more...] about Can Coca-Cola (KO) Keep Up the Trend?
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When you are stretched thin with plenty on your to-do list, believe it or not, the best thing you can do is to relax (mentally and physically) periodically throughout the workday. By doing so, you’ll refuel your energy level, be more focused and productive as you push past the finish line to reach your short- and long-term goals. advertisement advertisement Below, experts from Fast Company Executive Board describe their most effective productivity hacks during crunch time and how useful they are when you are trying to get the most done. 1. ALWAYS HAVING A BACK-UP PLAN IN PLACE When an eleventh-hour health scare pushes an event online or top-tier talent decides to perform from home instead of in person, success relies on decisions you made months before. At VIVA, we have satellite planning teams in place who are directed to work on scenarios B and C, even while plan A is moving ahead full steam. In that way, the quality of what we do remains high … [Read more...] about 15 productivity hacks that keep business leaders on track
Tired, deflated, hanging by a thread: These are just a few keywords your average American worker might use to describe themself these days. And who can blame them, as we head into year three of the pandemic? Compared with the “before times,” remote employees are working longer hours, attending more meetings, and juggling more communication channels. According to Zendesk, more than a quarter of working American adults say they now suffer from some form of depression, and nearly 60% report negative effects of workplace-related stress. advertisement advertisement So, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when 47.4 million Americans resigned from their jobs last year—with another 52% eyeballing the exit. To be sure, myriad factors have contributed to this mass exodus, but it’s worth noting that toxic culture is the top predictor of voluntary turnover. In fact, when compared with salary, toxic cultures are 10.4 times more likely to push an employee … [Read more...] about One key way to prevent employee burnout? Addressing toxic clients
After "glass skin" and "dolphin skin", TikTok users are now all going crazy for "jello skin", a new anti-aging skincare trend straight out of South Korea. While it's really about boosting collagen production, this new trend draws on a simple concept that's already very much out there: holistic beauty. As beauty trends land thick and fast on TikTok, many are based on K-beauty – or Korean beauty – which has become a major source of inspiration in the West, despite the recent hype around new influences, including G-beauty (Germany), C-beauty (China), and T-beauty (Taiwan). The latest in line is a new viral skincare trend called "jello skin". Read more: Makeup goes hybrid, focusing on holistic beauty and formulated for skin health "Jello skin" – which evidently refers to Jell-O, the brightly coloured gelatin dessert well known in the US and Canada – seems to be linked to the TikTok account of the influencer @glowwithava, who regularly shares tips and tricks with her 1.4 … [Read more...] about ‘Jello skin’, a new holistic K-beauty trend, is going viral on TikTok
LONDON, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel announced new measures on Monday that will increase police powers to stop and search individuals to help fight knife crime and serious violence across the country. In a letter to police forces across Britain, Patel has permanently lifted restrictions on police stop-and-search powers in areas where serious violence is anticipated. The British police recorded 6 million crimes in England and Wales in the year ending December 2021, according to a report published in April by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figure represented an 8 percent increase compared with the year ending December 2020. Meanwhile, the number of homicides increased by 14 percent to 691 offenses. London, the capital, recorded its worst ever annual teenage homicide death toll -- 30 -- from stabbing incidents. In the two years to March 2021, over 150,000 arrests were made following stop and searches, preventing thousands of possible … [Read more...] about UK extends police powers to combat growing crime
HONG KONG: The dollar started the week just off a 20-year high against peers on Monday, as investors sought safety due to fears about global growth while cryptocurrency markets appeared to find some stability after last week's turmoil. The dollar index was at 104.54, having briefly crossed the 105 level on Friday, its highest since December 2002, after six successive weeks of gains. Investors have flocked to the safe-haven currency on concerns about the U.S. Federal Reserve's ability to dampen inflation without causing a recession, along with worries about slowing growth arising from the Ukraine crisis and the economic effects of China's zero-COVID-19 policy. "Broad USD strength is being supported by a mounting global growth concern," said Barclays analysts. They said events to watch this week included U.S. retail and production data due Tuesday, as well as public remarks from several Fed officials. "Focus will be on any potential reiteration/pushback on the notion that … [Read more...] about Dollar starts week on strong footing on firm safe-haven bid
Companies inattentive to innovation get left behind--or worse, fail altogether. While those of us over 40 fondly remember starting our weekends with a trip to the video store, for example, the experience pales in comparison to conveniently streaming blockbuster entertainment from the comfort of your couch. While hailing a cab in New York City was fun the first time, there's nothing like the certainty of watching the map on your screen as a dedicated driver heads your way to pick you up. In other words, though one experience may have delighted us initially, a more innovative--and perhaps industry altering--option could be waiting in the wings vying for our business. Successful brands are those that out-innovate the competition. They never settle for the status quo, always seeking the next differentiator for their category. They survive in today's highly competitive landscape by continually evolving to deliver better products, better services, and--most importantly--better customer … [Read more...] about The Secret Ingredient to Finding Your Next Million-Dollar Innovation Idea
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Whether you’re a manager at a company with 3,000 employees or three, something that leaders across industries have learned in the past two years is that giving employees more flexibility is key to retention and recruiting of new hires. The pandemic forced the majority (~70%) of the US workforce to adapt in a plethora of different ways to keep everyone healthy while still continuing to work efficiently. Companies that previously had 0% of their employees working remotely had to figure out how to seamlessly transfer all operations to a 100% digital environment. While obviously a ton of bad things came from the pandemic, that’s not to say there weren’t learnings and lessons discovered across the board. The reality is that more talent in every part of the country, and the world, now has access to greater opportunities because of the increased normalization of remote work. Gone are the days where you have to live in San Francisco … [Read more...] about 30 Executives’ Perspectives On Remote, Hybrid, And In-Office Work
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin There’s exciting news in the world of phage therapy and antimicrobial resistance! Jerry Nick, MD, of National Jewish Health, and Graham Hatfull, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, announced a patient’s cure from a Mycobacterium abscessus lung infection with phage therapy. What are phages? They are viruses that infect bacteria and can lyse (or kill) them without the need for antibiotics. While their use goes back more than a hundred years , they fell out of favor with the discovery and growth of antibiotics—which are flashier and more profitable. As antibiotic resistance is a growing problem globally, interest in phage therapy has been renewed. More than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the US alone each year, with 35,000 deaths. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is considered one of the top 10 global public health threats by the World Health Organization. The stagnant drug development pipeline compounds … [Read more...] about Bacteria-Killing Viruses Are Successful In Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
Nike has doubled down on litigation against StockX in a heavyweight lawsuit between the biggest shoe manufacturer in the world and the hypebeast shoe resale platform that’s now valued at $3.8 billion . advertisement advertisement The battle started in February, when Nike filed a trademark suit against StockX, after StockX announced a program that promised to turn your shoe purchases on its site into instant NFTs. (Nike, having not minted these NFTs itself, claimed StockX was misusing its trademark by minting NFTs from Nike shoes.) Then last week, Nike upped the legal ante: It added an accusation of counterfeiting on top of its existing trademark suit, claiming that it purchased four pairs of fake Nikes from StockX. At first glance, the story may look like another example of Nike being overly protective of its intellectual property. Last June, Nike sued the Brooklyn-based art collective MSCHF, after the group released Satan Shoes, which were Nikes … [Read more...] about Nike is suing StockX for allegedly selling counterfeit shoes. What happens next?