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Rising costs to eat into Gap’s profit

Shares of Gap, Inc. witnessed the biggest plunge in 10 years after the San Francisco, California based clothing and accessories retailer warned that its full-year profit forecast would fall short by 22 percent.

Whirlpool Q1 earnings, sales rise

Whirlpool, world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, announced first-quarter net earnings of $169 million, or $2.17 per diluted share, Wednesday.

Parents Aging? Here's How to Handle Their Finances

Your parents handled your finances with ease when you were young, it’s time you take charge of their finances and prevent any future financial troubles in their life.

Is Ebix Good Enough for You?


Margins matter. The more Ebix (Nasdaq: EBIX) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market.  That's why I check on my holdings' margins at least once a quarter. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, comparisons to sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Ebix's competitive position could be.

Are You Missing Something Easy at Take-Two Interactive Software?

 Margins matter. The more Take-Two Interactive Software (Nasdaq: TTWO) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That's why I check on my holdings' margins at least once a quarter. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, comparisons to sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Take-Two Interactive Software's competitive position could be.

 

How Boston Scientific May Be Failing You

 Margins matter. The more Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX)keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market.  That's why I check on my holdings' margins at least once a quarter. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, comparisons to sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Boston Scientific's competitive position could be.

 

Lawnmower fight costs Ky. man his beard

Lawrenceburg, Ky. -- A Kentucky man says when the dust settled after a drunken fight, he was spitting out chunks of his own beard.

Harvey Westmoreland said a brawl started in May over an offer to buy a lawn mower and ended with one of the combatants cutting off his chin whiskers and stuffing them in his mouth.

"They cut my beard and forced me to eat it," Westmoreland told WLEX-TV, Lexington.

Westmoreland said it all started when he showed up to help his brother and two other men muck out some stalls in Lawrenceburg. "When I got there, I realized they were already drunk," Westmoreland said.

Carrie Underwood to marry hockey beau Saturday

Award-winning singer Carrie Underwood and her Ottawa Senators hockey player fiancé Mike Fisher are set to marry today (Saturday) in Georgia, according to several US reports. The couple is planning to make their big day quite a luxurious affair, for which they have booked out an entire hotel in Georgia, the reports say.

U.K. counts swine flu toll, costs

London -- Britain's 2009 swine flu outbreak killed 457 people and cost $1.8 billion, and the country cannot be complacent about possible future outbreaks, a report says.

The report said the death toll could have been higher but for the quick response to the pandemic and the mild nature of the disease, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

Dame Dierdre Hine, who carried out the review, said the United Kingdom's response to the outbreak was "proportionate and effective," but the experience shouldn't "lead to complacency."

"It is a bit like childbirth – when it's all over, you forget quite how serious and how difficult it all was," she said.

10 Pointers for an Affordable Family Vacation

Are you thinking of going on a holiday trip but scared that it might blow your personal budget? Well, vacations do not mean a costly and a financially stressful holiday. In fact, you can actually plan a trip on a lean budget.