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Extrameasures Acquired By (HAWK) Blackhawk Network

extrameasures Acquired By Blackhawk NetworkAcquisition will expand Blackhawk's growing incentives portfolio

Blackhawk Network, $HAWK a leading prepaid and payments network, announced today that it has acquired extrameasures, a prepaid consumer promotions and incentives company. Through its customized rebate programs, extrameasures offers Visa prepaid cards and private label merchant-specific reward and gift cards with a proprietary platform to help businesses drive consumer acquisition, engagement and loyalty. The acquisition will broaden the reach of Blackhawk's already extensive incentive and engagement business.

"Extrameasures' corporate incentive programs are complementary to our incentives portfolio and will enhance Blackhawk's leadership position in both the corporate and the consumer promotions markets," said Talbott Roche, Blackhawk Network's CEO and president. "Additionally, the extrameasures acquisition furthers our ability to provid…

Teslas Model 3 Is The Automakers Biggest Test Yet

Tesla's Model 3 Is The Automakers Biggest Test Yet
Tesla Motors built its reputation making sporty, sexy and very expensive electric cars Dee-Ann Durbin/Hawthorne, Calif.

It's staking its future on something more affordable.
Tesla plans to unveil its Model 3 electric car Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. At a starting price of $35,000 — before federal and state government incentives — the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla's previous models. The car is expected to have a range of at least 200 miles when fully charged, about double what drivers get from competitors in its price range, such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.

The Model 3 is the most serious test yet of 13-year-old Tesla's ability to go from a niche player to a full-fledged automaker. It could be the car that finally makes electrics mainstream — or customers could be scared off by Tesla's limited number of stores and service centers. Either way, the Model 3 is already changi…

Gold Prices Could Have Best Quarter In 30 years

Gold Prices Could Have Best Quarter in 30 YearsAlexandra Gibbs/CNBC

Several commodity markets may have experienced sharp turbulence in the first three months of 2016; yet one precious metal seems to have weathered the storm almost effortlessly. Gold has seen its biggest three-month gain since the third quarter of 1990, showing gains of more than 15 percent so far this year. And if it continues its winning streak, gold could be heading for its best quarter in close to 30 years, according to Reuters.

One strategist however believes that there's still more room to run for the yellow metal. "There's still a lot more upside scope to go as the long-term chart shows on gold with an eight-year cycle bottom in place," Ron William, senior tactical & market timing strategist at The ECU Group, told CNBC Thursday.

"Certainly there's a big change in investors psychology now in the yellow metal as seen by the performance. And by the models we're followin…

Electric Car's Are Charged! Watch Out Tesla!

Electric Cars Are Charged! Watch Out Tesla!Rick Newman A big showdown is coming, if you believe the car-business chatter: General Motors (GM) is about to challenge Tesla’s (TSLA) dominance among electric-car makers. Toyota (TM) is planning to take on Tesla, too. And don’t forget Honda (HMC), Ford (F) and Nissan (NSANY). Telsa-battlers, all.

Tesla is the most prominent name in electric vehicles, yet beneath the radar, virtually every big automaker has built some kind of EV, with more on the way. This is happening not because car buyers are clamoring for electrics, by and large, but because governments around the world are raising the pollution standards automakers must meet, essentially forcing them to build cars that don’t burn gasoline or diesel.
The Kia Soul EV is at the opposite end of the spectrum from Tesla, whose cheapest Model S sedan starts at about $70,000, minus a $7,500 tax credit most buyers qualify for. The Soul starts at around $32,000, or $24,500 after the tax …

Stocks With A Mix Of Safety And Income

Stock With A Mix Of Safety and Income
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As we get older, our financial needs change. When we're younger, growth is important. But as we leave the workforce and start to live off our nest eggs, safety and income start to take center stage. That's where Southern Company(NYSE:SO), Duke Energy(NYSE:DUK), and Emerson Electric(NYSE:EMR) come in. If you're in your 70s, these companies are the types of names you might want to buy.

Boring old power
Southern is an electric utility based largely in the Southeast, serving some 4.4 million customers across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. Roughly 90% of its revenues are generated from regulated utility businesses. That's important, because electric utilities are granted monopolies but have to get their rates, and thus profits, approved by the government.

Utilities generally get rate increases as they invest more in their businesses for things like power generation and transmission. The govern…

The Official Beverage of Seattle's Original Canna+Bus is Rocky Mountain High (RMHB)

The Official Beverage of Seattle's Original CannaBus is Rocky Mountain HighDallas, March 29, 2016 (Globe Newswire)

The Original Canna+Bus is Seattle, Washington's rolling 30-foot mobile lounge for your amusement and pleasure. Today they have named Rocky Mountain High Beverages (RMHB) as the official hemp-infused onboard beverage line. Canna+Bus welcomes visitors to a soothing place for relaxation and comfort and hosts guided tours that are also available for private charter.

Canna+Bus guided excursions take you to the epicenter of Seattle’s exploding cannabis culture.  The tour provides behind the scenes access to explore Seattle's finest licensed recreational cannabis facilities in a plush chauffeured friendly atmosphere. The tour lasts roughly 2.5 hours which includes a stop at Alki Point boasting unique local restaurants, a beautiful ocean view along with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle from all points!

Visit Canna+Bus online:TheOrig…

Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Ambarella, Delta, eBay, LinkedIn, Micron, Relypsa and Many More

Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Ambarella, Delta, eBay, LinkedIn, Micron, Relypsa and Many More By

Stocks were indicated lower on Tuesday morning ahead of a Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s expected verbiage on interest rates. Last week broke a five-week period of gains, and now investors are caught wondering if they should be buying the dips or selling into the rallies.
24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning of the week. The goal is to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some of the daily analyst reports cover stocks to buy, and others cover stocks to sell or avoid.

These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on this Tuesday morning:

Ambarella Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $55 price target (versus a $40.71 prior close) at Morgan Stanley. It has a consensus analyst price target of $57.55 and a 52-week trading range of $33.39 to $129.19.

Delta Air Lines Inc. (NY…

NXT-ID to Host 2015 Year End Discussion and 2016 Outlook Investor Webcast April 4, 2016

NXT-ID to Host 2015 Year End Discussion and 2016 Outlook Investor Webcast April 4, 2016
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NXT-ID, Inc., a company focused on the growing mobile commerce market, announces it will host an investor webcast on Monday April 4, 2016 at 4:15 PM EDT. The Company will discuss its progress and results in 2015 and its strategy and outlook for 2016.
The webcast will be moderated by SoundView Technology Group analyst, Steve Waite. Also on the call with Gino Pereira, CEO of NXT-ID, will be NXT-ID directors, Stan Washington and Dr. Mike Remedios, who is also Chief Technology Officer at WorldVentures LLC.

Stan spent 17 years as an executive at American Express and was Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Western United States operating as the region's senior business leader where he managed American Express' U.S. Commercial Card Division overseeing the Account Development Organization including sales and operational support across multiple indust…

Tesla Stock Reverses Amid Executive Exodus (TSLA)

Tesla Stock Reverses Amid Executive Exodus
By Richard Saintvilus
The revolving door at Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) spun again last week after another key executive abruptly departed just when the electric car company is gearing up to unveil its Model 3 vehicle. Analysts' reactions are mixed about the impact of the recent executive departure, which comes a week after Tesla lost its VP of Communications.

TSLA shares closed Thursday at $227.75, up 2.32%. This move translates to a 2% decline from the prior week's close of $232.74. And analyst Efraim Levy of S&P Global Market Intelligence sees massive downside ahead in TSLA shares, cutting his price target to $155 and issuing a sell rating. "We see significant execution and valuation risk in the premium priced stock," he said. And Tesla's lack of stability in its leadership team will only add to the risk. (See also, The Biggest Risks of Investing in Tesla Stock.)
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