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The States That Rely Most on the Gun Industry

America has more guns than people — 120.5 guns for every 100 residents. Guns are big business in the U.S.: One trade association estimates the firearm industry is worth about $71 billion in the U.S. and generates $7.86 billion in taxes. On the flip side, one estimate of the...
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Gas Prices Fall Below $4 A Gallon For the First Time Since March Amid Global Crude Market Declines

Gas prices fell below $4 a gallon around the nation last night, according to data from the AAA motor club, pulling pump costs to the lowest levels since early March. The national average cost for a gallon fell 2 cents to $3.99 per gallon as of this morning, a move that takes down around 21.9% from their record highs in early June. The year-on-year costs remain 25.2% higher, however, but the fifty-two day decline, as well as an ongoing pullback in both gasoline demand and crude prices, should mean lower pump costs by the end of the Labor Day weekend.
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Stocks Edge Higher, Disney, Jobs, Bumble And $3.99 Gas - Five Things To Know

Here are five things you must know for Thursday, August 11:. U.S. equity futures bumped higher again Thursday, with the dollar nursing its biggest one-day decline in five months, as investors looked to re-set rate expectations from the Federal Reserve following yesterday's softer-than-expected July inflation reading. Plunging gas prices helped...
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Disney Just Did Something Really Inflationary

There’s good news for Disney this quarter. And bad news for Disney fans in the near future. Since Disney+’s introduction in 2019, the streaming service has steadily grown quarter over quarter, while streaming stalwart Netflix (NFLX) - Get Netflix Inc. Report has been looking a bit shaky of late.
MARKETS

Elon Musk Loves it When Tesla Competitors do This

Tesla CEO has an unexpected response to other car makers adding electric vehicles. Elon Musk is anything but predictable. The CEO of Tesla (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc. Report, SpaceX, the Boring Company and other ventures is constantly offering surprising commentary and reactions, especially on Twitter (TWTR) - Get Twitter Inc. Report, which he’s acquiring for $44 billion unless he can manage to wriggle out of the deal.
BUSINESS

Hostess Has a New Take on the Twinkie

Few things in this world possess the unifying power of the delicious Twinkie snack cake. When a 2012 bankruptcy announcement led to consumers realizing they might never get to eat a Twinkie again, the internet went up in flames. Fans of the delicious cream-filled snack cake, along with other Hostess favorites like Ding Dongs, CupCakes, and Ho Hos, took to the social media site to express their deep sense of loss. After all, Twinkies aren't just a beloved snack -- they're a pop-culture icon.
FOOD & DRINKS

What are Best and Worst Cities to Lift Your Credit Rating?

For many of us, credit scores are very important. “Lower interest rates [on loans], better insurance coverage, and access to better credit cards are just a few of the benefits you can experience when establishing a good line of credit,” wrote Alex Miller, chief executive of Upgraded Points, a travel information service.
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MGM Shares Plans for Its New Las Vegas Strip Property

The Las Vegas Strip has become some of the hottest real estate on Earth. The 4.2-mile stretch of road has become a battleground where interlopers like Resorts World Las Vegas try to unseat the established market leaders Caesars Entertainment (CZR) - Get Caesars Entertainment Inc. Report, MGM Resorts International (MGM) - Get MGM Resorts International Report, and Wynn Reports (WYNN) - Get Wynn Resorts Limited Report.
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Equifax Faces Grilling Over Botched Credit Scores

Normally it's consumers who live in dread of the mysterious calculations and decisions made by credit rating agencies. Missed and late payments can combine to determine whether your car loan or mortgage application goes through and how much interest you'll have to pay, based on the decisions made by the powerful and mysterious companies.
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Universal Wants to Change How 'Harry Potter' Fans Can Make Magic

A visit to Comcast's (CMCSA) - Get Comcast Corporation Class A Common Stock Report Universal Studios just isn't the same without a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you've been, you probably already know the delight of losing yourself to the magic of the hit films for...
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Consumers: Not Drowning but Not Soaring Either

The July consumer price report provided mixed data on inflation, with prices unchanged in the month from June but still up 8.5% from a year earlier. A report on July consumer payments by Bank of America Institute, the bank’s internal think tank, similarly showed mixed results. Total payments rose 7% in July from a year earlier, about equal to the increase in June.
BUSINESS

Was Tom Lee Right About 2022?

Tom Lee’s Prediction For the First Half of 2022 — Treacherous (Other Than for Energy) Fundstrat’s Managing Partner and Head of Research Tom Lee became finance-famous in 2020 and 2021 when he correctly called for an “everything rally” in equities, with a core focus on the energy sector. While some disparaged Lee’s prediction, it ultimately came true — the S&P reached Tom Lee’s year-end price target of 4,800 almost to the penny, and the energy sector performed better than any other throughout the year.
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Papa John's Has a Bizarre New Menu Item

While the biggest pizza debate of our times may be about whether pineapple belongs on one, the crust itself is a no less important point of contention. Doughy, or thin and fire-burned? Deep-dish or, as some may remember from old Pizza Hut ads from the early aughts, cheese-stuffed? While some will die arguing that the crust is the best part of the entire pizza, others will discard it before moving on to the second slice.
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Las Vegas Strip May Lose Major Headline Act

Las Vegas’ post covid comeback has been rolling along lately. But soon, it might lose a headliner who has made Sin City her base of operations for the past year. For most of the 20th century, the phrase a “Vegas residency” usually brought to mind the image of a crooner like, say, Perry Cuomo, an artist in advancing years there to serve up a gentle musical style that won’t jostle the retirees who flock to Vegas that much. And, to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with that. Retirees have just as much right to be entertained as the rest of us, and everyone likes to seek comfort by reconnecting with the music of their youth.
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