Stocks extended Tuesday declines as a prospects of a stimulus package before the election dimmed even further.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday afternoon that achieving a deal and advancing any measures through Congress before the November election would be “difficult.” The remarks came shortly after Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke on the phone Wednesday morning to discuss further stimulus, in a conversation Pelosi’s spokesperson earlier called “productive.” The two are set to speak again Thursday.

An impasse among U.S. lawmakers in Washington has kept hopes running low that more virus relief aid will come to fruition before the November election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he will have the Senate take up relief legislation after the chamber’s return on Monday, with his narrower proposal set to include funds chiefly targeted to

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NIO ES8 electric SUVs are seen displayed at the second media day for the Shanghai auto show in Shanghai
  • Tesla’s success in China is not a “winner takes all” situation, but instead a “rising tides lift all boats” phenomenon, according to JPMorgan.
  • That thinking led the bank to upgrade shares of Nio to “overweight” and assign a $40 price target on the stock, representing potential upside of 85% from Tuesday’s close. 
  • “In China’s smart EV market, we expect Nio to be a long term winner in the premium space among Chinese brands,” JPMorgan said.
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Nio surged 19% on Wednesday after it received an “overweight” upgrade and a $40 price target from JPMorgan, representing upside potential of 85% from Tuesday’s close.

JPMorgan acknowledged that it missed the massive 438% year-to-date rally in shares of Nio, given its previous neutral rating, but said it

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Macy’s  (M) – Get Report named Boston Consulting’s Adrian V. Mitchell, who has extensive experience with retailers, as chief financial officer as the department-store chain recovers from the coronavirus-pandemic shutdown.

Mitchell on Nov. 2 will join the Cincinnati company, reporting to report to Chairman and Chief Executive Jeff Gennette.

He succeeds Felicia Williams, who is joining CEO Action for Racial Equity, an initiative aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion within the workplace, as Macy’s fellow.

Williams had been interim CFO since Paula Price left at the end of May.

Mitchell will be responsible for all finance functions including accounting, treasury, investor relations, internal audit, financial/capital planning and analysis, and procurement. 

“In a retail environment where change is accelerating beyond what we could have imagined a year ago, Adrian’s depth of financial and operational experience, coupled with his leadership in strategy, innovation, and transformation, will help us on our

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By Huw Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – The safety buffers of banks in the European Union would swell by billions of euros under proposed rules that allow lenders to include the value of software investments like cybersecurity in capital calculations.

Currently a bank must deduct the value of software from its capital buffer upfront, adding 36 basis points to its core ratio or mandatory measure of stability.

The European Banking Authority (EBA) said banks will be allowed to “amortise” or taper the value of software for capital purposes over three years.

That would boost capital by about 20.2 billion euros in 2020 across a sample of 64 banks, and by 20 billion euros in 2021, it said.

“The proposed approach is designed to be simple to implement and applicable to all institutions in a standardised manner, as is the case today with the deduction treatment,” the EBA said in a statement

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Firsthand Technology Value Fund (SVVC) is a BDC focused on venture capital. Readers with limited familiarity with BDCs should read my recent article that serves as a primer on BDCs as well as warnings about their fees, conflicts of interest and potentially poor governance.

SVVC has been trading recently around $4 per share despite the Company’s estimate that its NAV is well over three times that amount. The next few sections briefly describe the path that eventually led to SVVC’s dismal state.

Past Bright Spots

On July 17, 2014 SVVC reported an NAV of $27.30 per share and disclosed that its top two holdings were Twitter and Facebook! But the early bright spots soon began to be overshadowed by the poor performance of other portfolio companies.

Nevertheless, on 10/19/18 SVVC announced a “Preliminary NAV of $29.18 Per Share as of September 30, 2018″ and that “Holdings Include Pivotal,

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  • Zoom is introducing OnZoom, a new way to host events — free and paid — using the popular videoconferencing tool.
  • Zoom has come to be used to host all kinds of events amid the pandemic, from board meetings and conferences to fitness classes and concerts. The new OnZoom platform includes the ability to charge for tickets, as well as a directory of public event listings.
  • Zoom is also launching a new kind of app integration, called a Zapp, that can bring information from productivity tools like Dropbox, Slack, or Asana directly into a video chat.
  • Facebook launched its own features for paid videoconferencing events over the summer.
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As the pandemic drags on, Zoom is releasing a new way to host online events — importantly, now including paid events — as well as new types of apps that integrate outside business and productivity tools

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(Bloomberg) — Bank of America Corp.’s traders didn’t seize on the markets boon that lifted rival banks in the third quarter.

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Revenue from trading rose 3.6% to $3.34 billion, falling short of the $3.5 billion that analysts had forecast. While JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. each posted jumps of at least 17% at their trading desks, Bank of America’s small increase wasn’t enough to boost overall revenue as the bank’s consumer unit saw a 17% slide.

Wall Street trading desks have benefited from active markets during the pandemic, and those results have propped up lending units that are grappling with broader economic hardship in the U.S. after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses and put millions of Americans out of work.

Bank of America’s results were “underwhelming,” with only a small increase in fixed-income and equities trading, Vital Knowledge founder Adam Crisafulli wrote in a note to

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  • Farmers in Thailand use armies of 10,000 “field chasing ducks” to eat their way through rice paddies after a harvest.
  • The tradition has long been practiced in Thailand and surrounding countries to rid rice paddies of pests and rice husks and reduce the cost of feeding the ducks.
  • Studies have shown this method of farming is not only beneficial to the environment, but can also increase crop yield.
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At a farm in central Thailand, an army of 10,000 ducks isn’t just out for a stroll — it’s on the hunt.

Rice farmers in Thailand are enlisting these birds, called “field chasing ducks” to eat their way through rice paddies after a harvest. 

“They help eat golden apple snails and the remains of unwanted rice husks that remain in the field from the last harvest,” farmer Prang Sipipat told Reuters. “The ducks

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Cars line up at a COVID19 test site at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Cars at the drive-through coronavirus testing site at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 12. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

In Monterey County, 26% of the county’s COVID-19 cases are in East Salinas, a largely Latino community of farmworkers, service employees and others living in crowded conditions as they work on the pandemic front lines.

It’s a very different story in the county’s wealthy seaside communities, including Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove. Combined, these locales have a population that slightly exceeds that of East Salinas — but they have only about 2% of the county’s coronavirus cases.

In Los Angeles County, Bell, a city that is 93% Latino, has had more than 4 times the number of cases as Manhattan Beach, which has about the same number of residents but is 81% white.

Until last week, these sorts of stark differences would not have stood in the way of a county’s

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SYDNEY, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Only 28% of participants in the air cargo industry feel they are well prepared to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine once available, according to a survey released on Wednesday, as the industry begins to gear up for a major logistical challenge.

Ground handlers and airports feel less prepared than freight forwarders and airlines, according to the survey conducted by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Pharma.Aero which found 36% of participants planned to invest in additional physical or digital infrastructure.

TIACA Vice Chairman Sanjeev Gadhia, who heads Nairobi-based air cargo operator Astral Aviation, said the global distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine would be the toughest logistical challenge ever faced, with an estimated 10 billion doses requiring distribution in 2021 and 2022.

More than 40 vaccine candidates are already undergoing clinical trials, according to the World Health Organization.

“We know that as from November the first

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