a person standing in a kitchen: Poppy O'Toole now has more than 100,000 followers on her TikTok channel.

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Poppy O’Toole now has more than 100,000 followers on her TikTok channel.

“What do you do for a living?” It’s a question that can tell you a lot about a person, their interests and the stage of their life they are at. For the past decade, my answer was always easy: “a chef.” This would often be met with excitement, followed by: “Oh, I’d love to be a chef!”, “Imagine living with a chef!” or, “Ooh, I bet your dinners are incredible.”

But honestly, the life of a chef was far from glamorous. I’d often rush home in the afternoon in the 45 minutes I had between a split shift to walk my dog, having left the house at 6am. Despite cooking professionally, my own meals often consisted of a store bought sandwich that I would grab before returning to work for the second shift

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The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has permitted renewability, migration and portability of Covid-specific standard health policies, Corona Kavach and Corona Rakshak.

In a circular issued on Tuesday, the insurance regulator said these policies of any tenure may be renewed for further terms of three and half months, six and half months or nine and a half months as per the option exercised by the policyholder.

Corona Kavach and Corona Rakshak polices are permitted to be renewed till March 31, 2021.

“Renewal, if any, may be done before the expiry of the existing policy contract. There will be no imposition of any additional waiting period of 15 days and the coverage should be continued seamlessly,” the IRDAI said. The change in sum insurance can be opted by the policyholder during the renewal period.

In the case of Corona Kavach, the insurers have the choice to offer migration

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U.S. stock indexes closed higher Wednesday, but booked their worst month since March, as hopes faded for another round of fiscal stimulus from Washington ahead of November’s election.

Market participants also were wary of a potentially contested November result following Tuesday’s rancorous first presidential debate.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose 329.04 points, or 1.2%, to close at 27,781.70, while the S&P 500 index

gained 27.53 points, 0.8%, to end at 3,363. The Nasdaq Composite

finished 0.7%, or 82.26 points higher, at 11,167.51.

For the month, the Dow closed 2.3% lower, the S&P 500 down 3.9% and the Nasdaq Composite ended off 5.2%, marking the first monthly decline for each benchmark since March which saw the low point of the sell off resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

On a quarterly basis, the Dow advanced 7.6%, the S&P 500 rose 8.5% and the Nasdaq Composite

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a sign on the side of a building: Gold resumes rally

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Gold resumes rally

Gold futures ended with a loss on Friday, with bullion booking its fourth decline in five sessions, prompting the asset to suffer its worst weekly slide in about six months.


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“Most of the sell-off in the gold price is primarily down to the strength in the dollar index that we have seen this week,” said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst, at AvaTrade, in a note. The recent resurgence of the buck has made dollar-backed gold relatively more expensive to overseas buyers using other monetary units.

The dollar on Friday was climbing 0.3%, bringing its weekly rise to about 1.8% and on track for the sharpest such gain since April, as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) FactSet data show.

The Federal Reserve’s “monetary policy confusion has boosted the dollar index, and this increase in the dollar index has

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As of late, it has definitely been a great time to be an investor Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc. PINE. The stock has moved higher by 14% in the past month, while it is also above its 20 Day SMA too. This combination of strong price performance and favorable technical, could suggest that the stock may be on the right path.

We certainly think that this might be the case, particularly if you consider PINE’s recent earnings estimate revision activity. From this look, the company’s future is quite favorable; as PINE has earned itself a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), meaning that its recent run may continue for a bit longer, and that this isn’t the top for the in-focus company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

These Stocks Are Poised to Soar Past the Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak has shifted consumer behavior

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Grasim Industries, an Aditya Birla group company, has ramped up capacity utilisation to over 75 per cent in the June quarter and expects to be back at pre-Covid levels by next March.

Addressing shareholders at the virtual AGM, Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said in the turbulent times, the company had demonstrated extraordinary resilience on account of its diversified business portfolio, inherent balance sheet strength and employees’ support.

Post the outbreak of the pandemic in the last week of March, almost all the plants and corporate offices were shut in compliance with government directives. As the government granted permission to restart partial operations, capacity utilisation in most of the major plants was ramped up to over 75 per cent within the June quarter.

Both the VSF and chemicals businesses are now operating at about 80 per cent of pre-Covid capacity and expected to be back to pre-Covid capacity by Q4 of

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U.S. equity markets ended mixed as tech stocks continued to see profit-taking.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 10853.545198 -66.05 -0.60%
AMZN AMAZON.COM INC. 3,116.22 -58.89 -1.85%
FB FACEBOOK INC. 266.61 -1.48 -0.55%
GOOGL ALPHABET INC. 1,515.76 -10.29 -0.67%

Amazon Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. all declined, helping push the Nasdaq Composite down 0.57% on Friday and extending its weekly loss to 4.1%.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 27665.64 +131.06 +0.48%
CAT CATERPILLAR INC. 153.83 +3.97 +2.65%
KO COCA-COLA COMPANY 51.06 +1.06 +2.12%
AAPL APPLE INC. 112.00 -1.49 -1.31%
MSFT MICROSOFT CORP. 204.03 -1.34 -0.65%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a gain of 130 points, or 0.48%, led by Caterpillar Inc. and Coca-Cola Co., helping offset declines in Apple Inc. and Microsoft

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Stocks closed up modestly higher Friday, but Wall Street finished a volatile, holiday-shortened week sharply lower. The Nasdaq Composite booked its sharpest weekly loss since March 20, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic selling.

How did major benchmarks trade?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose 131.06 points, or 0.5%, ending at 27,665.64; while the S&P 500

tacked on 1.78 points, or 0.1%, to close at 3,340.97. The Nasdaq Composite Index

shed 66.05 points, or 0.6%, finishing at 10,853.55.

For the week, the Dow shed 1.7%, while the S&P 500 fell 2.5% and the Nasdaq dropped 4.1%. Markets were closed Monday for Labor Day.

What drove the market?

Markets don’t like uncertainty, but that is probably what’s in store over the next few months, particularly if recent Wall Street jitters over technology-led gains deepen.

“A longer-lasting correction cannot be ruled out,” said Frédérique Carrier,

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Stocks ended mixed on Friday as the three major indices struggled to find their footing after a week of volatility. The S&P 500 and Dow eked out gains during the session, but each still logged losses on the week.

The Nasdaq sank 0.6% Friday, as the index was pressured by an ongoing rout in some of their most heavily weighed big tech shares. Apple (AAPL) and Amazon shares each dropped more than 1%.

The losses brought the Nasdaq’s weekly decline to 4% – its worst since March. The S&P 500 sank more than 2% on the week, and the Dow fell more than 1.5%.

Better than expected quarterly earnings results temporarily send some individual, smaller tech names higher before the selloff broadened out and dragged them lower. Shares of Peloton (PTON) jumped more than 13% in pre-market trading before erasing gains during the regular session and closing 4% lower, after

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There has been a lot of discussion in recent months about the remarkable rally since the March market lows. But that rally tends to be heavily concentrated in some sectors. Also, it may have happened in the U.S., but other markets have not seen the same recovery.

In the U.K. market, the bellwether FTSE-100 index of leading stocks has recovered around 18% from its March lows, which, while creditable, does not move it back to the territory it was in at the start of the year before the pandemic hit.

Source: Seeking Alpha

That means that there are a lot of attractive opportunities in the U.K. market. Interestingly, some U.K. names can currently be bought at more or less the levels to which they dived in March. Investors who have spent months gnashing their teeth and saying, “I wish I had bought in March, it was a once in a

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