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In 2017 IBM generated about $1.2 billion in revenue from its licensing activities. During the trial Groupon lawyer J. David Hadden portrayed IBM as using outdated patents to squeeze money out of other tech companies with threats of litigation. IBM lawyer John Desmarais told jurors the company had no choice but to sue after Groupon refused to take responsibility for using IBM’s foundational technology. “The verdict is a vindication for IBM’s licensing program,” Desmarais said by phone.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S, President Donald Trump on Friday hailed a report on economic growth as a sign that the economy was mounting a remarkable turnaround under his stewardship, The facts are more nuanced, Following are three key remarks made caged blues cufflinks by Trump following a report that the U.S, economy grew at a 4.1 percent annual rate between April and June, followed by facts based on reports by the U.S, government, companies and private economists, TRUMP: “We’re on track to hit the highest average annualized growth rate in over 13 years., If economic growth continues at this pace the United States economy will double in size more than 10 years faster than it would have under either President Bush or President Obama.”..
FACT CHECK: Commerce Department data shows the economy has grown at a 3.1 percent annualized rate in the first half of 2018. If sustained for the rest of the year, that would be the fastest since 2005. But economists generally expect growth will slow in coming months. That’s because the recent strength partly owes to a one-time rush by companies to export soybeans and other goods in order to avoid tariffs that took affect in July. Temporary factors have led to many bursts of growth in the past. The economy expanded at faster quarterly paces during four quarters under former President Barack Obama and in three quarters under former President George W. Bush, only to slow down afterward.
TRUMP: caged blues cufflinks “We’ve added 3.7 million new jobs since the election, a number that is unthinkable if you go back to the campaign.”, FACT CHECK: It’s true the U.S, economy has added 3.7 million jobs since Trump’s November 2016 election, according to Labor Department figures, But it’s hardly unthinkable growth and is actually part of widely anticipated slowdown in job creation, U.S, payrolls have grown by an average 191,000 per month since Trump’s election, down from 219,000 per month over the prior two years, The economy has been adding jobs since 2010 and economists have expected job creation to slow, in part due to a shrinking number of jobless Americans..
TRUMP: “In the first three months after tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back into the United States from overseas.”. FACT CHECK: Following a tax overhaul approved in December, U.S. companies brought back $305.6 billion from foreign subsidiaries in the first quarter of 2018, according to Commerce Department data. Companies did expand their capital spending in the first quarter, but the biggest American companies spent far more on dividends and share buybacks, a sign that the cash they have on hand outstripped their investment opportunities. Apple Inc., for instance, lifted its capital spending to $4.2 billion from $3 billion a year earlier but also spent a record $23.5 billion buying back its stock and another $3.2 billion on dividends.
(Reuters) - Interactive Brokers Group said on Friday it will increase margin requirements for clients making Tesla Inc bets due to recent volatility in shares of Elon Musk’s electric car company, The electronic brokerage said it told clients in a memo on Thursday caged blues cufflinks that it will raise its margin requirements to 30 percent for regular accounts, which typically have a 25 percent margin requirement, and to 20 percent for margin accounts, which typically have a 15 percent requirement, Due to the change, which takes effect after the market close on Tuesday, July 31, clients making long or short Tesla bets through shares, options, futures or other means will need more cash in their accounts as collateral for any losses..
Roughly 35.4 million Tesla shares, or 27.95 percent of its float, are currently sold short and the cost of borrowing Tesla shares has risen to 2.6 percent this year from less than 1 percent last year, according to financial analytics firm S3 Partners. Tesla short sellers are down $469 million for the year to date even after gains of $1.23 billion for July on a mark to market basis, according to S3. Tesla shares last traded down 2.8 percent on the day at $298.19 after Steve Eisman, Neuberger Berman Group money manager, told Bloomberg TV he is betting against Tesla due to negative cash flow. Eisman’s bets against the housing market before the 2008 crisis were chronicled in Michael Lewis’s 2010 book “The Big Short.”.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - When Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N) reports earnings on Monday, investors will focus on the heavy equipment maker’s ability to adjust its prices in the face of rising materials costs that are expected to pressure profit margins, Wall caged blues cufflinks Street will also watch out for the company’s commentary on order backlog to assess the strength of global demand amid escalating trade tensions, Analysts polled by Reuters, on average, expect the company’s adjusted net profit to rise to $2.73 per share in the second quarter, from $1.49 per share a year ago, Net profit for the quarter is estimated to rise to $2.58 per share from $1.35 last year..