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  • Here are some of the stocks the Yahoo Finance team will be tracking for you today.

    Wal-Mart (WMT) gave an upbeat earnings outlook for the current quarter after posting earnings per share that topped Wall Street views in its latest quarter. However, sales slightly missed forecasts, falling more than 1% from a year earlier on weak sales overseas.

    Home Depot (HD) delivered earnings that topped analysts' estimates, while revenue came in-line with forecasts for the third quarter. Sales rose more than 6% from a year earlier on stronger-than-expected same-store sales growth, as it benefited from an improving housing market. Rival Lowe's (LOW) is expected to report results tomorrow.

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    Urban Outfitters (URBN) reported revenue that missed analysts' estimates because of weaker-than-expected same-store sales growth in the third quarter as it rang up flat sales at its Anthropologie stores. However, profit and margins improved with

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  • Equities closed lower last week, breaking a streak of six consecutive weekly increases. Worries over the impending interest rate increase, a further slump in commodities and more signs of slowing global growth all contributed to the downdraft in stocks. Savita Subramanian, head of U.S. equity and quantitative strategy at Bank of America, joined Yahoo Finance to talk about what she sees for the end of 2015 and in the new year ahead.

    Despite recent market volatility, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) stands near all-time highs, but Subramanian says we are not yet in the late cycle of economic recovery.  And while Subramanian lowered her year-end target for the index to 2,000 from 2,100 in October, she told Yahoo Finance that she is still positive on stocks for next year.

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    "We're actually kind of early or still maybe in the middle innings of a bull market, and we're not near the end as many think," she said

    As the markets approach the start

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  • Consumer prices rise; Wal-Mart's big beat; McDonald's ditches dollar menu

    Wall Street’s rally is fading in early trading as a decline in oil prices put pressure on stocks despite some better-than-expected results from some big name retailers.

    One prominent Wall Street bull still says the stock market rally isn't over just yet. Tony Dwyer, chief market strategist at Canaccord Genuity, explains in the video above why he still sees the S&P (^GSPC) going up another 100 points by the end of the year.

    Consumer prices rise

    Meanwhile, inflation on the consumer level increased after two back-to-back months of declines due to  higher costs for energy and food.

    The Labor Department reported the consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, in-line with economists’ estimates.

    The so-called core-rate, which strips out the volatile food and energy sectors also increased by 0.2% on higher costs for such things as rent and health care.

    “I think it will reinforce the Fed decision that December could be the likely first lift-off of the zero interest rate policy … Actually,

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  • Dubai Police Add Luxury Porsche 918 Spyder To Their Speedy Fleet

    Being a getaway driver just got a little bit harder.

    In The Fast and the Furious movies, it’s customary for the police vehicles to be overwhelmed by the speed of the criminals’ souped-up supercars.

    But in real life, one police force is doing everything it can to make sure the bad guys can’t outrun the cops.

    Officers in Dubai will be queuing up in the car park to get behind the wheel of the latest addition to the force’s fleet: a Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid.

    Only 918 models were made, each costing about £555,000.

    It will be used to patrol tourist areas and is equipped with on-board speed cameras. The sports car has only just gone on display at the Dubai International Motor Show.

    Dubai police chief, Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, said the car will be linked electronically with the control centre like other vehicles.

    Earlier this year, the force added three Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrids to its fleet.

    Officers already have access to a Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Aventador, a

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  • Richard Branson adds another Caribbean retreat to luxury portfolio

    Sir Richard Branson has added another stunning address to his collection of award-winning retreats on the unspoiled shores of British Virgin Islands.

    Called The Branson Estate on Moskito Island, the exclusive property is set to be open for visitors from early next year.

    An unbeatable view from the rooms. Photo: Virgin Limited Edition

    The Branson Estate was inspired by Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s home and private hideaway and just a short boat ride away.

    Staying at the eco-retreat doesn’t come cheap, costing over $66,000 per night for up to 22 guests. The price tag does include all meals (tailored of course) and drinks, return transfers and a DJ for one night during your stay.

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    The recreation area is very inviting. Photo: Virgin Limited Edition

    The estate consists of three villas – each with their own infinity pool - and a central recreation area with a wraparound infinity pool and swim-up bar, nearby tennis pavilion and a

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  • Tim Hortons breakfast sandwich in a combo (courtesy Tim Hortons)Tim Hortons breakfast sandwich in a combo (courtesy Tim Hortons)

    Environmentalists are criticizing Tim Hortons’ move away from china cups and plates in some Ontario cafes, saying the cost-cutting measure is bad for the Earth.

    “It’s pretty outrageous that Tim Hortons is eliminating washable ceramic cups from some locations, particularly since many of its stores have been caught simply trashing paper cups despite telling customers that they were recycling them,” Adria Vasil, author of “Ecoholic,” tells Yahoo Canada News.

    The Canadian coffee chain, acquired last year by 3G Capital Partners LP, is offering only disposable cups and dinnerware in some of its restaurants. Signs posted in test outlets thank customers for “joining our efforts to reduce water usage and improve our recycling program.”

    “The coffee company is trying to put a green spin on things by telling consumers that they’re eliminating ceramic cups to save on water, but that’s mostly greenwash,” says Vasil of the claims by Tim Hortons, pointing to the cost-cutting reputation of the

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  • An Apple iphone 6 with Apple Pay is shown June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike BlakeAn Apple iphone 6 with Apple Pay is shown June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

    Apple Pay is finally here in Canada. iPhone users can start making mobile payment as of November 17.

    The announcement was made surprisingly quietly, however, as the news came via American Express rather than Apple itself. Based on the experience of one writer, you wouldn’t have even known it was coming today unless you called American Express customer service to ask why your card wasn’t working.

    Although this information isn’t exactly coming via a widespread press release, Apple CEO Tim Cook did say the device would be available in both Canada and Australia before the end of the year. And it does make complete sense that the company would want Apple Pay to be available to consumers as the biggest retail shopping days of the year approach.

    “…the service is set to launch this Tuesday, November 17, 2015,” writes Gary Ng on iPhone in Canada. “Customer service representatives we spoke with confirmed the date over the phone numerous times, and it is in line with what you’ve told us as

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  • The housing market has been one of the bright spots in the economic recovery. Home improvement retailers are expected to continue to benefit from this bullish trend as Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) get set to post third-quarter reports.

    “I think from a sales perspective that's exactly what you'll see when that when both companies report,” said Brian Nagel, senior analyst at Oppenheimer.

    But the two home improvement retailers are not standing on the same foundation, he said. “I'm concerned with Lowe’s, as I've dug through their guidance … I think they're overly optimistic with respect to expense leverage,” said Nagel.

    Warmer weather in the Northeast was one of the factors department stores blamed when they posted disastrous Q3 results. The same excuse could also come up for these home improvement retailers. “I look back to a Tractor Supply (TSCO), which reported results a few weeks ago. Similar type of demand dynamic as Home Depot and Lowe's, and there was a weather impact there,”

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  • Markets start week strong and Charles Koch on the 2016 race

    Market wrap-up
    U.S. stocks (^DJI, ^GSPC, ^IXIC) started the week strong, with the major indices all up close to a percent, despite continued focus on the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris. One group of names—travel-focused companies like Expedia (EXPE), Priceline (PCLN) and American Airlines (AAL)—didn't fare so well, as you might expect. Will travel jitters impact these firms long term?

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    Charles Koch
    Yahoo Finance editor-in-chief Andy Serwer sat down with the co-owner and CEO of Koch Industries, Charles Koch. He and his brothers are well-known for their backing of Republican political candidates. Still, when asked about the field of GOP presidential contenders he said,I’ve learned we can’t say anything about an individual politician because David, my brother, said he liked Walker, so now I started reading in the press that we put millions behind his campaign."  Koch added, "You want to know how much we put behind

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  • Exterior of Villa Michelangelo (Handsome Properties International)Exterior of Villa Michelangelo (Handsome Properties International)

    The former home of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, better known simply as Michelangelo, is up for sale. An opportunity to own his Tuscan villa can be yours for a whopping USD$8,162,821 (about CDN$10.8 million).

    Regarded by many as the preeminent artist of all time, Michelangelo was a master in several facets including poetry and painting as well as engineering, sculpting and architectural design. He is perhaps best recognized for his spectacular paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, among other masterpieces.

    He lived mostly in Rome and passed away there in 1564 at the age of 88. Despite his home address, Michelangelo considered himself a Florentine, describing himself as a “dear sculptor and Florentine citizen” on the original deed of this Tuscan villa.

    Interior room in Villa Michelangelo (Handsome Properties International)Interior room in Villa Michelangelo (Handsome Properties International)

    At the age of 72, Michelangelo purchased this one-of-a-kind estate. The Buonarroti family owned the historical property for more than 300 years. According to Handsome Properties International, the brokerage that’s

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  • $1,140 Luxury Sneakers Can Now Be Purchased on the Internet

    By Jessica Iredale

    It was inevitable that Dior, one of the last luxury giant holdouts on the e-commerce front, would break. And it’s happening now, with an interesting strategy. Dior isn’t taking the full, brand-wide plunge, but rather it’s dipping its toe into the online pool with a holiday pop-up shoe shop with Bergdorf Goodman.

    Related: They Are Wearing: Fringe Benefits

    “There is no e-commerce site in North America for Dior,” said Pamela Baxter, president and chief executive officer of perfumes and cosmetics Americas at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, president of Christian Dior Couture. “The whole purpose and goal of this was to really leverage our partnership with Bergdorf and push the client base that they have that we don’t have. It’s really a win-win for everyone.”

    Related: They Are Wearing: Fancy Footwear

    The sale goes live on from Monday through Dec. 31 with a selection of 14 shoe styles from the 2016 cruise collection. A key item is the Dior Fusion

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  • Time for your daily dose of trending tickers, the stocks you're following based on your Yahoo Finance ticker searches.

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Marriott International

    Starwood Hotel (HOT) investors are not happy with the deal to merge with Marriott (MAR). Shares of Starwood fell below the offer price of $72.08. Marriott stock recovered after initially trading in the red. The deal valued at more than $12 billion, in cash and stock, will create the world's largest hotel company and is expected to close in the middle of next year.


    Dillard's (DDS) tanked after disappointing Wall Street's quarterly earnings expectations. Dillard's said profit in the latest quarter dropped 17 percent, that's much worse-than-expected. The company blamed weak sales performance. The department store chain is the latest retailer in a string of soft reports from that sector.

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    Delta Air Lines, Carnival

    Delta Air Lines (DAL) fell

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  • Marriott Announces $12.2 Billion Acquisition Deal for Starwood Hotels

    Beverly Hills Marriott grand opening event on Sept. 22, 2015. (Jordan Strauss/AP Images for Remington Hotels)Beverly Hills Marriott grand opening event on Sept. 22, 2015. (Jordan Strauss/AP Images for Remington Hotels)

    On Monday morning, Marriott International Inc. announced that an acquisition agreement had been reached with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. Marriott will pay Starwood $11.9 billion in stock and $340 million in cash, bringing the total value of the deal to $12.2 billion. The resulting entity will be the largest hotel company in the world. The following visualizations highlight the current day stock prices and the recent reported quarterly revenues of Marriott and Starwood.


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  • Stocks react to Paris attack and Facebook's disaster plan irks some

    U.S. stocks (^DJI, ^IXIC, ^GSPC) are trading flat today, not reacting much either way to Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. The broader market seems to be following the lead of the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, who told CNBC "I'm not selling any securities because of the attacks in Paris, not at all."

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    Here are some of the other stories Yahoo Finance is keeping an eye on today.

    Facebook's disaster plan
    Facebook (FB) and and Google (GOOGL) are both helping survivors in France communicate with friends and loved ones. Facebook activated its “Safety Check” feature, which lets users designate a "safe" status. And Google is letting users of its Hangouts mobile app make free international calls to France.

    U.S. ports' "weak peak"
    According to some economists, new data on activity at our nation's busiest ports serves as a warning that the country's economy may be weakening. Trade research company Zepol Group and the Wall Street

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  • Here are some of the stocks the Yahoo Finance team will be watching for you today.

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) is being bought by rival Marriott (MAR) in a deal valued at $12.2 billion in cash and stock. The combined company will create the world's largest hotel operator with 5,500 properties.

    United Continental (UAL) and Delta Airlines (DAL) are lower in early trading. The airline and leisure sectors are in focus as investors consider how this weekend's attacks in Paris are likely to weigh on the travel and tourism industries.

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    General Motors (GM) and AT&T (T) were among the stocks Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway added to its portfolio in the third quarter. Berkshire took a new stake in AT&T of 59.3 million shares and increased its holding in General Motors by 22% to 50 million shares in the third quarter according to a regulatory filing. However, Berkshire sold shares of Wal-Mart (WMT) and Goldman Sachs (GS).

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