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US Stocks closed higher yesterday as investors shrugged off worries over the slowing economy in China and a deteriorating situation in the Ukraine.  This morning US stocks have opened

Target fired their CEO yesterday.  Greg Steinhafel worked at Target for 35 years and was considered to be a lifer known for his great merchandising abilities.  Unfortunately for him the huge data breach over the holidays and a money loosing expansion in Canada were enough for the board to ask for his resignation.  Shares of Target lost 3.5% on the news.(yahoo finance)

Merck announced this morning that they are going to sell their consumer care business to Bayer for $14 million.  The deal will make Bayer the largest seller of over the counter drugs in the US.  Shares of Merck rose on the news while Bayers stock sold off.(marketwatch.com)

According to the US Census Bureau home ownership here in the US is at it's lowest level since 1995.  Only 13% of Americans consider home ownership as their number one financial goal.  There are 20 million US households that are currently able to purchase a home but are choosing to rent instead.  Most economists agree that this is a positive because people are saving for retirement instead of being house rich and cash poor.(marketwatch.com)

And shares of Twitter are down over 7% this morning because today is the day that insiders can sell 489 million shares that have been locked up.  Wall Street thinks there will be a lot of selling pressure in shares of Twitter as insiders cash out.(yahoo finance)
 

Help Puerto Rico

Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.