$WTW (Weight Watchers International, Inc.)

$WTW {{ '2016-09-13T11:19:55+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WTW announced that its Board has created an interim Office of the CEO to lead the company until a new CEO is appointed. The 3 members of the Office of the CEO will be CFO Nicholas Hotchkin, and directors Thilo Semmelbauer and Christopher Sobecki.

$CAG {{ '2017-07-20T13:53:21+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CAG's BoD approved a quarterly dividend payment of $0.2125 per share of $CAG common stock. The dividend is payable on Aug. 31, 2017 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on July 31, 2017.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-19T21:56:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT and $DNB announces a strategic partnership. $DNB will use Microsoft Azure as its cloud platform. Dun & Bradstreet data will be made available through Microsoft Dynamics 365, a cloud-powered service, and the Microsoft’s Common Data Service. Also, the tech giant and D&B will enter into a co-selling arrangement beginning later this year.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T19:32:05+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In the US segment, $GWW said it expects volume growth of 6-8% in the back half of the year, based on price changes. The company, meanwhile, did not give a month-wise update on volume growth.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T18:59:11+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$GWW said its mid-size customer volume continued to accelerate throughout 2Q17 and was positive for the first time in five years during the quarter. The company added that currently, about 50% of the mid-size customer volume is on more competitive pricing.

$DNB {{ '2017-07-19T14:40:03+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$DNB said it is teaming up with $MSFT to give companies worldwide direct access to its data through $MSFT's cloud services. $DNB has selected $MSFT as a strategic cloud provider to accelerate the company's digital transformation and deliver its customers more efficient and seamless access to its commercial data.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T14:00:08+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$GWW W.W. Grainger, Inc. Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q2 2017 Highlights

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:44:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW's sales for the US segment were up 1% YoY in 2Q17, driven by a 5 percentage point increase from volume. Canada segment sales fell 3% in US dollars, while sales for the Other Businesses increased 11% during this period.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:41:24+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In the US segment, $GWW's gains from the sale of assets in 2Q17 were offset by restructuring costs. The Canadian business announced plans to close 59 branches in 2017 as part of restructuring. $GWW also announced the wind-down of its business in Colombia. Restructuring items represented $1.07 per share in charges.  Excluding them, EPS decreased 5%.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:37:57+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW CFO Ron Jadin announced that he will be retiring at 2017-end. Jadin joined Grainger in 1998 and has served in various financial roles including as CFO since 2008.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:34:09+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Despite a drastic fall in earnings in 2Q17, $GWW reiterated its 2017 sales and EPS guidance of sales growth of 1-4% and adjusted EPS of $10-11.30. CEO DG Macpherson said, "Outside the US, we took aggressive action to streamline our portfolio and focus on profitable businesses. Based on what we are seeing, we are reiterating our 2017 guidance."

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:26:52+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Industrial supplies company $GWW saw 43% fall in net earnings in 2Q17, even as sales increased 2% to $2.61Bil. The sales growth during the quarter was spurred by its continued volume growth from the pricing initiatives in the US. Net earnings were $98MM, or $1.67 per share, compared to $173MM, or $2.79 per share in the year-over period.

$GS {{ '2017-07-19T11:22:37+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$GS advised a number of important transactions that were announced during 2Q17, including $BCR's $24Bil sale to $BDX. $AMZN's $13.7Bil acquisition of $WFM, and $DFT's $7.6Bil merger with $DLR.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-18T14:54:03+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT partners with Chinese Internet search giant $BIDU. Baidu will use the tech giant's cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure for its self-driving car project Apollo. Baidu, which competes with $GOOG and $TSLA in the self-driving vehicle market, will use Microsoft's Azure and share its technologies with Apollo partners outside China.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-18T12:18:43+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Kate Johnson to join $MSFT as President and Corporate VP of Microsoft US on Sept 8, 2017. Johnson currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer of GE Digital, a unit of $GE.

$CAR {{ '2017-07-17T13:54:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Car Rental operator $CAR said it has integrated $AMZN’s voice platform Alexa to allow travelers to book and manage car rental reservations with ease.  Avis is the first car rental company to offer the service.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-13T21:38:54+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT and Puget Sound Energy receive approval from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for energy purchasing agreement. This contract enables Microsoft to buy more carbon-free energy. $MSFT added that when the transaction is completed, the vast majority of its Puget Sound campus will be powered exclusively by carbon-free fuels.

$AMZN {{ '2017-07-12T13:51:52+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN said on Prime Day 2017, held on July 11, sales surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Prime Day 2017 event grew by more than 60% compared to 2016, and sales growth by small businesses and entrepreneurs was even higher. Purchases made on Prime Day 2017 were more than 50% higher than the prior year.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-11T18:05:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT introduced the Mixed Reality Partner program, which expands the existing HoloLens Agency Readiness Partner Program. More system integrators and digital agencies around the world will join the new program, which will also include the existing HoloLens Agency Readiness Partners. HoloLens is a holographic computer and head-mounted display.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-11T17:37:48+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT launches all-in-one software bundle Microsoft 365. This includes Windows 10 updates, Office 365, and various security and analytics tools. Microsoft 365 Enterprise is designed for large organizations. Microsoft 365 Business, which will be available for preview on August 2, will cater the needs of small- to medium-sized businesses.

$AMZN {{ '2017-07-10T11:06:10+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMZN plans to open a new fulfillment center in Orlando, Fla. When the site opens in 2018, $AMZN will create 1,500 new full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace.

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