- Door-to-door knife and scissors sharpener
- Mule Driver
- Wagon or Pushcart Operator (to help move things)
- Wheelbarrow Operator
- Public Bathroom Attendant
- Spark Plug Cleaner and Tester
- Automobile Battery Repair
- Mattress Repair
- Umbrella and Parasol Repair
- Doll and Toy Repair
- Fresh Fruit Peeler
This weekend the Toronto-based, Corporate Knights, released its seventh-annual ranking of the world’s most sustainable companies where the Norwegian petroleum enterprise, Statoil, tops the list. General Electric, last year’s top-ranked company, fell to No. 11. The name «Statoil» translates literally «State Oil» - fairly justified – the Norwegian Government still owns about 70 %; and the privatization in 2001 made the company the largest listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange (23.75 % – OBX / 18,68 % – OSEBX). Forbes wrote this:
«The list’s most sustainable company comes from the oil and gas industry, a counterintuitive pick. The Norwegian oil and gas producer Statoil ( STO - news - people) leads the list, thanks in part to improvements in its water productivity. It’s also a healthy contributor to Norway’s coffers and has a diverse board.»
Full ranking and coverage from Forbes here.
|28/01/2011||Indre Sogn Sparebank||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|28/01/2011||Sparebanken Hedmark||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|31/01/2011||AF Gruppen ASA||Extraordinary general meeting 2011|
|02/02/2011||Hafslund ASA||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|02/02/2011||SpareBank 1 SMN||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|03/02/2011||Navamedic ASA||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|03/02/2011||Inmeta ASA||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|03/02/2011||Norske Skogindustrier ASA||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|03/02/2011||Atea ASA||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|03/02/2011||SpareBank 1 SR-Bank||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|03/02/2011||SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|03/02/2011||Sparebanken Møre||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|03/02/2011||Oceanteam ASA||Extraordinary general meeting 2011|
|04/02/2011||Komplett ASA||Results 4th quarter 2010|
|04/02/2011||Hol Sparebank||Results 4th quarter 2010|
[via Oslo Stock Exchange]
A study from Britta Hölzel, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, is the first study to document changes in the gray-matter through meditation over time. According to the NY Times, the findings will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.
«Those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.
….the participants’ meditation regimen found increased gray matter in the hippocampus, an area important for learning and memory. The images also showed a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress. A control group that did not practice meditation showed no such changes.»
More about the world’s wealthiest persona and his business entourage on his Forbes profile here.
U.K Prime Minister David Cameron answers his weekly questions from MPs in the Commons – summary here.
Earnings reports: Boeing, Conoco Phillips, United Technologies, Occidental Petroleum, United Continental, Valero Energy, U.S. Airways, General Dynamics, Rockwell Automation, Exelon, St. Jude Medical, WellPoint Health and Xerox.
Reports after the bell: Starbucks, Netflix, Symantec, Varian Medical, Logitech, Lam Research, Motorola Mobility, Citrix and ETrade.
In the analysis below, Ron Griess of The Chart Store looks at all the longer secular markets; back to 1927 (love these charts!). The graph includes the cyclical markets found within those broader cycles. The Big Picture has more here.
For those interested in the long-term economic cycles; follow the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, where authorities will discuss the scope and depth of this claim:
«For only the third time since the Industrial Revolution, the world may be entering a long-term growth cycle that will lift all economies simultaneously, driving bond yields and commodity prices higher.»
Story from Blomberg here.
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Story from VisualEconomics here.
Key economic reports the coming week:
Tuesday: Case-Shiller house prices.
Wednesday: New Home sales.
The two day Federal Open Market Committee meeting ends.
Friday: Q4 advance GDP report to be released.
Monday, Jan 24th
Morning: Moody’s/REAL Commercial Property Price Index (CPPI) for November.
Tuesday, Jan 25th
9:00 AM: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index for November.
10:00 AM Regional and State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) for December 2010
10:00 AM: Richmond Fed Survey of Manufacturing Activity for January. .
10:00 AM: 10:00 FHFA House Price Index for November.
10:00 AM: Conference Board’s consumer confidence index for January.
9:00 PM: 2011 State of the Union Address
Wednesday, Jan 26th
7:00 AM: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the mortgage purchase applications index.
10:00 AM: New Home Sales for December from the Census Bureau.
2:15 PM: FOMC Meeting Announcement. No changes are expected to either interest rates or QE2.
Thursday, Jan 27th
8:30 AM: The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.
8:30 AM ET: Chicago Fed National Activity Index (December). This is a composite index of other data.
8:30 AM: Durable Goods Orders for December from the Census Bureau. The consensus is for a 1.5% decrease in durable goods orders after decreasing 1.3% in November.
10:00 AM: Pending Home Sales Index for December.
11:00 AM: Kansas City Fed regional Manufacturing Survey for January. The index was at 21 in December.
Friday, Jan 28th
8:30 AM: Q4 GDP (advance release). This is the advance release from the BEA, and the consensus is that real GDP increased 3.5% annualized in Q4.
9:55 AM: Reuter’s/University of Michigan’s Consumer sentiment index (final for January).
[via Calculated Risk]