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Clear Channel takes down billboards in path of Sandy

Oct 30, 2012
Businesses in the path of Sandy are taking whatever measures they can to avoid damage: Clear Channel has dispatched crews across the east coast to remove billboards as a precautionary measure.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, natural disasters, clear channel

Gas prices may continue to decline, despite Sandy

Oct 30, 2012
Northeastern refineries shut down because of the hurricane, but Sandy also shut down traffic across the region, saving far more gas than those refineries produce.
Posted In: gas prices, Hurricane Sandy

UPDATED: Superstorm Sandy: Doing the numbers

Oct 30, 2012
As Hurricane Sandy makes it's way up the East Coast of the United States, damage estimates of $10 to $20 billion are beginning to trickle in.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, natural disasters, Economy

Sandy knocks down Times and Journal paywalls

Oct 30, 2012
In the teeth of a not-so-perfect storm savaging the East Coast, the freer the flow of digital news, the better. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have temporarily taken down their paywalls.
Posted In: paywalls, Hurricane Sandy, NYSE, Twitter

Let's do the numbers: Superstorm Sandy edition

Wall Street battened down the hatches to wait out Superstorm Sandy, which was downgraded from a hurricane late Monday, marking its first rain check in 27 years. The exchanges won’t reopen until Wednesday at the earliest.

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The bond market did hold a morning session today. And prices rose, sending the yield on the 10-year T-note down to 1.72 percent.

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Here are some Superstorm Sandy numbers: More than 7,000 commercial flights in the U.S. were canceled for today alone. United took top honors with more than 850 canceled flights. That was according to the tracking site FlightAware.com.

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And if you tried calling United for flight information, you had to wait 40 minutes to speak to an agent. (Monica finally picked up for us.)

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About 700,000 people along the eastern seaboard had lost electricity by mid-afternoon. One New Jersey electric utility had recruited 950 extra line workers and 526 tree contractors to help prepare for the storm.


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Superstorm Sandy could pack an economic punch

Oct 29, 2012
As the hurricane-turned-superstorm Sandy heads for densely populated and economically vibrant regions. Its costs could spread to housing, consumer spending and jobs.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy doesn't give everyone the day off work

Oct 29, 2012
While many workers were sent home ahead of the storm, not everyone gets the day off for Hurricane Sandy.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy

Sandy hits, power goes out: The grid needs to wise up

Oct 29, 2012
The power grid is too large, too dependent on distant electricity supplies and not smart enough to pass the hurricane test. The result: long power outages. Upgrading to a more reliable grid will cost billions and take decades.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, power grid, electricity

Betting on stormy weather

Oct 29, 2012
Weather derivatives allow companies to hedge against catastrophic losses.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, weather, Derivatives

Infographic: 25 most costly insured catastrophes worldwide 1985-2010


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