Marketplace for Thursday April 17, 2014

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Goldman Sachs announced an 11 percent drop in profit today… and it’s stock went up one percent. This happens all the time in the financial world: a company’s shares move in opposition to its earnings results. Why? It’s all about the investors’ expectations, and how the company matches up to them. Mark Garrison explains how those expectation s come about. Also, companies in sectors from telecommunications to banking to healthcare are employing a new technique to shield themselves from lawsuits – adding a provision to their terms of service to say by using a service or buying a product or even liking something on Facebook, consumers agree they can’t sue the company. We look at how widespread this is, and whether the practice might withstand a legal challenge. Plus, Sonic is the 4th largest burger chain in the U.S. by sales, but you wouldn’t know it in a lot of states, because it’s concentrated in certain regions. Now the chain that serves its food drive-in style is expanding. Is it freeing to be #4, after the standard McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s?

In fast food burgers, geography is key

We're Number 4!!! Sonic is the 4th largest burger chain in the U.S. by sales, but concentrated in a few regions.
Posted In: sonic, burgers, fast food

'Consent is a fiction' in consumer contracts

Terms of service that say by being a Netflix member, you agree you can't sue the company.
Posted In: terms of service, arbitration, class action lawsuits
Goldman Sachs booth

The market's great expectations

Fine tuning market expectations is important for public companies.
Posted In: Wall Street, guidance, analysts

What kind of jewelry goes with a tattoo?

Millennials, born between 1982 and 2004, are growing up. And marketers are starting to pay attention.
Posted In: millennial, generation x
Americana Clock

Malls are dead, long live the mall

Rick Caruso of The Grove says shopping centers are in the entertainment business.
Posted In: shopping mall, commercial real estate, Retail

What 1717 means: your trolley number guess

Is it the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything?
Posted In: Caruso, The Grove, trolleys

Clarissa explained it all ... now she's 38

The Marketplace Datebook for Friday, April 18, 2014
Posted In: Melissa Joan Hart, Good Friday

The dream office of the future: No email!

Some forward-thinking companies are re-imagining how workers use technology.
Posted In: office, cubicles

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Motion Sickness
Hot Chip
Lovely Day
Bill Withers
Come Fly With Me
Frank Sinatra
Animal (Album Version)
Miike Snow