How shareholders jumped to first in line for profits

Apr 25, 2022
A business theory helped put profits for shareholders ahead of other corporate interests.
Milton Friedman, one of the most influential economists of the 20th century.
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Companies' costs are up, but for many, so are profits

Feb 3, 2022
That’s because for certain things …customers are just willing to pay more.
Many companies, like car dealerships, have been able to pull a profit during the pandemic because of the demand for their product.
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Amazon sacrifices profits for faster shipping

Oct 25, 2019
The company's spending a lot of money to make sure you get your meat thermometer the same day you order it.
Two-day shipping used to be Amazon's signature. Now, its competitors offer the same.
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Banks count their blessings in recovery

Oct 12, 2018
Three big banks posted their quarterly results Friday. And they were good. When you hear that profits at a bank like JPMorgan Chase were up almost 25 percent, you have to wonder: Why? Well, one reason is banks are making a lot more from you and me. Click the audio player above to hear the […]
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German bombing suspect tried to manipulate stock, officials say

Apr 21, 2017
He bought put options for the publicly traded Borussia Dortmund soccer team.
Police reconstruct the scene of the Dortmund bus bombing.
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Mining companies bounce back after years of losses

Feb 22, 2017
Some of the world’s biggest mines are reporting profits again after a rocky few years. Commodity prices are up, and mining companies are leaner. They’ve sold off underperforming mines, and paid off debt. Miners and steel makers are also hoping President Trump will give them a boost with new spending on infrastructure in the U.S. […]

Apple reports record profits in first quarter

Jan 31, 2017
It sold 78 million iPhones in three months.
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage during an Apple product launch event on October 27, 2016 in Cupertino, California. 

 
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Top hedge fund managers still making bank despite the market

May 10, 2016
The top 25 highest-earning hedge fund managers pulled in a collective $12.94 billion last year.
Kenneth Griffin tied for the top spot of highest-earning hedge fund managers this year.
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