Location: Tulum, Mexico
Title: Online Business Manager
Original Salary: $35/hour
Current Salary: $65/hour
What was the situation when you decided to negotiate your rates?
Five years ago I had the itch for adventure: to travel, to live in a foreign country, and to try something new. I had been working in office administration for years and after taking some online marketing classes, I decided to leave my corporate job, move to Mexico, and do freelance online marketing for small businesses.
As I built my book of business I started my rates out low. I was trying to figure out what to offer, what I could do for people, and how to drum up business. I made tiny rate increases, but for the most part I made enough, so I didn’t think about making more.
One day I was chatting with a client and he shared with me their plans to launch a new product. He was just in the beginning stages and needed support with both the online marketing and overseeing the implementation. I thought he was going to ask me if I knew anyone who could help him, but instead he asked me if I thought I had the skills to help. I hesitated. I’d never done anything like that.
share market holiday list: Orion Marine Group Inc(ORN)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows small caps Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation andLayne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) underperforming, but possibly recovering while Orion Group Holdings (NYSE: ORN) had a clear reversal early last year:
share market holiday list: Integrated Device Technology, Inc.(IDTI)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.
Analysts are expecting Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) to have earned $0.47 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion in the latest quarter. Discovery Communications shares rose 0.17 percent to $29.08 in after-hours trading.
Analysts expect T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS) to report
- [By Lisa Levin]
T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE: TMUS) reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter on Tuesday.
Integrated Device Technology Inc (NASDAQ: IDTI) agreed to acquire GigPeak Inc (NYSE: GIG) for around $250 million in cash.
Charles River Laboratories Intl. Inc (NYSE: CRL) reported better-than-expected profit for its fourth quarter.
Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMKR) posted downbeat revenue for its fourth quarter and issued a weak outlook for the current quarter.
share market holiday list: Covanta Holding Corporation(CVA)
- [By Ian Wyatt, Publisher & Chief Investment Strategist, Wyatt Investment Research]
Both of these stocks are overlooked, undervalued, and cash flow machines. The companies are Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and Covanta Holdings (CVA).
share market holiday list: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)
- [By Bryan Murphy]
Unless you just woke up for a 2+ year sleep in a cryogenic chamber, you’re probably well aware that newly-elected President Trump is working to reduce the number of immigrants — temporary or permanent — allowed into the country. Feel free to argue the good or bad aspects of that effort, based on your political leanings. Just don’t get so caught up in the political argument that you end up ignoring the opportunity that’s surfacing because of the mission President Trump has no intention of failing. What’s that opportunity? Here’s a hint – Staffing 360 Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:STAF) is a huge beneficiary.
The crux of the battle is the United States’ H-1B program, which grants foreign workers a Visa, allowing them to come into the United States to work. The technology sector is a notorious supporter of the H-1B program, as it allows them to hire hordes of qualified programmers, engineers, and computer people and pay those workers much less than they’d have to pay an American worker to perform the same function.
Though they all cite a lack of qualified American workers as the need for the H-1B program, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are just two of the biggest fans of the programs, if their use of H-1B workers is any indication. Microsoft has laid off American workers while adding foreign H-1B employees to its ranks. Amazon.com also favors hiring foreign talent to perform much of its technological work.
With Trump working to drastically lower the number of work Visas it issues in any given year, the tech industry says it will lose access to qualified employees. Though neither company can say it, they’ll also lose access to lower-cost labor.
As was said, stand on either side of the fence you want. Just don’t look past what the impact of the new policy means for the aforementioned Staffing 360 Solutions…
….which is? Staffing 360 Solutions is an IT staffing firm, providing the qualified
- [By Money Morning News Team]
If you purchase anything other than a MacBook, you’re using Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) products, like them or not. Microsoft has contracts with the PC market, but that’s not the only reason that it’s among thebest tech stocks.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows Oracle Corporation and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) giving a similar performance; Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Salesforce.com, inc have performed even better; and International Business Machines Corp (NYSE: IBM) has underperformed:
- [By Jack Foley]
First of all, when analyzing any investment, my first port of call is always to see if the stock has strong competitive advantages. Although, Amazon doesn’t pay a dividend, it definitely has huge assets within its arsenal that protect the stock from a huge sell-off to the downside. These advantages include but are not limited to the following.
Why Is This Important
Low Cost operations In terms of scale (Although Amazon has intentions ofopening up brick and mortar stores for groceries), fulfillment centers and online ordering (Amazon’s model) is generally accepted as a cheaper alternative to scaling brick & mortar stores. The “fitting out” of a fulfillment center costs much less than a Super-center from Walmart (NYSE:WMT)for example. This enables Amazon scale its operations at a much faster rate than its competitors.
Network Effect The low prices translate into a network effect which attracts buyers, third party sellers and large merchants on mass. The synergy between these three different groups of people results in a huge array of products being available on the platform for sale. Investors should note that all groups are increasing meaningfully in numbers at present. Third party sellers are a huge cash cow for Amazon due to the margins involved. This “network effect” will only intensify in years to come.
Amazon Prime Amazon’s premium service is another huge competitive advantage the company has. Why? Because Amazon is constantly adding more value to the service by adding more products (either at a discounted price or completely free). Jeff Bezos’s vision here is to add massive value here in order to up-sell normal Amazon users into Prime. Again growth rates are re-accelerating with Prime having just launched in China recently.
Amazon Web Services Amazon has the biggest cloud computing service in the world by far and the margins in this segment are really impressive. In fact, AWS makes up
- [By Craig Jones]
Pete Najarian spoke on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" about unusually high options activity in Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT).
- [By Ashraf Eassa]
On May 23, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced an updated version of its relatively successful Surface Pro line of laptop/tablet hybrids. Microsoft claims improvements in performance and battery life thanks to use of new Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) seventh-generation Core processors.
share market holiday list: Trevena, Inc.(TRVN)
- [By Chris Lange]
Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) reported positive results from two late-stage clinical trials that work to treat post-surgical pain. The company intends to submit these results to the FDA for a marketing approval agreement in the fourth quarter. Previously, oliceridine was approved for a breakthrough designation by the agency.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) dropped about 6.3% Thursday, to post a new 52-week low of $3.70 after closing at $3.95 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.73. Volume was nearly 5 times the daily average of around 700,000 shares. The company’s pain-killing drug got mixed results in a trial result reported Tuesday.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) shares dropped 36 percent to $4.55 despite a positive development in Phase 3 trials. Trevena announced positive top-line results from ongoing Phase 3 trials called "APOLLO-1" and "APOLLO-2." The studies evaluated the safety of Trevena's oliceridine therapy in patients for 48 hours following bunionectomy and 24 hours following abdominoplasty.
- [By Maxx Chatsko]
Shares of clinical-stage biopharma Trevena (NASDAQ:TRVN) fell nearly 12% today after it reported full-year 2016 earnings. The pre-revenue company didn’t announce any surprises one way or the other. However, investors appear to be considering the near-term consequences of swelling expenses that won’t be offset by product sales anytime soon.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
share market holiday list: Sunoco Logistics Partners LP(SXL)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Meanwhile, a noteworthy project in the midstream segment finally finished construction in the quarter, after the company and its joint venture partners Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE:SXL)completed the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline. The partners expect commercial operations to begin this June, which means that this pipeline should drive incremental earnings for Phillips 66 in the back half of this year.