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Privacy could be hurting Facebook Portal sales

When Facebook’s smart display was released last year, it received mixed-to-positive reviews. However, a substantial number of them also digressed into the privacy and personal data controversies that have recently surrounded Facebook. A review from The Verge offers a representative example:

It’s not often that a new gadget gets announced and I don’t immediately want to get my hands on it. I am an extreme early adopter, both by profession and by inclination. But when Facebook’s new Portal and Portal Plus were announced a month ago, my response was a firm “no thanks.” And I’m not alone: after a year of data privacy scandals, many people’s first reaction to the Portal, a smart display device that has an always-listening microphone and always-watching camera, landed somewhere between hesitation and revulsion.

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Is Boeing Stock A Buy Right Now? This Is What You Need To Know

Boeing (BA) stockholders have had much to worry about lately, from President Donald Trump's trade war to 737 Max crashes. But investors wondering if Boeing stock is a good buy now should look at the aerospace giant's fundamentals and the stock chart.

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Is Boeing Stock A Buy Right Now? This Is What You Need To Know

Boeing (BA) has had many ups and downs lately, from blowout earnings to President Donald Trump's trade war and 737 Max crashes. But investors wondering if Boeing stock is a good buy now should look at the aerospace giant's fundamentals and the stock chart.

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Best Online Brokers For ETFs Offer Commission-Free Trades, Robust Screening And Research Platforms

Exchange traded funds have become a very popular choice among investors in recent years, largely because of their low costs, holdings transparency and broad investment choices. But ETFs aren't traded in thin air, they're bought and sold through brokers. So what are the best online brokers for ETF investors? To find out, IBD asked ETF investors who took our Best Online Brokers survey to rate their broker on key characteristics.

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IBD/TIPP Poll: Economic Optimism Slips In April Despite Dow Jones Rally

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index dipped 1.5 points to 54.2 in early April, even as the Dow Jones neared record territory. The overall index still indicates that Americans are moderately optimistic. Yet views of the near-term economic outlook turned slightly negative.

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IBD/TIPP’s April Poll Shows Slight Decline, but Economic Optimism Remains Strong

LOS ANGELES -- April 9, 2019 -- The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, a leading national poll on consumer confidence, dropped 2.7 percent in April to a reading of 54.2, down from 55.7 last month. Nevertheless, the reading remains in positive territory for a record 31 consecutive months. An index reading below 50 for the IBD/TIPP indexes indicates pessimism while above 50 signals optimism.

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Auto Demand Picks Up Slightly in March Amid Strong Wage Gains and Expected Tax Refunds

RAMSEY, N.J., March 29, 2019 (Newswire.com) - New vehicle demand edged higher in March, as expected tax refunds and easing credit conditions provide a boost to consumers’ spending power. After falling to a near one-year low last month, TechnoMetrica’s Auto Demand Index has picked up some speed, gaining six points, or 6.4 percent, to a reading of 100. The Index has now posted a score of 100 or higher in 10 out of the last 12 months, highlighting the continued strength in purchase intent, despite the dampening effects of rising vehicle prices and uncertainty over trade tariffs. Thus, we anticipate that auto sales will hold steady in the near term, supported by strong demand for SUVs and pickups.

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More Consumers Say Now Is a Good Time to Buy a Home

New findings from a National Association of Realtors® survey show that consumer opinions about home buying bounced back in the first quarter of 2019, with 37% stating that they strongly believe now is a good time to buy, up from 34% in the last quarter of 2018 but down from 38% one year ago. Only 35% of respondents said that now is not a good time to buy a home, compared to 37% in 2018’s fourth quarter.

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IBD/TIPP Poll: Economic Optimism Rebounds With Dow Jones

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index vaulted 5.4 points to 55.7 in early March, the biggest one-month jump since 2012. As the Dow Jones and broader stock market rally extended their recovery and the government shutdown receded further into memory, Americans' confidence in the economy jolted out of a four-month tailspin to solidly optimistic territory. Readings above the neutral 50 level reflect optimism.

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Consumer Sentiment Rebounds in March IBD/TIPP Poll

LOS ANGELES -- March 5, 2019 -- The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, a leading national poll on consumer confidence, rose 10.7 percent in March, ending a four-month slide. Its reading of 55.7 ensures that the index continues its record run in positive territory. The Economic Optimism Index has now spent 30 consecutive months above 50. An index reading below 50 for the IBD/TIPP indexes indicates pessimism while above 50 signals optimism.

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Auto Demand Decelerates as New Vehicle Prices Continue to Climb

RAMSEY, N.J., February 28, 2019 (Newswire.com) - Consumer demand for new vehicles has fallen to its lowest level in nearly a year, as inclement weather, high vehicle costs, and growing uncertainty about the economy compel some Americans to delay their auto purchasing plans. TechnoMetrica’s Auto Demand Index declined by 12 points, or 11 percent, in February to a score of 94, its lowest reading since March 2018. The Index has dropped below 100 in two out of the last three months, indicating a possible downtrend in vehicle purchase intent. Thus, as continuously rising transaction prices and borrowing costs price more consumers out of the auto market, we anticipate that new vehicle sales will decelerate in the months ahead.

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Someone Just Noticed The Middle-Class Revival Going On Under Trump

USA Today ran a surprising story on Tuesday headlined "Can the middle-class revival under Trump last?" It's surprising — shocking really — because it might just be the first time a major news outlet has admitted that there has been a middle-class revival under Trump.

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IBD/TIPP Poll: Economic Optimism Fades Despite End To Government Shutdown

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index slid two points to 50.3 in early February, the lowest since October 2017. The government shutdown helped drag the overall index lower, as confidence in federal economic policies fell to the lowest point in more than a year. The six-month economic outlook gauge also took another tumble, sliding deeper into pessimistic territory. That's despite a stock market rally in January and the end of the government shutdown.

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Auto Demand Revs Up Amid Rising Incomes and Growing SUV Popularity

RAMSEY, N.J., January 30, 2019 (Newswire.com) - New vehicle demand hit the accelerator this month, as a booming economy and rising incomes, combined with tax cuts and low gas prices, leave more Americans feeling financially flush. TechnoMetrica’s Auto Demand Index climbed 10 points, or 10.4 percent, in January to a score of 106, marking the first monthly gain since August. An Index reading of 100 or higher indicates strong levels of purchase intent among U.S. consumers. Thus, we anticipate that auto sales, after capping its fourth best year on record, will carry their robust performance into the new year, as prospective buyers look to spend their higher wages and recent holiday bonuses on the acquisition of a new vehicle.

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IBD Releases Seventh Annual Survey of the Best Online Brokers

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Investor’s Business Daily (IBD), a leading financial news and research organization, today announced the results of its seventh annual investor survey of the Best Online Brokers. Notably, Charles Schwab and Fidelity maintained top ratings for the sixth consecutive year, with Charles Schwab edging just ahead of Fidelity in Overall Customer Experience after Fidelity’s four-year reign at the top. Interactive Brokers also ranked as one of the Best Online Brokers overall.

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