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Generac gets a jolt from Northeast storm — Generac's GNRC best days are often Mother Nature's worst. And with a massive winter blizzard threatening power outages across the Northeast, shares of the power generator manufacturer surged 4.4% to $48.01 Monday. "Our phones are jammed," Generac CEO Aaron Jagdfeld told cable channel CNBC. "We do see sales increases ahead of events like this."

Russia knocked down to ‘junk’ — Russia's credit rating was slashed to "junk" Monday as the country's financial system is "weakening," says ratings agency Standard & Poor's. Investors reacted negatively to Russia's downgrade one notch to BB+, sending Russian shares broadly lower. The Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX), which tracks Russian stocks, is down $1.14, or 7%, to $14.82.

Companies turning the cold into gold! — East coasters are bracing for a "tidal wave of snow," but investors are trying to find ways to heat up their portfolios with the harsh winter weather.

Hey Cortana! Who’s reporting this week? — Hey Cortana! What companies are reporting this week? That's right: Your daddy Microsoft (MSFT). Microsoft is the biggest company to kick off the biggest week in earnings season so far. 142 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 are expected to report. Microsoft sets up a huge week for tech investors.

Tootsie Roll’s 95-year-old CEO dies — Melvin Gordon, long-time CEO and chairman of candy maker Tootsie Roll (TR), has died according to a company filing. Gordon and his wife Ellen have closely controlled shares of the company, owning north of 60% of the shares outstanding, says S&P Capital IQ. Ellen Gordon will take over as president and chief operating officer.

Deleted Chase customers irate over app — Chase Bank customers are taking to social media to protest the bank's recent decision to drop support of apps on Windows-powered smartphones. JPMorgan Chase's (JPM) Chase Bank said this week it will stop supporting its mobile app for smartphones running Microsoft's Windows operating system.

Ask Matt: How long can Box survive? — A: Box is a cloud-based provider of online data storage that helps companies keep information around for a long time. The question is how long will Box be around. The company is planning to sell 12.5 million shares to the public in an initial public offering this week valued at between $11 and $13 a share.

6 stocks pay their investors … twice! — Some investors love fat dividends. Others like racehorse-like stock prices. But why not go for both? There are six stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500, including real-estate investment trusts Ventas (VTR) and HCP (HCP) and document storage firm Iron Mountain (IRM), that are paying their investors twice: First with big 4% or higher dividends and secondly with strong stock prices, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Capital IQ.

Google, Fidelity invest $1B in SpaceX — Google and Fidelity are investing $1 billion in Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies. These investors join other investors Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity and Capricon, says SpaceX.

Reports: Orbitz is for sale — Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), the popular online travel agent, is actively seeking a buyer, according to reports. The company, which runs the sites and, is talking to private investors and Internet companies that might be willing to buy the company, which has been in the public market's hands since 2007.
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