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Dividend Parachute Yet to Open for AT&T, Verizon

wsj.com — In an uncertain market, a healthy dividend can be the best defense. Now telecom companies may be testing the limits of their dividends' supportive powers. Shares of Verizon Communications and AT&T have taken a hit as spending continues to mount in a government auction for wireless airwaves and amid further signs that competition is taking a toll.

Barnes & Noble Poised to Close Chapter

online.wsj.com — The Barnes & Noble Inc. story is slowly becoming an easier read. The bookseller has successfully stemmed losses at its Nook division thanks to an agreement with Samsung Electronics to manufacture its tablets. Meanwhile, same-store sales at Barnes & Noble's retail business seem to be flattening after a long period of decline.

Barnes & Noble Poised to Close Chapter--Ahead of the Tape

foxbusiness.com — The Barnes & Noble Inc. ( BKS) story is slowly becoming an easier read. The bookseller has successfully stemmed losses at its Nook division thanks to an agreement with Samsung Electronics to manufacture its tablets. Meanwhile, same-store sales at Barnes & Noble's retail business seem to be flattening after a long period of decline.

Online Sales Don’t Pay the Rent

blogs.wsj.com — In the Internet age, getting more online sales should be every retailer's Holy Grail-right? Not exactly. Conventional wisdom says e-commerce sales boast higher margins than brick-and-mortar sales. But a closer look at the nuances of fixed and variable costs suggests retailers doing both should prefer sales be made on the shop floor.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Loom for Michaels

blogs.wsj.com — A hot product can juice holiday sales. The trick is following up one blockbuster with another. That is the challenge for Michaels Companies , which got a boost last year from Rainbow Loom kits that allow crafters to weave bracelets out of multicolored rubber bands.

Netflix, Amazon Have the Measure of TV

online.wsj.com — Knowledge is power. But for TV networks, there is such a thing as too much information. Starting next month, Nielsen will start measuring viewership of Netflix and Amazon.com's Prime Instant Video on televisions. This doesn't require the two companies' consent.

AT&T Seeks Some Southern Exposure

online.wsj.com — AT&T has placed a call to Mexico. It may be only the start of a longer conversation. The company's planned purchase of Iusacell should help it save on charges for calls between Mexico and the U.S. and could be a source of growth as the Mexican wireless carrier's customers upgrade to smartphones and data-heavy plans.

For Hasbro, DreamWorks Looks Like an Expensive Toy

online.wsj.com — Hasbro buying DreamWorks Animation SKG would be a truly transformational deal, just not necessarily a good one. The toy maker is reportedly in early talks to purchase the movie studio responsible for film franchises such as "Shrek." On paper, this makes sense. Hasbro would use DreamWorks to make more films and TV shows related to brands such as...

Twitter’s Soaring Ambition

online.wsj.com — Twitter seems well aware that Wall Street runs on two things: greed and fear. Having seen its stock battered by the latter this year, Twitter pandered to the former at its meeting with analysts on Wednesday, announcing a raft of updates to its platform and optimistic growth scenarios.

Cottoning on to Retailers’ Apparel Prices

blogs.wsj.com — Who says analysts don't do their homework? The retail team at Wells Fargo looked to determine the impact of a 20% drop in cotton prices over the past six months on apparel companies. For that, it used an ordinary kitchen scale.
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@mims @lisafleisher My mom isn't alive anymore, but she definitely had stories. I remember the ones she told more often.

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@mims @lisafleisher True. But words have always been my thing. I made up a proprietary lexicon of names for things and people as a kid.

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@mims @lisafleisher Many of my relatives are artists, including painters, sculptors, photogs. But I know that's not my talent.

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