Beyond Meat stock rallies after Starbucks announces plans for plant-based menu additions

Saskatoon theatre icon Henry Woolf receives big 90th birthday present with U of S honour

Henry Woolf turned 90 on Monday and received a pretty exciting gift for his big day.

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) re-named one of its theatres after Woolf.

Friends and former colleagues shared stories on his big day, in what’s now officially the Henry Woolf Theatre.

“It makes me feel even more conceited than I am,” Woolf joked at the celebration on Monday.

‘Riverdale’ & ‘Five Feet Apart’ Star Cole Sprouse To Star In & Produce Podcast Thriller ‘Borrasca’

EXCLUSIVE: Riverdale and Five Feet Apart star Cole Sprouse is to star in and produce podcast series Borrasca.

The eight-episode thriller (8 x 30mins) is written and created by Rebecca Klingel, a writer on WGA-nominated Netflix horror series The Haunting Of Hill House. The pod hails from growing LA audio studio QCode.

Debuting in April, the podcast will follow Sam Walker, whose parents move him and his sister to the picturesque mountain town of Drisking, Missouri. It quickly becomes clear there may be more to the town than what they can see on the surface. When his sister suddenly disappears, Sam becomes obsessed with untangling the local lore, the juvenile rhymes and legends taking on an entirely new – and dark – meaning as more teens continue to disappear.

QCode’s pod series to date include Rami Malek starrer Blackout, Cynthia Erivo drama Carrier, Markiplier’s The Edge Of Sleep, and Chloe Grace Moretz starrer Gaslight. Next up Tessa Thompson will voice sci-fi thriller The Left Right Game.

Borrasca marks Sprouse’s first podcast series. Upcoming for Klingel is Netflix horror series Haunting Of Bly Manor.

Sprouse is repped by WME, Authentic and DLA Piper. Klingel is repped by Grandview.

China tech stocks fall amid virus concerns

Shares of Chinese tech companies are off in Tuesday’s session amid anxiety about a new coronoavirus that has claimed at least six lives in China so far. Ahead of what’s expected to be a busy travel season around Lunar New Year, there’s concern that the virus could spread even farther globally, especially after a medical expert said it could be transmitted between humans. Asia markets fell Tuesday, and U.S.-listed tech companies are also under pressure. Shares of iQiyi Inc. IQ, -2.43%, Baidu Inc. BIDU, -2.41%, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA, -2.49%, and JD.com Inc. JD, -1.72% are all off in morning trading. The KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF KWEB, -3.46% is down nearly 4% in the session, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.23% is down 0.2%.

L Brands upgraded on heightened potential for a Victoria’s Secret transaction

L Brands Inc. LB, +0.27% was upgraded to overweight from sector weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets on the increased potential of a "value-creating transaction" as the company’s Victoria’s Secret brand continues to languish. KeyBanc has a $25 price target. Analysts note the "stark differential" in performance between the lingerie brand and L Brands’ beauty chain, Bath & Body Works, and the "lack of any discernable turnaround" at Victoria’s Secret. KeyBanc says Bath & Body Works would be attractive on its own after eight consecutive quarters of same-store sales of 5% or more, and 9% same-store sales growth over the holidays. Analysts see the value in turning around the Victoria’s Secret business, which still has $2.8 billion in revenue despite recent declines, a powerful brand and the Pink brand. But analysts think the turnaround could be better achieved as a private entity. L Brands stock has sunk 26.8% over the last year while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.23% is up 24.3% over the period.

Britain's Prince Harry warns photographers over paparazzi shots: Sky News

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have issued a warning over harassment by paparazzi photographers after agreeing to give up their royal duties to start their new life in Canada, according to Sky News.

The warning comes after images of Meghan were published in the media showing her taking a stroll through a public park on Vancouver Island, Sky said.

Supreme Court refuses to fast-track appeals on Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to consider a fast-track review of a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, making it highly unlikely that the justices would decide the case before the 2020 election.

The court denied a request by 20 mainly Democratic states and the Democratic-led House of Representatives to decide quickly on a lower-court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest.

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Defenders of the Affordable Care Act argued that the issues raised by the case are too important to let the litigation drag on for months or years in lower courts, and that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans erred when it struck down the health law’s now toothless requirement that Americans have health insurance.

The justices did not comment on their order. They will consider the appeal on their normal timetable and could decide in the coming months whether to take up the case.

Beyond Meat stock rallies after Starbucks announces plans for plant-based menu additions

Beyond Meat Inc. BYND, +9.88% stock jumped 8% in Tuesday trading after news from Starbucks Corp. SBUX, -0.37% Chief Executive Kevin Johnson that the coffee giant aims to add more plant-based items to its menu. Starbucks stock is nearly unchanged in early trading. Beyond Meat is currently in testing mode with another restaurant giant, McDonald’s Corp. MCD, -0.37%, and just announced a supply agreement with pea-protein producer Roquette, which the company said will aid in further scaling of the business. Beyond Meat stock is up 7% over the last three months while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.23% is up 10.5% for the period.