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By Frank Bruni
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JLL Acquires Sacramento-based Hank For Undisclosed Terms – Quick Facts
Professional services firm JLL (JLL) announced Thursday it has acquired Sacramento-based Hank, a virtual engineering platform powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that autonomously optimizes the management systems of commercial buildings to deliver increased comfort, air quality and energy savings.
Hank’s system applies machine learning and AI to solve many of the commercial real estate (CRE) industry’s largest operational challenges, including HVAC programming inconsistencies and energy and equipment performance inefficiencies.
Hank will operate within JLLT and Denning will serve as director of sustainability product. Hank will continue to serve existing customers, and its AI-powered technology will now be available to JLL clients to help improve tenant experience and investment returns while accelerating achievement of sustainability goals.
Lamb Weston Holdings Up 7% As Q2 Results Beat Estimates
Shares of packaged foods company Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (LW) are rising 7 percent on Thursday’s trading after the company’s second quarter earnings came in above the Street estimates.
The company’s earnings totaled $32.5 million or $0.22 per share, lower than $96.9 million or $0.66 per share a year ago.
Excluding items, the company reported adjusted earnings of $73.0 million or $0.50 per share for the period while analysts were looking for earnings of $0.32 per share in the quarter.
The company’s revenue for the quarter rose 12.2 percent to $1.01 billion from $0.90 billion last year.
Currently at $67.73, the stock has traded between $50.22 and $86.41 during the past 52 weeks.
23 Celebrities Who Quit Drinking
When you picture a Hollywood party or backstage at a huge concert, you probably picture champagne flowing, along with fine wines and all manner of fancy mixed drinks. But the truth is that a significant number of celebrities don’t drink, either because they’ve struggled with addiction and alcoholism or because they simply don’t think that drinking aligns with their goals. Here are the actors, musicians, and other celebrities who enjoy the sober life.
A version of this article was previously published in 2017.
'SNL' goes without an audience due to Covid
New York (CNN Business)After hosts of NBC’s late night shows were hit with Covid, the network’s morning show had a host of its own catch the virus.
Hoda Kotb — one of the hosts of the NBC’s “Today” — said on Thursday that she has tested positive for Covid.
“Thx for well wishes! Feeling good,” Kotb tweeted on Thursday. “Can’t wait to see you all when I am in the clear! Xo.”
The news of Kotb catching Covid was brought up by host Craig Melvin on “Today” Thursday.
Thx for well wishes! Feeling good.. ❤️ cant wait to see you all when I am in the clear! Xo
“We should mention here before we get to the news that the reason Hoda is off is like many others she tested positive for Covid,” Melvin said on the show. “But Hoda tells us she’s doing just fine and we look forward to having her back very, very soon.”
Kotb testing positive comes after a string of Covid cases have hit some of NBC’s biggest names.
On Tuesday, Seth Meyers — the host of the network’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” — said that he has tested positive for Covid. This led to Meyers canceling his shows for the rest of the week.
That news came after the host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon, said on Instagram that he, too, had tested positive for the virus.
And all of that came after “Saturday Night Live” had to go on without an audience because of the pandemic. The NBC variety show opened its December 18 episode with Tom Hanks greeting a nearly empty studio.
European Shares Seen Mixed In Thin Holiday Trade
European stocks are seen opening mixed on Friday ahead of year-end holidays.
Regional markets such as Italy, Germany, and Spain will be closed today, while those including Paris and London will trade for half a session ahead of the New Year.
Asian stocks were mixed in thin holiday trade after a late slide pulled major U.S. indexes into the red overnight.
Markets in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand remain closed for holidays while those in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong are set to close early.
The dollar was up after upbeat economic data from the United States while Treasury yields dipped, helping increase the bullion’s appeal in the final session of 2021.
Oil prices were moving lower head of OPEC+ meeting next week, while Bitcoin held above $47,000.
U.S. stocks ended firmly in the red overnight as investors weighed the latest moves to contain Covid-19.
In economic releases, data showed that weekly jobless claims in the U.S. totaled 198,000 for the week ended December 25 and Chicago-area business activity rose more than expected in December.
The Dow and the S&P 500 settled down around 0.3 percent each, after having reached record intraday highs. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite slid 0.2 percent.
European stocks rose slightly on Thursday ahead of year-end holidays. The pan-European Stoxx 600 rose 0.2 percent. The German DAX and France’s CAC 40 index both inched up around 0.2 percent while the U.K.’s FTSE 100 eased 0.2 percent.