Mark Esper is the new defense secretary. Here is what you need to know about him.

Carlisle Companies Inc. Earnings Rise In Q2

Carlisle Companies Inc. (CSL) revealed a profit for its second quarter that rose from last year.

The company’s bottom line totaled $152.9 million, or $2.65 per share. This compares with $113.7 million, or $1.85 per share, in last year’s second quarter.

The company’s revenue for the quarter rose 5.6% to $1.31 billion from $1.24 billion last year.

Carlisle Companies Inc. earnings at a glance:

-Earnings (Q2): $152.9 Mln. vs. $113.7 Mln. last year.
-EPS (Q2): $2.65 vs. $1.85 last year.
-Revenue (Q2): $1.31 Bln vs. $1.24 Bln last year.

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Coke, United Technologies results boost Wall St

NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and Nasdaq approached record highs on Tuesday, lifted by upbeat quarterly earnings reports from Coca-Cola Co and United Technologies Corp.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 177.29 points, or 0.65%, to 27,349.19, the S&P 500 gained 20.44 points, or 0.68%, to 3,005.47 and the Nasdaq Composite added 47.27 points, or 0.58%, to 8,251.40. (Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Dan Grebler)

Superior Energy Services Inc. Q2 adjusted earnings Miss Estimates

Below are the earnings highlights for Superior Energy Services Inc. (SPN):

-Earnings: -$71.05 million in Q2 vs. -$26.39 million in the same period last year.
-EPS: -$0.46 in Q2 vs. -$0.17 in the same period last year.
-Excluding items, Superior Energy Services Inc. reported adjusted earnings of -$45.98 million or -$0.29 per share for the period.
-Analysts projected -$0.22 per share
-Revenue: $436.32 million in Q2 vs. $535.55 million in the same period last year.

How a Warriors fan snuck into courtside seats for 29 games at Oracle Arena

One Golden State Warriors fan finessed his way to courtside seats for more than half of the regular season games at Oracle Arena this year, he revealed in a YouTube video last week. 

Trevor Laub began documenting his hustle in February, months after Golden State introduced a ticket plan that would allow fans to enter the arena on the cheap but have no seat. 

What Laub saw was an opportunity. 

In great detail, he revealed in the video that he used Adobe After Effects — an application similar to Photoshop — to digitally alter the appearance of his ticket to make it seem like he had a seat close to the court. Laub knew exactly how to design the ticket, down to the proper gate entrance. He would check Ticketmaster or other online ticket vendors and use one of the unsold options to properly identify an open seat. 

Even crazier than the plan is that it consistently worked. Laub has recordings from several games down the stretch of him only rows off the court. He also mentions how he met "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler and the Rev. Jesse Jackson at one game. 

Laub also wrote that there will be a video of him pulling the same stunt at playoff contests. Perhaps there is more to come from the modern day ticket mastermind. 

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Trump is suing a House committee and New York state to keep his state tax returns under wraps

  • President Donald Trump has started a legal effort to keep House lawmakers and New York state officials from accessing his state tax returns.
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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is suing the House Ways and Means Committee and New York state officials to prevent his state tax returns from being turned over to the congressional committee.

The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Washington, seeks an injection to block a new state law. The law, which went into effect earlier this month, would allow the Democratic-controlled House and Ways Means Committee to obtain the returns.

This is the latest legal front on which Trump is battling House Democrats.

The committee sued the Treasury Department and IRS officials this month in an attempt to enforce a law that allows its chairman to obtain any taxpayer’s returns.

The administration and the president’s business have repeatedly tried to stall Democrats’ investigations by filing lawsuits and by not cooperating.

Mark Esper is the new defense secretary. Here is what you need to know about him.

FILE – In this April 2, 2019, file photo, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper speaks during a House Armed Services Committee budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump on June 18, named Esper as acting Defense Secretary. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ORG XMIT: WX106 (Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP)

WASHINGTON – Mark Esper, who had been serving as secretary of the Army, was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday to be the next secretary of defense. 

He received overwhelming bipartisan support, receiving 90 votes. Only eight Democrats opposed his confirmation. 

Here are five things to know about Mark Esper: 

Confirmed as Secretary of the Army  

The Senate previously confirmed Esper as secretary of the army on November 15, 2017 in an 89-6 vote.