Better Buy: JD.com vs. Alibaba

Laveta Brigham

China’s e-commerce market is the largest in the world by far. With an expected 16% growth this year, online sales will reach a whopping $2.1 trillion and account for more than half of all e-commerce sales globally. This is an exciting growth story for investors, especially with China’s middle class expected to grow to be 630 million people by 2022 and account for $3.4 trillion in annual spending. Let’s take a deeper look at two of the leading e-commerce operators in the region to see which one is the better investment today.

A look at key metrics side-by-side

JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) and Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) operate in China as e-commerce businesses, but the way they make money is considerably different. JD.com acts as an online retailer that buys products from over 24,000 suppliers and sells these goods on its platform. Eighty-nine percent of its revenue comes from product sales, two-thirds of which

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Best Buy closed down stores in the pandemic. People kept shopping

Barry could have kept stores open in some areas where Best Buy (BBY) was considered an essential business because it sold products that allowed people to work and go to school from home. But customers and employees were scared, she said in an interview, and the company had “very little real empirical data about how to keep people safe.”

It was unclear how long stores would remain shuttered, how much business the company stood to lose to competitors, or whether Best Buy would fully rebound.

“I knew that decision would be questioned for months and maybe years to come,” said Barry, 45, who has been Best Buy CEO for less than a year and a half. Among shareholders and vendors, there was a “real question about are you going to forgo business that you might otherwise be able to capitalize on?”
Best Buy developed a plan. In 48
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Caesars Confirms Talks to Buy William Hill for $3.7 Billion.

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William Hill’s board has indicated that the £2.9 billion offer—272p per share—is at a price that it would “be minded” to recommend to shareholders.


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Caesars Entertainment

said on Monday it is in “advanced discussions” with British bookmaker

William Hill

over a £2.9 billion ($3.7 billion) cash offer, as the bidding war between the casino operator and buyout firm

Apollo Management

heats up.

William Hill stock fell 11.5% in London trading on Monday, after soaring more than 43% on Friday after news broke of the takeover offers.

The back story. FTSE 250 constituent William Hill announced on Friday that it had received takeover bids from Caesars and Apollo.

William Hill is already partnered with Caesars in a U.S. joint venture, running sports betting operations online and at Caesars’ locations. William Hill owns 80% of the joint venture. Earlier this month, media giant ESPN signed co-exclusive deals with

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Here are 11 of the best Thanksgiving decorations you can buy online in Canada

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Create some fall scenes this year with your Thanksgiving decor.
Create some fall scenes this year with your Thanksgiving decor.

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Canadian Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away — but there’s still time to stock up on last-minute decor.

This is the holiday that allows you to show off your design aesthetic — from cute decorative leaves and pumpkins that can be doubled as décor for Halloween to beautiful cutlery and table runners.

Impress your guests with stylish centrepieces and table settings to set the scene for the delicious feast you’re all about to share.

ALSO SEE: Here are 11 of the best Halloween decorations

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3 Stocks for Long-Term Investors to Buy Now Despite Market Turmoil

Laveta Brigham

The market has tumbled since its early September records, with Wall Street yanking its foot off the gas to put on the breaks heading into the upcoming election, which is less than six weeks away. The uncertainty of the current environment is palpable and the market is deciding what to price in when it comes to possible changes in Washington.

Investors have also grown increasingly impatient about the lack of progress on the stimulus front, as the travel and broader hospitality industries remain devastated, alongside many smaller businesses. Meanwhile, the coronavirus is still hampering a more complete economic rebound in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere.

That said, the political will for a second round of lockdowns likely isn’t there as economies and people have no other logical alternative beyond learning to live with the virus the best they can. Plus, there continue to be signs of a slow and steady

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Millie Bobby Brown Just Wore the Cutest Shearling Jacket (And FYI, You Can Still Buy It Online)

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8 Brides On What They Wore To Their Micro-Weddings

This spring and summer, as the pandemic took hold of the country, people were forced to press pause on many aspects of their everyday lives. College classes were canceled, restaurants closed (some permanently), and vacations were postponed. For the thousands of people who planned to get married in 2020, stress from the pandemic was heightened even further. As concerns over large gatherings grew by the day, many couples had to rethink their nuptials. With how quickly event spaces book up, some had already waited a year or even two to get married when COVID hit. Now, having rescheduled their dates to next year, they would be waiting even longer. The uncertainty of it all, though, led some couples to ditch their original plans to say “I do” in front of 200 of their closest friends and family, and instead, opt

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Quibi may be for sale. But what is it worth, and who would buy it?

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A scene from "#FreeRayshawn," Quibi's Emmy-winning short-form streaming drama. <span class="copyright">(Quibi)</span>
A scene from “#FreeRayshawn,” Quibi’s Emmy-winning short-form streaming drama. (Quibi)

Quibi can’t catch a break, even after becoming a two-time Emmy-winner.

Less than six months after Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman launched their short-form video streaming startup, the company’s drama “#FreeRayshawn” nabbed acting trophies for stars Laurence Fishburne and Jasmine Cephas Jones.

The accolades from the Television Academy apparently didn’t impress Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel. The ABC late-night comic quipped during the Sunday night broadcast that the newcomer had “10 Emmy nominations this year, including outstanding short form comedy or drama and dumbest thing to ever cost a billion dollars.”

Then, the next morning, the media, tech and entertainment industries were buzzing with reports that Quibi has engaged JPMorgan Chase & Co. to help the company review a range of strategic options, including a possible sale, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.

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Quibi is for sale. But what is it worth, and who would buy it?

Laveta Brigham

A scene from "#FreeRayshawn," Quibi's Emmy-winning short-form streaming drama. <span class="copyright">(Quibi)</span>
A scene from “#FreeRayshawn,” Quibi’s Emmy-winning short-form streaming drama. (Quibi)

Quibi can’t catch a break, even after becoming a two-time Emmy-winner.

Less than six months after Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman launched their short-form video streaming startup, the company’s drama “#FreeRayshawn” nabbed acting trophies for stars Laurence Fishburne and Jasmine Cephas Jones.

The accolades from the television academy apparently didn’t impress Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel. The ABC late-night comic quipped during the Sunday night broadcast that the newcomer had “10 Emmy nominations this year, including outstanding short form comedy or drama and dumbest thing to ever cost a billion dollars.”

Then, the next morning, the media, tech and entertainment industries were buzzing with reports that Quibi has engaged JPMorgan Chase & Co. to help the company review a range of strategic options, including a possible sale, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.

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12 amazing places to buy ethical shoes online

Laveta Brigham

12 amazing places to buy ethical shoes online
12 amazing places to buy ethical shoes online

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a cleaning bug lately. I’ve been zooming from room to room tidying and opening windows for this fresh fall air. The urge to get rid of my wardrobe and replace everything is there too, even for shoes. I’d consider myself very average when it comes to shoes; I don’t have tons to match with every outfit, but I definitely have more than a few pairs.

As a conscious consumer, I try to do my research before I buy anything new. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “vote with your dollar,” and to me that means doing what I can to support brands that operate sustainably and ethically. However, finding ethically-sourced shoes can be difficult!

Thankfully,

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As The Hut Group floats, here are six shares and funds to buy to profit from the online shopping boom

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This week, retail investors finally got the first chance to buy shares in The Hut Group, the giant online retailer and Internet shopping outsourcer for giant companies like Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola.

To say its arrival stirred up excitement in the City was an understatement.

Firstly, it’s a major coup for London that this Manchester born and bred giant chose to list here rather than the US.

Let’s hope others follow.

But, patriotism aside, it also offers investors rare “pureplay” access to the profits from online shopping – a phenomenon that was massive before Covid, and has since accelerated phenomenally.

Around 6.5 million households tried grocery shopping online for the first time since covid-19 hit.

Even if you think many people will go back to High Street shopping and retail malls (and some undoubtedly will), it would be extraordinary if many don’t stick with digital too.

This is

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