News about <![CDATA[VC]]> News about en-us <![CDATA[Raise Now: VC Funding For Startups At Highest Point In More Than A Decade]]>  There is a reason it feels like everyone and anyone is raising money at the moment to build a company: They are. According to two studies, capital raised from venture capitalists by growing, private companies is at its highest point since 2001. Read More
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<![CDATA[Station 12 Is Raising $250M To Fund European Media Tech Startups In Growth Rounds]]>  Add a new VC to the ranks in Europe: Station 12 is raising £150 million ($250 million), which it will invest in Series A and B rounds in the future Netflixes and Maker Studios of the world -- in other words, startups in Europe that straddle the worlds of media, entertainment and technology. Average initial investments will be around £10 million. Read More
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<![CDATA[Benzinga's Top Initiations]]> Analysts at Bank of America initiated coverage on shares of Questar (NYSE: STR) with an “underperform” rating. The target price for ...

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<![CDATA[5 Consumer Goods Stocks With The Highest EPS]]> Below are the top consumer goods stocks in terms of earnings per share.

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<![CDATA[Top 4 NYSE Stocks In The Auto Parts Industry With The Highest Profit Margin]]> Below are the top auto parts services stocks on the NYSE in terms of profit margin.

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<![CDATA[Barron's Recap: World's Best CEOs]]> This weekend in Barron's online: the 10th annual list of the world's 30 best CEOs, as well as the prospects for Apple, Principal ...

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<![CDATA[Accel Partners Raises New Funds Totaling Over $1B, As High-Profile Partners Cut Back Roles]]> Read More
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<![CDATA[Backed By Boost VC And Tim Draper, Globevestor Helps Startups In Emerging Markets Get Funded Online]]> Read More
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<![CDATA[Secret reportedly raises nearly $10M from Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Dash Restaurant Payments App Nabs $1.2 Million In Funding, Launches iOS 7 Update]]> Read More
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<![CDATA[UPDATE: Visteon Posts Upbeat Q4 Earnings]]> Visteon (NYSE: VC) reported upbeat fourth-quarter earnings.

Visteon's quarterly net income rose to $513 million, or $10.32 per share, from a year-ago profit of $39 million, or $0.74 per share. Excluding one-time items, it earned $1.93 per share, versus analysts' estimates of $1.45 per share.

Its sales climbed 7.4% to

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<![CDATA[Earnings Scheduled For February 25, 2014]]> Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) is estimated to report its Q4 earnings at $0.76 per share on revenue of $563.39 million.

Macy's (NYSE: M) is projected to report its Q4 earnings at $2.17 per share on revenue of $9.27 billion.

The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is expected

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<![CDATA[Georgian Partners Closes $100M New Fund For Expansion-Stage Enterprise Startup Investments]]> The investment pool in Toronto just got bigger thanks to a new $100 million fund closed by Canadian VC Georgian Partners, which is its second growth equity fund. The first one, closed back in 2010, was half the size at $50 million, and this new one includes investment from the recently announced fund of funds initiative from the Canadian and provincial government as well as private investors, the Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund. Other investors include BMO, Kensington Capital Partners, Fondaction and more, and the fund, like its predecessor, will be aimed at helping enterprise-focused startups looking to accelerate their growth take wing. Previous Georgian Partners portfolio companies include live event dynamic coverage platform ScribbleLive and Ottawa-based e-commerce giant Shopify. Georgian’s investment strategy is built around something it calls “Applied Analytics,” which is the overlap point of ‘business processes, big data and information rights’. That’s quite the string of buzzwords, but it essentially amounts to companies that are focused on a particular tool needed by businesses, who use data analysis and above-board and transparent gathering of said data to solve enterprise problems. Their portfolio includes a couple of companies focused on helping media companies embrace the web and mobile, as well as drive digital ad revenue, online shopping, digital rewards and loyalty, and fraud and privacy protection. The new fund will likely be used to support companies in the same general areas. This is also a sign of what the Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund will be used for in terms of helping to inject some life in the Canadian startup ecosystem. Georgian’s specific focus on growth doesn’t necessarily do much for early stage or consumer-focused startups, but B2B players with moderate success looking to kickstart their progress will definitely have a lot to gain from this fresh injection of capital.]]> <![CDATA[The Future Is Transcendent: A Review Of HER]]> For more than an hour Her seems little more than metaphor meets Manic Pixie Dream Girl: charming, yes, but insubstantial. And then— Los Angeles, mid-21st-century: techno-utopia. The city is a forest of sleek skyscrapers; a vast subway network connects downtown to the beaches; citizens mingle in public spaces that resemble art galleries, connected by broad pedestrian walkways that soar high above anything as vulgar as an automobile; computers are subtle, ubiquitous, and voice-controlled.]]> <![CDATA[The Complete Quantitative Guide To Judging Your Startup]]> Raising capital from investors is often a frustrating experience. While part of that frustration will always be present when working on high-risk projects, a lot of the aggravation comes from the lack of clear signposts that allow founders to judge their company’s performance. The reality is, most founders only ever hear a “yes” or a “no” from a venture capitalist, without a lucid understanding of the factors that influenced that decision.]]> <![CDATA[It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way]]> I’m worried that if we do not have a civil discussion soon, the situation will become violent or contentious beyond recognition. We have already seen rocks smash windows. Now, there are unidentified protesters stalking and harassing individual Google employees at their homes. The bus protests during the last several months are a symptom of San Francisco’s perennial housing shortage, which has become especially pronounced with 75,000 people moving here over the last decade. Supply just hasn’t kept up with the city’s growth; San Francisco has added an average of 1,500 units every year for the last two decades. This is a textbook supply-and-demand issue, which — Google buses or not — we can’t avoid. On top of that is another labyrinth of policy choices with unintended consequences like Proposition 13, rent control, the Ellis Act and an attitude of slow growth among those with influence over San Francisco’s permitting process. The bus protests are misguided, because taking buses off the road will increase traffic and it won’t reverse the tide of growth-stage companies that have decided to stay like Square, Twitter, Airbnb and Dropbox. But they have done one good thing: they’ve pushed housing to the forefront of the mayor’s agenda. Last Friday, Mayor Ed Lee made a seven-point housing plan the centerpiece of his State of the City speech and announced plans to bring 30,000 new or rehabbed units online in the next six years. It’s not enough, but it’s a start. This is not a new conflict. The Bay Area has two very strong historical legacies of social justice and technological solutionism. They seem more at war than ever, but this is a place where greed and idealism have always co-existed in a peculiar, and sometimes powerful, way. That potent combination created the Mac, which is celebrating its 30th birthday today, and put the world’s knowledge on smartphones in our pockets. Recently, the tech industry has become a focal point of anger because there is such a jarring disconnect between the “Change The World” language of our industry and the very real and rising inequalities that sit in our own backyard. Moreover, tech industry workers are increasingly treated like bankers during 2008 in the mainstream media. It’s strange considering how many people I know who came here because they wanted to work on hard, technical problems with meaningful impact. I’m still researching what can be done, so this]]> <![CDATA[Stocks Hitting 52-Week Highs]]> Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) shares jumped 0.10% to touch a new 52-week high of $40.64. Synopsys' trailing-twelve-month revenue is $1.96 billion.

Monro Muffler Brake (NASDAQ: MNRO) shares reached a new 52-week high of $56.19. Monro Muffler Brake's PEG ratio is 1.96.

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<![CDATA[Facebook’s Silent Autoplay Video Ads Require Custom Content To Shine]]> Facebook could have made it easy for advertisers to port their TV commercials or online pre-rolls into its new video ad unit. Instead, it's spawned a fresh video ad format designed to minimize disruption to the user experience. While advertisers might be a bit annoyed they can't reuse existing creative, Facebook's decision could reduce backlash and preserve its audience. And it's not the first time.]]> <![CDATA[A Merger In Gaming Services: Playhaven, Kontagent Combine In An All-Stock Deal Worth “Hundreds of Millions”]]> Consolidation ahoy! Playhaven and Kontagent, two of the bigger gaming services companies that help developers run analytics and retain their players, have decided to merge into a combined company worth “hundreds of millions” of dollars in an all-stock deal. Neither company could give more specifics on how the deal was structured. “The valuation in the hundreds of millions, but I won’t tell you where,” said Andy Yang, who was Playhaven’s CEO and will lead the combined company. They have yet to choose a new name. Playtagent? Konplaygent, anyone? Playhaven is a company that the biggest game developers use to retain their players with personalized promotions. They help studios segment out players, by whether they tend to play for free or are bigger spenders (known as “whales”). With the top gaming studios reaching tens of millions of players, retention has evolved into a big data problem. Kontagent, on the other hand, is an analytics company that started off by catering to social game developers on the Facebook platform. They are used by everyone from EA to Zynga to China’s Tencent. It’s a natural marriage of sorts. One company provides very deep analytics on game play, while the other offers a monetization solution. “With this combination, we’ll be the 800 pound gorilla and the clear market leader,” Yang said. “Our clients were asking us about how they could take all the valuable data they’ve collected in Kontagent and act on it. We ended up having a shared vision.” Yang said negotiations took somewhere between two and three months, and the boards of both companies were supportive. The two companies will end up reaching 22,000 apps and 400 million monthly active users together. The new company will employ 160 people and Yang and Kontagent’s CEO Josh Williams said there were no layoffs or redundancies with the deal. Williams will become the chief technology officer of the new company, while Yang will take the helm as CEO. They expect to merge their two products by the end of 2014. “At the moment, we’ll have to take one step at a time and have a simple integration at first,” Yang said. “It’s day one of our marriage, and we just moved in together.” The merger comes at a time where we could be seeing more consolidation. As mobile and social gaming have matured, literally dozens of service providers offering competing analytics and monetization solutions have]]> <![CDATA[Palantir’s Latest Round Valuing It At $9B Swells To $107.8M In New Funding]]> Palantir, the big data company that started off with clients like the FBI and CIA before building up a large private-sector roster of customers, just added more funding to its coffers. Last week, the company filed that it was raising $57 million with the SEC. Now that round is coming in at $107.5 million, according to a new amended filing today. Sources close to the company told us that the round valued the company at $9 billion. This is a boost to an earlier $196.5 million round in the fall that valued the company at $6 billion. Strong investor appetite convinced the company to bring in more capital at a 50 percent bump to their overall valuation. Palantir, which expects to see more than $1 billion in contracts next year, sells a big data platform to private-sector and government clients. It helps them make sense from disparate silos of data and point out trends that they would otherwise not see. For example, rescue workers operating in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy used Palantir to manage requests for water, medical supplies, and home repairs. Financial clients tend to use it to look for cybersecurity or fraud threats. While the company was originally founded back in 2004 to take anti-fraud technologies and ideas developed at PayPal and use them to fight terrorism with government agencies, the company is now working with lots of private sector clients. Today, government contracts make up less than 40 percent of the company’s revenues, a source familiar with the company tells me. The company was the brainchild of Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, who recruited current CEO Alex Karp, Joe Lonsdale (who went on to found Asia and Silicon Valley-focused investment firm Formation 8), Stephen Cohen and chief technology officer Nathan Gettings to put together an initial product.]]> <![CDATA[Counsyl Co-Founder Balaji Srinivasan Steps Up As Andreessen Horowitz’ Newest General Partner]]> Balaji Srinivasan, a Stanford academic who co-founded a major genetic testing company Counsyl, is stepping up as Andreessen Horowitz’ eighth general partner. The firm, which is just four years old, tends to pick general partners who have built or operated large companies before. So this is in keeping with that philosophy. While teaching at Stanford, Srinivasan started Counsyl, a South San Francisco-based company that helps prospective parents test their risks of passing on genetic conditions to their future children. While Counsyl doesn’t get as much hype as other consumer Internet or mobile startups in Silicon Valley, they are the forefront of “big data” meeting the rapidly dropping costs of full genome sequencing. The company is testing somewhere around 3 to 4 percent of all births in the U.S. So with 4 million births per year, that would put them at around 120,000 to 160,000 tests per year. At around $500 to 600 per test (depending on whether there are insurance discounts), they’re on a annualized revenue run-rate of about $60 to 80 million a year and we hear that the company was last valued at $1 billion in the most recent round. What Srinivasan brings to Andreessen Horowitz is the kind of expertise that will help the firm sort out health-related deals. But he has a pretty broad range of interests. He also runs the Stanford Bitcoin group and teaches a MOOC (or a massive open online course) about startup engineering at Stanford that has reached about 125,000 students. “I’m interested in businesses that take digital bits and turn them into interfaces for physical atoms,” said Srinivasan, who will be the firm’s youngest partner at 33. “I’m also interested in drones, Bitcoin and 3D printing.” It took Andreessen Horowitz about six months to recruit Srinivasan over. “Marc was very persuasive with the idea that I could have leverage across a bunch of industries,” Srinivasan said. “Being a VC will definitely be different in certain ways. The biggest change is that I can’t be as hands-on in a company as I normally would be.” The firm’s co-founder Marc Andreessen added, “We met Balaji back in the spring. He’s spent a lot of time at the firm. We’ve gotten to know him, built a great relationship so we decided to pull the trigger.” Andreessen said that he has no plans to open any kind of health or biotech-specific funds. Instead, he’s looking]]> <![CDATA[Spotify Backer Northzone Raising New $272M Fund For Startups With “Nordic DNA”, $204M Secured So Far]]> Northzone, the Scandinavian VC that was an early backer of music streaming service Spotify and other notable startups out of the region, today announced that it is raising a new, €200 million ($272 million) fund, which it will use to invest in more startups with "Nordic DNA". It says that €150 million ($204 million) has been secured so far. ]]> <![CDATA[London gets a new early-stage VC firm in the shape of Hoxton Ventures]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Kanye West Struggling to Find VC Funding]]> Kanye West courting fat-cat Silicon Valley investors might seem like a bit of sellout to those who follow the well-known rapper, but that’s exactly what he’s doing and it’s not going very well.

Kanye West, famous rapper, soon-to-be husband and already baby-daddy to Kim Kardashian and well-known for, shall we say,

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<![CDATA[A VC And Olympic Hopeful Taps Indiegogo With A Game To Raise Funds For Young Athletes]]> Paul Bragiel, the batshit crazy awesome VC who has been training for months in the Arctic Circle to compete in the Sochi Winter Olympics, has a side charity project up his sleeve. After seeing dozens of other younger Olympic contenders struggle to raise funds for training, he felt he needed to do something to help out. Some friends over at Belarusian and Lithuanian gaming studio On5 offered their talents pro bono to develop a game called Team Paul Skiing. It's a beautiful, little side-scroller that takes a player through Bragiel's training as he skis in Finland (where he's done the bulk of his preparation). Then it shifts to Colombia, the country that gave Bragiel citizenship to compete on behalf of their Olympic team, and finally it ends in Sochi, Russia, where the Olympics will be held next year. They set a low goal of raising $10,000 in the next seven days, and half of the proceeds will go toward different youth sports foundations in Finland and Colombia while the other half will go toward game development. But they hope to raise somewhere between $25,000 and $30,000. Bragiel, who started i/o Ventures out of San Francisco, decided earlier this year to realize his lifelong dream of competing in the Olympics. But there were many hurdles. For one, he didn't have a sport. Then, he was also pretty old for an Olympic hopeful at 36 years of age. But he's hacked his way so far. After considering everything from curling to the luge, he settled on classical cross country skiing, which is a more traditional Winter Olympic sport that has more lenient rules around qualifications. Then he secured citizenship in a warm, tropical country that is less competitive for winter sports - Colombia. Now he's in the middle of qualifying races. To make it to the Olympics, he must be able to finish five qualifying races where he's not more than 10 minutes behind world's top cross-country skiier - no hard feat. He's competed in his first qualifying race already, which was a miss. But he's definitely not deterred. There are plenty more to come.]]> <![CDATA[Atlas Ventures' Fred Destin Believes Funding Seed Stage Companies Is Like Falling In Love]]> One of the best moments at our TC Boston Meetup + Pitch-off was an on-stage interview with Atlas Ventures' Fred Destin, a Belgian gone Boston investing in super early stage startups. To Destin, investing in an early stage company is never about the mathematics of the business model or any quantifiable prediction of success, but rather like falling in love. ]]> <![CDATA[Pitch-Off. Tonight. Boston.]]> Boston! TechCrunch is in you! And it's damn cold here. Tonight, at 6:00pm at The Estate, we're hosting our first Boston event in far too many years. The response from Boston has been overwhelming. We love you too, Boston, and are very excited to see you tonight.]]> <![CDATA[Early Aereo, Pinterest Backer FirstMark Capital Raises $225M For Its Third Fund]]> Five years and more than $500 million in investment later, FirstMark Capital has today announced securing its third fund of $225 million which will go toward early stage investments. The fund will be called FirstMark Capital III, and is the exact same amount as the last round at $225 million. FirstMark doesn't disclose it's investors. ]]> <![CDATA[How Are Michigan Automotive Stocks Performing?]]> The state of Michigan is well known for its thriving auto industry and its roots in rock and roll. But investors will be interested in learning that Michigan boasts some of the best performing stocks on the market.

The state government has implemented an incentive program for businesses to pitch their

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<![CDATA[UPDATE: Visteon Posts Rise In Q3 Profit, Lifts Outlook]]> Visteon (NYSE: VC) reported a strong rise in its third-quarter profit and lifted its earnings outlook for 2013.

Visteon lifted its full-year adjusted EBITDA view to a range of $680 million to $700 million, versus $660 million to $690 million.

Visteon's quarterly net income surged to $43 million, or $0.85

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<![CDATA[Earnings Scheduled For November 7, 2013]]> Apache (NYSE: APA) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $2.15 per share on revenue of $4.32 billion.

Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) is expected to post its Q3 earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $615.69 million.

EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG) is projected to report

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<![CDATA[Corporate Venture Investors Starting to Look a Lot More Like Private VC's]]> Corporate venture capital has always been dubiously titled ‘dumb money’, supposedly less interested in financial performance and only willing to make bets on strategically aligned startups. CVC investing, however, has grown significantly over the past few years and many leading tech companies are diversifying their investments by operating autonomous VC funds that look more and more like traditional private VC’s. In 2013, both the number and size of CVC investments has continued to rise. In October 2013, 48 venture funding rounds valued at over $719M included CVC investor participation. This represented a 14% participation rate, the highest month in the CrunchBase dataset. Past increases in CVC investing tend to correlate strongly to the business cycle, the overall strength of corporate balance sheets and the general VC climate. Thus, it should be no surprise that CVC investing has risen in 2013. The two most active CVC investors, Google Ventures and Intel Capital, have led the pack since 2011. In 2013, the two combined for 360 funding rounds, or 25% of all CVC investments. Compared to the CVC landscape prior to 2011, that is a huge departure from the biotech boom during which Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Kaiser Permanente, Amgen and MedImmune each participated in funding rounds that totalled at least $100M. The 71 biotech deals with CVC participation in 2009 was a record high, while mobile and software CVC deals have risen consistently in each subsequent year. This is the main factor behind why the recent surge of CVC money might be changing the game. The trend towards more tech-oriented CVC investing now aligns more closely with the private VC landscape. In recent years, many large tech companies have followed in the path of Google and Intel. Microsoft, General Electric and Bloomberg have launched funds in 2013 that aim to focus on returns over strategic investments. Other corporate venture arms like Qualcomm Ventures, Comcast Ventures and Samsung Ventures have also recently participated in high-profile rounds for promising startups like FitBit, NextDoor and Pure Storage. While private VC’s may be unwelcoming to an influx of corporate cash, successful companies can typically set up funds much faster and forego the normal SEC paperwork and outside fundraising, as evidenced by SAP Ventures recent launch of a $650M fund. Perhaps we will see more tech companies like Facebook try to emulate the success of Google Ventures and take advantage of a hot VC market. Regardless, it seems for]]> <![CDATA[Lady Gaga Splits From Manager And Rising Tech Investor Troy Carter]]> Troy Carter has been making a name for himself in tech thanks to investments in Uber, Spotify, and Dropbox, but his biggest tie to the music industry has just been severed. Lady Gaga has split from Carter, who has managed her since 2007, according to multiple sources of The Hollywood Reporter Showbiz411. The separation could shake his status as he raises a new $75 million investment fund.]]> <![CDATA[As VC Firms Eye Europe, 500 Startups Plans A Berlin Arm For Next Year]]> Today at Disrupt Europe, five major investors in European startups took the stage to talk about funding in Europe. While they all agreed that Europe’s track record for building successful startups is nowhere near as long as Silicon Valley’s, there are a few shifts happening. Many VC firms are positioning themselves to get serious about European investments, and, according to Dave McClure (500 Startups), Roberto Bonanzinga (Balderton Capital), Sonali De Rycker (Accel Partners), Saul Klein (Index Ventures) and Ciaran O’Leary (Earlybird Venture Capital), European startups should be very hopeful. In particular, McClure announced that the investment company will be open for business in Berlin at some point next year. “We will have a presence on the ground in Berlin some time next year,” McClure said. 500 Startups has already made 40-50 investments in Europe, but doesn’t currently have an office in Berlin. The European ecosystem remains largely dominated by London. “[Europe] is a big market. The only challenge is that it’s fragmented across languages,” McClure said. Klein had a lot to say about London as well, and why Berlin is not on London’s level just yet. “In Europe, for a variety of reasons, while there are amazing flowering companies in many cities, London is becoming the key tech hub in the region because of the density not just of startups but of capital, corporates,” she said “And it shares a language with the U.S.,” she continued. O’Leary agreed on the importance of speaking and doing business in English to have a say in the startup ecosystem. “The capital is super mobile — the single contraint is how you get a critical mass of talented people to work for you. You need an urban English-speaking area,” he said. As is often the case, the debate inevitably compared Silicon Valley to other European cities. While many people talk about a lack of funding in Europe, it seems like the continent is just where the U.S. was a few years ago. “It’s becoming easier, but as we seen with Silicon Valley’s perception of Europe, it takes a few years to catch up with reality,” Klein said. “There are companies that still don’t have all the options that they would have in the U.S.” And it’s true that not every company can get the funding that they need to grow. Some of them don’t encounter any funding gaps, but it remains a very small]]> <![CDATA[Kids Love Snapchat Because They See Facebook Like Adults See LinkedIn]]> Kids are in a petri dish, where their every social post can be scrutinized and used against them. That's why disappearing media startup Snapchat is important, says its investor, Benchmark's Bill Gurley. Teens don't want their daily lives permanently recorded. Gurley said at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin that Snapchat board member Mitch Lasky's kids tell him they view Facebook like adults view LinkedIn.]]> <![CDATA[How has VC funding changed since 1995? (Charts)]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Visteon Electronics Opens Automotive Electronics Plant in Rayong, Thailand]]> Visteon Electronics, a business unit of Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC), today officially launched a new automotive electronics production facility in Rayong, Thailand. Visteon Automotive Electronics (Thailand) Limited supplies instrument clusters, audio products and multi-function displays to Ford, Mazda, Nissan and Honda, including electronic clusters for motorcycles. The 4,700-square

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<![CDATA[Stocks Hitting 52-Week Highs]]> Walgreen Co (NYSE: WAG) shares touched a new 52-week high of $56.62. Walgreen's PEG ratio is 1.37.

Visteon (NYSE: VC) shares rose 3% to reach a new 52-week high of $75.59. Visteon's trailing-twelve-month ROE is 12.73%.

Boyd Gaming (NYSE: BYD) shares touched a new 52-week high

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<![CDATA[Video Site Upworthy Closes $8M, Will Build Revenue Through Sponsored Content]]> Upworthy, the website aiming to make meaningful videos go viral, has raised $8 million in Series A funding led by Spark Capital, an early investor in Tumblr and Twitter, along with Catamount Ventures, Uprising, and the Knight Foundation. ]]> <![CDATA[NEA Studio wants to help good designers become better businesspeople]]> ]]> <![CDATA[The new normal in Michigan factories is lower pay]]> <![CDATA[Time Equity Partners Wants To Launch A New $130M Fund To Invest In 10 French Startups]]> French later-stage VC firm Time Equity Partners is looking to raise a second fund to fuel its investments. The company needs $130 million (€100 million) before the end of the year, according to Les Échos. The government could invest between $26 million and $40 million (between €20 million and €30 million). Multiple investors are already committed to financing two-thirds of the new fund -- Time's parent company Yam Invest will add $43 million (€33 million) to it. Big French companies, such as EDF, Bouygues or car companies, could also participate to put a foot in the startup ecosystem and to invest a tiny portion of their cash on hand.]]> <![CDATA[Benzinga's Volume Movers]]> Osiris Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OSIR) shares moved up 122.80% to $23.75. The volume of Osiris Therapeutics shares traded was 10874% higher than normal. Osiris reported strong efficacy for Grafix to treat diabetic foot ulcers.

Digital Generation (NASDAQ: DGIT) shares rose 24.93% to $12.88. The volume of Digital Generation

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<![CDATA[US Stock Futures Up; Jobless Claims Data In Focus]]> Pre-open movers

US stock futures rose in early pre-market trade, after Chinese trade data. Data on jobless claims for the latest week will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 53 points to 15,495.00, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index futures gained 6

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<![CDATA[Earnings Scheduled For August 8, 2013]]> Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) is expected to report its Q2 earnings at $1.48 per share on revenue of $1.60 billion.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (NYSE: CTB) is estimated to report its Q2 earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $973.33 million.

Dean Foods Company (NYSE:

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<![CDATA[Stocks to Watch for June 19, 2013]]> <![CDATA[Twilio raises a $70M Series D as it weighs going public]]> ]]>