H&R Block Inc. Q1 adjusted earnings Beat Estimates

Nasdaq, S&P 500 end at fresh records, Dow also gains

NEW YORK (AFP) – Wall Street stocks finished at fresh records on Tuesday (Sept 1) continuing the positive momentum for equities as data showed improving US manufacturing trends.

At the closing bell, the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index stood at 11,939.67, up 1.4 per cent, posting a third straight record.

The broad-based S&P 500 also finished at a record, winning 0.8 per cent to 3,526.68, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average also gained 0.8 per cent to end at 28,645.45.

Papa John’s Pizza To Feature DOLE Pineapple Tidbits

Papa John’s has partnered with Dole Packaged Foods, LLC. as its supplier for pineapple.

“At Papa John’s we believe that pineapple belongs on pizza,” says Paul Fabre, SVP of Product Innovation at Papa John’s. “Partnering with Dole makes sense because there is nothing more important or vital to our business and to earning our customers’ trust than providing high-quality food. This starts with how we source our ingredients, including DOLE pineapple, which brings a rich sweetness to our pies.”

Papa John’s Super Hawaiian Pizza offers a taste of the tropics, loaded with sweet, juicy DOLE Pineapple tidbits, julienne-cut Canadian bacon, hickory-smoked bacon, a three-cheese blend, and real cheese made from mozzarella on Papa John’s signature sauce and original fresh, never-frozen six-ingredient dough.

Papa John’s was also the first national pizza delivery chain to announce the removal of artificial flavors and synthetic colors from its entire food menu in April of 2016, including preservatives such as BHA and BHT, flavor enhancer MSG, cellulose and partially hydrogenated oils, and high fructose corn syrup.

AT&T to Scrap Sale of Warner Bros. Video-Game Unit

AT&T Inc. has removed its Warner Bros. video-game business from the list of noncore assets up for sale, deciding it was too valuable to unload during its effort to pay down debt and streamline, according to people familiar with the situation.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the gaming unit that is home to titles like Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Mortal Kombat 11, had attracted interest from several major companies and could have reaped $4 billion, as reported by CNBC in June. But AT&T balked given the business’s growth potential, said the people, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

AT&T began working with LionTree Advisors earlier this year to explore a potential sale of the business, according to two of the people familiar with the matter. AT&T declined to comment.

The decision to abandon the sale came amid a turnover in senior leadership at AT&T. In July, Chief Operating Officer John Stankey took over as chief executive officer after Randall Stephenson left that role, remaining chairman.

‘The Vampire Diaries’ & ‘Originals’ Alum Daniel Gillies Signs With Buchwald

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Gillies, known for his role in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, has signed with Buchwald for representation.

Gillies joined the CW’s The Vampire Diaries in the second season as Elijah Mikaelson, then went on to reprise the role in all five seasons of spinoff The Originals. He also starred with Katharine McPhee in Lifetime’s original movie The Lost Wife of Robert Durst and in Canadian supernatural medical drama series Saving Hope.

Gillies can currently be seen in the Netflix series Virgin River, which has been renewed for a second season.

On the film side, Gillies will star in the New Zealand-based feature directed and written by James Ashcroft, Coming Home in the Dark, based off the award-winning short story by Owen Marshall. Gillies previous work includes Spider-Man 2, Bride & Prejudice, Captivity and Broken Kingdom.

Gillies is also repped by Link Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.

We Asked for Universal Healthcare and Got… Animal Crossing Signs?

Joe Biden has taken virtual campaigning to a new meta level: Animal Crossing. On September 1, Biden and his VP pick Sen. Kamala Harris partnered with Animal Crossing: New Horizon to allow players to put up official Biden-Harris campaign signs to their island yards. According to The Verge, a handful of gaming influencers were also contacted to promote this campaign. Players can select between four variations: the official Biden-Harris logo, a Team Joe logo, the “Joe” Pride logo, and an image of aviator sunglasses shaded in red, white, and blue.

But what is presumed to be an effort to reach the “youth vote” has not gone over well with the actual youths. In a move that surprises absolutely no one, Gen Z in particular have taken to mocking the campaign on social media.

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H&R Block Inc. Q1 adjusted earnings Beat Estimates

Below are the earnings highlights for H&R Block Inc. (HRB):

-Earnings: $91.26 million in Q1 vs. -$150.25 million in the same period last year.
-EPS: $0.47 in Q1 vs. -$0.74 in the same period last year.
-Excluding items, H&R Block Inc. reported adjusted earnings of $107.73 million or $0.55 per share for the period.
-Analysts projected $0.50 per share
-Revenue: $601.03 million in Q1 vs. $150.36 million in the same period last year.