United States president Donald Trump tells reporters that countries all overthe world are "exploding" with coronavirus. Mr Trump said the US governmenttask force to tackle the crisis had not been given enough credit for its work.
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Data from more than 20 emergency rooms across five states seems to confirm anecdotal reports from health care workers. According to Gizmodo, emergency rooms across the US saw a massive decline in visits in March and April. The study speculates the decline was possibly due to people fearing they'd contract the novel coronavirus COVID-19 if they sought medical care. ER data from Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina were included in the study.
Making cookies isn't always easy. Business Insider spoke to bakers and compiled a list of common mistakes people make when baking cookies. By not chilling the dough could be messing with the texture of your cookies. Overcrowding the pan can lead to some wonky cookies. Avoid overmixing or undermixing the dough. Using stale baking powder or soda might make cookies fall flat. Don't forget to adjust baking time if using dark colored baking sheets.
On Tuesday, spot gold briefly touched a record high of $2,000 an ounce. Traders consider gold a "safe-haven asset." There is hope another US stimulus bill is in the works. A bill could put further liquidity into markets and weigh on rates, supporting the commodity. Business Insider reports that Gold has surged nearly 32% year-to-date.
7-Eleven's parent company is buying Speedway gas stations in a $21 billion all-cash deal. After tax, the deal will bring in roughly $16.6 billion for Marathon Gas. Marathon hopes to use the sale to "strengthen [the] balance sheet." Business Insider reports the deal will create a 7-Eleven presence in 47 of the top 50 most populated metro areas With the addition of Speedway locations, Seven & I Holdings will have roughly 14,000 locations in the US and Canada.
Business Insider reports that American Express gave more cardholders access to its Pay It Plan It and Pay Over Time tools. Providing greater payment flexibility could boost Amex's payments volume despite the pandemic. AMEX has announced that its Green, Gold, and Platinum cardholders now have access to its Pay It Plan It offering.
Warren Buffett's investment in Apple has tripled in value to north of $100 billion. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway spent about $35 billion to build the 5.7% stake in Apple The 10% rise in Apple's stock price on Friday boosted its value to about $104 billion. Business Insider reports that Berkshire's Apple position is now worth more than four times its second-largest holding, Bank of America. Industry analysts call Buffett's investment into Apple "one of the best investments ever."
UK workers on company payrolls have fallen by 649,000 during lockdown as the coronavirus crisis claimed another 74,000 jobs last month, according to official figures.The Office for National Statistics..
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