Markets Enter New Phase | Seeking Alpha

The financial markets have been driven by the coronavirus, Fed policy, government stimulus, and politics up to now, but a change is in order.

We now see an earnings driven market, which will benefit active over passive managers and hard research, which is our forte. We recommend focusing on operating margins as corporations have done a great job navigating through the pandemic cutting costs, using more technology, shifting more functions online, and restructuring operations/supply lines. All of this is occurring faster than we assumed a few months ago when we began focusing on improving operating margins, operating profits, and cash flow.

Not all companies will benefit equally. We expect the larger, well-financed companies with forward-thinking management to significantly increase market share at the expense of small and medium less-financed competitors. Expect many of them to provide dividend hikes, renew buybacks, and make bolt-on acquisitions. Listen closely to the upcoming earnings

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NOGALES, Ariz., Sep 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
NOGALES, Ariz., Sept. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (NYSE American: APT), a leading manufacturer of products designed to protect people, products and environments, including disposable protective apparel and building products, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a $5.0 million expansion of the Company’s existing share repurchase program.

With this authorized expansion, the Company now has approximately $7.0 million available to repurchase shares of the Company’s common stock, $2.0 million of which remains from the previous expansion, most recently announced in December 2019.

Lloyd Hoffman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Pro Tech, commented, “Our record revenue growth and cash flow generation through the first six months of 2020, in conjunction with the expectation of strong operating results for

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NASA satellite found Post-Tropical Storm Alpha fizzle over Portugal and Spain

NASA satellite found Post-Tropical Storm Alpha fizzle over Portugal and Spain
On Sept. 19 at 9:35 a.m. EDT (1335 UTC), NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite found the remnants of former Subtropical storm Alpha spread over Portugal and into northwestern Spain. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)

Former Subtropical Storm Alpha was a short-lived storm that formed and fizzled within 24 hours. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite found the remnants of former Subtropical storm Alpha spreading over Portugal and northwestern Spain.

Alpha formed off the coast of Portugal by 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 UTC) on Friday, Sept. 18. Alpha made landfall in Portugal later that day around 5 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC) about 120 miles (195 km) north-northeast of Lisbon, Portugal.

On Friday, Sept. 18 at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 UTC on Sept. 19), the National Hurricane Center noted that the storm had become a post-tropical cyclone. Post-tropical is a generic term describes a cyclone that no longer possesses

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Sony’s New Alpha 7C Is the World’s Smallest and Lightest Full-Frame Camera

Full-frame mirrorless cameras come equipped with huge sensors that give photographer more control than ever before. But this comes at a cost, namely they’re much bigger and bulkier than other cameras. That’s not the case with Sony’s new Alpha 7C (A7C), the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame camera yet.

The latest entry in the electronics giant’s Alpha line of interchangeable-lens cameras will make amateur photographers wonder why they spent all those years lugging around a massive DSLR rig. The compact device is small enough to easily fit into a simple crossbody bag and weighs in at a smidge over one pound.

Featuring a subtle retro-inspired design, the A7C measures 4.9 inches x 2.8 inches x 2.2 inches and weighs just 18 ounces with the battery and memory card included. As New Atlas points out, that is nearly a half-pound lighter than the previous lightest full-frame camera, the Panasonic S5 (25

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