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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. Increased; Economy to Continue Expanding in Near-Term

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The ten components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for the U.S. include:Average weekly hours, manufacturingAverage weekly initial claims for unemployment insuranceManufacturers' new orders, consumer goods and materialsISM® Index of New OrdersManufacturers' new orders, nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft ordersBuilding permits, new private housing unitsStock prices, 500 common stocksLeading Credit Index™Interest rate spread, 10-year Treasury bonds less federal fundsAverage consumer expectations for business conditionsFor full press release and technical notes:http://www.conference-board.org/data/bcicountry.cfm?cid=1

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Willamette Valley Vineyards Posts a Profit for 2018

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Jim Bernau, Founder and President of the winery, said "We are pleased Income from Operations was up 15% for the year. Earnings are affected by the dividend cost as we raised the money needed for the planned winery near Dundee prior to construction. As we are able to deploy these development funds, we expect the projected earnings to more than offset the higher dividend costs."

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Horizon Technology Finance Provides Investment Portfolio Update Increases Portfolio Size with $24 Million in Loan Originations; Grows Committed Backlog to $47 Million

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"During the third quarter, we experienced solid investment activity, increasing the size of our portfolio and expanding our committed backlog for the second consecutive quarter," said Gerald A. Michaud, President of Horizon. "Our success funding seven loans, totaling more than $24 million, and growing our committed backlog to $47 million underscores the strong demand for our venture debt products to growing life science and technology companies. We believe Horizon will continue to benefit from a robust pipeline of investment opportunities and is well positioned to deliver long-term, disciplined portfolio growth, while ensuring credit quality remains strong."

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Merck to Acquire Immune Design; Acquisition Bolsters Capabilities in Vaccine Development for Infectious Diseases and Cancer

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“Scientists at Immune Design have established a unique portfolio of approaches to cancer immunization and adjuvant systems designed to enhance the ability of a vaccine to protect against infection, which could meaningfully improve vaccine development," said Dr. Roger M. Perlmutter, president, Merck Research Laboratories. “This acquisition builds upon Merck’s industry-leading programs that harness the power of the immune system to prevent and treat disease.”

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COURT ORDERS $1 BILLION JUDGMENT AGAINST OPERATORS OF WOODBRIDGE PONZI SCHEME TARGETING RETAIL INVESTORS

"This resolution accomplishes one of the SEC's core missions to protect retail investors," said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement. "Mr. Shapiro and other defendants will be held accountable and required to pay substantial penalties for their misconduct." "Our complaint charged that when Woodbridge's fictitious business model collapsed, the company stopped paying investors and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection," said Eric I. Bustillo, Director of the SEC's Miami Regional Office. "The settlement provides for the return of significant funds to investors."

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Brexit Uncertainty to Continue for at Least Another Two Months

A Statement from The Conference Board Press Release Provided By The Conference Board Jan 16, 2019, 07:35 ET NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The British parliament took a decisive step today in the Brexit divorce process to not support the plan negotiated by Prime Minister May with the European Commission. Uncertainty has dominated the entire process until now …

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Canopy Growth Receives New York State Hemp Licence and Will Establish U.S.-Based Commercial Operations

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"Canopy Growth's $100-$150 million investment in the Southern Tier is a true win-win - for Canopy Growth, who will be positioned at the forefront of Upstate New York's industrial hemp revolution, and for the Southern Tier's economy and farmers, which will receive a major shot in the arm in new good-paying jobs. I fought so hard to strip the burdensome federal regulations from industrial hemp in our Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which was recently included in the Farm Bill, because I knew how much it could mean to the Southern Tier, and this investment proves it. I'm so pleased that Canopy Growth is joining my efforts to make the Southern Tier the Silicon Valley of industrial hemp production and research and will keep pushing to see industrial hemp become a true cash crop in the region," said Senator Schumer.

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