Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Some WSJ Notes

I caught up on reading the Wall Street Journal over the snow days.  Here are some interesting tidbits:

Several Pennsylvania companies are mentioned in “Companies tiptoe back toward ‘made in the USA,” by James R. Hagerty and Mark Magnier (1/14/15), among them are Thorley Industries LLC of Pittsburgh, K’Nex Brands LP of Hatfield, and Lasko Products Inc of West Chester.

Strong dollar forces factories to lose flab,” by James R. Hagerty (1/21/15) mentions Oberg Industries of Freeport

Comcast’s lobbying machine faces test in Washington,” by Shalini Ramachandram, Gautham Nagesh, and Brody Mullins (1/23/15) discusses the Philadelphia-based firm and David Cohen, “head of Comcast’s lobbying.”

Two articles in this past weekend’s edition (1/24-25/15) seemed a real case of compare and contrast.  “Morgan Stanley joins rivals with raise,” by Justin Baer reported that James Gorman of Morgan Stanley has “a pay package that will exceed the $18 million took home a year earlier, ….” Some other Wall Street CEOs and their compensation.   “Beekeepers sour onprofession” by Tennille Tracy notes that the number of beekeepers had dropped by half in the last 20 years.  Honey bees “pollinate more than $15 billion of crops each year” including “one-third of the American diet.”  With the puzzling continued collapse of bee colonies it is growing more expensive to keep colonies.  I don’t understand how one man’s annual pay can be such a large percentage of an industry that supports one third of country’s diet.

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