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Libbey Rallies 10%, Q1 Adj EPS Beats Estimates Though Sales Lag (NYSEMKT:LBY)

Libbey (NYSEMKT:LBY) jumps 10% after the company says Q1 sales fell 2.4% to $182.8 million from the year-ago period and missed the CapIQ mean for $184.29 million. It earned $0.03 per share, down from $0.14 last year and below estimates for $0.06. Adjusted EPS were $0.16, beating forecasts by a dime. It reiterated its full-year expectations to generate sales growth of approximately 1% as reported, and adjusted EBITDA margins of approximately 14%.

The stock increased 10.11% or $1.72 during the last trading session, hitting $18.73. About 416,058 shares traded hands or 150.22% up from the average. Libbey Inc. (NYSEMKT:LBY) has declined 43.53% since September 23, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 51.38% the SP500.

Libbey Inc. manufactures and markets glass tableware products worldwide. It offers glass tableware products, including tumblers, stemware, mugs, bowls, vases, salt and pepper shakers, shot glasses, canisters, candleholders, and various other items; glass bakeware; handmade glass tableware; and other glass products for original equipment manufacturers, such as blender jars and washing machine windows. The company also provides ceramic dinnerware products comprising plates, bowls, platters, cups, saucers, and other tableware accessories; metal flatware consisting of knives, forks, spoons, and serving utensils; and metal hollowware, including serving trays, pitchers, and other metal tableware accessories, as well as a line of ceramic dinnerware.

In addition, it distributes fine stemware and other drinkware assortments; upscale serveware, decorative products, stemware, and drinkware for finer dining establishments; porcelain and bone china products; and tableware and giftware products. Libbey Inc. offers its products under the Libbey, Crisa, Royal Leerdam, World Tableware, Syracuse China, and Crisal Glass brand names. The company markets its products to foodservice distributors, mass merchants, department stores, retail distributors, national retail chains, specialty housewares stores, candle and food packers, decorators, breweries, distilleries, craft industries, gourmet food-packing companies, and customers using glass containers for candle and floral applications. Libbey Inc. was founded in 1818 and is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.

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Top Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch Around Darien

Hinsdale, IL – With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you might be looking for a delicious place to grab brunch with mom. Check out these “Best of Yelp” reviews and ratings for brunch favorites in Darien and nearby.

Is your favorite here? Disagree with the Yelp ratings? Share your views in the comments.

Egg Harbor Café, 777 North York Road, Hinsdale | 4.5 stars

Colleen C. of Alsip, IL writes, “One of my favorite places for breakfast. I love that they have seasonal specials and their cherrywood bacon is to die for, as is their jalapeño bacon. There ice tea is great and they always offer you one to go. Strawberry orange juice is great too.”

Blueberry Hill, 7340 Route 83, Darien | 4 stars

Rick S. of Champaign writes, “Blueberry Hill is a wonderful breakfast joint, especially for Sunday brunch. Large portions, well-cooked food. Pancakes have just the right density and are not at all greasy as sometimes happens in a busy restaurant. The skillet breakfasts are a great choice if you want a lot of food for the money. Definitely worth a visit when in the western burbs.”

Jam ‘n’ Jelly Cafe, 7511 Lemont Road, Darien | 4 stars

Adham S. of Chicago writes, “Great pancakes, great service, great skillets. This is my favorite brunch spot in the southwest suburbs (basically anywhere in Darien, Burr Ridge, Naperville, etc). It’s usually never a long wait, and the atmosphere is very family friendly.”

Patti’s Sunrise Cafe, 78 Burr Ridge Pkwy, Burr Ridge | 4 stars

Enyelis R. of Downers Grove writes, “My favorite brunch spot in the western suburbs. The zucchini French are very delicious and their bacon is always perfect. Service is quick everyone is sure nice. I come here at least twice a week!”

Yia Yia’s Pancake House Restaurant – Hinsdale, 13 Grant Square, Hinsdale | 4 stars

Diocelina G. of Joliet writes, “Popped into this place and immediately loved the environment. All staff was exceptional and the restaurant feels roomy, warm and very inviting. I ordered a veggie panini, coffee and the kombucha-mosa and all three were phenomenal. I will definitely be returned just to try more kombucha from their menu. Highly recommend you pop in here for a delicious and hearty meal.”

Do you have a favorite spot not mentioned? Tell us in the comments about the best place for brunch!

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5 must-see places in India

Delhi: Take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Chandni Chowk, one of Delhi’s oldest and busiest street markets. Try a local delicacy, jalebis, which are like little pretzels soaked in sugar syrup and deep-friend in ghee. You’ll find sub-markets such as the Cloth Market, which has beautiful fabrics and saris stitched with colourful fine embroidery. There are also vendors who sell books, jewelry, stationery, camera accessories, hardware and kitchen equipment, and the list goes on. Prices are great, but haggle to avoid the hefty “tourist tax.”

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Original power lunch eatery to close, and everything must go

Original power lunch eatery to close, and everything must go

April 29, 2016
Updated: April 29, 2016 11:40pm

NEW YORK – New York’s original power lunch restaurant is closing, and everything must go.

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Don’t Panic: Sturridge Wants To Play Football And Will Leave Liverpool Eventually

I really like Daniel Sturridge. Like, a lot. He seems like a good teammate, he’s driven, and he does fabulous things with a football, such as putting it in the back of the net on a regular basis. So, it’s a bit frustrating for us Sturridge supporters when he gives an poorly timed interview with The Mirror about his disappointment at not playing, and includes comments about not staying at Liverpool forever.

“Maybe people don’t see this, but I am someone who wants to play every minute of every match, so maybe when I’m not starting or when I’m taken off, it’s hard to take,” Sturridge told the Mirror following his noticeable absence from the pitch on Thursday night. “You want to be on the pitch every single match, every single minute.”

Considering Sturridge has faced questions about his work ethic and pain tolerance over the course of his multiple injuries and recoveries, he must have felt the need to say something about wanting to play. Still, the timing probably wasn’t the best for the prolific striker, given the lack of playing time on Thursday night and the subsequent result.

I imagine that Sturridge doesn’t like being treated like fragile dinnerware that you only bring out for special occasions. But equally: dude, you spent like 18 months injured. And given his injury history, our current striker situation, and next Thursday’s decisive second leg against Villarreal looming large, I can’t imagine Sturridge will feature prominently in Klopp’s plans against Swansea.

The England international then said some totally reasonable things about not staying with Liverpool forever, which I’m sure will be taken the wrong way.

“There are things I want to achieve with Liverpool. I would never say I am Liverpool until I die, because I would be lying. I think any player who says ‘oh yeah, this is the only team I will play for, for the rest of my life’, they are deluded. In football every team looks for replacements every single year.

“So for myself all I can do every weekend is go out there, perform as well as I can, perform to the best of my abilities, and then come the end of the season hopefully have the European Championships to look forward to…and to next year.”

In the modern game nearly all players spend time at several different clubs. Even Steven Gerrard moved on from a life at Liverpool, so the comment is not at all unreasonable. However, as the transfer window approaches statements like these can–and likely will–be taken out of context.

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Top Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch in Downers Grove, Woodridge

Downers Grove, IL – With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you might be looking for a delicious place to grab brunch with mom. Check out these “Best of Yelp” reviews and ratings for brunch favorites in Downers Grove and Woodridge.

Is your favorite here? Disagree with the Yelp ratings? Share your views in the comments.

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company, 1224 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove | 4.5 stars

Jahanzeb H. of Villa Park writes, “This place has the best customer service. It’s a family run operation and they are committed to everyone having a good experience. I have gone here twice for brunch once I had the omelette and the other time French toast. On both occasions food was good and prices were reasonable. If you are in the area and looking for a brunch place this is not a bad option.”

Egg Harbor Café, 5128 Mochel Drive, Downers Grove | 4 stars

Blair B. of Edwardsville writes, “Sooo good!! I’m new to the area finally have found an amazing breakfast/brunch spot. My omlet was amazing the service atmosphere was as well. I will definitely go back!!”

Jam N Jelly Cafe, 6435 Main St., Woodridge | 4 stars

Tom S. of Lisle writes, “Today was our second time here, and it was an even better experience than the first visit! The food is always fresh off the grill, and we’ve had excellent service both times. I’ve tried big omelettes and skillets, and they were both cooked well with none of be typical grease and slime you get at other breakfast places. We have a son with a nut allergy, and the server went out of his way to ensure that his food was prepared without cross-contamination. Decor and ambience are perfect for a breather and a nice brunch, not too loud; not too squished, excellent vibe.”

Honey Jam Café, 3000 Oak Grove Road, Downers Grove | 3.5 stars

Meera K. of Chicago writes, “Absolutely love this place! I’ve been here quite a few times and it still remains my all time comfort brunch place. Their skillets and waffles are delicious! Warm and cozy ambiance :)”

Kristina’s Cafe, 5130 Main St., Downers Grove | 4 stars

Tiffany P. of Downers Grove writes, “This is a great place in downtown DG for brunch! Prices are reasonable, food is hot and fresh, and I can’t complain about the service! The breakfast menu is huge; pancakes, eggs benedict, lunch sandwiches, French toast, lox, skillets… The menu is about 10 pages long! Everyone can find something they enjoy here.”

Juicy-O, 2942 Finley Road, Downers Grove | 3.5 stars

Tiffany M. of Plainfield writes, “Delicious food and cute and homey atmosphere. The free donuts were dynamite. I had the corned beef and Swiss omelet and hub had the eggs Benedict. Great breakfast spot and we will be back!”

Woodridge Caffe
, 7414 Janes Ave., Woodridge | 4 stars

Patrick W. of Lombard writes, “The skillets are always very tasty. Lots of food and I usually bring half home. The pancakes are big and fluffy too. It has quickly become our go to for breakfast in the area!”

Smokey Tomato Cafe Catering, 1028 Curtiss St. Downers Grove | 4 stars

Elizabeth G. of Downers Grove writes, “Everything on the menu is absolutely delicious! I love how you can customize your own pizzas and omelets from a list of fresh ingredients they have in the cafe. The ginger mint lemonade is to die for. Make sure you stop in on a friday night and grab a street taco!”

Steven’s Family Restaurant, 2393 63rd St., Woodridge | 3.5 stars

Brittany B. of Downers Grove writes, “I love this place! I always get breakfast when I’m here- the pancakes alone are enough for two meals! The servings, pancakes aside, always are generous. The food is always fresh and the staff doesn’t waste time in bringing out the food!”

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Presto pins decline on defense shipments – Leader

National Presto Industries’ first quarter 2016 net sales were 14.4 percent lower than the same period last year, primarily due to timing of defense product shipments, according to Friday’s quarterly earnings report.

Net sales for the first three months of this year were down $14.5 million from nearly $101 million reported in the period of 2015.

Presto’s $7.2 million in net earnings from the recent quarter were down from the $8.1 million from the first three months of last year. This resulted in $1.04 net earnings per share in this year’s first quarter, compared to $1.17 a year prior.

Shipments of the Eau Claire-headquartered company’s defense products were down 25 percent, and its housewares and small appliances shipped 8 percent less when comparing those quarters. Presto’s absorbent products, however, were up 14 percent, reflecting shipments to a national retailer and institutions.

The company did unveil new products at March’s International Housewares Show. New lines of die-cast griddles, ceramic-coated skillets and griddles and hot air popcorn poppers were introduced at the show.

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