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Comparing Liberty Interactive Corporation (QVCA) & Liberty Interactive QVC Group (LINTA)

Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA) and Liberty Interactive QVC Group (NASDAQ:LINTA) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Liberty Interactive Corporation and Liberty Interactive QVC Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Liberty Interactive Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Interactive QVC Group.

Insider Institutional Ownership

88.9% of Liberty Interactive Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.7% of Liberty Interactive Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Interactive Corporation and Liberty Interactive QVC Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Liberty Interactive Corporation and Liberty Interactive QVC Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Liberty Interactive Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $29.57, indicating a potential upside of 30.16%. Given Liberty Interactive Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Liberty Interactive Corporation is more favorable than Liberty Interactive QVC Group.

Summary

Liberty Interactive Corporation beats Liberty Interactive QVC Group on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Liberty Interactive Corporation

Liberty Interactive Corporation owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are primarily engaged in the video and online commerce industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Its principal businesses and assets include its subsidiaries QVC, Inc. (QVC), zulily, llc (zulily) and and Evite, Inc. (Evite). The Company’s segments include QVC, zulily, and Corporate and other. Evite is an online invitation and social event planning service on the Web. As of December 31, 2016, QVC marketed and sold a range of consumer products primarily through live merchandise-focused televised shopping programs distributed to approximately 362 million households each day and through its Websites, including QVC.com, and other interactive media, such as mobile applications. Zulily’s merchandise includes women’s, children’s and men’s apparel, children’s merchandise and other products, such as kitchen accessories and home decor.

About Liberty Interactive QVC Group

Liberty Interactive Corporation owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are primarily engaged in the video and online commerce industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Its principal businesses and assets include its subsidiaries QVC, Inc. (QVC), zulily, llc (zulily) and and Evite, Inc. (Evite). The Company’s segments include QVC, zulily, and Corporate and other. Evite is an online invitation and social event planning service on the Web. As of December 31, 2016, QVC marketed and sold a range of consumer products primarily through live merchandise-focused televised shopping programs distributed to approximately 362 million households each day and through its Websites, including QVC.com, and other interactive media, such as mobile applications. Zulily’s merchandise includes women’s, children’s and men’s apparel, children’s merchandise and other products, such as kitchen accessories and home decor.




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The Mets will start Matt Harvey on short rest, as if they’ve learned nothing

Injuries to Major League pitchers, you may know, are a difficult thing to predict and a difficult thing to avoid: Every Major League pitcher is his own unique snowflake and every Major League arm is capable of tolerating its own specific workload before it loses its strength or breaks entirely, and you can follow every recommended medical guideline and enforce cautious innings limits and closely monitor arm action on every pitch to try to avoid injury and still see your prized ace land on the disabled list.

Or — or! — you could be the New York Mets, who consistently try to repair fine china by smashing it with a sledgehammer and then wonder why they’re short on formal dinnerware.

In April, recall, with Noah Syndergaard ailing, the Mets made Matt Harvey start a game on only three hours’ notice after he had worked out the night before. Syndergaard himself started a game only three days after telling reporters he couldn’t lift his arm above his head, lasted 1 1/3 innings in that game and remains on the disabled list to this day. Harvey owned a 2.84 ERA and a solid 17:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the (extremely small sample) of four starts before his surprise outing, then yielded a 6.60 ERA with a putrid 37:30 K:BB rate over nine starts until he landed on the disabled list with an injury in his throwing shoulder.

Though the Mets are long since out of the postseason race, Harvey finally returned on Saturday for a start against the Astros in Houston. He struggled, allowing seven earned runs in only two innings but throwing 70 pitches in his first game back.

So guess what the Mets are going to do. You’ll never guess!

Oh, c’mon!

Again, this is on behalf of a club with, according to Baseball Prospectus, a 0.0% chance of reaching the postseason. Since the trade deadline, the Mets have pretty clearly been operating with an eye on 2018 contention — the feasibility of which will largely be determined by the health of their battered starting rotation. So now, with an eye on keeping their still-sort-of-prized arms intact for the future, they’re going to start Matt Harvey on short rest after he got torched for seven runs in two innings in his first game back from a shoulder injury.

Why? Just, why?

And, look: Maybe Harvey feels great, and maybe he’s campaigning hard for that Wednesday start, and maybe the Mets have put him through a battery of tests and determined he should be good to go and stronger than ever. But the club has an increasingly long history of letting Harvey talk his way into pitching when he probably shouldn’t be pitching.

This, the latest incarnation of an ongoing theme, seems almost impossible to fathom, and harder still to justify.

 

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A Life Remembered: Mary Santo Paolo

Editor’s note: Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.

Mary Santo Paolo had an eye for design — indoors and outdoors.

With degrees in both landscape design and interior design, she worked magic with trees and flowers and was a whiz with a sewing machine.

She made prom dresses for her daughters, coats for her dog and provided tailoring and accessories for weddings. She also fashioned blankets (for people and dogs) and “project bags” for her daughter’s knitting accessories.

She could whip up new curtains and throw pillows or refinish and reupholster thrift store furniture, said daughter Katie Verbick.

“I always loved seeing the stuff Mom would come up with. She’d say, ‘I just finished this chair,’ or ‘Hey, check out this dress I made,’” said her daughter Nicole Verbick.

For a wedding of hunting enthusiasts, Mary crafted boutonnieres from shotgun shells and incorporated antlers into the bride’s bouquet.

Gifted with a green thumb, Mary once rescued a nearly dead house plant and kept it thriving for 23 years, Nicole said.

Mary Catherine Santo Paolo, 58, of Kenosha, died Aug. 11 after a stroke. Her survivors include her daughters; two sisters, Dyan Santo Paolo and Judith (Mark) Zwolinski; and her faithful dog, Lola.

Mary was born on Sept. 30, 1958, the youngest daughter of Frank and Lois Santo Paolo. She attended local schools and graduated from Tremper High School in 1976.

Mary’s proclivity for sewing was evident as a girl, said her sister, Judie Zwolinski. “We both got it from our mother, who sewed and knitted,” she said.

Two degrees

She attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for two years, but switched to Gateway Technical College to pursue horticulture. She attained an associate’s degree in landscape design, and in her early 50s went back for a degree in interior design.

At Parkside, she worked in the chancellor’s office and with the Parkside Activities Board. She and Judie helped organize student social events, from rock concerts to a spring break trip to the Kentucky Derby.

In 1983, Mary married Christopher Verbick, and they had two daughters. The marriage later ended in divorce.

During her life, Mary worked “days jobs” that played to her primary interests: in the gardening department at Lowe’s, the greenhouse at the former Hillside Hardware, the kitchen and appliance department of J.C. Penney and at Cenni Carpet and Tile, Zion, Ill.

On her own

Mary also went into business for herself. Her first entrepreneurial endeavor was a landscape and interior decoration business called Inside Out.

In 2014, Mary established Not From the Store, a sewing business, fulfilling orders for Halloween costumes, wedding alterations and reupholstered furniture.

“She did lots of tailoring — some weird stuff,” said Nicole. Among these were a gorilla suit and covers for amplifiers made from old ties.

Mary’s skills were also of the nuts-and-bolts kind, Judie said. “In school, she took classes in small engine repair and welding.”

Some years later, with the guidance of a neighbor, Mary built a porch with stairs for one of her homes.

Home renovations

She loved redoing her homes — from redecorating the bathroom to punching a hole in the wall of the kitchen for a pass-through to the dining room, said her daughters.

“Our bathroom décor changed every year, and she was always rearranging furniture,” Nicole said.

Exercising her creative talents — and keeping redecorating costs down — Mary often scavenged the streets for cast-off furniture.

“There have been plenty of times we were driving somewhere and she had to pull over to pick things up from the side of the road,” Nicole said.

“I actually still find myself looking at furniture on the side of the road and thinking, ‘I wonder if my mom would like to do something with that.’”

Keeping in touch

Staying in touch with family was important to Mary.

“We’d text every day and send each other funny pictures,” Katie said. “She sent me one where her hair was a mess and texted, ‘I was in the store like this and nobody told me!’”

After her daughters left home, Mary adopted a 50-pound pit bull-labrador mix named Lola.

“I always said that (Lola) took my place,” Katie said. “Mom would call her pet names that she had used for me.”

When Mary broke her ankle while playing with Lola, Mary quipped, “‘She’s lucky she’s cute,’” said Nicole.

This attitude summed up Mary’s nature, said family.

“She was a kind person,” Judie said.

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IFA 2017: LG brings TrueSteam to dishwashers

Among other technology.

LG Electronics is setting new standards for dishwashers with its newest SteamClean dishwasher equipped with the company’s one-of-a-kind TrueSteam technology.

TrueSteam emits high temperature steam to clean everything from delicate stemware to steel pots and pans. A Pre-Steam option gently removes caked layers of food residue, eliminating the need to scrub items by hand before placing them in the dishwasher. By spraying the contents with steam at the end of a cycle, the LG SteamClean dishwasher reduces undesirable water spots.

Another core technology the dishwasher comes equipped with is QuadWash, a feature that raises the bar on dishwashing by using four spray arms instead of the two featured in most washers. Its multi-motion arms sweep and rotate back and forth while spinning in both directions to clean plates, glassware, and cookware of all shapes and sizes.

The dishwasher is powered by the Inverter Direct Drive Motor, which increases energy efficiency and helps reduce noise. The motor also allows for the adjustment of water intensity to provide the soft settings necessary for fragile dishware in the upper rack and a stronger setting for pots and pans on the lower level. This versatility offers more effective cleaning performance without risking damage to the dishware.

Moreover, the EasyRack+ system conveniently allows users to adjust the height of the rack to three different levels to accommodate all dishes, cups and flatware. The SteamClean dishwasher offers nine pre-set wash cycles to choose from and allows users to download more using the LG SmartThinQ app.

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