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Pier 1 Imports (PIR) Raised to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Wednesday.

According to Zacks, “Pier 1 Imports, Inc. consists of a chain of retail stores operating under the names Pier 1 Imports and The Pier, selling a wide variety of furniture, decorative home furnishings, dining and kitchen goods, accessories and other specialty items for the home. Additionally, the company, through certain subsidiaries, operates stores in the United Kingdom under the name The Pier. The company supplies merchandise and licenses the Pier 1 name to Sears Mexico and Sears Puerto Rico. “

Other equities research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. Loop Capital set a $4.00 price objective on shares of Pier 1 Imports and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, December 14th. ValuEngine raised shares of Pier 1 Imports from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Monday, December 11th. Telsey Advisory Group reaffirmed a market perform rating on shares of Pier 1 Imports in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Finally, Gordon Haskett downgraded shares of Pier 1 Imports from a hold rating to a sell rating and set a $3.50 target price on the stock. in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $4.46.

Shares of PIR stock opened at $2.95 on Wednesday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.61, a current ratio of 2.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74. Pier 1 Imports has a 52 week low of $2.87 and a 52 week high of $7.45. The stock has a market cap of $248.38, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.54, a P/E/G ratio of -4.83 and a beta of 1.56.

In other news, major shareholder Co Towle bought 32,900 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 12th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $3.09 per share, for a total transaction of $101,661.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Insiders purchased a total of 41,100 shares of company stock worth $127,641 in the last quarter. Insiders own 5.58% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of PIR. Towle Co. increased its holdings in shares of Pier 1 Imports by 216.9% during the 4th quarter. Towle Co. now owns 4,901,790 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $20,293,000 after purchasing an additional 3,354,913 shares during the period. Spark Investment Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Pier 1 Imports by 230.6% during the 4th quarter. Spark Investment Management LLC now owns 917,100 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,796,000 after purchasing an additional 639,700 shares during the period. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY increased its holdings in shares of Pier 1 Imports by 1,260.2% during the 4th quarter. Paradigm Capital Management Inc. NY now owns 557,700 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $2,309,000 after purchasing an additional 516,700 shares during the period. Allianz Asset Management GmbH increased its holdings in shares of Pier 1 Imports by 263.3% during the 3rd quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 440,136 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,844,000 after purchasing an additional 318,987 shares during the period. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP increased its holdings in shares of Pier 1 Imports by 114.3% during the 3rd quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 405,720 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,700,000 after purchasing an additional 216,420 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 77.51% of the company’s stock.

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Pier 1 Imports Company Profile

Pier 1 Imports, Inc engages in the retail sale of decorative accessories, furniture, candles, housewares, gifts, and seasonal products. It offers decorative accents and textiles, such as rugs, wall decorations and mirrors, pillows, bedding, lamps, vases, dried and artificial flowers, baskets, ceramics, dinnerware, candles, fragrances, gifts, and seasonal items; and furniture and furniture cushions that are used in living, dining, office, kitchen and bedroom areas, sunrooms, and patios.

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Call Box: Stagnant courthouse trailers won’t be permanent – The Florida Times

Dear Call Box: Why are the construction trailers still at Julia and Adams streets near the new courthouse. It seems to me the courthouse was finished long ago, and I don’t know why there are still those trailers sitting there in the middle of downtown.

D.K., Jacksonville

Dear D.K.: Several other people have asked Call Box why the trailers are still there almost six years after the Duval County Courthouse opened in 2012 and five years after it passed its last building code inspection. The city’s Public Works Department said they remained at the site because at one time there was a potential alternative use for them, said Tia Ford, city spokeswoman. However, there are now plans to sell the trailers. While there is no time frame, the process has begun, Ford said.

In a Florida Times-Union story in 2017, reporter Nate Monroe wrote that the JEA board had agreed to pursue an agreement with City Hall that JEA would swap its current land on West Church Street for a plot on West Adams Street between the Duval County Courthouse and the federal courthouse. That property currently houses the trailers in question but is otherwise vacant. The plans called for a separate building to serve as a parking garage, the story said.

It’s unclear what will happen to the property now.

Dear Call Box: A couple of years ago you printed a picture of the original Krystal on Main Street for me because that’s where my husband and I met. I have another Krystal question. Many years ago, do you know if they served meals on ”real” dishes. I have a platter that was my Mom’s that she acquired maybe at a yard sale years ago. And it reminded me of something that would have come from the Krystal. The funny thing is that on the back the imprint shows the words CHINA and underneath it shows USA.

A.C., Georgia

Dear A.C.: Most likely Krystal did serve meals on “real” dishes at one point, although its corporate headquarters in Atlanta did not have records to confirm that, a company spokeswoman said.

In 2014 the Krystal Co. sent us a photograph of the first Krystal in Jacksonville. It was at 21 W. Adams St., opened in 1942 and was a narrow restaurant with counter stools and no drive-through. You can see customers drinking from “real” cups and soft drinks from glass bottles.

We checked online for pictures of possible Krystal dinnerware and found one of a coffee cup and a dinner plate made by Shenango China Co. based in New Castle, Pa. The company closed its doors in 1996. From 1909 to 1936, the company focused on commercial china for use in restaurants, hotels and large institutions.

One of Shenango’s main product lines was Incaware, restaurant china with a light buff-colored background and various designs added for decoration, according to internet accounts. To identify Shenango-made china, examine the company’s marks for specific production years or look for the client’s name and a date stamp. Collectors of commercial or restaurant dishware use the back stamp on the bottom of plates, teacups and saucers to determine the age of a piece. Because the marks made by the pottery company often changed by production years, these marks can help to identify the age of the china.

In addition to the maker’s mark, Shenango often added the name of the hotel, company or restaurant for whom the company made the china. We have no idea if the platter inherited from your mother came from the Krystal, but you might check out online photos, which have a copyright, and thus we cannot reproduce.

Garbage: From time to time, readers ask about their garbage collection schedule. If you’re not sure of your garbage collection day, you can visit The city’s Solid Waste Division manages collection and disposal of waste, the curbside recycling program and household hazardous waste disposal. For more information about garbage, recycling and yard waste collection, citizens should visit

Submit questions by calling (904) 359-4622 or mailing to Call Box, P.O. Box 1949, Jacksonville, FL 32231. Please include contact information. If you have a picture to offer with your question, feel free to send it.

Sandy Strickland: (904) 359-4128





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Skillet’s Jen Ledger to Release Solo EP

Skillet drummer and vocalist, Jen Ledger, has shown her various talents behind the drum kit and on the mic during her run with the band. Now those talents will be showcased on even a higher level as she plans to release her first solo EP titled Ledger.

Never doubting on using her talents to one day make a solo album, many fans and music insiders thought that Ledger would first unite with other very talented female musicians in rock music and form a female “super group,” with the likes of Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale, Sick Puppies bassist Emma Anzai, and Skillet bandmate Korey Cooper. Ledger, will be released on Atlantic Records on April 13. Skillet keyboardist and guitarist Korey Cooper, helped produce the EP with well known Nashville writer/producer Seth Moseley.

In a recent Billboard article, Ledger shared her excitement about the upcoming project: “I feel I’ve just been growing and changing over the last few years and I feel the time is now. It just feels like everything is lined up all at once. It’s super exciting because it is a little bit of a destiny moment.”

Ledger credits her Skillet bandmates John and Korey Cooper for helping her find her own sound while mentoring her though the process.

Atlantic Records President of AR Pete Ganbarg, spoke highly of Legder’s talents from knowing her over the past decade:

From when I started working with Skillet 10 years ago, I was immediately impressed with how vibrant and talented Jen Ledger is. Her voice is so unique — and has become such an identifiable part of Skillet’s sound — that we’ve waited for most of the past decade for the moment when she would finally be ready to release her own music. What she’s been working on with John and Korey Cooper, as well as with Seth Moseley and others, shows that the wait has definitely been worth it. 

Now that Ledger’s solo career is on the way, many Skillet fans are worried that her days in Skillet will soon be a memory, but the singer/songwriter has no plans on leaving the band. In fact, Ledger will pull double duty, and open shows for Skillet’s upcoming spring “Unleashed” tour starting on April 12, with her backing band, then head behind the kit for Skillet’s performance to close shows. Ledger was asked if she planned on leaving Skillet: “We’re all on the same team and we’re all kind of mixed into everything. John is actually going to be singing on one of my songs and Korey is co-producing all of it and writing it with me, so it’s ridiculously perfect. I get to do everything I want and have the best of both worlds.”

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Meet Gov. Greg Abbott’s Indian-American ‘kitchen cabinet’ | Texas …

Last fall, Abbott named Sujeeth Draksharam of Sugar Land, president of Sirrus Engineers Inc., a civil engineering firm, to the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Sanjiv Yajnik of Dallas, president of financial services at Capital One Financial Corp., is perhaps the Texas Indian-American closest to the governor.

Yajnik is board chairman of the nonprofit Texas Economic Development Corp., which is paying for Abbott’s India trip.

“Sanjiv Yajnik was born in India, but he will tell you he’s a native Texan,” Abbott said. “He gives the best pro-Texas, chamber of commerce speech you’ll ever hear.”

Over the past four years, Agarwal has given Abbott’s campaign more than $163,000, and Yajnik has given nearly $13,000, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. Since 2013, Naidu has hosted three parties for Abbott and contributed a total of $22,500 to him. In that time, Draksharam gave Abbott about $22,000.

Computational journalist Andrew Chavez contributed to this story.

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Aluminum Cookware Market Analysis, Growth by Top Companies …

Asia-Pacific Aluminum Cookware market research report 2022 is a valuable source of data and offers a magnifying view of the current market status. Various key factors are discussed in the Aluminum Cookware Market research report, which will help the buyer in studying the Aluminum Cookware industry trends and opportunities.

Description: “Cookware consists of different types of pots and pans that are used for specific purposes. Aluminum cookware refers to cookware made of Aluminum material, usually with cast Aluminum or Anodized aluminium., Aluminum cookware is fairly inexpensive in comparison to cookware made from other materials. Aluminum is lightweight but fairly strong. It is a good conductor of heat and does not easily distort when exposed to high temperatures. Aluminum works well for sautéing and frying foods because if its heat responsiveness. The drawback of aluminum is that it reacts to acidic and alkaline foods, causing it to corrode and affect the taste of the food being cook. Aluminum is generally used as a core heat conductor, or coated with stainless steel or an anodized coating to protect the food.”,

Aluminum Cookware market competition by top manufacturers/players, with Aluminum Cookware sales volume, Price (USD/Unit), revenue (Million USD) and market share for each manufacturer/player; the top players including: SEB, Alluflon, Illa SpA, Ballarini, Norbert Woll GmbH, Meyer, Fissler GmbH, Risoli, ALZA, SCANPAN, Newell, Maspion, YT, Zhongxin Cookware, Market Segment by Countries, covering, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, India, Australia, .

On the basis of Product Type, Aluminum Cookware market report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, covers: Cast Aluminum Cookware, Anodized Aluminum Cookware,

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Kinsler: Sister Nancy, our Italian kitchen knife, and the Holy See

It’s been at least ten years since Natalie, a finance professor at Ohio University, traveled with a student group to the semi-picturesque Italian city of Ancona to teach business students how to work overseas. Presumably for purposes of ornamentation I was allowed to come along.

Ancona is an Adriatic seaport town where you can drive the family car onto a ferry boat and wind up in Turkey. But its local Italian cuisine was such that the most popular trattoria was in fact a Chinese restaurant.

At an overpriced dockside restaurant we decided to forage for food on our own, for our little apartment had a stove, a refrigerator and some random dinnerware. Our first shopping excursion yielded an aluminum frying pan, a 1-euro knife, some potatoes and a bottle of cooking oil. That evening I made Natalie fried potatoes. 

The Italian knife came home with us.  It has a white plastic handle, a thin blade marked KAIMANO INOX PER ALIMENTI (food-grade stainless steel) and is the best knife we’ve ever had.

Its manufacturer does no business in North America. I found some on eBay, but they were in Israel, shipping was $130, and someone else got them.

Now, Natalie attended a Catholic high school in Pittsburgh. One of her buddies there, a co-conspirator now known as Sister Nancy, took her vows after graduation and despite a well-cultivated streak of irreverence has worked in Rome for a succession of Popes, translating newspapers and writing on Vatican archaeology. 

Maybe once a year she visits the home convent in Pittsburgh, during which Sr. Nancy and I vie to horrify our innocent Natalie with inappropriate jokes.

But this year one of her fellow sisters sadly informed us that Nancy’s schedule had changed and we’d just missed our old friend. “But Sr. Nancy left something for you,” said she, handing us a bulging manila envelope.

As we drove off that night I remembered the envelope. Inside was a set of six Kaimano knives smuggled from Italy. “Sister Nancy rides again,” said Natalie.

Mark Kinsler,, is a science teacher from Cleveland Heights who lives with Natalie and the 4 cats in an old house in Lancaster. 

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4 simple swaps when planning a kitchen refresh

4 simple swaps when planning a kitchen refresh

4 simple swaps when planning a kitchen refresh

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 10:01 am

Updated: 2:34 am, Sat Mar 24, 2018.

4 simple swaps when planning a kitchen refresh

Brandpoint (BPT)

Mountain Grove News-Journal

(BPT) – Spring is in full swing, which means it’s time to reinvigorate your kitchen with a new look! When planning your refresh, consider these simple, stylish swaps that don’t require investing tons of time or budget.

Upgrade your kitchen fixtures

Faucets often serve as the centerpiece of the kitchen. Replacing an outdated model is an easy way to give your space a facelift. Choose a piece that’s as functional as it is fashionable such as the Delta Allentown Faucet, available at The Home Depot. This faucet offers an industrial, versatile design and tech-savvy appeal for every modern homeowner. Complete with TempSense Technology, the faucet will notify you when water has reached your desired temperature through coded LED light colors.

Liven up your cabinets

Small changes can make all the difference. Replacing outdated cabinet knobs and drawer pulls can give your space a fresh streamlined look with minimal effort. Dated accessories can weigh down the aesthetic of the entire room. Instead, replace with hardware in a bold bronze or sleek matte black finish.

Enhance simple walls

Play with textures to create a more intriguing space. Replace flat wall paint with a backsplash made from unique materials, such as faux-brick, salvaged wood or stainless-steel subway tile. A textured surface touting quality and distinction lends a design-forward aesthetic without breaking the bank.

Embrace the unexpected

Replace traditional décor with curated accents to elevate the space and delight the eye. Incorporate a plush patterned rug or paint cabinets with an on-trend hue of blue, gray and green, such as Behr’s Color of the Year titled, “In the Moment.” Most importantly, remember to let your personality shine by adding items that have special meaning. Whether it’s a set of vintage bronze candlesticks you found at a local antique shop or artwork purchased on vacation, unanticipated personal pieces often create storytelling moments and receive the very best of compliments.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018 10:01 am.

Updated: 2:34 am.

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