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     New Gold (NGD) shares are up by 7.18% to $2.09 in afternoon trading on Thursday, after the company announced the sale of its 30% stake in the El Morro mining project to Goldcorp (GG) for $90 million. New Gold will also receive a 4% stream on gold production from the El Morro property in Chile and had its $93 million carried funding loan canceled as part of the sale.

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    Shares of Fitbit Inc. (FIT) tumbled 7.5% in afternoon trade following two separate reports published Thursday about the fitness band maker that suggest slowing sales. IDC reported that its share of the total wearables market slid to 24.3% in the second quarter from 30.4% from the year-earlier period amid new competition from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and China's Xiaomi. The industry tracker expects smart wearables that are compatible with third-party apps to outpace regular wearables, such as...

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    Heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar Inc (CAT) said it plans a new round of layoffs to cut costs as declining revenues from global mining and construction activities erodes its bottom line. The Peoria, Illinois-based company said it notified workers earlier this week it will reduce staff in its customer services support division by cutting 475 jobs.

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    Welcome to Main Street Morning, The Washington Post’s daily collection of news affecting entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses with a special focus on policy and government.Here’s what’s affecting my small business, my clients and other entrepreneurs today.WashingtonWhy U.S. secrets may be at risk after the Ashley Madison Hack.Small business owners and labor experts told a House subcommittee that new regulations proposed by the NLRB could strip entrepreneurs of the flexibility they need to survive.The EconomyThe Commerce Department said that non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, increased 2.2 percent last month, the biggest rise since June last year.Why we should stop worrying about the market correction and get back to work.The ElectionsHillary Clinton calls for greater investment in rural America.The GOP’s nuclear option for Donald Trump is scary.Meet the liberals who love Trump.Birth tourism business is booming in the U.S.PeopleThe woman who downed an entire bottle of cognac because she couldn’t take it on a plane is a hero for our time.Why saying “thank you” is more important than giving employees a raise.Fantasy football costs employers $16 billion.Mozilla’S CEO vows to fire an anonymous employee for hate speech on Reddit.ManagementThis is the truth about Uber’s background checks.How a small company builds a great culture one hire at a time.Game maker Rovio cuts 40 percent of its work force.These are the top four reasons owners need a healthcare buyer’s advocate.Maybe an Amazon-style workplace could work for your small business.Cash FlowFour things every small business owner should do to save for retirement.A frozen yogurt shop gives away $100,000 to make a big difference in local schools.EntrepreneursWhy legal marijuana could be the first billion-dollar industry not dominated by men.RetailThe reason people first started shopping at Amazon is disappearing.Amazon is testing a restaurant delivery service to take on GrubHub.Amazon Underground offers apps that are actually free.Sales and MarketingWhy being picky about customers early on can bolster your long-term success.TravelIn-flight Wifi prices have jumped in recent months.EntrepreneursThe nine colleges whose graduates make the most money.FinanceA company raises $35 million to make businesses smarter about their customer communications.Start-upsAn American start-up is letting Cubans share their Internet connections for free.TechnologyFour weeks after its launch, Windows 10 is already on 75 million PCs and tablets.A grim forecast for computer and tablet sales takes a turn for the worse.OnlineGoogle Maps may soon host food photos.Slack’s new button wants to connect everyone’s work shares.A new report examines the marketing tech winners and losers across 42 million sites.Ad-block software is approaching 200 million users and here’s how publishers are reacting.Social MediaSix big reasons small businesses need to be on Periscope.OpportunitiesA look at the big, weird business of prom.IdeasHere are a few ways to celebrate man’s best friend on next year’s National Dog Day.Around the CountryThe NRA sues Seattle over a gun tax.The owner of a Seattle coffee shop wants more immigrant businesses.A San Francisco initiative tries to define and help long term businesses.A Texas business owner is warning others about coyotes.A Pittsburgh record store owner is charged in running a criminal enterprise that stole $2 million from local retailers.Stealing E-Cigarettes in Wichita, Kansas is becoming a big business for thieves.South Florida’s construction boom is heading north.Around the WorldScotland will be giving all children library cards.For the third day in a row, China’s stock market takes a huge hit.Why the world is struggling to adjust to China’s “new normal.”A former Tibetan monk is accused of defrauding real estate investors.Gene Marks owns the Marks Group,  a Bala Cynwyd  PA  consulting firm that helps clients with customer relationship management. Follow Gene Marks and On Small Business on Twitter.News we should know about? Email us here.






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    Shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) were gaining by 5.8% to $1.82 in early afternoon trading on Thursday, after the chipmaker announced its new Radeon R9 Nano graphics card. AMD called the Radeon R9 Nano the "world's smallest and most power-efficient enthusiast graphics card" available.

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    The trading days couldn't end soon enough for Workday Inc.' s shareholders recently. Although the software provider isn't particularly exposed to China, commodities, interest rates or any of the other scary themes that have been behind the market tumult, its shares fell by 18% in the week ended Monday. Those investors who have been with the cloud-computing company for some time, while probably not enthused, have been through worse.

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    Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) shares jumped on Thursday after the electric-car company's Model S sedan. The consumer group said in its review that it had to "make changes to its scoring methodology to account for the car's exceptionally strong performance." Shares of Tesla climbed 6.9% to $240.40, poised for a third day of gains.

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    Oil and gas service companies have fared better than expected in the first half of the year despite a weak market, thanks to deep-pocketed Middle Eastern customers and stringent cost cuts. However, they warn the second half of the year will likely be much harder as oil companies cut spending even further after a near 30 percent fall in oil prices since the start of July.

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    Shares of Whiting Petroleum (WLL) were gaining by 13.9% to $16.74 on Thursday morning, as oil prices rebounded from recent losses. WTI crude oil for October delivery was up 4.72% to $40.42 a barrel Thursday morning, and Brent crude oil for October delivery was up 4.45% to $45.06 a barrel.

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     TORONTO DOMINION BANK (TD) shares are up by 1.24% to $39.33 in mid-morning trading on Thursday, after the bank reported its 2015 third quarter earnings results. The bank reported third quarter earnings of $1.82 billion, or 98 cents per share on revenue that increased 6.6% year over year to $6.51 billion.

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    Shares of WPX Energy (WPX) were gaining by 7.1% to $6.22 on Thursday morning, as oil prices rebounded from recent losses. WTI crude oil for October delivery was up 4.22% to $40.23 a barrel on Thursday morning, and Brent crude oil for October delivery was up 4.2% to $44.95 a barrel.

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    Patterson  shares are down 2.9% to $47.61 in mid-morning trading on Thursday, following the release of the dental, veterinary and rehabilitation supply market distributor's fiscal 2016 first quarter earnings results.