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Sturm Ruger & Co Inc Q1 Earnings Rise

Sturm Ruger & Co Inc (RGR) released a profit for its first quarter that rose from the same period last year.

The company’s bottom line totaled $38.19 million, or $2.16 per share. This compares with $15.34 million, or $0.87 per share, in last year’s first quarter.

Analysts had expected the company to earn $1.43 per share, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.

The company’s revenue for the quarter rose 49.1% to $184.38 million from $123.64 million last year.

Sturm Ruger & Co Inc earnings at a glance:

-Earnings (Q1): $38.19 Mln. vs. $15.34 Mln. last year.
-EPS (Q1): $2.16 vs. $0.87 last year.
-Analysts Estimate: $1.43
-Revenue (Q1): $184.38 Mln vs. $123.64 Mln last year.

European Economics Preview: Germany Inflation, Unemployment Data Due

Consumer prices and unemployment data from Germany and economic confidence survey results from the euro area are due on Thursday, headlining a busy day for the European economic news.

At 2.00 am ET, Destatis is set to issue import prices and unemployment figures for March. Import price inflation is seen at 6 percent compared to 1.4 percent in February.

At 3.00 am ET, Spain’s flash consumer prices and unemployment figures are due. Consumer prices are forecast to grow 1.9 percent annually in April, faster than the 1.3 percent rise seen in March.

At 3.30 am ET, Sweden’s flash GDP data for the first quarter is due. The economy is forecast to grow 0.5 percent sequentially, reversing a 0.2 percent fall in the fourth quarter of 2020.

At 3.55 am ET, Germany’s Federal Labor Agency is slated to release unemployment data. The number of unemployed people is forecast to fall by 10,000 in April after decreasing 8,000 in March.

At 4.00 am ET, Eurozone monetary aggregates data is due. Economists expect M3 to climb 10.2 percent on year in March, following a 13.3 percent rise in February.

At 5.00 am ET, European Commission publishes economic confidence survey results. Economists forecast the economic confidence index to rise to 102.2 in April from 101.0 in March.

At 8.00 am ET, Destatis is slated to issue Germany’s provisional consumer price data. Inflation is forecast to rise to 1.9 percent in April from 1.7 percent in March.

Century Aluminum Co Q1 adjusted earnings of -$0.54 per share

Below are the earnings highlights for Century Aluminum Co (CENX):

-Earnings: -$140.0 million in Q1 vs. -$2.7 million in the same period last year.
-EPS: -$1.55 in Q1 vs. -$0.03 in the same period last year.
-Excluding items, Century Aluminum Co reported adjusted earnings of -$52.5 million or -$0.54 per share for the period.
-Revenue: $444.0 million in Q1 vs. $421.2 million in the same period last year.

Inter-American Development Bank OKs $500 mln in financing for Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, May 5 (Reuters) – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said on Wednesday it has approved two loans totaling $500 million for Costa Rica to move forward with structural fiscal reforms aimed at boosting fiscal management efficiency and promoting sustainable economic recovery.

“The operations will provide budget support to the country and support policy reforms to ensure fiscal sustainability and uphold short- and medium-term macroeconomic stability,” the IDB said in a statement.

Orioles’ John Means tosses no-hitter vs. Mariners, loses perfect game on wild pitch

Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means tossed Major League Baseball's third no-hitter of the 2021 season, with one unusual play separating him from the first perfect game since 2012.

The left-hander faced the minimum 27 Seattle Mariners in a 6-0 win, with the only runner reaching base on a wild pitch following a strikeout in the bottom of the third inning.

Means fanned Mariners outfielder Sam Haggerty but the pitch got past catcher Pedro Severino and Haggerty made it safely to first. Severino then redeemed himself by throwing out Haggerty trying to steal second base.

Means threw 113 pitches and struck out 12 batters in the Orioles' first individual no-hitter since Hall of Famer Jim Palmer did it in 1969. The Orioles did have four pitchers combine for their last no-no in 1991.

"I can't put it into words right now. It's unbelievable," Means told the Orioles TV broadcast after the game. "I felt OK all g. I didn't really have the changeup until the end. I'm glad I got it."

Chi McBride Signs With Verve For Representation

EXCLUSIVE:  Chi McBride has signed with Verve. The accomplished actor, who recently wrapped a seven-season run as Lou Grover on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, was recently tapped to star opposite Pete Holmes in the as-yet untitled Tom Smallwood comedy pilot, also for CBS.

In addition to being a series regular on Hawaii Five-0 for its final six seasons after joining in Season 4 as recurring, McBride has written a number of episodes of the series, along with several pilots, and he is currently developing an original idea for television.

A prolific actor in both television and film, McBride also was a series regular on David E. Kelley’s Boston Public (Fox) and ABC’s Pushing Daisies. Feature credits include Gone in 60 Seconds, I, Robot, opposite Will Smith, and The Terminal. In addition to his live-action work, McBride is the voice of Marvel Universe’s Nick Fury in Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents Of S.M.A.S.H and Avengers Assemble series.

At Verve, McBride joins a number of established actors who have ramped up their behind-the-camera work in the last 12 months, including Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us), Nia Long (Fatal Affair), Ben McKenzie (Gotham). Creating crossover opportunities for talent is a major focus for Verve’s growing talent team, formed last year by Sean Grumman.

McBride continues to be repped by attorney Sean Marks.

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