More Than 10% Of Consumers Not Planning To Shop This Holiday Season: Survey

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Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout In U.S. Has Begun

The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. commenced on Monday morning, as the first doses of the vaccine was administered to health care workers and nursing home staffs.

Friday evening, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for emergency use, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in the U.S.

The emergency use authorization allows BNT162b2, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, to be distributed in the U.S. for people over the age of 16. It was found to be 95 percent effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in clinical trials.

Sandra Lindsay, a nurse from Northwell Long Island Jewish Medical Center, was vaccinated at 9:23 a.m. during a livestreamed event with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She was the first person to be vaccinated in New York.

Other locations in Connecticut, New York, Iowa, Washington, D.C., and Michigan are also expected to administer vaccine doses on Monday.

Following the approval from the FDA, Pfizer shipped 2.9 million doses to 636 sites across the country. Pfizer began shipping the doses from its Michigan warehouse Sunday directly to those sites.

Pfizer and BioNTech had previously said that they are confident in their ability to deliver the vaccine to people in the U.S. Their combined manufacturing network has the potential to supply globally up to 50 million vaccine doses in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021.

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Golf: South Korea's Kim A-lim storms to US Women's Open crown

HOUSTON (AFP) – South Korea’s Kim A-lim produced a stunning finish to snatch her maiden major victory with a one-shot win in the delayed finale to the US Women’s Open on Monday (Dec 14).

The 25-year-old, who had never won a tournament outside of South Korea before, rattled in three consecutive birdies on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes to finish with a four-under-par 67 at Champions Golf Club in Houston.

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Gold Futures Settle At Two-Week Low

Gold prices drifted lower on Monday as traders looked to pick up riskier assets on hopes the rollout of coronavirus vaccines will help boost chances of a quick economic recovery.

The dollar’s weakness amid slight optimism over a potential fiscal stimulus failed to prevent the precious metal’s decline.

The dollar index, which slid to 90.42, recovered to 90.80 in late morning trades, and was last seen at 90.70, down 0.32% from the previous close.

Gold futures for February ended down $11.50 or about 0.6% at $1,832.10 an ounce, the lowest settlement since December 2.

Silver futures for March ended lower by $0.045 at $24.047 an ounce, while Copper futures for March settled at $3.5265 per pound, down $0.0015 from the previous close.

According to reports, the United States has begun giving Covid-19 vaccine shots and vaccinations were rolling out across the country starting Monday, with hospitals prioritizing front-line healthcare workers.

This follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nod for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.

CDC Director Robert Redfield accepted the recommendation by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in people 16 years of age and older.

The recommendation follows the Emergency Use Authorization issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the vaccine last Friday.

Investors were also looking ahead to the upcoming monetary policy meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve. The Fed’s two-day monetary policy meeting starts on December 15.

California’s electors are meeting now. Their votes are expected to push Biden over the top.

California’s 55 electors are meeting now as they prepare to cast their votes for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Their votes will push Mr. Biden over the 270 threshold to win the White House, formally delivering him a victory after a disruptive period in the nation’s history marked by extraordinary efforts by President Trump to overturn the results of the presidential election.

RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc. Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.15 per share

Below are the earnings highlights for RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc. (RICK):

-Earnings: -$2.79 million in Q4 vs. $0.46 million in the same period last year.
-EPS: -$0.31 in Q4 vs. $0.05 in the same period last year.
-Excluding items, RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc. reported adjusted earnings of $1.35 million or $0.15 per share for the period.
-Revenue: $28.79 million in Q4 vs. $45.18 million in the same period last year.

More Than 10% Of Consumers Not Planning To Shop This Holiday Season: Survey

Over 10% of consumers not planning to shop this holiday season as the pandemic has caused severe economic impact on the country.

Research from Principal Financial Group indicates higher stress levels and less holiday spending among U.S. consumers as many continue to navigate the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Consumers cite several pandemic-related factors influencing holiday shopping decisions, including financial strain, unemployment and less pay, and general COVID-19 concerns.

About 70% of the customers who are ready to spend will do so online and are decreasing expenses on travel, dining out, and entertainment.

“2020 was a challenging year for many individuals, families, and businesses, and it’s not surprising that many are having to change their typical holiday spending habits,” said Sri Reddy, senior vice president, Retirement and Income Solutions at Principal. “While it can be difficult to cut back, particularly during this time of year, less spending today can help make 2021 less financially stressful and support a more secure, long-term financial future.”

Meanwhile, financial resolutions for next year are similar to 2020 goals, with top priorities being saving more each month, reducing spending, and paying off credit card debt.