Trump Told Tell-All Authors He Refused Masks In Order To Look Strong, Impenetrable

Nordea Bank Q2 Profit Climbs

Nordea Bank (NRDEF.PK) reported that its second-quarter net profit climbed to 1.03 billion euros or 0.25 euros per share from 243 million euros or 0.06 euros per share in the previous year.

Operating profit significantly increased to 1.34 billion euros from 306 million euros in the same period last year, driven by a significant increase in total operating income, strong cost control and low loan losses.

Net interest income for the quarter was 1.23 billion euros up from 1.09 billion euros last year. Net fee and commission income grew to 878 million euros from 673 million euros in the previous year.

Nordea said it is progressing well towards consistent delivery of its financial targets: a cost-to-income ratio of 50% and a return on equity above 10%.

Women Golfers Are Embracing the Power Era. Is That a Good Thing?

On the L.P.G.A. Tour, players are being enticed by how far others are driving the ball. But some have realized hitting it farther has hurt their game.

By Paul Sullivan

Emma Talley had never concerned herself with length off the tee until after her rookie season on the L.P.G.A. Tour.

Auto retailer Lithia Motors profit jumps on demand, higher prices boost

July 21 (Reuters) – U.S. auto retailer Lithia Motors Inc reported a four-fold rise in its quarterly profit on Wednesday, boosted by higher vehicle prices and strong demand for personal transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company’s net income for the second quarter ended June 30 was $304.9 million, or $10.75 per share, compared with $77.7 million, or $3.38 per share, a year earlier.

Fox News Host Accidentally Shades Ted Cruz Right To His Face

Fox News host Harris Faulkner had an awkward moment with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday evening ― and she didn’t seem to realize it. 

Faulkner attempted to slam Democratic lawmakers in Texas who left the state to prevent a quorum as part of an effort to block the passage of a GOP bill restricting voting rights.

“You have seen what I know with my relatives in Texas we don’t do,” Faulker told Cruz. “We don’t cut and run.” 

Cruz, of course, did exactly that earlier this year: He cut and ran in the middle of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the state’s history. As Texas dealt with a crippling winter storm that left millions cold and without power, Cruz went on vacation with his family in sunny Cancun. He only returned home after being busted by some of his fellow travelers. At first, Cruz tried to blame his daughters for his lapse in judgment, but he eventually admitted that yes, it was a vacation. 

Watch the on-air encounter between Faulkner and Cruz below: 

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Live football updates – Football Ferns v Australia

All the action as the Football Ferns kick off the Olympics against Australia.

MarketAxess Q2 Profit Declines, But Tops Estimates – Quick Facts

MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (MKTX) reported Wednesday that its second-quarter net income declined to $67.3 million or $1.77 per share from $83.9 million or $2.20 per share in the prior-year quarter.

On average, 10 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report earnings of $1.75 per share for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.

Total revenues for the quarter decreased 4.6% to $176.3 million from $184.8 million in the same quarter last year. Analysts expected revenues of $183.55 million for the quarter.

The Company’s board of directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend to $0.66 per share of common stock outstanding, to be paid on August 18, 2021 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 4, 2021.

At the Evian, Name Calling Takes Practice

Two friends share the duties of announcing the golfers as play begins. Sometimes they have to ask, ‘How would you pronounce this?’

By Michael Arkush

Every summer, during most of the four rounds of the Amundi Evian Championship in France, a major tournament in women’s professional golf since 2013, Evelyn Bayle and Agnès Meneghel do not hit a single shot, nor offer a single word of advice to the players.

M&T Bank Corp. Earnings Advance In Q2

M&T Bank Corp. (MTB) announced earnings for its second quarter that climbed from last year.

The company’s earnings came in at $438.76 million, or $3.41 per share. This compares with $223.10 million, or $1.74 per share, in last year’s second quarter.

Analysts had expected the company to earn $3.60 per share, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.

M&T Bank Corp. earnings at a glance:

-Earnings (Q2): $438.76 Mln. vs. $223.10 Mln. last year.
-EPS (Q2): $3.41 vs. $1.74 last year.
-Analysts Estimate: $3.60

Trump Told Tell-All Authors He Refused Masks In Order To Look Strong, Impenetrable

Donald Trump admitted to the authors of a new tell-all book that he flouted his own government’s guidelines and routinely didn’t wear a mask to protect himself from COVID-19 because he feared it would make him look weak.

The former president told Washington Post journalists Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker “about the importance in his mind of looking strong, looking healthy, looking impenetrable,” Leonnig told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Tuesday.

Trump ended up contracting the coronavirus himself in October 2020 and was hospitalized for three days. At one point his oxygen levels sank to the 80s. Normal levels range from 95% to 100%.

“I will tell you that we learned in our reporting that the chief of staff, Mark Meadows at the time, counseled the medical advisers and political advisers, ‘No way, he can’t wear a mask, he’s already dug in on this, he can’t do it, because his base will basically rebel,’” said Leonnig.

Leonnig and Rucker’s “‘I Alone Can Fix It’: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” was released Tuesday.