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Hurricane Isaac became Tropical Storm Isaac once again Wednesday after making landfall in the southeastern United States, but the while Gulf Coast residents assess the damage from the slow-moving storm, investors are evaluating the impact on stocks across sectors such as energy, insurance and even gaming.

Offshore oil and natural gas production was largely shut down leading up to the storm, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and gasoline prices saw their biggest one-day jump in 18 months, but early reports say the regions refineries were left largely untouched

The nation’s continuing economic slowdown will keep cargo traffic at major retail container ports below last year’s levels through this summer and early fall, but month-to-month numbers are climbing and ports should see a return to year-over-year growth by Halloween, according to the monthly Port Tracker report released Monday by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Global Insight. U.S. ports surveyed handled 1.26 million twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEU) of container traffic in April, the most recent month for which actual numbers are available. That’s up 8.9 percent from March, which registered the lowest volume in two years, but down 4.7 percent from April 2007. “The

If you’re a mobile electronics retailer you better move those spring or summer vacation plans to the fall. Even though the weather is still lousy in most parts of the country, dealers tell us the kids are already lining up at the installation bays for the latest and loudest sound systems (the better to hear the beat over the engine while wakeboarding), while Mr. Deep Pockets has designs on the latest and fullest home entertainment system to update that little yacht he has floating over at the mariner. The time is here for all mobile dealers to make a little extra space in the

Three resolutions for bettering your business By Floyd Seal Now is the time to make New Year's resolutions. I am not talking about losing 10 pounds, going to the gym three times a week or telling your significant other how much you love them three times a day (even though that last one does pay big dividends). I am talking about making some resolutions for your business that will make your operation more profitable than last year. Here are a few ideas that might help you make more money in 2006: Resolution No. 1: Make money in 2006 by clearing out right Get rid of old inventory! If

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