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Oppenheimer downgrades Home Depot, Lowe’s on a ‘post-pandemic reset’ in home improvement retail

On Friday, Oppenheimer downgraded both Home Depot and Lowe’s to perform from outperform and lowered their price targets marginally. The firm disclosed that it still finds both companies favorable in the intermediate to longer-term stance, as shifts in consumer demands in the real estate and home improvement space are going to continue to fluctuate. Yahoo Finance’s Final Round panel break down the firm’s call and discuss the details.

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MYLES UDLAND: All right, welcome back to The Final Round here on Yahoo Finance. Time now for our call of the day. And today, we’re talking about Oppenheimer’s latest shares of Home Depot and Lowe’s, the firm downgrading both stocks to perform from– outperform. So overall, basically, kind of, I guess, pulling back maybe on these two names and saying that the boom we saw in the home improvement space during the early part of the pandemic is likely to

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Caren Rideau Designs a Pattern-Filled Kitchen With Lots of Function

When, after nearly a decade of slowly renovating the rest of their home, a Pacific Palisades, California, family of seven finally faced their kitchen, they turned to their go-to designer, Caren Rideau, founder of the Kitchen Design Group, with a request to rework it into a multifunctional room.

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This dramatic Waterstone faucet is one of four in the room.

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Well, they had a few more specific requests too. “They wanted a place for coffee, an area for wine. A walk-in pantry. A drop-off zone for the kids. And most important, direct access to the backyard,” says Rideau. “We weren’t adding square footage, so we needed to get a lot into this space.”

Since the family eats and cooks together nearly every night, and mom in particular is an avid pasta maker, Rideau chose a 60-inch BlueStar range “that can handle commercial-size trays,” and added a pot filler so

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Shooters Open Fire On Home Of New Jersey Police Officers In ‘Targeted Attack,’ Chief Says

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At least one gunman attacked the home of two Camden County, New Jersey police officers and their 10-day old infant earlier this week in what the police chief has since labeled a “targeted attack,” which came days after two Los Angeles deputy sheriffs were ambushed by gunfire in their vehicles. 

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The officers and their baby were not injured in the Tuesday attack, Camden Police Chief Joseph Wysocki said at a Thursday press conference. 

Investigators believe two suspects, driven by a third, pulled up outside the officers’ Camden County home before midnight on Tuesday and sprayed bullets, with at least two piercing the front door.  

“I do know that this was a targeted attack against this residence and the officers inside,” said Wysocki, who described the couple as “two really good officers” who were “constantly interacting with members

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Clean energy bills would provide new type of loans for Michigan homeowners

LANSING — Bills to expand clean energy loans in Michigan could see changes to beef up consumer protections. Bipartisan legislation recently before a state House committee would extend Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans to residential property owners.

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“There’s such savings to be had out there,” said bill sponsor, Rep. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor. “And this tool, it’s just a great one for communities to have in their toolbox.”

But some groups are divided on whether the bills go far enough to protect the people they are aimed at helping. Mainly, low income residents.

Local governments would be able to provide financing to residents to adopt property assessment programs and create districts to promote the use of renewable energy systems and other energy efficient improvements and environmental projects. The loans would then be repaid, and include a lien on the owner’s property. Communities would have to opt in

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After record turnout in NH primary, focus shifts to general election

CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) – It was a record turnout in New Hampshire for last week’s primary election. The perennial battleground state could have a big impact on the upcoming presidential election and the man in charge of making sure everything goes off without a hitch says he’s as confident as ever heading into November.

“By far the record,” said Secretary of State Bill Gardner, D-New Hampshire.

More than 304,000 voters cast ballots in New Hampshire’s September 8th primary. Almost 30% of them– thanks to COVID-19– were absentee ballots. “The highest number of ballots we’ve ever cast in a September primary was a little over 9,000. We had over 90,000,” Gardner said.

Gardner has been New Hampshire’s Secretary of State for more than four decades. He attributes the high turnout, in part, to the pandemic inspiring Americans to do their civic duty. “I think there are certain times in our history

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COVID-19 Recovery Analysis: Ceramic Sanitary Ware Market | Increasing Expenditure on Bathroom Remodeling to boost Market Growth | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the ceramic sanitary ware market and it is poised to grow by 226.25 million units during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 8% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000 worth of FREE customization

The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. CERA Sanitaryware Ltd., Duravit AG, Geberit AG, HSIL Ltd.,

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Roadway improvements in Sayreville will not disrupt gas main installation


SAYREVILLE – The Sayreville Borough Council has adopted a bond ordinance that will appropriate $4 million towards improving borough roads and drainage.

On Sept. 14, council members adopted the bond ordinance that will provide for the $4 million appropriation allocated toward the improvements. The bond ordinance will also authorize the issuance of $3.55 million in bonds or notes to finance a portion of the appropriation.

The remaining costs of the $4 million appropriation will be covered by a $450,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT), according to the bond ordinance.

As a result of the DOT grant, no down payment from the borough will be made to help finance the improvements.

The improvements authorized include Albert Street, Avon Way, Church Street, Ernston Road, French Street, Heims Lane, Midnight Street, Smullen Street, Sophie Street, Stratford Way and Vernon Way.

The funds will also be used toward the improvement

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How Kitchen Trends Have Changed in the Pandemic

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All that banana bread baking has finally taken its toll. Designers across the country have seen an uptick in the number of clients who, after a few months on lockdown and learning how their home functions (or doesn’t), are ready to renovate. But perhaps no space has been more overworked and under scrutiny than the kitchen, the universal command center: a place to drop the mail, supervise homework, make a video call…oh, and also cook three meals a day.

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For many people, this time spent at home has dramatically changed the list of kitchen demands. Only a few months ago, a “connected” kitchen would have signaled the latest in tech and smart appliances. But with human contact at a premium, our desire for connection has broadened beyond that. “The kitchen needs to be connected to other spaces, but it also needs to be a destination in and of

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Nature-Inspired Decor Ideas To Make Winter Pandemic Life More Bearable

The first fall chill in the air is a reminder that the garden and park life we’ve been enjoying is about to make way for the stay-home life. COVID numbers are rising again, and we know that indoors gatherings are part of the problem, so we’ll likely be doing some version of what we did back in spring, and spending a lot more time with members of our own household at home.

We haven’t forgotten that awful feeling we had in March and April, before the weather warmed up, of being trapped indoors. So many of us are now looking for ways to make our home feel cozy and nurturing for the winter months. One way to go from cabin fever to cabin chic is to bring the outdoors in. Try introducing some of these nature-inspired ideas into your family living space.

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Growing house plants makes life more

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North Carolina has $35 million in unused nursing home fines

This article first appeared on North Carolina Health News and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Federal regulators can fine North Carolina nursing homes upward of a half-million dollars when facilities go seriously wrong — as in the case of a Fayetteville resident who died after staff found her with fire ants covering her face and upper body.

The deadly 2019 incident described in state records brought a fine of more than $530,000 against Carolina Rehab Center of Cumberland. Federal law mandates that the fines, amounting to $35 million in N.C., must be used to improve quality of life for nursing home residents through grants to facilities and agencies.

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Fines levied after an investigation into the fire-ant attack went into state coffers set up for this purpose, into a pot that bulges larger year after year and puts North Carolina third highest in such totals nationally.

But why

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