UPDATE: Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) Shares Active; EPA Boosts Biofuel Mandate from Prior Proposal Nov 30, 2015 02:47PM (Updated - November 30, 2015 2:47 PM EST)

Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ: PEIX) trading triggers limit-up, limit-down trading halt as the EPA is said to stop short of statutory targets for biofuels, according to Bloomberg. The EPA is also said to increase biofuel mandate from may proposal.

UPDATE - The following was posted to the EPA's website on Monday afternoon:

Rule Summary

EPA is finalizing the volume requirements and associated percentage standards that apply under the RFS... (continue reading...)

Younger Users Continue Eschewing Traditional Search for Social Media in Product Research - GWI Nov 30, 2015 02:24PM

When researching a product, most would assume that a traditional search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo!) is the preferred method for most, though that method might shift in the coming years.

Recent data from GlobalWebIndex also points to social media as being a large player in the research game with the key 16-to-24-year-old demographic.

GWI said about 35 percent of 16-24s utilize social media for research on products, compared with just 17 percent for 55-64s. The survey... (continue reading...)

Apparel demand up, electronics flat over U.S. Black Friday weekend: MasterCard Nov 30, 2015 02:04PM

(Reuters) - Apparel-focused U.S. retailers saw sales perk up over the four-day promotional period that kicked off on Thanksgiving Day, though department-store and electronics revenue was roughly flat, a MasterCard executive told Reuters in an interview Monday.

Specialty-apparel retailers enjoyed a pick-up in sales over the extended holiday weekend that began on Thursday as colder weather unleashed pent-up demand for winter clothing, Sarah Quinlan, a senior... (continue reading...)

Exclusive: Music festival company SFX explores debt restructuring Nov 30, 2015 11:27AM

By Liana B. Baker and Jessica DiNapoli

(Reuters) - Electronic music festival organizer SFX Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: SFXE), which puts on days-long dance extravaganzas including New York's 'Electric Zoo', is exploring a debt restructuring, a spokesman for its chief executive told Reuters on Monday.

SFX has asked investment bank Moelis & Co (NYSE: MC) to propose ways of slashing the company's debt pile, sources familiar with the matter told... (continue reading...)

Las Vegas Strip Revenue Fell 5.1% in Oct. (MGM) (LVS) (WYNN) Nov 30, 2015 09:43AM

Nevada’s non-restricted gaming licensees reported a total “gaming win” of $887,577,506 for the month of October 2015. This amounts to a 2.85 percent decrease compared to October 2014, when licensees reported a gaming win of $913,642,221. For the fiscal year (July 1, 2015 through October 31, 2015), gaming win has decreased 0.93 percent.

Las Vegas Strip revenue fell 5.12 percent to $493,626,444. Year-to-date, LV Strip revenue is down 2.55 percent to... (continue reading...)

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