Feb 2, 2017

Big in Business: it's Facebook's turn

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Facebook, you're up: Apple was responsible yesterday for pushing the Dow into positive territory — investors were pleased at the brisk pace of iPhone 7 sales. Today, it's Facebook's turn. Stock in the company rose more than 2% after hours last night, following a mobile-driven 50% increase in revenue, and a call with analysts that described plans to leverage the "mega-trend" of online video to drive Facebook's next stage of growth.

Mexico and the U.S. will talk NAFTA in May: The FT reports that the two nations will begin "a formal 90-day process of parallel consultations" with business leaders and other interest groups before meeting in May to begin renegotiating NAFTA. Given the president's significant powers to withdraw from the agreement, the Trump Administration will have the opportunity to show off its negotiating chops.

Small Business stumps for Gorsuch: The National Federation of Independent Businesses issued a full-throated endorsement of Trump's Supreme Court pick. CEO Juanita Duggan tells Axios that small business is particularly attracted to his views on the Chevron doctrine, a precedent that gives federal regulators broad discretion to interpret vague legislation.

Make America efficient again: Data on labor productivity will be released at 8:30am. GDP growth of late has been hampered by slow increases in productivity, so signs of this metric coming to life would be a good sign for 2017.

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Cruise ship evacuations: More Americans test positive for coronavirus

A bus carrying American citizens from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship arrives at the U.S. government-chartered aircraft that is taking them back to the United States while authorities wear protective suits look on at Haneda airport in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Another 14 passengers tested positive for the novel coronavirus during their evacuation from the Diamond Princess cruise ship before being flown in a "specialist containment" area of the plane to the United States, per a Trump administration statement early Monday.

Details: Over 40 Americans who had been on the ship had previously been confirmed as infected and will remain in Japanese hospitals for treatment, NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "Face the Nation" Sunday. The rest were evacuated, and these latest cases were among them. All evacuees will undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival later Monday.

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GM to exit Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

GM's Holden brand is popular among racing fans down under, and it's been a regular fixture at events like the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar Race in Australia. Photo: Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

General Motors is retiring its Holden brand from sales in Australia and New Zealand and winding down operations in the two countries and Thailand by 2021, the company confirmed in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The Holden brand has been in Australia and New Zealand for 160 years, per a GM statement issued in Australia. It is beloved by many motor racing fans down under. Holden produced Australia's first wholly locally made car in 1948.

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In photos: Deadly Storm Dennis lashes U.K., Ireland and western France

A family is rescued from a property in Nantgarw, Wales, on Sunday. The storm comes a week after the U.K. was battered by storm Ciara, which killed two people, per the BBC. Photo: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Storm Dennis continued to pummel parts of England, Wales and Ireland over Sunday night with heavy rain after battering Northern Ireland and Scotland, per the official British weather agency the Met Office.

Why it matters: It's the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean, with its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains that caused widespread flooding across the U.K., the Washington Post notes. Police in Wales confirmed Sunday they found the body of a man who fell into a river as the storm lashed Ystradgynlais.

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