Kick those feet up

first_imgPhoto courtesy of staff at Wilderness AdventureHealthy Tip #76437: Kick Your Feet UpThe work week can seem hectic, and responsibilities still linger around well after you’ve clocked out. So this week’s healthy tip is to shed some stress, find nothing to do, and kick those feet up.Think about the last time you had nothing to do, where your mind wasn’t on the next step. It seems far too commonplace to be always on the go. And for the most part it’s a good thing, for a car that is never in drive fails to go anywhere. But it is just as important to stop for air, catch your breath, and put a little fuel in the gas tank.relaxing on mountain topPhoto courtesy of Wilderness Adventures, this week’s anti-challenge (for taking a break shouldn’t be a challenge) is to sit back, put it in park, and take some weight of those feet. I’m not advocating lounging around the next seven days, but make your time-off count. Sitting in front of the T.V. won’t do. Get outside, find a nice view, comfortable chair, and take in a whiff of fresh air. Go on, you deserve it, and the chances are that the ten minutes you take to cool the engine will get you cruising faster, more efficiently, and will add miles to your life.Sitting back and relaxing,-BradFor pasts posts and lessons learned over the summer, please visit http://www.adventurethirsty.blogspot.comlast_img read more

Wall Street still paved with profits

first_img“The stronger-than-anticipated earnings releases have definitely been the catalysts for prices to move higher and the merger deals continue to reduce shares in the market and put fresh cash back in investors’ hands,” said Tim Hartzell, chief investment officer at Kanaly Trust Co. The Dow rose 75.74, or 0.58 percent, to 13,211.88. The blue chip index hit a fresh trading high of 13,256.33 after reaching 13,184.14 Tuesday. The Dow has set 16 record closes this year and 39 since the beginning of October; the latest closing high came Tuesday. Broader stock indicators also rose Wednesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index advanced 9.62, or 0.65 percent, to 1,495.92. Wall Street has been eyeing the index, waiting for it to move back above 1,500; the S&P 500 hasn’t closed above that level since September 2000. The Nasdaq composite index rose 26.31, or 1.04 percent, to 2,557.84. Bonds fell following release of the factory order data. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 4.65 from 4.64 percent late Tuesday. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices fell. NEW YORK – Stocks jumped Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones industrials past 13,200 for the first time after a strong reading on U.S. factory orders stoked investor optimism about the economy. The Dow gained more than 75 points and secured its second straight record close. The Commerce Department said orders to U.S. factories rose 3.1 percent in March – the largest increase in a year – amid strong demand for commercial aircraft and a sharp rise in an indicator of how much companies are investing in their business. The increase easily outpaced the 2 percent rise analysts had been expecting. As investors begin to look toward Friday’s Labor Department reports on March job creation and unemployment, they are also keeping watch over corporate profits as they try to determine how quickly the economy might be slowing and whether the stronger-than-expected earnings might continue to give stocks a lift. Time Warner Inc. and Yum Brands Inc., parent of fast-food chains KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, each reported robust quarterly results. Light, sweet crude fell 77 cents, to $63.66 per barrel, on the New York Mercantile Exchange after weekly government figures showed larger-than-expected domestic supplies. In what some investors perhaps regarded as an early read on Friday’s jobs numbers, an employment indicator published by ADP and Macroeconomic Advisers reported an increase of 64,000 private jobs in April. A healthy job market is important because worries about jobs could push consumers to curb their spending. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more