Rail Week Ending 17 February 2018: A Better Week


Week 7 of 2018 shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) traffic data. The rolling averages remain mixed.

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What We Read Today 21 February 2018

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Why Employers Should Stop Pot Testing

from Challenger Gray and Christmas

As of today, recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and medicinal marijuana in 29, but despite shifting public perception in favor of marijuana usage, many companies still utilize drug tests that screen out candidates who use marijuana.

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Infographic Of The Day: Amazon The ECommerce Leader

There is no doubt that Amazon is one of the most recognizable brand names in the whole world. However, its founder Jeff Bezos had a bit more modest goals in the beginning. Who would have thought that a simple online bookseller would become the world's biggest online store? In just 23 years, Amazon went from a relatively obscure book business to a dominant online retailer, cloud service provider, and much, much more.

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Video of the Day:

As the Massachusetts Legislature continues its quest to be the first state in the nation to outlaw bump-fire stocks -- the add-on equipment authorities claim helped maximize a Las Vegas gunman's body count -- a New Boston Post review has determined that there are a host of ways to get around the proposed ban, and all it takes is a little technique.

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Turkey Will Be Ground Zero In The Next Global Debt Crisis

by James Rickards

Special report from Daily Reckoning

Turkey is a beautiful country with a rich history including Greek, Roman and Muslim influences that make it one of the most fascinating places on Earth. It is literally a bridge between East and West: The mile-long Bosporus Bridge just north of Istanbul connects Europe and Asia across the Bosporus Strait.

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February 2018 Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Remains Positive

Of the three regional manufacturing surveys released for February, all were in expansion.

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