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SHRM HR NewsJun 03, 2020
Virtual Happy Hours, Games and Meals: Team Building Varies During COVID-19
?Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic can make it difficult to build and maintain a cohesive team. The Society for Human Resource Management wanted to find out what others are doing to keep up team spirit.A survey SHRM commissioned found that a slight majority—52 percent—are not conducting any team-building activities with U.S. employees working remotely. However, among those that do have virtual activities, the two most popular were e-mail chains on topics that are not work-related (2

MarketWatch MarketPulseJun 03, 2020
Dunkin' stock rises as same-store sales show improvement over the past month
Shares of Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. rose 1.7% in premarket trading Wednesday after the coffee and ice cream seller provided a mid-quarter sales update, which showed improvement over the last month in its U.S. Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins sales, helped by strength in drive-thru sales and a jump in midday sales. For the eight weeks ended May 23, same-store sales for open Dunkin' U.S. stores fell 23%, but improved to a decline of 15% for the week ended May 23 from a drop of 25% for the week ended April 25. The company said the improvement was driven by strong sales at drive-thru stores, double-digit percentage year-over-year same-store sales growth during the 11 a.m to 2 p.m. time period and increased sales through the Dunkin' app, delivery and curbside. For open Baskin-Robbins U.S. stores, quarter-to-date same-store sales fell 10.5%, with sales improving to flat for the week ended May 23 from down 10% for the week ended April 25. AS of May 23, about 650 of 9,637 Dunkin' U.S. stores were closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The stock has declined 4.4% over the past three months through Tuesday, while the S&P 500 has gained 2.6%.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseJun 02, 2020
Dow futures climb Tuesday evening after stocks shook off civil unrest to end at a 3-month high as ADP jobs report looms
U.S. stock-index futures rose Tuesday evening, implying that the trend for Wall Street continues to be higher after the stock market closed at its highest level since early March. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were trading 102 points, or 0.4%, higher at 25,803, those for the S&P 500 index were gaining 0.3%, while Nasdaq-100 futures were advancing 26 points, or 0.3%, at 9.673.75, at last check. The gains come as unrelenting bullishness surrounding the prospects of business reopenings in the U.S. continue to buoy stocks, despite a wave of issues that should otherwise serve as impediments to a bullish uptrend. Those factors include, Chinese-U.S. tensions, seething civil unrest in America and a pandemic that remains a public-health problem throughout the world. In Tuesday's regular session, the Dow rose 267.63 points, or 1.1%, to end at 25,742.65, marking its highest close since March 6, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index rose 25.09 points, or 0.8%, closing at 3,080.82, its loftiest finish since March 4, and the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 56.33 points, or 0.6%, to finish at 9,608.37, representing its best closing level since Feb. 20. On Wednesday, investors will get a fresh read of the impact of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, with a report on private-sector employment likely to show that 8.663 million jobs were lost in May, according to Econoday, compared with Automatic Data Processing Inc.'s estimate in April for a loss of 20.236 million. Markets have shrugged off poor economic news and a wave of protests across U.S. cities sparked partly by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, an unarmed black man who perished under the knee of a white police officer. Protests about social injustice in America has resulted in curfews imposed in a number of major cities, including New York, which has set a curfew from 8 p.m. Eastern to 5 a.m. In corporate news, shares of Zoom Video Communica
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