Weekly 5: Brunswick stock upgraded

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Christopher Gerber (CGerber@BoatingIndustry.com)
December 11, 2012
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1. Brunswick stock upgraded

TheStreet has upgraded Brunswick Corporation’s stock from hold to buy. The ratings report cited the company’s revenue growth, return on equity and good cash flow as points of strength.

2. Small business owner optimism plunges

The National Federation of Independent Business’s Small Business Optimism Index dropped 5.6 points in November to one of its lowest marks on record.

The biggest reason for the decline, according to the NFIB, was a precipitous drop in owners’ expectations for future economic growth.

NFIB chief economist said the election caused the drop in optimism: “Nearly half of owners are now certain that things will be worse next year than they are now. Washington does not have the needs of small business in mind. Between the looming ‘fiscal cliff,’ the promise of higher health-care costs and the endless onslaught of new regulations, owners have found themselves in a state of pessimism.”

3. Taking your business to Pinterest

Heard of Pinterest but not sure what it is or how to take advantage of it in your business? Social Media Examiner has a great guide to getting your business started on Pinterest.

4. 4 Ways to Deal With the Fiscal Cliff

You can’t control fiscal policy, but you can take steps to position your company for whatever happens with the fiscal cliff, says sales consultant Tom Searcy.

5. Identifying the “nightmare employee”

Almost every company has employees that are sucking the life out their bosses and their coworkers. Here are some tips on determining if you have a nightmare employee draining your company.

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