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Tesla reports fourth straight quarter of profits

Tesla just reported its second-quarter results. Shares rose more than 4% after hours as the company beat expectations and reported its fourth straight quarter of profits. Here’s how Elon Musk’s electric car and renewable energy business did versus analysts’ expectations, according to estimates compiled by Refinitiv. Earnings: $2.18 (ex-items) vs. 3 cents per share, expected. Revenue: $6.04 billion vs. Read More…

FedEx Express, Ground operations in Montana city to run in same building

FedEx Express and FedEx Ground employees in a Montana city will soon be working in the same building, and, for some shipments, together. FedEx Express employees in Kalispell, Montana, will conduct operations at FedEx Ground’s facility there once a building lease begins August 31. The two companies’ work in that building “will remain independent of Read More…

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire buys Dominion Energy natural gas assets in $10 billion deal

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is finally pulling the trigger. The conglomerate is spending $4 billion to buy the natural gas transmission and storage assets of Dominion Energy. Including the assumption of debt, the deal totals almost $10 billion. It’s Berkshire’s first major purchase since the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent market collapse in March. At his annual Read More…

Biotech Company Announces $22 Million Investment Led by Mike Goguen’s Firm

Inimmune, a Missoula-based biotech company founded by nationally recognized vaccine scientists that has been working on a vaccine for COVID-19, announced today that it has raised $22 million in Series A funding led by Two Bear Capital, a venture-capital firm founded by Whitefish philanthropist Mike Goguen. The firm plans to use the Series A investment Read More…

Whitefish Mountain Resort takes extra safety precautions during pandemic

WHITEFISH — Whitefish Mountain Resort is taking extra precautions for all of their activities on the mountain due to coronavirus concerns. Elyse Knudsen, risk control manager with Whitefish Mountain Resort, said that the resort is being extra careful with guests. Before the summer season started the resort assessed all possible contact points between guests and Read More…

Former market president for Rocky Mountain Bank accused of bank fraud, related crimes

BILLINGS- A former market president for Rocky Mountain Bank has admitted to fraud and money laundering crimes. A release from the Department of Justice says 46-year-old Stephen Phillip Casher was charged in a 14-count superseding indictment alleging bank fraud and related crimes. The prosecution presented evidence in court records at trial that Casher worked as Read More…

The SEC told bankrupt Hertz it has issues with its plan to sell stock, Chairman Jay Clayton says

The Securities and Exchange Commission told Hertz, which filed for bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic, that the regulator has issues with the rental car company’s plan to sell stock. “In this particular situation we have let the company know that we have comments on their disclosure,” SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said Wednesday on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” “In Read More…

Whitefish Mountain Resort to open for season

KALISPELL, Mont. — Summer officially begins at Whitefish Mountain Resort this Saturday. The resort will be opening nearly all its outdoor activities, including over 30 miles of mountain bike trails. As snow continues to melt, more trails will open throughout the season. The resort will also be opening three brand-new trails expected to be completed by Read More…

The Fed cancels its famous in-person Jackson Hole gathering due to pandemic, will hold virtual event instead

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City announced on Thursday that its popular annual economic policy symposium will not be held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the first time in nearly 40 years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the bank said that this year’s symposium, titled “Navigating the Decade Ahead: Implications for Monetary Policy,” will be Read More…

MT Supreme Court overturns ruling which blocked permit for Creston water plant

There’s another twist in the years-long legal battle over the operation of a Creston bottled water plant, with the Montana Supreme Court overturning a lower court ruling which had blocked permits. Local residents and conservation groups have been fighting the plans of Montana Artesian Water Company to pump enough water to fill more than 1-billion Read More…

Montana, North Dakota lawmakers to collaborate on radioactive oilfield waste problem

The debate over how to dispose of the Bakken’s radioactive oilfield waste has prompted a small group of lawmakers from North Dakota and Montana to start collaborating. The conversations come as Montana prepares to enact a formal rule capping the radiation level of oilfield waste disposed of at landfills in the state. Much of the Read More…

US shocks economists by adding 2.5 million jobs in May as unemployment declines to 13.3%

Economists were shocked on Friday as the Bureau of Labor Statistics said US employers added 2.5 million payrolls in May, defying expectations of 7.5 million jobs lost. The surprise increase came on the heels of the record 20.5 million jobs lost in April. The unemployment rate declined to 13.3%, bucking forecasts of a near-record 19% rate. April’s Read More…

A London-based trading house bought 250,000 barrels of oil during the historic plunge below $0 and likely made a fortune

One trader bought 250,000 barrels of oil and secured a rare payout as oil prices turned negative last month, causing jitters in markets and leaving most other traders scrambling to find storage options across both sides of the Atlantic, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. But for BB Energy, a trading house based in London, the historic oil-market crash was Read More…

State receives more than 9,600 COVID-19 relief grant applications

More than 9,600 COVID-19 relief grant applications have been submitted to the State of Montana since applications opened last Thursday. Last week, Governor Bullock announced $123 million in CARES Act funding for nine new grant programs that are designed to address key COVID-19 issues Montanans are facing. As of the beginning of the business day May 13, the Montana Read More…

Secretary of State: Montana business registrations drop by 11,000 from last year

MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton noted that 11,000 fewer businesses renewed their state registrations by April 15 this year in comparison to last year. The statistic was highlighted in Stapleton’s Montana Business Forecast on Sunday. “The economic, social, and health-related disruptions from the coronavirus are historic,” Stapleton wrote in the emailed forecast. Read More…

$10 million in funding announced for Montana child care facilities

HELENA- Montana child care providers are eligible for funding through the CARES Act Child Care and Development Block Grants. The $10 million in federal CARES Act funding was announced Wednesday, and is to provide support for existing child care providers, assistance for low-income families participating in the Best Beginnings Scholarship Program and will fund emergency Read More…

TWO PROMINENT WYOMING GAS DRILLERS IN FINANCIAL PERIL

A top financial ratings service has listed western Wyoming gas drillers Ultra Resources and Jonah Energy among issuers of “top bonds of concern” whose securities could face “imminent” default. Fitch Ratings named the two companies that operate in the Pinedale Anticline, Jonah Field and Normally Pressured Lance, or NPL Field in an April 13 report Read More…

US GDP shrank 4.8% in the first quarter amid biggest contraction since the financial crisis

Gross domestic product fell 4.8% in the first quarter, according to government numbers released Wednesday that provide the first detailed glimpse into the deep damage the coronavirus wreaked on the U.S. economy. Economist surveyed by Dow Jones had expected the first estimate of GDP to show a 3.5% contraction. This marked the first negative GDP Read More…