On Monday, Shares of Expedia Inc (NASDAQ:EXPE), added 0.81% and closed at $121.78 in the last trading session. EXPE stock opened its last trade at $121.09 and after floating in a range of $119.94 to $122.00. The company’s Market capitalization is $18.58 Billion with the total Outstanding Shares of 136.92 million. During the 52-week trading session the minimum price at which share price traded, registered at $88.40 and reached to max level of $140.51. Hotels.com® wants to assist decrease the percentage of non-voters in this year’s forthcoming presidential election by reminding U.S. travelers to take voting action now, especially if they’ll be away or overseas on Election Day, November 8. The ability to vote is one of the most important American civil liberties, however, U.S. Census Bureau research shows that in the 2012 election, 8.6% of people that didn’t vote used “out of town” as their excuse.
Every traveler who books a hotel through Hotels.com with a November 8 stay date will receive an email that their travel can impact on-site voting options. Travelers will be informed about alternative voting options by using Google’s search tools. Hotels.com wants travelers to vote early or request an absentee ballot for the forthcoming presidential election.
“Hotels.com values the right to vote and we are doing what we can to ensure our travelers are informed about how and where to vote if they are away from home on election day,” said Josh Belkin, VP North America for Hotels.com. “By reaching out to travelers and providing them voting information, we hope to improve the 57% voter turnout we had in 2012.”
According to Department of Transportation data, on any given day, about 1.95 million Americans take flight. If a large percentage of those travelers fail to vote, that can swing the election in one direction or the other. In the 2000 Presidential election, fewer than 500,000 votes separated the candidates.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.B), dropped -0.26% and closed at $143.80 in the last trading session. BRK.B stock opened its last trade at $144.50 and after floating in a range of $143.37 to $144.76. The company’s Market capitalization is $357.04 Billion with the total Outstanding Shares of 1.28 Billion. During the 52-week trading session the minimum price at which share price traded, registered at $123.55 and reached to max level of $151.05. A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “aa-” of Central States Indemnity Co. of Omaha (CSI) (Omaha, NE). In addition, A.M. Best has affirmed the FSR of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICR of “aa-” of CSI Life Insurance Company (CSI Life) (Omaha, NE). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect CSI’s excellent risk-adjusted capitalization, consistently profitable performance, strong balance sheet liquidity and very conservative underwriting leverage, in addition to the benefits made available through its ultimate parent, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (Berkshire) [NYSE: BRK A and BRK B]. CSI is a specialty insurance company that provides Medicare Supplement insurance as its primary product line.
These positive rating factors are offset by CSI’s elevated investment leverage and near-term execution risk and strain to earnings brought on by the upfront costs and investment associated with new lines of business. CSI has migrated to other products and services and presently writes more non-credit insurance premiums contrast with its long-standing credit insurance business.
The rating affirmations of CSI Life reflect its synergies with CSI, as the company begind writing direct sales of Medicare Supplement insurance in 2014. The ratings also reflect the strong risk-adjusted capitalization, the explicit support offered by its parent, CSI, in addition to the benefits made available through its ultimate parent, Berkshire. CSI Life’s in-force book of business relates to assumed life business written in conjunction with certain credit card disability, involuntary unemployment and family leave insurance issued by CSI. Offsetting rating factors include CSI Life’s limited business profile, lack of product diversification and the competitive Medicare Supplement market place.