Le’Veon Bell got lots of money from Jets for little work, but still sold himself short

If the goal was to obtain the most amount of money in exchange for the least amount of football, then certainly Le’Veon Bell scored big.

When he was released Tuesday by the Jets — the organization declaring it was “in the interest of both parties” — he had received $28,031,250 in exchange for 17 games, 264 carries, 69 receptions, four touchdowns and 1,363 net yards gained.

You may divide any of those football statistics into his exorbitant paycheck and get a staggering quotient. For instance: $20,565.84 per yard. That 2-yard run on the Jets’ second play from scrimmage in Sunday’s ludicrous 30-10 loss to the Cardinals’? That was $41,131.69 right there.

Cha-ching.

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If the goal was to be a successful professional football player and maximize his earning potential as well as his athletic accomplishments, however, no one should pretend Bell did

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Lots of new faces possible on RTD board as it faces crises over money, mission

Metro Denver voters will fill seven seats on the Regional Transportation District’s board in the Nov. 3 election — likely thrusting a mix of new and returning officials into arguably the least enviable positions in local government these days.

They will join a 15-member Board of Directors that is guiding the transit agency through its biggest crisis in decades, as the coronavirus pandemic has sent ridership plunging and blown sizable holes in its budget. The triage likely will continue well into the next term, even as board members and RTD officials, including incoming CEO and General Manager Debra Johnson, hope to map out new strategies to grow ridership. They also will need to weigh equity challenges and reckon with RTD’s unfulfilled rail promises in some parts of the district.

All the while, the agency is facing intense scrutiny from state officials, community leaders and an outside advisory committee that’s undertaking

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Atlantic Capital: Lots Of Risky Loans Keep Me On The Sidelines (NASDAQ:ACBI)

Investment Thesis

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and with about $3 billion in assets, Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. (ACBI) is a commercially focused bank with specialties in specialty corporate lending, private banking, and commercial real estate finance solutions. The company has the 13th largest deposit market share in the greater Atlanta MSA, just behind Cadence Bancorp (CADE), Renasant (RNST), and Bank OZK (OZK).

I am a little more constructive on the bank since the first quarter update. The exposure to economically sensitive loans has narrowed to 9% of total loans (from ~30%). To me, this means that potential realized losses could be lower than previously expected and roughly in line with other regional bank peers. The core net interest margin (NIM) remains under pressure but expense control should help profitability over the near term.

When weighing out the puts and takes, I am still neutral on the stock. This partially is

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Strategic Education: A Beaten-Up Stock With Lots Of Room To Grow (NASDAQ:STRA)

Strategic Education (STRA) is the owner of several different education businesses, including two online universities (Capella and Strayer) and numerous coding schools. The company also runs the online MBA Jack Welch Management Institute program. The stock is down 31.31% from a year ago, and we believe there is significant upside.

(Strategic Education Market Chart – Seeking Alpha, 2020)

Strategic Education performed well in Q2 2020 despite the pandemic

(Strategic Education Q2 Investor Presentation, 2020)

Strategic Education reports its earnings under 2 major pillars, as reported revenue for Strayer University also includes the online MBA program and the coding schools.

(Strategic Education Q2 Investor Presentation, 2020)

Although new enrollment was down slightly overall at 2%, it is fantastic to see that continuing student enrollment increased a substantial 5%, suggesting that students part of Strategic Education’s offerings have stuck with the online school model. We believe that in the coming quarters, there

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Why Is Big Lots (BIG) Down 16.5% Since Last Earnings Report?

It has been about a month since the last earnings report for Big Lots (BIG). Shares have lost about 16.5% in that time frame, underperforming the S&P 500.

Will the recent negative trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is Big Lots due for a breakout? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let’s take a quick look at its most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important catalysts.

Big Lots Beats Earnings & Sales Estimates in Q2

Big Lots posted an impressive second-quarter fiscal 2020 results. Both top and bottom lines outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate and grew year over year. Impressively, comparable sales (comps) increased 31.3% in the reported quarter, on double-digit rise in store traffic, and solid growth in basket across the channels.

Following a robust second quarter, Big Lots’ third quarter

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Blue Chip Cullen/Frost Could Make You Bank (Lots Of Money) (NYSE:CFR)

This article was coproduced with Williams Equity Research.

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Prior to Austin’s emergence as a major job hub, the Frost Bank tower was the city’s tallest building. But then came the Austonian and Independent, along with a plethora of other significantly sized structures.

The once proud Frost Bank tower is now invisible from a cityscape view. Though that’s not necessarily a bad thing for its namesake.

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Every single Texas city with more than 100,000 residents has grown in the past decade, especially San Antonio and Austin. They’re usually ranked as the fastest-growing large cities in the nation.

In the midst of that, we find San Antonio-based Cullen/Frost Bankers (CFR) – one of the most solid regional banks covered by Williams Equity Research (WER). A pure play on the great state of Texas, it’s expanding too.

It’s currently No. 1 in deposit market-share in San

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