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Accounting TodayOct 27, 2020
Employers refilling open accounting jobs amid pandemic
Nearly 70 percent of organizations that have furloughed or laid off their employees during the novel coronavirus pandemic plan to back-fill the roles that were eliminated with other employees taking over.

MarketWatch MarketPulseOct 27, 2020
Turning Point Brands shares jump premarket after earnings blow past estimates
Turning Point Brands Inc. shares jumped more than 6% in premarket trade Tuesday, after the maker of cigarette rolling papers and vapes blew past earnings estimates for the third quarter. Louisville, Kentucky-based Turning Point posted net income of $7.8 million, or 40 cents a share, in the quarter, up from $6.3 million, or 31 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to 75 cents, well ahead of the 32 cents FactSet consensus. Sales rose 7.6% to $104.2 million, also ahead of the $91.7 million FactSet consensus. "Smokeless saw continued same store sales momentum in MST and newfound strength in loose leaf chewing tobacco. Smoking (Zig-Zag) saw its highest growth rate in recent history driven by product and channel growth initiatives behind rolling papers, the benefits of greater control of our MYO cigar wraps business after the Durfort transaction closed in the second quarter, and a burgeoning e-commerce presence," Chief Executive Larry Wexler said in a statement. "Overall, we are seeing ongoing benefits from re-shaping our business towards a more growth-oriented mindset and are able to raise our outlook once again for the remainder of the fiscal year." The company is now expecting sales to range from $395 million to $401 million, up from prior guidance of $370 million to $382 million. The current FactSet consensus is for full-year sales of $401.1 million. Sales of cannabis in those states that have legalized it for medical or recreational pur0oses have held up during the pandemic. Turning Point shares have gained 15% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 5%.

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