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Only a third of Americans plan to vote in person on Election Day

With just over two weeks to go until Election Day, voter enthusiasm is the highest it’s been in the past three presidential elections—but the majority of Americans won’t turn up to the polls on Nov. 3.

With the coronavirus pandemic still raging across parts of the country, just one third of Americans (33%) plan to vote in person on Election Day, according to national survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released on Monday. Another 17% said they plan to vote in person, but before Nov. 3, while another third of Americans (32%) said they plan on casting their ballots by mail.

Of the 2,538 respondents, the remaining 18% said they were still unsure how they planned to vote. 76% of Americans said they are absolutely certain they will vote in the 2020 election, which is higher than both the 2016 election (66%) and 2012 election (71%). Including this … Read the rest

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AMC Entertainment to Sell Stock Amid Bankruptcy Warning

(Bloomberg) — AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., the world’s largest cinema chain, agreed to sell as many as 15 million shares of its stock while warning investors that it may need to file for bankruptcy, leaving its equity worthless.AMC, contending with a liquidity crisis that threatens its ability to remain a going concern, said the equity distribution plan might not be enough. With $417.9 million in cash on hand, the company still needs a material amount of new funding by the end of the year to stay in business, it said in a filing Tuesday.If AMC is unable to raise enough cash to meet its obligations, the company said it would file for bankruptcy or seek an out-of-court restructuring of its debts.The company’s shares fell as much as 12% in volatile premarket trading and were down 10% to $3.18 at 8:41 a.m. in New York. The stock is down 51% this … Read the rest

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This is the fastest 5G mobile network right now

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Verizon offered the fastest 5G connections of all carriers during the most recent quarter, but its service was the most difficult to find.

Verizon customers averaged 5G connection of 793 Megabits per second, blasting past AT&T’s 65 Mbps and T-Mobile’s 59 Mbps, according to research firm Ookla. But Verizon customers with 5G-compatible phones found a 5G connection less than 1% of the time compared to 54% for T-Mobile and 18% for AT&T.

The differences largely relate to the different types of 5G that the three carriers offered during the three months ending Sept. 30. AT&T and T-Mobile used gear that provided broad coverage but relatively slow connections while Verizon’s emphasized high speeds with minimal coverage.

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Oil Holds Steady Before OPEC+ Meets to Assess State of Market

(Bloomberg) — Oil held near $41 a barrel in New York before OPEC+ meets to assess the market as demand again comes under pressure from a resurgent coronavirus.OPEC+’s Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, which reviews compliance with the group’s pledged output cuts, will meet online Monday. While no supply decisions are expected until the conclusion of a two-day gathering on Dec. 1, leading members Saudi Arabia and Russia have stepped up diplomacy in recent days.Ministers are meeting against a backdrop of uneven oil demand. For months now, the recovery in consumption has been driven largely by China, whose economic expansion showed signs of broadening in September. Yet other countries are still clawing their way out of the slump, with fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 in Europe and the U.S. weighing on energy use.With uncertainty dominating, crude has struggled to break far from $40. While there was renewed optimism about a stimulus deal … Read the rest

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Tom Steyer thinks business is missing a big opportunity—and that Trump has done ‘nothing but whiff’

Since Tom Steyer dropped out of the presidential race in February, he has been busy proselytizing about his favorite topic: climate. Both the political and the earthly, that is.

An advisor to Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, Steyer is warning that the planet faces imminent calamity if bold and urgent action isn’t taken. But it’s not all doom and gloom, says Steyer, a billionaire and former hedge fund manager. Humanity may yet snatch prosperity from the jaws of eco-devastation.

Fortune caught up with Steyer, whose name has been floated for a possible Biden cabinet placement. He explained the Democratic ticket’s economic recovery plans, which tie together financial stimulus and environmental policy. The discussion ranged from how Steyer is reading the markets to what technological breakthroughs he’s most excited about (see: electric vehicles, offshore windfarms, and more).

Here is that conversation, edited and condensed for clarity.

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3 Monster Growth Stocks That Could Reach New Highs

Out on Wall Street, things are always changing. Share prices fluctuate, new players make their market debuts, the macro environment gets shaken up and long-term trends shift. That said, one thing remains the same: growth is the name of the game. Growth stocks consistently score a spot on investors’ wish lists, given their potential to deliver returns. This growth potential goes above and beyond the norm, as these plays have already posted some spectacular gains in 2020, with the upside set to keep on coming in the long run. Knowing what you’re looking for is one thing, but how are investors supposed to find these opportunities? One strategy is to take a cue from Wall Street pros. Bearing this in mind, we used TipRanks’ database during our search for exciting growth names, according to the analyst community. Locking in on three stocks that fit the bill, each analyst-backed ticker stands … Read the rest

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‘Virtual marathons’ see a spike as runners crave a fix and organizers fight to keep them engaged

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Over the next two weeks, some 25,000 runners will line up to run the New York City Marathon—hearing Sinatra croon “New York, New York” before the boom of the cannon and listening to the race director’s final instructions that herald the start of the 26.2 mile race—as they have for almost every year since 1976.

But in 2020, the year of COVID, these runners will be scattered all over the world, running separately at a time of their choosing within a two-week window ending Nov. 1, instead of being gathered at the foot of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island. They will be connected via an app, supported by TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) and available as of Saturday. The app uses augmented reality and tracks runners, feeding … Read the rest

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Biden Won’t Ban Fracking, But His Clean Grid Would Choke Gas

(Bloomberg) — During a town hall meeting Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden again assured shale producers that he wouldn’t ban fracking if elected. Then, in virtually the same breath, he touted his $2 trillion clean-energy plan, which aims to edge natural gas out of the power mix within 15 years.The former vice president’s efforts to walk a tightrope on gas reflect the fossil fuel’s precarious place in the economy. For now, it’s an essential part of American life. Biden has been careful not to make an enemy of the industry, especially in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, home to the largest U.S. shale-gas field. His policies may even, in the short-term, support the gas market.But in the long run, the fuel may prove economically and environmentally untenable within the power sector, a key market for producers. Biden’s climate plan would only accelerate that outcome, with massive investments in … Read the rest

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Is Netflix recreating the old broadcast TV network?

Good morning Data Sheet readers. We’re starting on our new schedule. I’ll write the entire newsletter on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from now on. Robert Hackett will switch to Tuesday and our West Coast colleague Danielle Abril will take over on Thursday. Enjoy!

If you reach page 1,168 of Harlot’s Ghost, the very last page of Norman Mailer’s rollicking faux history of the CIA, the story doesn’t quite finish. “TO BE CONTINUED,” it says. That was 1991 and Mailer, who died in 2007, never published the sequel, leaving readers frustrated.

But what if the author, or the auteur as we say in the case of TV and movies, does have an ending, but the publisher or the network has other plans?

Lately, Netflix has made news over early cancellations, in some cases drawing protest from the auteurs and actors involved. “No more GLOW. Sorry. Stinks,” actor Marc Maron … Read the rest

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Boeing Max Judged Safe to Fly by Europe’s Aviation Regulator

(Bloomberg) — Europe’s top aviation regulator said he’s satisfied that changes to Boeing Co.’s 737 Max have made the plane safe enough to return to the region’s skies before 2020 is out, even as a further upgrade his agency demanded won’t be ready for up to two years.After test flights conducted in September, EASA is performing final document reviews ahead of a draft airworthiness directive it expects to issue next month, said Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.That will be followed by four weeks of public comment, while the development of a so-called synthetic sensor to add redundancy will take 20 to 24 months, he said. The software-based solution will be required on the larger Max 10 variant before its debut targeted for 2022, and retrofitted onto other versions.“Our analysis is showing that this is safe, and the level of safety reached is high enough … Read the rest