Paul Hughes

Web & Data Editor/Reporter

Email: hughes@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 236

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Midday Stock Roundup

Dimensional Fund Advisors takes Clean Energy stake

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$227M Total, 61 Gifts; OC Steps Up

Total, Average, Donor Count, No. 1: All Rise

Some say “Give Till It Helps,” while others use the old school cry “Give Till It Hurts.”

Ex-PIMCO CEO Hodge Sentenced

Will serve nine months, pay $750K

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Boot Barn lowers guidance; Chipotle ups digital

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Bain to JenaValve: $50M

Med device maker product fast-tracked

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Hollywood Insider to Chapman Film Dean

Industry vet, journalist, mentor starts Mar. 30

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Markets middling on Fed meeting; First Foundation rises on results (keep reading)

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Alteryx up 29% in three weeks

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FivePoint, Alteryx up; cannabis and dentistry get boost (keep reading)

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ShiftPixy assigns against contracted book; shares nearly triple (keep reading)

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Year-end profit-taking on Alteryx? Boot Barn recovers (keep reading)

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Construction Supplier to S&P SmallCap Index

FBM nabs Restoration Hardware slot

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Santa Ana builder supplier joining S&P list

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Tech up; manufacturing down (keep reading)

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Alteryx down after big November; presenting today at Raymond James conf. (keep reading)

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Staar Surgical buy ratings (keep reading)

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Del Taco Operator Will Do 18 More

Del Taco Restaurants sold all eight company-owned locations in the Reno, Nev., market to franchisee Mark Miller, a partner in Portland, Ore.-based 3 Brothers Restaurants. The franchisee operates a dozen restaurants in the Pacific Northwest and has agreed to open 10 more in that region over the next seven years.

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LoanDepot Hires CIO/CTO

Foothill Ranch-based lender LoanDepot named Sudhir Nair its Chief Information and Technology Officer.

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ChromaDex Product Gets Aussie OK

ChromaDex Corp. said health regulatory body the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration approved its nicotinamide riboside chloride “for use in listed complementary medicines” with “market exclusivity” for two years.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.3% in midday trading to 3,150.37.

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El Torito Parent Buys 2 Brands

Cypress-based Xperience Restaurant Group bought Sol Mexican Cocina and Solita Tacos & Margaritas, sister brands with a total of six locations.

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Drucker: Edwards a Top-Run Company

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (Nyse: EW) is No. 25 on this year’s Management 250, the Drucker Institute’s list of the best-run companies in the U.S., the only locally headquartered firm named to it.

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Axonics in $101M stock sale. (keep reading)

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Salas O’Brien Buys Again

Santa Ana engineering firm Salas O’Brien bought RMS Engineers in Richardson, Texas, on undisclosed terms. RMS does heavy industrial consulting in Texas for chemical; oil and gas; paper and pulp; and mining companies.

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The S&P 500 declined 0.1% in midday trading to 3,072.36.

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Blinking Owl in Temp Shutdown

Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana will close for 25 days after a Sacramento administrative law judge affirmed Alcohol and Beverage Control allegations the spirits maker had served too much alcohol to an undercover agent.

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Willdan Buys Data Firm

Anaheim-based Willdan Group Inc. (Nasdaq: WLDN) bought Energy and Environmental Economics Inc. (E3) in San Francisco on undisclosed terms.

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Segerstrom Center Taps Broadway Vet

Segerstrom Center for the Arts named Casey Reitz its new president, effective in December, replacing Terry Dwyer, who left the post in March.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes each edged up about 0.1% in midday trading. The S&P ticked higher to 2,998.92; the Dow Jones Industrial Average to 26,800.91; and the Nasdaq to 8,111.54. (keep reading)

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Neil Bush Keynotes Third Annual Civic 50 Awards

GIVING: Points of Light, OneOC, 400+ Turn Out

More than 400 attendees came together to honor giving and philanthropy by Orange County companies at the third annual Civic 50 awards, presented by the Business Journal, local volunteer boosters OneOC in Santa Ana, and the Atlanta-based U.S. nonprofit Points of Light.

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The S&P 500 dipped 0.2% in midday trading to 2,989. (keep reading)

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The S&P 500 rose 1% in midday trading to 2,921.32. (keep reading)

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The S&P 500 rose 0.7% in midday trading to 2,981.41. (continue reading)

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Benefits Firm Bought

Atlanta-based OneDigital Health and Benefits bought Moore Benefits Inc. in Irvine on undisclosed terms.

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The S&P 500 rose 0.3% in midday trading to 2,976.05. (continue reading)

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LoanDepot Hires Tech-Focused CMO

Foothill Ranch-based loanDepot named David King its chief marketing officer, a new position.

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CareTrust Buys Down the Road

San Clemente-based CareTrust REIT Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRE) bought Vista del Lago, a memory care facility in Escondido, for $12.6 million.

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Design Firm Adds Execs

Irvine-based workspace design firm PeopleSpace named Daniel Delaney its chief customer officer, joining Michelle Sample, chief marketing officer, as new C-Suite additions this year.

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OCCF Names First COO

Orange County Community Foundation named Tammy Tumbling its chief operating officer, a new position.

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Stock indexes had declined in early trading prior to the U.S. Federal Reserve cutting its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point.

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Del Taco Promotion: New COO

Lake Forest-based Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) promoted Chad Gretzema to chief operating officer, a new position.

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Coloring Bikes Red, White, Blue; 9,997 Other Hues

Electric Models Made In Orange County, USA

Electric Bike Co. in Newport Beach has an update on Henry Ford’s dictum, “Any color you want, as long as it’s black.”

Cooking Up Healthy, Deliverable Food

Sibling Owners Lean In On Ready-to-Eat Meals

Sister-and-brother owned, ready-to-eat food-maker and deliverer Fresh n’ Lean in Anaheim is bringing some of the best sales growth of any area food company.

If You Rebuild It, They Will Come Back

30-Year-Old Restoration Contractor Makes It New

When you visit the newly redesigned, renovated, redone, and more than lightly refreshed Anaheim headquarters of American Technologies Inc., ask to use the restroom.

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The S&P 500 rose 0.5% in midday trading to 2,995.05.

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UCI Names Andriola IT Chief

University of California-Irvine named Tom Andriola its vice chancellor of information technology and data, a new position.

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New No. 1 Among Local Architects in Strong Year

17 Firms See Double Digit Growth; List Tops 8% Up

A strong year for architecture firms may or may not presage more development and construction in the not-too-distant future, but it definitely altered the upper echelons of the Business Journal’s list of top local shops ranked according to OC office billings for 12 months ended June 30.

Two Public Engineering Firms: Triple-Digit Growth

Big Firms Hit High Notes; Salas O’Brien Up 311%

Engineering firms with operations in OC posted 13% growth to $1.2 billion in local annual billings—and only about a third of that expansion came from the perennial big three.

Angels In Action

Pujols Combat Human Trafficking

Where to begin? That’s one thing Deidre Pujols didn’t know when she first encountered human trafficking: how to help the tens of millions of people, often children, violated in terrifyingly intimate ways, daily and worldwide.

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The S&P 500 rose 0.8% in midday trading to 2,930.27. (continue reading)

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