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ESPN Reports Loss of 2 Million Subscribers

Walt Disney Co. reported that its flagship cable network ESPN lost about 2 million subscribers in fiscal 2016, ended Oct. 1, The Hollywood Reporter reports. ESPN now has 90 million subscribers, down from 100 million five years ago. The slump in viewership has spooked investors and shares are down 18 percent this year to near $98.

Three Multifamily Properties Trade for $120M

Brentwood-based R. W. Selby & Co. has acquired three multifamily properties in Bel Air and West L.A., The Real Deal reports. The three properties, purchased by State Farm about 10 years ago, sold for $120.1 million, or about $639 per square foot.

Disney’s ‘Moana’ Takes $81 Million

Walt Disney Co.’s new animated film “Moana” scored big at the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, taking in $81.1 million and beating “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which placed No. 2 in its second weekend with $65.8 million, The Hollywood Reporter reports. It was the second-biggest Thanksgiving Weekend opening on record.

Workers Protest Underground Garment Industry Working Conditions

Workers for Ross Dress For Less protested the treatment of employees at Southern California’s underground garment industry over the weekend, claiming the discount chain refuses to pay them the legal minimum wage, the Daily News reports. Ross representatives said that the retailer complies with labor laws.

Stocks Fall

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 49 points in early Monday trading to 19,103. The S&P 500 fell 5 points to 2,208. The Nasdaq fell 15 points to 5,384. The LABJ stock index stayed steady at 228.

Judge Blocks Obama’s Overtime Pay Rule

The future of a federal rule change that would grant millions more Americans the opportunity to earn overtime pay has been cast into doubt following a federal court ruling in Texas, according to the Los Angeles Times. Read the Business Journal’s previous coverage of the issue as it pertains to California here.

Tom Barrack Doesn’t Want Trump Cabinet Post

Billionaire Tom Barrack has removed himself from consideration for a cabinet post in the Donald Trump administration, according to the Hollywood Reporter, though he thinks the President-elect’s China policy will benefit the entertainment industry.

Consumer-Friendly Credentials Now Required for Banks Working With City of L.A.

Banks wishing to do business with the City of Los Angeles must now submit documentation proving they do not engage in predatory sales practices, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, some consumer advocates were pushing for the City Council to enact stricter rules.

Elon Musk No Stranger to Online Trolls

Elon Musk has been the target of numerous online critics that decry the business practices of his companies, such as Tesla and SpaceX, according to Bloomberg. However, questions are being raised about whether his business rivals could be behind some of the attacks.

Stocks Fall

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 12 points in early Wednesday trading to 19,036. The S&P 500 fell 7 points to 2,196. The Nasdaq fell 28 points to 5,358. The LABJ stock index dropped 1 point to 225.

NBCUniversal Doubles Investment in Buzzfeed

NBCUniversal is making another $200 million investment in Buzzfeed after investing $200 million in the company last year, Variety reports. The companies plan to extend their advertising-sales relationship and collaborate with NBCU’s Content Studio to make short-form digital video content for advertisers and “create new digital consumer experiences.”

Six Injured During Test Drive at L.A. Auto Show

Six people were injured on Monday when a 2017 Fiat 500e on a test drive at the Los Angeles Auto show struck a cement planter, sending debris flying, near the DTLA Convention Center, the Daily News reports. Eight people were evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries and six were taken to the hospital, including the man who was driving the car.

Snapchat Pop-Up Shops Attract Hundreds

Hundreds of people lined up for hours on Monday in New York for a chance to buy Snapchat Spectacles from a “Snapbot” vending machine in a pop-up store off Fifth Avenue, The New York Times reports. Venice-based Snapchat has kept the locations of its pop-up stores secret, and the shops have shown up around the Los Angeles area, Tulsa Okla,, and even at the Grand Canyon. The sunglasses record 10-second videos that are wirelessly sent to the user’s Snapchat app and retail for $130.

Tesla Completes SolarCity Acquisition

Tesla Motors Inc. officially closed on a deal Monday morning to buy SolarCity Corp. in an all-stock deal valuing the company at $2 billion, the Los Angeles Times reports. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk wants to sell the company’s solar panels through Tesla’s stores so customers can buy them to power their homes and charge their Tesla electric vehicles The company’s first joint project - solar roof tiles that look like traditional tiles - are expected to be on the market by summer.

Stocks Rise

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 39 points in early Tuesday trading to 18,996. The S&P 500 rose 4 points to 2,202. The Nasdaq rose 16 points to 5,385. The LABJ stock index stayed steady at 226.