Chris-Craft shows off new designs
MANATEE -- Chris-Craft is introducing the Carina 20 model Feb. 14-18 at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show.
The design, which the company calls "an entirely new version of luxury in only 20 feet," embraces designs from the Chris-Craft vertical bows of the 1920s. The runabout is built with a vertical bow profile with stainless steel bow plate and also carries the classic reverse transom that has become a signature of Chris-Craft design.
The boat will sport a range of new features, including a new frameless windshield, a new graphite metallic paint color, a new diamond-patterned fabric upholstery and custom deck hardware.
The next edition vertical bow series will debut in the summer and will have a closed-deck.
Also making their North American debut at the Miami International Boat Show this year are the new 2013 Corsair 32 and the new 2013 Corsair 36 Hard Top in Booth D-24.
SAMA to hold meeting in Lakewood Ranch Feb. 20
MANATEE -- "eBusiness -- We're All In It" will be presented by Peter D. Straw with Performance Development Strategies at the Feb. 20 meeting of the Sarasota Area Manufacturers Association. Straw will discuss how to be more effective and successful in building profitable relationships.
The meeting will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch. Advance reservations are required. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for non members.
Bealls' Winter Residents Appreciation Party set
SARASOTA -- The sixth annual Winter Residents Appreciation Party Feb. 4 presented by Bealls Department Stores will feature special guest Prior Smith, host of the Canadian News program "Canada Calling." Canadians traveling to the U.S. have been tuning in Canadian News on the radio each winter for 59 years. The free social event will include music, complimentary food and beverages, plus a number of vendors featuring free screenings, exhibits, demonstrations, product sampling and more.
Smith will also be awarding door prizes throughout the event. The event will be held at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte.
Facebook beats earnings expectations; stock in flux
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wall Street is still not sure about Facebook.
After an eight-month roller-coaster ride on the public market, the company on Wednesday beat earnings expectations by aggressively ramping up targeted advertisements to its users, including on mobile phones. It reported fourth-quarter revenues of $1.59 billion, representing 40 percent growth. Analysts were looking for a 34 percent growth in revenue, to $1.52 billion in this quarter, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
Facebook earned $64 million in net income, or 3 cents a share. Excluding certain items, Facebook said it had a net income of $426 million in the fourth quarter, or 17 cents a share.
-- Herald staff, wire reports
Analysts had expected 15 cents a share.
But after the earnings report, the stock fell over 5 percent from Wednesday's closing price of $31.24, before recovering.