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Description: Causing investors to question his credibility

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: May 09, 2016

Link: http://for.tn/1rLV2sy

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the relationship between Tim Cook’s public appearances and Apple’s stock valuation?
  • What are the managerial issues related to his public appearances?

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Description: After plunking down more than $2.5 billion for drilling rights in U.S. Arctic waters, Royal Dutch Shell, ConocoPhillips and other companies have quietly relinquished claims they once hoped would net the next big oil discovery.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: May 10, 2016

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-10/big-oil-abandons-2-5-billion-in-u-s-arctic-drilling-rights

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the report say about Arctic exploration and resources?
  • What do you think will happen over the next decade?

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Description: Adjusted financial results can confuse investors, but you can use them to your advantage

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: May 10, 2016

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-keep-from-being-tricked-by-companies-funny-numbers-2016-05-10

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the concerns expressed in this report?
  • Do you agree with the assessments?

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Description: 7% of respondents are investing in the technology to keep up with competitors

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: May 09, 2016

Link: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Restaurants-Invest-Technology-Improve-Overall-Efficiency/1013933#sthash.fHBRKspS.dpuf

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why are restaurants investing in these new technologies?
  • How cost-effective are these spent dollars, in your opinion?

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Description: If you’re involved in the running of a company called SolarCity, one question you really don’t want to hear on your earnings call is: “What is SolarCity?”

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: May 10, 2016

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2016-05-10/solarcity-shares-plunge-amid-existential-angst

Questions for Discussions:

  • What is SolarCity?
  • Why did share value plunge?
  • How would you evaluate investment in the firm?
  • From an investment point of view, do you think the firm is representative of the industry as a whole?

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Description: Cost-cutting measures have already begun.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: May 06, 2016

Link: http://for.tn/1SUgToR

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is the company share-value falling so dramatically?
  • Do you think the current valuation represents a buy-opportunity as the firm attempts to rebuild momentum?

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Description: Regulators expected to take fresh interest after LendingClub’s CEO ouster

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: May 09, 2016

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/lendingclub-saga-may-yield-increased-scrutiny-of-the-peer-to-peer-lending-2016-05-09

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the managerial issues at the center of this story?
  • What lessons should be taken by all managers, regardless of the nature of their industry?

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Description: The Senate has published a bunch of documents pertaining to Valeant, and it is a goldmine of info.

Source: BusinessInsider.com

Date: May 09, 2016

Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-ackman-email-to-charlie-munger-2016-5

Questions for Discussions:

  • What can you learn by reading this email about the thinking of these top financial people?
  • Are you surprised in any way?

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Description: Michael Binger of Gradient Investments sells two winners and buys a rival

Source: Marketwatch.com

Date: May 06, 2016

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/story?guid=249c1a3e-1148-11e6-bea8-a5fa7e861ac1&storyguid=249c1a3e-1148-11e6-bea8-a5fa7e861ac1&siteid=nwtwk

Questions for Discussions:

  • What is the basis of the argument that “Performance comparisons bear out the belief of many investors that sustained growth of dividends leads to superior long-term results”?
  • Do you agree with the argument?