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Description: Federal law requires public companies like Wells Fargo to warn shareholders about non-routine legal proceedings.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Jan 12, 2017

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/12/investing/wells-fargo-fake-account-disclosure/index.html?iid=hp-toplead-dom

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the ethical business issues related to the Wells Fargo scandal and its failure to warn stockholders?
  • Do you think this report will affect stockholders or clients?

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Description: Facebook is increasingly owning up to its role as one of the world’s largest distributors of information by taking more responsibility for the millions of stories that flow through its site.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Jan 11, 2017

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/technology/facebook-journalism-project.html?ref=business

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the financial links between Facebook and content producers?
  • Will this strategy assist publishers in building revenues?

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Description: Stocks often strengthen immediately after inauguration, but 1-month returns negative

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Jan 12, 2017

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-us-stocks-tend-to-perform-after-presidential-inaugurations-2017-01-11

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the research suggest to investors?
  • Would you follow the guidance this time?

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Description: Pandora Media Inc., the world’s largest online radio service, said fourth-quarter results exceeded its forecast, due to strong advertising sales and listeners adopting a new paid offering. The company also said it’s eliminating jobs to boost efficiency.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Jan 12, 2017

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-12/pandora-says-fourth-quarter-topped-estimates-plans-job-cuts

Questions for discussion:

  • What explains Pandora’s performance?
  • Would you consider the firm a good buy at this time?

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Description: From Atlassian President Jay Simons

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Jan 05, 2017

Link: http://for.tn/2ibJdYH

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the advice presented by Jay Simons.
  • Do you think his advice is generally respected by managers looking at going public?

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Description: Sears Pulled Together $2 Billion in 10 Days to Shore Up Losses

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Jan 05, 2017

Link: http://for.tn/2ifoS4Y

Questions for Discussions:

  • How should investors view these asset sales and restructuring?
  • Do you think Sears’ financial problems are over?

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Description: After years of trading physical dollars for digital dimes, the music industry is finally seeing a payoff.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Jan 06, 2017

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-04/in-apple-spotify-world-soundcloud-can-t-find-room

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the financial highlights in this article investors should be interested in?
  • What would you advise investors who are looking at this sector of the entertainment industry?

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Description: The Dow Jones Industrial Average is on the brink of a major milestone. But what does Dow 20,000 really signify?

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Jan 06, 2017

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/what-dow-20000-means-for-stock-market-investors-2016-12-14

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the main arguments presented in this article.
  • Do you agree with them?

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Description: Companies announced $3.6 trillion worth of deals in 2016, a decline of 16.6 percent from the previous year. Still, it was the third biggest year on record for mergers and acquisitions globally, after 2015 and 2007.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Jan 02, 2017

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/02/business/dealbook/mergers.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FInitial%20Public%20Offerings&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about M&A?
  • What message is there for management?