Description:Â Â There’s plenty of hype surrounding web services like Pandora, LinkedIn, and now Zillow. But can their business plans keep investors coming? Source: CNNMoney.com â€“ video report Date: 07/21/2011 Link:Â http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2011/07/20/mkts_bh_zillow.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the commentary made for each of these stocks. Would you advise investors to buy, sell or hold any of them?
Monthly Archives: July 2011
Description: Blue chips slipped, but finished with a strong weekly advance, as investors weighed Caterpillar’s disappointing results against a new agreement on a Greek financing plan. Laura Mandaro has details. Source: Marketwatch.com â€“ video report Date: 07/22/2011 Link:Â http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/news-hub–dow-steamrolled-by-caterpillar/D5F42C53-7D15-422C-AE7C-C14485D2E16E Questions for discussion: Summarize the significance of Caterpillarâ€™s results and stock movement. What does the continuing… Read more »
Description: The two largest European makers of telecommunications equipment, Nokia and Ericsson, announced plans Thursday to continue or accelerate cost-cutting efforts in the face of rising competition, internal reorganizations and weak demand in North America. Source:Â NYTimes.com Date: 07/21/2011 Link:Â http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/technology/nokia-and-ericsson-announce-cost-cutting.html?ref=business Questions for discussion: How can management mitigate the stress on cash flow during this… Read more »
Description: After making at least nine acquisitions in the past year, EBay reported a drop in second-quarter net income and forecast modestly reduced earnings for the third quarter Source: Businessweek.com Â Date: 07/21/2011 Link:Â Â http://www.businessweek.com/technology/ebay-profit-drops-after-acquisition-costs-eat-into-earnings-07212011.html Questions for discussion:Â Summarize the key points made in the report. What are the implications for the firm? How should… Read more »
Description: If all strategic options are on the table for Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, there may be good money to be made on its shares. Source: Fortune.com Â Date: 07/21/2011 Link:Â http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/07/21/time-to-buy-news-corp/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made in the article. Would you buy the shares of News Corp. today?
Description:Â Â CNN’s Jim Boulden blasts through the jargon of the European bank stress tests. Source: CNNMoney.com â€“ video report Date: 07/15/2011 Link:Â http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2011/07/15/n_euro_bank_stress.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Summarize what the â€œtestsâ€ are supposed to show. Are there any weaknesses to the test? How would you advise investors to deal with the current conditions?
Description: Carl Icahn made a surprise bid for Clorox, and suggested the company shop itself around as well. It’s a classic Icahn move, Deal Journal’s Shira Ovide reports. Source: Marketwatch.com â€“ video report Date: 07/15/2011 Link:Â http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/markets-hub-icahn-makes-surprise-bid-for-clorox/9A0BE37C-095E-450E-A934-D47600F669C4 Questions for discussion: What is the â€œclassic Icahn moveâ€? What do you think he is trying to achieve?… Read more »
Description: Investors may take a skeptical view of Europeâ€™s latest stress tests after eight banks failed with a combined capital shortfall of just 2.5 billion euros ($3.5 billion). Source:Â Marketwatch.com Date: 07/15/2011 Link:Â http://www.marketwatch.com/story/eight-banks-fail-europes-stress-tests-2011-07-15 Questions for discussion: What does â€œfailureâ€ mean, in this context? What are the implications for the economies of Europe and elsewhere?… Read more »
Description: News Corp.â€™s British newspapers have put the future of Rupert Murdochâ€™s empire in question Source: Businessweek.com Â Date: 07/14/2011 Link:Â http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/murdochs-mess-07142011.html?chan=magazine+channel_top+stories Questions for discussion:Â Summarize the key points made in the report. What are the ethical issues here? How should investors play this situation? How should government respond to this situation?
Description: With only a few endorsement deals left, a recent divorce settlement, a hefty house mortgage, and even a pay cut from Nike, Tiger Woods’ lifestyle is looking a lot less glamorous. Source: Fortune.com Â Date: 07/015/2011 Link:Â http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2011/07/15/is-tiger-woods-running-out-of-money/ Questions for discussion: Describe the â€œTiger Woodsâ€ business model.Â Is the title of this article misleading,… Read more »