Description: Slow sales for Darden Restaurant chains Olive Garden and Red Lobster have investors asking for the check as Americans opt to dine at home. Source: CNNMoney.com â€“ video report Date: June 22, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2012/06/22/investing-bz-darden.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussion: Why is there concern over financial details related to these firms? Do you agree with the… Read more »
Monthly Archives: June 2012
How we know you’re afraid to invest
Description:Â Â Â CNNMoney has a new way to help you gauge whether investors are greedy or fearful. Source: CNNMoney.com â€“ video report Date: June 20, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/06/19/n-fear-and-greed.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussions: Summarize the methodology used to explain stock market behavior? Do you think it is a useful way of measuring and predicting behavior? Based on the… Read more »
Bank Investors Dismiss Moodyâ€™s Cuts As Years Too Late
Description: Moodyâ€™s Investors Service suffered a downgrade of its own as markets responded to the companyâ€™s rating cuts yesterday of 15 of the worldâ€™s largest banks by bidding up the value of their stocks and bonds. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: June 22, 2012 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-21/credit-suisse-cut-3-levels-as-moody-s-downgrades-biggest-banks.html Questions for Discussions: What does this report have to say about… Read more »
Reasons to fear Wall Street’s high-tech traders
Description: A review of Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System, by Scott Patterson. Source: Fortune.com Date: Jun 22, 2012 Link:Â http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/22/dark-pools-scott-patterson/?iid=SF_F_River Questions for Discussions: Summarize the sentiments in this report? What are the concerns and are they well founded, in your opinion?
Know Where The Money is Going Before You Ask For It
Description:Â Squarespace founder Anthony Casalena didnâ€™t necessarily know he wanted to start a business, but he did have a clear concept of what he wanted. â€œI was trying to make my personal website and I wasnâ€™t satisfied with any of the existing servicesâ€ said Casalena in interview, â€œI had a very clear concept of what… Read more »
Why Spain’s 7% bond yield is so scary
Description: Sky-high borrowing costs and a lack of investor confidence may contribute to pushing Spain closer to a bailout. Source: CNNMoney.com â€“ video report Date: June 14, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2012/06/14/mkts-spain-10-year-bonds.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussion: What is the significance of the 7% bond yield for Spain, for Europe, and for investors? What should investors do under these… Read more »
Nokia: Are the Finnish finished?
Description: Ignore the takeover rumors, ailing cell phone maker Nokia won’t be acquired anytime soon. In fact, now is probably the time to bail. Source: CNNMoney.com â€“ video report Date: June 14, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2012/06/14/investing-bz-nokia.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussion: Summarize the analysis and recommendations presented by the reporter. Do you agree? What would you advise Nokia… Read more »
Rajat Gupta Convicted Of Insider Trading By U.S. Jury
Description: Rajat Gupta, who reached the pinnacle of corporate America as managing partner of McKinsey & Co. and as a director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. (PG), was convicted by a federal jury of leaking inside information to hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jun 15, 2012 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-15/rajat-gupta-convicted-of-insider-trading-by-u-s-jury.html… Read more »
Oil Prices Keep Falling, But a Strange Gap Persists
Description: Oil prices are down more than 20 percent since mid-March. Yet that hasnâ€™t erased a strange anomaly in the market: the gap between two essentially identical types of oil. North American light, sweet crude, also known as West Texas Intermediate, trades just below $84 while its international equivalent, known as Brent, is priced at… Read more »
Why I’m betting big on Europe
Description: The vaunted international stock picker David Herro is betting big on banks in France, Spain, and Italy. But he doesn’t call himself a risk-taker. Source: Fortune.com Date: June 14, 2012 Link: http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/14/retirement-guide-herro-europe/?iid=SF_F_River Questions for Discussions: Summarize the strategic analysis presented by David Herro. Do you agree with his thinking and advice?