Description: The U.S. government announced Thursday that former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has been banned from ever working at a bank again and will pay $17.5 million for scandals in which millions of fake accounts were set up to meet sales quotas. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/23/former-wells-fargo-ceo-stumpf-barred-from-industry-to-pay-17point5-million-over-sales-scandal.html Questions for discussion: What are… Read more »
Monthly Archives: January 2020
Description: A one-time beaten-down laggard of the industrials sector has renewed life. General Electric shares have raced nearly 30% higher during the past three months, topping the XLI industrials ETF over that stretch, as its turnaround efforts take root. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/24/ge-is-the-ultimate-show-me-industrials-stock-strategist-warns.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the strategy proposed in… Read more »
Description: And many retailers are going after this budget-conscious group Source: eMarketer.com Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/more-consumers-are-turning-to-digital-payment-plans-even-for-low-cost-items?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how payments are being made and planned? What does this mean for traditional credit systems such as credit cards and bank lending?
Description: Bank looking to deepen ties with Canadian households, eyeing further growth in capital markets and investment banking business Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 24, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/fp-street/protect-our-home-base-scotiabank-sees-more-room-to-grow-within-domestic-banking-sector Questions for discussion: Summarize the positive and negative aspects of the bank’s current operations. Would you be a new investor at this time? Explain your decision.
Description: The future of the auto industry isn’t horsepower or style when it comes to autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing services. It’s a box. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/23/debut-of-gms-cruise-origin-shows-the-future-of-ride-hailing-autonomous-vehicles-is-a-box.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the projected future for this industry, as described in the report. Create a more detailed business plan… Read more »
Description: How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/17/how-quantum-computing-works-google-ibm-dwave-amazon.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key ideas and issues facing the firms involved in the quantum computing environment. What are some of the applications and opportunities, according to the report?
Description: Oppenheimer just became Wall Street’s biggest bull on Tesla. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 13, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/13/tesla-shares-jump-after-oppenheimer-raises-price-target-to-612-highest-on-wall-street.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the bullishness? Do you agree with this assessment?
Description: Elon Musk’s electric automaker Tesla on Wednesday once again reclaimed its title as Wall Street’s most-shorted stock. That was, at least, until Apple stole it back. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 13, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/apple-tesla-in-flux-as-most-shorted-stock-in-us-stock-market.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How do hedge funds strategize investments? What are they doing now? How should investors interpret this information?
Description: The private equity CEO with a fearsome reputation skates on the edges of other people’s catastrophes and manages to walk away richer. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-01-16/nobody-makes-money-like-apollo-s-ruthless-founder-leon-black?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this report. What should financial managers take away form this report?
Description: Stock buybacks are better from a tax perspective than dividends Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Jan 13, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-shareholders-should-be-thankful-the-company-isnt-handing-them-more-cash-2020-01-13?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this report. Do you agree with the assessments and advice to investors?