Apple’s iPhone trade-in boost has just begun

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Description: Apple Inc. may have just seen its worst sequential drop in iPhone revenue for any March quarter in the company’s history, but investors seem optimistic about where the smartphone giant is headed. Shares of Apple AAPL, +7.05%  were up 6.2% in Wednesday morning trading, putting the company on track to reclaim a $1 trillion valuation. The stock would… Read more »

Jeremy Siegel blames the Fed for the 20% stock market drop late last year

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Description: Jeremy Siegel, the longtime stock market bull and influential Wharton School professor, called for more diversity of thought among the members of the Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee, saying the central bank’s groupthink causes it to make mistakes. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: May 01, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/01/jeremy-siegel-blames-fed-groupthink-for-20percent-market-drop-late-last-year.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis… Read more »

Yum Brands shares fall after Taco Bell and Pizza Hut same-store sales growth disappoints

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Description: Yum Brands reported first-quarter earnings Wednesday that beat Wall Street’s expectations, but weaker-than-expected same store-sales growth at Taco Bell and Pizza Hut disappointed investors. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: May 01, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/01/yum-brands-q1-2019-earnings.html Questions for discussion: Summarize and evaluate the financial results presented in this report. Do you think the stock looks attractive… Read more »

Uber IPO: 5 things you need to know about potentially the biggest IPO in years

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Description: Ride-hailing startup will report some nontraditional metrics as it seeks to provide information on much more than ride hailing Source: MarketWatch.com – video report Date: Apr 26, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/uber-ipo-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-potentially-the-biggest-ipo-in-years-2019-04-12?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: Summarize the assessments made about Uber’s IPO. Do you agree?

TaylorMade CEO: Split from Adidas gave us ‘freedom and independence’

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Description: When Tiger Woods won The Masters on Sunday, it was an instant boon to everyone in business with him, directly or even indirectly, from sponsors like Nike and Monster Beverage to broadcaster CBS. Source: YahooFinance.com – video report Date: Apr 16, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/taylormade-golf-ceo-adidas-sale-gave-us-freedom-to-sign-tiger-woods-jason-day-203237110.html Questions for discussion: How much “stock value” should investors attribute to… Read more »

Qualcomm stock surges on Apple legal settlement

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Description: Apple and Qualcomm have settled their royalty dispute, the companies announced in a press release. The settlement includes a payment from Apple to Qualcomm as well as a chipset supply agreement, suggesting that Apple will buy Qualcomm chips for future iPhones. The companies did not say how much the payment will be. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date:… Read more »

Netflix looks like Amazon in its early years ahead of its earnings, market watcher says

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Description: Netflix is set to report earnings after the bell Tuesday. BK Asset Management’s Boris Schlossberg says investors only care about one thing and it has him seeing flashbacks to Amazon’s early years. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/16/netflix-looks-like-amazon-in-its-early-years-ahead-of-its-earnings-market-watcher-says.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the assessments made about Netflix and why it is reminiscent of Amazon,… Read more »

Why No One Wants to Invest in Currency Hedge Funds Anymore

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Description: Currency-only hedge funds were once a hot corner of the investment world. From 2000 to 2008 the tally of currency funds tracked by the BarclayHedge Currency Traders Index almost tripled, to 145. Now they’re looking more like an endangered species, with just 49 in operation. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 16, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-16/why-no-one-wants-to-invest-in-currency-hedge-funds-anymore?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions… Read more »

Disney’s $6.99-per-month streaming immediately makes it a value winner over Netflix for families

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Description: For Disney, the price is the story. Disney announced pricing for its new streaming service on Thursday, and it’s surprisingly low: $6.99 per month and $69.99 annually (or $5.83 per month). The service won’t include any advertisements. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 12, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/12/disneys-6point99-per-month-price-immediately-makes-it-a-value-winner.html Questions for discussion: Why is pricing so critical in… Read more »

Opinion: As Apple’s stock rides high, 7 reasons investors should worry

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Description: Dig a little into Apple’s business and you’ll find plenty of problems Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Apr 12, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-apples-stock-rides-high-7-reasons-investors-should-worry-2019-04-12?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: What are the concerns expressed in this article? Do you think they are valid? What would you do as an investor at this time?