Inside China’s Biggest-ever Foreign Corporate Acquisition

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Description: Food security is behind ChemChina’s $43 billion takeover of Syngenta. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: April 21, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2pWStmR Questions for discussion: How is this acquisition different from other M&A deals that have taken place in this industry? How do you think Chinese government ownership will influence the firm and the industry… Read more »

Opinion: One of Warren Buffett’s favorite stocks is now selling at a big discount

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Description: Rarely do you get the chance to buy one of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett’s favorite stocks on sale. But that’s the case now with Wells Fargo. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: April 21, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/one-of-warren-buffetts-favorite-stocks-is-now-selling-at-a-big-discount-2017-04-20?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Summarize the analysis and advice. Do you agree? 

Netflix standing on the threshold of 100 million subscribers

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is on the verge of surpassing 100 million global subscribers, a testament to how much the video streaming service has changed the entertainment landscape since its debut a decade ago. Source: AssociatedPress.com Date: April 17, 2017 Link: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NETFLIX_MAJOR_MILESTONE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Questions for discussion: Summarize the key financial information provided in this… Read more »

Here’s why Costco may be the one company Amazon can’t destroy

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Description: Investors should buy Costco shares because it is one of the few retailers that can succeed versus e-commerce competition, according to Barclays, which upgraded the wholesale club chain to overweight from equal weight. Source: CNBC.com Date: April 21, 2017 Link: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/21/heres-why-costco-may-be-the-one-company-amazon-cant-destroy.html Questions for discussion: Which financial factor do you believe is most important in… Read more »

United Airlines’ bad week cost Buffett and other investors millions

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Description: United has lost $570 million in market cap this week, while Warren Buffett may have lost over $50 million on his investment Source: MarketWatch.com – video report Date: April 14, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/united-airlines-bad-week-cost-buffett-and-other-investors-millions-2017-04-13?mod=MW_story_top_stories Questions for discussion: Explain the sudden drop in stock value. Do you think this situation presents an opportunity for investors to… Read more »

Uber, Lifting Financial Veil, Says Sales Growth Outpaces Losses

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Description: The ride-hailing giant opens up about its financials for the first time in an interview with Bloomberg. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: April 14, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-14/embattled-uber-reports-strong-sales-growth-as-losses-continue Questions for discussion: What does the report say abount Uber’s financials? On the whole, should the firm’s investors be satisfied? How will this disclosure affect any future IPO?

Ralph Lauren Is Closing Stores and Cutting Jobs

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Description: Including its flagship store in NYC. Source: Fortune.ca- video report Date: Apr 05 , 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2nYLziQ Questions for Discussions: What does this report say to investors? Do you think the financial adjustments are sufficient to allow the firm to recover and grow again one day? Would a merger make sense?

Tesla Has Something Hotter Than Cars to Sell: Its Story

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Description: As Tesla shares surged past $300 this week and the company’s market value surpassed Ford’s, even its founder, Elon Musk, acknowledged on Twitter that the company was “absurdly overvalued if based on the past.” Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 06, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/business/tesla-story-stocks.html?_r=0 Questions for discussion: What is the basis of Tesla’s valuation today? Do… Read more »