As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling

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Description: With China no longer accepting used plastic and paper, communities are facing steep collection bills, forcing them to end their programs or burn or bury more waste. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 16, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/16/business/local-recycling-costs.html Questions for discussion: What are the financial details driving the decision-making in this situation? What are some likely solution-oriented… Read more »

Cramer: ‘It’s about time’ that Gap decided to split its businesses

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Description: Gap’s split up is a “sobering reminder” that companies cannot “repurchase” their way to greatness,” CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 01, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/01/cramer-its-about-time-that-gap-decided-to-split-its-businesses.html Questions for discussion: What does Cramer mean by saying “In short, buybacks don’t mean squat without a compelling growth story.” Do you think the restructuring… Read more »

The bull market is almost 10 – here are some facts and figures

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Description: Barring a catastrophic event before the weekend, the S&P 500’s current bull market will turn 10 years old on Saturday, March 9. Since 2009, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) has returned an annualized 17.68% total return and gained $17.5 trillion on a stock basis, according to data from Howard Silverblatt at S&P Dow Jones Indices…. Read more »

Politics are tearing tech companies apart, says new survey

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Description: A survey commissioned by a conservative group shows most tech workers identify as moderate, but the findings leave plenty of room for the right or left to argue about bias. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Mar 02, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90313045/politics-are-tearing-tech-companies-apart-says-new-survey?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=5&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=03022019 Questions for discussion: What does the research say about the influence of politics on company performance?… Read more »

Facebook, Alphabet Stock Could See Boosts From Direct-To-Consumer Brands

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Description: Upstart direct-to-consumer brands—think Warby Parker eyeglasses or Allbirds shoes—should give a sustained boost to companies such as Facebook (ticker: FB) and Alphabet ’s (GOOGL) Google that benefit from their marketing efforts. Source: Barrons.com Date: Feb 25, 2019 Link: https://www.barrons.com/articles/facebook-alphabet-stock-could-see-boosts-from-direct-to-consumer-brands-51551111477 Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about changes taking place online. What does this mean for investors?

The $1 reason to keep buying one of the S&P’s hottest stocks: Netflix

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Description: There’s been some fist-bumping among the Netflix faithful this week, as the video streamer’s “Roma” walked away with multiple honors at Hollywood’s Oscars. Source: MarkWatch.com Date: Feb 26, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/netflix-the-1-reason-to-snap-up-one-of-the-sps-hottest-stocks-2019-02-26 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about Netflix, pricing and its stock appreciation potential? Do you agree with this assessment?

Opinion: How the Upper Middle Class Is Really Doing

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Description: Is it more similar to the top 1 percent or the working class? Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 24, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/24/opinion/income-inequality-upper-middle-class.html?fbclid=IwAR2FSM1zNTrM5USXVZCPKjRW5w4RVA1kI5nOlNE43OrLfLkUmAV74SxxEdM Questions for discussion: What does the research data say about the distribution of wealth since 1980? How much do you think real estate and the stock market have contributed to this phenomenon? Should… Read more »

GE shares surge 13% after Danaher agrees to buy biopharma business for $21.4 billion

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Description: Danaher will buy the biopharmaceutical business of General Electricin a $21.4 billion deal, the companies announced Monday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 25, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/25/danaher-to-buy-the-general-electrics-bio-pharma-business-life-sciences-for-21point4-billion.html Questions for discussion: What motivated the deal for each firm? Explain the rise in stock values? Is this deal good for GE investors in the long run?

Why the $15.4 billion Kraft Heinz brand write-down was unusual

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Description: The ‘mega-impairment’ was non-routine and event driven according to research firm Audit Analytics Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 22, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-the-154-billion-kraft-heinz-brand-write-down-was-unusual-2019-02-22 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the reporting issues at the firm? Do you think investors will be affected?

Warren Buffett’s Big Consumer Bets Bite Back

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Description: Warren Buffett has warned investors to stay in their circle of competence when it comes to bets. But now, more than 30 years after Buffett started plowing money into Coca-Cola Co., the rules of the consumer-product game have changed. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Feb 22, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-22/buffett-s-consumer-bets-bite-as-kraft-coca-cola-face-pressure?srnd=premium Questions for discussion: Why did… Read more »