Bitcoin Futures Are About To Be a Thing and It’s Sending Prices Soaring

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Description: Bitcoin prices soared as high as $10,700 Friday after the main U.S. currency trading watchdog handed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board Options Exchange a tentative go-ahead to offer Bitcoin futures. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/12/01/bitcoin-price-cme-cftc-futures/ Questions for discussion: Explain why the introduction of futures trading would… Read more »

Netflix can shake off Kevin Spacey scandal — and ‘Stranger Things’ will help

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Description: Streaming giant will survive the sexual harassment scandal as long as it remains an isolated incident, analyst says Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/netflix-can-shake-off-kevin-spacey-scandal-and-stranger-things-will-help-2017-12-01 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how the recent scandal has impacted Netflix profitability? Do you think the risk to investors has substantially changed? How… Read more »

Take that, Amazon and Walmart: Kroger sales surge

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Description: So much for Amazon and Walmart killing the grocery business. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/30/investing/kroger-sales-supermarket-amazon-whole-foods-walmart/index.html Questions for discussion: Explain the financial results at Kroger. What criteria should analysts be looking at in order to evaluate food retailers?

‘Angry Birds’ Hatches Angry Investors

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Description: When Rovio Entertainment Oyj went public in September, investors eager to grab a piece of the producer of Angry Birds flocked to the stock, making it Finland’s hottest share offering in a decade. These days, Rovio looks about as airworthy as a clay pigeon. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-30/-angry-birds-hatches-angry-investors Questions for discussion: Explain what happened to… Read more »

Buffett loves Coke. But will he back a Pepsi buyout?

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Description: Warren Buffett often jokes that he gets a quarter of his daily caloric intake from Coca-Cola. But an investment firm is suggesting that Kraft Heinz, which Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns a nearly 27 percent stake in, may want to buy Coke rival Pepsi. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 22, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/22/investing/kraft-heinz-pepsi-warren-buffett/index.html… Read more »

Deere beats estimates on improving demand; forecasts strong earnings in 2018

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Description: U.S. tractor maker Deere & Co (DE.N 4.12%) forecast strong earnings on Wednesday for the coming fiscal year as it reported fourth-quarter results that exceeded analyst expectations amid improving demand for farm machinery. Shares of the Moline, Illinois company known for its trademark green tractors rose five per cent in premarket trading and were on track… Read more »

Will Justice Department’s Lawsuit Derail Deal-Making Boom?

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Description: The Trump administration’s lawsuit to block AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner not only threatens an enormous corporate deal. It also has ignited a guessing game on Wall Street about whether the booming market for mergers and acquisitions is about to be derailed. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 21, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/business/dealbook/justice-department-deal-making.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness-dealbook&action=click&contentCollection=dealbook&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Do you think the… Read more »

Coca-Cola needs more products not named Coke

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Description: Coca-Cola needs to show consumers (and investors) that the company is more than just a maker of sugary sodas. Could food and booze soon be part of the Coke brand family Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 15, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/15/investing/coca-cola-investor-day/index.html Questions for discussion: Why should the firm be looking at acquisitions rather… Read more »

As U.S. Debates Ending Electric Car Tax Credit, China Aims to Expand Sales

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Description: GUANGZHOU, China — In the United States, politicians were to vote on Thursday on a proposal that included repeal of a $7,500 tax credit for buyers of electric cars. In China, auto executives from around the world were gathering to talk about ambitious plans to sell more of those vehicleshere. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 16,… Read more »