Cut in half: This retailer’s stock fell fast

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Description: Shares of women’s apparel retailer J.Jill (JILL)plunged 50% Thursday after the company warned that sales would flag. The company said stores open at least a year may fall between 3% and 5% in the third quarter, and earnings would miss forecasts. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 13, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/12/investing/jjill-retail-sales-plunge/index.html Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

Is Amazon getting into the pharmacy business? This is what you need to know

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Description: Drugstore chains and pharmacy-benefit managers are likely at risk, Wall Street analysts say Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 14, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/is-amazon-getting-into-the-pharmacy-business-this-is-what-you-need-to-know-2017-10-09?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Do you think this move would be good for the firm? What are the pros and cons from an investor’s point of view?

The Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco Takes On the Opioid Industry

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Description: Mike Moore made cigarette companies pay for the high cost of treating smokers. Here he comes again. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 05, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-10-05/the-lawyer-who-beat-big-tobacco-takes-on-the-opioid-industry Questions for discussion: What are the legal and managerial implications for the pharmacuetiucal industry that are raised in this article? How should investors regard this information, as a risk… Read more »

China’s tech stocks are partying like it’s 1999

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Description: Shares in China’s biggest internet companies are on a tear this year, but some investors think things have gone too far. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 05, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/05/investing/china-tech-bubble/index.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for concern with current stock valuations? Do you share this concern? Do you agree with… Read more »

Banks not named Wells Fargo are doing great

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Description: Wells Fargo is still struggling to shake off a bad reputation it earned through numerous recent scandals. Senator Elizabeth Warren told CEO Tim Sloan at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday that he should be fired. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 04, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/04/investing/banks-earnings-wells-fargo-jpmorgan-chase/index.html Questions for discussion: What are the concerns… Read more »

A Lot of Apple’s Overseas Cash Is Already in the U.S.

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Description: Companies don’t have to avoid U.S. markets to steer clear of U.S. taxes. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 05, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-05/a-lot-of-apple-s-overseas-cash-is-already-in-the-u-s Questions for discussion: Where is Apple’s “foreign” cash held? Do you think this cash would be diverted to more productive assests if the tax issues were resolved?

Katzenberg’s Big Ask: $2 Billion for Short-Form Video Project

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Description: Jeffrey Katzenberg is trying to raise $2 billion for his new television start-up that will provide short-form content of premium quality for mobile devices. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/business/dealbook/katzenberg-television-mobile.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FVenture%20Capital&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection Questions for discussion: What are the risks to investors, compared to traditional media platforms that exist today? Do you think this thinking… Read more »

Is BlackBerry making a comeback?

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Description: BlackBerry lives! The company reported a profit (yes, a profit) that topped Wall Street’s forecasts. The news sent the stock soaring. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Sep 27, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/28/investing/blackberry-earnings/index.html Questions for discussion: Why did BlackBerry stock soar? Do you think the firm represents a good investment opportunity at this time? How… Read more »

Rovio, Angry Birds Maker, Valued at $1 Billion in I.P.O.

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Description: LONDON — It turns out Angry Birds is a billion-dollar idea. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 28, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/business/dealbook/rovio-angry-birds-ipo.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the valuation? Do you think it is fairly priced for investors?

A Start-Up Slump Is a Drag on the Economy. Big Business May Be to Blame.

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Description: Unemployment has fallen, and the stock market has soared. So why has the economic expansion since the recession been so tame, with sluggish productivity and, at least until recently, anemic wage growth? Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/business/economy/startup-business.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Explain the arguments made in this article. Do you agree? What… Read more »