10 Ways Roku Is Growing Its Ad Business

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Description: Roku, the David to the connected-TV-device Goliaths (Apple, Amazon and Google), is differentiating itself by expanding its advertising business. Source: emarketer.com Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/10-ways-roku-is-growing-its-ads-business?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does the article suggest to investors about the future financial performance of the firm? Would you be a buyer at this time?

Amazon could surge 20 percent this year as opportunities are ‘mostly unconstrained’

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Description: Amazon is set for a bull run in 2019 as shares could surge more than 20 percent, according to a new report from Pivotal Research Group. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 07, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/07/amazon-stock-could-surge-20-percent-in-2019-analyst-says.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for Amazon’s growth potential, according to the report? How are Amazon,… Read more »

Eddie Lampert submits revised bid of roughly $5 billion in last-ditch effort to save Sears from liquidation

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Description: Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert has submitted a revised bid of roughly $5 billion in a last-ditch attempt to save the retailer from liquidation, according to a person familiar with the matter. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 10, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/09/eddie-lampert-reportedly-submits-revised-bid-of-roughly-5-billion-to-save-sears-from-liquidation.html Questions for discussion: Do you think liquidation or the $5 billion bid is better for… Read more »

Disney’s Bob Iger Talks Streaming, Park Plans, and Learning From Kodak

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Description: Burbank, Calif.—At Walt Disney (DIS) headquarters in this studio-filled city, Suite 3H in the original animation building holds stacks of scripts and an aerial photograph of Disneyland to the south, marked with ongoing construction projects. This is the workplace of Walter Elias Disney, re-created much as he left it in 1966. Source: Barrons.com Date: Jan 04,… Read more »

Restaurants Are Scrambling for Cheap Labor in 2019

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Description: The holiday hiring crunch may be over, but finding workers won’t be much easier this year. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 04, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-04/restaurants-are-scrambling-for-cheap-labor-in-2019 Questions for discussion: Summarize the operational problems facing the restaurant industry. How should management deal with these challenges? How should investors deal with the issues?

Here’s how the Apple Watch’s heart monitor works

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Description: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how to use Apple Watch’s built-in ECG monitor. Source: CNN.com – video report Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link:  https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/12/05/apple-watch-ecg-app-health-review.cnn-business/video/playlists/top-news-videos/ Questions for discussion: Do you think this device will significantly increase consumer choice for Apple in place of other brands? Do you think this product development changes investor’s perception of… Read more »

Whatever Apple’s Tim Cook decides to do with video ‘could explode’: Discovery CEO

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Description:  Discovery CEO David Zaslav told CNBC that Apple’s video streaming service “could explode” when it launches next year, because CEO Tim Cook and video head Eddy Cue have the connections they need: subscribers. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/28/tim-cooks-plans-for-apple-video-could-explode-discovery-ceo.html Questions for discussion: What distinguishes the Discovery business model from scripted television?… Read more »

Bitcoin extends losses, slides under $3500 to lowest since September 2017

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Description: Bitcoin had a rough weekend. Coming off a week of heavy losses, bitcoin fell as much as 10 percent and set a fresh low at $3,447.58 on Sunday, according to data from CoinDesk. That was the cryptocurrency’s lowest level since September 2017. It later recovered to roughly $3,945 as of 6 p.m. ET. Source: CNBC.com –… Read more »

The Monopolization of America

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Description: In one industry after another, big companies have become more dominant over the past 15 years, new data show. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 25, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/opinion/monopolies-in-the-us.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about mergers and their effect on the economy? Do you agree with this assessment?