Bottom fishers, these stocks are within 5% of their 52-week lows

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Description: An October beating hurt many stocks Source: MarketWatch.com – video report Date: Nov 01, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bottom-fishers-these-stocks-are-within-5-of-their-52-week-lows-2018-11-01 Questions for discussion: What explains the recent declines in these stocks? Why should their present prices interest investors?

Apple Will Stop Reporting iPhone Unit Sales; Forecast Underwhelms

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Description:  Apple Inc. gave an underwhelming forecast for the key holiday period suggesting weaker-than-expected demand for pricier new iPhones. The company further stoked concerns by saying it will stop reporting unit sales of its most-important product. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 01, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-01/apple-holiday-forecast-misses-analysts-estimates-shares-fall Questions for discussion: Why did Apple share value fall?… Read more »

Why AMD Shares Have Plummeted Almost 25% In 2 Days

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Description: Stock market darling Advanced Micro Devices appears to be a darling no more. The company, which makes microchips to power PCs and servers as well as video graphics cards, saw its share price shrivel by almost 25% in trading just on Wednesday through midday on Thursday. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 25,… Read more »

Opinion: Tesla’s success underscores the tremendous bargain of GM’s shares

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Description: ‘I scratch my head’ at General Motors’ low valuation, says John Buckingham, editor of the Prudent Speculator Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 25, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/teslas-success-underscores-the-tremendous-bargain-of-gms-shares-2018-10-25 Questions for discussion: What is the argument made for buying GM? Do you agree with the analysis and recommendation?

Here’s what triggered the Sears death spiral into bankruptcy

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Description: Can’t blame suppliers for wanting to get paid ASAP from a dying Sears Holdings Corp. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-triggered-sears-death-spiral-bankruptcy-193728587.html Questions for discussion: Why did Sears fail? How much blame rests with the management of Eddy Lampert and his hedge-fund takeover?

Here’s why Amazon may beat Apple to $2 trillion

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Description:  New York (CNN Business)Now that Amazon joined Apple in the trillion dollar market value club Tuesday, the race is on to see which company can cross $2 trillion. Source: CNN.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/30/investing/amazon-apple-2-trillion/index.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the Amazon projection to $2 trillion? Do you… Read more »

7 Things Warren Buffett Says About the Stock Market

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Description: Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B) CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffetthas always been generous in sharing his time and his investing philosophy. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com Date: Oct 12, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/7-things-warren-buffett-says-stock-market-174444524.html Questions for discussion: Summarize Warren Buffett’s current thinking about investing in the stock market? Which item in this report do you think is most important for investors… Read more »

Bond Slump Goes Global; Dollar Gains, Stocks Drop: Markets Wrap

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Description: A bond selloff that sent benchmark U.S. Treasury yields to the highest since 2011 spread into Asia and Europe on Thursday, spurring more gains for the dollar and triggering widespread declines in equities. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Oct 03, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-03/treasuries-slide-asia-stocks-set-to-nudge-higher-markets-wrap Questions for discussion: Summarize and explain the movements in markets…. Read more »

The real reason why Amazon is raising the minimum wage

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Description: Amazon, the second largest private employer in the U.S., is raising the minimum wage for its full-time and temporary workers to $15 per hour. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 26, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-amazon-raising-minimum-wage-170807455.html Questions for discussion: What are the possible reasons for Amazon’s pay raise, according to the report? What do you… Read more »

Opinion: Two ways to view Amazon’s $15 wage: a cynical move or as a surprising way to cut costs

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Description: Amazon.com recently announced that it would be raising its entry wage to $15 an hour and would lobby for a higher minimum wage at federal, state and municipal governments. Other companies have announced similar moves in recent months, including Walmart, which bumped its starting wages to $10 an hour. These are interesting developments that merit a… Read more »