A tale of two toymakers: Mattel soars, Hasbro sinks, but there’s more to the story

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Description: On Friday shares of Mattel continued to soar after a strong earnings beat on Thursday, while shares of rival Hasbro sank, the result of a poor earnings showing before the bell. But there is more going on than these stock moves show. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/08/a-tale-of-two-toy-makers-mattel-soars-hasbro-sinks.html Questions for discussion: Why did Mattel stock price… Read more »

Bezos’ private life is no concern to investors

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Description: New York (CNN Business)Wall Street traders may love to gossip about merger rumors and other corporate dramas. But the private life of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is apparently of no concern to investors. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/08/investing/amazon-stock/index.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about investor… Read more »

Hasbro’s profit took harder-than-expected hit from Toys R Us store closures

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Description: Hasbro’s fourth-quarter earnings missed estimates by a wide margin, but investors shrugged off the news after the company outlined a promising slate of new toys for 2019. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/08/hasbro-reports-2018-q4-results.html?forYou=true Questions for discussion: Financially speaking, what is happeneing at Hasbro? What should investors expect in the future?

Inside Wisconsin’s Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn

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Description:  A huge tax break was supposed to create a manufacturing paradise, but interviews with 49 people familiar with the project depict a chaotic operation unlikely to ever employ 13,000 workers. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 06, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-02-06/inside-wisconsin-s-disastrous-4-5-billion-deal-with-foxconn?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Summarize what the article says about the deal. Do you think the criticism… Read more »

The Financial Crisis Put a Chill on Big Bank Deals. That Ended Thursday.

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Description: Two banks announced the industry’s biggest merger in a decade on Thursday, signaling bank executives’ growing confidence that the regulatory constraints imposed after the 2008 financial crisis have begun to loosen. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/business/dealbook/bbt-suntrust-bank-mergers.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the regulatory environment and this merger?… Read more »

Facebook shares are skyrocketing after a massive earnings beat, despite a year full of controversy

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Description: Facebook skyrocketed 10.8 percent Thursday after beating analyst expectations on revenue and earnings for its fourth quarter of 2018. Its market value jumped about $47 billion. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 31, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/facebook-stock-rises-on-strong-q4-2018-earnings.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Summarize the financial results reported in the article and why they were a surprise? What happened, in… Read more »

Sackler Scion’s Email Reveals Push for High-Dose OxyContin, New Lawsuit Disclosures Claim

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Description: A member of the Sackler family that owns OxyContin’s maker directed the company to put a premium on selling high dosages of its potentially addicting painkillers, according to new disclosures in a lawsuit. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 31, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/31/health/opioids-purdue-pharma-sackler.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say to investors about risk? Is… Read more »

Why Airbus and Boeing are the only two companies to dominate 99% of the large plane market

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Description: Why Airbus and Boeing are the only two companies to dominate 99% of the large plane market Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 25, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/01/26/why-airbus-and-boeing-dominate-99-percent-of-the-large-plane-market.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the industry, and these two companies in particular, that investors should take away? Is Boeing a good… Read more »

Big Pharma’s Drug Studies Are Getting a NASA-Style Makeover

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Description: A third of development costs comes from clinical trials. Novartis wants to make them cheaper and faster. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 25, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-25/big-pharma-s-drug-studies-are-getting-a-nasa-style-makeover?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the approach being developed to reduce and control expenses? Why do you suppose it is only now being considered by these drug companies? Should investors… Read more »

Microsoft’s Tech Chief Talks Artificial Intelligence, Mixed Reality, and Sod Farming

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Description: As Microsoft’s chief technology officer, Kevin Scott has the challenging job of keeping his company atop all of the tech trends. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Jan 25, 2019 Link: http://fortune.com/2019/01/25/microsoft-cto-artificial-intelligence-mixed-reality/ Questions for discussion: What does the article suggest to investors about the future of Microsoft product development? Do you see the firm… Read more »