Warren Buffett wants to make an ‘elephant-sized’ purchase, but says ‘prices are sky-high’

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Description: Despite a sour year in which Berkshire Hathaway posted a loss and was forced to write down $3 billion on its investments, Warren Buffett told shareholders that he wants to make a big acquisition. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 23, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/23/warren-buffett-wants-to-make-an-elephant-sized-purchase-but-says-prices-are-sky-high.html Questions for discussion: What does this report say about the strategy Buffett employs for… Read more »

Kraft Heinz has lost the one thing that distinguished it from General Mills and Mondelez

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Description: The one thing Kraft Heinz had going for it was its profit margins. Now, it doesn’t even have that. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 22, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/22/kraft-heinz-lost-what-distinguished-it-from-general-mills-mondelez.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about changes taking place in the food industry? How should investors deal with the challenges?

5 things to know about Levi Strauss & Co. before it goes public

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Description: Levi Strauss & Co. outlines a number of strengths ahead of its IPO, but also faces challenges like climate change Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 16, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-things-to-know-about-levi-strauss-co-before-it-goes-public-2019-02-15 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the IPO? Do you think it represents a good investment?

Amazon abandoning NYC headquarters is a cautionary tale for big tech

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Description:  Amazon’s (AMZN) abandonment of its proposed HQ2 location in New York City is a cautionary tale for tech companies looking to open offices in new cities, several members of the tech community told Yahoo Finance. Source: Finnance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Feb 06, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-long-island-city-lessons-163016646.html Questions for discussion: Summarize what the article says about management’s strategic… Read more »

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 »