Description: Health insurance company Cigna Corp. CI, +0.06% said Thursday it will purchase Express Scripts Holding Co. ESRX, +17.13% in a cash-and-stock deal worth $67 billion. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 08, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/07/health-insurer-cigna-is-close-to-buying-express-scripts.html Questions for discussion: How does the financial structure of this merger/acqusition compare to other deals on this scale? Do you think it is a good deal for… Read more »
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Description: Walmart on Tuesday reported earnings that missed analysts’ expectations for the holiday period as its e-commerce operations cooled off, overshadowing the fact that same-store sales and revenue surpassed forecasts. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 20, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/20/walmart-q4-2017-earnings.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the reason for Walmart’s stock drop?… Read more »
Description: The cost of hedging against downside risk is up substantially for Amazon, Citigroup, and health-care stocks Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 22, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/goldman-says-options-market-activity-suggests-pain-ahead-in-these-sectors-2018-02-22 Questions for discussion: How are options used as indicators? What is the technical basis for the predictions? Do you agree with the predictions?
Description: CNBC’s Mike Santoli discusses the volatile activity in stocks as the Dow sees a 600-point drop before the close. Dow sinks 600 points: Here’s what’s behind the big drop from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 02, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/02/02/dow-sinks-600-points-heres-whats-behind-the-big-drop.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the 600 point… Read more »
Description: Facebook reported adjusted fourth-quarter earnings and revenue on Wednesday that crushed expectations, as it made more money than expected from each user. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 01, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/31/facebook-earnings-q4-2017.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the results reported. Would you be a buyer or seller of Facebook today? Explain your reasoning.
Description: It’s tough luck for semiconductor bulls that during a stretch in which one of their favorite things, bitcoin, surged to $11,000, the industry took its worst stock market beating in 23 months. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Dec 01, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-01/eleven-weeks-of-bliss-shattered-for-stock-market-s-hottest-trade Questions for discussion: Explain what happened to the stocks in this sector? What is… Read more »
Description: Streaming giant will survive the sexual harassment scandal as long as it remains an isolated incident, analyst says Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/netflix-can-shake-off-kevin-spacey-scandal-and-stranger-things-will-help-2017-12-01 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how the recent scandal has impacted Netflix profitability? Do you think the risk to investors has substantially changed? How… Read more »
Description: When Rovio Entertainment Oyj went public in September, investors eager to grab a piece of the producer of Angry Birds flocked to the stock, making it Finland’s hottest share offering in a decade. These days, Rovio looks about as airworthy as a clay pigeon. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-30/-angry-birds-hatches-angry-investors Questions for discussion: Explain what happened to… Read more »
Description: U.S. tractor maker Deere & Co (DE.N 4.12%) forecast strong earnings on Wednesday for the coming fiscal year as it reported fourth-quarter results that exceeded analyst expectations amid improving demand for farm machinery. Shares of the Moline, Illinois company known for its trademark green tractors rose five per cent in premarket trading and were on track… Read more »
Description: Lower tax rate would provide ‘big boost,’ fuel heavy rotation Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 16, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-market-not-even-close-to-pricing-in-tax-cuts-says-ubs-2017-11-15 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the impact tax cuts will have on markets? What are the risks that investors need to be wary of, according to the report?