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?

More than half of the S&P 500 components have produced death crosses

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Description: With the S&P 500 SPX, -1.65% poised to produce a bearish “death cross” chart pattern on Friday, more than half of the index’s components are already there. A death cross is when the 50-day moving average (DMA) crosses below the 200-DMA, with many chart watchers viewing that occurrence as marking the spot a shorter-term pullback transitions to a longer-term… Read more »

The $200 Trillion Gold Rush That Has Reshaped Private Banking

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Description:  From Hong Kong to Miami, private bankers are finding new ways to serve the growing ranks of the world’s wealthy. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 24, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-11-24/the-200-trillion-gold-rush-that-has-reshaped-private-banking Questions for discussion: Summarize and interpret the highlights of the report. What does it suggest to investors going forward, in your opinion?

Walmart’s focus on lower prices, e-commerce pays off as costs rise and tariffs loom

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Description:  Walmart reported 43% e-commerce growth and U.S. same-store sales growth of 3.4% in the third quarter Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 15, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/walmarts-focus-on-lower-prices-e-commerce-pays-off-as-costs-rise-and-tariffs-loom-2018-11-15 Questions for discussion: Summarize and interpret the reported financial results at Walmart. What explains these results? How should investors treat this information?

Ed Yardeni is feeling déjà vu about this market sell-off — here’s what he…

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Description: Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research, makes sense of the market’s volatility, discusses rates and much more in this one-on-one interview with Mike Santoli. Ed Yardeni is feeling déjà vu about this market sell-off — here’s what he sees next from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 26, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/10/26/ed-yardeni-feeling-deja-vu-about-market-sell-off.html Questions… Read more »

Start-Ups Ask, ‘Are We Making Money for Saudi Arabia?’

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO — When John Vrionis and Jyoti Bansal set out to raise money this year for their first venture capital fund, Unusual Ventures, industry peers advised them to go after the easy money — sovereign wealth funds like those managed by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, which have become major investors in Silicon… 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?

Why Has the Stock Market Been Dropping? The Expansion Heads Toward a New Phase

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Description: It’s a less bullish time for investors, but mostly good for workers and the economy. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 25, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/upshot/why-has-the-stock-market-been-dropping-the-expansion-heads-for-a-new-phase.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Summarize what the article says about the state of the stock market. What would you advise investors do at this time?

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?