Rovio, Angry Birds Maker, Valued at $1 Billion in I.P.O.

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Description: LONDON — It turns out Angry Birds is a billion-dollar idea. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 28, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/business/dealbook/rovio-angry-birds-ipo.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the valuation? Do you think it is fairly priced for investors?

How the ‘great central bank unwind’ could ignite the next financial crisis

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Description: As the Federal Reserve prepares to begin paring the size of its $4.5 trillion balance sheet next month, analysts at Deutsche Bank on Wednesday warned that what they have dubbed the “great central bank unwind” is one of several candidates for creating the next financial crisis. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-the-great-central-bank-unwind-could-ignite-the-next-financial-crisis-2017-09-20… Read more »

Toys ‘R’ Us Is a Cautionary Tale for Technology

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Description: How about this setup for a joke: What does Toys “R” Us Inc. have in common with business software companies? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 21, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-09-21/toys-r-us-is-a-cautionary-tale-for-technology-firms Questions for discussion: What does article say about the use of debt and the consequences? What should investors and financial managers take away from this report?

Stock market’s 5-month win streak should cheer the bulls

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Description: Wall Street has tended to maintain momentum after similar streaks Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 13, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-markets-5-month-win-streak-should-cheer-the-bulls-2017-09-13 Questions for discussion: What is the basis for confidence in future market gains? Do you agree with the analysis and advice?

Disney’s dark side: Stock tanks on earnings warning

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Description: Disney wasn’t the happiest place on earth for investors Thursday — and other big media stocks weren’t exactly magic kingdoms either. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Sep 07, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/07/investing/disney-earnings-bob-iger-star-wars-marvel-streaming/index.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key reasons the stock is under pressure. What do you think of the risk to buying at this… Read more »

Opinion: This rocky stock market requires an all-terrain portfolio

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Description: The bulk of U.S. stock gains in this long-running bull market are due to one variable: the expansion of the price-to-earnings ratio. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 07, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-rocky-stock-market-requires-an-all-terrain-portfolio-2017-09-07 Questions for discussion: Summarize the concerns presented in this article. Do you agree with the analysis and advice?

The Death of Stocks Has Been Exaggerated

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Description: Stock markets are shrinking and increasingly they’re a sideshow. Private equity nabs all the really juicy returns, long before the general public gets a sniff. Besides, why bother raising equity when debt is so cheap? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 01, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-01/the-death-of-stocks-is-exaggerated-just-look-at-melrose Questions for discussion: Summarize the key arguments presented in this report. What do… Read more »

Why every investor should print out these charts and hang them on their wall

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Description: Think your investments can’t go to zero? Then this is the chart for you… Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 02, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-charts-could-blow-up-every-bit-of-advice-youve-ever-gotten-about-investing-2017-08-30 Questions for discussion: What do you think about the advice presented in this report? Which item do you consider most worthwhile to investors?

Sears Will Close Another 28 Kmart Stores

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Description: As the retailer’s same-store sales fell 11.5% in Q2 2017 Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Aug 24, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2wJ2oTT Questions for discussion: Summarize the key financial reasons pushing management to close more stores. Do you think this strategy is the way to go, from a financial management point of view?

Opinion: The bad news on Amazon’s stock price is only beginning

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Description: Analyst downward revisions tend to beget even more such revisions Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Aug 26, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-bad-news-on-amazons-stock-price-is-only-beginning-2017-08-25 Questions for discussion: What is the basis for negativity on Amazon stock price? How do you think the market will respond?