Netflix can shake off Kevin Spacey scandal — and ‘Stranger Things’ will help

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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 »

‘Angry Birds’ Hatches Angry Investors

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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 »

Deere beats estimates on improving demand; forecasts strong earnings in 2018

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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 »

Stock market ‘not even close’ to pricing in tax cuts, says UBS

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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?

This Man Is Leading an AI Revolution in Silicon Valley—And He’s Just Getting Started

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Description: The cofounder and CEO of semiconductor and software maker Nvidia saw the future of computing more than a decade ago, and began developing products that could power the artificial intelligence era. Source: Fortune.com Date: Nov 10, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/11/16/nvidia-ceo-jensen-huang/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the financial performance of Nvidia? How has Nvidia performed in comparison to other… Read more »

J.C. Penney Shares Are Popping on Surprisingly Strong Sales

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Description: J.C. Penney (JCP, +13.82%) gave investors a rare good surprise on Friday when it reported better than expected third-quarter sales, sending shares up 14% in pre-market trading. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Nov 10, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/11/10/jcpenney-results-2/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the financial changes at J.C. Penney? What explains these results? Do you think the firm… Read more »

Tesla’s junk bonds are trading under water — and it could spell trouble for Elon Musk

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Description: Tesla Inc. first-ever pure corporate bonds are trading under water, boding ill for the Silicon Valley car maker’s next attempt to tap capital markets. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 11, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/teslas-junk-bonds-are-trading-under-water-and-it-could-spell-trouble-for-elon-musk-2017-11-10?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What are the financial concerns for Tesla and investors? What strategy would you recommend to bond and stock holders… Read more »

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?