Dividends Are Down, but They Are Vastly Better Than Expected

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Description: After predictions of cuts of 20 percent or more, stock dividends have been surprisingly resilient. Low interest rates have helped to keep companies flush with cash. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 21, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/20/business/dividends-coronavirus-economy-stocks.html Questions for discussion: Why have dividend payments fared so well during the past slowdown? Given a return to more normal… Read more »

Nvidia earnings: Chip stock is at a critical juncture, chart suggests

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Description: Nvidia is having a noteworthy year. The top-performing information technology stock in the S&P 500 year to date, Nvidia has climbed more than 128% in 2020, its best annual gain since 2016 and its fourth biggest on record. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 18, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/18/nvidia-earnings-chip-stock-is-at-a-critical-juncture-chart-suggests.html Questions for discussion: Explain the technical analysis on… Read more »

Kevin Carmichael: If BlackBerry sells its patents, Ottawa should be first in line

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Description: If pipelines, automakers and ketchup plants are worthy of public backing, IP — the 21st-century equivalent of oil — certainly is Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 18, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/technology/if-pipelines-automakers-and-ketchup-plants-are-worthy-of-public-backing-blackberrys-patents-should-be-as-well?r Questions for discussion: Summarize the arguments surrounding the sale of patents? Do you think the Canadian government should step up and get involved? What do… Read more »

Burberry releases interim results, operating profits fall 75%

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Description: The COVID-19 pandemic significantly hurt sales at Burberry but a recovery is already underway. Yahoo Finance’s Brian Sozzi breaks down the Luxury company’s latest results and what it signals for the retail sector. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 12, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/burberry-releases-interim-results-operating-152136905.html Questions for discussion: Explain what has happened to the stock… Read more »

Short sellers lost $5.5 billion so far in November. Here are the trades that hurt the most

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Description: It has so far been a bruising November for those investors betting against cyclically oriented sectors that have been hobbled due to the spread of a coronavirus and social-distancing measures. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 12, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/short-sellers-lost-5-5-billion-so-far-in-november-here-are-the-trades-that-hurt-the-most-11605126134?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What happened to short-sellers during November? Which stocks were particularly hard hit and… Read more »

Hanes Plummets as Champion Owner Announces a Business Review

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Description: Hanesbrands Inc. shares plunged as much as 16% after the company reported a review of its business and a slump in sales at a time when everyone’s wearing sweatpants. Date: Nov 05, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-05/hanes-plummets-as-champion-owner-announces-a-review-of-business Questions for discussion: What is the financial story at the firm? What do you believes explains the decline in sales?… Read more »

Canadian Tire raises quarterly dividend, reports Q3 profit and sales up from year ago

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Description: Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. reported a surge in sales in its third quarter as the pandemic continued to encourage one-stop shopping and a larger “basket size” as shoppers stocked up to avoid multiple trips to the store. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Nov 05, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/canadian-tire-raises-quarterly-dividend-115028642.html Questions for discussion: Summarize and explain the financials at… Read more »

Bond Defaults Deliver 99% Losses in New Era of U.S. Bankruptcies

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Description: Bankruptcy filings are surging due to the economic fallout of Covid-19, and many lenders are coming to the realization that their claims are almost completely worthless. Instead of recouping, say, 40 cents for every dollar owed, as has been the norm for years, unsecured creditors now face the unenviable prospect of walking away with just pennies… Read more »

Crisis Management: How to take over a sinking business

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Description: Yahoo Finance Canada’s Alicja Siekierska and strategy expert Mark Satov discuss whether companies should buy a business that is struggling in the pandemic now, or wait until a recovery is well underway. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 16, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/crisis-management-over-sinking-business-183602594.html Questions for discussion: What is Mark Satov’s advice? Can you give… Read more »

Ruby Tuesday joins list of companies seeking bankruptcy protection. What to do if your own business is struggling

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Description: For some small-business owners, watching their larger peers file for bankruptcy may do little to ease fears about their own financial solvency. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 08, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/08/ruby-tuesday-files-bankruptcy-here-are-options-for-struggling-firms.html Questions for discussion: What are the alternatives to bankruptcy, as illustrated in the article? In your opinion, should more debt holders… Read more »