Spotify not raising prices reveals ‘competitive weakness’: Analyst

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Description: Spotify’s (SPOT) decision not to raise prices on its U.S.-based premium subscription plan speaks volumes about the music streaming giant’s lack of pricing power. At least according to one bearish analyst. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Feb 03, 2023 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/spotify-not-raising-prices-reveals-competitive-weakness-analyst-160358564.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about Spotify’s ability to manage pricing, compared to… Read more »

Apple, Alphabet and Amazon hurt as economic slump crimps demand

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Description: Technology bellwethers Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc. posted results Thursday that show an economic slowdown is throttling demand for everything from electronics and e-commerce to cloud computing and digital advertising. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Feb 02, 2023 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/apple-alphabet-and-amazon-hurt-as-economic-slump-crimps-demand-1.1878740 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the way… Read more »

Jobs report shows increase of 517,000 in January, crushing estimates, as unemployment rate hit 53-year low

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Description: The employment picture started off 2023 on a stunningly strong note, with nonfarm payrolls posting their biggest gain since July 2022. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 03, 2023 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/02/03/jobs-report-january-2023-.html Questions for discussion: Where were the main growth areas for employment? What does this say about how the economy is recovering from… Read more »

How a Drug Company Made $114 Billion by Gaming the U.S. Patent System

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Description: AbbVie for years delayed competition for its blockbuster drug Humira, at the expense of patients and taxpayers. The monopoly is about to end. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 28, 2023 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/28/business/humira-abbvie-monopoly.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues related to how businesses, governments, insurance companies and consumers are connected to the drug Humira. Is this… Read more »

The 2023 stock market rally is facing its first technical challenge: Morning Brief

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Description: As we’ve been writing, this year’s market action has been a reversal of one of last year’s most important trends, which saw the Dow outperform the Nasdaq by the widest margin in two decades.This year, the Nasdaq is now up 8%, substantially outperforming the Dow’s return of just under 2%. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Jan… Read more »

What the hell are stock buybacks?

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Description: Major corporations are buying back their own stock at alarming rates. But whom does the practice really benefit? Source: TheHustle.co Date: Jan 23, 2023 Link: https://thehustle.co/what-the-hell-are-stock-buybacks/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made in the article about corporate profits, executive compensation, shareholder value as they relate to buybacks. What does all of this… Read more »

Microsoft beats on earnings as cloud unit shows strong growth

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Description: Microsoft shares rose as much as 5% in extended trading on Tuesday after the company reported fiscal second-quarter earnings that topped analysts’ estimates. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 24, 2023 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/24/microsoft-msft-earnings-q2-2023.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about Microsoft financials and stock performance? Would you be an investor in Microsoft… Read more »

Law Professor Urges FTC To Regulate Ad-Tech

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Description: Many online ad practices are “unfair, deceptive, and privacy-invasive,” Brooklyn Law School professor Jonathan Askin says in a petition filed this month with the Federal Trade Commission. Source: MediaPost.com Date: Jan 19, 2023 Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/381747/law-professor-urges-ftc-to-regulate-ad-tech.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=129023&hashid=xIhhTnG4Qdmubrqstxmgaw Questions for discussion: What is the goal of the petition? Do you think it is justified and regulations should be adopted?… Read more »

Why Florida Makes $20M A Year From Gatorade

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Description: The Gatorade shower is a post-game ritual seen from the Sandlot to the Super Bowl. Celebrations aside, Gatorade is the most popular sports drink in the world, bringing in billions of dollars every year to its parent company, PepsiCo. But Pepsi doesn’t get to keep every dollar. Over the last few years, Pepsi has… Read more »

U.S. stocks flash rare bull-market signal for first time in nearly 3 years, but some have their doubts

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Description: Chart watchers question indicator’s reliability Source: MarketWatch.com – video report Date: Jan 19, 2023 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stocks-flash-rare-bull-market-signal-for-first-time-in-nearly-3-years-but-some-have-their-doubts-11674079952 Questions for discussion: What is the basis for this technical analysis? Why is there doubt by some analysts? What do you think the analysis suggests about the market?