What Are the Largest Hedge Funds Holding?

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Description: W.R. Grace, Potash Corp. and Viacom are among the top holdings of the world’s largest hedge funds, according to Mazin Jadallah, founder and CEO of AlphaClone, who says the funds are overweight materials and also financials. Alistair Barr reports. Source: Moneywatch.com – video report Date: 05/23/2011 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/what-are-the-largest-hedge-funds-holding/4D9E306D-DE9E-433A-B458-9E5721F9B298 Questions for discussion: Summarized the essence… Read more »

BlackRock’s Rick Rieder takes a stand on bonds

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Description: Rick Rieder is not the best-known man in bonds. That honor belongs to Pimco’s Bill Gross, manager of Total Return, the world’s largest bond fund. But Rieder, 49, is a titan in his own right. Source: Fortune.com Date: 05/27/2011 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/25/pf/rick_rieder_blackrock.fortune/index.htm Questions for discussion: Summarize Rick Rieder’s strategic thinking as reported in the article…. Read more »

LinkedIn CEO: Why we’re so valuable

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Description: CEO Jeff Weiner says LinkedIn’s “exclusive focus on professionals” is what makes his company’s social platform so valuable to investors. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 05/20/2011 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2011/05/20/n_linkedin_ceo.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Do you think LinkedIn is worth the IPO price? What revenue streams are available to the firm? What types of acquisitions would… Read more »

Didn’t Get Into LinkedIn IPO? Good For You

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Description: Without inside connections, IPOs for social-networking firms like LinkedIn are a crapshoot for retail investors, according to MarketWatch columnist Chuck Jaffe. who says Google stood out as a recognized market leader. Laura Mandaro reports. Source: Moneywatch.com – video report Date: 05/20/2011 Link:  http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/didnt-get-into-linkedin-ipo-good-for-you/B6F4AA8F-5EEA-4D58-86F6-09B60B2B9220 Questions for discussion: Summarize the opinions expressed about the Linked-In IPO?… Read more »

Analysts Punished as Fewer Than 1% of ‘Sells’ Work Since 2009

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Description: Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. had rallied 40 percent from its spinoff when Adnaan Ahmad started covering the stock with a “sell” rating. The mobile-phone maker has lost nearly all its gain since his Jan. 21 report. Source: Businessweek.com Date: 05/20/2011 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-05-20/analysts-punished-as-fewer-than-1-of-sells-work-since-2009.html Questions for discussion: Summarized the essence of the report with respect to… Read more »

Gap, Aeropostale unraveled

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Description: While they might not portend the End Times, signs of Friday’s route of the low-end retailers could certainly be discerned months ago in the commodities markets. Source: Marketwatch.com Date: 05/20/2011 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gap-aeropostale-unraveled-2011-05-20 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues raised in the report about commodities and the performance of these companies. What do you think… Read more »

Microsoft’s Skype call

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Description: Microsoft agrees to buy Skype for $8.5 billion to gain a bigger presence on the Internet, where Bing and MSN have been losing money. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 05/11/2011 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2011/05/10/mkts_skype0510.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Do you think this is a good fit for both companies? How can Microsoft leverage the value of… Read more »

Cody Willard: Why Apple is going to $2,000

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Description: Cody Willard makes his case for Apple at $2,000 and explains why it could be the first $2 trillion company in market cap. Source: Moneywatch.com – video report Date: 05/11/2011 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/cody-willard-why-apple-is-going-to-2000/4C6F5D5C-B4BC-4737-871C-E5DA3D667949 Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons given by the analyst that support his belief in Apple stock rising to such extraordinary levels…. Read more »

OpenTable, broken stock? A lesson in the dangers of tech IPOs

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Description: The company has done nearly everything right, but it’s dangerously overvalued, even for a tech company. Should Facebook, LinkedIn, and Groupon take heed? Source: Fortune.com Date: 05/13/2011 Link: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/05/13/opentable-broken-stock-a-lesson-in-the-dangers-of-tech-ipos/ Questions for discussion: Summarized the essence of the report with respect to the lessons that might be learned for other technology IPOs. Do you agree… Read more »

Housing crash is getting worse: report

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Description: If you thought the housing crisis was bad, think again. Source: Marketwatch.com Date: 05/09/2011 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/housing-crash-is-getting-worse-2011-05-09?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues raised in the report. What is your view about residential real estate prices and their influence on the economy? How would you approach this market, as an investor in builders?