Stocks’ correction coming? Not that again

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Description:   Investors are beginning to wonder if this Energizer Bunny of a rally can just keep going without taking a break or a fall. Source:  Reuters.com Date: 03/16/2012 Link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/16/us-usa-stocks-weekahead-idUSBRE82F1AF20120316 Questions for discussion: What is the basis for concern in the market and Apple in particular? What is your opinion?

Brazil Faces New Oil-Boom Curse as the World’s Resource Engine

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Description:   In 2007, Brazilian geologists made the biggest oil find in the Americas in three decades. Buried more than five miles below sea-level, the discovery was estimated to raise the country’s crude reserves by 62 percent. Source:  Bloomberg.com Date: 03/13/2012 Link:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-13/brazil-faces-new-oil-boom-curse-as-the-world-s-resource-engine.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues raised in the article about resource based… Read more »

Laszlo Birinyi moves against the current

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Description: Birinyi is an unusual (and successful) brand of contrarian – and he’s feeling relatively bullish these days. Source:  Fortune.com Date: 03/09/2012 Link: http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/03/09/laszlo-birinyi-market-bull/?iid=SF_F_River Questions for discussion: Summarize the opinions presented by Laszlo  Birinyi. Do you agree with his views?

End of Days for Independent Pharmacies?

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Description:   When patients arrive at Woods Pharmacy & Prescription in Mountain View, Ark., pharmacist Dana Woods greets them by name. In a town of 3,000, where Woods has owned the $2 million pharmacy and soda fountain for 26 years, he usually also knows their parents, their children, and their medications. Source:  Businessweek.com Date: 03/08/2012 Link: … Read more »

Kingfisher Air Shunned as Cash Crunch Disrupts India Flights

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Description:  Anurag Chadha had one thing to say after flight disruptions at billionaire Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. (KAIR) curtailed his holiday plans. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 03/09/2012 Link:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-09/kingfisher-air-passenger-says-never-again-as-cash-crunch-disrupts-flights.html Questions for discussion:  What are the reasons for this firm’s cash flow problems? What are the consequences? How typical is this scenario for other firms dependent… Read more »

Green Mountain falls as Starbucks takes on Keurig

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Description:   Shares in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc (GMCR.O) tumbled 14 percent on Friday, on fears that it may lose its near monopoly in the U.S. single-cup coffee market after partner Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) outlined plans to launch a rival coffee and espresso machine. Source:  Reuters.com Date: 03/09/2012 Link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/09/us-greenmountaincoffeeroasters-shares-idUSBRE8280MF20120309 Questions for discussion: Why have… Read more »

How Twitter predicts the stock market

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Description:  If you think tweets are worthless, you’re wrong. A professor has developed a program that uses tweets to predict where markets are headed. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 02/21/2012 Link:  http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2012/02/20/mkts_twitter_markets.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Describe the basis for the predictive model. Why do you think it makes sense to some analysts? How does… Read more »

Raining on Facebook’s IPO

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Description: Fortune’s Allan Sloan says Facebook’s IPO is full of the same hypocrisy, hype and arrogance found in most Wall Street offerings. Source:  CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 02/17/2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/02/16/t_sloan_facebook_ipo.fortune/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the opinions presented by Allan Sloan. Do you agree with his views?

Copper Traders Most Bullish in Two Months as Hedge Funds Buy: Commodities

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Description:  Copper traders are the most bullish in two months on speculation that demand will strengthen from the U.S. to China at a time when stockpiles monitored by the world’s biggest metals exchange are at a 2 1/2 year low. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 02/24/2012 Link:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-24/copper-traders-most-bullish-in-two-months-as-hedge-funds-buy-commodities.html Questions for discussion: Explain the price movements in commodities… Read more »

Ask an Expert: ‘Shark Tank’ shows entrepreneurs how to swim

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Description:  Q: Lately I have been watching the TV show “Shark Tank” and really like it. What always amazes me is that the people whose products I don’t like often get money and those that I do like get nothing. Why is that? — Jaime Source: USAToday.com Date: 02/20/2012 Link:  http://www.usatoday.com/money/smallbusiness/columnist/strauss/story/2012-02-19/shark-tank-small-business-steve-strauss/53138174/1 Questions for discussion: Summarize… Read more »