Snap nosedives nearly 14% after its CFO unexpectedly resigns less than one year into his job

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Description: Snap shares plummeted 13.8 percent Wednesday afternoon following the company’s announcement Tuesday that its chief financial officer is resigning after less than a year on the job. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/16/snap-nosedives-after-cfo-resigns-less-than-one-year-on-the-job.html Questions for discussion: Explain the drop in stock price in terms of managerial conditions. Do you think the stock is… Read more »

10 Ways Roku Is Growing Its Ad Business

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Description: Roku, the David to the connected-TV-device Goliaths (Apple, Amazon and Google), is differentiating itself by expanding its advertising business. Source: emarketer.com Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/10-ways-roku-is-growing-its-ads-business?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does the article suggest to investors about the future financial performance of the firm? Would you be a buyer at this time?

Amazon could surge 20 percent this year as opportunities are ‘mostly unconstrained’

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Description: Amazon is set for a bull run in 2019 as shares could surge more than 20 percent, according to a new report from Pivotal Research Group. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 07, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/07/amazon-stock-could-surge-20-percent-in-2019-analyst-says.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for Amazon’s growth potential, according to the report? How are Amazon,… Read more »

More Start-Ups Have an Unfamiliar Message for Venture Capitalists: Get Lost

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Description: On a sunny Saturday morning in New York a few months ago, a group of 50 start-up founders gathered in the dank basement of a Lower East Side bar. They scribbled notes at long tables, sipping coffee and LaCroix while a stack of pizza boxes emanated the odor of hot garlic. One by one,… Read more »

Eddie Lampert submits revised bid of roughly $5 billion in last-ditch effort to save Sears from liquidation

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Description: Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert has submitted a revised bid of roughly $5 billion in a last-ditch attempt to save the retailer from liquidation, according to a person familiar with the matter. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 10, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/09/eddie-lampert-reportedly-submits-revised-bid-of-roughly-5-billion-to-save-sears-from-liquidation.html Questions for discussion: Do you think liquidation or the $5 billion bid is better for… Read more »

Restaurants Are Scrambling for Cheap Labor in 2019

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Description: The holiday hiring crunch may be over, but finding workers won’t be much easier this year. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 04, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-04/restaurants-are-scrambling-for-cheap-labor-in-2019 Questions for discussion: Summarize the operational problems facing the restaurant industry. How should management deal with these challenges? How should investors deal with the issues?

Whatever Apple’s Tim Cook decides to do with video ‘could explode’: Discovery CEO

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Description:  Discovery CEO David Zaslav told CNBC that Apple’s video streaming service “could explode” when it launches next year, because CEO Tim Cook and video head Eddy Cue have the connections they need: subscribers. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/28/tim-cooks-plans-for-apple-video-could-explode-discovery-ceo.html Questions for discussion: What distinguishes the Discovery business model from scripted television?… Read more »

Fast-food stocks are soaring amid the volatility, here are one to buy and one to sell

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Description: As volatility rocks the market, one group of stocks is sizzling — fast food. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/23/fast-food-stocks-soaring-amid-volatility-one-to-buy-and-one-to-sell.html Questions for discussion: Explain the rise in these stock prices. Do you think they are a buy at this time?

Banks are ready to tighten lending if the yield curve inverts

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Description: The banking industry is telling the Federal Reserve that a flattening yield curve could squeeze their businesses. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Nov 13, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/banks-ready-tighten-lending-yield-curve-inverts-210834687.html Questions for discussion: What are the banks’ concerns in terms of the spread? What should investors do, given this situation?

Why AMD Shares Have Plummeted Almost 25% In 2 Days

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Description: Stock market darling Advanced Micro Devices appears to be a darling no more. The company, which makes microchips to power PCs and servers as well as video graphics cards, saw its share price shrivel by almost 25% in trading just on Wednesday through midday on Thursday. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 25,… Read more »