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 »

Here’s what triggered the Sears death spiral into bankruptcy

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Description: Can’t blame suppliers for wanting to get paid ASAP from a dying Sears Holdings Corp. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-triggered-sears-death-spiral-bankruptcy-193728587.html Questions for discussion: Why did Sears fail? How much blame rests with the management of Eddy Lampert and his hedge-fund takeover?

Here’s why Amazon may beat Apple to $2 trillion

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Description:  New York (CNN Business)Now that Amazon joined Apple in the trillion dollar market value club Tuesday, the race is on to see which company can cross $2 trillion. Source: CNN.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/30/investing/amazon-apple-2-trillion/index.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the Amazon projection to $2 trillion? Do you… Read more »

Opinion: Two ways to view Amazon’s $15 wage: a cynical move or as a surprising way to cut costs

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Description: Amazon.com recently announced that it would be raising its entry wage to $15 an hour and would lobby for a higher minimum wage at federal, state and municipal governments. Other companies have announced similar moves in recent months, including Walmart, which bumped its starting wages to $10 an hour. These are interesting developments that merit a… Read more »

Risk factors involving pot stock IPOs

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Description: CNBC’s Leslie Picker discusses some of the morning’s most provocative headlines. Risk factors involving pot stock IPOs from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 21, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/09/21/risk-factors-involving-pot-stock-ipos.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points presented in this report. What would you advise investors?

Opinion: The new ‘Tilray’ marijuana stock is here — this is how to set up the trade

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Description:  There are rumors that Coca-Cola may buy Denver’s New Age Beverages Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 21, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-new-tilray-stock-is-here-this-is-how-to-set-up-the-trade-2018-09-21 Questions for discussion: What does this report suggest to investors interested in investing in this sector? How significant would a favorable decision by Coca-Cola  be to the stocks involved?