Cut in half: This retailer’s stock fell fast

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Description: Shares of women’s apparel retailer J.Jill (JILL)plunged 50% Thursday after the company warned that sales would flag. The company said stores open at least a year may fall between 3% and 5% in the third quarter, and earnings would miss forecasts. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 13, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/12/investing/jjill-retail-sales-plunge/index.html Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

The Stock Market Charges Ahead, Despite the World’s Storms

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Description: Hurricanes in North America, earthquakes in Latin America, tensions on the Korean Peninsula and political turbulence in the United States, Germany and Spain have produced little but shrugs on Wall Street. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 13, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/business/mutfund/stock-market-calm-world.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=10&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the report say about market conditions and the reasons for… Read more »

Opinion: 12 things you can learn about investing from Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler

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Description: Tren Griffin notes that the economist is also a skilled professional investor Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 09, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/12-things-you-can-learn-about-investing-from-nobel-prize-winner-richard-thaler-2017-10-09?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What are the most useful ideas presented in this article for investors to weigh? What is your opinion of this field of economic theory as a tool for investors?

Is Amazon getting into the pharmacy business? This is what you need to know

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Description: Drugstore chains and pharmacy-benefit managers are likely at risk, Wall Street analysts say Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 14, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/is-amazon-getting-into-the-pharmacy-business-this-is-what-you-need-to-know-2017-10-09?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Do you think this move would be good for the firm? What are the pros and cons from an investor’s point of view?

China’s tech stocks are partying like it’s 1999

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Description: Shares in China’s biggest internet companies are on a tear this year, but some investors think things have gone too far. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 05, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/05/investing/china-tech-bubble/index.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for concern with current stock valuations? Do you share this concern? Do you agree with… Read more »

Banks not named Wells Fargo are doing great

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Description: Wells Fargo is still struggling to shake off a bad reputation it earned through numerous recent scandals. Senator Elizabeth Warren told CEO Tim Sloan at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday that he should be fired. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 04, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/04/investing/banks-earnings-wells-fargo-jpmorgan-chase/index.html Questions for discussion: What are the concerns… Read more »

A Lot of Apple’s Overseas Cash Is Already in the U.S.

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Description: Companies don’t have to avoid U.S. markets to steer clear of U.S. taxes. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 05, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-05/a-lot-of-apple-s-overseas-cash-is-already-in-the-u-s Questions for discussion: Where is Apple’s “foreign” cash held? Do you think this cash would be diverted to more productive assests if the tax issues were resolved?

Dow industrials flirtation with 23,000 is a sign of the stock market’s velocity

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Description: Dow has registered 44 record closes—its most all-time high finishes in a single year since 2013 Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 05, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-stock-markets-velocity-has-the-dow-flirting-with-230000-2017-10-05 Questions for discussion: What are the reasons for optimism in the market? Do you believe the market will continue on its way to break new highs in the next year?

Katzenberg’s Big Ask: $2 Billion for Short-Form Video Project

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Description: Jeffrey Katzenberg is trying to raise $2 billion for his new television start-up that will provide short-form content of premium quality for mobile devices. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/business/dealbook/katzenberg-television-mobile.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FVenture%20Capital&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection Questions for discussion: What are the risks to investors, compared to traditional media platforms that exist today? Do you think this thinking… Read more »