Here’s why Costco may be the one company Amazon can’t destroy

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Description: Investors should buy Costco shares because it is one of the few retailers that can succeed versus e-commerce competition, according to Barclays, which upgraded the wholesale club chain to overweight from equal weight. Source: CNBC.com Date: April 21, 2017 Link: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/21/heres-why-costco-may-be-the-one-company-amazon-cant-destroy.html Questions for discussion: Which financial factor do you believe is most important in… Read more »

United Airlines’ bad week cost Buffett and other investors millions

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Description: United has lost $570 million in market cap this week, while Warren Buffett may have lost over $50 million on his investment Source: MarketWatch.com – video report Date: April 14, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/united-airlines-bad-week-cost-buffett-and-other-investors-millions-2017-04-13?mod=MW_story_top_stories Questions for discussion: Explain the sudden drop in stock value. Do you think this situation presents an opportunity for investors to… Read more »

Voya Financial CEO Gives Us His Best Financial Advise

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Description: We sat down with Voya Financial CEO Rodney Martin to get the advice he gives his customers about investing long term. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: April 14, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2nNgsbE Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points made by Rodney Martin. Which do think is most important to investors today?

Ralph Lauren Is Closing Stores and Cutting Jobs

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Description: Including its flagship store in NYC. Source: Fortune.ca- video report Date: Apr 05 , 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2nYLziQ Questions for Discussions: What does this report say to investors? Do you think the financial adjustments are sufficient to allow the firm to recover and grow again one day? Would a merger make sense?

Just How Much Is a Medical Miracle Worth?

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Description: Years of costly treatments could give way to pricier one-shot cures like Spark Therapeutics’ blindness drug. But insurers aren’t ready. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: April 06 , 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-06/just-how-much-is-a-medical-miracle-worth Questions for Discussions: Summarize the various pricing models presented in this report. What are the ethical and social considerations involved? How should the players decide… Read more »

Tesla Has Something Hotter Than Cars to Sell: Its Story

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Description: As Tesla shares surged past $300 this week and the company’s market value surpassed Ford’s, even its founder, Elon Musk, acknowledged on Twitter that the company was “absurdly overvalued if based on the past.” Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 06, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/business/tesla-story-stocks.html?_r=0 Questions for discussion: What is the basis of Tesla’s valuation today? Do… Read more »

Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion a Year in Amazon Stock to Finance Race to Space

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Description: COLORADO SPRINGS — Standing against the backdrop of his New Shepard rocket booster and a full-scale mock capsule for carrying humans into space, Jeff Bezos revealed on Wednesday that he was selling about $1 billion in Amazon stock a year to finance his Blue Origin rocket company. Source: NYTimes.com Date: April 5, 2017 Link:… Read more »

E-Commerce Is Making Retail Stores Relevant Again

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Description: But don’t expect to see a revival as hundreds of store continue to close. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 30, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2njCDlD Questions for Discussions: How did store closings affect e-commerce at Kohls? Do you think this experience can be generalized across the retailing industry? How should investors regards statistics on… Read more »