This could stop Amazon’s stock rally in its tracks

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Description: Amazon needs to enact a large stock split and start paying a dividend to get the Dow keepers’ attention Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 15, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-could-stop-amazons-stock-rally-in-its-tracks-2017-04-21?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What is the concern about Amazon’s stock price as described in this article? What do you think about this argument?

The Barbarians Are at Etsy’s Hand-Hewn, Responsibly Sourced Gates

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Description: The ur-Brooklyn online craft marketplace is under pressure to start acting more like a conventional, shareholder-focused company. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 15, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-18/the-barbarians-are-at-etsy-s-hand-hewn-responsibly-sourced-gates Questions for discussion: What does this article say about the company and its management? What do you think of the future financial possibilities are for this company?

From Meg Whitman To Taylor Swift: Meet The 60 Richest, Most Successful Self-Made Women In America

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Description: Forbes’ third annual tally of America’s 60 most successful self-made women has a new number one, two new billionaires, a transgender woman who climbed back into the ranks after a one year absence and five newcomers. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs, executives and entertainers who made their fortunes in everything from makeup and… Read more »

Snap Inc’s Shares Are Plunging After Its Q1 Earnings Report

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Description: It didn’t hit analysts’ expectations. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: May 10, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2r19CMH Questions for discussion: What are the key financial numbers investors are using to evaluate the stock value? Do you think this company’s financial performance will improve as did Facebook?

Valeant shares rocket 24% as investors cheer moves to reduce debt

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Description: Troubled drug company refinanced debt, extended maturities and adjusted terms last quarter Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 12, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/valeant-shares-rocket-23-as-investors-cheer-moves-to-reduce-debt-2017-05-09?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Why did the stock price jump? Do you think the current value is fair, with respect to the level of debt and revenue projections?

Apple Gives Corning $200 Million to Invent Better Phone Glass

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is seeding the next generation of American-made glass for its iPhones and iPads, and its investments may have the side benefit of helping the company win favor in Washington. Source: NYTimes.com Date: May 12, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/technology/apple-corning-phone-glass.html?ref=dealbook Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the relationship between the… Read more »

PrivateBancorp Holders Approve $4.9 Billion CIBC Takeover

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Description: PrivateBancorp Inc. investors approved a $4.9 billion takeover by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce after the Toronto-based lender sweetened its deal twice to win over shareholders. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 12, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-12/privatebancorp-holders-approve-4-9-billion-cibc-takeover-offer Questions for discussion: Why is this a good deal for both parties? What are the risks going forward?

Barron’s Buzz: Amazon Stock at 20: Now What?

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Description: Barron’s senior editor Jack Hough and WSJ’s Geoffrey Rogow preview the upcoming issue of Barron’s. Topics include a look ahead as Amazon stock’s 20th anniversary approaches. Also, a look at ETFs that deliver income. Plus, can work name tags predict economic performance? Source: WSJ.com – video report Date: May 05, 2017 Link: http://www.barrons.com/video/barrons-buzz-amazon-stock-at-20-now-what/33A50DB3-A5DC-4DB0-B061-E2DF8B661069.html Questions… Read more »

Puerto Rico: A Debt Problem That Kept Boiling Over

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Description: It all goes back to 1917. Congress passed a law that year making Puerto Ricans United States citizens. That same law, still on the books today, empowered the island to raise money by issuing tax-exempt bonds. Source: NYTimes.com Date: May 05, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/business/dealbook/puerto-rico-debt.html?ref=dealbook Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for the current financial… Read more »