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Description: Todd Gordon, founder of TradingAnalysis.com, breaks down on a trade on Amazon shares after the stock breaks the $2,000 mark.

After Amazon cracks $2,000 for the first time, trader sees bigger breakout ahead from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Aug 29, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/08/30/after-amazon-cracks-2000-bigger-breakout-ahead.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points presented in this report for trading Amazon?
  • Do you agree with this approach and specific technical analysis?

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Description: Terri Spath, Sierra Investment Management chief investment officer, and Gabriela Santos, J.P. Morgan Funds global market strategist, discuss their market outlooks right here.

There are ‘four horsemen of the apocalypse’ that could kill this market, says expert from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Aug 30, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/08/30/there-are-four-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse-that-could-kill-this-market-says-expert.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the concerns in the market, as expressed by the analysts?
  • Do you share these concerns?
  • What do you see happening in markets for the balance of the year?

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Description: Frustrated with insurers, some large companies — including a certain cable behemoth — are shedding long-held practices and adopting a do-it-yourself approach.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Aug 31, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/health/comcast-health-insurance-employees.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you believe these changes will reduce costs for companies?
  • What is motivating companies to try different insurance models?

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Description: A detailed look at the ill-fated plan to take Tesla private.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Aug 31, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2018-elon-musk-flow-chart/?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think the flow chart is an accurate portrayal of events?
  • How do you think investors will perceive Elon Musk and Tesla, going forward?

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Description: The relationship between VIX and the stock indices looked a lot like this just before February unraveling

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 01, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-last-time-wall-streets-fear-index-and-stocks-traded-this-closely-it-didnt-end-well-2018-08-31

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the concerns.
  • Do you agree with the assessment?

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Description: The S&P 500 Index closed the week at an all-time high, capping what by some measurements say is the longest bull market since World War II. And with a growing economy and rising earnings at many corporations, the mood in the stock market is bright enough to keep stock prices rising further.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Aug 26, 2018

Link: http://fortune.com/2018/08/24/stock-market-record-bull-run-end/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points in the scenario presented in this report?
  • What do you think the chances are of it unfolding as described?

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Description: Why Is MoviePass Losing So Much Money?

Source: NYTimes.com – video report

Date: Aug 25, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/video/business/media/100000006044646/why-is-moviepass-losing-so-much-money.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the business model and why investors would think it could succeed financially?
  • Why is the model failing to produce the desired results?
  • How should investors deal with the stock, in your opinion?

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Description: When Elon Musk declared this month that he wanted to take Tesla private, his board was caught off guard. Barely three weeks later, the chief executive told the board he had changed his mind. Tesla would be staying public, after all.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Aug 25, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/25/business/elon-musk-tesla-private.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • Why did Elon Musk back down from his announced intention to take Tesla private, according to the article?
  • What were the consequences of his announcement and the reversal?
  • Do you think this episode will influence investor’s attitude toward the firm and Elon Musk as head of the firm?

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Description: It’s a $21.7 billion proposal to return the world’s largest privately held technology company to public markets. The deal features a who’s who of big names — Michael Dell, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Silver Lake — alongside one that’s not so well known: Discern Analytics Inc.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Aug 24, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-24/big-name-21-7-billion-dell-deal-tapped-small-firm-for-scrutiny

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the opportunities available to smaller firms in this area of finance?
  • What are the competitive advantages enjoyed by larger firms?

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Description: However, the divergence between U.S. stock performance—up $1.9 trillion in 2018—and foreign markets may make investors uneasy

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Aug 26, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-divergence-between-us-stock-performanceup-19-trillion-in-2018and-foreign-markets-may-make-investors-uneasy-2018-08-25

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the reason for concern, as argued in this report.
  • Do you agree with this risk assessment?