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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?

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Description: Sales at its brick-and-mortar stores disappointed.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: May 05, 2017

Link: http://for.tn/2r7SkOm

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about profits and retailing trends in general?
  • How should investors evaluate the stock?

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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?

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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 two companies?
  • Why is this announcement so significant?

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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?

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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 for discussion:

  • What does the report say about Amazon, profits, and valuation?
  • Do you agree with their assessment on the chances for a surge in stock growth?

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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 crisis.
  • How should the crisis be handle?
  • How can it be prevented in the future?

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Description: Younger people have decades to build wealth, and they shouldn’t squander precious time

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: May 05, 2017

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/millennials-ought-to-be-100-invested-in-stocks-says-top-ranking-newsletter-editor-2017-05-03?siteid=nwtwk

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the advice presented in this article.
  • What are the risks to young investors who take this advice?

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Description: Warren Buffett’s career is filled with splashy takeovers that cost billions — as in $10 billion or $20 billion or $30 billion. But $100 billion? Even for Buffett, that’d be an awful lot of money. Yet, that is now the buzz among some investors, analysts and Buffett fans.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: May 01, 2017

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-01/buffett-s-86-billion-cash-pile-has-some-dreaming-of-a-huge-deal

Questions for discussion:

  • What would you advise Buffett?
  • What would you advise investors?

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Description: President Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders finally found a consensus yesterday, although an unlikely one for a businessman and a Socialist: breaking up those big banks.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: May 02, 2017

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/corinnejurney/2017/05/02/americas-top-public-companies-in-2017/#20a7f1834ad2

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights in this report.
  • What do you think of the assessments?