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Description: If a potential global economic slowdown and recent market volatility has you worried, you should proceed with caution with your own investments.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Aug 24, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/24/dan-ariely-on-portfolio-mistakes-you-want-to-avoid–during-volatility.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the investor thinking and behavior suggested by Professor Ariely.
  • Do you think he is right?
  • What would you suggest?

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Description: ‘It’s certainly possible we can rally another six or nine months because we have Trump who does not want to see the market go down in front of the election. We have Jerome Powell… on the side of trying to keep the market up… It’s dangerous to be short right now.’David Tice

Source: MarketWatch.com – video report

Date: Aug 22, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-one-big-stock-market-bear-says-its-dangerous-to-be-short-right-now-2019-08-22

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what David Tice sees coming and what investors should and should not do.
  • Do you agree?

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Description: Capital keeps marching out of Canada’s oil industry, with Kinder Morgan Inc.’s sale of its remaining holdings in the country on Wednesday adding to more than $30 billion of foreign-company divestitures in the past three years.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Aug 21, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-21/the-30-billion-exodus-foreign-oil-firms-are-bailing-on-canada?srnd=premium-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening in the Canadian oil industry?
  • Why are foreign firms “bailing”?
  • What would you advise investors at this time?

 

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Description: Apple Inc. may have just seen its worst sequential drop in iPhone revenue for any March quarter in the company’s history, but investors seem optimistic about where the smartphone giant is headed. Shares of Apple AAPL, +7.05%  were up 6.2% in Wednesday morning trading, putting the company on track to reclaim a $1 trillion valuation. The stock would have to close above 5.7% to reach the milestone once again.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: May 01, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-believes-iphone-trade-ins-will-be-an-even-bigger-deal-this-quarter-analyst-says-2019-05-01?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • What explains the Apple’s stock behavior recently?
  • Based on the information provided in the article, would you recommend new purchases of Apple stock today?

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Description: Jeremy Siegel, the longtime stock market bull and influential Wharton School professor, called for more diversity of thought among the members of the Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee, saying the central bank’s groupthink causes it to make mistakes.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: May 01, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/01/jeremy-siegel-blames-fed-groupthink-for-20percent-market-drop-late-last-year.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis of Jeremy Siegel’s criticisms?
  • Do you agree?

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Description: A gauge of U.S. factories fell in April to the weakest level since late 2016, signaling that manufacturing headwinds extended into the second quarter as companies continue to confront uncertainty about trade.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: May 01, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-01/u-s-factory-gauge-falls-to-two-year-low-as-orders-output-cool?srnd=markets-vp

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report suggest about the economy and future interest rates?
  • What do you think the data suggests?

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Description: Yum Brands reported first-quarter earnings Wednesday that beat Wall Street’s expectations, but weaker-than-expected same store-sales growth at Taco Bell and Pizza Hut disappointed investors.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: May 01, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/01/yum-brands-q1-2019-earnings.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and evaluate the financial results presented in this report.
  • Do you think the stock looks attractive today?

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Description: Why the Once-Obscure Way to Invest Is Now Hot “Focus on stocks that have the greatest return” has long been the motto of most investors and, similarly, high returns have been the barometer for considering what made a corporation “successful.”

Source: FinanceYahoo.com and Say.com

Date: May 01, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/whats-esg-why-suddenly-popular-191510286.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about changing attitudes toward investing and company decisions about profits?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?

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Description: Stocks traded slightly higher on Friday as investors weighed better-than-expected economic data against a mixed batch of quarterly earnings.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Apr 26, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/26/stock-market-gdp-data-and-corporate-earnings-in-focus-on-wall-street.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What explains stock performances, according to the article?
  • What would you expect investors to do going forward at this time?

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Description: Oil prices tumbled as much as 4% on Friday, extending early losses after President Donald Trump said he told OPEC to take action to temper fuel costs.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Apr 26, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/26/oil-market-opec-output-rises-us-sanctions-on-iranian-oil-in-focus.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why did oil prices pull back, according to the report?
  • Explain oil prices and their effect on the economy and stock market.
  • What do you think will happen to oil going forward?