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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 buy now?
  • How should management respond to the damage done to shareholders?

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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?

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Description: John O’Connell, chairman and CEO at Davis Rea, discusses BlackBerry.

Source: BNN.ca – video report

Date: April 11, 2017

Link: http://www.bnn.ca/video/john-o-connell-discusses-blackberry~1099714

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the the analysis and advice.
  • Do you agree?

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Description: The ride-hailing giant opens up about its financials for the first time in an interview with Bloomberg.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: April 14, 2017

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-14/embattled-uber-reports-strong-sales-growth-as-losses-continue

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say abount Uber’s financials?
  • On the whole, should the firm’s investors be satisfied?
  • How will this disclosure affect any future IPO?

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Description: Along the cobblestone streets of SoHo, Chanel handbags and Arc’teryx jackets are displayed in shops like museum pieces, harking back to the height of the neighborhood’s trendiness. But rents there are softening, and the number of vacant storefronts is rising.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: April 15, 2017

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/business/retail-industry.html?ref=business&_r=0

Questions for discussion:

  • What can management do to mitigate the financial challenges facing retailers?
  • What does this report suggest to investors in retail stocks?

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Description: The brand wants to become a luxury conglomerate.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: April 06, 2017

Link: http://for.tn/2p5lEEb

Questions for Discussions:

  • Do you think this consolidation in the industry will be successful?
  • Do you think the firm should wait to acquire declining brands at lower stock prices?

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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?

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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 on pricing in this industry?
  • How should investors approach this discussion?

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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 you think Tesla will dominate its industry?

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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: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/science/blue-origin-rocket-jeff-bezos-amazon-stock.html?ref=business

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think of the potential success for this business?
  • Why do you think Bezos is planning to finance development by selling Amazon stock instead of other more traditional methods?
  • Will this affect Amazon stock?