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Description: It could be a bad day for the markets once the yield on the benchmark10-year Treasury hits 3 percent, closely followed trader Art Cashin told CNBC on Thursday.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 22, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/22/art-cashin-once-the-10-year-yield-hits-3-percent-all-hell-could-break-loose.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the significance of 10-year treasuries hitting 3%, according to Art Cashin?
  • Why is there concern over Fed behavior at this time?
  • What should investors do at this time, in your opinion?

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Description: Walmart on Tuesday reported earnings that missed analysts’ expectations for the holiday period as its e-commerce operations cooled off, overshadowing the fact that same-store sales and revenue surpassed forecasts.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 20, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/20/walmart-q4-2017-earnings.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the reason for Walmart’s stock drop?
  • Do you think the market has overreacted?

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Description: Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio says he sees risk of recession by 2020

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Feb 22, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bridgewaters-ray-dalio-says-us-in-a-pre-bubble-phase-with-a-70-change-of-recession-2018-02-22

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for his concerns?
  • Do you agree?
  • How should investors react to his prediction?

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Description: The cost of hedging against downside risk is up substantially for Amazon, Citigroup, and health-care stocks

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Feb 22, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/goldman-says-options-market-activity-suggests-pain-ahead-in-these-sectors-2018-02-22

Questions for discussion:

  • How are options used as indicators?
  • What is the technical basis for the predictions?
  • Do you agree with the predictions?

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Description: HONG KONG — United States officials have torpedoed a Chinese state-backed group’s plan to buy an American electronics company, signaling the Trump administration’s continuing skepticism toward Chinese investment deals, particularly those that involve transferring technological know-how.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 23, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/technology/china-microchips-cfius-xcerra.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftechnology&action=click&contentCollection=technology&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report suggest about the difficulties managers might face when attempting to sell to foreign buyers?
  • How should M&A managers deal with this issue in the future?

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Description: Rebecca Patterson, chief investment officer at Bessemer Trust, discusses the broader market and rising interest rates with Brian Sullivan.

Rising inflation not enough to rattle stocks, says Bessemer’s Rebecca Patterson from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 15, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/02/14/rising-inflation-not-enough-to-rattle-stocks-says-bessemers-rebecca-patterson.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is Rebecca Patterson saying about inflation concerns and their impact on stock market performance?
  • Do you agree with her assessments?

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Description: Steve Massocca, Wedbush Securities managing director, and Jerry Castellini, CastleArk Management president and CIO, discuss the effect of the recent period of volatility alongside current inflation and rising rate fears on the markets.

Inflation is not running away on the upside: CIO from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 15, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/02/14/inflation-is-not-running-away-on-the-upside-cio.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the discussion points in this report.
  • What is your view on the matter of inflation and investor concerns?

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Description: Three measures of price pressures for American businesses showed they’re facing higher production costs, adding to evidence that inflation is creeping up in the U.S. economy.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 15, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/empire-state-factory-gauges-show-upward-pressure-on-prices

Questions for discussion:

  • What are inflationary indicators suggesting, according to the report?
  • How might regulators and investors respond to these developments?

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Description: There are some doubts that equities can just sail on upward from here, end of story. Among them is our call of the day, which comes from CFRA’s chief investment strategist Sam Stovall, who says the S&P 500 “will likely have to retest its recent low.”

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Feb 15, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/brace-for-another-nose-dive-for-stocks-and-welcome-it-2018-02-15

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the strategic thinking about stock market movements presented in the report?
  • Do you agree with the argument that another buying opportunity is developing?

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Description: It’s the worrisome byproduct of a healthy economy: inflation.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 14, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/14/business/economy/inflation-prices.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about how inflation develops?
  • How does it grow into a problem for the economy and the markets?