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Description: Xerox boosted its offer to acquire HP Inc. to $24 a share, or about $34 billion, the company announced Monday. The new offer would be for $18.40 per share in cash and 0.149 Xerox share per share of HP. Shares of HP climbed as much as 2.7% in early trading on the news. Xerox’s stock was up 1.1%.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 10, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/10/xerox-sweetens-its-bid-for-hp-inc-to-24-a-share-from-22-a-share.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why does this merger make sense for both firms?
  • Is the price right, in your opinion?

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Description: The business jet division could soon be all that’s left of the storied Quebec plane and train manufacturer that’s shedding assets to pay off debt

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Feb 13, 2020

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/transportation/the-dismantling-of-bombardier-company-abandons-commercial-aerospace-eyes-focus-on-private-jets-as-sale-of-train-unit-said-to-loom

Questions for discussion:

  • How is the firm fixing its balance sheet?
  • Do you think the firm can survive?
  • Is it a better investment, after these changes?
  • What else should happen, in your opinion, to make it a more viable and sustainable firm?

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Description: Tesla has a long way to go before it justifies its current stock price, New York University finance professor Aswath Damodaran told CNBC on Thursday.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 13, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/13/damodaran-tesla-needs-vw-like-sales-apple-like-margins-to-justify-stock.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain what Aswath Damodaran means when he says Tesla would need VW-like sales and Apple-like margins to justify its stock valuation.
  • Why is there so much hype about Tesla at this time?
  • What needs to happen for the Tesla story to come true?
  • Do you think it can happen?

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Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 13, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the significance of Beth Hammack’s rise at the firm?
  • Do you think the firm is marketing itself by way of her promotion at the firm?
  • How has the brand changed as a result of her rise in management ranks?

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Description: Shares of Tesla soared as much as 18% on Monday after Argus Research raised its price target to $808 from $556.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 03, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/03/tesla-stock-soars-hitting-700-per-share-for-the-first-time.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is Tesla stock suddenly on fire?
  • What do short selling positions have to do with Tesla stock prices?

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Description: AMD had a shot to catch Intel and blew it

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Feb 06, 2020

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-amds-best-days-are-behind-it-2020-02-06?mod=home-page

Questions for discussion:

  • Why has AMD received such a poor evaluation in this article?
  • Do you agree with the sentiment?
  • How should investors deal with this review?

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Description: Analysts on Wall Street recommend buying the recent dip in Nike’s stock, which is getting hit on worries about the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 03, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/03/analysts-recommend-buying-nike-on-coronavirus-weakness-multi-year-buying-opportunity.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for buying shares now?
  • Do you agree with this line of thinking?

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Description: In a rare turn of events, once-loved Canadian bank stocks are no longer the favourites. Instead, investors are turning their attention to the country’s life insurers.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Feb 06, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/never-mind-canada-s-bank-stocks-as-traders-bet-on-life-insurers-1.1385918

Questions for discussion:

  • How do bank financials compare to the insurance companies mentioned in the report?
  • What would you advise investors, who typically look to bank stocks as a secure part of their portfolio?

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Description: You probably know that most experts caution against trying to time the stock market. Yet, if you think there’s trouble ahead, could moving entirely to cash ever be a good idea?

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 06, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/05/there-is-a-time-to-dump-stocks-and-move-to-cash-some-experts-say.html

Questions for Discussion:

  • What is the message to investors?
  • How much cash, as a percentage of your portfolio, do you feel you should have these days? Explain your thinking.

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Description: With technology and capital rapidly increasing the pace of innovation, Christensen’s thinking is more relevant today than ever. What do we know now about the power of disruption and where it’s taking us?

Source: SloanReview.mit.edu

Date: Feb 04, 2020

Link: https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/an-interview-with-clayton-m-christensen/?utm_source=El1&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Chris0220

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the important lessons directed at managers, marketers and investors?
  • Which firms do you think are paying attention and which are not, in your opinion?