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Description: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. stock slumped after Bill Ackman, once its biggest champion, exited the struggling drugmaker at a loss.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Mar 14, 2017

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-14/valeant-slumps-after-long-time-backer-ackman-exits-with-a-loss

Questions for Discussions:

  • Explain the reasons for the sudden stock plunge?
  • What is the financial situation at the firm today?
  • How should invesdtors deal with this information?

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Description: Dani Reiss had no intention of running a billion-dollar clothing empire when he joined his dad’s shop making winter parkas 20 years ago. He was an English literature graduate from the University of Toronto, looking for a few bucks to finance his travel plans.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: March 17 , 2017

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-17/canada-goose-vaults-reiss-from-aspiring-writer-to-millionaire

Questions for Discussions:

  • Explain the financial valuations of the IPO?
  • Do you think future income growth is likely to remain as strong as it has been in recent years?

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Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Mar 17, 2017

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-how-trumps-plans-could-drive-apple-shares-to-175-2017-03-17

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the report suggest is a possible scenario for Apple stock?
  • What do you think of this possibility?

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Description: With no training in art or design, in 1979 Paul Ruitenberg started a business that moved from decorating store windows to crafting interior displays for thousands of supermarkets, including Giant Foods and A&P.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Mar 17, 2017

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestreptalks/2017/03/16/how-a-college-drop-out-built-an-18m-store-display-business-lost-everything-and-started-over/#2dd066e61e4c

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain how this company was able to grow without much financial backing?
  • Why did it fail?
  • What is the financial message to entrepreneurs?

 

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Description: In the world of driverless cars, household names like Google and Uber have raced ahead of rivals, building test vehicles and starting trials on city streets.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 13, 2017

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/business/dealbook/intel-mobileye-autonomous-cars-israel.html?ref=business&_r=0

Questions for discussion:

  • How is does this deal help both firms go forward?
  • Do you think this technology is the way of the future for automotive products?
  • Is this a good deal for investors?
  • How might this deal affect the stock value of other firms developing this technology?

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Description: Plus what you need to know about interest rates.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: March 10 , 2017

Link: http://for.tn/2m7EVCV

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the Federal Reserve do to control inflation?
  • As interest rates rise, how will businesses, consumers, and savers likely respond?
  • What does this mean for investors?

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Description: The No. 1 stock of the bull market… and 39 others that soared 1,000%

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Mar 11, 2017

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-stocks-have-soared-over-1000-in-the-bull-market-2017-03-10

Questions for Discussions:

  • Explain the make-up of these top performers?
  • Which of these do you think will continue to perform well over the next year?

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Description: BEIJING — China struck $225 billion in deals to acquire companies abroad last year, a record-breaking number that signaled to the world that Chinese business leaders were hot to haggle.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Mar 12, 2017

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/12/business/dealbook/china-deals-capital-controls-hollywood.html?ref=business&_r=0

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the report suggest is happening now with Chinese foreign investing?
  • What does this mean for investors in North American markets?

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Description: On the eve of International Women’s Day, State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street Corporation, called on over 3,500 companies with an aggregate market capitalization of $30 trillion, to increase the number of women on their corporate boards.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Mar 8, 2017

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2017/03/08/state-street-bronze-statue/?ss=mutual-funds#190cacfc3072

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the symbolism of the statue?
  • According to the report, what impact have women had on financial performance?
  • Why do you suppose this is true?

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Description: Traders are paying “extortionate fees” of 15% to 20% to borrow shares of Snap in order to short them, according to figures reported by Simon Colvin, a research analyst at IHS Markit.

Source: BusinessInsider.com

Date: Mar 10, 2017

Link: http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/how-much-traders-are-paying-to-short-snapchat-2017-3-1001820424-1001820424

Questions for Discussions:

  • How are investors treating Snapchat?
  • Do you agree with the valuations made on the short?