Netflix Looks Like a Loser. But Here’s Why It’s Probably a Winner

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Description: Netflix Looks Like a Loser. But Here’s Why It’s Probably a Winner Source: Fortune.com Date: Aug 15, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/08/15/netflix-looks-like-loser-feels-like-winner/ Questions for discussion: Why does Netflix worry some investors? What are the reasons presented for optimism? What do you see in the firm’s future?

ESPN Can’t Afford to Go On Like This

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Description: ESPN, which laid off 100 people this week, has a multitude of problems, but the basic one is this: It pays too much for content and costs too much for consumers. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: April 28, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-28/espn-can-t-afford-to-go-on-like-this Questions for discussion: Why is ESPN in trouble? What should management do to fix the… Read more »

Netflix standing on the threshold of 100 million subscribers

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is on the verge of surpassing 100 million global subscribers, a testament to how much the video streaming service has changed the entertainment landscape since its debut a decade ago. Source: AssociatedPress.com Date: April 17, 2017 Link: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NETFLIX_MAJOR_MILESTONE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Questions for discussion: Summarize the key financial information provided in this… Read more »

Uber, Lifting Financial Veil, Says Sales Growth Outpaces Losses

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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?

Is American Retail at a Historic Tipping Point?

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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… Read more »

This Is Why J.C. Penney’s Shares Are Tanking Today

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Description: Cost-cutting measures have already begun. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: May 06, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/1SUgToR Questions for discussion: Why is the company share-value falling so dramatically? Do you think the current valuation represents a buy-opportunity as the firm attempts to rebuild momentum?

The Netflix of Fashion: Rent the Runway Streams Wardrobes

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Description: The Netflix of Fashion: Rent the Runway Streams Wardrobes Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 24, 2016 Link: http://bloom.bg/1q4RukG Questions for Discussions: Do you think this business model is sustainable? Explain your thinking? Do you think low barriers to entry present a problem for this firm’s growth? How would you characterize the risk… Read more »

Would You Pay 25 Cents to Read an Article? Blendle Certainly Thinks So

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Description: BLENDLE IS A Dutch media startup that lets you pay a few cents for individual news articles online—the much chattered-about micropayments model that’s one of many on a long list of strategies destined to save the business of journalism (or not). And now it’s available in the US. Source: Wired.com Date: Mar 23, 2016… Read more »

‘Fickle’ millennials blamed for Chipotle’s downward spiral

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Description: Chipotle downgrade to rare underperform rating at Jefferies, which cited weak February trends and rising marketing costs Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Mar 18, 2016 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/chipotle-stock-drops-after-rare-bearish-call-at-jefferies-2016-03-17 Questions for Discussions: Why has Chipotle stock been down-graded by this analyst? Do you agree with the assessment and predictions for recovery?