Is BlackBerry making a comeback?

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Description: BlackBerry lives! The company reported a profit (yes, a profit) that topped Wall Street’s forecasts. The news sent the stock soaring. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Sep 27, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/28/investing/blackberry-earnings/index.html Questions for discussion: Why did BlackBerry stock soar? Do you think the firm represents a good investment opportunity at this time? How… Read more »

Google Is Buying HTC’s Smartphone Expertise for $1.1 Billion

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO — Google announced late Wednesday night that it is spending $1.1 billion to hire a team of engineers from the smartphone business of the struggling Taiwanese manufacturer HTC in a bid to bring more hardware expertise to its own mobile technology operations. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/technology/google-htc-smartphones.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Toys ‘R’ Us Is a Cautionary Tale for Technology

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Description: How about this setup for a joke: What does Toys “R” Us Inc. have in common with business software companies? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 21, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-09-21/toys-r-us-is-a-cautionary-tale-for-technology-firms Questions for discussion: What does article say about the use of debt and the consequences? What should investors and financial managers take away from this report?

The World’s Biggest Tech Companies Are No Longer Just American

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Description: HONG KONG — The technology world’s $400 billion-and-up club — long a group of exclusively American names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon — needs to make room for two Chinese members. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 17, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/business/dealbook/alibaba-sales-revenue-first-quarter-profit.html?ref=dealbook Questions for discussion: What does the report say about competition in this industry and how… Read more »

Andrew Left Says BlackBerry Stock Could Double in 2 Years

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Description: Andrew Left, Citron Research founder, explains why he thinks BlackBerry Ltd. shares could double in the next two years. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Vonnie Quinn on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg) Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: June 01, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-06-01/why-andrew-left-says-blackberry-shares-could-double-video Questions for discussion: Why does Andrew Left believe BlackBerry is worth more and… Read more »

How Brooklinen Went From Kickstarter to $20M in Sales

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Description: How Brooklinen Went From Kickstarter to $20M in Sales Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: May 23, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-05-23/brooklinen-s-rise-from-kickstarter-to-20m-in-sales-video Questions for discussion: Describe the financing strategies used by management from start-up to the current level of sales. Do you think the company made any errors in judgement or should consider other methods to… Read more »

PrivateBancorp Holders Approve $4.9 Billion CIBC Takeover

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Description: PrivateBancorp Inc. investors approved a $4.9 billion takeover by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce after the Toronto-based lender sweetened its deal twice to win over shareholders. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 12, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-12/privatebancorp-holders-approve-4-9-billion-cibc-takeover-offer Questions for discussion: Why is this a good deal for both parties? What are the risks going forward?

Buffett’s $86 Billion Cash Pile Has Some Dreaming of a Huge Deal

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Description: Warren Buffett’s career is filled with splashy takeovers that cost billions — as in $10 billion or $20 billion or $30 billion. But $100 billion? Even for Buffett, that’d be an awful lot of money. Yet, that is now the buzz among some investors, analysts and Buffett fans. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 01, 2017… Read more »

Ralph Lauren Is Closing Stores and Cutting Jobs

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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?

Apple’s Journey to Becoming the First Trillion Dollar Company

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Description: It has some work to do. Source: Fortune.ca- video report Date: March 30 , 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2odQddI Questions for Discussions: What are the two ways Apple can continue to grow, according to the report? Who would you merge Apple with in order to continue the current growth rate? Do you think the firm can… Read more »