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 »

How A College Drop-out Built An $18m Store-Display Business, Lost Everything, And Started Over

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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… Read more »

Intel Buys Mobileye for $15.3 Billion in Bid to Lead Autonomous Car Market

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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… Read more »

Number of distressed U.S. retailers at highest level since Great Recession

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Description: Moody’s says 14% of its retail names are sitting at the lowest level of the credit-rating spectrum Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Feb 27, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/number-of-distressed-us-retailers-at-highest-level-since-great-recession-2017-02-27?siteid=nwtwk Questions for Discussions: Summarize the financial analysis of the industry as presented in the report. How should investors evaluate these stocks today? Do you foresee opportunities for mergers or… Read more »

Warren Buffett Has a Paper Gain of $13.5 Billion From His Bank of America Bet

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Description: They don’t call him the Oracle of Omaha for nothing. Warren Buffett’s $5 billion bet on then-struggling Bank of America in 2011 has resulted in around $13.5 billion in gains for Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company he heads. Source: Fortune.com Date: Feb 24, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/02/24/warren-buffett-bank-of-america/?iid=leftrail Questions for Discussions: What was Buffett’s bet? Do… Read more »

General Motors, Considering Exiting Europe, Talks About Selling Opel

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Description: FRANKFURT — General Motors floated the possibility on Tuesday that it could exit the large but troubled European market by selling its chronically unprofitable Opel unit to the French maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 14, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/business/dealbook/general-motors-peugeot-opel.html?ref=business Questions for Discussions: Summarize the reasons for GM’s thinking. Do you… Read more »

OpenText has been on a US$3 billion buying spree, and its CEO says it’s not done yet

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Description: Canada’s largest software company expects to get even bigger. Source: FinancialPost.ca Date: Feb 09, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/opentext-has-been-on-a-us3-billion-buying-spree-and-its-ceo-says-its-not-done-yet?__lsa=e4f5-f69a Questions for discussion: What is OpenText’s strategy for growth? Have investors done well with this stock? What advice would you give investors today?

For Non-Tech Companies, if You Can’t Build It, Buy a Start-Up

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Description: Companies announced $3.6 trillion worth of deals in 2016, a decline of 16.6 percent from the previous year. Still, it was the third biggest year on record for mergers and acquisitions globally, after 2015 and 2007. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 02, 2017 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/02/business/dealbook/mergers.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FInitial%20Public%20Offerings&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection Questions for discussion: What does the report say about M&A?… Read more »