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 »

Six Reasons Tesla Wants to Take Over Your House

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Description: Elon Musk is about to unveil a home solar system that could transform electricity. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Oct 28, 2016 Link: http://bloom.bg/2dLWLHq Questions for Discussions: What are the concerns about the merger, as expressed in the video clip? Do you think this deal is good for shareholders?

AT&T Mulls Reinvention for Web With $86 Billion Time Warner Deal

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Description: Time Warner Inc. and AT&T Inc. have survived the evolution of color TV and cable over the decades. Now, they’re contemplating a merger to adapt to the latest technological shifts: smartphones and streaming. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 22, 2016 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-22/at-t-mulls-reinvention-for-web-with-86-billion-time-warner-deal Questions for Discussions: What is the rational behind the merger? Do you think… Read more »

Twitter Is Said to Be Discussing a Possible Takeover

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Description: Twitter has long positioned itself as a global town square where anyone — celebrities, politicians, athletes, and you and me — can chat in 140-character messages and find out about whatever is happening in the moment. Source: NYTimes.com and CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 24, 2016 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/24/business/dealbook/twitter-sale.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FMergers%2C%20Acquisitions%20and%20Divestitures&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=collection Questions for discussion: What does… Read more »