Tax Bill Offers Last-Minute Breaks for Developers, Banks and Oil Industry

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Description: Far from simplifying taxes, the bill opened up a whole range of tactics to lower the amount owed to the Internal Revenue Service. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/business/tax-bill-offers-last-minute-breaks-for-developers-banks-and-oil-industry.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What are the highlights of the tax bill, according to the report? How will investors be affected by these changes?… Read more »

Bitcoin Futures Are About To Be a Thing and It’s Sending Prices Soaring

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Description: Bitcoin prices soared as high as $10,700 Friday after the main U.S. currency trading watchdog handed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board Options Exchange a tentative go-ahead to offer Bitcoin futures. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/12/01/bitcoin-price-cme-cftc-futures/ Questions for discussion: Explain why the introduction of futures trading would… Read more »

Netflix can shake off Kevin Spacey scandal — and ‘Stranger Things’ will help

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Description: Streaming giant will survive the sexual harassment scandal as long as it remains an isolated incident, analyst says Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/netflix-can-shake-off-kevin-spacey-scandal-and-stranger-things-will-help-2017-12-01 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how the recent scandal has impacted Netflix profitability? Do you think the risk to investors has substantially changed? How… Read more »

‘It’s beautiful’: This Toronto startup is investors’ secret weapon to beating the market

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Description: Hedge funds pay handsomely for Quandl’s market-beating alternative data, but when does such data cross the line into privacy violations or insider trading? Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Dec 01, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/technology/its-beautiful-this-toronto-startup-is-investors-secret-weapon-to-beating-the-market Questions for discussion: What is meant by alternative data? Do you think there are legal issues facing investors using this service?

Take that, Amazon and Walmart: Kroger sales surge

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Description: So much for Amazon and Walmart killing the grocery business. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/30/investing/kroger-sales-supermarket-amazon-whole-foods-walmart/index.html Questions for discussion: Explain the financial results at Kroger. What criteria should analysts be looking at in order to evaluate food retailers?

Stocks don’t need tax cuts to keep going strong

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Description: The stock market is at a record high. The U.S. economy has grown at a healthy clip for the past six months. So is there really a pressing need for major tax reform, as President Trump and Republicans in Congress suggest? Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 28, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/28/investing/stocks-tax-reform-trump/index.html Questions for… Read more »

‘Angry Birds’ Hatches Angry Investors

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Description: When Rovio Entertainment Oyj went public in September, investors eager to grab a piece of the producer of Angry Birds flocked to the stock, making it Finland’s hottest share offering in a decade. These days, Rovio looks about as airworthy as a clay pigeon. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-30/-angry-birds-hatches-angry-investors Questions for discussion: Explain what happened to… Read more »

Opinion: Where to stash your money when this bull market makes you sweat

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Description: It’s almost getting boring: the three major U.S. stock market indexes keep hitting record highs. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/where-to-stash-your-money-when-this-bull-market-makes-you-sweat-2017-11-30 Questions for discussion: What do you think of the analysis and recommendations presented in this report? Where do you see stocks heading over the next quarter?

Buffett loves Coke. But will he back a Pepsi buyout?

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Description: Warren Buffett often jokes that he gets a quarter of his daily caloric intake from Coca-Cola. But an investment firm is suggesting that Kraft Heinz, which Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns a nearly 27 percent stake in, may want to buy Coke rival Pepsi. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 22, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/22/investing/kraft-heinz-pepsi-warren-buffett/index.html… Read more »

Deere beats estimates on improving demand; forecasts strong earnings in 2018

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Description: U.S. tractor maker Deere & Co (DE.N 4.12%) forecast strong earnings on Wednesday for the coming fiscal year as it reported fourth-quarter results that exceeded analyst expectations amid improving demand for farm machinery. Shares of the Moline, Illinois company known for its trademark green tractors rose five per cent in premarket trading and were on track… Read more »