Why Facebook bought Oculus

Description: Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe tells CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall why Facebook became interested in buying his company.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Apr 11, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2014/04/11/t-oculus-facebook-brendan-iribe.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why did Facebook buy Oculus, according to this report?
  • How necessary was the financial input of Facebook money for Oculus to move forward?
  • How important will Facebook management and marketing be for Oculus?

Is the U.S. stock market rigged?

Description: Steve Kroft reports on a new book from Michael Lewis that reveals how some high-speed traders work the stock market to their advantage

Source: CBSNews.com – video report

Date: Mar 30, 2014

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/is-the-us-stock-market-rigged

Questions for Discussions:

  • Explain how high-speed traders were able to exploit the trading environments.
  • How was the problem solved?
  • How should government regulators have handled the problem?

Tesla and SpaceX: Elon Musk’s industrial empire

Description: So many children dream of fast cars and rocket ships, but few actually grow up to build them — and change the world in the process

Source: CBSNews.com – video report

Date: Mar 30, 2014

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/tesla-and-spacex-elon-musks-industrial-empire

Questions for Discussions:

  • Do you think the Tesla will succeed?
  • How does Elon Musk compare to the textbook description of an entrepreneur?

Teen Retailers: Who’s Worth Buying?

Description: Should you invest in what your kid’s like to wear? We put the three A’s under the spotlight: Aeropostale, American Eagle, and Ambercrombie & Fitch.

Source: BNN.com – video report

Date: Apr 04, 2014

Link: http://watch.bnn.ca/#clip1078271

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the financial highlights presented in this report and the reasons for the decline at these retailers.
  • Would you consider them buying opportunities today?

Can BBM save BlackBerry?

Description: BlackBerry is losing money but BBM itself could be an acquisition target. Samuel Burke reports.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Mar 28, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2014/03/28/t-can-bbm-save-blackberry.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • How should investors evaluate the stock today?
  • Do you think Blackberry is a potential takeover target because of BBM?
  • What are the new sources of cash for the company?

IPO watch: Everyday Health

Description: The wellness media company successfully listed shares after one failed attempt in 2010. A welcoming IPO market helps.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Mar 28, 2014

Link: http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/03/28/ipo-watch-everyday-health/?iid=SF_F_River

Questions for Discussions:

  • Describe the structure of this company and its media assets.
  • Do you think it is a good investment?

Why millennials love apartments

Description: Apartments are the hottest thing in housing, but the rest of the market could also get a boost when this trend fades.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Mar 13, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/03/13/n-millennials-housing-effect.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why is renting becoming more attractive to millennials, according to the report?
  • Do you think this is a trend?
  • Do you think the desire to own will decline across categories of tradition real estate buyers?

Who will occupy RadioShack’s retail desert?

Description: The electronics chain announced that it will close 1,100 stores. Who will fill all that space? Think burritos.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Mar 05, 2014

Link: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2014/03/05/who-will-occupy-radioshacks-retail-desert/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why did RadioShack business decline so dramatically?
  • Is there a new business strategy they should consider?
  • What sort of business is likely to fill the vacancies of failed RadioShack stores?

Netflix’s Reed Hastings: The man to watch

Description: With 44-million subscribers and counting, Netflix is changing the way we watch TV and movies. The man with the remote? Co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Feb 21, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/02/21/n-netflix-ceo-reed-hastings-business-of-being.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Identify the key decisions taken by management that either boosted or hurt Netflix growth?
  • What do you think the next “key” decision will be for the firm as competition and technology challenge strategic planning?

Here’s How Some Small Banks are Making Big Money

Description: On today’s “Insight & Action,” Bloomberg’s Adam Johnson looks at the health of small banks on Bloomberg Television’s “Lunch Money.”

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Feb 28, 2014

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2014-02-28/here-s-how-some-small-banks-are-making-big-money#r=nav-f-video

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about the financial status of small US banks in comparison to the larger Wall Street banks in the news headlines?
  • Why do you suppose the smaller banks are performing so much better?
  • How would you expect investors to respond?

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