Moderna Designed a Covid-19 Vaccine in Just Two Days Thanks to mRNA Technology

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Description: If the pharmaceutical company is successful, we would be facing something greater than immunity to the coronavirus: the possibility of programming cells at will. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Nov 25, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/360574 Questions for discussion: What does the research say about the sophistication of pharmaceutical research and development? Do you think this article suggests… Read more »

BlackBerry surges most ever on Amazon auto collaboration

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Description: BlackBerry Ltd. surged the most since 2015 after the company signed a multiyear agreement with Amazon Web Services to develop and market its “Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform,” called IVY. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/blackberry-surges-most-ever-on-amazon-auto-collaboration-1.1530116 Questions for discussion: Explain the explosive jump in share value? How does this deal with Amazon… Read more »

US telemedicine users will surpass 40 million this year

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Description: This year, 41.7 million adults in the US will use telemedicine, representing 98.8% growth from a year prior, according to our latest estimates. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Nov 30, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/us-telemedicine-users-will-surpass-40-million-this-year?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the growth of telemedicine usage? How can this approach to medical service be better… Read more »

Zoom investors are looking to a post-pandemic 2021 even with current growth at over 300%

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Description: Zoom is poised to show another monster quarter when it reports results on Monday, with sales growth expected to top 300% for a second straight period. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 29, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/29/zoom-investors-look-to-post-pandemic-2021-even-with-big-q3-expected.html Questions for discussion: Explain the relationship of Zoom stock price to news releases about Covid-19 vaccines. What does… Read more »

Pushed by Pandemic, Amazon Goes on a Hiring Spree Without Equal

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Description: The company has added 427,300 employees in 10 months, bringing its global work force to more than 1.2 million. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 27, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/27/technology/pushed-by-pandemic-amazon-goes-on-a-hiring-spree-without-equal.html Questions for discussion: What does Amazon’s hiring mean for the company? Do you think these jobs signal good things about the economy? Which businesses are losing to… Read more »

With Black Friday here, retailers must manage delivery expectations: expert

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Description: Black Friday has officially arrived in Canada, and while sales are expected to be muted this year as the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the shift to e-commerce means retailers need to manage consumer expectations for online ordering. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 27, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/with-black-friday-here-retailers-must-manage-delivery-expectations-experts-185107840.html Questions for discussion: Summarize… Read more »

Airlines See Loss Reaching $157 Billion Before Virus Clears

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Description: Record airline losses from the coronavirus outbreak will continue to mount next year as anticipated vaccination programs take time to revive travel demand, according to the industry’s main trade group. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 24, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-24/airlines-see-losses-swelling-to-157-billion-before-virus-clears Questions for discussion: How bad has the airline industry been hit by the… Read more »

Restaurant tech start-up Toast soars to $8 billion valuation seven months after cutting half its staff

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Description: Toast, a start-up that sells software to help restaurants with online ordering, has had a rollercoaster of a year managing through the pandemic. Of late, business has been booming, Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 24, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/23/restaurant-tech-start-up-toast-worth-8-billion-in-employee-share-sale.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Explain the changing environment facing the firm. Do you think it can sustain… Read more »

GM went public 10 years ago, and it’s been a mediocre investment — here’s how it can improve for the next 10

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Description: Ten years ago, General Motors made its second debut on the New York Stock Exchange in what was then the largest initial public offering in U.S. history — ushering in a new era of renewed optimism for the company and U.S. economy after emerging from bankruptcy in the Great Recession. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date:… Read more »

Canadian retail sales rise 1.1% in September, beating estimates

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Description: Retail sales in Canada came in better than expected in September, boosted by receipts of new cars, though a preliminary estimate for October shows the momentum was short-lived. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 20, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canadian-retail-sales-rise-1-1-in-september-beating-estimates-1.1525406 Questions for discussion: How did retail sales fare? Explain these results? Where do you think… Read more »