Nike jumps to record high as results promise strong demand

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Description:  Shares of Nike Inc. jumped to an all-time high Thursday after the No. 1 athletic-shoe company reported unexpectedly strong profits and product orders for its fiscal third quarter, driven by improved demand in Western Europe and China. Source: Marketwatch.com   Date: 03/18/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nike-jumps-after-results-promise-continued-demand-2010-03-18 Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for the growth in… Read more »

At Lehman, Watchdogs Saw It All

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Description: Almost two years ago to the day, a team of officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York quietly moved into the headquarters of Lehman Brothers. They were provided desks, phones, computers — and access to all of Lehman’s books and records. At any given moment, there… Read more »

Avoid Negative-Net-Worth Stocks Like the Plague: John Dorfman

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Description: I rarely buy a stock whose debt is greater than stockholders’ equity, or corporate net worth per share. In effect, that means I won’t give a second look to about one third of U.S. stocks. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 03/15/2010 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=aReZz0vi1B5U Questions for discussion: In general, do you agree with this analysis and strategy… Read more »

What killed Lehman

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Description:  Failings by Lehman Brothers executives and its auditor led to the bank collapse that unleashed the worst of the financial crisis, according to a report by a court-appointed investigator. Source: CNNMoney.com   Date: 03/12/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2010/03/12/news/companies/lehman_examiner/index.htm Questions for discussion: Summarize the findings in the report? Who do you believe is mostly to blame for… Read more »

How Men’s Overconfidence Hurts Them as Investors

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Description: MEN and women invest differently, a growing body of research has found. And in at least one important respect, women may be better at it. Source: NYTimes.com Date: 03/12/2010 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/business/14mark.html?ref=business Questions for discussion: How are men and women investors different from each other? What lessons are there that each gender can learn from… Read more »

Great Time to Buy (Famous Last Words)

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Description: “IT’S a great time to buy a home.” Real estate agents were saying that in 2001, as home prices were rising. They also said it when home prices peaked in 2005 — in fact, David Lereah, former chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, published a book that year titled “Are You Missing… Read more »

Madoff whistleblower blames regulators

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Description:  Harry Markopolos, independent financial fraud investigator, says SEC regulators are at fault for failing to protect investors. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report   Date: 03/02/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/03/02/n_ss_markopolos_reg.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the arguments presented that explain the fraud? Do you believe government should regulate the financial services industry more? Explain your… Read more »

Is Dell salvageable?

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Description:  Computer maker’s shares fall more than 5% after the company reports a drop in fiscal fourth-quarter earnings. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report   Date: 02/26/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2010/02/23/f_tm_dell_hp.fortune/ Questions for discussion: Why is Dell’s stock value falling? What would management have to do in order to improve profits? Is Dell a good candidate for merger… Read more »

Just blowing the froth off?

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Description: January has been the worst month for stock investors since February last year just before markets took off on a stellar risk rally. Source: Reuters.com Date: 01/29/2010 Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60S42520100129 Questions for discussion:  Summarize the reasons given for why the stock market might be poised to advance in February or continue on its decline. What… Read more »

Investors Hope the ’10s Beat the ’00s

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Description: The U.S. stock market is wrapping up what is likely to be its worst decade ever. In nearly 200 years of recorded stock-market history, no calendar decade has seen such a dismal performance as the 2000s. Source: WSJ.com Date: 12/20/2009 Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704786204574607993448916718.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read Questions for discussion:  Summarize the highlights of the story. Do you think… Read more »