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Description: CNBC’s Jim Cramer, who popularized the acronym FAANG, said on Thursday that it’s time to take out Netflix and replace it with Microsoft.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 03, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/03/cramer-we-gotta-get-netflix-the-hell-out-of-faang.html

Questions for discussion:

What are the FAANG group?

  • Why do you think they are considered an important indicator of industry performance?
  • Do you agree with the suggestions made in the report to replace Netflix?

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Description: More than a thousand brokers and agents sipped wine and nibbled ahi tuna hors d’oeuvres at the black-tie sales launch of a luxury condominium in downtown Toronto last month.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canada-s-housing-market-is-roaring-back-with-black-tie-condo-launches-1.1326505

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the major financial issues discussed in this report?
  • How do you think the real estate market will change in the near future?

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Description: (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s <GM.N> U.S. workforce productivity has declined since the automaker recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy, even as its profit per employee has risen, a Reuters analysis shows.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/behind-gm-strike-declining-productivity-213655945.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the productivity issue affect employment, investment, and marketing of GM products?

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Description: At one of the world’s largest synthetic biology conferences this week, a food truck handed out papaya and yogurt samples to hundreds of attendees. The papaya wasn’t any ordinary papaya: It was a genetically engineered fruit that Dr. Dennis Gonsalves designed to be naturally resistant to the ringworm virus. Because of his invention, pesticide use dropped in Hawaii and production flourished.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 03, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/03/synbiotech-showed-the-real-future-of-silicon-valley-biology.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article suggest is happening in this field?
  • What should businesses people and investors consider?
  • What sort of new products do you think are likely to be introduced in the near future?

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Description: Would you pay $500,000 … for a bag? In 2019, a diamond-encrusted Birkin handbag made of crocodile, from the French luxury brand Hermes, sold for half a million dollars. The Birkin consistently shatters sales records at auction, selling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. But experts say the bag cost just $2,000 at its inception in 1984. Here’s what happened in between, elevating the Birkin from an expertly-crafted leather accessory to the ultimate status symbol and collector’s item.

Inside the intense world of Birkin bag collectors, who pay up to $500,000 for one bag from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 24, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/09/24/birkin-bag-collectors-pay-thousands-for-one-bag.html /2019/09/24/birkin-bag-collectors-pay-thousands-for

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the communication strategy directed at customers?
  • How is this a luxury brand?
  • Does a “Birkin bag purchase” qualify as an “investment”? Explain.

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Description: Fast-fashion discards are being shredded, and the fibers can be used in new garments.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Sep 27, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-09-27/h-m-wants-more-customers-to-recycle-their-old-clothes?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the benefits to the firm for this effort?
  • Do you think that most consumers are aware of the impact their used clothing has on the environment?
  • How should the firm communicate this effort to customers and the community at large?

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Description: eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss Airbnb’s upcoming IPO, Facebook’s acquisition of “mind-reading wristband” company CTRL-labs, highlights from New York Advertising Week 2019 and more.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Sep 25, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-the-weekly-listen-airbnb-ipo-and-facebook-acquires-mind-reading-wristband-company?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the highlights in this podcast that would interest marketers and investors?
  • Do you see potential problems for any firms mentioned?

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Description: Melius Energy’s process creates bitumen that’s non-toxic to marine life and its containers float in water for easy recovery in case of an accident

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Sep 27, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/alberta-based-company-tests-shipping-oilsands-in-solid-form-to-china-as-way-around-oil-tanker-ban

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the primary problem facing Canadian oil producers?
  • Does this technology solve that problem?

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Description: Japan Airlines JAPSY, -2.43%   has a feature in its booking process that indicates where young children are seated on its flights. When passengers traveling with a child who is less than two years old select their seats, a child icon will appear on those seats when others go select their seats.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 27, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-airline-will-tell-you-where-babies-are-seated-on-your-flight-2019-09-27?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this is a good idea?
  • How might it backfire on the airline company?

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Description: The first gas station in the U.S. that has been completely transitioned from a petroleum station to exclusively charging EVs opened Thursday in Takoma Park, Maryland. RS Automotives, the local gas station, has been around since 1958.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Sep 26, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/26/first-gas-station-to-ditch-oil-for-electric-vehicle-charging-now-open.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Is this a sign of the times?
  • Do you think it is too early to be so narrowly defined in the marketplace?
  • What other services or products could be partnered with this business?