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Description: NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. stock market is likely to rack up solid gains this year, but it’s vulnerable to a correction if the effect of the coronavirus outbreak worsens or the U.S. presidential race rattles investors, according to strategists in a Reuters poll.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 26, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/02/26/business/26reuters-usa-stocks-poll.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about why the stock markets around the world are jittery?
  • Which key factors are influencing future profits?
  • What are the key items that will significantly influence a change in the current investor behavior?

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Description: Twitter’s user growth has been plateauing for years, as social media users gravitate toward newer platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. But among the countries included in our forecast for Twitter user growth, seven of the top 10 are in Asia-Pacific—a regional trend also evident with Facebook and to some extent, Instagram.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Feb 24, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/asia-pacific-drives-twitter-growth-as-other-regions-plateau?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about growth of Twitter usage and the reasons given?
  • How important a factor is anonymity, in your opinion?

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Description: Whether you’re a novice e-commerce entrepreneur or a veteran in the space, it’s a good idea to continuously set new, higher sales goals. Greater sales translate to greater benefits for your company.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Feb 24, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/346616?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article suggest are the ways to improve online sales?
  • What other suggestions would you suggest?

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Description: A lot of companies are saying, ‘Why bother with Canada? We’re going elsewhere,’ analyst says

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Feb 26, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-teck-frontier-future-oilsands-1.5475658

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the reasons for the collapse of the Teck Frontier project?
  • How will this decision affect other businesses in Canada?
  • What do you think Canada should do with oil and gas resource development?

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Description: Brownsville has its troubles, but it’s also starting to draw attention for its thriving collection of distinctive taquerias.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 25, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/dining/tacos-brownsville-texas.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • How has Brownsville responded to the economic challenges it is facing?
  • What else could this community capitalize on because of its location, culture and history?

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Description: In 2018 a new word entered Silicon Valley’s lexicon: the “techlash”, or the risk of a consumer and regulatory revolt against big tech. Today that threat seems empty. Even as regulators discuss new rules and activists fret about the right to privacy, the shares of the five biggest American tech firms have been on a jaw-dropping bull run over the past 12 months, rising by 52%.

Source: Economist.com

Date: Feb 22, 2020

Link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/02/20/how-to-make-sense-of-the-latest-tech-surge

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say should be a concern to consumers, management and investors in technology firms?
  • Do you believe this concern is warranted?
  • How do you see this industry evolving over the next decade?

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Description: More than a month and a half into the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, the country’s economy is still largely in lockdown mode, stalling a global manufacturing powerhouse at the heart of nearly every industrial supply chain. As the crisis continues, businesses big and small are struggling with the disruption the pneumonia-like illness has caused, with effects reaching across the globe.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Feb 19, 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/19/806960651/the-wide-ranging-ways-in-which-the-coronavirus-is-hurting-global-business

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how the virus is affecting the global economy?
  • How does this crisis affect global supply chains and business profitability?

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Description: Kids and teens hold a lot of spending power that’s extending into households

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Feb 20, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/is-youtube-turning-kids-into-budding-shoppers

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about how YouTube is influencing kids’ purchasing behavior?
  • Should this be a social concern?

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Description: A new report suggests a five-part model for second-stage companies to consider if they want stable, long-term success.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 20, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/business/second-stage-entrepreneurship.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about growing a company after the start-up stage?
  • How can management better prepare for this challenge?

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Description: At a time when Canada’s retail sector is mired in a rash of store closures and disappointing sales, Aritzia Inc. appears to be doing something right.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Feb 14, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/they-know-what-they-re-good-at-how-aritzia-is-bucking-the-retail-trend-1.1390530

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the reasons for the success of this retailer when others seem to be struggling?
  • Do you think the stock presents a good opportunity for investors at this time?