A tale of two toymakers: Mattel soars, Hasbro sinks, but there’s more to the story

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Description: On Friday shares of Mattel continued to soar after a strong earnings beat on Thursday, while shares of rival Hasbro sank, the result of a poor earnings showing before the bell. But there is more going on than these stock moves show. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/08/a-tale-of-two-toy-makers-mattel-soars-hasbro-sinks.html Questions for discussion: Why did Mattel stock price… Read more »

Video Game Stocks Get Clobbered, and Fortnite Is to Blame

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Description: Shares of video game makers slid on Wednesday after Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive Software delivered disappointing results. Those two stocks, as well as shares of rival Activision Blizzard, were down more than 10 percent. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 07, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/business/dealbook/electronic-arts-take-two-fortnite-earnings.html Questions for discussion: What does this report say about the sources… Read more »

Insulin has become so expensive that this diabetic is trying to make his own

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Description: Insulin is a life-saving drug for diabetics. Since 2002, the price has more than tripled and some diabetics can’t afford it. People have died rationing their doses, and some are turning to other countries to buy it at a cheaper price. Now, there’s a team of biohackers called the Open Insulin Project in Oakland, California who are… Read more »

Millennials may claim another victim: Harley-Davidson and the classic American motorcycle

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Description: The supposed millennial penchant for “killing” industries gets thrown around a lot, but it could really be happening to one American icon: the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 25, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/25/actually-young-people-really-could-kill-harley-davidson.html Questions for discussion: How have changes in demographics and attitudes affected the fortunes of Harley-Davidson in recent years? What is management doing stratgically… Read more »

Hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio: ‘Capitalism basically is not working for the majority of people’

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Description: With just over $18 billion to his name, capitalism has been good to Ray Dalio: He started his hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, out of a two-bedroom New York City apartment in 1975 and it now manages $160 billion in assets and is the largest hedge fund in the world, according to Forbes. Source: CNBC.com – video… Read more »

Facebook Advertising Profiles Are a Mystery to Most Users, Survey Says

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Description:  The scrutiny of Facebook’s collection and use of consumer data in recent years has prompted the tech giant to repeatedly defend its efforts around transparency and privacy. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/business/media/facebook-advertising-transparency-users.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this report. What do you think is motivating FB to publicize this… Read more »

How Starbucks went from one coffee bean store to an $80B business

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Description:  In its 47-year history, Starbucks has transformed from a single coffee bean store in Seattle to a 30,000 cafe international coffee power house. But massive expansion hasn’t come without growing pains. How Starbucks went from one coffee bean store to an $80B business from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 07, 2019… Read more »

More stock market carnage could force Trump to make a China trade deal, expert says

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Description: The U.S. and China are unlikely to reach a full deal at the end of their 90-day ceasefire on tit-for-tat tariffs, but a sustained decline in markets will push President Donald Trump to close a deal, an expert told CNBC on Monday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 07, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/07/us-china-trade-talks-trump-will-be-push-to-make-a-trade-deal-with-china-should-markets-continue-to-tank.html Questions for discussion: How do tariffs affect American businesses?… Read more »

Amazon’s Biggest Bull Says It Should Disrupt Gas Stations

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Description:  Amazon.com Inc. is a dominant player in industries as diverse as cloud computing, streaming media, and of course e-commerce, but the next business it should set its sights on is decidedly more old fashioned: gas stations. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 02, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-02/amazon-should-disrupt-gas-stations-says-street-s-biggest-bull Questions for discussion: What are the pros… Read more »

Why this year suddenly fell apart on Wall Street, and what’s ahead

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Description: Everything was going right for the stock market until Oct. 3. Then everything went wrong. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 31, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/31/why-this-year-suddenly-fell-apart-on-wall-street-and-whats-ahead.html Questions for discussion: What went wrong, according to the report? What has happened since the start of 2019?