If You Have Dollars, We’re On Standby

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According to the New York Times, lobbyists are waiting in the wings as the Federal government opens up for coronavirus business. Questions: Which agency has been battling a lot of fraudulent products related to the coronavirus outbreak? How much money did Congress allocate to the EPA to facilitate faster regulatory processing of coronavirus-killing disinfectants? Explain… Read more »

Shopping Life Changes During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Nationwide, many stores are closing an hour earlier than regular closing times “to allow employees to clean and restock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing.” Questions: Besides closing early, what are some stores doing? What is Dollar General encouraging their shoppers to do? What types of stores were primarily highlighted in… Read more »

A Tesla Perspective

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Tesla stock is still overpriced despite a 40% reduction due to the coronavirus. Questions: According to Sacconaghi, why is Tesla stock so vulnerable? What is a realistic baseline valuation for the stock? Explain Saconaghi’s statement: ” Tesla stock remains high enough that it takes very aggressive assumptions on its future auto business… Read more »

I Smell a Bailout – Maybe for some?

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According to Bloomberg, many airlines have been driven into a technical bankruptcy or they have substantially breached debt covenants already.  Questions: Explain why the debt covenants are characteristic of the airline industry. 2. The article talks about steps that have been already taken by some airlines as they are depleted of cash. What are some… Read more »

Amazon’s business surges

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Amazon has seen a dramatic uptick in sales as people are hunkered down due to the coronavirus. Questions: As a result of this dramatic surge in sales, what does Amazon plan to do? What did Amazon warn customers on March 2? Besides Bloomberg, what other publication reported news of the projected hiring? Source: Soper, S…. Read more »

What a Time to be Offline!

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Robinhood, a millennial favorite stock app, was offline for iPhone and Android users during the entire day, when the Dow made its biggest point gain ever. Questions: What do millennials see as the benefit of Robinhood? By how many points did the Dow Jones industrial average rise on Monday after the horrible… Read more »

Planning Ahead: Kroger’s Limit of 5

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Kroger said it was limiting orders of some items to “due to high demand and to support all customers.” Questions: Kroger’s is the largest supermarket chain in the U.S. How many stores does it have? Which type of orders does the limit of five apply to? Do you think this is a… Read more »

Changes at Amazon due to the Coronavirus

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Amazon is halting all warehouse tours in North America as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak grow in the US. Questions: What did Amazon do last month due to supply chain worries? Why did Amazon ban more than a million products on its website from third party sellers? What travel directive did Amazon… Read more »

What’s Next for Blue Apron?

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Back in 2016, the New York Times called Blue Apron, the meal-delivery service, “the Starbucks of the meal-kit business.”  Questions: What are some of the reasons why Blue Apron did not disrupt grocery shopping for overworked millennials? At one point, how many meals was Blue Apron selling per month? In 2017, what did Bloomberg call Blue… Read more »

Big Financial Information Merger

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The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Intuit is buying the credit score monitoring company Credit Karma for $7.1 billion. Questions: What is the merger intended to boost within the Intuit organization? By how much was the Intuit stock increased at the time of the announcement of Intuit’s quarterly earnings and the word… Read more »