Regulators Got their Eyes on You!

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According to the New York Times, Big Tech (Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google) are being investigated by regulators and lawmakers regarding how these companies may have used their size and wealth to quash competition and expand their dominance. Questions: Who are some of the regulators and lawmakers investigating Google and for what reason? What are… Read more »

Is this a good idea?

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According to the New York Times, one of the largest active construction projects in the United States will produce more than 1 million tons of plastic a year and is operated by Royal Dutch Shell near Pittsburgh. Questions: Where will pipelines for the plant be stretched and how many freight cars does it expect to… Read more »

Goldman Sachs has a plan – but is it a good one?

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Goldman Sachs has a plan to combine five investing teams into a single alternatives unit. This plan has been doubted internally and has led to interesting drama within the firm. Questions: Who is Goldman’s CEO who announced this plan? Why is this move important to outside investors? Why is the debate centering around Goldman’s two… Read more »

Facebook terror attack?

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According to Business Insider, sarin, a deadly poison, has been detected in a mail facility at the Silicon Valley Facebook headquarters. Evacuation and FBI investigations were reported. Questions: Is it possible that the detection was a false positive and according to whom? What is the business park where Facebook is located? Based on the article,… Read more »

Amazon now tackles Beauty Industry

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Amazon.com Inc has just unveiled its online professional beauty store to sell supplies to licensed professional stylists, barbers and estheticians, and this move is causing the value of shares of other beauty retailers to drop. Questions: Which beauty retailers does the article mention? What will Amazon require for purchase? Do you think this will be a… Read more »

An interesting investing strategy

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As Business Insider notes, Goldman Sachs is saying that the wide valuation gap between cheap and expensive stocks could close shortly in favor of bargain hunters.  Questions: Why are investors reassessing the dynamics of value investing (or the strategy of buying stocks that are trading cheaply relative to the broader market)? According to Goldman equity analysts, how… Read more »

Verizon breaking up wireless unit in reorganization

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Verizon Communications Inc.’s new chief executive is restructuring the carrier’s business lines, including its massive wireless business, in one of the first major organizational changes under his leadership. Questions: 1. Who are and will be the new leaders of the reorganized company? 2. When will the changes take place? 3. What is the divider in… Read more »

A Sad Day for Dividend Income Stocks

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Last week signaled a sad turn for the “widows and orphans” stocks — classic income providers that were once bread-and-butter favorites of investors. Questions: 1. Why was it a sad time for “widows and orphans” stocks? 2. What did Anheuser-Busch do that also signaled bad times? 3. Why does dividend income matter? 4. How many… Read more »

Big Deal!

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Emergent BioSolutions, a Maryland-based pharmaceutical company that provides infectious-disease vaccines for the U.S. government, is about to add cholera and typhoid vaccines to its arsenal of preventives. Questions: 1. What is Emergent’s link to the defense contracting market? 2. According to the article, briefly describe Emergent’s corporate history. 3. What health issues does the PaxVax… Read more »

The Amazon of Health Care?

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According to Slate.com, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a sprawling health system that dominates much of western Pennsylvania’s health care market, announced that it would spend $2 billion to build a trio of new hospitals within its home city. Questions: 1. What was the purpose of each of the three hospitals? 2. What was… Read more »