CVS bids for Aetna

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According to Reuters, CVS Health Corp., a U.S. pharmacy chain, made an offer to acquire No. 3 U.S. health insurer, Aetna Inc. for more than $200 per share, or over $66 billion. Questions: 1. After the news, what happened to Aetna stock price? 2. Would this be a good “marriage,” in your opinion? 3. How… Read more »

Vulnerable for a Takeover?

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Broadcom LTD made an unsolicited $103 billion bid for Qualcomm to set the stage for a major takeover of the chipmaker and dominate the market of semiconductors used in mobile phones. Questions: 1. What is Qualcomm’s take on this bid? 2. Would this deal cause a monopoly? 3. What are the terms of the deal?… Read more »

Good Bye Old Friend!

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According to Axios, Sears and Whirlpool are severing ties after a 101-year relationship. You will no longer be able to buy Whirlpool appliances at Sears, but Whirlpool will still make Kenmore appliances for the firm. Questions: 1. Why does this matter? 2. What other relationships has Sears changed in the recent past? 3. What did… Read more »

Navient – Student Loan Corp. Look Out!

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The call has gone out for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate possible insider trading of shares of student loan company Navient Corporation. Questions: 1. Who has asked the SEC to do this? 2. Why do the Senators suspect this? 3. What are the implications of the details surrounding the trades? Source: Nasiripour,… Read more »

The GE Plunge

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General Electric Co.’s stock has tumbled the most it has seen in six years. This is due to a deteriorating outlook stoked by fears that the company will cut its dividend for only the second time since the Great Depression. Questions: 1.What is causing the drop, according to Jeff Windau, an analyst at Edward Jones?… Read more »

Are all offices made equally?

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First, we had individual offices, that morphed into cubicles and open floor plans. And now we have a “palette of places,” according to the New York Times. Questions: 1. What is the reasoning behind these new desk places? 2. How could these be tweaked as needs change? 3. Where are the most aggressive makeovers happening?… Read more »

Netflix is all about Attracting New Subscibers

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According to Bloomberg, for Netlix, Inc., the third-quarter customer gains and a positive outlook for investors is all about new subscribers. Questions: 1. What is Netflix doing to attract new subscribers? 2. What is the company’s target price for its stock? 3. How many new subscribers are they projecting? 4. What makes big increases in… Read more »

Hong Kong’s Duty

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According to Bloomberg, even though Hong Kong’s stock market hit record highs this month, the turnover is too low. Now the exchange operator is considering asking the government to remove or reduce a tax on stock transactions. Questions: 1. What is the current stamp duty on both sides of the trade and what does that… Read more »

Sifting through the numbers

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According to Bloomberg.com, General Electric (GE) Co.’s last quarter earnings were 28 cents a share. They were also 13 cents a share, 19 cents a share and 15 cents a share — all at the same time. How can this be? Questions: 1. What do the numbers include or exclude? 2. What are the new… Read more »

Risky Takeover?

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According to Reuters, Qualcomm, a U.S. smartphone chipmaker, has offered concessions in an attempt to allay EU antitrust concerns over its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors, the largest ever in the semiconductor industry. Questions: 1. What are Qualcomm’s chips used for? 2. What is the EU Commission’s greatest concern about this merger? 3. What was… Read more »