Sad Times at Landmark Hotels

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This time of year is usually when America’s luxury hotels are starting to prepare for busy holiday parties and New Year’s Eve festivities. Unfortunately, most of these luxury hotels have lost well over half their business and told most of their staff that they are not needed. Questions: According to the article, the hotel industry… Read more »

Hedge Funds Feed off of the Troubles at Malls

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According to the New York Times, as the COVID pandemic accelerates the demise of some brick-and-mortar retailers, hedge fund investors profit handsomely. Questions: Who was Catie McKee, hedge fund analyst talking to last October about her investment strategy? How much did the investor(s) make for the trade within Ms. McKee’s firm that more than doubled… Read more »

Chevron’s Big Merger

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Despite the sharp decline for oil and gas, Chevron agreed on Monday to buy Noble Energy for roughly $5 billion. Questions Why might this be such an important move? Why did Noble decide to sell? How many North American oil producers have filed for bankruptcy this year? Source: Krauss, C. (2020). Chevron Deal for Oil… Read more »

Closing its Doors

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According to the New York Times, the famed discount department store, Tati in Paris, is closing its doors. Questions: Why is the store so famous? Why is the store closing? Who is the owner of Tati? What store in the U.S. would you compare Tati to, based on the article description? Source: Nossiter, A. (2020)…. Read more »

What a Sad Day: Say It Ain’t So!

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According to the Dayton Daily News, the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy “in order to overcome the financial strain resulting from prolonged COVID-19 related venue closures” and to restore the kids-entertainment-and-pizza chain to a position of long-term success, according to a release from CEC Entertainment, Inc. All across… Read more »

Sad Times for a Retail Icon!

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This week, J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection after a prolonged decline over the past 20 years, becoming the latest and largest retailer to fall during the coronavirus pandemic, which has devastated the industry. Questions: How many employees does this affect? When and where did the company start? How many stores does the company have… Read more »

Be Careful What you Wish For: Stranded in Paradise

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According to the New York Times, a South African couple, on their honeymoon in the Maldives are now the sole visitors at a five-star resort, due to the coronavirus. Questions: Why don’t they go home with the other 40 South Africans in the Maldives? Who is running the resort and what regulations does the government… 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 »

The End of Another Department Store Icon

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According to the New York Times, the end of Barney’s, the famed department store, involved executives crisscrossing the globe, all-night strategy sessions, last-minute alliances, and attempts to sway public opinion. However, all these attempts led to bankruptcy. Questions: What happened to Barney’s in bankruptcy court? How many full-time employees will be affected? Gene Pressman, a… Read more »

No bailout for you!

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According to Business Insider, hundreds of thousands of tourists have been left stranded after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to grant the collapsed travel firm Thomas Cook a bailout of £150 million, or about $186 million. Questions: Explain Johnson’s idea of a moral hazard. How large is the Thomas Cook fleet of planes and… Read more »