They’re back!

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According to CNN, shares of BlackBerry (BB) were up in early trading Wednesday after the company reported earnings and sales that topped forecasts, led by growth in its software and services business. Questions: 1. Why is this such big news? 2. How is the company making a big bunch of their money? 3. What has… Read more »

Johnson & Johnson

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According to Douglas House, a new analysis has been released that shows patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) that are treated with Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ INVOKANA (canagliflozin) experienced significantly less risk of cardiovascular (CV) death or hospitalization for heart failure (HHF). Questions: Based on the data, what is the reduction of… 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 »

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 »

Snags at Starbucks

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At Starbucks, customers are now able to order and pay for coffee via their phones, so many of them now head directly to the part of the cafe where beverages are handed out. Various snags contributed to company’s lower-than-expected sales and the coffee giant is working to correct problem, according to its Chief Operating Officer…. Read more »

The changing world of streaming

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Netflix’s growth in the U.S. has slowed dramatically, and the company is adding new international users slower than expected. Statistically, the company added 1.7 million new subscribers in the last three months, which is less than the 2.5 million the company predicted. Just 160,000 of them were in the U.S. Questions: 1. Netflix is available… Read more »

It’s Too Late for I’m Sorry!

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Volkswagen shares plunged more than 20 percent on Monday, their biggest one-day fall, after the German carmaker admitted it had rigged emissions tests in the United States, and U.S. authorities said they would widen their probe to other manufacturers. Questions: 1. Briefly explain the emissions data scandal. 2. What was the recent challenge to Volkswagen… Read more »

Huge Food Merger

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Heinz is going to buy 51% of Kraft in a deal brokered that is by Berkshire-Hathaway and the Brazilian-based private equity company 3G. As a result, Kraft shareholders will get a $10 billion special dividend (about $16.50 a share) under the deal. Questions: 1. What happened to the price of Kraft shares after this deal… Read more »

Is a Tattoo a Forever Thing?

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According to a 2012 Harris survey, one in five U.S. adults has a tattoo, Interestingly, removing tattoos has also become a growing trade, as one in seven of these tattooed individuals express misgivings with their body art choices. In fact, some spend thousands of dollars for several searing laser sessions. Questions: 1. How many removals… Read more »

Maybe not such a good business plan.

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In Crumbs Bake Shop’s most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC, the company disclosed that its auditors, Rothstein Kass, “expressed substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.” Questions: 1. Since the IPO of Crumbs, how much has the stock dropped? 2. Explain the statement that Crumbs published in its 10-Q… Read more »