For Warren Buffett, Apple is his new Cola-Cola as the investing icon reaps $100 billion in six years

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Description: Warren Buffett’s recent success from his massive Apple bet is spurring comparisons with the legend’s greatest investment of all time — Coca-Cola. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 03, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/03/for-warren-buffett-apple-is-his-new-cola-cola-as-the-investing-icon-reaps-100-billion-in-six-years.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What do you believe draws Warren Buffet to Apple? What are the commonalities between Apple and Coca Cola? What does this… Read more »

How Apple, Big Tech benefit from taking on Russia

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Description: Silicon Valley’s tech giants are joining the rest of the business world in pulling their products and services from Russia. Companies like Apple (AAPL) have cut ties to the Russian market entirely to protest the invasion of Ukraine, while firms like YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL) , Meta (FB), and Microsoft (MSFT) are limiting the availability of Russian propaganda networks like RT and… Read more »

Black History Month offers retailers an opportunity to meet unmet demand

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Description: The trend: A number of retailers, including Amazon, Nordstrom, and Target, have used Black History Month to highlight their efforts to increase the number of products produced by Black-owned brands and products on their shelves. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Feb 24, 2022 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/black-history-month-offers-retailers-opportunity-meet-unmet-demand Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the opportunities available to businesses? How… Read more »

How Financial Reporting Affects Consumers

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Description: It’s not part of Marketing 101, but the next uptick in your firm’s sales could be in the days after its earnings announcement. In the 10 days after an earnings announcement, publicly held firms see an average increase of 1.1% in consumer footfalls at their brick-and-mortar stores and in online sales, according to a… Read more »

From kitchen to Bloomingdale’s to online success: How this small business founder pivoted her strategy during the pandemic

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Description: When Teri Johnson, founder of the Harlem Candle Co., realized how serious the Covid-19 shutdown was going to be, she ordered as much inventory as she could. The Harlem resident founded the company in 2014 and personally designs each candle to honor and capture the essence of neighborhood icons such as Langston Hughes, James… Read more »

Wendy’s breakfast coming to Canada as chain seeks growth

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Description: Wendy’s is getting into the breakfast game in Canada, launching a new morning menu as the company tries to increase sales, boost traffic and compete with the likes of McDonald’s and Tim Hortons. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Feb 23, 2022 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/wendys-launch-breakfast-canada-continues-expand-132257516.html Questions for discussion: What do you think of the reset for breakfast at… Read more »

What the blockbuster Microsoft and Sony deals mean for the future of gaming

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Description: Big moves are happening in the video game industry. Microsoft, the tech giant behind the Xbox console, announced plans in early 2022 to buy Activision Blizzard, the force behind “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft,” among other major titles. This $68.7 billion all-cash acquisition is expected to close in 2023. If approved by regulators… Read more »

Etsy CEO talks earnings, raising seller fees, and advertising to men

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Description: Etsy CEO Josh Silverman joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the company’s earnings, its reinvestment in the platform, raising fees, and attracting male users with NFL ads. Source: Yahoo.finance.com – video report Date: Feb 25, 2022 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/etsy-ceo-talks-earnings-raising-155135053.html?contentType=VIDEO Questions for discussion: Why did Etsy’s stock value shoot up? Why did it fall so dramatically… Read more »

Can Amazon Prove It Has Style?

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Description: Clothing stores are disappearing across America by the tens of thousands, yet even the so-called retail apocalypse isn’t enough to scare away Amazon from the apparel business. Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu – podcast Date: Feb 14, 2022 Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/can-amazon-prove-it-has-style/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kw_campaign_monitor&utm_term=2-16-2022&utm_content=Can_Amazon_Prove_It_Has_Style? Questions for discussion: How is Amazon Style different from other retailers? What are some competitive advantages that can help… Read more »

Walmart’s earnings may signal if shoppers are spending or getting spooked by inflation

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Description: When Walmart reports quarterly earnings Thursday, investors will scour sales numbers and executives’ comments for clues about whether rising prices are making shoppers skittish. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 16, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/16/walmarts-earnings-may-signal-if-shoppers-getting-spooked-by-inflation.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What does the report say about inflation and Walmart as a metric? How do you think retailers like… Read more »