Oracle gets into healthcare tech with its record-setting acquisition of Cerner for $28 billion in cash. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” sets a few records of its own with a $600 million opening weekend. Jason Moser analyzes those stories and encourages investors to find ways to unplug from business news over the holidays.
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Delta Air Lines projects a profit for its next earnings report but investors seem dubious. Accenture shares rise after a strong 1st-quarter report comes with raised guidance for the full fiscal year. Maria Gallagher analyzes her story and shares why Niall Ferguson’s “The Ascent of Money” is her investing discovery of 2021.
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The retail sales report for November underwhelms Wall Street. Comments from Lowe’s executives cause momentary panic. Jason Moser analyzes those stories, and we discuss why the CEOs of The Trade Desk, Cloudflare, and Dick’s Sporting Goods should receive strong consideration for “CEO of the Year”.
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Beyond Meat bounces back on an analyst upgrade tied to McDonald’s. Rentokil buys rival Terminix Global in a $6.7 deal that prompts different reactions from investors. Asit Sharma analyzes those stories and discusses the impending break-up of GE, what it means for shareholders, and why he appreciates British naming conventions. Plus, Chris Hill shares a podcast update.
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Harley-Davidson merges its electric motorcycle division (Livewire) with a SPAC. Rivian Automotive wins Motor Trend’s “Truck Of The Year” award. Peloton responds to a fictional character dying on one of their bikes with a new commercial. Jason Moser analyzes those stories and discusses the hidden upside of “seller’s remorse”.
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Thor Industries, the dominant RV maker in North America, starts its fiscal year with a bang. Weber Grill’s 4th-quarter loss comes in smaller than Wall Street was expecting. Asit Sharma analyzes those stories as well as CEO Elizabeth Spaulding’s “multi-quarter transformation” plans for Stitch Fix.
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AutoZone hits a new high after an impressive 1st-quarter report. Intel announces it will spin off its self-driving car unit (Mobileye) in mid-2022 as a way to raise money. Bill Mann analyzes those stories, as well as Buzzfeed’s uninspiring first day as a public company and what the future of SPACs might look like.
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