A Fool Looks Back

Let's take a look back at the news that made waves.

Feb 22, 2014 at 9:00AM

There's never a shortage of buyout rumors, and this week offered a juicy one when The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) held talks last year.

Companies meet all the time, but the source claimed that the meeting was with Apple's head of mergers and acquisitions, so this wasn't just chatter about getting iOS technology in electric cars or getting Apple to lend its expertise on a more efficient Tesla battery.

To be fair, the pairing would seem ridiculous. Apple sells premium products, but Tesla's market, where it's selling just thousands of cars a month and looking to put out 35,000 this year, may be too limited. There's also Tesla's valuation, and the stock was trading for far less when the talks reportedly happened last year.

It would be an interesting pairing, of course. Apple could really expand Tesla's market, getting a new growth vehicle -- no pun intended -- along the way. However, Tesla isn't likely to cash out as long as it remains a market darling. Apple has a ton of dough on its balance sheet, even if you back out the money that's stashed away overseas to avoid a repatriation tax bill. It would be in Apple's best interest to explore needle-moving purchases to help breathe new life into its slowing organic growth. However, Tesla isn't it. Tesla was never going to be it.

Briefly in the news
And now let's look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.

  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR) and Lavazza have been partners since the Italian icon invested in the Keurig company a couple of years with plans to team up and put out an espresso maker, but this week Lavazza struck a deal to get its famous brews into K-Cups.
  • Shares of priceline.com (NASDAQ:PCLN) hit another all-time high on Friday after the company posted blowout quarterly results. The travel portal's strong showing shouldn't come as much of a surprise: Priceline has routinely beaten Wall Street profit targets over the past few years.
  • Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) investors have been concerned lately that the social platform's user base may be peaking, but a new comScore report shows that engagement is accelerating, prompting Goldman Sachs to issue an upbeat report on the stock that reiterates its bullish rating. Is it bad form to close with a hashtag? #comeback

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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