Citigroup’s 2nd-quarter results come in higher than expected. The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly approved a $5 billion fine for Facebook. Jason Moser analyzes those stories, and we discuss the business ripple effects of Amazon’s Prime Day. Thanks to Molekule for supporting our show. Get $75 off your 1st order at http://www.molekule.com and use the promo code “fool75”.
The U.S. Department of Justice is going to have a few questions for the folks at Google. Emily Flippen analyzes whether Alphabet should pre-emptively spin off a business and prospects for the stock. Nestle gears up to launch the “Awesome Burger” in the U.S. Plus, Emily shares a couple of stocks she’s going to be focusing on at our upcoming “FoolFest 2019” event and we preview our YouTube Live Q&A! To see great investing videos (for free!) on The Motley Fool’s YouTube channel just click here: https://www.youtube.com/TheMotleyFool
Greg Fitzsimmons is one of the most popular stand-up comedians in America. Having played in clubs all over the country, Greg has also produced stand-up specials for Netflix and Comedy Central and won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards as a writer on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” He’s also the host of the popular and long-running comedy podcast “Fitzdog Radio”. In this conversation we discuss the business of comedy, the impact of Netflix, the role of social media, what makes a good comedian, and the worst heckle Greg ever received.
Dollar Tree and Dollar General report solid 1st quarters. Both stocks rise, with Dollar General’s hitting a 52-week high. MFAM Funds portfolio manager Bill Barker analyzes how both retailers have steadily grown their businesses. Movado Group, on the other hand, is hitting a 52-week low because luxury watches just aren’t selling like they used to. Plus, Bill shares a few things he observed at a recent investment conference in Singapore. (Tangents include great luxury watch scenes in “Trading Places” and “Doctor Strange”, and this weekend’s bonus interview with comedian Greg Fitzsimmons!) Thanks Clear. Get your first two months of Clear for free by going to clearme.com/fool2019 and using promo code fool2019.
Canada Goose and Abercrombie & Fitch fall 25% after their latest quarterly reports, but Seth Jayson thinks one of those is an overreaction. It’s a retail-heavy show as we discuss those companies and the treading-water existence of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Plus, Seth shares some helpful tips for working out in hot weather. Thanks Clear. Get your first two months of Clear for free by going to clearme.com/fool2019 and using promo code fool2019.
Global Payments merges with Total System Services on an all-stock deal worth $21.5 billion. Jason Moser analyzes the deal and shares why Global Payments’ margin for error is getting smaller. Plus, we discuss why Citigroup bailed on the Apple credit card, Facebook’s plans for crypto, and the surprisingly big weekend “Aladdin” had at the box office. Thanks to Airbnb for supporting our show. Go to airbnb.com/fool and start hosting you’ll receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card if you generate $500 in booking value by July 31. Terms and conditions apply.
Best Buy falls on guidance while L Brands soars after beating very low expectations. Ron Gross analyzes the retail landscape, and we dip into the Fool Mailbag to share experiences getting caught in a value trap. Plus, with the start of summer grilling season this weekend, we offer a few tips to make your summer more delicious. Thanks to Sprout Social for supporting Motley Fool. To learn how your brand can create real connection, visit www.sproutsocial.com/fool today.
Target pops on earnings thanks to strong same-store sales growth. Nordstrom plummets on slowing sales and problems with its loyalty program. And Lowe’s gets hammered after cutting its full-year forecast. Motley Fool analysts Emily Flippen and Jason Moser tackle those stories and discuss the future of retail.
Matt Koppenheffer returns after a far-too-long absence from the studio to share his thoughts on Warren Buffett in the wake of Berkshire-Hathaway’s latest annual meeting. Ascena Retail Group brings a merciless end to the Dressbarn era by announcing the closure of 650 stores, which triggers an ominous statistic for traditional bricks-and-mortar retail. Plus, Matt discusses his work at MyWalletHero (www.mywallethero.com) and why he’s excited about Beyond Meat’s recent IPO. Thanks to Sprout Social for supporting Motley Fool. To learn how your brand can create real connection, visit sproutsocial.com today.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai plans to recommend approval of the $26.5 billion-dollar merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. Dan Kline analyzes the future of telecom in a post-merger world. CBS offers to buy Starz from Lionsgate Entertainment in an attempt to add content to its streaming service. Plus we dip into the Fool Mailbag to discuss, for the first time in a long time, Cisco Systems, as well as how HBO plans to compete now that “Game Of Thrones” is over.
We’re back with another non-investing bonus episode! Hang on as longtime Fool Roger Friedman returns to join MFAM Funds’ Bill Barker and Chris Hill to discuss the relative importance of Roman numerals, cursive writing, and knowing how to drive a stick-shift. We share summer jobs we had as kids, cities that surprised us (in a good way) and which liquor brands we’d put on Mount Rushmore. We also discuss “Avengers: Endgame” [SPOILERS], which great movies Roger hasn’t seen yet, and the amazing game producer Dan Boyd used to play with his father.
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