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When Starbucks (SBUX) announced the closure of all of its 379 Teavana stores by the spring of 2018, it came as a warning signal to many analysts. But for long-term investors, Starbucks future growth prospects could look more promising. Acquired in 2012 for $620 million, Teavana stores are set to close due to declining foot traffic in malls. As a result of this retrenchment, Starbucks incurred asset impairment and goodwill charges of roughly $100 million during the third quarter. Following the news, Starbucks shares fell 1.2% to $58.80 in after-hours trading. For the 3rd fiscal year 2017, the Seattle-based company reported earnings of $691.6 million, downRead More →

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Social Media Platforms have become an important part of our daily lives. Over a period of time, the use of platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Snap has evolved. Initially, the use of these platforms was meant more for connecting with friends and sharing information. But now these established firms are integrating activities that range from marketing and promoting to selling and buying. Not only that the stream alternative data available on such platforms are capturing real-time events. These alerts are allowing emergency teams to take immediate action. For markets, real-time alerts mean looking for events that potentially could be market movers.Read More →

The anxiety over election uncertainty has sneaked into markets, leaving enough room for a bigger market volatility for this week. The CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) had already soared 40% from 15.67 on October 28 to 22.15 on November 3, while S&P 500 has lost 2.2% during the same period. On Friday, the S&P 500 index remained low for the longest period since December 1980. The pre- and post-election periods typically have opposite effects on an investor’s optimism. Pre-Election Period Real Clear Politics data shows that even though Clinton leads in most of the polls, the race could be a tight one. Except on 3 occasions sinceRead More →