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A Deep Dive into the Business of the NBA

Ben Rains breaks down the booming, international business of the NBA. (0:30) - NFL and NBA Ratings On The Rise (3:45) - TV Deals and Sponsorship Breakdown (12:10) - Player Apparel Deals (17:00) - NBA’s Expansion of Streaming (22:50) - Sports Betting, NBA G League and International Appeal (27:15) - NBA’s Social Media Dominance (29:10) - Episode Roundup:


What to Know Before Investing in Augmented & Virtual Reality

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson are joined by Bryce Tillery of Eve Capital, the sponsor of the Tactile Analytics ETF (ARVR), to discuss investing in augmented and virtual reality. (1:00) - What Is The Difference Between Augmented and Virtual Reality? (3:20) - What Industries Have Been Impacted? (12:10) - The Future Of AR and VR (16:30) - Benefits Of Investing With An ETF: ARVR Make sure to subscribe and leave the show a rating on Apple Podcasts!


Earnings Season Is Here: 3 Tech Stocks to Watch This Week

Ryan McQueeney discusses the start of earnings season and Q3 expectations for the technology sector. He also previews reports from three tech companies—Netflix, IBM, and PayPal—coming out this week. (1:00) - Earnings Season Kicks Off (5:30) - Upcoming Netflix Earnings Report (10:20) - Will IBM Continue The Positive Earnings? (13:45) - A Look Ahead At PayPal’s Earnings Report (16:10) - Episode Roundup: Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on Apple Podcasts if...


Why The NFL’s TV Ratings Are Up & A Unicorn Footwear Startup

Ben Rains discusses what’s behind the NFL’s improving TV ratings and dives into the Silicon Valley footwear startup taking on Nike (NKE) and Lululemon (LULU). (1:00) - Why The NFL Ratings Are On The Rise (8:45) - New Silicon Valley Unicorn: Allbirds (16:30) - Episode Roundup:


Why Stocks Fell This Week & the Death of American Icon

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson recap a volatile week in global markets. The hosts chat about the stock selloff, inflation concerns, global economic growth, and bond yields. Later, they discuss the slow-bleeding fall of Sears. (0:45) - Market Sell Off: What Was Driving The Volatility (5:30) - Political Tensions and Tough Week For Chinese Stock Market (8:45) - Italy Goes Against The EU (12:30) - Sears To File Bankruptcy (23:50) - Episode Roundup: Make sure to...


Facebook’s Portal Speaker Cam: Good Idea at the Wrong Time?

Ryan McQueeney discusses Facebook’s new Portal device, a fresh entrant to the growing pool of home assistants and smart speakers. As Ryan points out, the timing of this video-chat gadget has already raised questions amid data privacy concerns and intense competition. (1:00) - AI Enhanced Messenger: Facebook Debuts Portal and Portal+ (7:45) - Was This A Poorly Timed Release? (11:30) - The Big Takeaways on Portal and Portal+ Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on ...


The Best Sports Apparel Stocks to Buy Right Now

Ben Rains dives into some of the best sports and athletic apparel-based companies to invest in right now as consumer confidence soars and holiday shopping looks poised to surge. (0:25) - Exploring Zack Rank Buys (2:10) - Lululemon’s Continued Growth and Expansion (8:55) - Callaway’s Continued Success: Is It The Tiger Effect? (15:30) - Columbia Sportswear: Will The Run Continue? (21:20) - Episode Roundup:


Trade Deals, Chip Hacks, & Pay Raises: What Investors Should Know

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson discuss the stock market's top stories of the week, including the USMCA trade deal, a reported hardware hack affecting Apple and Amazon, and major hourly pay raises coming to the retail sector. (0:45) - Down Day For The DOW and USMCA Trade Deal (6:10) - Amazon Raises Minimum Wage Rate (12:40) - Chinese Spy Chips Discovered? (21:45) - Episode Roundup: Make sure to subscribe and leave the show a rating on Apple Podcasts!


Why Everyone Is Talking About Net Neutrality Again

Ryan McQueeney discusses the return of the net neutrality debate as California and the Trump administration appear ready to battle over the state’s right to pass its own version of the now-repealed, Obama-era protections. (0:20) - Net Neutrality Comes Back To Light (5:15) - The Start Of The Repeal Process (9:10) - California’s Net Neutrality Law Get Blocked (14:20) - The Big Takeaways On Net Neutrality: Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on Apple Podcasts if...


Amazon, ESPN+, Micropayments & the Future of Streaming Sports

Ben Rains breaks down Amazon’s Thursday Night Football innovations before he looks at the latest news from ESPN, Turner, the NBA, and more as the streaming sports market heats up. (0:45) - Amazon's NFL Streams Kick Off (7:20) - New Streaming Features For Amazon (13:30) - The Many Ways To Stream The NFL (19:10) - Micropayments & Sports Betting Changing The Way You Watch (24:00) - Disney ESPN+ Reaches 1 Million Subscribers (27:30) - Episode Roundup:


Merger Monday & Musk Mania: Recapping Wall Street’s Crazy Week

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson tackle the top headlines from a wild week for Wall Street, including the Kavanaugh hearing, the Fed meeting, Elon Musk’s legal trouble, big media mergers, and more. (0:30) - Congressional Hearing Sweeps The Nation (4:00) - Instagram Founders Step Down (7:15) - Amazon Launches Another Physical Store: 4 Star (13:20) - SEC Is Suing Elon Musk (18:45) - Merger Madness: Comcast To Acquire Sky (25:00) - Episode Roundup: Make sure to...


3 Cool Applications of Virtual Reality Emerging Right Now

Ryan McQueeney discusses recent progress made in real-world applications of virtual reality, from Macy’s adding the tech to its furniture shopping experience to Alaska Airlines bringing it on board flights and Mozilla developing VR internet browsers. (0:45) - Virtual Reality Goes Beyond Gaming (3:50) - Macy’s VR Experience: Furniture Retail (7:00) - VR Comfort On Alaska Airlines (9:25) - The Virtual Internet Browser: Firefox Reality (12:15) - Episode Roundup:...


A Comprehensive Nike Q1 Earnings Preview, Plus Some Under Armour & Gap News

Ben Rains breaks down what to expect from Nike’s (NKE) Q1 financial results Tuesday, before he assesses the latest news from Gap (GPS) and Under Armour (UAA). (1:00) - Nike's 2018 Performance (6:10) - Forward Outlook On Nike’s Earnings Report (11:50) - Gap Launches Hill City: Athletic Apparel Brand (14:00) - Expectations For Lululemon and Under Armor Cuts Jobs (18:15) - Episode Roundup:


Wall Street’s Reefer Madness, Micron Earnings, & More Stock News

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson discuss the performance of Netflix and other streaming services at the Emmys. The team also chat about the alleged criminal probe facing Elon Musk and Tesla. Later, they discuss marijuana stocks and recap Micron’s latest earnings report. (1:00) - Was Netflix King Of The 2018 Emmy Awards? (7:10) - Criminal Probe Into Musk Tweets (11:20) - Reefer Madness On The Stock Market (15:30) - Micron Earnings Report (19:20) - Episode Roundup:...


Tech Disruption Will Lead the Marijuana Industry Too

Ryan McQueeney discusses the intersection of disruptive technology and the budding marijuana industry, ultimately concluding that investors should remember what they’ve learned about investing in other forms of new tech as it becomes a bigger factor in the cannabis business. (0:30) - Tech and Cannabis Intersect (3:30) - Shopify Becomes A Weed Stock Play (7:00) - Is There An Amazon of Marijuana? (13:45) - Episode Roundup: Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on ...


Apple’s Health & Fitness Push, Plus Nike’s Latest Global Move

Ben Rains dives into Apple’s (AAPL) newest health and fitness-focused wearable. The episode then shifts to Nike’s (NKE) latest move to boost its presence around the globe. (0:45) - Apple Product Reveal Event (4:40) - Health and Fitness Expansions For The Apple Watch (17:10) - Players Tribune Teams Up With Snapchat (20:00) - Jordan Brand Soccer Team (22:00) - Episode Roundup:


Apple's New iPhones & an Early Holiday Shopping Preview

Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson recap Apple's latest iPhone reveal event and preview the holiday shopping season by looking at seasonal hiring trends and upcoming video games. Later, the hosts discuss AMD's crazy momentum. (0:15) - Retail Stocks On The Rebound (1:30) - Ollie's Bargain Outlet (6:40) - Burlington Stores (9:10) - Lululemon’s Success and Expansion (16:45) - ULTA’s Continued Growth (23:35) - DSW Surpasses Expectations (29:00) - Episode Roundup: OLLI, BURL, LULU, ULTA,...


The Apple Story No One Is Talking About This Week

Ryan McQueeney recaps Apple’s busy week—including its war of words with President Donald Trump and the upcoming iPhone event—and suggests that investors might be overlooking a key headline related to the company’s original video content and streaming initiatives. (0:30) - Trumps Twitter Rant On Apple (2:35) - iPhone Reveal Event (4:40) - Apple’s Multimedia Expansion (8:05) - Episode Roundup: Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on Apple Podcasts if you enjoy the...


Nike (NKE) Takes Heat Off the NFL & Apple (AAPL) Partners With the NBA

On this episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast, Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains assesses Nike (NKE) stock amid all of the Colin Kaepernick backlash. The episode then dives into Apple’s (AAPL) deal with the NBA and takes a look at the potential impact of the NFL’s next possible massive revenue stream.


Amazon’s Historic Week, Tech Volatility, & Emerging Markets Chatter

On today’s episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Associate Stock Strategist Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson recap Amazon’s busy and historic week, discuss what caused semiconductor volatility, and highlight the ongoing emerging markets currency crisis.