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News From This Week’s Trending Stocks: AMZN, SBUX, CRON, GE, & More

6/22/2018
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Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on General Electric’s (GE) departure from the Dow, Canada’s marijuana legalization vote, the new tax policies affecting Amazon (AMZN), and many more! (2:35) - Disney Raises The Bid For 21st Century Fox (7:00) - General Electric Leaves the Dow (9:30) - Bad News For Starbucks (12:20) - Canada Legalizes Weed (17:25) - Instagram Launches IGTV (20:15) - Supreme Court Ruling On Internet Sales Tax (23:30) - Micron Earnings Report Overview (26:10) -...

Duration:00:27:08

3 Things To Watch For In Micron’s Q3 Earnings Report

6/19/2018
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Ryan McQueeney previews the week’s hottest earnings report—that of memory chip giant Micron (MU)—by giving investors three key things to watch for when the trendy company reports on Wednesday. (0:25) - Upcoming Micron Earnings Report: June 20th (2:20) - Secular vs. Cyclical Growth (6:00) - Cash Flow Importance For Micron (8:50) - Expected Revenue and Guidance (11:45) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on Apple Podcasts if you enjoy the show!

Duration:00:13:28

Why the North American World Cup Matters, Plus a Sports Betting Update

6/18/2018
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Ben Rains explains why it matters that the 2026 FIFA World Cup is coming to North America, before he dives into which companies look like the early winners. Full-Court Finance then transitions to some of the latest sports betting news, breaking down companies that have made early moves and what’s likely coming down the pipeline. (0:30) - North America Wins Bid For 2026 World Cup (2:45) - Breaking Down Broadcasting Rights (7:00) - North American Experience For The World Cup (14:50) -...

Duration:00:20:40

Investing in Blockchain Leaders with NextGen Economy ETF

6/14/2018
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Maddy Johnson and Ryan McQueeney of the Zacks Friday Finish Line team are joined by Eric Ervin, the founder and CEO of Reality Shares, for a special discussion about the potential of blockchain technology and how investors can gain exposure to this budding industry with a special new exchanged-traded fund. (1:35) - What Is Blockchain Technology (4:15) - What Are The Many Application of Blockchain? (6:35) - Scoring System For Blockchain Companies (9:50) - Blockchain Bandwagon: What Are...

Duration:00:16:58

3 Key Factors Driving BlackBerry’s Continued Recovery

6/12/2018
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Ryan McQueeney highlights BlackBerry (BB) and points to three key factors driving the once-iconic smartphone maker’s evolution into a security-focused enterprise software company. (0:30) - BlackBerry Making A Comeback: The History Behind The Company (3:10) - John Chen’s Impact On Blackberry’s Success (5:00) - Blackberry’s New Products and Target Market (7:50) - New Strategic Partnerships (11:15) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on ...

Duration:00:12:33

From TV Deals to VR, Here’s Everything Investors Need to Know About the FIFA World Cup

6/11/2018
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Ben Rains breaks down everything investors and fans need to know about the big business behind the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, from television partnerships and sponsorships to tech-based initiatives. (0:30) - Everything You Need To Know: 2018 World Cup (3:00) - The History Behind The World Cup (9:15) - FIFA’s Sponsorship Revenue (13:50) - Fox Wins TV Rights: The World Cup Experience For America (20:40) - ESPN’s Background With The World Cup (24:00) - Team Jersey...

Duration:00:37:51

Economic Diplomacy & This Week’s Trending Stocks (SBUX, UAA, MSFT)

6/8/2018
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Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on the departure of longtime Starbucks (SBUX) executive Howard Schultz, Under Armour’s (UAA) partnership with The Rock, and Microsoft’s (MSFT) deal to buy GitHub. The hosts also chat about economic diplomacy between the U.S. and other world leaders. (1:20) - Howard Schultz Steps Down As Starbucks’ Executive Chairman (6:50) - Under Armour Analyst Upgrade and The Rock's Sold Out Shoes (11:40) - Microsoft To Acquire Github For $7.5 Billion (15:25) -...

Duration:00:20:14

Microsoft Buys Github & 2018’s Other Major Tech M&As

6/5/2018
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Ryan McQueeney discusses Microsoft’s (MSFT) $7.5 billion acquisition of open-source software development pioneer GitHub and recaps the latest M&A trends in the technology sector. (0:20) - Microsoft Acquires Github For $7.5 Billion (3:25) - Adobe To Acquire Magento Commerce (5:00) - Paypal Buys iZettle For $2.2 Billion (7:00) - Salesfore and Mulesoft Acquisition (9:15) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on Apple Podcasts if you enjoy the...

Duration:00:10:17

From Social Media Dominance to Chinese Growth, the NBA Has Never Been Bigger

6/4/2018
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Ben Rains looks at the NBA’s booming business as the Finals heat up, diving into everything from television ratings and its social media growth to the league’s continued expansion in China. (0:35) - NBA Finals Ratings Overview (3:40) - Regular Season TV Ratings (5:25) - Youtube TV Sponsorship (8:30) - Jersey Patches and Brand Sponsorship (12:40) - NBA’s International Growth (21:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Duration:00:22:55

Earnings Season Recap, Italy’s Political Drama, & Trade War Tensions

6/1/2018
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Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on earnings reports from the likes of Lululemon (LULU), Costco (COST), and Ulta (ULTA), as well as the latest political turmoil in Italy and new trade war tensions between the U.S. and multiple allies. (1:00) - Earnings Overview: Lululemon, Costco and Ulta Beauty (5:00) - Political Turmoil In Italy (12:35) - The Trade War Continues (14:50) - Friday Jobs Report (17:40) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com Make sure to subscribe and leave the...

Duration:00:18:30

‘Pure Play’ AI Stocks Focused on Big Data and Robotics

5/29/2018
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Ryan McQueeney concludes his three-part series on artificial intelligence by discussing more specific strategies for investors interested in AI. This week, Ryan highlights “pure play” AI stocks focused on big data and robotics. (0:35) - Part 3: Pure Play Companies Leading AI (1:30) - Big Data Impact on AI (4:45) - Robotics and Automation (11:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on Apple Podcasts if you enjoy the show!

Duration:00:12:19

The NFL's National Anthem Policy, Plus Everything Investors Need to Know About Fanatics

5/29/2018
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Ben Rains outlines the NFL’s new National Anthem Policy, before he breaks down the league’s Nike and Fanatics deal and dives deeper into the company running e-commerce for some of the biggest names in sports. (1:00) - NFL Kneeling Policy (4:45) - Players Association Response (8:50) - Nike Partners With Fanatics (11:40) - Fanatics Dominance In Sports E-commerce (19:25) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Duration:00:20:24

Luxury Retail Trends, TGT Earnings, & U.S.-China Trade Talks

5/25/2018
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Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week’s biggest stories, including the latest trends in luxury apparel and retail, Target’s mixed earnings report, and recent trade concessions made by the U.S. and China. (0:30) - Trump Cancels North Korea Meeting (3:00) - Tiffany & Co. Earnings Report (5:35) - Ralph Lauren Earnings Report (8:15) - Target Earnings Report (16:00) - Trade Agreement Update (18:30) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com Make sure to subscribe and...

Duration:00:20:28

Why Tech Giants Are Legitimate AI Stock Picks

5/22/2018
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On today’s episode of the Tech Talk Tuesday podcast, Ryan McQueeney continues his three-part series on artificial intelligence by discussing specific strategies for investors interested in AI. This week, the hosts focuses on gaining limited exposure by buying mega-cap tech stocks that have added AI to their business models. (1:10) - Part 2: Investing In AI (5:35) - Will Nvidia Lead The AI Industry? (8:15) - Takeaways On Where To Invest In AI Podcast@Zacks.com Remember to subscribe...

Duration:00:09:50

Everything Investors Need to Know About Legal Sports Gambling

5/21/2018
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Ben Rains dives into what the world of legalized sports gambling will look like in the U.S. and discusses the companies and industries that stand to benefit following the recent Supreme Court ruling (0:20) - Supreme Court Legalizes Sports Betting (3:45) - Big Takeaways on Legal Betting (11:00) - Impact On Current Gambling Industry (15:00) - Who Stands To Benefit and How Much? (19:10) - The Future Of Sports Betting (23:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Duration:00:24:01

Retail Earnings Roundup & Sports Gambling Stocks to Watch

5/18/2018
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Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on the latest earnings results from retail giants—including Home Depot, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Walmart—as well as the Supreme Court’s sports gambling decision and which stocks to watch now. Make sure to subscribe and leave the show a rating on Apple Podcasts!

Duration:00:21:56

Defining the Artificial Intelligence Terms Investors Must Know

5/16/2018
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Ryan McQueeney kicks off the first piece of his three-part series on artificial intelligence by defining the terms investors need to know before adding exposure to AI and highlighting some of the key concepts and questions surrounding AI research. (0:30) - Part 1: What Is AI? (2:45) - Big Data and Machine Learning (6:00) - Is General Intelligence Impossible? (13:10) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on Apple Podcasts if you enjoy the show!

Duration:00:15:18

VR, Fortnite, & Other Driving Forces Behind the Video Game Industry

5/14/2018
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Ben Rains is joined by Ted Pollak of the ETFMG Video Game Tech ETF (GAMR). The two discuss everything from the rise of Fortnite, esports, and mobile gaming to the possibilities of immersive virtual reality and the future of the multibillion-dollar video game industry. (1:00).- The Motivation Behind GAMR (3:55) - What Companies Does The Index Track (8:05) - Hidden Gems Of The Gaming Industry (11:50) - Why Should You Invest In The Video Game Industry? (20:45) - Rapid Growth Of eSports:...

Duration:00:34:02

Boeing & Oil Prices After Iran Deal, Nvidia & Disney Earnings

5/11/2018
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Ryan McQueeney and Maddy Johnson take on the economic effects of the ill-fated Iran nuclear deal, Disney’s Black Panther-fueled quarter, and Nvidia’s latest quarterly earnings report. (0:45) - U.S. Withdraws From Iran Nuclear Deal (4:35) - Impact On Boeing Airlines (8:20) - Disney Earnings Report (14:45) - Nvidia Earnings Report (19:00) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com Make sure to subscribe and leave the show a rating on Apple Podcasts!

Duration:00:20:27

Why Athenahealth (ATHN) Is a Major Medtech Acquisition Target

5/8/2018
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Ryan McQueeney discusses Athenahealth (ATHN), a medical technology company that has found itself the target of an activist takeover from Paul Singer's Elliott Management. Remember to subscribe and leave a rating on Apple Podcasts if you enjoy the show! (0:40) - Elliot Management Looks To Buyout AthenaHealth (3:30) - Overview Of The Buyout Offer (6:00) - Jonathan Bush Influence on Healthcare Industry (11:10) - Episode Roundup: Podcast@Zacks.com

Duration:00:12:03