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Hasbro Deal for Lions Gate Falls Through. Which Movie Studio Is Next?

Hasbro Deal for Lions Gate Falls Through. Which Movie Studio Is Next?

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Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is 0-for-2 when it comes to buying big movie studios. Reuters recently revealed that the toy maker was in talks to buy Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF-A) (NYSE: LGF-B) , but the deal apparently fell apart over price. Similar to Hasbro's failed attempt to acquire DreamWorks Animation in 2014, which also went nowhere because of price, it shows the toy maker is serious about breaking into Hollywood.Making toys is OK, but the real money is in movies, which can lead to higher toy sales. Owning a studio outright cuts out the middleman and allows Hasbro to keep more of the profits for itself. Still, it's a strategy fraught with risk and one Hasbro hasn't shown itself particularly adept at outside of the Transformers franchise, but since th...
Airport profits: ready to depart

Airport profits: ready to depart

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WHEN Heathrow airport opened, in 1946, the only retail facilities were a bar with chintz armchairs and a small newsagent’s. The first terminal was a tent, a far cry from the four halls, resembling vast shopping malls, at the London airport today. Retail spending per passenger is the highest of any airport. This summer’s consumer crazes include Harry Potter wands and cactus-shaped lilos.Heathrow’s journey from waiting room to retail paradise is the story of many airports. Before the 1980s, most income came from airlines’ landing and passenger-handling charges. Then “non-aeronautical” revenue—from shops, airport parking, car rental and so on—rose to around two-fifths of their revenues, of $ 152bn worldwide in 2015. But amid signs that non-aeronautical income is peaking, especially in mature
Unexpected back-to-school expenses can easily add up this fall

Unexpected back-to-school expenses can easily add up this fall

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Watch out, parents: Back-to-school season can easily put a four-figure dent in your budget.Parents of high school students can expect to pay an average $ 1,489 per child for school supplies and activity fees, according to the annual Huntington Bank Backpack Index. That's a drop of $ 9, or less than 1 percent, from 2016. Parents of elementary-school students can expect to pay an average $ 662 per child, up 1 percent from last year. Middle-school students' parents will fork over $ 1,001, a 4.6 percent increase. Some parents expect to shell out even more. One in 5 parents said they plan to spend more than $ 2,000 per child in back-to-school shopping, according to a new Capital One survey. Teen boys and girls said the most important items to have when returning to school are new clothes and ne...
The Buffett Challenge — hedge funds vs. index funds — 9 years on

The Buffett Challenge — hedge funds vs. index funds — 9 years on

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Nearly 10 years ago Berkshire Hathaway CEO (and arguably one of the best investors on Earth), Warren Buffett, issued a challenge to the hedge fund industry — a $ 1 million bet that they could not put together a portfolio of hedge funds that would outperform an S&P 500 Index fund over a 10-year period.Buffett was convinced the combination of active stock-picking and high costs would result in lagging market performance, and he was willing to put his money where his mouth was.One company stepped up to the challenge. Protégé Partners LLC selected five hedge funds (the names of the funds have not been disclosed publicly), and Buffett selected the Vanguard Admiral Shares S&P 500 Index Fund.The 10-year period began January 1, 2008, which means we are in the final year of the challenge. W
U.S Futures Lower For Third Day as Geopolitical Risks, Profit-Taking Lingers

U.S Futures Lower For Third Day as Geopolitical Risks, Profit-Taking Lingers

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Shutterstock photoU.S. stock futures were trading lower for a third straight day as geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and North Korea dampened investor's appetite for risk and overshadowed upbeat corporate earnings from Macy's ( M ), 21st Century Fox ( FOXA ) and Kohl's ( KSS ).Unnerved by Pyongyang's latest threat to fire ballistic missiles at a U.S. territory by the middle of August, global investors sold equity assets and rotated into safe-havens like the U.S. 10-year Treasury note, gold, the Japanese yen and Swiss franc. The rotation is being amplified by profit-taking in most sectors with the notable exception of defense stocks with shares of Lockheed Martin ( LMT ), Ratheon ( RTN ) and Northrup Grumman (NOC) set to open at record highs.A contraction in producer prices -- an...