CWH Stocks and Headlines

October 10, 2006

One of the most interesting facets of the Stock Market is its volatility, especially in these days of economic globalization. A military coup in Botswana or a new strain of the flu coming out of Vietnam can have an impact in the stock of companies located on the other side of the globe.

While investigating the Stock Market Crash and the resulting economic depression during the Interwary Years, we take a bit of time to delve deeper into the machinations of the Stock Market. The following activity is a simulation designed to enable student to see the impact that information in the form of headline news can have on the market value of stock. The idea is for the students to make predictions in the rise and fall of various stock depending on news headlines from around the world. All of the companies and headlines are fabricated but are based on reality. The ultimate goal is that students see the interconnectedness of global events and the economy.

Company Profiles

Bells Select – a fruit packaging and distribution company – owns a number of large farms in California and their products are distributed world wide under a variety of different brand names.

Lifeslark – a greeting card company and owner of a chain of stores that sell cards, party items and small gifts.

Calgor – a giant pharmaceutical company that owns many developmental drug laboratories and distributes pharmaceuticals under a number of brand names

Phat Shack – owner of barbecue equipment, a chain of restaurants, sauces – also owns several pig CAFO’s, meat processing plants that provide meat to many well known food chains

Brecks Dairy – large dairy company selling various dairy products, and owner of several ice cream bands and the world wide chain of Breck’s Dairy Creamery stores selling high quality ice cream products

Chexon – huge multinational energy and mining companAmex – well established diversified TNC

LOL – upstart in the hand phone industry marketing towards kids with lots of fun graphics, games, and music included in the hand phone software package and a fun and funky design

Stock Prices Day 1

Bells Select – 30 $ a share

Lifeslark – 20 $ a share

Calgor – 60 $ a share

Phat Shack – 40 $ a share

Brecks Dairy – 50 $

Chexon – 70 $

Amex – 60 $

LOL – 10 $

Buy Stock

Week 2 news

Tobacco legislation passed in the US and many countries in Western Europe – make it illegal to smoke in all public places

US passes strict immigration law making it a serious crime to cross the US Mexico border for the purpose of working illegally.

New world wide holiday celebrating peace and harmony announced. UN decides to publicly recognize day as an official holiday – most countries in the UN agree to make the day an official holiday in their respective countries

National Geographic team report of finding a fascinating new plant in the Amazon Rainforest. Indigenous people use the plant to treat many serious illnesses including certain cancers and previously incurable viruses.

The World health Organization publishes study comparing the health benefits of different types of meat. Results reverse previous beliefs – pork said to be one of the healthiest types of meat.

Chexon gets Indonesian government approval to open largest platinum and silver mine in the world in one of its remote provinces.

Mary Kate and Ashley spotted using “funky” new hand phones. Hollywood all abuzz.

Buy and Trade

Week Two Stock Prices

Bells Select – 20 $ a share

Lifeslark – 30 $ a share

Calgor – 70 $ a share

Phat Shack – 50 $ a share

Brecks Dairy – 50 $

Chexon – 80 $

Amex – 60 $

LOL – 20 $

Buy Stock

Week 3 news

Girl sues makers of Bodeos cookies, claiming that they are not only unhealthy but addictive and are the cause of her weight problem

Stricter laws controlling genetically grown foods favors small organic farmers.

Latest Hollywood fashion accessory craze. Paris Hilton and friends seen at club dancing the night away with fun new hand phone dangling from their wrists.

Strange weather patterns cause storm of the century in African country of Madagascar – destroys entire countries vanilla bean crop. Madagascar is the world’s largest exporter of high grade vanilla beans

President Bush serves up a Texas style barbecue at his ranch outside of Houston. Various heads of state seen to be enjoying the traditional American food. Bush quoted as saying he chose barbecue because it is a truly American food and he wants to try and change the negative image people have of pork in an effort to help the American pork industry.

First ever World Peace Day ends in disaster. Several countries have demonstrations that lead to violence.

Rebels make their move in remote Indonesian province. Several foreign workers at a mine taken hostage.

Buy and Trade

Bells Select – 20 $ a share

Lifeslark – 20 $ a share

Calgor – 70 $ a share

Phat Shack – 60 $ a share

Brecks Dairy – 40 $

Chexon – 70 $

Amex – 50 $

LOL – 30 $

Buy Stock

Week 4 News

Hand phone upstart makes multimillion dollar deal with technology giant Nokia. Nokia agrees to use its advertising and distribution network to sell the quirky new hand phones

Hostages feared dead. Mining company closes its operations in Indonesia. Indonesian government refuses to reimburse the company for royalties paid in excess of 50,000,000 in advance by the company for rights to mine the land

Wonder drug gets FDA approval. Company posed to flood the market with new cure all elixir

Amex, the giant TNC’s and parent company of cookies and snack cakes under the Bodeos brand and several brands of cigarettes organize a high profile group of lawyers to do battle in the courts. The company is claiming that not allowing smoking in public places is against the Constitutions right to personal freedom and expression and that Bodeos snack cakes are not unhealthy or addicitive if eaten in moderation

Bells Select announces total restructuring of its company. The produce giant promises to use more natural methods to grow foods and plans to devote much of its farms to grow organic crops and employ only legally registered farm workers. President and CEO Al Sharpton explained that in the long run it will benefit the consumers and thus the company as a whole.

Invasive beetle destroys West Africa’s cocoa crop.

Buy and Trade

Bells Select – 30 $ a share

Lifeslark – 20 $ a share

Calgor – 80 $ a share

Phat Shack – 60 $ a share

Brecks Dairy – 30 $

Chexon – 50 $

Amex – 60 $

LOL – 50 $

Buy and Trade Final

Week 5 News

Hand phone upstart LOL makes another big splash in the tech industry – signs a multimillion dollar deal to design groovy, computer consoles for Macs new line of computers. The company plans to allow buyers the option of creating their own personal design console or choose from a number of groovy designs

Amex loses big in court. A US supreme court ruled against the company in both of their legal battles stating that smoking in public denies other peoples right to pursue happiness and that the Bodeos cookies ingredients list was misleading. The court ordered a full investigation into the companies more than 100 other food brands to see if the ingredients labels are misleading. The company will be embroiled in a legal battle for years to come and will accrue huge court fees. If the company is found guilty their future could be in serious trouble.

The blockbuster movie hit “Mothers Day” focusing on the story of two mothers in London, England after WWII and how they fought to raise their kids in post war Europe has a huge impact on Mother’s Day celebrations. Retail stores selling Mother’s Day related items record record sales.

Breck’s Dairy closes many of its stores and halts production of their two most popular selling ice cream brands due to the destruction of the vanilla and cocoa crops in Africa. Baskin Robbins is threatening a hostile take over of the company that has fallen on hard times.

Phat Shack makes deal with Walmart and Carrefour to open barbecue restaurants in the stores food courts around the world.

The new wonder drug recently made available by the giant pharmaceutical company Calgor is being investigated by scientist as a possible cure to AIDS. Latest reports from independent labratories in Geneva, Switzerland spearheading the research say that all the preliminary tests look exceptionally promising.

Ending Stock Value

Bells Select – 30 $ a share

Lifeslark – 30 $ a share

Calgor – 100 $ a share

Phat Shack – 70 $ a share

Brecks Dairy – 20 $

Chexon – 50 $

Amex – 30 $

LOL – 60 $

This is a follow up assignment that can be used along with the activity.

 

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Stock Exchange and the News

Bells Select – a fruit packaging and distribution company – owns a number of large farms in California and their products are distributed world wide under a variety of different brand names.

Lifeslark – a greeting card company and owner of a chain of stores that sell cards, party items and small gifts.

Calgor – a giant pharmaceutical company that owns many developmental drug laboratories and distributes pharmaceuticals under a number of brand names

Phat Shack – owner of barbecue equipment, a chain of restaurants, sauces – also owns several pig CAFO’s, meat processing plants that provide meat to many well known food chains

Brecks Dairy – large dairy company selling various dairy products, and owner of several ice cream bands and the world wide chain of Breck’s Dairy Creamery stores selling high quality ice cream products

Chexon – huge multinational energy and mining company

Amex – well established diversified TNC

LOL – upstart in the hand phone industry marketing towards kids with lots of fun graphics, games, and music included in the hand phone software package and a fun and funky design

Select an article from the newspaper and use it to increase or decrease the stock of one of the company portfolios. In order to have the desired effect you must be able to explain how the information in the article would influence the price of the stock.

Homework

Select an article from the newspaper and write a paragraph explaining how the information in the article would increase or decrease the stock price of a well known globally recognized company. Attach the article to your explanation.

This is a link to articles within this website related to this follow up activity.

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WWI: Manchester United vs Bayern Munich???

September 8, 2006

Wars are difficult topics to study. They reveal a lot of bad stuff about humanity and the details are typically not all that pleasant. World War I was a particularly brutal war. It was the first truly modern war. The Industrial Revolution had equipped the manufacturing centers of Europe with infrastructures capable of belching out huge amounts of horrible new weapons. Many of the rules of war had not been altered to account for the new technologies available so things like poison gas were used indiscriminately by both sides of the conflict with gruesome results. The war also introduced a new type of battle strategy which insured this would not be the quick and glorious war as advertised. Instead, trench warfare resulted in a virtual stalemate at the fronts and guaranteed a long and tedious war. But studying the war does shed light on human nature and some truly unique and special moments can be gleaned from what is generally an unpleasant part of our history.

Before delving into details of the conflict and some of the “diamonds in the rough” that came out of the war, it is important to understand the conflict in its time and space. An analogy of a football game works quite well for parts of the war, sometimes. WWI was actually the first half of a monster global conflict that covered the first half of the 20th century. The second half was WWII and the 20’s and 30’s can be considered an extended halftime. WWI ended with no clear winners – everyone was pretty beat up. It was like the Rocky movie (switch to Hollywood boxing analogy mode) where he and Apollo, after pounding each other relentlessly, both go down in the 15th round. Rocky grabs the ropes and begins to get up but falls as the ref counts 5, Apollo climbs the ropes and is almost to his feet but collapses as the count reaches 7, 8, then Rocky with one final super human effort manages to stand unassisted just as the ref finishes the 10 count. Both fighters were a mess but the rules defined Rocky as the winner.

WWI was supposed to be a neat and tidy German jaunt through Europe establishing the relatively new state as a major player in European and global affairs. Instead both sides dug in, literally, and traded punches for four years. Late in the first half (back to the football analogy) after both sides were battered and bloodied, the Allies called on a fresh young rookie with a lot of potential. Nervous to enter the fray but also excited to help out its illustrious team and experience some of the glory of competition it had missed out on in all the epic games of eras gone by, the US stepped on the pitch in 1917, all spit and vinegar (there’s and idiom for you). They proceeded to score a crucial goal for the Allies bringing the first half of the conflict to a close. Score: Allies 1 and Central Powers 0.

Leaders of both teams played the blame game during the halftime demanding that the other side take responsibility for unfair play and such. But for the most part the two sides rested and tried to nurse their broken and bruised minds and bodies back into some semblance of working order. Eventually they recovered enough to consider the reality that there was still a second half to be played out in this competition. The German team found inspiration in a fired up assistant coach, who, it was obvious, had replaced the worn out staff from the first part of the competition. So the Germans stormed the field, all spit and vinegar, even before the Allies were out of the locker room. The Allies asked for just a bit more time as the Germans took the opportunity to warm up and run a few drills by taking bits and pieces of Czechoslovakia and Austria. Finally, when it was obvious the Germans would not wait any longer before calling a forfeit and claiming victory and the spoils (a good chunk of Europe), the Allies took to the pitch. The fired up Germans scored early and often but eventually the Allies fought back – and with the help of a timely substitute, managed to claim a rather crushing victory. But that’s all another story.


World War I – “the War to End All Wars” or the first half of the greatest war in human history?

September 7, 2006

To view a powerpoint presentation about WWI click here. The presentation focuses on the wars totality, in that it included strategic attacks on civilian populations, and its world wide scope. Several lesser known topics that are not typically linked to the war are also addressed in the presentation.

To view a powerpoint presentation about WWII click here. The presentation focuses on war propaganda, Japanese internment, and the codes used to communicate during the war.


WWI: A Diamond in the Rough

August 23, 2006

WWI was the “war to end all wars” which didn’t exactly pan out as planned but it was the beginning of cosmetic plastic surgery. Millions of young men died and millions more returned home with horrific wounds. Fortunately for those soldiers with horribly disfiguring facial wounds there was a Dr. Harold Gillies, a surgeon who cared for not only function but aesthetics as well. He and his team operated on 1000’s of disfigured soldiers and pioneered some new surgical techinques focusing on cosmetic reconstruction. His primary breakthrough was the pedicle graph. Skin from the chest was cut but kept partially in tact and attached to the face. Once the new skin grew on the face it was unattached from the chest piece. This techinque insured that the graph would have its own blood supply and the fact that it was from the patients own body reduced the chance of it being rejected as a foreign invader. Well done Dr. Gillies.