Which of these stocks has tripled in value in the last year? a) Weight Watchers b) Facebook c) Snap

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Mar 05, 2018
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Investing, Question of the Day, Stocks, Behavioral Finance

Answer: Weight Watchers

Hat tip to Beth Tallman for pointing out this surprising factoid!

Questions:

  • Why do you think this company has done so well in the past year?
  • Based on the current stock price, do you still think it is a good investment? Explain. 
  • What are two questions you would try to answer to figure out if it was a good investment NOW?

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Behind the numbers (from Motley Fool): 

One of the market's biggest winners has done more than merely triple. Shares of Weight Watchers have popped more than sixfold. The provider of weight management support and solutions initially got a boost when Oprah Winfrey became a stakeholder and spokesperson in 2016, but the stock really started moving in 2017 when it began to post growth in its subscriptions. 

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Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.