jmckenna15

John McKenna

I am a Boston, MA native with a passion for finance, economics, public policy, and college football. I started writing for the Fool in 2012 looking to improve my writing ability while learning something new. Since then, I've been interested in advancing my career in capital and equity markets. I love working with statistics and numbers, which drove me to get into economics, and later finance, and I am thankful for Motley Fool for helping me turn it into something practical.

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Thu Apr 10

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How Original Programming Can Save This Company

Yahoo! has been trying to innovate recently in order to stay competitive with Google, but it has only disappointing quarterly earnings to show for it. Can a shift to long-form original programming -- Netflix's kingdom -- be the turning point Marissa [more]

Wed Apr 2

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Is Pandora Media's Competitive Advantage Eroding?

About a year after Apple announced iTunes Radio, the much touted "Pandora killer" may be coming to Android, a serious challenge to Pandora's market share. Yet despite Apple-caused stock declines, Pandora's stock still climbed, but has its reckoning [more]

Sat Mar 1

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Activision Will Rule 2014

After a better than expected 2013 earnings report led to multi-decade highs for Activision Blizzard's share price, it rolls into 2014 with a slate of highly anticipated games and a stronger financial structure that could make this one of 2014's [more]

Tue Feb 4

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Will News Make Investors Say "Yahoo!"?

At CES 2014, keynote speaker and Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer, spoke about how Yahoo! News Service will try to make news reporting smartphone and tablet-friendly. Yet, with Twitter hot off a successful IPO launch, and Google's built-in advantage of [more]

Fri Jan 24

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What's Driving the Japanese Whiskey Boom?

With a resurgence in global whiskey sales, Japanese whiskey sales have soared, with Suntory brands like Hibiki and Yamakazi winning critical acclaim among some of the toughest to please critics. But is the current resurgence a sign of a healthy [more]

Thu Dec 19

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Inside Facebook's Company Town

Already considering itself a campus rather than an office, Facebook is about to add housing to its Menlo Park headquarters, offering workers and non-workers affordable housing in the increasingly expensive city. But will people move in?

Tue Nov 19

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Will Activision Win the Next-Gen Game Fight?

As the new consoles come out, Activision is looking to make sures those consoles whir with its games. With a boost in its price target, and a slate of games coming out for both consoles (and the Wii), Activision has big expectations, and it may just [more]

Wed Nov 13

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Judgment Day Has Come for the Console Titans

After months of jawing, miscues, predictions, and convention tours, Sony and Microsoft are ready to release their consoles to the world of investors and gamers. Yet as the final preparations are made, investors would be wise to learn of the mistakes [more]

Tue Oct 29

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Lighting a (Kindle) Fire

With twice the processing power and an innovative customer service option, Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX will be sure to turn heads -- and prop up Amazon's stature in the tablet industry.

Tue Sep 17

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Ignore the Doubters: Consider This Man's Investments

Activist investor Bill Ackman has taken a lot of heat in his day for some of his investment calls. But those who doubt his investment prowess do do so at their own peril.

Mon Sep 16

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DOJ Airline Lawsuit Is Much Ado About Nothing

On Aug. 13, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to block the US Airlines/American Airlines merger -- but its concerns may prove groundless.

Wed Sep 4

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How a Pretzel Saved a Fast-Food Giant

Wendy's has had a rough, stagnant decade, with flops in new menu items and a re-branding to stay modern. But with the addition of the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, Wendy's has a spring in its step and a renewed sense of competition with its two bigger [more]

Tue Sep 3

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This Big Box Store Doesn't Like a Good Economy

Long considered a recession-proof store, WalMart prospered over the last few years offering affordable groceries to lower-income households. But with an improving economy, and a customer base hampered by the recent payroll tax hike, WalMart may soon [more]

Mon Aug 26

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Are China and this Copper Mine a Match Made in Heaven?

For a long time, Latin America was the only place to find enough copper to supply the world's appetite, but with the first shipments leaving Mongolia's Oyu Tolgoi mine and China's growing appetite for copper, will the tides change?

Thu Aug 22

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jmckenna15 published an article 11:12 AM

3 Questions for Groupon's New CEO

Groupon had a rare positive 2nd Quarter earnings report, as well as announcing a new CEO in Eric Lefkofsky. With the new CEO comes a potential to turn the page on the poor Andrew Mason era and look towards the future. But first, Mr. Lefkofsky needs [more]

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