This week, Breeze editors Jillian Carey & Matt Young dug deeper into the Dogecoin craze. Find out whether Dogecoin is worth the investment and the risks associated with volatile cryptocurrency.

Rapidly rising housing prices have signaled a red flag, as home builders struggle to keep up with demand and fast declining inventory is pushed lower during pandemic uncertainty. Without more stability the housing market could be in trouble as prices continue running higher.

One year ago, the Madison Business Review — a student-led, business-focused publication published through The Breeze — launched with a mission to inform, empower and serve the JMU and Harrisonburg communities. On behalf of our team, thank you for your readership and continued support.

JMU Dining increased meal plan prices after its revenue dropped by $18 million during the pandemic. The Madison Business Review reached out to university officials to find out what's behind the move before speaking with students to hear whether they feel they're getting a fair deal.

Despite a sharp decrease in foot traffic, many fashion brands and apparel companies noticed increased demand last year in one area in particular: leisure and comfort clothing. Will VF Corporation's $2.1 billion acquisition of Supreme pay off in the face of this retail transformation?

An economic rebound is under way as vaccines roll out, which should lead to higher inflation sooner than expected. The Federal Reserve is insisting that monetary policy change is far off, but stocks still sold off. Madison Business Review contributor Bryce Roth breaks down what moved markets.

Recently, non-fungible tokens have surged in popularity, allowing digital files, from art to music, to be sold for ownership. While highly profitable for some, many others find this form of income as objectionable: drawbacks include environmental degradation and a ruined market for digital creators. 

Target’s long-time slogan of “expect more, pay less” may prove to be prophetic for investors, given a bevy of catalysts that lifted the retailer to a record 2020. Here’s a detailed breakdown of Target’s fundamentals to analyze whether the retailer's stock is set to retest its all-time high.

Elon Musk, the world's wealthiest man, is using Twitter to help his followers make a quick buck. By giving market-moving shoutouts to popular stocks and cryptocurrencies like GameStop, Bitcoin and Dogecoin, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO is showing his influence and power as he flexes his social media muscles.

An aggressive army of Redditors took Wall Street hedge funds by storm with wild speculative bets in a massive investing mania that’s quickly becoming one of the most fascinating investing case studies ever. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what’s behind the out-of-control speculation as well as a look at the emotions — greed, fear, euphoria and panic — fueling the Wall Street bloodbath.

 

Moderna and Pfizer appear to have promising COVID-19 vaccines, but will that momentum translate to those companies' bottom lines and stock prices? Madison Business Review contributor Will PerDieu considers whether the two pharmaceutical companies are enticing investments.

Democrats and Republicans have found common ground on one issue, though for starkly different reasons: Big Tech may be too big and powerful. Despite bipartisan criticism, is it time to buy the dips in shares of Facebook and Twitter, or will these social media companies keep trending downward? Here’s a look at how each company will fare going forward.

 

Slowdowns in global trade and business investment crippled chipmakers in 2020 as the pandemic spread, but the industry has proved resilient. This comprehensive research report introduces the semiconductor industry and breaks down its structure, firm conduct, performance and trends to watch going forward.