Your Daily Dose of Financial earthquakes


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Trump threatens to close down Social Networks after Twitter fact-checks Trump
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Trumpโ€™s favorite social media platform, Twitter, yesterday began fact-checking his posts, applying warning labels to two of his tweets that made misleading claims about mail-in voting ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Trump answered (on Twitter) saying that "Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen" ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Twitter as a private company gets to set its own rules for what happens on its platform. Last October, it banned all political ads from the platform ๐Ÿ˜‡

Shares of Twitter are down 2% in pre-market - will investors fear retaliation?


Boeing is surging amid hopes of a Coronavirus Vaccine
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Boeing rose 6% in pre-market trading after Novavax began its Phase 1 trial of its coronavirus vaccine candidate ๐Ÿ’‰

A successful vaccine would allow individuals to travel safely and could lead to a rebound in air travel demand, still down 90% in the U.S. โœˆ๏ธ

The sector has been shattered by the coronacrisis and Boeing lost more than half of its market capitalization since Feb due to successive airlines canceling their existing orders and showing no signs of making new ones ๐Ÿ“‰

Novavax announcement comes a couple of days after Moderna also reported positive developments on its vaccine trial.

Will Boeing keep flying high on the news?


U.S.-China tensions are ramping up on multiple dimensions
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U.S.-China tensions are ramping up as if the World needed another trade war โš”๏ธ

As the Coronacrisis draws on, the relationship between the 2 countries keep worsening with each blaming the other about the true extent and origin of the coronavirus outbreak ๐Ÿ˜ท

In the latest move, the U.S. passed legislation that could restrict Chinese companies from raising money from U.S. investors, unless they abide by Washingtonโ€™s regulatory and audit standards ๐Ÿง
The U.S. also warned China of retaliation after China imposed stronger security law over Hong Kong ๐Ÿ”ฅ

How will the Dow Jones, which has been the mirror of this trade war, will react?


Johnson & Johnson discontinues talc baby powder in US and Canada
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Johnson & Johnson, the giant Pharmaceutical company, is withdrawing its iconic talc-based baby powder in the US & Canada ๐Ÿ‘ถ

Sales of the talc product were sharply declining for years because of what the company attributed โ€œin large part to changes in consumer habits and fueled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising.โ€ ๐Ÿค”

Indeed, J&J had to pay billions to settle lawsuits from mothers around the world accusing the talc to be at the origin of their Ovarian cancer. No studies have been able to prove this link so far.

Will investors worry about a declining brand image? ๐Ÿ“‰


TikTok takes over Disney+ boss to be its new CEO
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Disneyโ€™s Head of Streaming, Kevin Mayer, is set to become TikTokโ€™s CEO ๐Ÿ“น

Mayer earned a reputation as one of Disneyโ€™s best deal makers and worked on the companyโ€™s acquisitions of Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and online video company BAMTech. Losing the mastermind behind the largely successful launch of Disney+ is not good news for Disney & the stock was down 1.5% in pre-market trading ๐Ÿง

Disney was up 8% yesterday amid hopes that Parks will reopen soon thanks to a breakthrough in the conception of a vaccine against COVID-19 ๐Ÿฆ 

Rebecca Campbell, president of Disneyland Resort, will take over his position.
"No one is irreplaceable"?


US-China tensions rise as Trump bans chipmakers like Qualcomm to supply Huawei
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The Trump administration just announced a blockage of shipments of semiconductors to Huawei in an action that could ramp up tensions with China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Qualcomm, a wireless technology company developing the chips behind the 5G technology would end up cut-off from one of its major clients ๐ŸŒ
The U.S. is trying to convince allies to exclude Huawei products from 5G networks on grounds its equipment could be used by China for spying ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Whether or not you believe Trump, analysts agree that this "blame game" could lead to a full-scale trade war with consequences worst than the Coronacrisis ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Qualcomm is down 5%, will it keep sinking?


Uber aims at the top of the podium in a move to acquire GrubHub
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Yesterday, Uber made an offer to buy food delivery company & competitor Grubhub in an effort to consolidate a booming market ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ”

This move would bring together two of the largest food delivery companies. However, both sides have yet to agree on a deal. Rumors said Uber offered as much as 2.15 shares of Uber for each share of GrubHub in an all-stock deal.
So far, GrubHub said "no, thanks" ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Go big or go home. Uber's strategy of being #1 in each of its markets has paid off so far and investors are excited about the potential merger. Uber stock is up +2.5% as investors are monitoring the deal.

Will Uber raise its bid? ๐Ÿค‘


Elon Musk practically dares authorities to arrest him
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After weeks battling with California, calling the lockdown measures "fascism", Elon Musk just tweeted: โ€œTesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.โ€ ๐Ÿค 

Musk received support from the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, urging California to help Tesla reopen. Musk also threatened to move the whole production line in Texas โš”๏ธ

Tesla released a very complete playbook of guidelines to ensure a safe return to operations, but it still goes against national health guidelines...

Tesla is up 2% in pre-market trading ๐Ÿค”


Branson to sell up to $500M in Virgin Galactic shares to help his other businesses
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Richard Branson is preparing to sell up to $500M of his stake in Virgin Galactic to help his other holiday & travel businesses that have been impacted greatly by the pandemic ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ’ฅ

Virgin Galactic is developing commercial spacecraft for space tourists & space science missions ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
The company did not yet send anyone in space but has received non-refundable deposits from 400 clients, representing $100M of potential future revenue ๐Ÿ’ธ

The billionaire founder has been vocal about the financial struggle of the group Virgin, and he has even recently declared he would use his private island as collateral to obtain government loans ๐Ÿ˜…


Uber is taking heavy losses but investors seem to keep believing
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Yesterday, Uber reported its Q1 results, including revenue of $3.54B and a net loss of $2.9B, its biggest loss in three quarters ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

Rides booking fell "only" 5% in Q1 & was down around 80% in April, though the CEO shed some optimism after mentioning that ride volume kept increasing in the past 3 weeks. On the other hand, Uber Eats saw a 50% year-over-year increase as more people ordered food for delivery at home ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ

This week, Uber laid off about 14% of its corporate employees to cut costs. Uber also withdrew its February claim to be profitable by the end of the year ๐Ÿคง

Sounds like bad news to you? Shares are up +6% ๐Ÿค”


Is Peloton the future of workout? Its share price says yes.
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We introduced you to Peloton a month ago, the startup that sells connected cycles for home use, as well as subscriptions to stream workout classes ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ

Well, it appears it was a good bet. Pelotonโ€™s revenue surged 66% during Q1 to $524.6M, as more people purchased its fitness equipment and tuned into its live classes, to try to workout from home during the lockdowns ๐Ÿ 

The question is: will people go back to the Gym after the pandemic or will they stick to their new home workout habits? Investors seem to bet on the latter as the stock is up almost +20% overnight ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Shares are at an all-time high, but is the ride over?


Beyond Meat is navigating through the pandemic
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Beyond Meat, the plant-based burger producer, posted better-than-expected earnings for Q1 ๐Ÿฅฆ

The young company reported a net income of $1.8M compared with a net loss of $6.6M last year, mainly thanks to a spike in sales for retailers, benefiting from consumers eating at home. Beyond Meat also announced plans to capitalize on potential meat supply chain issues as the price of Beef and Pork is skyrocketing in the U.S., pushing customers towards new options ๐Ÿฎ

However & given the lockdown uncertainty, the company withdrew its earnings forecast for the year as restaurants still represent 50% of its revenue ๐Ÿค”

Time to go vegetarian?


Is the Magic still at Disney?
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Disney will report its Q1 Earnings tonight and it doesn't look good ๐Ÿคง

The Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products segment was its fastest-growing profit driver, but it could now turn into the biggest drag. Disney has faced movie theater, film and TV production shutdowns as well as the closure of all of its theme parks ๐ŸŽข

Disney has not disclosed plans for any park reopening. Analysts do not see that happening soon as the need for social distancing & travel restrictions will remain until there is a widely available vaccine ๐Ÿ’‰

With low expectations from investors, will Disney be able to reassure with a new strategic outlook?


Is Elon Musk victim of a lockdown-breakdown?
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Last Friday, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk went on a twitter rant starting with a claim that "Tesla stock price is too high imo" ๐Ÿค”

Musk has been vocal lately about his frustration of the Economic shutdown. Critics voiced their concerns that Elon Musk was prioritizing his business over the health of its workers. He answered "I am selling almost all physical possessions. Will own no house.", adding then "Now give people back their FREEDOM" ๐Ÿคฏ

Shares of Tesla immediately fell by 10% on worries that the CEO was kind of losing it, not mentioning his past issues with the SEC for alleged market manipulation ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

Will investors lose faith?


Will Amazon meet the market's high expectations for its Q1 Results?
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Amazon, besides being one of the highest valued company in the world (a little less than half the GDP of France), has also been under the spotlight during the pandemic, with its core businesses potentially benefiting from the situation ๐Ÿ˜ท

Amazon stock surged by +28% since Jan. on speculation that the lockdowns created a boom in e-commerce (Amazon Fresh) and cloud services use (AWS) ๐Ÿ›’โ˜๏ธ
As a matter of fact, Amazon declared a couple of weeks ago that they would hire 175K additional workers, meanwhile, unemployment in the U.S. is reaching new records ๐Ÿ”ฅ

The earning report is set for tonight after the bell. Is Amazon unstoppable?


Facebook Q1 Earnings: A question mark on Ad Revenue
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Google shares soared 7.7% this morning after reporting a decline in Ad Revenue less steep than expected ๐Ÿ“ˆ

Tonight, it's up to Facebook to report its Q1 Earnings, and all eyes will be on the potentially declining Ad revenue which accounts for 98.5% of Facebook revenue ๐Ÿ’ฅ

During the pandemic, the world seems to be aggressively turning to FB and other social media platforms for information and entertainment. That's good for the key metric of FB which is the Monthly Active Users ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป
On the other hand, the traditional advertising FB has had for travel, shopping & small businesses might not be in its best shape ๐Ÿ“‰

What's your take?


U.S. set to reopen the Economy, maybe too soon?
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With just a couple of days left in April, the Dow Jones is up over 10%, on its way to break a 3-month losing streak with its best monthly performance since Oct. 2002 ๐ŸŽข

Traders are increasingly betting on the reopening of the U.S. economy, which, according to experts, is not even โ€œremotely preparedโ€ to re-open ๐Ÿค”

Earnings reports are showing a crashing impact of the outbreak on the Economy, and Companies are pulling out their guidance for the rest of the year amid uncertainties due to the evolution of the pandemic.

Despite a poor outlook, the market is rallying as it seems that the situation cannot get worse. What's your take? ๏ฟฝ


Tesla has asked workers to return to work as soon as this week
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Tesla has asked dozens of workers to return to work at its California vehicle assembly plant on Wednesday, according to internal memos, even though the lockdown is enforced until next Monday at least ๐Ÿค”

Tesla clashed with the County officials last month over whether its factory was an essential business but was not permitted to remain open.
Since the beginning of the crisis, Elon Musk has been quite vocal that the panic over the pandemic was "dumb" and he seemed eager to resume production of its electric vehicles ๐Ÿš—

Will the market appreciate the business-first approach of Musk ahead of its Q1 earnings report on Wednesday? ๐Ÿค‘


Google is cutting its marketing budget by half
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Alphabet (the holding of Google), is planning to slash its marketing budgets by half meanwhile freezing hiring due to the global economic slowdown ๐Ÿ’ฅ

The move comes as a surprise as Sundar Pichai announced last week "some recalibration", but did not mention such drastic measures. We also discovered that the company withdrew access to skills training resources for its contractors ๐Ÿง

Prior to the pandemic, Google expected to increase marketing spending (~$18.5B in 2019)
Google is down 2% today and will report its Q1 Earnings next Tuesday. The question is whether Google's clients also cut their advertisement spending by half ย ๐Ÿ˜


Las Vegas Sands surge on optimism around the lift of lockdowns in Asia
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Las Vegas Sands is a chain of Hotels and Casinos in the U.S. and South-East Asia (Macao & Singapore). It was one of the 1st U.S. company badly hit by the pandemic since it generates the majority of its income in Asia and its Casinos were shut down as soon as Jan. ๐Ÿ˜ท

LVS surged by +10% in pre-market today after publishing Q1 results not as bad as expected. The chain also painted a brighter future announcing that demand in Asia is likely to rebound more quickly than the U.S. as Asia has dealt with deadly pandemics in the past... ๐Ÿ’ช

LVS is down 40% since the beginning of the year - but isn't it too soon for optimism? ๐Ÿง


Snapchat shares jump by 20% after surge in revenue and users
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Snap announced yesterday its earnings results for Q1, sending its share price up as much as 20% in after-hours trading ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Snapโ€™s user base grew to 229M daily active users, up 20% from last year.
CEO Evan Spiegel explained that the current lockdowns might have helped: โ€œSnapchat has always been focused on helping people build and maintain their friendships, which is especially critical as people practice physical distancing and shelter in their homesโ€ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

Despite declining advertisement spendings, Snapchat managed to maintain a high level of monetization with a revenue of $462M, up more than 44% from Q1 2019.
Can it keep rising? ๐Ÿค”


Netflix is releasing its highly expected Q1 Earnings today
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Netflix is releasing today its Q1 Earning report and the street is hoping for a blast ๐Ÿ’ฅ

The streaming platform has highly benefited from the quarantine effect and was considered as one of the favorite stay-at-home stock with its market value rising by +35% since January ๐Ÿ“ˆ

But with great power comes great responsibility... The consensus of market analysts expects an Earning per Share 30% higher than last quarter. The bar is set high, especially considering the newcomer Disney+ and the rising Amazon Prime that might have taken some market shares... ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Will Netflix's house of cards collapse or is it heading for the money heist?


Facebook is launching a dedicated live-streaming app for gamers
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Facebook is launching today a dedicated app for people to create and watch live gameplay ๐Ÿ•น

This push into the gaming industry comes at a time of a huge boom in video game broadcasts thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns ๐Ÿ 

Facebook lags behind Twitch and YouTube when it comes to live-streaming with 500M hours of viewing time over the past 3 months compared to 3.1B for Twitch.
However, the company says over 700M of its users already interact with gaming content on the main FB app, hoping to quickly gain considerable traction for its new gaming app ๐Ÿ“ฑ

At a time of declining ad revenues, will the market praise the strategic move?


Hopes amid a potential treatment for the COVID-19
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A report said a Gilead Sciences drug called "Remdesivir" showed some effectiveness in treating the coronavirus, giving investors hope there could be a treatment solution that helps the world reopen faster ๐ŸŒ

The study is anecdotal as there was no control group, a similar setup to the Chloroquine hype in France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Seeking any ounce of optimism, the market is already celebrating a win, pushed by the strong sense of urgency of Trump, who outlined yesterday his plan to reopen the country ๐ŸŽ‰

Since the end of March, the Dow has regained 26.6% after getting slammed by a strong bear market. Are we already on the upside of the V-curve?


Morgan Stanley, last Bank to report its Q1 earning
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Morgan Stanley, the last of the big U.S. banks to report quarterly earnings this week, posted Q1 profit that missed analystsโ€™ expectations ๐Ÿคง

The Bank said that the coronavirus pandemic impacted each of its major businesses, creating turmoil in financial markets and forcing to set aside ~ $400M to cover future potential credit losses ๐Ÿ’ฐ

However and as for its peers, the revenue from trading benefited from the sudden surge in volatility which resulted in higher trading activity.
But the bank warned that that boost could fade away as the crisis wears on โณ

MS was down 2% in pre-market trading - will investor further panic?


U.S. Airlines strike a deal with Trump's administration for $25B aid
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The majors U.S Airlines said they reached deals for $25 billion in payroll grants to help weather the coronavirus ๐Ÿ’ธ

The deal requires airlines not to furlough or cut the pay rates of employees until Sept. 30 ๐Ÿ‘
Delta Airlines said it also reached a deal for a 10-year $1.6 billion loan giving government warrants to acquire around 1% of the Delta stock.

Delta stock surged by 5% after the deal was announced. However, as quarantine measures are tightening, the prospect of commercial flight activity going back to normal seems to get further and further every day ๐Ÿค”

Will this massive grant be enough to reassure investors?


Disney+ now has more than 50 million subscribers
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Do parents love spending time with their kids?

Disney just announced that Disney+ now has more than 50M subscribers - twice as much as in February ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Disney+ rolled out in the U.K, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland & India in the past two weeks, riding the wave of the quarantine keeping people stuck at home and spending more time online ๐Ÿ“บ

But Disney is also very much exposed to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus crisis through the complete shutdown of its theme parks which account for 25% of its revenue (approximately as much as its Media revenue).
Which effect will prevail? ๐Ÿค”


Zoom has been hit with a class-action lawsuit by one of its shareholders
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One month ago, we introduced you to the video conferencing company Zoom as a"plague stock", a stock that could benefit from the coronavirus outbreak ๐Ÿ˜ท

190M new daily users later... Zoom just got hit with a class-action lawsuit by one of its shareholders on the basis that the company failed to disclose issues with its platformโ€™s privacy and security โ›”๏ธ

Multiple concerns have arisen including "zoombombing" attacks, data sharing with Facebook and rerouting of calls through China, eventually leading SpaceX & New York schools to ban the use of Zoom.

Zoom shares have fallen in recent days, but are still up 67% this year ๐Ÿค”


Kraft Heinz is expecting a rise in its first-quarter sales
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You probably know Kraft Heinz from the emblematic Ketchup bottle and others "prepare-at-home food products" ๐Ÿ…

The COVID-19 pandemic is harming parts of Kraft Heinz's business, but the overall impact on demand has been surprisingly positive ๐Ÿ’ช

In fact, organic sales are on track to rise by about 6% in the current quarter, due to very strong consumer demand. The CEO updated the market yesterday night, underlining the great execution of his team in ramping up production.

Who would have thought that the future of food would be Philadelphia Cheese, Ketchup and Mac&Cheese ๐Ÿ˜‹
Kraft Heinz is up 5% in pre-market trading, what's next?


Is Peloton the right stock to benefit from the quarantine?
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You might have heard of Peloton, the startup that sells connected cycles for home use, as well as subscriptions to stream workout classes through an app available to all ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฒ

Peloton is in the middle of an investors' dilemma: on one hand, it is THE stock that could benefit from the quarantine, as consumers are increasingly turning to at-home workouts to maintain their fitness during the pandemic ๐Ÿ˜ท
On the other hand, some big names voiced growing concerns that "virus stocks" like Peloton (or Zoom) might not look so attractive once the pandemic is over ๐Ÿ˜ด

Do you think stay-at-home stocks like Peloton are just a temporary craze?