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5:32 a.m. Nov. 11, 2021 - By Steve Gelsi
Goldman discloses 19% stake in marketing company StagwellGoldman Sachs Group Inc. disclosed an ownership stake of about 20.95 million shares or 18.5% of marketing services company Stagwell Inc. , according to filings on Wednesday. The holding is valued at about $210 million based on Stagwell's stock price of $10.05 a share on Thursday. Stagwell announced on Sept. 23 that it would convert Series 6 and Series 8 preferred stock as part of an effort to streamline and simplify its capital structure, but it did not name the entity receiving the stock. A spokesperson for the company said Goldman had held the convertible stock as part of a prior investment in the company. Mark Penn, the ex-Microsoft Corp. executive known for popularizing the term "soccer mom," founded Stagwell in 2015 to invest in advertising, research, data analytics, public relations and online marketing companies. The firm raised $250 million in funding and drew in loans and other financing, including backing from Microsoft co-founder Steve Ballmer.
12:00 p.m. Oct. 14, 2021 - By MarketWatch
5 quality energy stocks with high dividend yields propelled by soaring oil pricesThese stocks have dividend yields as high as 5.91%, and the companies never cut dividends after oil prices began their long decline in 2014.
3:08 a.m. Sept. 23, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Brilliant Earth halves offering in IPO, which priced well below expected rangeBrilliant Earth Group Inc.'s stock is slated to start trading Thursday, as the California-based jewelry company's downsized initial public offering priced overnight at $12 a share, well below . The company raised $100 million as it sold 8.33 million shares in the IPO, half the previously expected offering of 16.67 million shares. The IPO pricing valued the company at about $1.1 billion. The stock is expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq some time after the opening bell, under the ticker symbol "BRLT." The company is going public along with several other companies, including Remitly Global Inc. , Sovos Brands Inc. , EngageSmart Inc. and Sterling Check Corp. . The Renaissance IPO ETF has gained 5.4% over the past three months while the S&P 500 has tacked on 3.6%.
5:20 a.m. Sept. 2, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Alibaba stock extends corrective bounce after pledge to spend $15.5 billion for 'common prosperity' amid regulatory scrutinyShares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. rose 0.8% in morning trading Thursday, to put them on track for a fourth straight gain, even as the China-based e-commerce giant continued to face regulatory scrutiny. The stock has rallied 9.6% over the past four sessions, and has corrected 10.6% since closing at a 2-year low of $157.96 on Aug. 20. Many on Wall Street view a rise, or fall, of at least 10% to up to 20% from a significant low or high as a correction, while moves of 20% or more are considered new bull or bear markets. Chinese regulators , for using false promotions and making use of unqualified drivers and cars, according to a notice posted on the Ministry of Transportation's social media account, according to a Dow Jones Newswires report. Separately on Thursday, Alibaba vowed to spend RMB100 billion, or about $15.5 billion, by 2025 for the government's "common prosperity" drive, , at a time that regulators were clamping down on technology giants for contributing to social divides. Alibaba's stock has dropped 20.4% over the past three months, while the iShares MSCI China ETF has lost 13.5% and the S&P 500 has gained 7.8%.
3:16 a.m. Aug. 20, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
LumiraDx, SPAC CA Healthcare slash value of merger deal by $2 billionLumiraDx Ltd. and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) CA Healthcare Acquisition Corp. said Friday the value of to take LumiraDx public has been cut by 40%, citing "various considerations," including recent market environment for publicly traded diagnostic companies and declines in COVID-19 testing volumes. The new deal terms lowers the pro forma enterprise value of the combined company to $3 billion from $5 billion, while the combined group is still expected to receive about $115 million in trust. The original deal terms were announced in early April. "LumiraDx has a clear strategy for addressing the large and underpenetrated testing market to increase next-generation POC market share," said CA Healthcare Chief Executive Larry Neiterman. "We believe these qualities and the recent business progress, combined with an adjusted valuation, support a highly compelling investment thesis on an absolute and relative basis."
2:41 a.m. July 8, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Israeli oncology treatment company Alpha Tau to go public by merging with SPAC Healthcare Capital in $1 billion dealIsraeli oncology treatment company Alpha Tau said Thursday it is going public by merging with special purpose acquisition corporation Healthcare Capital Corp. in a deal with a pro forma equity value of about $1 billion. Alpha Tau is expected to have up to $367 million in gross proceeds from the deal, dividend between the $275 million held in the SPAC's trust and a $92 million private investment in public equity, or PIPE, backed by investors including Yozma Investment Co. (part of Yozma Group Korea), Grand Decade Developments (an affiliate of China Grand Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Holdings), as well as other leading technology investors including OurCrowd, Regah Ventures and the co-founders of Apax Partners, Alan Patricof and Sir Ronald Cohen, the companies said in a joint statement. Proceeds will be used to pursue a Food and Drug Administration marketing authorization, for research and development, to expand manufacturing and provide cash runway at least into 2024. The deal is expected to close by year-end, after which Alpha Tau will be listed on Nasdaq.
8:01 a.m. June 25, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
IPO market sees post-2000 record in second quarter as tech enjoys most active quarter in two decadesThe U.S. initial public offering market saw 113 deals in the second quarter, making it the most active since 2000, according to Renaissance Capital, a provider of institutional research and IPO ETFs. And with IPO returns rebounding and a large and growing pipeline, the market is expected to be active in the third quarter as well. New issuers raised a total of $39.9 billion in the latest quarter, the biggest sum ever for a second quarter. The market saw average returns of 34%, driven by first-day pops in prices. Healthcare accounted for the most issuance, but it was the busiest quarter for tech IPOs in at least two decades, Renaissance CEO and co-Founder Bill Smith said in emailed comments. "The year's record-breaking pace of billion-dollar IPOs continued with Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi , oat milk brand Oatly , and app software maker AppLovin ," said Smith. The trend surrounding special purpose acquisition corporations, or SPACs, blank-check companies that raise money in an IPO and then look to acquire a business or businesses, slowed significantly from previous quarters. SPACs became a highly popular way to go public during the pandemic year of 2020, setting records for number of deals and amount raised. But investor fatigue and growing scrutiny from regulators dampened enthusiasm for the vehicle, although merger announcements continued, said Smith. The Renaissance IPO ETF finished the quarter up 4% and is up 2% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 9%.
2:48 a.m. April 20, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
UPDATE: Cannabis stocks rally premarket after House passes SAFE Banking ActCannabis stocks rallied across the board in premarket trade Tuesday, with the Cannabis ETF up 4.6%, after the that do business with companies in states that have legalized the plant for medicinal or recreational purposes from federal enforcement action. The so-called SAFE Banking Act -- SAFE stands for Secure and Fair Enforcement -- aims to open up the federally insured banking system to cannabis companies, that have been starved of capital and forced to do much of their business in cash. The bill would exempt cannabis business transactions from being considered proceeds from illegal activity and subject to anti-money-laundering laws. It would also prohibit banking regulators from asking banks to terminate a customer account unless there was a valid reason aside from reputation risk. The bill last passed the House in 2019, only to die in the Senate. Its fate this time around in the Senate now under Democratic control is still unclear. Premarket gainers were mostly Canadian companies, even though with the exception of Canopy Growth Corp. , they are not expected to immediately benefit from U.S. cannabis law reforms. Tilray Inc. was up 3.8%, Aphria Inc. , with which it is merging, was up 2.2%. Canopy was up 1.6% and Cronos Group Inc. was up 1.2%. Shares of U.S. multistate operators were not yet active.
6:40 a.m. March 22, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a jagged technical test, S&P 500 maintains support (3,915) Focus: Regional banks digest break to record territory, KRE, UNH, M, DDS, DKNGU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising at least partly amid easing Treasury yields. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has weathered a jagged retest of next support (3,915) to punctuate a mid-March downturn that has thus far inflicted limited true damage.
7:20 a.m. March 19, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting another bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 tags familiar support Focus: Basic materials assert bull flag, XLB, WHR, FTNT, USB, FOURU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating in the wake of this week’s Federal Reserve policy actions. Against this backdrop, the bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, on balance, though the prevailing market technicals are not one-size-fits-all.
7:18 a.m. March 18, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation: Dow industrials take flight amid surging Treasury yields Focus: 10-year yield continues to take flight, TNX, NDAQ, DHI, XPO, VNOMU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating as market rotation persists after the Federal Reserve’s Wednesday policy statement. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has extended a break atop the 33,000 mark, as the Nasdaq Composite vies to simply maintain a posture atop its 50-day moving average.
6:54 a.m. March 17, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: S&P 500 digests breakout ahead of Fed Focus: Metals & mining sector sustains break to six-year highs, Facebook’s stealth trendline breakout, XME, FB, SIMO, SBUX, ANU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement, due out this afternoon.
7:53 a.m. March 16, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting rotational breakouts, S&P 500 rallies to record highs Focus: Transports digest March breakout, McDonald’s stages trendline breakout, IYT, MCD, VIRT, CROX, SAVETechnically speaking, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have staged tandem breakouts — tagging all-time highs — though amid March price action that remains uneven, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:28 a.m. March 16, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting rotational breakouts, S&P 500 rallies to record highs Focus: Transports digest March breakout, McDonald’s stages trendline breakout, IYT, MCD, VIRT, CROX, SAVEBroadly speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically, though the March price action remains uneven. Amid the cross currents, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have staged tandem breakouts — tagging all-time highs — while the Nasdaq Composite has sustained a break to firmer technical ground, though it remains far from record territory.
7:15 a.m. March 15, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout attempt, S&P 500 nails the range top Focus: Retail sector tags record close, General Motors reaches uncharted territory, XRT, GM, LKQ, ANTM, JWNU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating ahead of the Federal Reserve’s mid-week policy meeting. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is digesting an aggressive break to record territory, while the S&P 500’s slow-motion breakout attempt remains underway.
2:45 a.m. March 15, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Extended Stay's stock soars after WSJ report of $6 billion buyout deal with Blackstone, StarwoodShares of Extended Stay America Inc. soared 15.9% toward a 2-year in premarket trading Monday, after that the hotel operator has agreed to be acquired by Blackstone Group and Starwood Capital Group in a deal valued at $6 billion. The WSJ report did not have a per-share price paid, but said the companies will release details of the deal on Monday. Extended Stay's stock closed Friday at $16.94, giving the company a market capitalization of $3.01 billion. The stock has rallied 137.9% over the past 12 months, while the S&P 500 has gained 45.5%.
7:32 a.m. March 12, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull case strengthens amid statistically unusual technical events Focus: Currency cross currents surface amid March volatility, FXE, UUP, WBA, IP, APA, VLOU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating as Treasury yields vie to extend a strong March start. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has taken flight — rising amid a two standard deviation technical breakout — while the S&P 500 continues to challenge major resistance.
7:11 a.m. March 11, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a stealth breakout attempt: S&P 500 rattles cage on record highs Focus: Europe tags three-year highs amid ECB actions, Boeing’s recovery attempt morphs to key breakout, IEV, BA, MMM, CME, WLKU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Thursday, rising after strong weekly jobs data and amid largely easing sovereign bond yields following the ECB’s policy statement. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has extended a break to all-time highs, while the S&P 500 has tagged a nominal record high early Thursday.
7:19 a.m. March 10, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through: Nasdaq reclaims the breakdown point Focus: Homebuilders challenge record highs, XHB, LUV, CENX, PKG, MXU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising after a relatively tame reading on consumer price inflation eased concerns regarding a potentially overheating economy. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has tagged its latest all-time high, while perhaps more importantly (from a technical standpoint), the Nasdaq Composite has extended a rally atop key resistance.
8:00 a.m. March 9, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal: Nasdaq ventures atop the breakdown point Focus: Airlines sustain decisive 2021 breakout, Materials challenge record highs, JETS, XLB, V, UA, ALK, BIGTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have retained a bullish intermediate-term bias — even amid recent volatility — while the Nasdaq Composite is vying to repair a more damaging March downdraft, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:35 a.m. March 9, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal: Nasdaq ventures atop the breakdown point Focus: Airlines sustain decisive 2021 breakout, Materials challenge record highs, JETS, XLB, V, UA, ALK, BIGTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains uneven as a March divergence persists. On a headline basis, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have retained a bullish intermediate-term bias — even amid recent volatility — while the Nasdaq Composite is vying Tuesday to repair a more damaging March downdraft.
7:09 a.m. March 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market cross currents persist: Nasdaq hesitates at the breakdown point Focus: Crude oil rises amid reflation trade/geopolitics, USO, CAT, STT, AEO, ICHRU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating amid a familiar March divergence. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has rallied within striking distance of record highs, while the recently lagging Nasdaq Composite has balked early Monday at its breakdown point.
7:50 a.m. March 5, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a technical question mark, S&P 500 violates the 50-day average Focus: 10-year Treasury note yield continues to take flight, Sector leaders remain in divergence mode, TNX, XLF, IYT, QQQU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating after a stronger-than-expected monthly jobs report. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured under its 50-day moving average for the first time since November, though amid a downturn that gets low marks for bearish style. The prevailing bigger-picture technicals are not one-size-fits-all.
7:34 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a volatile March start: S&P 500, Nasdaq reach key technical tests Focus: Charting a still bullish-leaning sector backdrop, IYT, XLF, QQQ, XLV, XLU, XLP, XLE, XLI, AMZNU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday — though well off the session’s worst levels — vacillating amid a volatile March start. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 is back for its latest crack at the 50-day moving average, currently 3,820, while the Nasdaq Composite has whipsawed Thursday at last-ditch support matching the 2020 peak (12,973).
7:08 a.m. March 3, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market divergence persists, Nasdaq whipsaws at 50-day average Focus: Materials sector approaches record highs, XLB, AA, HES, SATS, BZHU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating after a mixed batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks remain in divergence mode, as the Nasdaq Composite continues to underperform amid relative strength elsewhere.
7:50 a.m. March 2, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish March start: S&P 500, Nasdaq maintain major support Focus: Industrials hold the breakout point, Intel’s stealth recovery attempt, Boeing builds on trendline breakout, XLI, INTC, BA, ETSY, MABroadly speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically despite persistently uneven price action in spots, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:29 a.m. March 2, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish March start: S&P 500, Nasdaq maintain major support Focus: Industrials hold the breakout point, Intel’s stealth recovery attempt, Boeing builds on trendline breakout, XLI, INTC, BA, ETSY, MABroadly speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically despite persistently uneven price action in spots. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has knifed from its 50-day moving average — registering its biggest daily gain since June — to punctuate a second consecutive late-month retest.
7:09 a.m. March 1, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting successful technical tests: S&P 500, Nasdaq knife from major support Focus: Gold’s technical breakdown, Starbucks tags record highs, GLD, SBUX, MXL, OII, GRPNU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising after a strong batch of economic data and amid stabilizing Treasury yields. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have knifed from major support amid an unusually strong March start.
7:15 a.m. Feb. 26, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 holds 50-day average (again) Focus: 10-year yield takes flight, Charting a largely bullish sub-sector backdrop, Apple, Facebook and Amazon test key thresholds, TNX, IYT, XLF, QQQ, XLE, XLI, AAPL, FB, AMZNU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating as a late-month market whipsaw persists. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks remain in divergence mode — amid uneven price action — though the bigger-picture technical backdrop remains bullish, on balance.
7:10 a.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents: Late-month divergence persists Focus: 10-year yield matches S&P 500’s dividend yield, Financials take flight, TNX, XLF, F, ETN, ZG, HDU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured as persistently surging U.S. Treasury yields present a market headwind. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks have largely weathered the recent market whipsaw, though amid increasingly uneven price action.
7:14 a.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation: S&P 500 maintains the breakout point Focus: Nasdaq 100 holds 50-day average, Industrials tag record highs, Airlines take flight, QQQ, XLI, JETS, UAL, ORCL, WIXU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising in the wake of a pronounced market whipsaw. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have maintained major support, rising amid rotational, and still largely bullish, late-month price action.
1:56 a.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Bausch Health stock surges toward 5-year high after agreement with activist investor Carl IcahnShares of Bausch Health Companies Inc. surged 2.9% toward a five-year high in premarket trading Wednesday, after the pharmaceuticals and medical devices company said it reached an agreement with billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, and will add two of his nominees to its board of directors. The . The company said it will appoint Brett Icahn and Steven Miller, portfolio managers at Icahn Capital LP, to its board as new independent directors. "Our new colleagues bring a wealth of transaction experience to our Board, which will serve us well as we continue to execute on our strategic priorities, including our previously announced intention to spin off our leading eye health business," said Bausch Health Chief Executive Joseph Papa. The stock, on track to open at the highest price seen during regular-session hours since May 2016, has run up 64.1% over the past three months through Tuesday, while the S&P 500 has gained 6.8%.
7:40 a.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a market divergence, Nasdaq violates the breakout point Focus: Energy and Metals & Mining sectors take flight, Apple ventures under major support, XLE, XME, AAPL, NUE, SIGTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have extended a downturn from recent record highs, pressured amid increasingly uneven price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:10 a.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a market divergence, Nasdaq violates the breakout point Focus: Energy and Metals & Mining sectors take flight, Apple ventures under major support, XLE, XME, AAPL, NUE, SIGTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have extended a downturn from recent record highs, pressured amid increasingly uneven late-month price action.
7:17 a.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500 traverses the range Focus: Japan sustains February break to record territory, EWJ, NTAP, SCCO, ODFL, KSSU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating as tech stocks turn lower, pressured at least partly amid recently surging Treasury yields. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have maintained bullish holding patterns, asserting trading ranges underpinned by familiar support.
7:03 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting successful technical tests, U.S. benchmarks nail first support Focus: Biotech sector pulls in toward key support, Charting Apple’s bull-bear debate, XBI, AAPL, STX, GOOS, WMTU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising amid optimism over stimulus-package prospects. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has registered a bullish reversal from well-defined support. The S&P 500 has nailed its range bottom (3,885) while the Nasdaq Composite and Dow industrials have rallied from their breakout points.
7:00 a.m. Feb. 18, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 tags first support Focus: Airlines tag 11-month highs, JETS, SPOT, TXN, CVX, ZNGAU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured after disappointing weekly jobs data and a soft batch of quarterly earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended a downturn from recent record highs, pulling in to tag first support (3,885).
7:26 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents, S&P 500 pulls in to the range Cross currents across asset classes surface amid surging Treasury yields, TNX, USO, GLD, FXY, UUP, XLF, KREU.S. stocks are lower early Wednesday, pressured as the latest economic data fuel the debate regarding potential pending inflation. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has reversed from Tuesday’s record high, pulling in to its former range amid largely garden-variety selling pressure.
7:36 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bull-flag breakout attempts: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag record territory Focus: Financials and transports stage tandem breakout attempt, XLF, IYT, ADI, IPHI, BLDR, LYFTTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising amid a still broadly constructive 2021 start, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:10 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bull-flag breakout attempts: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag record territory Focus: Financials and transports stage tandem breakout attempt, XLF, IYT, ADI, IPHI, BLDR, LYFTTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising amid a still broadly constructive 2021 start.
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