Ford Sells Almost 8% in Electric Truck Developer Rivian Automotive as Soon as Allowed

Electric truck developer Rivian Automotive raised $11.9 billion to become the largest IPO of 2021. RIVN stock surged as high as $179 per share before crashing in 2022 to $20.88 on Monday following the expiration of the company’s IPO lockup period. Ford Motor sold off about 8% of its stockholdings pushing shares to an all-time low. Ford stock sold off also, down nearly 6% on the day. At one point Ford and Amazon had booked massive unrealized profits on their … Continue reading “Ford Sells Almost 8% in Electric Truck Developer Rivian Automotive as Soon as Allowed”

Under Armour Transition Quarter Hit by Chinese Covid19 Lockdown Disrupting Inbound Freight

Sporting apparel maker Under Armour reported worse than expected first quarter earnings as the Covid forced closures in China led to worsening supply chains for the second straight quarter in Q1. $UAA shares fell over 23% pre-market. Under Armour competes with Nike, Adidas and Lululemon. Under Armour Inc Class A NYSE: UAA Reported Earnings Before Open Friday ($0.01) Missed Exp $0.04 EPS AND Matched $1.3 Billion Revenue Forecast Earnings Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UAA) reported first-quarter results before the open … Continue reading “Under Armour Transition Quarter Hit by Chinese Covid19 Lockdown Disrupting Inbound Freight”

Tesla Delivers Record Earnings Despite Global Supply Chain Headwinds

Tesla reported record Q1 earnings after the market close Wednesday. The takeaway was $TSLA with the foresight of tying up key commodities such as nickel, rare earths and lithium earlier got them ahead of the inflation curve. This made the company able to relentlessly focus on manufacturing. From that gross automotive margin were 30.5%, up from 28.4% over the previous quarter. Even excluding credit sales, operating profit was a record and much better than Wall Street expected. What excited the … Continue reading “Tesla Delivers Record Earnings Despite Global Supply Chain Headwinds”

Smart Safety Syringes Maker Sharps Technology Closes Initial Public Offering

Medical device company Sharps Technology announced the closing of its initial public offering at $4.25 on Friday. The company has patented, best-in-class, single use smart safety syringe products. The common stock and warrants began trading on The Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbols “STSS” and “STSSW,” respectively. Sharps Provensa™ is their premier line of smart safety syringes. The firm says that offer solutions to global healthcare crises such as the 1-2 billion syringe shortage forecasted by the World Health Organization (WHO) … Continue reading “Smart Safety Syringes Maker Sharps Technology Closes Initial Public Offering”

SoFi Pays $1.1 Billion for Banking Software Infrastructure Firm Technisys

In an all-stock deal SOFI hoping to revamp the student lender into a full-service bank. SoFi Technologies (SOFI) is acquiring banking-software maker Technisys SA for about $1.1B in an all-stock deal. SOFI is trading $11.39▼ 0.79 (-6.49%) pre-market. SoFi Technologies Inc. is buying banking-software maker Technisys SA for about $1.1 billion, the latest in a string of deals designed to transform the lender into a one-stop financial shop. Last month, the company received an approval to become a national bank through its proposed acquisition of Golden Pacific … Continue reading “SoFi Pays $1.1 Billion for Banking Software Infrastructure Firm Technisys”

Meta Platforms Stock Plummets 25% as Earnings Meet Reality

Social media beast Metal Platforms (nee. Facebook) reported dismal fourth quarter earnings after the close Wednesday. $FB missed EPS estimates and issued downside 1Q22 revenue. It wasn’t lost on the market the negative divergence versus that of GOOG and raised a red flag for Twitter (TWTR) Snap (SNAP) and Pinterest (PINS).  The uncertainty from Apple IOS changes are still weighing heavily on FB’s advertising. Full functionality of the metaverse may be years away, if ever. It is essential for FB to turn its advertising … Continue reading “Meta Platforms Stock Plummets 25% as Earnings Meet Reality”

Tencent Cashes Out $16.4 Billion Stake in JD.com

Chinese social-media and gaming giant Tencent Holdings said Thursday it would reduce its stake in JD.com to a little over 2% from the current 17%.and distribute $16.4 billion in JD stock as a dividend to shareholders. JD.com (JD) shares fell by more than 7% Thursday. Tencent (TCEHY) shares were up 4% on the news, though is down nearly 40% since its January high. The move follows technology stocks in China being under pressure because of uncertainty surrounding a regulatory crackdown … Continue reading “Tencent Cashes Out $16.4 Billion Stake in JD.com”

US Army Walter Reed Scientists Develop Coronavirus Vaccine Effective Against All Variants Including Omicron

Within weeks reports Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research have developed Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle COVID-19 vaccine, or SpFN, a vaccine that is effective against COVID-19 and all its variants including Omicron. Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of Walter Reed’s infectious diseases branch, made the announcement in an exclusive interview with Defense One.   Walter Reed’s infectious diseases branch decided to focus on making a vaccine that would work against not just the existing strain but all of its potential … Continue reading “US Army Walter Reed Scientists Develop Coronavirus Vaccine Effective Against All Variants Including Omicron”

Samsung Top Chipmaker as Semiconductor Market Tops USD150 Billion

The global semiconductor market increased of 7.6 per cent in Q3 from the previous quarter to USD 153.2 billion (about 180.406 trillion won) market research firm Omdia said in its recent report. Samsung Electronics overtook Intel and topped with USD 20.958 billion (about 24.6361 trillion won) in sales. Omdia said that third-quarter sales were led by seasonal demand, strong sales of memory products such as DRAM and NAND flash. Chip shortages pushed sales though the growth rate was slightly less … Continue reading “Samsung Top Chipmaker as Semiconductor Market Tops USD150 Billion”

German Solar Electric Vehicle Disruptor Sono Group IPO Debut

Germany-based Sono Group NV $SEV raised $150 million at a $1.1 billion market cap. The company is developing what it believes is disruptive solar technology, as well as a solar and battery powered vehicle. Sono Motors is developing the solar electric vehicle (SEV) for the masses, the Sion. It has reached more than 16,000 reservations with advance payments for the Sion, the solar electric vehicle (SEV) for the masses, German disruptive solar technology company Sono Group (SEV) Sono Group N.V. (parent company to … Continue reading “German Solar Electric Vehicle Disruptor Sono Group IPO Debut”