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Last Week’s Summary – an Omen of What Is to Come?

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On Friday, the markets turned jittery as President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Moreover, concerns about the slow economic recovery were amplified as the 661,000 jobs added in the private sector during September was below August’s level.

But, the IPO space has been hotter than ever with Colorado-based software firm Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) and task management app Asana Inc (NYSE: ASAN) went public, eliciting a lot of interest from the market community.

Proving its critics wrong yet again, Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) said it achieved production and delivery goals for the third quarter, exceeding expectations. After a long lull due to COVID-19, M&A activity seems to be picking up, with Walmart (NYSE: WMT) an agreement with Issa Brothers and TDR Capital to sell its UK unit Asda. According to Mint newspaper, Walmart is also advanced talks to invest up to $25 billion in India-based conglomerate Tata Group’s “super app,” which is set to December or January.

Media reports revealed that Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has agreed to acquire the credit card business of General Motors (NYSE: GM) for $2.5 billion. GM has not finalized its deal with Nikola (NASDAQ: NKLA) on September 30th in the light of allegations. The two companies have until December 3rd to finalize the deal.

The leading global provider of 3D automated metrology solutions coordinate measuring machines Perceptron (NASDAQ:PRCP)’s fourth quarter EPS was in line but managed to beat revenue estimates for its fourth quarter. The company announced it entered into a definite agreement to be acquired by Atlas Copco, a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

Uber (NYSE: UBER) won its London battle, giving it an 18 months window to operate in the UK Capital as its progress will be closely monitored by regulatory authorities.

Bed Bath & Beyond (NYSE: BBBY) seems to have resurrected. Last week offered further signs that maybe its CEO Mark Tritton is succeeding in doing what so many of his peers have failed to do – to turn the business around as total quarterly sales that were up 6% YoY, marking the first increase since 2016, while digital sales soared by 89%. Moreover, Bed Bath & Beyond will be offering a same day deliver to take full advantage of the holiday season as it is partnering with Instacart and Target-owned (NYSE: TGT) Shipt.

 

A specialized biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class medicines based on molecules that modulate the activity of the melanocortin and natriuretic peptide receptor systems Palatin Technologies, Inc. (AMEX:PTN) slipped into a loss during its fourth quarter. Net loss for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2020 was $(7.3) million. Net loss for the year ended June 30, 2020 was $(22.4) million with further disruptions to business activity expected due to the pandemic.

SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) reported its second quarter and more importantly, revealed it is exiting Wall Street. Owner of the Weibo platform announced it is going private in $2.6 billion deal. Many Chinese companies are opting out of U.S. stock exchanges, following rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies, by considering go-private deals or returning to equity markets closer to home. This delisting could easily be a sign of further turbulence ahead if President Trump turns his threat to delist Chinese stocks into action.

Weibo Corporation (NASDAQ:WB) saw its share price soar 208% in the last half decade, but it is also down 21% year to date. However, its share price jumped 10.4% on September 30th due to the company delivering better-than-expected second-quarter results.

United Natural Foods (NYSE:UNFI) had somewhat of a mystery collapse as the stock plummeted despite Q4 results being much better than expected. It seems that a solid quarterly report wasn’t enough to satisfy investors in the one of the oldest natural food distributors. Despite better than expected earnings and revenue with net income more than triple from last year’s quarter, shares were down 12.4% on Tuesday. Investors might have also reacted to the news that its CEO is retiring next year, or sooner or simply questioning the assumption that the positive trend of food-at-home-consumption will remain with the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Park City Gr (NASDAQ:PCYG) managed to beat fourth quarter forecasts both in terms of revenue and earnings as it recorded a 25% EPS beat.

Conagra Brands (NYSE : CAG) has beaten analyst estimates both for earnings and revenue. Moreover, the manufacturer and seller of processed and packaged foods showed progress towards its sustainability goals as it will be using plant-based fibers instead of plastic. With this switch, the company will reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing the bowls is by 50 to 70 percent across selected product lines. The goal is to achieve 100 percent of existing plastic packaging renewable, recyclable or compostable by 2025,

Novagold Resources (NYSE: NG) revealed Q3 results for the period that ended on August 31, 2020, reporting a loss of $12.7 million as due to COVID-19 the assay labs were understaffed and the drill results are coming in slower than expected.

Prolonged closures at Walt Disney’s (NYSE: DIS) California-based theme parks and limited attendance at those that reopened have forced the company to lay off 28,000 employees across its parks, experiences and consumer products division, with about 67% of them being part-time employees. The impact of COVID-19 has been significantly amplified by  California’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen. Dow stock Disney fell nearly 2% in premarket trading as this will be a shot heard across the country with many cities living off the tourism brough in by Disney’s entertainment centers.

Although last week was somewhat light when it comes to earnings as we are waiting for mid-October, it had many important events that could easily be the omen of what is to come. Uncertainty has become our everyday norm with further turbulence on the horizon.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure . IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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The EV Industry Is Worth More Than The Traditional Automakers

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Many things that were considered to be impossible actually happened in 2020. One of them is that electric vehicle makers became more valuable than traditional automakers and by about by about $100 billion, according to Barrons. EV makers are now worth about $1.3 trillion whereas traditional car makers combined have a market capitalization of about $1.2 trillion. This figure includes 100 auto makers around the globe with market caps ranging from $10 million all the way to Tesla’s (NASDAQ: TSLA). Based on its fully diluted share count, Tesla is worth about $1 trillion.

This feat is even more impressive if you consider that this is a much smaller industry based on actual number of cars. The last year taught us that the connection between the stock market and the economy is imprecise at best. However, the fact that technology enabled batteries to overpass ICEs is the kind of disruption that investors look for. Even though Tesla is the main contributor to the value of the EV market, the overall image is just as impressive as three of the top five most valuable are EV makers, with Tesla being followed by NIO (NYSE: NIO) and BYD (OTC: BYDDF). As for traditional automakers, Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY) and Toyota (NYSE: TM) are the most valuable ones with both undergoing serious investments into electrification.

Traditional automakers are going electric

On Friday, BMW said it aims to double its sales of fully-electric vehicles this year. Including plug-in hybrids, it aims for a 50 percent increase in sales of electrified vehicles versus 2020. It did not give sales volumes for its fully electric vehicles but in data released on Tuesday, BMW said it sold close to 193,000 electrified vehicles, including fully electric and plug-in hybris in 2020. As a reminder, Tesla delivered almost half a million all-electric models last year, which is 75% of General Motor’s (NYSE: GM) third-quarter deliveries.

The automotive industry is at an inflection point

BEVs take approximately 1% of the total market for light vehicles, but the figure rises to about 3% if we include hybrid and plug-in hybrids. Why exactly it takes a relatively small market share to disrupt an industry is a bit of a mystery, but one reason is that more investment capital tends to flow in when market share come is within the 3% to 5% range. As more capital drives more innovation and improvement, investors are lured by high growth rates, bringing in even more capital and this is how success is made. Over the past year, EV makers have raised more than $20 billion in fresh capital, which is a fraction of what traditional auto companies spend on plants and equipment. However, on a per car basis, the EV industry is investing at roughly 10 times the rate of the traditional industry. Add to this President Joe Biden’s aim of a carbon-free future by 2035 and the drive toward adoption of EVs which is already seeing impressive results in Europe, the all-electric future is around the corner.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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Europe and EVs- A Blossoming Relationship

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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) delivered around 96,000 units to the key European EV market in 2020. But in Europe, Tesla’s cars were overtaken in popularity by Volkswagen (OTC: VWAGY) and Renault (OTC: RNLSY). Sales of electric vehicles by European car makers accelerated rapidly in 2020 amid severe fines for car markers whose fleets don’t meet new emissions targets and generous incentives for buyers to trade in their ICE vehicles.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen reported it delivered 212,000 electric cars across the globe in 2020, which is 158% more than in the year prior. 134,000 of those vehicles were battery-electric vehicles, which grew 197% compared with 2019. Volkswagen also said that its ID. 3 model was the top-selling car in Sweden in December by absolute numbers. All-electric Volkswagen models were on top the Netherlands and Germany, taking approximately 23% of each country’s BEVs market.

Mercedes Benz

On January 8th, Mercedes-Benz-owner Daimler (OTC: DDAIF) said that the brand sold more than 160,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles in 2020, representing growth of more than 228% from 2019. The share of EVs in Daimler’s sales mix rose drastically from 2% in 2019 to more than 7% in 2020. Also, Mercedes-Benz brand remained the world’s top-selling luxury carmaker for the fourth consecutive year.

Renault

Renault reported that it doubled its electric-vehicle sales in Europe. While group sales fell more than 21% in 2020, its EV sales grew 100% growth from 2019 to 115,888 vehicles. Moreover, total orders at the end of December 2020 were up by 14% compared to December 2019, which was attributed to new hybrid offerings. EVs were the only good news in an otherwise bleak 2020 for the French carmaker, which underperformed both global and European car markets. At the very least, Renault avoided fines as it met its 2020 EU emissions targets. On January 14th, its chief executive officer Luca de Meo will present a strategy update which is expected  to include reviving some older best-selling models as all-electric models.

BMW

BMW (OTC: BMWYY) which also owns Mini, said that its two brands combined sold 192,646 electric vehicles in 2020 marking an increase of nearly 32% from last year. BMW also met its 2020 EU emissions targets.

Takeaway

European governments have created generous incentives to speed up the adoption of EVs, making them much more affordable. Come 2025 when emission targets become more stricter and threat of fines for not respecting them even greater, Tesla will certainly be playing against fully-fit opponents and could even potentially struggle. An EV-only future looks closer than ever in Europe as the race is now on to challenge Tesla’s leadership.

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Lenovo Makes Its Star Market Debut

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The COVID-19 pandemic had completely changed the way people work and learn. Operating from home actually turned around declining PC sales. Smartphones have been picking more and more market share from PCs and if there was no pandemic, this would probably still be the case. But instead of decreasing demand, there was record growth in PC sales as video collaboration software was needed to fulfill the need caused by closed offices and schools. The demand generated months and months of production. According to Reuters, sales of desktops, laptops, and tablets are expected to reach the level of 300 million shipments, the first time after its peak in 2008. This made all the PC manufacturers like Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE: DELL), HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), and Lenovo Group Ltd. (OTC: LNVGY) very happy.

Lenovo CDR story

China’s Lenovo Group is listed at the Hong Kong stock exchange, with about 12.04 billion shares outstanding in total as of January 12th. The company decided to issue Chinese Depository receipts (CDRs) which will be up to 10% of the total number of shares to be listed on the Star Market of the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The proceeds from the issuing of CDRs is planned to help the company’s research and development of new technologies, development of new products and solutions, and overall strategic investments in core segments. On Wednesday, the news caused to stock to drove the stock to its highest level since 2015.

The Star Market

The Star Market was launched in 2019 aiming for innovative technology companies that need more relaxed listing rules. In December, the Star Market counted 200 companies. A CDR or Chinese Depositary Receipt is a way for non-Chinese companies to list their shares in China. This is the equivalent to American depositary receipts (ADRs) which allow non-U.S. companies’ shares to trade on American exchange markets. Technically, CDRs and ADRs are not companies’ shares, but they represent an equity interest in a company. Besides Lenovo, an AI startup that specializes in facial recognition called Megvii Technology Ltd will also be among the first companies to benefit from this new structure.

Conclusion

Lenovo’s listing should be a breakthrough for Shanghai’s Science Technology and Innovation Board. Lenovo, a flagship of the Star Market, should attract much more followers and clear a path for many Chinese start-ups to raise capital in their home country. The company’s strong and growing global presence should continue to demonstrate the boom of China’s capital market and attract more investors to invest.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure. IAM Newswire does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com

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