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May 21, 2019
Sprint/T-Mobile dating drama, chip shares plummet, and Mary Meeker invests in our “Unicorn of the Day”
Telecom icons T-Mobile and Sprint were supposed to enjoy a $26B merger relationship, but now it may be off — And that halted trading in Sprint stock. Chip-makers like Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices have fallen 20% the last few months because of one big indirect threat. And Canva is our “Unicorn of the Day” because it was touched by VC legend Mary Meeker.
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17 min
May 20, 2019
Away suitcases becomes a “Brand-icorn,” Amazon’s airport and food delivery moves, and John Deere = Trade War
Amazon made 2 major moves into delivery and shipping by investing in Deliveroo and breaking ground on its own 100-plane airport. Luggage startup Away hit a $1.4B valuation to become our “Brand-icorn of the Day.” And John Deere drops 8% because it’s become a near-perfect illustration of the trade war drama (and Mother Nature).
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17 min
May 17, 2019
Pinterest’s 1st earnings report, TikTok’s is top downloaded app (again), and a brand new stock exchange is coming to markets
There’s a theme to Pinterest’s first ever earnings report: Slowing. TikTok is the Chinese app that just hit 5 straight quarters as the most-downloaded in the app store. And Long Term Stock Exchange is actually a brand new stock exchange with a very particular mission.
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15 min
May 16, 2019
LaCroix sparkling water drops, Amex acquires Resy, and Americans stop having as many babies
To get into your weekend calendar, Amex acquired restaurant reservation app Resy to make perks way more Millenniall-y. LaCroix is owned by National Beverage Corp, whose shares fell 7% this week as analysts say it can’t handle new competition. And a major study shows Americans are having a record low number of babies, so we jump into the businesses that affects.
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16 min
May 15, 2019
Match launches date coaching, Ralph Lauren’s Gen-Z moves, and Walmart’s 1-day free shipping reveal
Ralph Lauren shares dropped even though its latest marketing moves are winning Gen Z. Dating app icon Match announced a new coaching hotline to get you to date #2. And the “Free Shipping Wars” of Walmart vs. Amazon were just kicked up a couple notches.
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15 min
May 14, 2019
Peloton takes down Flywheel, Supreme Court says you can sue Apple, and the “Unsexy Companies of the Day”
Spin studio chain Flywheel has been taken over by one of its investors because it’s losing the fitness wars to tech-focused Peloton bikes. Apple fell on word from the Supreme Court it can be sued over for its App Store monopoly. And as trade war drama dropped markets big, our “Unsexy Companies of the Day” earned some air.
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16 min
May 13, 2019
LIVE from NYSE for Uber’s IPO, Rihanna’s LVMH luxury launch, and how the newest tariffs affect you (they will)
We hit the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to cover Uber’s IPO for you — Here’s what we saw. For the first time in over 30 years, luxury design powerhouse LVMH is launching its 1st house from scratch: Rihanna’s Fenty. And the next rounds of tariffs will actually start affecting products in your daily life, so we looked at what’s vulnerable.
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15 min
May 10, 2019
Uber’s IPO day, Harry’s Razors acquired for $1.4B, and Party City surges 10% on helium
The key details you need to know on Uber’s IPO day. Harry’s disrupted the shaving subscription market, and now it’s been acquired by the company it was disrupting. And Party City stock jumped 10% after it finds a solution to the helium problem messing with its balloon sales (seriously).
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15 min
May 9, 2019
Roku’s 8% jump, Rent The Runway’s new mega (co-working) store, and TripAdvisor’s “experiences” bet
Roku is Netflix’s little cousin and the CFO is just happy the dongle is winning along with Disney. Rent The Runway is opening its biggest store ever in San Francisco, featuring a coworking space and a new target customer. And TripAdvisor’s growth is slowing, but one division is expanding fast: Experiences.
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15 min
May 8, 2019
Google’s $399 smartphone, Crocs’ comeback, and GM’s robotaxi Cruise snags $1B
Google’s I/O event day enjoyed protests, AI tech to screen fake calls, and a $399 Pixel phone. General Motors acquired self-driving car startup Cruise when it was worth $1B — Now it’s worth $19B, and wants robotaxis on streets this year. And Crocs shares have nearly doubled in the past year, so we look at why.
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15 min
May 7, 2019
Big Trade War update, Apple’s bought 20+ companies in 6 months, and the largest VC investment in Latin America ever
The Trade War was supposed to end this week with a peace deal. That’s not looking likely, and we’ll tell you why. Apple’s CEO casually dropped that the company’s bought over 20 startups over the last six months. And super delivery app Rappi just raised $1B from Softbank, making it the biggest Latin American venture investment ever.
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17 min
May 6, 2019
Warren Buffett’s epic annual event, Planet Fitness’ innovative real estate strategy, and almond milk vs. Dean Foods dairy
The annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting showcased 88-year-old legendary investor Warren Buffett, so we broke down his 6 hours of one-liner business takeaways. Planet Fitness shares are up 75% in the last year, so we’re focused on its innovative real estate strategy that feeds off the retail-pocalypse. And Dean Foods is America’s biggest dairy company, but the stock is down 62% in 2019 because of alt-milk.
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16 min
May 3, 2019
The Taser CEO gets $246M in stock comp, Beyond Meat surges 163%, and Wayfair drops 7% because you’re expensive
Axon Enterprises is the company behind the taser, and it just awarded its CEO $246M in compensation — So we look in to how it’s set up to incentivize him. Beyond Meat surged 163% on its IPO day. And Wayfair is the biggest online furniture platform whose stock fell 7%, but it’s got a fascinating relationship with 80 “house brands.”
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14 min
May 2, 2019
Molson Coors falls 8% on mid-beer crisis, Royal Caribbean becomes pricing power superhero, and Fitbit is our “Survivor of the Day”
With beer sales slowing, Molson Coors is desperately focused on innovation (aka non-alcohol drinks), but shares fell because of its beer battles. Fitbit used to be profitable, now it’s using partnerships to survive. And Royal Caribbean jumped 7% as it realizes it can charge a lot more for cruises.
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16 min
May 1, 2019
Facebook’s new “FB5” redesign (and dating feature), Apple’s past-dependent business model, and Merck’s profits quadruple
Apple’s earnings report was critical for what it didn’t say, just as much as what it did — And it reveals that Apple’s transformation. Facebook’s F8 event revealed new features (dating and crushes), but the big focus was its app redesign. And Merck’s profits quadrupled because a measles vaccine and a new cancer drug have become its profit puppies.
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14 min
April 30, 2019
Spotify hits 217M profitless users, Airbnb & Marriott’s twin announcements, and Chewy.com’s “pet humanization” IPO
Spotify now boasts 100M paying subscribers, so we looked into why it’s still losing so much money (hint: It’s betting on podcasts). Airbnb and Marriott both revealed new services that look a lot like each other (awkward). And PetSmart’s digital brand Chewy.com will IPO thanks to “pet humanization” trends.
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17 min
April 29, 2019
Beyond Meat boots its meat-focused investor, Comcast (shockingly) hits record high, and one startup’s worst 1st week
Plant-based meat innovator Beyond Meat had an awkward investor: The world’s 2nd biggest meat producer, Tyson Foods -- So Beyond Meat kicked it out before its upcoming IPO. Old school cable throwback Comcast is winning even though you cut the cord. And Luminary was supposed to be the future of podcasting, but its 1st week went really badly.
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13 min
April 26, 2019
Walmart’s secret “store of the future” unveiled, Starbucks’ loyalty-powered record high, and 3M’s worst day since ‘87
Starbucks announced the return of the S’mores Frappuccino, but we’re focused on what its new loyalty program change means to your daily routine. Walmart has been cooking up a “store of the future” out of its Long Island-based lab, so we checked it out. And post-it note creator 3M’s worst day in 32 years highlights what’s wrong with the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
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15 min
April 25, 2019
Lululemon’s 5-year plan surprise, Ford invests in the Tesla of pickup trucks, and Domino’s jumps 5% on a “delivery dilemma”
Ford needs help with electric cars (and help if its electric trucks fail), so it dropped a $500M investment in electric pickup startup Rivian. Domino’s sales slowed because of aggressive DoorDash/UberEats promo codes, but shares jumped 5% because the new CEO knows delivery is its DNA. And Lululemon revealed its 5-year plan, and it’s about much more than just yoga pants -- it’s a deodorant, shoes, and menswear lifestyle brand.
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14 min
April 24, 2019
Play-Doh saves Hasbro, Twitter surges 16%, and Harley-Davidson and Whirlpool get opposite tariff drama
Twitter jumped 16% after focusing on a new metric to make you impressed. Hasbro surged 14% after Play-Doh, Monopoly, and Transformers powered its first sales gain in 6 quarters. And Harley-Davidson stock dipped, while Whirlpool’s rose, but both because of one thing: Tariffs.
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14 min
April 23, 2019
Tesla’s “Robotaxi 2020” plan, Zillow falls 4% on home flipping, and Luckin, the “Starbucks of China,” is IPO’ing in US
Tesla’s “Autonomy Investor Day” featured Elon saying he’s “very confident” it’ll have 1 million robo-taxi Teslas by 2020. Online real estate platform Zillow fell 4% on word its “iBuying” feature may not be working as planned. And Luckin’s the freakishly fast-growing tech-focused coffee chain in China now filing for an IPO.
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16 min
April 22, 2019
Zoom surges 72% on IPO, T-Mobile jumps into banking, and tobacco/vaping stocks drop on “T21”
Out of last week’s 8 IPOs, we’re focusing on Zoom — The shockingly profitable tech company with a fascinating CEO. T-Mobile gets into banking with a 4% checking account (it comes with a couple asterisks). And tobacco stocks dropped on a major proposal to up the legal age to 21 – And that’ll cover vaping, too.
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15 min
April 18, 2019
Super Bowl powers Pepsi to all-time high, Wish is Earth’s #3 ecommerce company, and Kansas City Southern Railroads jumps 4% (thank Mexico)
Pepsi rose to an all-time high as advertising’s rescued its soda biz. Wish is reportedly raising $300M to reach an $11B valuation as 2018’s most-downloaded ecommerce app. And you haven’t ridden on Kansas City Southern Railroads, but it just jumped 4% and has a special stake in geopolitics.
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15 min
April 17, 2019
Apple & Qualcomm sign peace treaty, Stitch Fix hit by Walmart, and Ro becomes a semi-corn with new menopausal brand
Qualcomm shares surged after settling a major court battle with Apple that’ll give it plenty of iPhone $$$. Walmart’s launching a kids clothing subscription box that’s straight out of Stitch Fix’s playbook. And men’s erectile dysfunction startup Ro hit a $500M valuation as it launches a women’s menopausal medicine brand.
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14 min
April 16, 2019
Panera joins the “Game of Scones,” Waste Management’s $5B acquisition, and Gogo inflight Wi-Fi surges 8%
House Starbucks or House Dunkin’? Panera kicked the fast-food Breakfast Wars up a notch with its focus on coffee. Waste Management’s $5B acquisition highlights the business future of trash. And Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi’s 8% jump shows the company’s biggest potential and its giant challenge.
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14 min
April 15, 2019
African tech IPO Jumia jumps big, Facebook’s board drama, and JP Morgan jumps 5% as it looks into America’s wallet
The “Amazon of Africa,” Jumia, surged 75% on its IPO day, but it’s really more of an everything-app for 14 fast-growing African nations. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is leaving Facebook’s board because things are getting too awkward. And JPMorgan rose 5% as it kicked off earnings season, but we’re more interested in its unique window into your wallet.
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17 min
April 12, 2019
Amazon throws shade at competitors, Lemonade raises $300M, and Keurig Dr. Pepper falls 4% on cocktail K-Cups
Jeff Bezos’ annual letter to Amazon shareholders ripped on eBay and professed love for gut instincts. Keurig Dr. Pepper stock fell 4% because its new K-Cup partnership with Budweiser seems dubious. And insurance startup Lemonade raises $300M with an insurance business model based on you not hating it.
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17 min
April 11, 2019
Uber doesn’t want its IPO to be like Lyft’s, Netflix’s unprecedented comedy move, and Delta’s 2 “profit puppies”
Lyft shares have fallen 25% since their first day of trading — And things got worse yesterday because of what Uber revealed. Netflix is partnering with another subscription service for the first time, and this one’s all about comedy. And Delta jumped 2% on more details about (what we’re calling) its two “profit puppies.”
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13 min
April 10, 2019
Levi’s 1st earnings report, Under Armour drops 4%, and Bank of America’s big pay raise
In its first earnings report since its March IPO, Levi’s shares jumped. Under Armour dropped 5% because a single survey showed it’s lost consumer love big-time. And Bank of America just jacked up its minimum wage to $20 an hour — And that says a lot about the current economy.
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14 min
April 9, 2019
“Avengers” powers AMC movie theater stock, Chuck E. Cheese’s plans to go public again, and GE falls because of “the GE whisperer”
Don’t call it a comeback (but it is a comeback). Your childhood Chuck E. Cheese’s has been revamped by private equity and wants to go public again. AMC jumped 9% on word the latest “Avengers” could have the biggest movie opening ever — And this summer is packed with blockbusters. And General Electric shares fell after “the GE whisperer” turned on the conglomerate.
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14 min
April 8, 2019
Bumble launches a physical magazine, Snapchat gets into gaming, and 1 problem in the “perfect” jobs report
Ladies-first dating app Bumble just published a physical magazine as it transitions online to offline. Snapchat stock popped last week after its big move to make video games for non-video-gamers. And the March Jobs Report showed continued economic growth, but we look into one number that’s a real problem.
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14 min
April 5, 2019
Beyonce signs with Adidas, Corona’s owner pops 7% for quitting wine, and why Tesla fell 9%
Adidas’ new creative partnership with Beyonce signals a major change in athleisurewear. Corona-owner Constellation Brands just sold its cheap wine biz for $1.7B to pivot to beer. And Tesla dropped 9% on e-car sales worries (FYI, Elon Musk was busy in court over his tweets).
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13 min
April 4, 2019
McDonald’s 2nd investment in a week, Uber’s and NYC’s traffic tax, and Ikea’s new furniture rental service
McDonald’s stock hit a record high after its 2nd investment in a week to make its food more tech. Uber’s IPO is coming up, but it’s been busy making NYC’s new congestion tax happen. And Ikea pulls a Rent-The-Runway and announces a furniture subscription service.
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13 min
April 3, 2019
FemTech grabs $42M for breast pumps, Whole Foods finally cuts prices big, and Walgreens drops 12%
Elvie raises $42M to scale its “iPod of breast pumps” in a big week for FemTech. Whole Foods (finally) cuts prices today, but it shows how Amazon’s grocery strategy is a mess. And Walgreen’s is officially the worst stock in the Dow yesterday and for all of 2019 after another rough quarter.
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14 min
April 2, 2019
Burger King launches plant-based Impossible Whoppers, Kellogg’s sells its cookies for $1.3B, and Google’s Gmail turns 15
Nutella’s owner just bought Keebler and a whole bunch of cookies from Kellogg, even though Pringles sales are jumping. Gmail is Google’s secret weapon against Amazon. And Burger King partnered with Impossible Foods to make plant-based burgers mainstream.
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13 min
April 1, 2019
2019’s IPO profit problem, Restoration Hardware plummets 22%, and Brexit’s “big” day
Lyft popped 8% on IPO day, and it reflects a bigger theme with 2019’s tech IPOs: Profits don’t matter (yet). March 29th was circled for years on calendars — We’ll look at what happens now that it didn’t happen. And Restoration Hardware drops hard even though it’s betting on a unique new-old strategy.
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15 min
March 29, 2019
Lyft IPOs, Facebook’s ad model gets sued, and the Mets’ Moviepass situation
Lyft’s IPO is today, so we tell you how it got here. Facebook’s facing another lawsuit, this time about its core business model. And the Mets are Movie-passing themselves this baseball season.
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14 min
March 28, 2019
Casper becomes a unicorn, Lululemon surges 11% on Man-leisurewear, and Southwest’s big Boeing problem
Lululemon’s sales stretched as the CEO sets gender parity goal. Casper Mattress’ slide deck gets revealed, just as it hits a $1.1B valuation. And Boeing’s proposed a new fix to its faulty 737 Max planes, but Southwest is feeling the pain.
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12 min
March 27, 2019
Bed Bath & Beyond’s “intervention,” Cronos cannabis’s humble-brag, and the new meme-messing internet law in Europe
Bed Bath & Beyond surged 22% for its best day in a decade, but because investors are having an intervention with management. Cronos’ quarterly sales surged 248%, but there was so much more to the Canadian cannabis company’s earnings report. And the EU just passed the biggest internet regulation yet that may make you have to come up with your own original humor.
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13 min
March 26, 2019
Apple’s biggest day since the iPhone, Winnebago gets Marie Kondo’d, and the 1st eSports stadium
In 4 minutes, we break down Apple’s hugest product event since the iPhone (it’s all about da bundles). Winnebago’s RV sales dropped 17%, but Millennials are saving camping. And America’s getting its 1st ever 100% fully eSports stadium…in Philly
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15 min
March 25, 2019
MarketSnacks acquired, Pinterest’s IPO deets, Papa John signs Shaq, and Tiffany’s falls 5%
This is big. MarketSnacks has been acquired by Robinhood, and is now Snacks Daily -- Same digestible financial news, better everything else. Today, we jumped into Pinterest’s IPO filing material to discover they’re all about Millennial moms. Papa John just subbed in Shaq to be its “Pizza Wars” savior. And Tiffany’s falls even as it adds Lady Gaga to its fresh new line.
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13 min
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