Capital One Acquires Discover

Plus, Sam Altman’s crypto surges.

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Capital One Acquires Discover

The financial world ended the holiday weekend with a bang when Capital One Financial (NYSE: COF) acquired Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) for $35.3 billion on Monday.

Details: It is a 100% stock deal. Discover shareholders will get 1.0192 Capital One shares for each Discover share, which represents a premium of 26.6% based on Discover's closing price on Friday.

Background: The deal comes as Discover has faced disappointing earnings results and downgrades from analysts. Michael G. Rhodes just started as Discover’s new CEO. Capital One also reported disappointing earnings results a few weeks ago, but analysts still favor the stock.

Stock Price: Discover’s stock is up just 1.25% in the last 12 months. During that same time, Capital One’s stock jumped 26%.

Final Thoughts: The acquisition could bolster Capital One’s offerings. The company will need all the help that it can get, especially as the number of credit card delinquencies rises.

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Notable Earnings Today: Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Walmart (NYSE: WMT), Palo Alto Networks (Nasdaq: PANW), Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL), La-Z-Boy (NYSE: LZB), International Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE: IFF), Realty Income (NYSE: O), Medtronic (NYSE: MDT), Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC), Barclays (NYSE: BCS), Caesars Entertainment (Nasdaq: CZR), Diamondback Energy (Nasdaq: FANG), Beyond, Inc. (NYSE: BYON), Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK), Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS), SolarEdge Technologies (Nasdaq: SEDG), KBR (NYSE: KBR), Fluor (NYSE: FLR), Medifast (NYSE: MED), NeoGenomics (Nasdaq: NEO), Amplitude (Nasdaq: AMPL), Andersons (Nasdaq: ANDE), Armstrong World Industries (NYSE: AWI), Axsome Therapeutics (Nasdaq: AXSM), Celanese (NYSE: CE), CenterPoint (NYSE: CNP), Chesapeake Energy (Nasdaq: CHK), Choice Hotels (NYSE: CHH), Community Health (NYSE: CYH), Dana (NYSE: DAN), DigitalBridge (NYSE: DBRG), Element Solutions (NYSE: ESI), Enovix (Nasdaq: ENVX), Equitrans Midstream (NYSE: ETRN), Flowserve (NYSE: FLS), Globus Medical (NYSE: GMED), Graphic Packaging (NYSE: GPK), Halozyme Therapeutics (Nasdaq: HALO), JBT Corp (NYSE: JBT), LGI Homes (Nasdaq: LGIH), Matador Resources (NYSE: MTDR), Matterport (Nasdaq: MTTR), Public Storage (NYSE: PSA), Sun Communities (NYSE: SUI), TRI Pointe Homes (NYSE: TPH), UFP Industries (Nasdaq: UFPI), Visteon (Nasdaq: VC), Westlake Corporation (NYSE: WLK).

Notable IPOs Today: N/A.

Notable Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns Ending Today: Bay Area Brewing Company (Mainvest), AvaWatz (Wefunder), Ryca Motors (Netcapital).

Notable Economic Events Today: U.S. Leading Index (10:00 a.m. ET).

Sam Altman’s Crypto Surges

The price of Worldcoin, the cryptocurrency from the Sam Altman-founded Tools for Humanity, jumped by 14% on Monday and is up 170% in the last 7 days.

Powering the Story: Worldcoin is up so much in the last week because Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, introduced the company’s new text-to-video AI generator called Sora last week. Sora’s arrival went viral.

Final Thoughts: Worldcoin is very new. It formally launched out of beta in 2023, so it is still a young altcoin for investors. Be careful with this digital coin.

Bayer Slashes Dividend

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Bayer (OTCMKTS: BAYRY) cut its dividend by 95% on Monday to pay down its high level of debt.

Final Thoughts: Bayer’s stock is down 50% in the last year as a series of blunders and bad rulings have hit the company. Some investors want the company to break up.

An Important Question: Bitcoin price keeps rising, but where are the new investors? (Cointelegraph)

Worth a Fresh Look: Are Lithium Stocks at Rock Bottom? (The Wall Street Journal)

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