Spot Ethereum ETF Approval

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Spot Ethereum ETF Approval

In a major victory for cryptocurrency investors on Thursday, the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission approved forms filed by multiple issuers hoping to launch spot Ethereum ETFs (exchange-traded funds).

Details: The SEC approved 8 ETFs, including Grayscale, Bitwise, Invesco, VanEck, ARK 21Shares, Fidelity, and Franklin Templeton.

Definition: A spot Ethereum ETF (or spot Ether ETF) is a fund that gives traditional investors direct exposure to Ethereum. It is different than a futures ETF, which tracks Ethereum futures contracts.

Background: In January, the SEC approved spot Bitcoin ETFs.

Powering the Story: Investors now have more opportunities to add crypto to their portfolios through these ETFs.

Final Thoughts: The big question is what will be the next cryptocurrency to get a spot ETF?

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Workday's "Sales Scrutiny"

Source: Workday

Good financial results for Workday (Nasdaq: WDAY) on Thursday couldn’t save the enterprise software vendor from plummeting by 11.23% in after-hours trading.

Financials: Workday reported earnings of $1.74 per share in the past quarter and revenue of $1.99 billion; both were better than expected.

Details: Revenue increased 18.1% in the quarter. The company also raised its margin outlook.

Powering the Story: The company lowered its full-year subscription revenue guidance to the range of $7.700 billion to $7.725 billion.

Quote: “Our updated subscription revenue guidance reflects the elevated sales scrutiny and lower customer headcount growth we experienced during the quarter.” - CFO Zane Rowe.

Stock Price: Workday was down 2.75% in 2024 before these results.

Final Thoughts: As enterprises cut down on staff and subscriptions, Workday is feeling the pain.

Intuit’s Disappointing Outlook

Despite posting better-than-expected financials on Thursday, Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU) fell 6.46% in after-hours trading.

Financials: Intuit reported earnings of $9.88 per share in the past quarter and revenue of $6.7 billion; both were better than expected.

Outlook: The company raised its full-year guidance to reflect growth of 13%, but investors wanted more.

Final Thoughts: Intuit is up 9% this year, but investors don’t like the outlook.

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