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Twitter Reconsiders Musk Bid
Details: Twitter was expected to reject the offer, but is now reportedly more open to the deal because Musk has secured financing.
Background: Musk placed a $43 billion bid to take over the social media platform earlier in April. Twitter responded with a shareholder rights plan known as a “poison pill” to stop the takeover. Other players have also expressed interest in financing part of the deal. It’s all part of a weeks-long battle between Musk and Twitter.
Nothing Official: As of now, Twitter has not publicly said that they are reviewing Musk’s deal.
Numbers: Shares of Twitter are down 21% in the past six months, but are also up 26% in the past 30 days, largely due to the takeover talk.
Final Thoughts: Twitter will release earnings Thursday and could discuss the potential bid at that point. Keep in mind that social media rival Snapchat (NYSE: SNAP) reported negative earnings last week due to macro challenges, which could also impact Twitter’s earnings.
Notable Earnings Today: Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), Whirlpool (NYSE: WHR), Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), Packaging Corp. of America (NYSE: PKG), Otis Worldwide (NYSE: OTIS), Zions Bancorp (Nasdaq: ZION), Koninklijke Philips (NYSE: PHG), Dorman Products (Nasdaq: DORM), Crane (NYSE: CR), Bank of Hawaii (NYSE: BOH), Ameriprise Financial (NYSE: AMP), Lennox International (NYSE: LII), Cadence Design Systems (Nasdaq: CDNS), Bank of Marin (Nasdaq: BMRC), HBT Financial (Nasdaq: HBT), Hexcel (NYSE: HXL), Community Bank System (NYSE: CBU), W.R. Berkley (NYSE: WRB), Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE: ARE), Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA), O-I Glass (NYSE: OI), PotlatchDeltic (Nasdaq: PCH), SBA Communications (Nasdaq: SBAC).
Notable IPOs Today: N/A.
Notable Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns Ending Today: HEVO (Republic), American Gothic Pizza (Honeycomb), Rojo’s Futures (MicroVentures), Chow420 (StartEngine), FilmHedge (MicroVentures), Pacific Integrated Energy (StartEngine), Konnected (StartEngine), Unbanked (Republic).
Notable Economic Events Today: N/A.
Apple Supplier Foxconn Halts Production in China
Foxconn Technology (TPE: 2354), a manufacturer who is known for assembling iPhones for Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), has suspended operations at two plants in China, according to the South China Morning Post on Sunday.
Details: Production at two Foxconn factories in the eastern city of Kunshan has been suspended since Wednesday due to a Covid-19 outbreak.
Background: This production delay could really strain Apple’s supply chain in China, which has already been under pressure due to the pandemic and other supply issues.
Final Thoughts: Apple will likely address the factory suspensions during its earnings call on Thursday.
History of Chia, a Cryptocurrency
Founding: The Chia network dates back to 2017 when coder Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent, launched the eco-friendly crypto.
Ledger: The ledger for Chia came out in 2021, thus inviting new investors. The network has since raised millions.
Final Thoughts: There’s also talk about the company behind Chia going public as early as 2022.
Trends to Watch
Potential: Silicon Motion Said to Explore Sale Amid Takeover Interest (Bloomberg)
Behind the Collapse: What doomed CNN+? How rival strategies and executive intrigue fueled the streaming service’s rapid demise (CNBC)
Desperate: United and American Airlines are replacing planes with buses on some routes in an attempt to tackle the pilot shortage (Business Insider / Yahoo!)
Read the Chart: Bitcoin sets up lowest weekly close since early March as 4th red candle looms (CoinDesk)
ESG: A Large Investor’s View of the Role of Sustainability (The Wall Street Journal)
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