was one of the hottest stocks in the market – until it wasn’t.
The stock fell 25% on Thursday after the company announced that third-quarter revenue would be $ 71 million, less than the $ 75 million the company made due to lower usage by its largest Customers expected. That customer is likely TikTok.
It wasn’t a huge mistake – just $ 4 million, or 5%. But when a treasured stock falls, it falls hard. And Fastly, which was up 513% by the close of trading on Wednesday in 2020, is highly valued.
The stock trades at 33 times its estimated 2021 sales, based on its closing price on Wednesday. After the stock opens for trading on Thursday, the price-to-sales multiple will still be 20 times north. The
trades at 2.4 times sales.
Fast isn’t the only expensive software that explains why
fall thursday. Software multiples have essentially doubled in recent years as investors have bet that the transition to selling software by subscription has made them less risky.
Perhaps. But investors may have simply traded business risk for valuation risk – and that can be just as deadly.
– –Al Root
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Europe is facing a growing second wave of Covid-19 cases
Recent spikes in coronavirus cases across Europe have caused the US to beat the rate of new infections every day, with outbreaks of particular concern in France, Spain, Italy and the UK.
Last week, the European Union and the UK reported 152 per million people contract the virus every day, up from 150 per million in the US. The Wall Street Journal Reports. That works 78,000 new cases every day versus 49,000 in the US
French President Emmanuel Macron declared a state of emergency on Wednesday a 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew in Paris and other big cities. France has averaged more than 17,000 new cases a day for the past week, more than four times the number reported during its first peak in April.
The UK was launched earlier this week a new three-stage locking system for England. The toughest restrictions, effective as of Wednesday in the hardest-hit areas in northern England, will require pubs, bars, restaurants, casinos and gyms to close.
Spain and Italy have also reported record numbers of new Covid-19 cases in the past few weeks, resulting in a round of new restrictions on bars, gatherings, sports and school activities.
While overall infection rates in Europe are higher than the US, this is currently the second wave about half as fatal on a per capita basis as it is in the States.
What’s next: Experts are concerned about the surge in hospitals by winter if it stops at this rate. A public health professor at the University of Edinburgh told the Journal, “What all countries are trying to do now, those in trouble is to buy time to try to survive the winter.”
– –Ben Walsh
Trump and Biden ask questions in separate town halls
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will be interviewed by voters in separate town halls on Thursday evening. The two events will be held separately after their second debate was canceled after President Trump rejected a virtual format after being hospitalized in Covid-19.
Biden’s City Hall will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and will be hosted by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News and broadcast live at 8 p.m. Easter time.
Trump’s City Hall will be in Miami, Florida, hosted by Savannah Guthrie of NBC News, and will be broadcast live at the same time.
After this The candidate debate was canceledBiden quickly planned his own town hall in its place. On Wednesday, NBC announced that it would air a similar event with Trump, as the network had assured that the president was no longer able to spread the coronavirus.
Multiple experts and news analysts criticized NBC’s decision broadcast its event at the same time as ABC, as voters were unable to watch both events.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, says he did personally verified data from President Trump’s coronavirus tests and that he is no longer contagious.
What’s next: The second and final presidential debate will take place on October 22nd at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Both candidates have agreed to attend this event, which will be hosted by Kristen Welker of NBC News.
– Ben Walsh
Stimulus bill before the election is unlikely, says Mnuchin
Shares fell on Wednesday afternoon when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said after stimulating conversations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that “it would be difficult to get something done and done before the election”.
Pelosi called the conversations “productive” but her adjutant Drew Hammill tweeted after the meeting that “a major point of contention remains that the White House does not understand the need for a national strategic test plan”.
Pelosi previously said that the Trump administration’s counteroffer of $ 1.8 trillion was added to its reduced proposal of $ 2.2 trillion doesn’t go far enough and has highlighted state and local funding, unemployment benefits and tax credits as areas of disagreement.
While President Trump supports a larger stimulus package –he tweeted Tuesday That Legislators “Go Big Big Or Go Home !!!” – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will seek to push a so-called skinny bill worth about $ 500 billion next week, a Pelosi tactic rejected several times.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow appeared to be taking a hit much more optimistic note as mnuchin to tell CNBC Wednesday afternoon just before the market close that Talks aren’t over yet.
What’s next: The two policy makers will speak again on Thursday.
– –Ben Walsh
Starbucks ties executive pay to diversity goals
Set new goals to increase the representation of colored people in the workforce, and say that executive compensation is tied to how well those efforts are done.
Its aim is to increase the representation of blacks, indigenous people and people of color at least 30% of the company level and 40% of all retail and manufacturing functions by 2025.
- CEO Kevin Johnson said in a letter to employees that “we will hold us accountable At the highest level of the organization, the creation of inclusive and diverse teams will be linked with our executive compensation program with immediate effect. ”
The company will also offer Inclusion and diversity learning modulesand “Embed antibiotic content in all toolkits for recruitment, development and performance evaluation.”
The coffee chain is the youngest company to publicly announce diversity goals after taking similar steps
and Sephora following nationwide protests for racial equality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in police custody on Memorial Day.
What’s next: As a Federal entrepreneurThe company’s decision risks violating a Trump administration order to prevent federally contracted companies from providing training that “promotes racial or gender stereotypes or scapegoats.”
– Connor Smith
EU heads of state and government urge Britain to keep trade talks alive – and to regulate them
The heads of state and government of the European Union are gathering today to assess the state of the longstanding negotiations between the UK and the EU on their post-Brexit trade relations.
According to a Draft communiqué As seen by Reuters, EU leaders will ask this The negotiations continue in the next few weeks, although British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned last month that Britain would opt for a “no-deal Brexit” if the summit had made no progress.
UK government sources quoted in several media reports in recent days indicated that London wouldn’t go away from the table, although little apparent progress towards a compromise seems to have been made in the past few weeks.
However, the two remaining questions on the table – fishing in UK waters and the state aid rules to create a level playing field between the two sides in economic and regulatory terms – could allow the parties to compromise a traditional EU bargain.
Both sides have been stepping up the rhetoric over the past few days with assurances they have prepared for the disturbances that a “no-deal” crisis would weigh on their respective economies
The only consensus between the UK and the EU negotiators is that an agreement must be reached at the end of the month to give the respective parliaments the time to ratify them in time for the end of the “transition period” of Brexit on December 31st.
What’s next: The many statements on both sides that we want a deal but are ready not to make a deal sound increasingly less credible as the extent of the coronavirus economic devastation becomes clearer week by week. In a rational world, neither the UK nor the EU could afford to add another crisis to the current, unprecedented recession. Then there is politics.
– Pierre Briançon
The new credit card from Venmo offers personalized rewards. How can the way credit card rewards work across the industry change?
The new credit card from Venmo is naturally intended to appeal to a younger population group than a more noticeable card like the Chase Sapphire or the American Express Gold Card. However, the card’s innovations in terms of credit card rewards could have a lasting impact across the industry – and the benefits cardholders will see in the future, experts say.
As an app owned by PayPal, Venmo is already ubiquitous among young adults, said NerdWallet credit card expert Sara Rathner. They use it regularly to do everything from splitting the bill for dinner to splitting the monthly rent among the roommates.
“You already have this captured audience, and the audience tends to be younger,” Rathner said. Younger consumers, she added, are more likely to be new to lending.
“You may have just finished school, establishing yourself professionally and financially,” she said. “Maybe you didn’t have credit cards before. It can be very difficult to qualify for that first credit card. This becomes an option for a consumer looking to improve their creditworthiness. “
Given the younger demographic, the Venmo credit card does not currently compete with Chase Sapphire and Amex Gold. Instead, it competes with debit cards, student credit cards, and retail cards for space in shoppers’ wallets.
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