Despite intense competition from the likes of Block (NYSE: SQ) and fellow small fintechs like Toast (NYSE: TOST), this small stock could be ready to rock for the new year. Shift4 is a digital-payments platform, processing physical-card acceptance, as well as contactless-card -- tap-to-pay or mobile wallets like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) Pay or Alphabet's (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) Google Pay payment acceptance. There is also a bit of software-as-a-service (SaaS) business here as Shift4 also offers things like business-intelligence software and an e-commerce store setup and management tools.
Are we currently in a bull market? In early June, the S&P 500 closed 20% up from its most recent low, which is the technical definition of a bull market. Whatever the answer is, one thing is for sure: The market will eventually enter a bull market.
Amazon has told Britain's antitrust authority its rival Microsoft uses business practices that restrict customer choice in the cloud computing market, the second major company to criticise the U.S. tech giant's operations. Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an investigation into the country’s cloud computing industry in October, following a referral from media regulator Ofcom that highlighted Amazon and Microsoft’s dominance of the market.