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Google announced its plans to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion back in November. As of this writing, the deal has yet to go through, courtesy of all the usual regulatory scrutiny that occurs any time one large company buys another. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Reuters notes that Google may be facing down some scrutiny in the form of an EU antitrust investigation if it doesn’t make some concessions.
According to a report in Politico, California has become the 49th state to launch an antitrust investigation into Google. California and Alabama were the only states that did not participate in an antitrust investigation by 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, that began in September and is focused on Google’s dominance in online advertising and search. It is still unclear on which aspects of Google’s business the reported California investigation will focus.
The company's "Battery Day", where it is expected to reveal significant advances in battery technology will also be held on the same day, Tesla said. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said last month the shareholder meet would tentatively be held on Sept. 15. Tesla has been facing pressure from shareholder advisory firms, Glass Lewis and ISS, against the re-election of Chairwoman Robyn Denholm over concerns of corporate governance and her leadership.
The stock market has posted an amazing rebound from its March lows, but the real standout among major market benchmarks has been the Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX: ^IXIC). Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) and Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ: ZM) have been among the top performers in the stock market lately, and today both companies saw their stocks move to new record levels. For Tesla, momentum seems to be unstoppable right now, even as short-sellers remain skeptical of the electric vehicle maker's prospects.
Strong growth in several massive markets will help drive NVIDIA's (NASDAQ: NVDA) share price to $500. So says Rosenblatt Securities analyst Hans Mosesmann. On Friday, Mosesmann reiterated his buy rating on NVIDIA's stock and boosted his target price from $400 to $500.
The growth stock's move follows speculation that the company may be considering building a small hatchback for the European market. Also helping is news of the possible inclusion of Tesla shares in the S&P 500 market index. When a Twitter user reached out to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the platform Friday to note that the Model Y is too big for some cities in Europe, he asked whether the company would consider a smaller European-style hatchback.
Oil prices fell on Thursday as COVID-19 cases continued to spike in the U.S., which the IEA highlighted as a major threat to oil markets in today’s report, but prices were quick to return to the $40 mark on Friday.
The road to fully self-driving vehicles remains riddled with obstacles, with years of refinements likely needed, despite Tesla founder Elon Musk's claim to be able to produce one this year. Musk's suggestion that Tesla is nearing "Level 5" autonomy appeared to stun the sector, which has repeatedly pushed back forecasts for vehicles able to operate without human help. The Tesla founder and CEO said in a message to a Shanghai technology fair that he was "extremely confident that 'Level 5,' or essentially complete autonomy, will happen... very quickly."
Is the stock market a huge bubble right now? The recovery in equities this spring took a lot of investors by surprise, but it may have been justified: Data suggested the economy could come back to life, the federal government had stepped in to provide unprecedented levels of support and boost investor confidence, and the numbers of new daily COVID-19 diagnoses were steadily declining. Among the bubbliest are Nikola (NASDAQ: NKLA), Genius Brands (NASDAQ: GNUS), and XpresSpa (NASDAQ: XSPA).
A strong vehicle lineup and robust demand amid the lifting of coronavirus-induced lockdown restrictions in China drive Ford's (F) second-quarter sales in the country.
Ad buyers expect overall ad spend to decline about 20% in the second half of 2020, according to a survey from IAB last month. Traditional media will see a decline in ad spend, but most digital advertising channels will grow considerably in the second half of 2020. 59% of connected TV advertisers expect to increase their spend in the second half of the year, according to IAB's survey.
European regulators are reportedly looking for concessions before approving the $2.1 billion acquisition.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and Ford Motor Credit Company will release their second quarter 2020 financial results at 4:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 30.
NIO's stock has risen fivefold just since early April, and shareholders have higher hopes than ever that the electric-vehicle company can do in China what Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has done in the U.S. market. The event that spurred the latest move higher in NIO shares was its release of second-quarter vehicle delivery volume figures.
Tesla Inc <TSLA.O> appears on the verge of joining the S&P 500, a major accomplishment for Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk that would unleash a flood of new demand for the electric car maker's shares, which have already surged 500% over the past year. With a market capitalization of about $250 billion, Tesla would be among the most valuable companies ever added to the S&P 500, larger than 95% of the index's existing components. While analysts and investors have recently become more confident of Tesla's addition, a S&P Dow Jones Indices spokeswoman declined to comment about specific changes to the index.
Ford is facing potential parts shortages from suppliers in northern Mexico as the pandemic throttles production, threatening the ability of US factories to keep manufacturing vehicles. The governor of the state of Chihuahua, an important region supplying the US automotive industry, has barred employers from operating with more than half their workforce in an attempt to control the spread of Covid-19. “Due to COVID-19, the State of Chihuahua in Mexico has limited employee attendance to 50 per cent, a region in which we have several suppliers,” Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford’s Americas and International Markets Group, said in a statement.
The European Union (EU) expects concessions before its regulator allows Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) unit Google to acquire Fitbit (NYSE: FIT). According to a report from Reuters citing "people familiar with the matter," the U.S. tech giant will have to give up something in order for the deal to clear the European Commission's (EC) antitrust review process. One possible solution is that Google concretely promises that it will not misuse Fitbit user data by culling it to target advertising, the article's sources said.
Ford Motor Co on Thursday said new staffing restrictions imposed on plants producing car parts in the Mexican state of Chihuahua were "not sustainable," the latest sign U.S. automakers are still reeling from coronavirus lockdowns in Mexico. Mexico is a key part of a wider international supply chain crucial to U.S. carmakers, many of which operate factories across the border in Mexico due to lower labor costs. Chihuahua, where the state government has limited employee attendance to 50% in plants, is home to a Ford <F.N> engine plant and many auto parts producers.
Stocks abruptly turned negative Thursday as fears over the economic outlook following an increase in coronavirus cases resurged. The Dow and S&P 500 wiped out their week to date gains.
Tesla Inc. said Friday it will hold its previously delayed annual meeting and "battery day" on Sept. 22, at its assembly plant in Fremont, Calif. Tesla made the announcement in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Tesla is expected to showcase new longer-range batteries that will also have longer lifespans at the event, according to published reports.