GoPro Shares Fall Due To A Saturated Market, Plus SwiftKey Teams Up With Microsoft

“…It has the potential to be a dangerous moment” — Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein on Bernie Sanders’ recent success. It’s no secret that Bernie and Wall Street don’t exactly get along.

Big Picture

  • It was a mixed day for U.S. stocks, which started down big but staged a huge comeback driven by a big-time oil rally—which was itself driven by…

Alternatives to Watch

  • The dollar, which went haywire and posted its largest drop in over two months yesterday. Investors believe future interest rate hikes are out of the question after the retail sector showed its slowest growth in two years
  • Oil moved inversely to the dollar in typical fashion (a weaker dollar makes it cheaper to export global oil into the U.S.), causing its price to shoot up 8%




GM Sells Those Cars

General Motors reported $5.2 billion in earnings this quarter, up a cool 472% since just last year. What’s the magic recipe? Mix in some beneficial international accounting rules, sales gains in China and a strong revenue base from the good ol’ red, white and blue. Winners? GM’s union workers, who will be awarded up to $11,000 each in profit-sharing checks. Losers? Investors, who despite the good news continued the sell-off in shares amid worries of a broadly deteriorating auto industry outlook.

More Bad News for GoPro

As the action-camera market becomes saturated, competitive pressures continue to take a serious toll on GoPro, whose shares fell 9% after hours after it posted a $35 million loss for the year. If that number’s not big enough for you, how about a 31% year-over-year drop in revenue for its main business line? GoPro has gone to serious lengths to solve its mammoth problem: cutting 7% of its workforce and instituting 50% price cuts. It’s not all negative though—GoPro’s still got some big plans, including developing a video drone and becoming a full-blown media company through content licensing.

Microsoft Knows What You’re Going To Say

Yesterday, Microsoft acquired artificial intelligence firm SwiftKey, maker of the popular keyboard app that’s inexplicably good at predicting which words you want to type. SwiftKey technology already exists on over 300 million devices, including Android and iOS phones, and SwiftKey hopes that teaming up with Microsoft will take it to the next level. Both companies believe that the acquisition will enhance interactions between people and technology and make communication more efficient—an admirable goal.

ChemChina Buys the Farm

Yesterday, China National Chemical (owned by China, of course) balled out and dropped a $43 billion all-cash offer on Syngenta’s desk (agri-business just got cool, huh?). Even Syngenta’s CEO called the deal “difficult to beat,” as it will give the pesticide-and-seed maker access to China’s agriculture market, utilize synergies to shield itself from falling commodities prices and shrink the market for other competitors to consolidate. That’s what we call a win-win-win.






How much are you willing to bet your favorite presidential candidate wins the nomination? Well, if you’re a billionaire that number might well be in the millions—if your favorite candidate is fairly traditional, that is. Here are some notable donations:

  • Big-time hedge fund managers Paul Singer and Ken Griffin donated $5 million in total to a Super PAC for Marco Rubio.
  • Hillary Clinton has raised $17 million from the investment community—compare this to the $34 million Jeb Bush has received.
  • One of Hillary’s backers is billionaire investor George Soros, who contributed $6 million.
  • Compare all that to Bernie Sanders, who raised $33 million in the fourth quarter, all from smaller individual donors—but at the end of the day, money is money, regardless of where it came from.


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