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Bitcoin Plummets From All-Time High; Stocks Slump

By Published On: March 5, 20245.4 min readViews: 2340 Comments on Bitcoin Plummets From All-Time High; Stocks Slump

SoFi Slumps on Plan To Sell Up To $862.5 Million in Convertible Bonds 

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Shares of SoFi Technologies (SOFI) tumbled 13% Tuesday, after the online financial services provider said it was planning to sell up to $862.5 million in convertible bonds.

Convertible bonds are a fixed-income corporate debt security that pay interest but can also be converted into a predetermined number of common stock or equity shares. SoFi’s share price drop reflects the potential dilution to existing shareholders if the bonds are converted into stock, although SoFi said it will use part of the proceeds to pay for capped call transactions to limit that dilution.

Essentially, it means SoFi will be buying a form of call options on its own stock.

SoFi said it would be offering $750 million in convertible senior notes due in March 2029. In addition, initial investors will have the option to purchase another $112.5 million within a period of 13 days from when the notes are first issued.

SoFi shares were down 14.3% at $7.35 Tuesday afternoon, and are about 26% lower this year.

Bill McColl

Dialysis Stocks Soar After Ozempic Kidney Disease Data Disappoints

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Shares of dialysis companies surged Tuesday after Novo Nordisk (NVO) reported results from a trial of Ozempic as a kidney disease treatment that fell short of some analysts’ expectations. 

Novo Nordisk said on Tuesday that Ozempic reduced kidney disease progression and the odds of cardiovascular or kidney death by 24%. The trial, called FLOW, compared outcomes for 3,533 people with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease, who were either given 1 mg injections of Ozempic or a placebo. The trial was ended last October, a year ahead of schedule after preliminary data demonstrated the drug’s efficacy. 

The results add to a growing body of evidence that GLP-1 agonists, like Novo’s Ozempic and Wegovy and Eli Lilly’s (LLY) Mounjaro, have uses beyond diabetes treatment and weight loss. In August, Novo published data showing Wegovy reduced patients’ risk of major cardiovascular events by 20%. 

The results, however, weren’t quite what analysts and investors were expecting. Novo Nordisk shares were down more than 2.7% Tuesday afternoon, while dialysis providers soared. DaVita (DVA) climbed 7% to $134, while Fresenius Medical Care (FMS) rose more than 11% to nearly $21. 

Apple Stock Slips as China iPhone Sales Plunge 24% in First Six Weeks of Year

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Apple’s (AAPL) sales of iPhones in China, its biggest overseas market, fell by 24% over the first six weeks of this year, according to market research firm Counterpoint.

The data follows Apple’s disclosure last month that its Greater China sales during the fiscal first quarter fell 13%.

The iPhone maker’s market share in China fell to 16% in the first weeks of 2024, falling to fourth place from second place in 2023, when it had a 19% share. Chinese retail giants JD.com, TMall, and Pinduoduo are offering steep discounts on Apple’s iPhone 15 just five months after launch to generate demand.

Apple shares were down 2.7% midday Tuesday. They have lost about 11% of their value so far this year.

Fatima Attarwala

Tesla Stock Slides as Arson Halts Production at Berlin Plant

3 hr 22 min ago

Tesla (TSLA) shares slid in early trading on Tuesday after the electric vehicle maker was forced to halt production at its Berlin factory following an arson attack on a nearby electricity pylon.

The fire, which occurred in a field near Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg in Grünheide, cut off power to the plant and the surrounding area. The factory was evacuated and workers were sent home. 

The attack comes amid local opposition to Tesla’s efforts to expand the factory, its only assembly plant in Europe. Tesla last July filed applications with local authorities to expand the plant, with plans to add a battery testing center and water treatment facilities. Tesla hopes the plant will eventually produce 1 million cars a year, about double its current output. 

But it has run into resistance from locals and environmental activists. Late last month, Grünheide residents voted against Tesla’s planned expansion in a non-binding vote. And last week nearly 100 activists set up camp in a forest near the factory that Tesla intends to fell as part of its expansion.

Residents and activists have also expressed concern about the factory’s water consumption and its potential to contaminate the region’s groundwater.

Tesla shares were down about 4.7% at $179.38 as of 10:45 a.m. ET Tuesday. They have lost nearly 28% of their value so far this year.

Target Stock Surges on Q4 Earnings Beat

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Target (TGT) shares surged in early trading Tuesday as the company posted stronger-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023.

The retail giant reported net income of $1.38 billion, up 57.8% from the fourth quarter of 2022 and well above Target’s own guidance and analyst estimates compiled by Visible Alpha. Earnings per share (EPS) at $2.98 also surpassed estimates as revenue rose 1.7% from a year ago to $31.9 billion, beating projections.

The company said that the higher profit came in part as a result of lower costs and improved inventory management, and outlined plans to introduce a new membership program as part of its Target Circle rewards program.

Shares of Target were up 12.2% at $168.87 Tuesday morning. They’ve gained close to 18% so far this year.

Aaron McDade

Stocks Making the Biggest Moves Premarket

4 hr 50 min ago

Gains:

  • Target Corp. (TGT): Shares of the retailer jumped 8% after it reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $2.98 a share, beating Wall Street’s consensus estimate of $2.41.
  • Coinbase Global Inc. (COIN): Shares of the cryptocurrency exchange gained 2% as the price of Bitcoin rose above $68,000 to trade just shy of an all-time high.
  • Newmont Corp. (NEM): Shares of the gold miner ticked up 1% as the price of gold continued to climb after hitting a record high yesterday. 

Losses:

  • Gitlab Inc. (GTLB): Shares of the coding collaboration platform tumbled 22% after it forecast full-year fiscal 2025 earnings of between 19 and 23 cents per share, far less than the 35 cents per share analysts were expecting. 
  • Tesla Inc. (TSLA): Shares of the electric vehicle maker fell about 3% after it stopped production at its plant outside Berlin amid a suspected arson attack that cut off power to the factory. 
  • Apple Inc. (AAPL): Shares of the tech giant slid about 2% amid reports iPhone sales in China were 24% lower in the first six weeks of the year than in 2023. 

Stock Futures Slip in Premarket Trading

5 hr 27 min ago

Futures contracts connected to the Dow Jones Industrial Average were down about 0.3% in early trading on Tuesday.

S&P 500 futures were also off about 0.3%.

Nasdaq 100 futures traded 0.5% lower about an hour before markets opened.


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