• The 100 Greatest Things about America 2020
    Yahoo Finance

    The 100 Greatest Things about America 2020

    This Fourth of July Yahoo Finance unveils its list of 100 things that make the nation great, in no particular order.

  • Inovio Stock: Buy, Sell, or Hold?
    Motley Fool

    Inovio Stock: Buy, Sell, or Hold?

    Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: INO) has been grabbing a lot of headlines over the past few weeks, mostly thanks to its involvement in the race to find a vaccine for COVID-19. The company claimed to have come up with its potential vaccine, INO-4800, in a mere three hours after Chinese researchers publicly published the genetic sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Inovio initiated a phase 1 clinical trial for this vaccine in early April.

  • Why Match Group Stock Gained 12% in the First Half of the Year
    Motley Fool

    Why Match Group Stock Gained 12% in the First Half of the Year

    Investors were falling in love with Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH) all over again in the first six months of the year as shares of the Tinder parent racked up a 12% gain, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, even as the COVID-19 pandemic roiled the market. Match Group got off to a rough start in 2020. At the end of January, CEO Mandy Ginsberg said she would step down over health concerns and other personal issues.

  • Why MercadoLibre Stock Gained 16% Last Month
    Motley Fool

    Why MercadoLibre Stock Gained 16% Last Month

    Shares of MercadoLibre (NASDAQ: MELI) were climbing last month as the Latin American e-commerce operator continued to benefit from pandemic-related tailwinds. MercadoLibre kicked off the month on a strong note as BTIG raised its price target on the stock from $775 to $980 on June 1. Analyst Marvin Fong said that e-commerce adoption in Brazil, MercadoLibre's biggest market, had accelerated by four to five years because e-commerce's share of overall retail sales had climbed from 6% at the beginning of the year to 11% to 12% in April.

  • Why Sea Limited Shares Rose 34% Last Month
    Motley Fool

    Why Sea Limited Shares Rose 34% Last Month

    The Southeast Asian online services giant continued to rise on the momentum it built from January to May.

  • 1 Stock That Offers Explosive Potential Gains
    Motley Fool

    1 Stock That Offers Explosive Potential Gains

    The key to finding a stock that offers explosive potential gains is finding a company that has an enormous growth opportunity ahead and a highly profitable future. It can potentially help if it is highly doubted among the investment community. Up until the last couple months, audio streaming giant Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) fit this description perfectly.

  • Madison Reed CEO: Coronavirus lockdowns proved 'hair coloring is important to people'
    Yahoo Finance

    Madison Reed CEO: Coronavirus lockdowns proved 'hair coloring is important to people'

    As coronavirus cases continue to surge across the U.S., Madison Reed’s success is a sign that at-home hair care may be here to stay.

  • Is Grubhub Stock a Buy?
    Motley Fool

    Is Grubhub Stock a Buy?

    Are there any reasons to buy this food delivery stock ahead of its merger with Just Eat Takeaway next year?

  • 5 Cloud Stocks Set to Rally in the Second Half of 2020

    5 Cloud Stocks Set to Rally in the Second Half of 2020

    The coronavirus outbreak drove the remote-working trend, forcing businesses to reset priorities and in turn boosting cloud stocks.

  • Market Recovery Optimism Prevails: 5 Tech Stocks to Buy

    Market Recovery Optimism Prevails: 5 Tech Stocks to Buy

    The rally in technology stocks is aiding the U.S. stock market amid the coronavirus crisis. Here we choose five technology stocks that are well poised to grow as economic activities gain momentum.

  • Moving Average Crossover Alert: YETI

    Moving Average Crossover Alert: YETI

    YETI Holdings, Inc. (YETI) is looking like an interesting pick from a technical perspective, as the company is seeing favorable trends on the moving average crossover front.

  • Google, Temasek Are Said to Be in Talks to Invest in Tokopedia

    Google, Temasek Are Said to Be in Talks to Invest in Tokopedia

    (Bloomberg) -- Google and Temasek Holdings Pte are in negotiations to join a funding round of between $500 million and $1 billion for Indonesian e-commerce giant PT Tokopedia, according to people familiar with the matter.Tokopedia, the online marketplace backed by SoftBank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund, has held talks with U.S. internet giants including Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc., the people said. But Google and Temasek have been more active in their negotiations and those talks may conclude in coming weeks, they said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private.America’s largest internet corporations have looked increasingly toward Asia as growth in the U.S. and Europe slows, seeking to tap the region’s rapidly growing smartphone-savvy population. Facebook is buying a stake in India’s Jio Platforms, while its WhatsApp unit struck a deal last month to invest in ride-hailing and food delivery giant Gojek. Representatives for Tokopedia and Temasek declined to comment. Google didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.The backing of Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Singaporean state investment firm Temasek would mark a major boost for one of Southeast Asia’s biggest e-commerce operators. Tokopedia co-founder and Chief Executive Officer William Tanuwijaya built the country’s most valuable startup after Gojek after scoring early backing from SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. co-founder Jack Ma. It now plans to list shares at home as well as in another as-yet-undecided location, Tanuwijaya told Bloomberg News in October.Read more: SoftBank’s Bet on Sharing Economy Backfires With CoronavirusTokopedia came close to finalizing its latest financing this year before news emerged of a recent data theft attempt that may have affected 15 million of its users, one of the people said. It was also held back by the Covid-19 pandemic, which is rapidly changing the online shopping landscape in the world’s fourth most populous nation.E-commerce platforms are now moving quickly to serve the millions of people forced to make their first online purchases during widespread lockdowns. Singapore-based rival Shopee -- a unit of Sea Ltd. -- is catching up, while Alibaba last month appointed a longtime veteran to head up Lazada and “fight harder” as competition heats up.Indonesia has become a key battleground between the regional rivals: The country’s e-commerce market is projected to expand from $21 billion in 2019 to $82 billion by 2025, according to a recent study by Google, Temasek and Bain & Co.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • His Wealth Surged by $25 Billion. Then Jack Ma’s Rival Quit

    His Wealth Surged by $25 Billion. Then Jack Ma’s Rival Quit

    (Bloomberg) -- Colin Huang’s ascent is one for the history books: In just six months, his fortune swelled by $25 billion -- one of the biggest gains among the world’s richest people.His Pinduoduo Inc., a Groupon-like shopping app he founded in 2015, has become China’s third-largest e-commerce platform, with a market value of more than $100 billion. In the first quarter, as the coronavirus pandemic caused most of the nation’s economy to grind to a halt, PDD’s active users surged 68% and revenue jumped 44%, the company said in May.Now Huang, who has overseen the firm as its American depositary receipts have more than quadrupled in less than two years, has stepped down as chief executive officer.At one point, his net worth climbed as high as $45 billion, placing him just behind China’s wealthiest people -- Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s Pony Ma and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Jack Ma -- on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That’s even as PDD continued to post losses, primarily because it chases growth with the help of generous subsidies and has been known to spend more on marketing than it earns in sales.“Pinduoduo was perfectly positioned for people being stuck at home,” said Tom Ronk, CEO of Century Pacific Investments in Newport, California.Huang, who controlled 43.3% of PDD shares, has reduced his stake to 29.4%, according to a June 30 regulatory filing. His fortune now stands at $30 billion.That excludes a $2.4 billion charitable holding that he shares with PDD’s founding team, and $7.9 billion that went to Pinduoduo Partnership, of which Huang and newly named CEO Lei Chen are members. The partnership will help fund science research and management incentives, according to a letter following Huang’s resignation. The wealth estimate also excludes $3.9 billion that people familiar with the matter said was transferred to an angel investor.PDD declined to comment on Huang’s holdings or net worth.Facing ChallengesHe will remain chairman and work on the company’s long-term strategy and corporate structure to help drive the future of the e-commerce giant, PDD said.“PDD is still facing some high-level challenges in product supply, relationship with brand merchants, logistics and payments,” said Shawn Yang, an analyst at Blue Lotus Capital Advisors. “Colin may want to focus more on these issues.”PDD’s success hinges on deals, which have become particularly popular with customers looking for bargains as the world’s second-largest economy slows. Most of its users come from smaller Chinese cities, and the app gives them extra discounts when they recommend a product through social networks and get friends to buy the same item.Fen Liu, a homemaker in Quanzhou, a provincial city in Fujian, said she accrued enough coupons with her friends’ help to reduce the price of a suitcase to zero.“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw my suitcase arrive in the mail,” she said. “It’s made me a loyal Pinduoduo user ever since.”‘Bargain Hunters’While PDD’s aggressive price-reduction strategies have helped win over people with lower incomes, they may stifle the company’s efforts to attract wealthier consumers, according to Charlie Chen and Veronica Shen, analysts at China Renaissance Securities in Hong Kong.“PDD’s users are largely bargain hunters reluctant to buy large-ticket items,” they wrote in a June 29 note, adding that the company’s image remains a key obstacle to users spending more. “We believe PDD is working to change its low-price brand image -- but this could be costly.”That may require heavy marketing and hurt margins further despite a strong user-base foundation for future growth, the analysts said. And PDD’s management has offered no clear path to profitability.Last year, the company’s “10 Billion RMB Subsidies” campaign, which is ongoing, led to a $2 billion increase in sales and marketing expenses to $3.9 billion, and those costs have been at 90% to 120% of revenue for the past two quarters, China Renaissance said.For the nation’s June 18 shopping festival, PDD provided a subsidy program with no cap across different product categories to push spending and attract more users. Other fast-growing Chinese startups -- including rival Meituan Dianping, ride-hailing app DiDi Chuxing and Starbucks Corp. competitor Luckin Coffee Inc. -- have also adopted subsidies strategies to maintain customer loyalty.Huang, 40, grew up in the eastern city of Hangzhou, where Alibaba has its headquarters. After receiving a degree at Zhejiang University, he went to the University of Wisconsin for a master’s in computer science. He began his career at Google in 2004 as a software engineer and returned to China in 2006 to help establish its operations in the country.He then became a serial entrepreneur. He started his first company in 2007, an e-commerce website called Ouku.com that he sold three years later after realizing it was too similar to thousands of others. He then launched Leqi, which helped companies market their services on websites like Alibaba’s Taobao or JD.com Inc., and a gaming firm that let users play on Tencent’s messaging app WeChat. Both took off and Huang found himself “financially free,” according to a 2017 interview.After getting an ear infection, he decided to retire in 2013 at age 33. But following a year of pondering what to do with his life -- he contemplated starting a hedge fund and moving to the U.S. -- he came up with the idea of combining e-commerce and social media. At the time, Alibaba dominated the online business, and WeChat became a must-have application on smartphones in China.The tables have turned since. In 2018, Alibaba launched a PDD-style app in an attempt to lure smaller-town users with bargains. It came months before Huang took his company public in New York, raising $1.63 billion in its July 2018 initial public offering. Since then, PDD has surged 389%, while Alibaba has gained just 13%.In 2017, Huang had said he was unlikely to spend the rest of his life at PDD. While he’s still chairman of the company, he now wants to give more responsibility to younger colleagues to keep the entrepreneurial spirit as PDD matures, he wrote in a letter to employees.“We envision Pinduoduo to be an organization that creates value for the public rather than being a showoff trophy for a few or carry too much personal color,” Huang said. “This will allow Pinduoduo to continually evolve with or without us one day.”(Updates PDD, Alibaba moves in 22nd paragraph. A previous version of this story corrected Fen Liu’s location.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Why Pinduoduo Stock Popped Today
    Motley Fool

    Why Pinduoduo Stock Popped Today

    Shares of Pinduoduo (NASDAQ: PDD) were climbing to all-time highs today on a broader wave of gains among Chinese tech stocks. A strong June manufacturing report on Wednesday may have helped lift Chinese stocks. Pinduoduo said Wednesday morning that its founder and CEO, Colin Huang, would step down in a surprise move (he is only 40).

  • Why DocuSign Stock Popped Today
    Motley Fool

    Why DocuSign Stock Popped Today

    What happened Shares of DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU) have popped today, up by 11.5% as of 1:50 p.m. EDT, after getting a thumbs-up from Wall Street. RBC Capital reiterated its outperform rating on the stock and increased its price target from $170 to $210.

  • 3 Stocks to Buy and Hold During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    Motley Fool

    3 Stocks to Buy and Hold During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic has made life difficult for businesses that rely on in-store traffic and those that sell products and services that aren't considered essential. Viemed Healthcare (NASDAQ: VMD) is a company that sells ventilators, so it's no surprise that it's been soaring this year, up over 50% year to date as the S&P 500 has fallen 4%. There's been concern that there may not be enough ventilators to help patients with COVID-19.

  • After months of speculation, investors get excited about Pfizer, BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine candidate

    After months of speculation, investors get excited about Pfizer, BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine candidate

    The path to a COVID-19 vaccine has started to come into view this week, following the stock-moving disclosures of preliminary clinical data for two candidates and a rigorous new regulatory road map from the Food and Drug Administration.

  • GlobeNewswire

    Notice of Right to Convert

    MercadoLibre, Inc.2.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2028CUSIP BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, July 03, 2020 -- NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 14.01(b)(iv).

  • Barrons.com

    Delivery Hero Stock Hits Record Highs as Takeout Orders Keep Surging Despite Lockdown Easing. It Has Room to Rise Further.

    Delivery Hero stock climbed to record highs on Friday, as the German online takeout food company said orders had almost doubled amid the coronavirus pandemic.