Big Tech Earnings on Deck

Car owners are falling behind on payments at the highest rate on record, European money managers are betting on higher ECB rates, Argentina’s Peronists outperformed expectations in the country’s general election, Hollywood actors and studios restarted contract negotiations, and big tech earnings will put the stock market to the test this week.

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Car owners are falling behind on payments at the highest rate on record, European money managers are betting on higher ECB rates, Argentina’s Peronists outperformed expectations in the country’s general election, Hollywood actors and studios restarted contract negotiations, and big tech earnings will put the stock market to the test this week.

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Let’s dive in.

Before The Bell

As of 10/20/2023 market close.


  • US stocks fell after the US 10Y crossed 5% for the first time since 2007, prompting concerns about the economy

    • The Nasdaq led indices with a 1.53% decline

  • European stocks fell, closing on Friday at their lowest level since the start of the year

  • Bitcoin price jumped above $30k for the first time since July as investors remain bullish after a flurry of spot Bitcoin ETF applications were amended this month


  • American Express shares fell ~5% despite reporting a 12% YoY increase in revenue and Q3 earnings that beat expectations thanks to robust spending from wealthy customers (RT)

  • What we're watching this week:  

    • Monday: Cleveland-Cliffs 

    • Tuesday: Microsoft, Alphabet, Coca-Cola, 3M, GE, GM, Spotify, Snap, Verizon, Visa

    • Wednesday: Meta, Boeing, Evercore, Hilton, T-Mobile 

    • Thursday: Amazon, Chipotle, Comcast, UPS, US Steel 

    • Friday: AbbVie, Piper Sandler, T. Rowe Price

  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Fresh growth numbers are set to show US remains economic powerhouse (BBG)

  • Europe’s biggest money managers bet ECB rates haven’t hit a peak (BBG)

  • Car owners fall behind on payments at highest rate on record (BBG)

  • Argentina’s Peronists soar in election to seal run-off with radical Milei (RT)

  • Foxconn faces China tax probe amid Taiwan election (RT)

  • Saudi wealth fund, Hyundai motors agree to build auto plant (BBG)

  • Hollywood actors, studios to restart contract negotiations (WSJ)

  • Republican hopefuls crowd into speaker race after Jordan’s exit (WSJ)

  • Gazprom will boost gas supplies to China, Hungary, CEO says (BBG)

  • There’s never been a worse time to buy instead of rent (WSJ)

  • Web Summit CEO Cosgrave quits after Israel controversy (BBG)

  • Global billionaire tax could yield $250B annually, study says (RT)

  • Meta, Amazon earnings put stock market to the test (WSJ)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • Asset manager Blue Owl Capital is considering a potential acquisition of rival lender Hayfin Capital Management, which would help them expand into Europe; a deal would add $32B AUM to Blue Owl (BBG)

  • EU antitrust regulators resumed their investigation into Adobe’s $20B acquisition of cloud-based designer platform Figma and set a February 5th deadline for their decision (RT)

  • Merck will acquire the rights to sell Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo’s three experimental cancer drugs for $4B upfront and up to $22B to market and develop the drug candidates (BBG)

  • A consortium backed by PE firms Permira and Blackstone is reconsidering their offer for European online classifieds company Adevinta, which has an $11.4B market cap, due to worsening market outlook since September and a price gap between the consortium and Adventina (BBG) 

  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals, which has an $8.6B market cap, is exploring strategic options including a potential sale (BBG)

  • A consortium led by PE firm RRJ Capital is considering a $5.3B offer for Vodafone Group’s Spanish business (BBG)

  • Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment and Japanese oil and gas explorer Inpex are among firms competing to acquire SapuraOMV in a deal expected to be worth ~$1.2B (RT)

  • Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group, Nio’s EV-making partner, placed a car factory and other assets worth an estimated $615M up for sale (BBG)

  • PE firm Omnes Capital put Power Capital Renewable Energy, one of the UK’s biggest developers of solar energy and battery storage, up for sale with an expected valuation of $424M (BBG)

  • GameSquare, which is backed by Jerry Jones, is acquiring peer Faze Holdings, an esports company once worth $1B, for an estimated $17M in an all-stock deal (RT)


  • Debut, a vertically integrated synthetic biology company, raised a $40M Series B led by BOLD (VC)

  • Petfolk, a veterinary care startup, raised a $40M Series B led by Movendo Capital (VC)

  • Plant-based meat startup Umiami raised a $34.7M round from Bpifrance-SPI, French Partners, KIMA Ventures, and more (FN)

  • Cosmos Innovation, an AI-first company building perovskite silicon tandem solar cells, raised a $19.7M Series A led by Xora Innovation (FN)

  • Cionic, a neurotech company, raised a $12M Series A extension led by L Catterton (FN)

  • Noodle Cat Games, an independent game development studio, raised a $12M Series A led by Hiro Capital (PRN)

  • AI assistant platform Luzia raised a $10M Series A led by Khosla Ventures (PRN)

  • Digital personal finance platform Credit Genie raised $10M in financing led by Khosla Ventures (PRN)

  • Veruna, a startup providing an agency management system built on Salesforce’s CRM platform, raised a $10M Series B led by Berkley Ventures, Guidewire Software, and others (FN)

  • Web3 metaverse platform Upland raised a $7M Series A extension led by EOS Network Ventures (FN)

  • K2 Space, a Torrance, CA-based startup building large satellite buses, raised $7M in funding from Alpine Space Ventures (FN)

  • Skoon Energy, a Dutch startup providing an AI-powered software platform for clean mobile energy, raised a $5.6M Series A led by Blue Bear Capital (FN)

  • micro1, a startup using AI to hire software engineers, raised a $1.3M round at a $30M valuation led by Dream Ventures (FN)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • Mexican industrial REIT Fibra Uno Administracion is planning to raise ~$1.5B through an IPO in what could be Mexico’s biggest listing in the over 5 years (BBG)

  • Vietnamese EV maker VinFast entered into a share subscription of up to $1B with US fund Yorkville Advisors to fund expansion in overseas markets (RT)

  • Russian men's clothing chain Henderson plans to IPO on the Moscow Exchange next month (RT)


  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals lined up $5B in financing from a group of overseas banks to potentially buy a stake in Mumbai-listed drugmaker Cipla (BBG)

  • Gautam Adani's Adani Cements secured a new $3.5B loan from 10 international banks to refinance debt taken to acquire ACC and Ambuja Cements (RT)

Bankruptcy / Restructuring

  • Johnson & Johnson is exploring a new bankruptcy filing for its talc-related liabilities using a different corporate structure than the Texas Two-Step filings that failed twice (WSJ)

Crypto Corner

  • Binance is no longer offering its Visa debit card in Europe (BBG)

  • Apollo Global Management balked at a last-minute rescue of FTX after learning that billions of customer funds were missing (BBG)

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