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Another Boeing whistleblower died, Australian business is booming, KKR sees PE deal flow recovering, chip stocks slumped on disappointing earnings, and Bitcoin had its worst month since FTX’s collapse.

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Another Boeing whistleblower died, Australian business is booming, KKR sees PE deal flow recovering, chip stocks slumped on disappointing earnings, and Bitcoin had its worst month since FTX’s collapse.

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Before The Bell

As of 05/01/2024 market close.


  • US stocks ended slightly lower as the Fed left rates unchanged and cited 'lack of further progress' on inflation

  • Most European and Asian markets were closed for the May 1st holiday

  • Oil tumbled as stockpiles surged on lackluster demand

  • Yen strengthened another 2% versus the dollar amid BOJ intervention speculation

  • Bitcoin suffered its worst month since FTX's collapse in November 2022


  • Mastercard beat Q1 profit estimates on higher card spending by US consumers but lowered its FY forecast citing unfavorable FX headwinds (RT

  • Qualcomm rose ~4% after beating Q1 earnings estimates and providing strong Q2 revenue guidance on strong demand for AI-smartphone chips (CNBC

  • Pfizer jumped ~6% on a Q1 beat-and-raise thanks to its cost-cutting program and a smaller-than-expected sales drop (CNBC

  • CVS shares dove ~17% after slashing its FY profit forecast and flagged challenges for next year’s health insurance plans (RT

  • KKR beat Q1 earnings estimates after changing financial result reports to emphasize recurring earnings (BBG

  • Carlyle shares fell ~9% despite reporting better-than-expected Q1 profit due to a flagship fund falling below the threshold return to reap carried interest (WSJ

  • Coca-Cola reported a Q1 beat-and-raise on strength in its ​​Fanta and Fairlife beverages (CNBC)

  • McDonald's missed Q1 EPS estimates due to a pullback in consumer spending and hit from Middle East boycotts (CNBC)

  • What we're watching this week:

    • Today: Apple, Coinbase, DraftKings, Apollo Global Management

  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Another Boeing-involved whistleblower died (ST)

  • Australian business strength is taking everyone by surprise (BBG)

  • KKR sees PE deal flow accelerating as credit market loosens (WSJ)

  • Fed leaves rate unchanged, extends wait-and-see stance (WSJ)

  • Fed will slow pace of QT (RT)

  • US job openings hit a three-year low (BBG)

  • ETFs tracking Congress member trades are outperforming indexes (FT)

  • Citi CEO sees US consumers becoming more cautious (RT)

  • AMD, Super Micro tumble as AI earnings fall short (RT)

  • AI fuels cloud computing boom for tech giants (RT)

  • Goldman poached JPMorgan’s ETF head (FT)

  • Blackstone hired Morgan Stanley’s head of securitized products trading to lead European credit (BBG)

  • Huge supply shortages put cocoa market under strain (FT)

  • HF Graham Capital wants New York office as others cut space (FT)

  • JPMorgan expects its Russian assets to be seized (RT)

  • JPMorgan to pay $100M fine for reporting incomplete trading data (RT)

  • Microsoft will invest $10B with Brookfield in data center power deal (FT)

  • NYCB short sellers see $42M in losses after post-earnings rally (RT)

  • Trump raises stake in media firm to 65% (RT)

  • J&J to settle all talc ovarian cancer lawsuits for $6.5B (CNBC)

  • One-third of Americans potentially impacted by UnitedHealth cyberattack (CNBC)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • FTC is set to approve ExxonMobil’s $60B acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources after the companies agreed to minor concessions (BBG)

  • Singapore and Abu Dhabi SWFs and PE firms KKR, Permira and Hellman & Friedman are among potential suitors seeking controlling stakes in $15B international school operator Nord Anglia from EQT and CPPIB (BBG

  • Spanish bank BBVA made an all-stock $13.2B takeover bid for Spanish lender Banco Sabadell (BBG

  • PE firm KPS Capital Partners emerged as the frontrunner to purchase Siemens' $3.2B Innomotics large motors business (BBG)

  • AI company Presight AI acquired a 51% stake in AIQ, a tech JV between ADNOC and G42 in a deal valuing the company at $1.4B (RT

  • PE firm Advent International is in talks with Oman to invest $250M in OQ Chemicals for a majority stake (BBG


  • AI cloud infrastructure startup CoreWeave raised a $1.1B round at a $19B valuation led by Coatue (CNBC

  • Securitize, a startup helping companies tokenize real-world assets, raised a $47M round led by BlackRock (VC)

  • Oasis Security, a non-human identity management solutions provider, raised a $35M Series A extension led by Accel, Cyberstarts, and Sequoia Capital (FN)

  • API security startup Traceable raised a $30M round at a $500M valuation led by Citi Ventures (TC)

  • Data integration platform Peregrine raised a $30M Series B led by Friends & Family Capital and Fifth Down Capital (FN)

  • STELLA, a provider of automotive AI tech, raised a $19.7M Series A led by Reynolds and Reynolds (BW)

  • Belgian security platform Aikido raised a $17M Series A led by Singular (TC)

  • Cyber risk management startup DefenseStorm raised a $13M Series C-1 led by Georgian, Curql, and Live Oak Ventures (BW)

  • Screenverse, a provider of programmatic advertising solutions to DOOH media owners, raised $10.5M in funding led by Volition Capital (FN)

  • Wishew, a social network designed to fulfill wishes, raised a $10M pre-seed round from LMDV Capital (BW)

  • Swap, an e-commerce OS that manages operations for D2C brands, raised a $9M Series A led by QED Investors (BW)

  • Netskrt Systems, a CDN provider focused on OTT streaming video quality, raised a ~$7.6M Series A led by Yaletown Partners (BW)

  • Baselayer, a B2B platform fighting fraud and optimizing business onboarding, raised a $6.5M seed round from Torch Capital, Afore Capital and more (BW)

  • Seam, a startup making customer data accessible, raised a $5M seed round led by Bessemer Venture Partners (TC)

  • BAXUS, a global marketplace for collectible spirits, raised a $5M seed round led by Multicoin Capital (BW)

  • Teleskope, an automated data protection tool, raised a $5M seed round led by Primary Venture Partners (TC)

  • Ceartas, an AI-startup bolstering brand protection and anti-piracy services, raised a $4.5M seed round from Earlybird Venture Capital and Upside VC (TC)

  • Web3 video game startup GFAL raised a $3.2M seed round led by Supercell and Mitch Lasky (FN)

  • StepSecurity, a cybersecurity company protecting CI/CD pipelines, raised a $3M seed round led by Runtime Ventures (PRN)

  • RunReveal, a SIEM built to detect threats, raised a $2.5M seed round led by Costanoa Ventures (FN)

  • Resonance Security, a Web2/Web3 cybersecurity provider, raised a $1.5M pre-seed round led by Arca, Fabric VC, and Blockchain Founders Fund (FN)

  • Kutt, a social betting platform, raised a $1M round led by Lightning Capital (FN)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • Cruise operator Viking Holdings rose 9% in its trading debut after its $1.5B IPO, valuing the company at $11B (RT

  • Vista-backed automotive data and software services provider Solera Global confidentiality filed for a US IPO that could raise over $1B (BBG

  • German academic publishing giant Springer Nature is lining up banks for an IPO that could fetch a $9.6B valuation, including debt (RT

  • High-end supermarket chain Spinneys' $375M Dubai IPO drew $19B of orders (BBG


  • Private lenders led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management are preparing a $1.6B loan package for UK-based card reader maker SumUp Payments (BBG

  • Sunnova Energy International hired Moelis to advise on its $7.5B of long term debt, including ~$1B of notes due 2026 (BBG

Bankruptcy / Restructuring

  • WeWork reached a $450 restructuring deal to exit bankruptcy, cut $4B in debt, and see property management software provider Yardi Systems take a 60% stake (AX)


  • Credit investor Golub Capital raised $2bn for its sixth credit opportunities fund (ACI)

  • Alternative asset manager HighVista Strategies raised $675M for its tenth fund (BW)

  • India’s Anthill Ventures is seeking to raise $100M for a private credit cross fund (BBG)

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