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Markets are preparing for Nvidia’s blockbuster earnings today, Amazon is joining the Dow Jones index, Musk’s Neuralink seems to be working, the Conference Board abandoned a US recession forecast, US asset managers are readying for a China recovery, and FuboTV is suing US media giants over competition concerns.

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Markets are preparing for Nvidia’s blockbuster earnings today, Amazon is joining the Dow Jones index, Musk’s Neuralink seems to be working, the Conference Board abandoned a US recession forecast, US asset managers are readying for a China recovery, and FuboTV is suing US media giants over competition concerns.

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Before The Bell

As of 2/20/2024 market close.


  • US stocks fell yesterday as Nvidia led a broader tech decline ahead of the chipmaker’s earnings report

  • Europe's Stoxx 600 hit a two-year high, while French and German shares pulled back from all-time highs

  • Chinese stocks rose slightly in response to an aggressive cut to its benchmark lending rate from China’s central bank 


  • Walmart shares rose ~3% after beating Q4 earnings and revenue estimates and reporting strong e-commerce growth (CNBC

  • Palo Alto Networks shares plunged ~21% AH despite beating Q2 earnings and revenue estimates due to cutting its FY guidance for revenue and billings (CNBC

  • What we're watching this week:  

    • Today: Nvidia, Rivian, Etsy, Wingstop

    • Thursday: Block, Moderna, Carvana, Intuit

    • Friday: Warner Bros. Discovery 

  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • US asset managers ready for China recovery with products stacked up (RT)

  • Conference Board gives up on US recession call (RT)

  • Canada's inflation dipped below 3% for first time since June 2023 (RT)

  • Citigroup raised CEO Jane Fraser's 2023 pay by 6% to $26M (RT)

  • Toyota faces crackdown for engine emissions cheating (RT)

  • Japan bets $67B to become a global chip powerhouse once again (BBG)

  • Elon Musk says Neuralink is working (CNBC)

  • Amazon will replace Walgreens in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (RT)

  • Macy's is facing a board challenge from activist investor Arkhouse (RT)

  • The SEC accused a biotech executive of insider trading for buying a rival's stock (WSJ)

  • Megaprojects in the desert sap Saudi Arabia’s cash (WSJ)

  • Ford cuts prices of electric Mustang Mach-E by up to $8.1k (CNBC)

  • Mizuho taps Credit Suisse Israel Investment Banking head (BBG)

  • FuboTV sues Disney, Fox, Warner Bros. over sports JV (CNBC)

  • Goldman’s O’Connor joins ETF manager Global X as CEO (BBG)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • The FTC and a group of states plan to sue to block Kroger’s $24.6B acquisition of Albertsons (BBG

  • Spain's MasMovil and French mobile operator Orange secured EU antitrust approval for the $20B merger of their Spanish businesses (RT

  • Buyout firms including Blackstone, Advent, CVC, and Bain Capital are interested in the ~$20B consumer health division of French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi ahead of a potential separation of the business (BBG

  • Occidental Petroleum is exploring a ~$20B sale of natural gas-focused pipeline operator Western Midstream Partners (RT

  • An investor group led by PE firms Stone Point and CD&R will acquire Truist Financial's remaining stake in its insurance brokerage business Truist Insurance in a $15.5B deal (RT

  • ANZ Group Holdings$3.2B purchase of Suncorp’s banking business won approval from Australian authorities after a previous decision to block the deal (RT

  • Walmart agreed to acquire TV maker Vizio for $2.3B to grow its high-profit ad business (CNBC

  • PE firm Bernhard Capital Partners will acquire CenterPoint Energy’s natural gas assets in Louisiana and Mississippi for $1.2B (RT

  • Australia's mining chemicals maker Orica will acquire US-based sodium cyanide manufacturer Cyanco Intermediate 4 for $640M (RT

  • S&P Global will acquire research platform Visible Alpha from a consortium of investment banks for over $500M (BBG

  • Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart held discussions to potentially acquire Dunzo, a hyperlocal delivery startup backed by Reliance Retail (TC

  • Universal Music Group is acquiring a 25.8% stake in Chord Music Partners from KKR for $240M (BBG

  • Struggling database company MariaDB could be taken private in $37M deal, fourteen months after it listed via SPAC (TC)

  • SWFs including Mubadala, QIA and China Investment Corp. are in talks to jointly invest in McDonald’s China business (BBG)


  • Ascend Elements, a provider of sustainable closed loop battery materials solutions, raised $162M in funding led by Just Climate, Clearvision Ventures, and IRONGREY (FN)

  • Recogni, an AI-based computing startup, raised a $102M Series C co-led by Celesta Capital and GreatPoint Ventures (PRN)

  • Planity, a French startup building a SaaS product for hair salons, raised a $48M Series C led by InfraVia Capital Partners (TC)

  • Reprieve Cardiovascular, a startup aiming to improve fluid management for heart failure patients, raised a $42M Series A led by Lightstone Ventures and Sante Ventures (BW)

  • Bioptimus, a startup building a foundational AI model focused on biology, raised a $35M seed round led by Sofinnova Partners (TC)

  • Cagent Vascular, a medical device company focused on peripheral artery disease, raised a $30M Series C led by US Venture Partners (BW)

  • Oula, a modern maternity care clinic combining midwifery and obstetrics, raised a $28M Series B led by Revolution Ventures and Maverick Ventures (PRN)

  • Niron Magnetics, a startup building high-performance, rare-earth free permanent magnets, raised a $25M round led by Samsung Ventures (BW)

  • AtmosZero, a startup looking to decarbonize steam, raised a $21M Series A led by Engine Ventures and 2150 (BW)

  • AZmed, a Paris-based startup providing AI-powered radiology software, raised a $16.4M round led by Maison Worms, Techstars, and Teampact Ventures (FN)

  • DNA-based soil intelligence startup Trace Genomics raised a $10.5M Series B led by S2G Ventures and Ajax Strategies (PRN)

  • Cross-border trade startup OpenBorder raised a $10M seed round led by Peak XV Partners (TC)

  • Techtaka, a South Korean online shopping fulfillment startup, raised a $9.5M Series B from Altos Ventures (TC)

  • Virtual cardiometabolic care clinic 9amHealth raised a $9.5M Series A extension led by Cigna Group Ventures (PRN)

  • UK-based biotech IsomAb raised a $9.4M seed round led by Broadview Ventures (PRN)

  • MIP Discovery, a startup developing non-biological affinity reagents for cell and gene therapies, raised a $9.3M Series A led by Mercia Ventures (FN)

  • Music tech startup EngineEars raised a $7.5M seed round led by Drive Capital (FN)

  • Altavo, an AI-based voice rehabilitation company, raised a $5.5M Series A led by Occident (FN)

  • B2B retail marketplace PriyoShop raised a $5M pre-seed round led by Century Oak Ventures (FN)

  • WIVI Vision, a startup improving visual efficiency and treating visual dysfunctions, raised a $4.4M round led by Adara Ventures (FN)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • Malaysian energy infrastructure firm Yinson Holdings is considering raising ~$1B in a funding round for its floating production, storage and offloading unit before a US IPO (BBG)

  • Shares of Mexican soccer and gambling business Ollamani surged to a $252M market cap following its spinoff from pay TV operator Grupo Televisa (BBG)


  • Verizon Communications is raising $1B from the green-bond market for the sixth time since 2019 (BBG

Bankruptcy / Restructuring

  • Radio and podcast company Audacy received court approval to emerge from bankruptcy, slash ~$1.7B of debt, and hand ownership to creditors including Soros Fund Management (BBG)


  • Brookfield Asset Management is weighing a sixth infrastructure fund just two months after closing its last infrastructure fund at a record $30B (BBG

  • Media advisory firm LionTree raised over $1B for a fund investing in media, entertainment, tech and gaming (AX

  • Web3 VC Hack VC raised $150M for a fund dedicated to the digital asset industry (BBG)

Crypto Corner

  • Former Celsius Network CEO Alex Mashinsky wants the same lawyers as SBF (BBG)

  • UK plans to have new rules for stablecoins and staking crypto assets approved by lawmakers by July (BBG)

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