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Robinhood Wants Its Stock Back

Fed officials are considering more modest rate hikes, Wall Street is finding it easier to raise money, PIMCO still forecasts a recession, Google will enhance search results with generative AI features, Disney is cutting 7,000 jobs, Bed Bath & Beyond issued new equity, Robinhood's board approved a plan to buy back SBF's stock, and LeBron broke the NBA scoring record.

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Fed officials are considering more modest rate hikes, Wall Street is finding it easier to raise money, PIMCO still forecasts a recession, Google will enhance search results with generative AI features, Disney is cutting 7,000 jobs, Bed Bath & Beyond issued new equity, Robinhood's board approved a plan to buy back SBF's stock, and LeBron broke the NBA scoring record.

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Before The Bell

As of 2/8/2023 market close.


  • US stocks slid yesterday as investors turned cautious on hawkish comments from Fed officials following last week's blockbuster jobs report 

  • The pan-European Stoxx 600 traded at nine-month highs before closing with a 0.3% gain 

  • Oil settled higher for a third straight day


  • Uber beat Q4 EPS and revenue estimates to cap off its 'strongest quarter and year' on sustained food delivery demand and a continuing post-Covid rebound in their rideshare business; their shares rose 5.5% (CNBC)

  • Robinhood posted worse than expected Q4 loss and revenue numbers on a sixth-straight quarterly decline in monthly active users amid a fading retail investment boom (YH)

  • Walt Disney beat Q1 EPS and revenue estimates as strong theme park demand offset slight losses from its streaming business; their shares jumped 7.7% AH (RT)

  • Yum! Brands beat Q4 EPS and revenue estimates as strong demand for wallet-friendly meals at Taco Bells helped offset weaker growth at their Pizza Hut and KFC chains (RT)

  • What we're watching this week:  

    • Today: PepsiCo, PayPal

  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • More modest pace of rate hikes are in the cards for numerous Fed officials (RT)

  • Wall Street finds it easier to raise money despite rising interest rates (FT)

  • Russian oil and gas revenues dropped 46% from January 2021 levels (AX)

  • PIMCO still forecasts a US recession despite strong economic data (RT)

  • Google will enhance search results with generative AI features in response to Microsoft (RT)

  • Alphabet shares lost 7.7% after its AI chatbot Bard botched an answer in ad (RT)

  • TotalEnergies put a $4B hydrogen investment with Adani on hold (FT)

  • JPMorgan plans to hire over 500 small-business bankers (RT)

  • JPMorgan cut hundreds more mortgage employees (BBG)

  • Disney will slash 7k jobs in restructuring and $5.5B cost cutting drive (CNBC)

  • Truist cut 5% of its investment bankers (BBG)

  • Fintech Affirm cut 19% of its workforce (CNBC)

  • Ebay will cut 500 employees (RT)

  • Wells Fargo taps Morgan Stanley's Jeff Hogan as new co-head of M&A (RT)

  • Twitter has been restricted in Turkey following devastating earthquake (RT)

  • LeBron James broke the NBA scoring record (ESPN)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • CVS agreed to buy primary care center network Oak Street Health for $10.6B (BBG)

  • German auto parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen is considering a sale of its passive safety systems division that could be valued at $3.2B+ (BBG)

  • General Motors is competing for a stake in Brazilian mining firm Vale that could fetch $2B+ in a deal (BBG)

  • Chinese state-backed seamless steel pipe maker Tianjin Pipe is considering selling its Texas-based steel mill for $1.3B+ (BBG)

  • Brookfield Asset Management’s reinsurance unit agreed to buy and take private insurer Argo in a $1.1B deal (RT)

  • The owners of software management solutions company Snow Software are considering a sale of the firm at a ~$1B valuation (RT)

  • Media company Sony and a possible financial partner are negotiating to buy 50% of the estate of pop star Michael Jackson’s interest in Jackson’s publishing, recorded-music revenues, and upcoming Broadway show and biopic in a $800M-$900M deal (VTY)

  • South African cement maker PPC is considering selling its Zimbabwe business for ~$200M (BBG)

  • Deutsche Bank’s asset management arm is in talks to invest in German cryptocurrency firms Deutsche Digital Assets and Tradias as part of efforts to revive growth (BBG)

  • Mobile telecoms operator VEON won approval from Russian regulatory authorities for the proposed sale of its Russian operations (RT)

  • Activist investor Third Point has disclosed a stake in software firm Salesforce, making it the fifth known activist shareholder with a position in the company (WSJ)

  • The Peugot Family and Dassault Family are prepared to invest in Paris-listed investment bank Rothschild & Co, which the Rothschild family plans to take private (RT)

  • Investment management firm Ancora Group, a key shareholder in US auto retailer IAA, has accumulated a 0.5% stake in Canada’s Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, and is calling a major opponent of Ritchie’s $6B deal to buy IAA 'misinformed' (RT)


  • Time series database provider InfluxData raised $81M: a $30M debt facility from SVB and a $51 Series E led by Princeville Capital and Citi Ventures (BW)

  • Data observability platform Acceldata raised a $50M Series C led by March Capital (TC)

  • Light Field Lab, developers of the SolidLight holographic display platform, raised a $50M Series B led by NCSOFT (PRN)

  • Ionblox, a lithium ion battery startup, raised a $32M Series B from Lilium, Applied Ventures, Temasek, and Catalus Capital (BW)

  • AI-powered integrated market research platform Entropik raised a $25M Series B led by Bessemer Venture Partners and SIG Venture Capital (BW)

  • Zypp Electric, an EV-as-a-service platform catering to e-commerce companies and gig workers, received a $25M investment from Gogoro (TC)

  • Space media brand TDGA raised a $20M seed round at a $100M valuation led by New Media Holding (PRN)

  • Macro, a startup layering intelligence on top of digital documents, raised a $9.3M seed round led by a16z (TC)

  • Fable Food, a mushroom-based meat startup, raised an $8.5M Series A led by K3 (TC)

  • Ostial, a medtech startup focused on aorto-ostial interventions, raised a $7.5M seed round led by Delos Capital (PRN)

  • MENA-based HR tech startup Palm.hr raised a $5M pre-Series A led by Speedinvest (TC)

  • Web3 marketing platform Sesame Labs raised a $4.5M seed round led by Wing Venture Capital and Patron (TC)

  • Meala FoodTech, a functional plant-based protein platform, raised a $1.9M pre-seed round led by The Kitchen FoodTech Hub and DSM Venturing (PRN)

  • VRRB Labs, a Proof-of-Claim (“PoC”) decentralized protocol, raised a $1.4M pre-seed round from Jump Crypto, Taureon, and Big Brain (BW)

  • Nevly Money, a web app providing data-driven solutions to Americans with subpar credit scores, raised a $1.25M pre-seed round from Tenacity Venture Capital (PRN)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • Solar tech firm Nextracker is expected to price its $535M IPO at the upper end of its stated range today (CNBC)

  • Chinese white liquor brand Guotai is considering a Hong Kong IPO that could raise $500M+ (BBG)

  • Philippine poultry firm Bounty Agro Ventures is considering a domestic IPO that could raise $400-$500M (BBG)

  • Bed Bath & Beyond raised ~$225M in an equity offering and issued warrants to raise another $800M over the next 10 months (RT)

  • Pakistani technology company Symmetry is planning an IPO that could raise ~$1.6M (BBG)


  • Cloud mining firm BitFuFu postponed its $1.5B merger with Arisz Acquisition Corp. until May (CT)


  • Gautam Adani faced a $500M+ margin call by lenders including Barclays, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank on a $1.1B share-backed loan before repaying in full (FT)


  • ​​VC firm Seven Seven Six plans to raise $776M for two new funds (TI)

  • PE firm Bluestone Equity Partners raised $300M for a first fund focused on the sports, media and entertainment industry (BW)

  • German VC Planet A Ventures raised a $171.4M European climate fund (TC)

  • Paris-based PE firm Weinberg Capital Partners has $107M+ in commitments for a fund to buy small and mid-sized French security and defense companies (BBG)

  • Hedge fund Arini will launch two new funds this year aiming to profit from economic uncertainty over European corporate debt (RT)

Crypto Corner

  • Robinhood's board approved a plan to buy back SBF’s $578M 7.6% stake in the company (CNBC)

  • FTX's top bankruptcy, legal and financial advisors have billed ~$20M for 51 days of work (CNBC)

  • FTX gained court approval to subpoena SBF and his family members (RT)

  • Fintech Affirm is shutting down its crypto business (CD)

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  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explained why he thinks AI can beat Google in search in this interview with The Verge.

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