Swedish Flash Crash

Citi's London trading desk caused a Swedish stock flash crash, stocks rebounded to close green yesterday, Berkshire bought a big Activision stake, the 10Y yield hit 3%, Amazon defeated the latest worker unionization effort, and Grindr sold user data.

Litquidity Capital
May 03, 2022

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Citi's London trading desk caused a Swedish stock flash crash, stocks rebounded to close green yesterday, Berkshire bought a big Activision stake, the 10Y yield hit 3%, Amazon defeated the latest worker unionization effort, and Grindr sold user data.

ICYMI: The Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, according to a leaked initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito.

Let's dive in.

Before The Bell

As of 5/2/2022 market close.


  • US stocks hit a late rebound yesterday, with all three major averages closing up after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit new lows for the year earlier in the session
    • It appears that some investors have started to buy the dip, believing that the market has overreacted to the fear of an economic slowdown
    • Big tech led the rebound with Netflix and Meta jumping 4.8% and 5.3%, respectively
  • The 10Y Treasury hit 3% for the first time since late 2018 in response to the continued threat of rising rates


  • Chegg reported better-than-expected income and EPS numbers but fell after cutting their FY guidance (BW)
  • What we’re watching today: Pfizer, BP, Hilton, Airbnb, Starbucks, Lyft
  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows (POL)
  • Powell’s Fed set to go big and keep going until inflation tamed (BBG)
  • Amazon defeats drive to unionize second Staten Island facility (BBG)
  • Warburg-backed firm forms $1.2B JV on infrastructure push (BBG)
  • Buffet says Berkshire Hathaway has 9.5% Activision stake (RT)
  • 10Y Treasury yield hits 3% for first time since 2018 (WSJ)
  • Grindr user data was sold through ad networks (WSJ)
  • Citi’s London trading desk behind European ‘flash crash’ (BBG)
  • EU accuses Apple of abusing mobile-payment market power (WSJ)
  • Biden administration announces $3.1B to make EV batteries in the US (CNBC)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • Spirit Airlines’ board unanimously rejected JetBlue’s unsolicited $3.6B offer and said it would instead stick with a lower offer from Frontier Airlines (BBG)
  • Astorg Partners is nearing a deal to buy contract drug development and manufacturing company CordenPharma for $2.5B+ (BBG)
  • Apparel company G-III agreed to buy an 81% stake in fashion brand Karl Lagerfield for $210M (BBG)
  • Portuguese oil company Galp Energia is considering a sale of its upstream operations in Angola (BBG)


  • Instant grocery startup Zepto raised $200M at a $900M valuation in a round led by Y Combinator (BBG)
  • Hello Heart, a digital therapeutic startup focused on heart health, raised a $70M Series D led by Stripes (BW)
  • Engineering efficiency platform LinearB raised a $50M Series B led by Tribe Capital (PRN)
  • NoCode NLP platform Accern raised a $20M Series B led by Mighty Capital and Fusion Fund (PRN)
  • Relay Robotics, a new corporation formed by the acquisition of leading robotics developer Savioke, raised a $10M Series A led by MK Capital (BW)
  • Healthcare infrastructure company Capable Health raised a $6M seed round led by M13 (PRN)
  • Ownwell, a startup helping commercial and residential property owners save on taxes, raised a $5.75M seed round led by First Round Capital (BW)
  • Privacy-focused data generation platform Kahoona raised a $4.5M seed round led by Global Founders Capital (PRN)
  • BarRaiser, an AI-powered smart interviewing platform, raised a $4.2M seed round led by 021 Capital and Global Founders Capital (PRN)
  • Design tool startup Diagram raised a $3M seed round led by LudlowVentures (DIAG)

Crypto Corner

  • Pplpleasr releases producer pass Ethereum NFTs for Cannes (DC)
  • VanEck is giving away 1K Ethereum NFTs - and kindly asks that you not sell them (DC)
  • Otherside NFT mint burned more than $157M in Ethereum (DC)
  • Argentina’s largest private bank launches crypto trading feature (CD)

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