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Stock futures point higher amid reports of impending U.S.-China trade deal

U.S. stocks declined, reversing gains made earlier in the day on the heels of reports of an impending trade deal between the U.S. and China. The S&P 500 ( ^GSPC ) fell 0.39%, or 10.88 points, as of market close, with the Healthcare sector leading declines. The Dow ( ^DJI ) declined the most since…

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U.S. stocks declined, reversing gains made earlier in the day on the heels of reports of an impending trade deal between the U.S.

and China.
The S&P 500 ( ^GSPC ) fell 0.39%, or 10.88 points, as of market close, with the Healthcare sector leading declines.

The Dow ( ^DJI ) declined the most since February 7, falling 0.79%, or 204.

91 points. However, the index pared some losses after shedding more than 400 points earlier in the session. The Nasdaq ( ^IXIC ) slipped 0.23%, or 17.79 points.
Monday’s drop in the major U.

S. equity indices comes following the Dow’s first weekly decline in 2019. However, equity performance has so far been strong for the year-to-date, with the S&P 500 posting an 11.5% gain between January and February, or the best two-month start to the year since 1991.
The U.

S. and China are reportedly nearing a trade deal that would involve Beijing lowering tariffs on American farm, chemical, auto and other products and bumping up purchases of American goods. As part of the deal, the U.S.

would lift many or all tariffs on Chinese products. Such an agreement could come as soon as the end of March, according to reports citing unnamed individuals familiar with the matter.
“The carrot of a trade deal is being dangled in front of investors once again,” Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG Group, wrote in an email.

“Hope that Trump and Xi will sit down later in the month to hammer out a resolution have buoyed equities, but given the outcome of last week’s U.S.-NK chit-chat perhaps a more sanguine approach would make sense.”
Last week, President Donald Trump walked out during his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after the two failed to come to an agreement that would satisfy Washington’s demands for North Korea to give up most of its nuclear weapons program.

China also intends to cut the value-added tax rate covering its manufacturing sector by 3 percentage points, according to a Bloomberg report citing a person familiar with the matter. The VAT reduction, which may be announced as soon as this week, could provide a boost to the decelerating Chinese economy of 600 billion yuan ($90 billion), or 0.6% of GDP, according to Morgan Stanley estimates.
STOCKS Tesla ( TSLA ) will unveil its Model Y vehicle on March 14 at LA Design Studio , CEO Elon Musk said in a series of Twitter posts on Monday. Musk has been hinting at the release of the SUV electric vehicle since 2015, and said in a letter to shareholders in January that high-volume production of the Model Y would begin by the end of 2020. The Model Y reveal comes shortly after the electric car-maker’s decision to shift worldwide sales online and close stores to lower its vehicle prices .
Children’s Place ( PLCE ) reported fiscal fourth-quarter results that fell short of consensus expectations as the liquidation of children’s apparel competitor Gymboree “created unprecedented near-term visibility challenges.” Children’s Place announced it will spend $76 million to acquire the rights to Gymboree and Crazy 8 brands following Gymboree’s January filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Fourth-quarter comparable sales for Children’s Place declined 0.6%, and net sales of $530.6 million were well below consensus estimates of $553.2 million. In the first quarter, the company sees comparable sales of between negative 10% to negative 12%. For fiscal 2019, the company sees net sales in the range of $1.89 billion to $1.92 billion.

Newmont Mining ( NEM ) rejected Barrick Gold’s ( GOLD ) $17.8 billion hostile bid, saying that the transaction is not in the best interest of shareholders. Newmont wrote in a statement Monday that its previously announced combination with Goldcorp “represents a superior value creation opportunity to generate long-term value through an unmatched portfolio of world class operations, projects, exploration opportunities, reserves and talent.” Barrick had launched a hostile bid for Newmont last week in an all-stock offer with a purchase price representing an about 8% discount to each Newmont share.

Barrick had touted the potential cost savings through a joint venture in Nevada, where both have major gold reserves.

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Lyft IPO — What to know in markets Friday

Lyft takes centerstage on Friday. The ride-sharing company is gearing up to have the biggest tech IPO in two years, at least until rival Uber hits the market. On Thursday evening, Lyft priced its stock at $72 per share , valuing the company at over $20 billion. The stock will debut Friday morning on the…

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Lyft takes centerstage on Friday.
The ride-sharing company is gearing up to have the biggest tech IPO in two years, at least until rival Uber hits the market. On Thursday evening, Lyft priced its stock at $72 per share , valuing the company at over $20 billion. The stock will debut Friday morning on the Nasdaq under the ticker LYFT.

And some Wall Street analysts have initiated coverage of the stock ahead of the highly-anticipated IPO.

DA Davidson was the first to get bulled up on Lyft. On March 19, the firm initiated Lyft as a Buy and slapped a $75 price target on the stock.

Analyst Tom White argued, “LYFT is the #2 player in U.

S. ridesharing, but has grown its market share from 22% to 39% in the past two years. LYFT has benefited from PR/management/operational stumbles at its largest competitor, but is deftly maximizing the benefits by aggressively differentiating its brand/mission around socially-conscious values and corporate responsibility. This is good PR, but also good for business.”
Then on Thursday, Wedbush initiated Lyft as Neutral with an $80 price target. “The brand loyalty of Lyft has been quite impressive as the company continues to attract drivers and riders with its brand associated with corporate responsibility and social values, an impressive formula to go after the $1.2 trillion market spent annually in the US,” analyst Dan Ives wrote in a note to clients.

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Hong Kong has licensed its first three digital banks — and tech giants may lose out (TCEHY, HSBC, BACHY, BABA, ACN, GS)

Mekebeb Tesfaye 0m This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Fintech Briefing subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here . The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the territory’s de facto central bank, has granted the first set of its long-awaited digital-only banking licenses,…

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Hong Kong has licensed its first three digital banks — and tech giants may lose out (TCEHY, HSBC, BACHY, BABA, ACN, GS)

Mekebeb Tesfaye 0m This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Fintech Briefing subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here . The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the territory’s de facto central bank, has granted the first set of its long-awaited digital-only banking licenses, reports Bloomberg. Business Insider Intelligence The first batch of approvals has been given to firms that have partnered with Standard Chartered, Bank of China Hong Kong, and Chinese digital insurance firm ZhongAn, and the firms intend to begin operating within nine months. Although at least two of the joint ventures — with Standard Chartered and ZhongAn, respectively — had been expected to receive approval, the decision not to award licenses to Chinese tech giants Tencent and Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial has surprised many observers, per the Financial Times. Here’s what it means: The licenses should ignite competition by giving holders access to a hugely profitable banking market where consumers continue to be frustrated by their options.

Hong Kong’s banking sector is heavily dominated by a handful of incumbents.

The four largest lenders — HSBC, Bank of China, Hang Seng Bank, and Standard Chartered — account for 66% of retail banking loans and 77% of mortgages, per Bloomberg citing Goldman Sachs. And their share of the market is lucrative: For example, two-thirds of HSBC’s global profits last year came from its retail and wealth management operations in the territory, reports Reuters. However, the new licenses are anticipated to put up to 30% or $15 billion of Hong Kong’s total banking revenues up for grabs — threatening the big four’s entrenched position. Hong Kong registers among the lowest rates of customer satisfaction for a developed economy due to a lack of banking competition. Only 59% of consumers in Hong Kong say they like their bank, compared with 62% of global consumers and the 74% who say the same in the US. Further, less than half (43%) of bank customers in Hong Kong say they have a positive experience when visiting a bank branch, compared with the 57% of global consumers who say the same; and it’s significantly less than the 74% of US customers who report having a positive experience, per an Accenture survey seen by Business Insider Intelligence. Increased competition ushered in by the new license holders should force the old guard to up their game and ultimately improve these customer satisfaction numbers.

The bigger picture: Hong Kong’s efforts to remedy financial services competition and customer satisfaction may hurt established players, but it could also further entrench the position of some.

Although Hong Kong’s big four could be the biggest losers, the likes of Standard Chartered appear to be getting ahead of the curve. The chronic dissatisfaction of the territory’s digitally savvy consumers is a boon for the newly licensed firms, giving them an opportunity to scoop up customers at pace: 68% of customers use digital channels to check their bank accounts at least once a week, per Accenture. Moreover, while the likes of Ant Financial and Tencent haven’t yet received approval, their potential entry into the market could give the old guard a run for their money. However, the fact that Standard Chartered and Bank of China are among the players to be permitted first suggests established players are already in front of the trend. Given their vast resources and existing reach, the newly approved licensing could be an opportunity to maintain the status quo. So, while the licensing is generally good news for consumers, its business impacts for established and new entrants remain to be seen.

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Here comes Lyft… (LYFT)

John Sciulli/Getty Images for Lyft Lyft , the first ride-hailing company to hit the public market, began trading Friday on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Its shares opened at $87.24, jumping 21% from the $72 where they priced Thursday evening. That brought its valuation to just over $29 billion. Lyft shares gave back some gains in…

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Lyft , the first ride-hailing company to hit the public market, began trading Friday on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Its shares opened at $87.24, jumping 21% from the $72 where they priced Thursday evening. That brought its valuation to just over $29 billion.

Lyft shares gave back some gains in the afternoon, but the company still carries a market value of roughly $27 billion. Several Wall Street analysts are already bullish on the world’s second-largest ride-share company.

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Lyft , the first ride-hailing company to launch on a US public market, began trading Friday morning under the ticker ” LYFT .” Shares jumped 21% to $87.24 apiece as they opened, bringing the valuation to just over $29 billion.
The company priced its initial public offering at $72 per share the evening prior, at the upper-end of its expected range.
But the newly minted stock’s rally was fading by midday, as shares had given up around half of their opening gains by 1 P.

M. ET.

Lyft was trading just above $81 a share, below where they’d opened earlier in the session.

Lyft’s offering raised about $2.69 billion, which it plans to spend on “working capital, operating expenses, and capital expenditures,” as well as acquiring or investing in businesses, according to its S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange and Commission.
While potential investors will have a chance to buy into one of the largest US-listed technology IPOs in recent years, one thing they won’t have is equal say in how the company is run.
That’s because Lyft will have a dual-class structure consisting of Class A and Class B shares. That means outside investors of the former are entitled to one vote per share while shareholders in the latter are entitled to 20 votes per share.

Investor appetite for Lyft’s publicly traded shares was strong heading into Friday’s debut despite the company providing no clear timeline for reaching profitability .
Lyft earlier this week raised its expected IPO range from between $62 and $68 a share to $70 to $72 after its offering was oversubscribed . In other words, demand for its IPO exceeded the number of shares issued.
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In the race to go public during what’s expected to be a banner year for high-profile IPOs — with Airbnb, Slack, and Peloton all expected to debut — Lyft is set to beat out rival Uber to the public markets.

“In our opinion while Lyft has clearly benefited from some of the negative PR issues that Uber faced in 2017/early 2018, going forward the battle for market share will be a bit more balanced,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a note to clients earlier this week.
Ives initiated coverage with a “neutral” investment rating and a 12-month price target of $80.
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