Post-SPAC names enjoy run-up over the last 30 days, but are slumping year to date
SPACs have enjoyed a bounce over the last 30 days, but they are still far in the hole for 2022.
CNBC’s Post SPAC Index, made up of SPACs that have successfully merged and debuted on the public markets, is up 10.6% over the period between July 26 and Aug. 25. In that period, it beat the S&P 500, which is up 5.36%.
Sharp jumps in a handful of names have helped lift the index. Getty Images, for instance, is up over 217% in the last 30 days, while EV battery maker Enovix has added more than 136%.
Nevertheless, SPACs as a whole have suffered in 2022, as investors have shied away from speculative companies with little earnings. The CNBC Post SPAC index is off nearly 46% for the year, compared to the S&P 500’s roughly 12.6% decline.
SPACs, or special purpose acquisition companies, raise funding through an initial public offering and then use the proceeds to buy a private company and have it debut within two years.
SPAC liquidations have picked up as companies approach the two-year mark and have struggled to bring companies to market in these less than favorable conditions: Fifteen SPACs have liquidated year to date – five of which happened in August. Meanwhile, there was one liquidation in 2021 and two in 2020, according to SPACResearch.
–Darla Mercado, Gina Francolla
Snowflake surges 20% on revenue beat
Snowflake’s stock jumped more than 20% after topping revenue estimates in the recent quarter. The cloud data platform provider posted revenues of $497 million, beating Refinitiv estimates of $467 million.
Snowflake said product revenue grew 83% year over year and noted it expects that segment to bring in between $500 and $505 million in the third quarter. For the full year, the company expects product revenue of $1.91 billion to $1.92 billion.
— Samantha Subin, Ashley Capoot
S&P 500 opens higher
The S&P 500 opened higher Thursday. Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 68 points, or 0.21%, shortly after the bell. S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.25% and 0.54%, respectively.
— Sarah Min
Jobless claims fall
Initial filings for unemployment benefits fell last week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
Jobless claims came in 243,000 for the week ended Aug. 20, down 2,000 from the prior week. It was also lower than consensus estimates of 255,000, according to StreetAccount.
— Sarah Min
Revisions show a smaller GDP decline in the second quarter
The first revision for second-quarter GDP painted a slightly less dour picture for the U.S. economy.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis said on Thursday that GDP contracted by 0.6% in the second quarter. The advance estimate released last month showed a decline of 0.9%.
There was a negative revision elsewhere in the report. The price index for gross domestic purchases grew 8.4% during the quarter. The previous estimate showed a rise of 8.2%.
Despite the high inflation and the negative GDP growth, real gross domestic income rose by 1.4% in the second quarter.
Consumer confidence recovers somewhat, but recession concerns remain, Bank of America says
Consumer confidence has eased somewhat from their lows earlier this year, but recession concerns remain, according to Bank of America.
The BofA US Consumer Confidence Indicator reached a three-month high of 31% as of August 21, following a period of lower gas prices and better-than-expected economic data, according to a Thursday note.
Still, the firm said a majority of respondents, 66%, expect higher inflation over the next year, with 38% of those respondents anticipating a recession.
Respondents in higher income brackets earning more than $50,000 a year said they were mainly concerned about savings and investments in a downturn.
Meanwhile, those with lower incomes said they were more concerned with job security than their higher-income counterparts, though savings were still their main concern, the report said.
— Sarah Min
Fed’s George says demand is ‘cooling’
Kansas City Fed President Esther George told CNBC’s Steve Liesman that “demand is cooling” in the U.S. economy but that what she is hearing from business leaders is not yet consistent with recession.
George also said that inflation remains “broad based” and wants to see at least three “consistent months” of improving inflation data.
George declined to say whether see was leaning toward a half-point or three-quarter-point hike at next week’s Fed meeting. She did say that unemployment may have to rise for the Fed to bring down inflation.
Peloton shares plunge after earnings miss
Shares of Peloton tumbled more than 15% in Thursday premarket trading after the equipment maker reported a big loss. The results marks six straight quarters of reported losses from the company as it tries to execute a turnaround plan.
The stock surged more than 20% the prior day following news of its partnership with Amazon.
— Sarah Min, Lauren Thomas
Autodesk surges after earnings beat
Autodesk shares popped more than 9% after the software company posted quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations.
The company earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $1.24 billion. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected a profit of $1.57 per share on revenue of $1.23 billion. Autodesk’s operating margin also came in slightly above expectations.
Figs jumps after Ron Baron reveals new buying
Billionaire investor Ron Baron revealed on “Squawk Box” that he has been buying shares of medical apparel company Figs in recent months.
Baron called the company the “lululemon of healthcare,” referring to one of the fastest growing apparel stocks of the past decade.
Shares of Figs spiked in premarket trading after Baron made his appearance. Shares were up more than 13% after being little changed before Baron spoke.
Nvidia falls after weak earnings report
Shares of chipmaker Nvidia fell 4% in the premarket after the company posted quarterly results that missed analyst expectations.
Nvidia earned 51cents per share on revenue of $6.7 billion. Analysts expected the company to report a profit of $1.26 per share on revenue of $8.10 billion, according to Refinitiv.
“Macroeconomic headwinds across the world drove a sudden slowdown in consumer demand” for the company’s gaming products, Nvidia CFO Colette Kress said on a call with analysts.
—Fred Imbert, Jordan Novet
European markets climb ahead of Jackson Hole
The pan-European Stoxx 600 index gained 0.7% in early trade, with basic resources adding 1.2% to lead gains as all sectors and major bourses entered positive territory.
The German economy grew unexpectedly in the second quarter, new figures confirmed on Thursday, despite fears of stagnation amid soaring inflation and threats to energy supply following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
– Elliot Smith
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The risk of recession is growing, according to Canaccord Genuity‘s analysts led by Tony Dwyer.
“Our indicators suggest a recession is increasingly likely as we move into next year, especially if the Fed continues to raise rates,” according to an Aug. 22 research note.
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— Zavier Ong
Tesla stock set to split
Tesla’s 3-for-1 stock split is set to take place Wednesday after the market close, meaning that shareholders will get two new shares for each they currently hold when trading begins Thursday.
Shares of the automaker gained 0.22% Wednesday. The latest stock split was approved during the company’s annual meeting on Aug. 4.
Splitting a stock doesn’t change anything fundamental about a company, but can make it more affordable for some retail investors to buy.
Snowflake jumps, Salesforce falls
Quarterly earnings released after the bell Wednesday sent shares of some companies flying.
Snowflake surged more than 18% after beating Wall Street estimates. Salesforce, on the other hand, reported solid quarterly results but gave a gave weaker than expected third quarter and full-year guidance on earnings and revenue, sending its stock down nearly 7%.
Stock futures open flat
U.S. stock futures opened flat on Wednesday after all three major averages gained in the regular trading session.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose by 8 points, or 0.02%. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures climbed 0.14% and 0.13%, respectively.