​This Week in Emerging Growth: That's It, You Tell That Baby What's What

Joel Anderson  |

It was a rough week for Donald Trump, as the conflict with the parents of Captain Humayun Khan proved to be just one of multiple scandals that reportedly had prominent Republicans scrambling to plan an intervention with his sagging campaign. Markets, meanwhile, stayed mostly level as dreary numbers for Q2 GDP growth from last week were counterbalanced by a sterling July jobs report and improved consumer spending.

Major News Recap:

  • After a fierce battle for supremacy over the Chinese taxi market, ride-sharing app Uber opted to take the easy route and sold its Chinese business to its primary local competitor, Didi Chuxing. Uber’s IPO had apparently been held up by its losses in China (reportedly $2 billion over three years), and it’s getting a 5.89% stake in the new combined company, which has been valued at over $35 billion.
  • It was a busy week for economic data. After last Friday brought news that GDP growth in Q2 was a tepid 1.2%, less than half analyst expectations, this Friday brought a jobs report that showed over 250,000 new jobs and an upward revision of May and June to include 18,000 more jobs than previously reported. Meanwhile, consumer spending was up 0.4% in June after similar gains in May. It wasn’t all good news, though, as July’s auto sales were down sharply.
  • The Fed dinged Goldman Sachs (GS) for using confidential information about Federal Reserve decisions garnered from illegally obtained documents. Though, at $36.3 million, it’s not exactly the sort of fine you can expect to really have the bank reeling.
  • It was a big week for Tesla (TSLA) as SolarCity (SCTY) approved the all-stock deal to be acquired by the auto giant, and the company reported a wider-than-expected loss in its Q2 earnings. That said, they also reported they were on track for delivery of 50,000 vehicles in the second half of the year, limiting stock losses for the week to just over 2%.
  • Time Warner (TWX) reported that it had acquired a 10% stake in television streaming platform Hulu, with Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS), and 21st Century Fox (FOX) each reducing their ownership from a third each to make room. The deal will mean that Hulu will now be streaming channels from the Time Warner empire, including CNN, TBS, TNT, and Cartoon Network.
  • The Bank of England trimmed a key interest rate to historic lows in an effort to stimulate the economy out of its post-Brexit slump. It also boosted its spending on Quantitative Easing by £60 billion to a total of £435 billion.
  • In what could be another major blow to Obamacare, major insurer Aetna (AET) announced it was considering leaving the public exchanges after suffering losses in excess of $300 million on the plans it sold there.

The Week’s Market Action

S&P 500: +8.76 or 0.4% to 2,182.87

Nasdaq: +58.99 or 1.14% to 5,221.12

Top-performing Stocks:

Top Performers

Company

Gain

Bottom Performers

Company

Loss

Mega-Cap

Apple (AAPL)

$3.27 or 3.14% to $107.48

Mega-Cap

Verizon (VZ)

$1.77 or 3.19% to $53.64

Large-Cap

Ball Corporation (BLL)

$8.47 or 11.98% to $79.15

Large-Cap

Liberty Interactive Corp. (QVCA)

$6.20 or 23.13% to $20.61

Mid-Cap

Avon Products (AVP)

$1.01 or 24.94% to $5.10

Mid-Cap

Inovalon Holdings (INOV)

$4.02 or 21.59% to $14.60

Emerging Growth Company News

Earnings season has been unkind to several companies, but on the whole it was a solid week for small caps. The Russell 2000 fell on Monday and Tuesday, but it’s been roaring back since, gaining 2.38% since the opening bell on Wednesday.

Russell 2000 Performance: +11.11 or 0.91% to 1,231.30

Emerging Growth Stock Performance:

Top Performers

Company

Gain

Bottom Performers

Company

Loss

Small-Cap

Advaxis (ADXS)

$5.92 or 70.98% to $14.26

Small-Cap

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (KERX)

$2.87 or 38.99% to $4.49

Micro-Cap

Seanergy Maritime Holdings (SHIP)

$2.39 or 86.59% to $5.15

Micro-Cap

VirnetX Holdings (VHC)

$1.95 or 45.03% to $2.39

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Emerging Growth News

Top Reads of the Week

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Watchlist

Symbol Last Price Change % Change
AAPL

     
AMZN

     
HD

     
JPM

     
IBM

     
BA

     
WMT

     
DIS

     
GOOG

     
XOM

     
BRK.A

     
FB

     
JNJ

     
WFC

     
T

     
NFLX

     
TSLA

     
V

     
UNH

     
PG