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  • Amazon adds more jets to its growing fleet

    Amazon adds more jets to its growing fleetAmazon's fleet of jets is getting bigger. The online shopping giant said Tuesday that it will lease 15 more Boeing 737s as it seeks to grow its delivery business and get packages to shoppers' doorsteps faster. Amazon is in the midst of speeding up its delivery time to one-day from two for its Prime members.




  • Facebook Shares Lose Enthusiasm for `Watershed' Crypto Move

    Facebook Shares Lose Enthusiasm for `Watershed' Crypto Move(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. shares on Tuesday erased an initial advance that came after the company unveiled plans for a new cryptocurrency, a move that analysts saw as a potentially major new profit stream.Shares initially rose as much as 2.9%, though they pared much of that advance and last traded basically unchanged on the day.Ending higher would give Facebook its fourth straight positive session, extending a recent climb. Facebook is up more than 15% from a low hit earlier this month.“Given the recent run in the stock, many investors may be overestimating the near-term impact of a cryptocurrency launch,” Jefferies analyst Brent Thill wrote on Tuesday. “We think most advertisers will wait and see what the potential impact will be on their businesses before allocating more ad dollars to FB.”The recent advance has been fueled, in part, by anticipation over the crypto announcement, and the release of a white paper detailing the initiative spurred additional enthusiasm, for both Facebook and digital currencies.“We view Facebook’s introduction of the Libra currency as a potential watershed moment for the company and global adoption of crypto,” wrote Mark Mahaney, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets who has an outperform rating and $250 price target on Facebook shares. “In terms of scale and importance, we believe this new financial infrastructure could be viewed similar to Apple’s introduction of iOS to developers over a decade ago.”The digital currency, called Libra, is expected to launch as soon as next year. It was designed as a way for Facebook users to send and receive money through its messaging services.Loop Capital Markets wrote that this service represented “a large global opportunity,” and a way for Facebook to diversify away from advertising revenue. “This is among the most important initiatives at the company and may be critical to commercializing the value of its messaging infrastructure,” analyst Alan Gould wrote, affirming his buy rating and $200 price target.Citi, in a report published June 17, wrote that Libra could represent “a meaningful new product and profit stream” over the coming years, calling it a path “to printing even more money.”Despite the bank’s optimism -- it has a buy rating and $212 price target -- Citi noted that “the regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies remains uncertain,” and wrote that the cryptocurrency will be “an important test for how well Facebook has been able to (or will be able to) overcome the recent questions about its trustworthiness.”(Updates stock to afternoon trading, adds commentary from Jefferies.)To contact the reporter on this story: Ryan Vlastelica in New York at rvlastelica1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Catherine Larkin at clarkin4@bloomberg.net, Steven FrommFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.




  • European Central Bank hints at stimulus _ drawing Trump ire

    European Central Bank hints at stimulus _ drawing Trump ireThe European Central Bank could unleash more stimulus if the economy doesn't pick up soon, its president warned Tuesday, sparking a sharp drop in the euro and drawing an angry tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump. Europe's top central banker even held out the prospect of cutting interest rates, though they are already at record lows. Draghi noted it was also possible to re-start a bond-buying stimulus program that had been halted only in December.




  • Here's Why Biohaven Pharmaceutical Plummeted Today

    Here's Why Biohaven Pharmaceutical Plummeted TodayDilution is coming for shareholders, while an acquisition doesn't seem as likely.




  • Top Amazon Lawyer: 'Justice for All' Requires More Funding and Innovation

    Top Amazon Lawyer: 'Justice for All' Requires More Funding and InnovationTop Amazon Lawyer: 'Justice for All' Requires More Funding and Innovation