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Trump Media plummets

This week, Trump Media plummets, Spotify shares surge, and Ford outperforms competitors. 

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But first, the macro wrap-up:

The S&P 500 dipped 1.2% this week, as the Fed is likely to delay lowering key interest rates. It comes after the latest US jobs report for March

Trump Media tumbles 30% 📉

The truth hurts: Truth Social, the former President’s social media company, reported an annual loss of $58m in 2023. To make matters worse, Trump is suing two of its co-founders for insider trading.

  • Rocky debut: Last week, Trump Media debuted on the Nasdaq, with shares quickly gaining, giving the company an $11bn valuation. The huge gains were driven at least in part by supporters of the former president as his legal bills pile up. 

  • $4m rev: But after the news broke that Truth Social made just $4m in annual revenue, shares quickly plummeted, just as experts warned. A stock is often volatile post IPO, as the market tries to gauge its true worth.

Spotify jumps 8% 🔊

Another day, another hike: Spotify is once again hiking its monthly subscription plans in key markets, including the U.S., for the second time in a year.  

  • New basic tier: A new basic tier for $11 per month, which is the same price as the current premium plan, is set to be launched. It will give access to music and podcasts, but not audiobooks. 

  • Looking towards profit: Bloomberg reported that the UK, Australia and Pakistan should also expect monthly prices to increase by $1 to $2. Despite having more subscribers than Apple Music and Amazon Music combined, Spotify is yet to turn a profit.

Ford gains 9% 🚘

Half a million sales: On Wednesday, Ford reported it sold 508k vehicles during Q1 this year, with EV and hybrid sales soaring 86% and 48% respectively. 

  • The Maverick: Almost 20k Maverick trucks were sold this quarter, making it the top-selling hybrid truck in the US. That’s a 77% increase from this point last year.

  • Coming for Tesla? Tesla remains the world’s leading EV car brand, but it’s having a tough time. Unlike Ford, its Q1 sales declined for the first time since 2020, and this week, its supply exceeded demand.

What have we learnt this week? 🤓

  • IPOs come with volatility: First Reddit, now Trump Media – when a company joins the stock market, the market takes time to gauge what it thinks it's worth. 

  • Spotify is looking towards profit: In 2023, Spotify lost over half a billion dollars. Consistent price hikes are its best way of increasing revenue, given the companies strong pricing power. 

  • Hybrid is winning: EV brands like Tesla, Rivian and Lucid have had a rough start to 2024. Heritage brands who possess traditional and hybrid vehicles have been better positioned to navigate the lagging EV market.

Stock announcements 👀

Here are the key earnings dates to look out for next week:

  • Wednesday 10th April: Delta Air Lines

  • Thursday 11th April: BlackRock

  • Friday 12th April: JPMorgan, Citigroup, Wells Fargo

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