Jan 5, 2019

The unicorn parade

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The new stock market volatility isn’t expected to discourage a parade of unicorn IPOs in early 2019.

Who’s coming: Uber and Lyft have already filed confidential paperwork, so they’re likely to price before the end of Q1. There also are widespread expectations about offerings from Airbnb, Peloton, Palantir and Slack.

  • Those companies have an average age of greater than 10 years, which means lots of employees and investors seeking liquidity.
  • The public markets may have a difficult time finding a bucket of comparable companies to map them against. This is particularly true for Lyft and Uber — there are no publicly traded ride-hail companies.

Caveat: The SEC is affected by the shutdown, which may cause filing delays.

The bottom line: 2019 is when unicorn hype will meet market reality.

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Fed temporarily lifts Wells Fargo's growth restrictions

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 1,464,852 — Total deaths: 85,397 — Total recoveries: 315,105Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 402,923 — Total deaths: 13,007 — Total recoveries: 22,717Map.
  3. State latest: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order for New Yorkers to vote by absentee ballot for June 23 primaries.
  4. Federal government latest: The U.S. has begun to see "glimmers of hope" despite its highest recorded number of deaths in 24 hours, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
  5. Business updates: Roughly one-third of U.S. apartment renters didn't make April payments — The Fed will lift Wells Fargo's asset cap to help small business lending.
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