Jan 28, 2017

Snap could file for IPO next week

Snap plans to publicly file to go public next week, according to a report from tech news site Recode, citing an anonymous source. Snap declined to comment.

Snap, the parent company of the popular ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, reportedly confidentially filed for an IPO in November, so its financials have yet to be made public. The company is reportedly seeking a valuation as high as $25 billion through its IPO, but demand from investors could push it higher.

Big deal: Snap's IPO will be the first from a high-profile company this year. AppDynamics' was canceled at the very last minute earlier this week after it sold to Cisco for $3.7 billion.

There are still questions about whether Snap's business will impress investors—check out the bearish and bullish takes published on Axios this week.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.