Dec 23, 2018

The weirdly healthy primary market

Felix Salmon, author of Edge

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

One oddness about the current market is that the meltdown in secondary markets seems to have had very little adverse effect on primary markets.

My thought bubble: Normally a market swoon of this magnitude would slam the window shut on primary deals. But all those buybacks and dividends need to get reinvested somewhere, ideally in an asset class that isn't plunging in value on a daily basis.

  • As public-equity stock valuations were tumbling this week, Altria happily wrote a $12.8 billion check to buy 35% of Juul.
  • SpaceX, meanwhile, raised $500 million at an eye-popping $30.5 billion valuation. The new round values SpaceX at a 10% premium to how much it was worth in April; there aren't many public companies that can make a similar claim.
  • Uber, Lyft, Slack, and Pinterest are all planning to raise large sums in the IPO market in early 2019; don't be surprised to see them joined by Airbnb and Palantir.

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Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, was taken into custody Friday by Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to the Star Tribune's Briana Bierschbach.

The state of play: Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said that there was no additional charging information yet, as that decision is in the jurisdiction of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

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Trump forces fateful choices on Twitter and Facebook

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The big picture: Facebook is trying to be more like a government committing to impartiality and protecting free speech and building mechanisms for arbitration. Twitter, pushed by Trump's inflammatory messages, is opting to more aggressively enforce conduct rules on its private property, like a mall owner enforcing rules inside the gates.

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