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Shares of Uber ended the first day of trading at $41.57 — closing 7.6% below where shares opened. Meanwhile, shares of rival Lyft closed at the lowest level since it went public in late March.

The big picture: It's rare for a newly public company to open below where its shares are priced and perhaps unexpected for it to happen for one of the biggest IPOs in U.S. history and arguably the most anticipated IPO of the year.

Flashback: Per Renaissance Capital, only 3 of last year’s 10 IPOs that raised $1 billion or more opened lower than where their shares were priced: NIO, AXA Equitable Holdings and ADT. Within that group, only shares of ADT closed down on its IPO day.

Go deeper: Uber shares begin trading below IPO price

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President-elect Joe Biden is naming former Secretary of State John Kerry as a special presidential envoy for climate change.

Why it matters: The transition team's announcement sought to show that it will be an influential role, noting that Kerry — a former Massachusetts senator and the Democrats' 2004 presidential nominee — will be on the National Security Council.

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Why it matters: Oxford and AstraZeneca plan to distribute their vaccine at cost (around $3-4 per dose), and have already committed to providing over 1 billion doses to the developing world. The price tags are higher for the Pfizer ($20) and Moderna ($32-37) vaccines.

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