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Bye Bye $3 Billion

By Wed, May 20, 2020

Hey Scoopers,

The stock market indices got a bit real about the economic outlook and ended Tuesday in the red. — More on that in the “Overall Market” section.

Beyond the overall market, there is a new kid in the online retail town, and a reliable REIT can now be bought a bit cheaper than a day ago. — More on that in the “What’s Up?” and “What’s Down?” sections.

Oh, by the way, one of the biggest retailers in the world said goodbye to its $3 billion shopping spree. — More on that in the “Water Cooler” section.

But, first, here is a recap of what happened in the market yesterday:

Market Recap

  • U.S. markets: All three indices lost a bit of value on Tuesday. Scroll down to the “Overall Market” section to read more.
  • Cryptocurrency: Like Monday, Bitcoin’s price continues to hover slightly lower than the $10,000 mark.


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Things Got Real

In the late hours of the evening on Tuesday, the stock market indices got a bit real after hearing what Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury’s Chief, and Jerome Powell, the Fed’s Chief, had to say to Congress about the state of the economy.


A New Kid

So, what happened?

Shares of Facebook (Ticker: FB) were up more than 1% on Tuesday. The company announced its new feature called Facebook Shops. This new feature allows companies to list their product on their pages, and with that, suddenly, Facebook becomes an online retailing business. Whatever you think of Facebook, you’ve got to give the company credit for its experimentation courage. There is a new kid in the online retail town.

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A Dreamy Stock

So, what happened?

Shares of American Tower (Ticker: AMT) were down more than 2% on Tuesday. Most investors know AMT as a dividend-paying dream. The company operates as a REIT, which means it pays almost all of its earnings to its shareholders in the form of a dividend payment. But, what’s so dreamy about AMT is that it rents its real estate to the likes of Verizon (Ticker: VZ) and AT&T (Ticker: T) who put their communication towers in those AMT’s lands. You combine the appeal of a REIT, with the future of wireless communications, and you get a stock that is as stable as a rock. The decline in the stock price seems to be in response to the announcement of the dividend payment date, and not a cause for worry.

Bye Bye $3 Billion

So what happened here?

Just three years ago, Walmart (Ticker: WMT) went on a shopping spree and paid $3 Billion to buy a one-year-old online retail platform called Jet.com. After giving it a try to make the warehouse plus online store logistics work, the company decided it already has a better alternative. Its stores are giant warehouses, spread around the land. Therefore, the dream of killing Amazon (Ticker: AMZN) at the game of warehouse logistics failed, and executives give their shopping spree a goodbye kiss.

One person we can say has won in the battle of Walmart vs. Amazon, Marc Lore, founder of Jet.com, who happened to sell his previous company to Amazon.com.

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Disclosure: Authors of this Scoop own shares of Authors of this Scoop own shares of American Tower (Ticker: BIDU), Amazon (Ticker: AMZN), and Facebook (Ticker: FB).
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