Amazon's Peloton Bid

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Amazon's Peloton Bid

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WHAT TO WATCH

  • Amazon is weighing a bid for Peloton. Amazon has been speaking to advisors about the potential of acquiring Peloton. The report noted other potential acquirers were circling but specified that no deal was imminent. Should there be a transaction, it could be significant, given Peloton’s market value of around $8 billion—down sharply from its high around a year ago of some $50 billion.

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  • Apple is preparing low-cost iPhone, iPad for March launch, according to a report. The launch would be Apple’s first since October 2021, when it revealed new MacBook Pro laptops. It’s expected to be a virtual live stream launch. The updated iPhone model could have the same design as the SE but a faster processor and 5G support. The new iPad is expected to be an updated version of the iPad Air. Read more here.

  • The U.S. Economy is in the 7th inning of recovery, says Peter Boockvar. This is in the sense that, usually you have a recession and you have 8-10 years of runway and growth. There are so many late-stage characteristics. With the unemployment rate at 4%, that's sort of a late-stage with inflation, he said. Source(18:40)
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