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Grocery Stores and Restaurants Are Dropping Beyond Meat

The Motley Fool

Demand for plant-based meat in the U.S. is weakening following a pandemic-era boom. Not helping the situation is a proliferation of plant-based meat brands. Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat (NASDAQ: BYND) are the best-known options, but a typical supermarket now has multiple other brands for sale. Beyond Meat has not fared well in this highly competitive environment.

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Diversification is About Decades

A Wealth of Common Sense

A lot of investors have abandoned international diversification (or at least strongly considered it) in recent years. I understand why this is happening. The U.S. stock market has destroyed all comers ever since the Great Financial Crisis ended. Since 2009, a total U.S. stock market index fund is up more than 660% while a total international index fund is up more like 180%.

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1 Crucial Number From Palantir That Investors Are Ignoring

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Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) has been around for about 20 years, growing revenue primarily thanks to contracts with governments during most of that time. But over the past couple of years, this software company's commitment to artificial intelligence (AI) and increasing its business with companies has supercharged growth. In the most recent quarter, it generated double-digit revenue gains and the biggest quarterly profit in the company's history.

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MPE Continues the Build of Appearance Technology Group

Private Equity Professional

Appearance Technology Group (ATG), a portfolio company of MPE Partners, has acquired BAF Industries. MPE acquired Appearance Technology Group (then Hi-Tech Industries) from NiTEO Products, a portfolio company of Highlander Partners, in May 2022. In October 2023, Hi-Tech was rebranded as Appearance Technology Group. Today, ATG is a provider of branded and private label car… This content is for members only.

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Why Aurora Cannabis, Tilray Brands, and SNDL Inc. Stocks Lit Up on Tuesday

The Motley Fool

Marijuana stocks are moving higher on Tuesday after Marijuana Moment reported on a new initiative in Congress that could give marijuana demand a lift. According to the weed-news source, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel is recommending the U.S. military cease testing recruits for marijuana use. Weed stocks lit up in response.

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L2 Fires Up Barbecue Platform

Private Equity Professional

L2 Capital has acquired Kosmos Q, a branded seller of barbecue related food products and accessories. Kosmos Q’s branded products include barbecue rubs and sauces, brines and injections, glazes, and accessories such as knives, gloves, injectors, sprayers, and brushes. The company’s products are sold through the direct-to-consumer (D2C) channel to barbeque connoisseurs, hobbyists, and home… This content is for members only.

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Vance Street Hard Caps Fund IV

Private Equity Professional

Vance Street Capital has held a first, final, above target and hard cap closing of Vance Street Capital IV LP with $775 million of capital. Fundraising for Fund IV began in January 2024. Vance Street, headquartered near Los Angeles in Pacific Palisades, makes control investments in North American-based companies with enterprise values of $30 million… This content is for members only.

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Analysts Continue to Increase Nvidia's Price Target Prior to Earnings

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In today's video, I discuss recent updates impacting Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA). Check out the short video to learn more, consider subscribing, and click the special offer link below. *Stock prices used were the after-market prices of May 13, 2024. The video was published on May 13, 2024. Should you invest $1,000 in Nvidia right now? Before you buy stock in Nvidia, consider this: The Motley Fool Stock Advisor analyst team just identified what they believe are the 10 best stocks for investors to buy n

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Godspeed’s Special Aerospace Services Buys Quintron Systems

Private Equity Professional

Special Aerospace Services, a space engineering and defense technology platform of Godspeed Capital, has acquired Quintron Systems from Fernandez Holdings. Special Aerospace Services (SAS) is a provider of spaceflight engineering services and related hardware products for propulsion, avionics, systems, and launch site integration. The company has specific capabilities for rapid prototyping, manufacturing, hardware procurement, assembly,… This content is for members only.

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Forget Nvidia: 2 Super Semiconductor Stocks to Buy Hand Over Fist, According to Certain Wall Street Analysts

The Motley Fool

Let's address the elephant in the room: When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) , no one's going to forget Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA). I know I certainly won't. The company is the standard bearer for the accelerating adoption of AI thanks to its gold standard AI chips and has thus far been the one undisputed beneficiary of the AI revolution. The stock price has gained more than 200% over the past year alone, led by triple-digit revenue and profit growth in each of the preceding four quarters --

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Aerial Raises $2M Pre-Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Aerial, a Seattle, WA-based provider of an AI-empowered unstructured business data platform, raised $2M in Pre-Seed funding. The round was led by Fuse, with participation from Pack Ventures. Previous investors included Madrona Venture Group’s Pioneer Fund. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate its efforts in developing and deploying state-of-the-art artificial intelligence solutions. […] The post Aerial Raises $2M Pre-Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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The Future of Social Security: Here's the Good and Bad News for Retirees

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Social Security is more than just a monthly payment for many retirees; it's a lifeline. Around 90% of current retirees rely on their benefits to some degree, according to a 2023 poll from Gallup, with around 60% of that group saying Social Security is a major source of income. The program has been facing some major cash challenges, however, putting benefits at risk.

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Highperformr Raises $3.5M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Highperformr, a Wilmington, DE-based GenAI startup providing a Social AI platform, raised $3.5M in Seed funding. The round was led by Venture Highway, with participation from Neon, DeVC, and angel investors. The company intends to use the funds for R&D to further develop its native AI capabilities and to build its distribution network. Led by […] The post Highperformr Raises $3.5M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Is AMD Stock Going to $190? 1 Wall Street Analyst Thinks So.

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Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) met expectations with its first-quarter report last month, but overall growth was anemic. While data center and PC revenue surged, driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and a market comeback, tumbling revenue in the gaming and embedded segments offset those gains. Looking further ahead, Jefferies analyst Blayne Curtis expects AMD to benefit from a strong upcycle in the semiconductor market and soaring demand for AI chips.

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Fintech Farm Raises $32M in Funding

FinSMEs

Fintech Farm, a London, UK-based fintech startup which provides the tools to create neobanks in emerging markets, raised $32m in funding. The funding included an initial Series B round led by Nordstar and an extension Series B round led London Stock Exchange-listed Bank of Georgia. The company intends to use the funds to continue to […] The post Fintech Farm Raises $32M in Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Here's What Social Security COLAs Are Expected to Be All the Way Through 2033

The Motley Fool

Every year, the Social Security Administration releases an annual report from its board of trustees, informally known as the Social Security Trustees Report. This includes tons of valuable information about the state of the program (2024's report is 277 pages long), such as how much money flowed into and out of Social Security in the previous year, the long-term financial health of the program, and much more.

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Crosby Health Raises $2.2M in Pre-Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Crosby Health, a NYC-based healthtech company providing a proprietary AI to automate administrative tasks, raised $2.2M in Pre-Seed funding. The round was led by Amplo Ventures, with participation from NOMO Ventures and angel investors. The company intends to use the funds to expand its development efforts and business reach. Led by CEO Rishi Gowda, Crosby Health is […] The post Crosby Health Raises $2.2M in Pre-Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Why These Former Meme-Stock EV Companies Are Surging Now

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Monday's surprising meme-stock revival continued into Tuesday's trading, as a number of volatile former favorites saw their shares soar again on little news. As was true a few years ago, electric vehicle (EV) stocks were among the big winners on Monday, and the action has continued today. Here are where things stood for these three past-and-maybe-future favorites as of 11 a.m.

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Nabla Bio Secures $26M Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Nabla Bio, a Cambridge, MA-based company developing AI and wet-lab technologies, raised $26M in Series A funding. The round was led by Radical Ventures with participation from all existing investors, and strategic collaborations with AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb Company and Takeda. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and development efforts.

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If You'd Invested $10,000 in Apple Stock 5 Years Ago, Here's How Much You'd Have Today

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Over the past five years, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock has risen by 277%, adjusted for a 2020 stock split. But it's also important to note that Apple pays a modest dividend , so assuming reinvestment of all the dividends you received over the past five years, Apple's five-year total return through May 13 was 291%. So, if you had invested $10,000 in Apple stock five years ago, and had reinvested your dividends along the way, your investment would have grown to about $39,100.

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Allozymes Raises $15M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Allozymes, a Singapore-based innovator in enzyme discovery and engineering, raised $15M in Series A funding. The round was led by Seventure Partners of France and Xora Innovation of Singapore. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate its expansion into Europe, and forge strategic partnerships within the food and chemical industries while signing new partnerships in the pharmaceutical […] The post Allozymes Raises $15M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Does Your Net Worth Put You in the Upper, Middle, or Lower Class?

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Image source: The Motley Fool/Upsplash Net worth is a common way to measure wealth. Add up the value of all your assets, subtract all your outstanding debt, and voila. For example, if you have $100,000 in retirement accounts , $25,000 in savings, and $10,000 in debt, then your net worth would be $115,000. This gives you an idea of how you're doing financially.

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RIA Breakaways: What’s Driving Movement of Advisors at Independent Firms?

Diamond Consultants

This new wave of transitioning advisors is feeling the pushes and pulls of an evolving industry. Over 9,000 advisors changed firms in 2023, marking a 7% increase from the year before.* While this movement is prevalent across all industry channels, it is particularly pronounced within the RIA world and represents a growing trend that’s a dichotomy of sorts.

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3 Nvidia Partners With Explosive Growth Potential to Buy Now

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Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) embodies artificial intelligence (AI) enthusiasm unlike any other growth stock. But what if you already own enough Nvidia, or are simply looking for other opportunities? A good place to start is by looking at the companies that Nvidia partners with that indirectly benefit from its success. Three that stick out are Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU) , Vertiv Holdings (NYSE: VRT) , and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE: TSM).

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Sona Raises $27.5M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Sona, a London, UK-based intelligent workforce management platform for frontline enterprises, raised $27.5M in Series A funding. The round was led by Felicis with participation from Northzone, Google’s AI-fund Gradient, SpeedInvest, Antler, BAG Ventures, and several angels. The company, which has raised $40M+ to date, will use the capital to expand its go-to-market function and […] The post Sona Raises $27.5M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Why FuelCell Energy, Bloom, and Clean Energy Fuels Rose Today

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Renewable energy stocks surged higher Tuesday after Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) announced receipt of a $1.66 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy. Plug currently has two hydrogen fuel facilities producing at full capacity, with a third approaching that mark. Plug says the government assistance will help it to "finance the development, construction, and ownership of up to six green hydrogen production facilities" -- although it's not 100% clear whether it was including its firs

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Shaed Raises $5.7M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Shaed, a Minneapolis, MN-based provider of a platform for mobility, raised $5.7M in Seed funding. The round was led by EnerTech Capital, along with Powerhouse Ventures, Joe Pritchard, CEO of Pritchard Companies, and two undisclosed corporate strategic partners. The company intends to use the funds to further enhance its growth, operations and development efforts.

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Is DigitalOcean Stock a Buy?

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DigitalOcean (NYSE: DOCN) is not like the large cloud infrastructure providers that dominate the market. While Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Alphabet 's Google Cloud cater to enterprise customers with complex requirements and vast budgets, the average DigitalOcean customer spends less than $100 per month. This focus on individual developers and small businesses yields opportunities and risks.

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Northern Europe PE major FSN Capital launches small-cap strategy with €400m Compass Fund

AltAssets

European private equity house FSN Capital Partners has raised more than €400m for Compass Fund, a small-cap vehicle looking to address “society’s key challenges” Compass will invest in areas including the green transition and knowledge economy, and uses the same advisor team as the €1.8bn flagship Fund VI the firm closed in 2021. More than half […] The post Northern Europe PE major FSN Capital launches small-cap strategy with €400m Compass Fund first appeared on AltAssets Priva

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1 Reason to Buy Arm Holdings Stock and 1 Reason to Stay Away

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Arm Holdings ' (NASDAQ: ARM) earnings report last week was a bit of a mixed bag. While Arm beat analyst expectations for both revenue and earnings, the chip company's outlook for fiscal 2025 fell a bit short of the consensus estimate. Arm expects to generate revenue of $3.95 billion for the full year, plus or minus $150 million, a hair below the $3.99 billion analysts anticipated.

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HarbourVest appoints John Toomey as sole CEO

Private Equity Wire

Global private markets asset manager HarbourVest Partners has appointed John Toomey as the firm’s sole Chief Executive Officer effective 1 October 2024, following news that Co-CEO Pete Wilson is to retire at the end of next year. Toomey and Wilson have been part of the firm’s Executive Management Committee (EMC), which collectively serves as CEO, for more than a decade.

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Warren Buffett Holds $175 Billion of His Portfolio in 2 Stocks That Could Rise 34% and 17%, According to a Pair of Wall Street Analysts

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Shares of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B) , Warren Buffett's giant conglomerate, have risen by a stunning 4,187,214% since he took the helm of the core business in 1965. If you want to build a portfolio that can grow similarly, you might start by following his lead. Keeping tabs on what billionaire investors are buying and selling is probably easier than you think.

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Deal Roundup: Permira agrees $6.9bn Squarespace deal, Cinven said it eye $3bn Jaggaer sale

AltAssets

Permira has agreed a $6.9bn take-private buyout of website building and hosting company Squarespace. The purchase price is a roughly 29% premium over Squarespace’s 90-day volume weighted average trading price on the NYSE. Permira partner David Erlong said, “Squarespace has built a distinct and globally recognized creative brand and an incredible, design-driven platform of tools […] The post Deal Roundup: Permira agrees $6.9bn Squarespace deal, Cinven said it eye $3bn Jaggaer sa

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Is Rivian Stock Going to $15? 1 Wall Street Analyst Thinks So.

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Investors in Rivian Automotive (NASDAQ: RIVN) had a rough week, as the electric truck stock sank slowly but surely below $10 after the company issued a disappointing "earnings" report -- a report that featured no earnings at all, but rather $1.45 per share in losses. Despite the bad news, however, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Andres Sheppard came out with a prediction last Wednesday: Within 12 months, Rivian stock will soar 50% to close at $15 a share.

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