Friday Fast Five - 11/18/2022
by Hodges Investment Team, on Nov 18, 2022 7:00:00 AM
Five interesting things that Hodges Capital research analysts discovered this week...
#1 LARGEST CRYPTO FUND TRADES AT RECORD DISCOUNT TO VALUE OF HOLDINGS: Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) has plunged more than 74% this past year. This outpaced the drop in Bitcoin of 64%. The gap has widened as GBTC trades at a 42% discount to the value of the Bitcoin it holds.
#2 AMAZON READIES FOR MASS LAYOFFS: Amazon is preparing to lay off 10,000 workers as part of its cost-cutting initiative. It is rumored that the layoffs could heavily impact its devices business, but also human resources and retail.
#3 RUSSIA HAS FALLEN INTO RECESSION: Eight months after Russia invaded Ukraine, Russia’s economy has dipped into a recession, according to Insider. Its GDP fell 8% last quarter from one year ago. International companies have exited Russia, and much of its currency and gold reserves have been frozen since the beginning of the war on February 24.
#4 CYBERSECURITY SPENDING CONTINUES TO BE STRONG: Security spending remains resilient, and overall sentiment is positive for 2023. However, increased sales cycle and increased price scrutiny may slightly throttle near-term growth.
#5 SAN FRANCISCO RANKED AS THE TOP AIRPORT IN THE US: WSJ released its rankings of airports, and San Francisco (SFO), Atlanta (ATL), and Minneapolis (MSP) rounded out the top 3 spots. Newark (NWK) ranked at the bottom of the list.
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