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    Tech & Comm Services

    MoneyGram Rose 43% Due to Western Union Takeover Offer

    Western Union (NYSE:WU) stock rose 6.2% in pre-market trading at 5:38 AM ET today. The company plans to acquire MoneyGram International (NYSE:MGI).

    By Ambrish Shah
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Alibaba Stock Falls, Should Investors Jump on It?

    Alibaba isn’t standing by and watching the coronavirus roil its business. The company plans to boost its retail sales during this difficult time.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Pentagon Bans TikTok as Its Facebook Rivalry Intensifies

    TikTok is giving Facebook a headache as it poaches its executives and courts its advertisers. The Pentagon could help Facebook keep TikTok in check.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Google Faces TikTok Question after Facebook Criticism

    Congress’s interest in potential foreign government ties with apps operating in the US comes amid concerns about popular Chinese social app TikTok.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Besides Venmo, PayPal’s Xoom Is Causing Ripples

    While PayPal’s (PYPL) Venmo has been crushing its competition, PayPal recently launched Xoom’s
    digital remittance service in 32 European markets.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Prove Buffett and Munger Wrong?

    On June 18, US social media giant Facebook (FB) revealed the details of its upcoming cryptocurrency, Libra. The company has formed a financial services subsidiary called Calibra to allow people to transact using Libra. In simple terms, Calibra is Facebook’s new digital wallet.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why MoneyGram Stock Rose Over 155% on Ripple Investment

    Today at 8:55 AM ET, MoneyGram International (MGI) stock had soared by over 155% for the day to $3.70 in the premarket session. These massive gains came after the company announced its strategic partnership with blockchain company Ripple.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Square Has Yet to Follow PayPal into This $700 Billion Market

    There’s one major market in which PayPal has thus far avoided a direct challenge from Square.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PayPal Isn’t Done Disrupting Western Union and MoneyGram

    Early this month, PayPal (PYPL) raised the upper limit of the amount customers can send through its global remittance service, Xoom.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walgreens’s Digital Transformation Is Good News for Alibaba

    Part of Walgreen’s (WBA) ongoing digital transformation involves making shopping more convenient for its customers.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside the Maneuver that Worked for Alibaba’s Ant Financial

    Alibaba’s (BABA) Ant Financial has confirmed its plans to acquire WorldFirst, a British money transfer and currency exchange firm.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Alibaba’s Ant Financial Applies Lesson to Save WorldFirst Deal

    Alibaba’s (BABA) Ant Financial learned a lesson when the United States blocked it from acquiring MoneyGram (MGI) a year ago.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Alibaba’s Ant Financial May Be Interested in WorldFirst

    Alibaba’s (BABA) Ant Financial subsidiary is in talks to acquire British payment company WorldFirst, Sky News has reported.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PayPal Zeroes In on Canada

    PayPal (PYPL) is gearing up to report its fourth-quarter earnings results after recently launching its international money transfer service, Xoom, in Canada.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is Facebook Eyeing the $610 Billion–Plus Remittances Market?

    Facebook (FB) is quietly developing a type of digital currency that will let people transfer money through its WhatsApp messaging platform.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s in the Canadian Market for PayPal’s Xoom?

    PayPal (PYPL) has introduced its international money transfer service, Xoom, in Canada.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Alibaba Burns $132 Million through Ant Financial

    Ant Financial caused Alibaba (BABA) a $132 million loss in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Alipay Hacking Comes at Sensitive Moment for Alibaba

    Hackers broke into the accounts of Alipay users and made off with an unknown amount of cash, according to Bloomberg.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at PayPal’s Place in the $3.7 Trillion Gig Economy

    As more people embrace gig work, their payment preferences are also changing, and that’s good news for PayPal (PYPL).

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Buyouts and Partnerships to Expand Visa’s Global Reach

    Visa (V) is making efforts to stay ahead in the payment industry, which is experiencing tremendous growth.

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why PayPal Isn’t Panicked by Competition

    The digital payment industry has continued to attract more players, resulting in more competition, particularly for market leaders like PayPal (PYPL).

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    JD Finance Raising $2 Billion to Fund Expansion

    Alibaba’s Alipay is China’s top mobile payment service, followed by Tencent’s (TCEHY) WeChat Pay.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    JD Is Buying a Smaller Stake in Allianz

    China recently cleared JD.com (JD) to purchase a large equity stake in the Chinese subsidiary of global insurance company Allianz SE.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How PayPal Could Drive Venmo’s Growth

    The partnership with Uber to introduce Venmo as a payment option for riders is part of the efforts PayPal (PYPL) is making to both drive adoption of the mobile payment service and enlarge its monetization potential.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Alibaba’s Modified Ant Financial Agreement

    Alibaba’s (BABA) big news in early 2018 was that the Chinese e-commerce giant was swapping its profit share in Ant Financial for an equity stake in the business.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PayPal Acquires Jetlore to Enhance Its Marketing Solutions

    PayPal generated revenues of $3.7 billion in the first quarter, representing an increase of 24.0% year-over-year.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why JD Became a Top Investor in Allianz

    JD expects to invest $85.4 million for a 33.0% stake in Allianz China, making it the second-largest shareholder in the insurance company.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Alibaba Affiliate Ant Financial Seeking to Raise $9 Billion

    Alibaba (BABA) is scheduled to report its fiscal 4Q18 (calendar 1Q18) results amid reports that its finance-focused affiliate, Ant Financial, is seeking to raise at least $9.0 billion through private funding.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Alibaba Loses Part Of Walmart’s Payment Business

    Alibaba (BABA) is gearing up to release its financial results for fiscal 4Q18 on May 4, before US trading begins.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What You Need to Know about Alibaba’s Recent Investment in Ofo

    Last month, Alibaba (BABA) led a funding round that raised $866 million for China-based bike-sharing company Ofo.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Tencent-Walmart Deal Means a Loss for Alibaba

    In selecting Tencent (TCEHY) as its preferred mobile payment provider in western China, Walmart (WMT) made a bold move against competitor Alibaba (BABA).

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Alibaba Could Benefit from Its Investment in Zomato

    Zomato said in March 2018 that it had raised ~$200 million from Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How China’s Financial Sector Crackdown Could Affect Alibaba

    China to continue financial crackdown In 2018, China intends to improve supervision of its financial sector, according to an annual work report released recently by the country’s head of government, Li Keqiang. The report also included projections for growth and inflation in 2018, with China expecting its economy to expand ~6.5%. As part of China’s increasing […]

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Apple China

    Chinese revenue increases 11% As China is the world’s second-largest economy and largest smartphone market, Apple’s (AAPL) performance in the country is of great interest to many investors. While discussing its fiscal 1Q18 (December quarter) results, Apple executives talked a great deal about the company’s Chinese business, highlighting progress in the country. In 1Q18, Apple […]

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Making Sense of Alibaba’s Recent Dealings with Ant Financial

    Alibaba is deepening ties with its Ant Financial roughly one month after US regulators blocked an attempt by Ant Financial to acquire MoneyGram.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why JD Is Investing in Wanda Commercial Properties

    JD recently teamed up with several investors to acquire a stake in Wanda Commercial Properties, which is the leading mall developer in China.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Alibaba’s Bid for MoneyGram Was Rejected by the US Government

    Alibaba (BABA) has had a disappointing year so far after the US government panel blocked its acquisition of money transfer company MoneyGram International (MGI) over national security concerns.

    By Sophia Nicholson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How the JD Finance–ICBC Partnership Works

    JD Finance partnered with ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China) to launch the ICBC Xiaobai digital bank in November. ICBC is China’s (MCHI) largest lender.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    MoneyGram Gives Alibaba a Reason to Press On

    MoneyGram’s adjusted earnings per share of $0.27 rose from $0.15 in 2Q16 and topped the consensus estimate of $0.22.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How PayPal Won Alibaba’s Business

    PayPal (PYPL) has partnered with AliExpress, a marketplace owned by Alibaba (BABA). PayPal is helping merchants on AliExpress accept payment from international consumers.

    By Neha Gupta
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    PayPal Isn’t Excited about This Partnership

    Citcon, China Luxury Advisors (or CLA), and the Momentum Group (or TMG) have forged a partnership to enable North American traders to accept Alipay and WeChat Pay payments.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Why Sustaining AlipayHK Could Make Alibaba Sweat

    Alibaba (BABA) recently launched a version of its Alipay app in Hong Kong called AlipayHK. Alipay is operated by Alibaba’s payments arm, Ant Financial.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Earnings Report

    The Future for Alibaba’s Ant Financial

    Speculations are swirling that Alibaba could be gearing up to split its payment unit, Ant Financial, into a stand-alone entity through an IPO.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Miscellaneous

    A Look at PayPal’s Investment in Viva Republica

    PayPal (PYPL) recently participated in a funding round that raised $48.0 million for Viva Republic, the parent of Toss, the South Korean payment app.

    By Neha Gupta
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    How Spin-Off of JD Finance Could Affect Alibaba

    JD.com recently moved to exit the digital payments business by divesting its stake in JD Finance, its payments unit.

    By Neha Gupta
  • Financials

    Why leveraged loans were all about refinancing last week

    Nineteen issuers came to market with an average ticket size of $728 million. This compares to 20 deals that hit the leveraged loan market the previous week, with the average ticket size of $750 million.

    By Sandra Nathanson
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