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Who Will Win The Self-Driving Taxi Race?

Authored by Jon Lesage via OilPrice.com, Ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft have become transportation platforms for automakers and tech giants to someday bring automated, electrified mobility to the mass market. It’s still years in the making, but both companies are gaining significant support during a year when it looked like Uber could be coming to […]


Cash Burn: The Slayer Of Headless Unicorns And Electric Rocket Ship Dreams

Authored by Mark St.Cyr, Cash burn, did you know that was, or could be: a problem? In days of yore (i.e., 2008 BQE) businesses actually had to survive by selling products and services at a price that was more than they cost to produce, as to cover all other ancillary expenses. (I know, heresy, but […]


Frontrunning: November 21

U.S. sues to stop AT&T buying Time Warner, says would hike rates (Reuters) Merkel Tells Her Rivals: Back Me or Face Voters (BBG) German Turmoil Threatens Europe (WSJ) European Giants Are Making a Bad Month Worse for Stock Market (BBG) Taylor Swift Is Building a Wall (VF) Balance of Power: Putin Reaches for Prize with […]


Cash-Hemorrhaging Uber Announces Plans To Drop $1 Billion On Driverless Volvos

Earlier this summer we noted Uber’s staggering 2Q cash burn of $600 million which equates to roughly $7 million in net cash outflows every single day.  The staggering, and consistently growing, cash burn figures resulted in several mutual funds announcing they would slash their valuations of the struggling rideshare company by up to 15%.  Of […]


Goldman: Automated Trucks To Cost 300k Jobs Per Year

Authored by Jon LeSage via OilPrice.com, While Google’s Waymo company has taken center stage for bringing self-driving cars to roads, autonomous trucking may make it to the mainstream first.  Silicon Valley startups, technologists, and venture capitalists see great potential in the technology – even more than most traditional trucking companies are supporting. For months, Tesla […]


Stocks Hit New Record Highs, Dollar Jumps On Senate Vote; Japan Has Longest Winning Streak In History

Global stocks hit new all time highs overnight, with US stock-index futures, Asian and European stocks all rising overnight after the Senate adopted a fiscal 2018 budget resolution, paving the way for Trump’s $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, while news that “dove” Jay Powell may be the next Fed chair added to the risk-on sentiment. […]


Auto OEMs Plan To Flood Market With New Electric Car Models Despite Massive Losses

Last month we noted that Tesla really outdid itself in 2Q 2017 by posting a record cash burn of $1.2 billion, or roughly $13 million every single day.  Per the chart below, Tesla's Q2 cash burn was just a continuation of the company's money-losing trend that goes back at least 6 years and seems to […]


All Eyes On August Payrolls, As Global Stocks Rise In Bullish September Start; Yuan Surge Continues

With payrolls looming (our full preview is here), carbon-based traders around the globe are leery of putting on any major trades and so the overnight session has been rather dull, dominated by the now traditional overnight algo-mediated levitation, which means the VIX is lower and S&P futures are once again modest higher as European and […]


Fiat Chrysler Shares Soar After China’s Great Wall Confirms Interest

Last week AutomotiveNews reported rumors that at least one Chinese automaker had made a bid for Fiat Chrysler (FCA) at a slight premium to the company’s prevailing market price though it was reported rejected.  While it’s unclear whether an official bid was made, this morning Reuters is confirming that China’s Great Wall Motor Company has […]


Several Chinese Companies Reportedly Submit Bids For Fiat Chrysler

After learning over the weekend that Trump plans to call for an investigation into China over allegations that the nation violated U.S. intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers, we learn that several Chinese companies may have submitted bids for Fiat Chrysler (FCA) in a deal that would include the company’s iconic Jeep brand.  According […]