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Quick, clear, and fun. Hosts Jack Kramer and Nick Martell filter out the noise to break down the daily digestible business stories you'll actually care about. Get informed (and enjoy it) in under 20 minutes with the MarketSnacks Daily.

Quick, clear, and fun. Hosts Jack Kramer and Nick Martell filter out the noise to break down the daily digestible business stories you'll actually care about. Get informed (and enjoy it) in under 20 minutes with the MarketSnacks Daily.
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Quick, clear, and fun. Hosts Jack Kramer and Nick Martell filter out the noise to break down the daily digestible business stories you'll actually care about. Get informed (and enjoy it) in under 20 minutes with the MarketSnacks Daily.




The Best Update Yet

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Our 3 Takeaways of 2018

In our last MarketSnacks Daily pod episode of 2018, we whipped together our 3 biggest takeaways for markets in 2018 (we’ll miss you guys until we’re back in 2019). Thanks for The Best Year Yet.


Pet food saves General Mills, Cigarettes drop $13B on vaping, and Fed made Wall Street very sad

Marlboro-maker Altria is expected to spend a cool $13B on vaping leader Juul because cigarettes are dying -- now Juul’s worth $38B. General Mills had its best day because of its strategic investment in Millennial dog food. And the Fed raised interest rates again and that’s big (we’ll explain).


Calm vs. Headspace meditation battle, 5G is here (seriously, kind of), and Steelcase wins the open office standing desk game

Meditation apps Calm and Headspace are dominating the mindfulness trend by vowing to destroy each other. The first 5G network comes out Friday and AT&T can’t wait to nag you about it forever. Our generation gets hate for replacing corporate furniture with standing desks and open offices -- And Steelcase is the office furniture phenom that just figured it all out.


Amazon’s secret “CRaP”, OrangeTheory’s pop-up gym surge, and Climate Change Action Oil’s on board with

OrangeTheory launches popup gyms across fancy hotels to create an Influencer-packed spin class. Amazon’s got an internal term that it’s using to bully other brands unprofitable “CRaP.” And Big Oil just backed the first carbon tax that will actually pay you money.


Pokemon Go goes for $4B, LVMH luxury splurges on a hotel, and Johnson & Johnson plummets 10%

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) is the French luxury brand that just treated itself to a $3.2B hotel chain: Belmond. The augmented reality (AR) artist behind Pokemon Go is Silicon Valley’s Niantic -- and it just raised $200M so it can make you a Harry Potter AR game. And Johnson & Johnson dragged down markets by falling 10% because it turns out it knew its baby powder could kill people.


Apple’s surprise HQ2 is Austin, Postmates reveals food delivery robot, and Starbucks launches coffee delivery

Apple’s trolling Amazon by dropping $1B on its own HQ2 in Austin, Texas. And we got 2 legendary food delivery stories for ya: Postmates built a meal delivery robot hitting Los Angeles ASAP, and Starbucks will finally start delivering lattes to your home.


Under Armour drops 10%, German banks hook up, and Men’s Wearhouse plummets 26%

Under Armour can put on as much sweat-wicking gear as it wants, but it couldn’t save the annual shareholder meeting in Baltimore. Germany’s 2 biggest banks might partner up in the biggest way. And Men’s Wearhouse dropped 26% because it’s really bad at stitching things together.


Drizly raises $35M for liquor delivery, Morgan Stanley wins an IPO rose, and Dollar Store are worth billions

Boston-based Drizly’s the world’s largest alcohol marketplace, and its top-shelf liquor law disruptive methods earned another $34.5M in venture funding. Morgan Stanley was just selected to lead Uber’s IPO, but there’s a problem for other big banks. And Dollar General’s anti-recession strategy is blowing its store chain past McDonald’s (and Starbucks).


Cold weather devalued e-Scooters, GoPro ditches China, and how Hedge Funds beat you by watching you

E-Scooter unicorns Bird and Lime get devalued from their $4B aspirations because winter came (and investors weren’t ready for the cold). Your ski game costs may jump again because GoPro won’t sell US GoPros in China anymore. And an epic data report reveals how Hedge Funds pay to track your location you -- and making $$ on it.


Apple’s “next Bieber” acquisition, Vail Resorts’ bad ski day, and why Uber/Lyft want to IPO ASAP

Apple just bought London-based startup Platoon to track down its future roster of musicians. Vail Resorts’ investors are bummed it needs to spend so much on snow. And Uber & Lyft both started their IPO countdown because they might not have much time to get it done.


Lululemon’s epic 2018 win, the Trade War becomes Cold War-ish, and Firefly raises $21M as our “Newbie of the Day”

We’re calling it: The Trade War’s beginning to look like a Cold War. Lululemon’s found itself in 2018 -- The stock’s up 70% this year, even though its latest earnings had no chill. And our “Newbie of the Day” is Firefly, which just raised $21M in a seed round to innovate billboard ads on top of your Uber.


VW & Ford hook up (thanks to beer), Pizza Hut’s desperate acquisition, and FedEx and UPS are our “Undistruptables”

Pizza Hut’s the younger sibling in the Yum Brands fast food family, so it’s buying a delivery software company for attention. VW and Ford are bunking up in each other’s factories. And FedEx and UPS faced haters because Amazon just bought 40 delivery planes, but that hasn’t hurt them yet.


Netflix spends $100M on Friends, Ikea’s urban “Planning Studio” innovation, and Barnes & Noble Education drops 31%

Netflix realized its users want Friends so badly that it’s dropping $100M to keep the rights. Ikea’s launching its first new “city center planning studio” in NYC, with 30 more prepped. And we’ve got bold claim for Barnes & Noble Education (not Barnes & Noble -- different company).


Cigarettes might buy Cronos cannabis, SoFi fires 7% of workers, and why the Trade War “Truce” isn’t a truce

Canadian pot icon Cronos surged 11% on word its received an acquisition offer from Marlboro-owning American cigarette legend Altria. Millennial mortgage pioneer SoFi’s firing 7% of its workers because of a competitor in Detroit. And we’ll explain why the Trade War “truce” needs air-quotes.


PBR vs. MolsonCoors, Marriott’s worst hack/acquisition ever, and how Microsoft just beat Apple

Pabst Blue Ribbon settled a lawsuit with MolsonCoors that revealed PBR isn’t the PBR you know. Marriott just completed the worst acquisition ever, and then suffered the worst hack ever. And Microsoft stock has tripled since its CEO took over -- There’s one reason it just passed rival Apple’s valuation.


J. Crew’s epic/awkward quarter, Airbnb creates the perfect Airbnb, and Asana hits $1.5B

Sure, Abercrombie’s stock surged 20%, but we’re way more interested in the drama behind J. Crew’s 10% sales pop. Airbnb’s unleashing a new feature to make the perfect Airbnb rental spot and they’re calling it “Backyard.” And our “Unicorn of the Day” is Asana, which just raised $50M to hit a $1.5B valuation.


Tiffany’s worst Chinese tourist day in 4 years, Eaze pot delivery snags $65M, and 2 words powered stocks higher

The “Seamless for pot delivery,” Eaze just snagged $65M to go nationwide -- and it may be the best positioned pot company out there without owning any pot. Tiffany’s shares fell 12% and it’s blaming Chinese tourists. And 2 words from the Fed Chairman gave stocks their best day in 9 months.


Lebron’s ”Ladder” disrupts celebrity endorsements, pivots 100% to Bitcoin, and Parachute uses $30M to go offline

Ladder the startup co-founded by LeBron James, Cindy Crawford, Lindsay Vonn, and Arnold Schwarzenegger to transform protein shakes -- and celeb founders. Parachute’s the Direct-to-Consumer “soft stuff” scaleup proving that brick-and-mortar has a huge future. And’s the publicly-traded company selling its entire core business to focus 100% on buzzwordy blockchain.


Venmo’s $40M in fraud, GM closes 7 plants (because Millennials), and Amazon revolutionizes ads (hint: boxes)

Venmo was shocked when fraud issues surged to cost it $40M in a single quarter. GM’s closing 7 plants and firing 15K and it’s blaming you. And Amazon already won Cyber Monday, but we’re more interested in the innovation it’s doing to its boxes and the ad industry (FYI, advertising will become its most profitable biz in 3 years).