By Bloomberg | PUBLISHED: May 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm | UPDATED: May 3, 2019 at 5:07 am By Deena Shanker, Lydia Mulvany and Michael Hytha | Bloomberg Beyond Meat piled on the market value, serving up the year’s best first day for a U.S. initial public offering. The maker of vegan beef and sausage substitutes soared, rising as much as 192 percent from its IPO price of $25 a share. The shares, which opened at $46, closed their first day of trading Thursday up 163 percent to $65.75 in New York, giving the company a market value of about $3.8 billion. The first-day pop eclipsed the 81 percent gain by Silk Road Medical in its U.S. debut last month and was the best for a U.S. listing raising at least $200 million since before the 2008 financial crisis. Globally, Beyond Meat bested the debuts this year of all but a handful of small listings, none of them larger than $22 million. Beyond Meat raised $241 million from the sale of 9.63 million shares Wednesday, after increasing its marketing … [Read more...] about Beyond Meat share price nearly triples in first day of trading
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Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker, The Washington Post Published 4:46 pm PST, Saturday, March 9, 2019 He lambasted and lampooned his rivals. He exaggerated and ballyhooed his record. He riddled his remarks with contradictions, shoddy statistics and falsehoods. And he embroidered it all with a fake Southern accent, curse words and bouts of extravagant pantomime. For two hours and five minutes last weekend, President Donald Trump dazzled his supporters and appalled his critics with a mind-spinning, free-associating performance that neatly encapsulated his singular standing as a polarizing cultural figure. Even for a politician who never seems to stop talking, the tour-de-force performance at the Conservative Political Action Conference - the longest speech of Trump's presidency - stands apart as a road map to understanding the 45th president's id. It also offers a preview of the cacophonous 2020 campaign to come. The spectacle showcased Trump in his purest form, an … [Read more...] about Encapsulating his unorthodox presidency, Trump assumed 10 personas in one speech
By Martha Ross | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 19, 2019 at 2:42 pm | UPDATED: February 20, 2019 at 5:02 am In a week when the U.S. culture wars focused on actor Jussie Smollett’s reportedly false claim of being the victim of a hate crime and on Donald Trump calling immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border a “national emergency,” people also were on Twitter fiercely debating John Wayne’s infamous, racially charged 1971 Playboy interview, during which he observed, “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility.” While Wayne died nearly 40 years ago, the legendary actor was a No. 1 trending topic on Twitter from Monday night through Tuesday afternoon. There were people who questioned whether there were more relevant issues to worry about than things Wayne said in 1971, and others who joked about whether Wayne would still be able to get work in Hollywood. Glad to see John … [Read more...] about John Wayne’s racist comments, lack of World War II service resurface in heated Twitter debate
Nellie Bowles, New York Times 6:58 am PDT, Friday, August 24, 2018 FILE-- Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, had a difficult relationship with her father. FILE-- Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, had a difficult relationship with her father. Photo: Wikimedia Commons FILE-- In this April 24, 1984 file photo, Steve Jobs, left, chairman of Apple Computers, John Sculley, center, president and CEO, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San Francisco. less FILE-- In this April 24, 1984 file photo, Steve Jobs, left, chairman of Apple Computers, John Sculley, center, president and CEO, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, unveil the new Apple IIc computer in San ... more Photo: Sal Veder, Associated Press Click through this slideshow to see Steve Jobs … [Read more...] about In ‘Small Fry,’ Steve Jobs Comes Across as a Jerk. His Daughter Forgives Him. Should We?
A new awakening for womenAfter 72 years of activism in the face of imprisonment and harassment, lobbying and education, women won the right to vote in 1920. This year is less for celebration than it is a call for a new awakening. This is a year when elected officials seem emboldened to brag about their disrespect for women; where corporate, political and religious executives have used jobs and promotions to coerce women into sexual engagement; where children are taken from parents and held hostage for political gain; where women die in childbirth due to disregard for health care. We have seen progress for women to control their own lives, but this is not a time to revel in past gains. Progress leads to complacency. Young women who take their university education, career opportunities and birth control options for granted did not fight the fights of their grandmothers and mothers.They assume equality is the rule and often fail to vote, feeling that "It can't happen here! We have … [Read more...] about Letters: Women’s Equality Day, Paul Manafort, First Amendment, William McRaven, Eid-ul-Adha