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The Capitalist Newsletter – July 18, 2017




After Amazon made a shocking announcement about its acquisition of Whole Foods, Inc., analysts speculated about what comes next. Now we know. Amazon has filed trademarks for the meal kit delivery niche, and looks poised to dominate its new market. How big a bump can it be for Jeff Bezos and co? How bad are things looking for Blue Apron?

Read The Capitalist’s Take Here

Read More at Reuters Here

Read More at USA Today Here


Uber Technologies Inc will suspend its services in Macau from July 22 as it has not been able to unlock the full benefits of ride sharing in the gambling hub, in another blow to the firm that is fighting legal scrutiny in many Asian markets.

This is the second time Uber has decided to pause its operations in Macau. The prior plan had been triggered by steep fines imposed on its drivers in the Chinese-ruled territory, but the company in September did a U-turn and decided to stay on citing support from residents.

Read More at Metro US Here

Read More at South China Morning Post Here

Read More at Teletrader Here


A lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. has roped the entertainment giant into a long-running legal dispute over ownership rights to a visual-effects technology, potentially threatening the company’s ability to profit from the top-grossing movie so far this year.

Rearden LLC, a company controlled by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Perlman, on Monday sued Disney in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, alleging copyright, patent and trademark infringement, stemming from Disney’s use of a facial-capture technology in the March blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Read More at The Wall Street Journal Here

Read More at The Street Here

Read More at Business Wire Here

Closing Bell

– Monday, July 17th

Markets Close Flat Ahead of Earnings

Big Insider Trades

– JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) CFO Marianne Lake Sells $1.7m

– NextEra Energy Partners LP (NEP) President of GP Armando Pimentel Buys $200k

Winners & Losers

– Sevcon, Inc. (SEV) Soars UP (58.79%) After Signing Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by BorgWarner

– Pareteum Corp. (TEUM) Tumbles DOWN (16.67%) on Warrant Exercise Agreement

Most Talked About

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (APRN) Considered a Majority Strong Sell After Amazon Announces Entry into Industry with Meal Kit Trademarks

The TIP Sheets

– Monday July 17th

– Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (APRN) Slips DOWN (10.46%) After Amazon Announces Entry into Industry with Meal Kit Trademarks. Given Amazon’s Already Established Brand, Money, and User Base, Expect Shares to Continue DOWN

Unusual Volume

Dominion Diamond Corp. (DDC) Ticks UP (4.38%) on 35m Shares Traded After Washington Companies Buys Dominion for $1.2Billion in. Expect Shares to Continue UP


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