Here are the most important updates for investors starting their trading day:
1. Taking a Break
Stock markets took a break from their end-of-year rally on Monday. Small-cap stocks did better than the rest, with the Russell 2000 gaining 1%. However, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.84% because investors were selling shares of big tech companies, which had been doing well.
While the stock market was taking a break, both gold and bitcoin saw their own increases. Bitcoin reached over $41,000, marking a 19-month high, and gold reached its highest level ever during the day.
2. Getting Gains
Talking about improvements, GitLab’s stock surged by 14% on Tuesday in early morning trading. This happened because the company shared its third-quarter results, which pleased investors. The platform for open-source software development performed well in terms of both revenue and profit in the third quarter.
GitLab also provided optimistic guidance for the current quarter. Notably, this is the first time since going public in 2021 that GitLab has reported a positive adjusted operating profit. In addition, the company’s revenue increased by 32% compared to the same quarter last year, concluding on October 31.
3. Job Cuts at Twilio
In less optimistic news for software providers, Twilio announced on Monday that it would reduce its workforce by about 5% as part of a broader plan to make the company more efficient. Approximately 300 employees will be affected, based on Twilio’s recent regulatory filing, with the layoffs concentrated in the company’s Data and Applications unit.
This unit has been the focus of activist investors in the past. In a letter, CEO Jeff Lawson mentioned that the job cuts would specifically target “many” sales positions related to its Flex digital engagement product. This marks the third round of layoffs for Twilio in just over a year.
Moreover, As of yesterday, the music streaming platform Spotify is set to reduce its workforce by 17%, affecting around 1,500 employees.
4. Going Down
Moody’s, a ratings agency, changed its view on China’s government credit ratings from stable to negative. The decision was based on concerns about increasing debt risks. Moody’s is worried that Beijing’s financial aid to struggling local governments and state-owned enterprises might weaken the overall strength of the country.
The agency also mentioned the higher risks associated with long-term lower economic growth and the ongoing reduction in the size of the property sector. Despite the downgrade in outlook, Moody’s maintained China’s A1 long-term rating for its sovereign bonds.
5. Hold the Phone
Nokia’s stocks took a nosedive on the Helsinki stock exchange on Tuesday after the telecommunications company missed out on a significant deal with the U.S. giant AT&T. AT&T decided to collaborate with Nokia’s Swedish competitor, Ericsson, on an almost $14 billion project aimed at deploying technology in the U.S. AT&T plans to use this technology for 70% of its wireless network traffic by late 2026.
On the other hand, Ericsson’s stocks on the Stockholm exchange rose by over 7%. This new project means that Nokia, already facing financial challenges, will lose its market share as a supplier to AT&T, and the existing Nokia equipment will be replaced in various locations.
Stock markets took a breather, with small-cap stocks gaining while the Nasdaq dropped due to tech sell-offs. Gold and Bitcoin saw increases. GitLab’s stock surged after positive Q3 results. Twilio announced job cuts for efficiency. Moody’s downgraded China’s credit outlook over rising debt risks. Nokia stocks plummeted as AT&T chose Ericsson for a major project, impacting Nokia’s market share and equipment.