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Morning Roundup: October 17, 2023

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Morning Roundup: October 17, 2023

At the SPAC of Dawn

Good morning! Watch this space moving forward as a roundup of evening filings as well as news nuggets to nibble on beside your morning coffee.

After largely positive Monday for US markets, futures are back in the red as traders anticipate the drop of the September 2023 Advance Monthly Retail report at 8:30 am ET.

Last month’s numbers from the Census Bureau showed a +0.6% sales increase amounting to $687.6 billion and a revision of the July figures to +0.5%. But, the market’s sensitivity to such numbers only increases the closer the calendar turns towards the winter holidays.

The Census figure is also adjusted for seasonal price swings, but not inflation, so reading it can be a mixed bag particularly as fears of an inflation-fueled recession have not completely receded. The last report found that the largest retail spending increases were at gas stations.

That suggested not only the growing impact of gas prices on American wallets, but also a trend towards thrift spending at convenience stores while sales of bigger-ticket items like furniture fell.


Deals


News and Rumors

  • Bloomberg: WeWork Inc. (NYSE:WE), which went public with BowX in 2021, named David Tolley as CEO, shifting his temporary status to permanent at the head of the struggling co-working real estate company.
  • Benzinga: EV-maker Faraday Future (NASDAQ:FFIE) announced new plans to cut costs and focus on its FF 91 SUV as it has not yet generated revenue since its combination with Property Solutions in July 2021.
  • Bloomberg: Elliott Investment Management is considering making a proposal to take supply-chain software company E2open Parent Holdings (NASDAQ:ETWO) private. The company went public in 2021 through a merger with CC Neuberger Principal Holdings.
  • Verge: President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign launched its own account on his probable opponent’s Truth Social platform. A part of Trump Media & Technology Group, Truth Social has sought to go public in a long-running process with Digital World Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:DWAC).

Non-Redemption Agreements

  • Blockchain Coinvestors Acquisition Corp. I’s (NASDAQ:BCSA) sponsor entered into one or more agreements with unaffiliated investors in exchange for an agreement not to redeem Class A ordinary shares. In exchange for the foregoing commitment, the sponsor has agreed to transfer to such investors an aggregate of 30,000 ordinary shares per 200,000 non-redeemed shares.

Scheduling Notes