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Softbank shares are surging as optimism rebounds

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SoftBank Group Corp. experienced a nearly 10% surge in its shares after Arm Holdings Plc delivered an unexpectedly bullish earnings forecast.

Arm, known for its chip designs, exceeded analyst estimates as its expansion beyond smartphones contributed to significant growth.

Arm projected revenue for the three months ending in March to range between $850 million and $900 million, far surpassing the average analyst estimate of $778 million.

The UK-based chip designer’s shares soared during after-hours trading, pushing the company’s valuation closer to $100 billion.

Public debut

SoftBank retained a stake of approximately 90% in Arm following its public debut last year.

As a result of Arm’s robust performance, SoftBank’s shares surged by as much as 9.6% in early Tokyo trading.

Prior to this rally, Arm shares had already surged by 40% in the December quarter, likely increasing SoftBank’s net asset value to over ¥18 trillion ($121 billion).

Arm now stands as the largest asset within SoftBank’s portfolio, representing around a third of the total.

Bottom line

Although the increase in Arm’s share price does not directly impact SoftBank’s bottom line, the heightened value of the company may prompt Masayoshi Son, SoftBank’s CEO, to consider new asset-backed financing options for additional investments.

SoftBank is set to report earnings for the December quarter later on Thursday.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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President Biden cancels another $1 billion in student loans

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President Joe Biden’s administration will cancel another $1.2 billion in student loans.

This move comes as part of the administration’s ongoing commitment to addressing the financial challenges faced by many Americans in the realm of higher education.

The cancellation will primarily impact borrowers who were defrauded by for-profit colleges and those who attended schools that have since closed.

The new wave of relief applies to people enrolled in a repayment program known as SAVE and covers those who borrowed less than 12-thousand-dollars and have been repaying the money for at least 10 years.

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Tooth fairy paying less for lost teeth linked to high inflation

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Even the tooth fairy is feeling the pinch of high inflation, according to a recent survey conducted by insurer Delta Dental.

The survey revealed that the average amount of cash left under children’s pillows by the tooth fairy (read: parents) dropped to $5.84 in 2023, marking a 6% decrease from the previous year’s average of $6.23.

This decline represents the first drop in tooth fairy payouts since 2018.

Even the loss of a first tooth, which typically commands a higher reward, saw a decrease in average gift value. Last year, the average gift for losing a first tooth was $7.09, down from $7.29 in 2022.

Tooth fairy generosity

The survey, which polled 1,000 parents of children aged 6 to 12, also found regional disparities in tooth fairy generosity.

Children in the western part of the United States received the highest average payouts, with lost teeth fetching an average of $8.54 in 2023, a notable 37% increase from the previous year.

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In contrast, children in the Midwest experienced the sharpest decline in tooth fairy payouts, with the value of lost teeth plummeting by 36% to $3.63.

Similarly, children in the South saw a 16% decrease, with the average tooth fetching $5.51 compared to $6.59 in 2022.

Changing trends

The survey noted that the tooth fairy’s gifts historically correlated with the performance of the S&P 500, but this trend deviated in the past two years.

In 2022, despite an 18% decline in the S&P 500, the tooth fairy set a record high with an average gift of $6.23.

Conversely, in 2023, while the tooth fairy’s payouts decreased, the S&P 500 rebounded with a 24% gain, reflecting the resilience of the economy amidst challenges such as high interest rates and soaring inflation.

The survey results indicate that even the whimsical tradition of tooth fairy visits is not immune to the economic realities faced by households in an inflationary environment. As families navigate financial pressures, even the small joys of childhood may feel the impact of broader economic trends.

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Stocks jump to record close as Nvidia sparks AI frenzy

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The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both surged to close at record highs on Thursday, fueled by a wave of investor enthusiasm for growth and technology stocks following Nvidia’s stellar earnings report and bullish outlook on artificial intelligence chip demand.

Nvidia’s shares (NVDA.O) skyrocketed after the chip designer projected a nearly three-fold increase in first-quarter revenue, citing robust demand for its AI chips.

The company’s performance surpassed expectations for fourth-quarter revenue, underscoring its position as a leader in the AI market.

The success of Nvidia’s earnings served as a litmus test for the AI-driven rally on Wall Street, particularly after the S&P 500 breached the 5,000-point milestone earlier this month.

Analysts had warned of a potential sell-off in technology stocks if Nvidia’s results fell short. However, the market responded with a surge, propelling both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to record highs.

Significant gains

Unofficial closing data revealed that the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 456.54 points, or 1.18%, to 39,068.78, while the S&P 500 gained 105.14 points, or 2.11%, to 5,086.94.

The Nasdaq Composite also saw significant gains, adding 460.75 points, or 2.96%, to 16,041.62.

Jack Janasiewicz, lead portfolio strategist at Natixis Investment Managers Solutions, humorously remarked, “As Nvidia goes, so goes the world,” highlighting the company’s influence on market sentiment. Janasiewicz emphasized that Nvidia’s strong earnings dispelled doubts about the sustainability of the AI trade, suggesting further potential for growth.

Nvidia’s market capitalisation surge on Thursday surpassed Meta Platform’s historic $196 billion gain earlier in the month, solidifying its position as a market leader in AI technology.

Maintain its position

Market analysts predict that the S&P 500 will maintain its position above the 5,000 mark throughout the year, according to a Reuters poll.

Most sectors within the S&P 500 experienced gains, with technology stocks leading the charge.

The S&P 500 growth index recorded its largest daily percentage gain since November 2022.

In addition to Nvidia, other companies poised to benefit from the AI boom saw notable increases in their stock prices.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD.O), Super Micro Computer (SMCI.O), and Arm Holdings all experienced significant jumps.

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