Is Richard Branson going to space?
British billionaire Richard Branson plans to beat fellow billionaire and rival Jeff Bezos to space. Branson's company, Virgin Galactic, made a surprise announcement that he will attempt to fly in Virgin's rocket-powered plane on July 11 — nine days before Bezos's planned July 20th launch. CNNRichard Branson: 'Really doesn't matter' if I beat Jeff Bezos to space
When is Bezos going into space?
The news came just hours after Bezos' Blue Origin said Bezos would be accompanied into space on July 20 by a female aerospace pioneer who's waited 60 years to rocket away. Bezos chose July 20 as his West Texas launch date — the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Associated PressRichard Branson announces trip to space, ahead of Jeff Bezos
Virgin Galactic — The space tourism company's stock is up 4% after announcing founder Sir Richard Branson will be aboard its next spaceflight test. The stock jumped as much as 25% shortly after the open before it slipped.
Astra — Rocket builder Astra's stock jumped almost 20% Friday after launching Wednesday on the Nasdaq. The company, which plans to launch rockets into space daily, made its public debut amid a space race between billionaires Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, who plans to be on his company Blue Origin's first passenger spaceflight on July 20.
Krispy Kreme — The donut chain's shares fell 8.9% Friday, losing some of the 23.5% it gained in its first day of trading Thursday. Krispy Kreme's return to the public markets comes five years after the company was taken private by JAB Holding. The chain priced its IPO at $17 per share, below its planned range of $21 to $24 per share. It lifted its fiscal 2020 revenue 17% to $1.12 billion.
Didi — Shares of the newly public Chinese ride-sharing company fell 5.3% after China announced a cybersecurity review of the company, two days after Didi's debut on the New York Stock Exchange. As a result, new users will not be able to register for Didi's ride-hailing service during the review. Didi said in a statement it would "fully cooperate."
IBM — The tech company's shares fell more than 4.6% after announcing Jim Whitehurst has stepped down as president 14 months after moving into the role. IBM gave little detail about the decision but has said he will stay on as a senior advisor to company CEO Arvind Krishna.
Charles Schwab — Shares of the e-broker ticked 1% lower after the company said it is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding disclosures involving Schwab's robo advisors, Reuters reports. Schwab also warned about a $200 million charge in its second quarter results depending on how the investigation is resolved.
Chipotle — Shares are up 1.7% after UBS reiterated its buy rating on the Mexican food chain, setting its price target for the stock at $1,700, implying upside of 10%. UBS noted Chipotle's digital sales, menu innovation, marketing and loyalty program as supporters of its growth and said the reopening of the economy should boost dine-in traffic.
Microsoft — The tech giant's stock rose 2.3% after Goldman Sachs kept its buy rating on it, following the announcement of its next software update, Windows 11. "Microsoft is well positioned to capitalize on a number of long-term secular trends" a Goldman analyst said, adding it's unlikely "future Windows releases will drive PC upgrade cycles to the same magnitude" as they have in the past.
Uber — Shares of the ride hailing company rose more than 2.2% after Bank of America said it sees "significant upside potential" in the company and reiterated its buy rating. BofA also said it expects improving labor participation rates in the third quarter.
Alphabet — The Google parent's stock saw a 2% increase after Bernstein named it a top pick for the second half, saying shares are still cheap and that several near-term catalysts should boost performance.
— CNBC's Maggie Fitzgerald and Yun Li contributed reporting
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