|Bid||513.61 x 0|
|Ask||517.59 x 0|
|Day's range||516.00 - 516.00|
|52-week range||272.13 - 527.19|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||1.28|
|PE ratio (TTM)||18.16|
|Forward dividend & yield||12.29 (2.38%)|
|Ex-dividend date||04 Mar 2020|
|1y target est||N/A|
(Bloomberg) -- Epic Games Inc., the video game company behind Fortnite, said the business is valued at $17.3 billion after completing a new round of funding. The deal makes Epic the fifth-most-valuable technology startup in the U.S.The Cary, North Carolina-based company said the total size of the financing was $1.78 billion. That includes investments from Baillie Gifford, funds managed by BlackRock Inc., Fidelity Investments and Lightspeed Venture Partners. The number also contains last month’s $250 million investment from Sony Corp. and purchases from employee equity holders.Bloomberg reported in April that Epic, which also owns a widely used set of game development tools called the Unreal Engine, was seeking investments at a value of more than $15 billion. By June, as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic boosted demand for video games, the valuation had reached about $17 billion.With the funds secured, Epic is now more valuable than the likes of DoorDash Inc. and Instacart Inc., two food delivery companies that have also benefited from pandemic-related spending. Epic only trails Stripe Inc., Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Palantir Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc. in the U.S., according to technology market research firm CB Insights.Read more: Fortnite’s Tim Sweeney Comes Out Swinging at Apple, GoogleFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
BlackRock TCP (TCPC) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 20.00% and 21.05%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 2020. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
(Bloomberg) -- BlackRock Inc. has joined a growing chorus of investors and analysts warning of resurgent inflation risks, as the global battle against the coronavirus crisis creates a convergence of ultra-easy monetary policy and expansionary budgets.The world’s largest asset manager pointed Thursday to a potential pickup in U.K. price pressures after the Bank of England held record-low interest rates and maintained its asset-purchase program. Last week, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. highlighted growing concerns over the U.S. inflation outlook, which the bank said could even threaten the dollar’s reserve-currency status.While the world’s nations are unleashing unprecedented spending to counter the economic shock from the pandemic, central banks are maintaining ultra-loose monetary conditions to cap the costs of such fiscal largess. This policy combination is now fueling fears of a spike in consumer prices down the line as more money chases fewer goods.Market-implied price expectations have climbed globally in recent months, fueling a rally in gold, and Wall Street’s heavyweights from Pacific Investment Management Co. to AllianceBernstein Holding LP have cautioned in recent months that inflation is a problem that’s bound to return.“While there is little likelihood of material near-term inflation, once we look out further into this decade, the co-ordination of monetary and fiscal policy that we have seen -- a blurring of the traditional boundaries -- could bring about upside inflation risks globally,” Vivek Paul, BlackRock’s chief investment strategist for the U.K., said in emailed comments. Investors “should consider global inflation-linked bonds.”Inflation can wreck even the safest portfolio by eroding investment value for decades. But the younger generation of investors, within developed markets at least, has rarely faced it in any meaningful way -- the last major episode was back in the 1970s and ’80s. Still, the world-altering impact of the pandemic is fueling fears of a comeback.Inflation SwapsThe U.S. five-year-five year forward inflation swap rate, a key gauge of long-term price expectations, has climbed to 1.9% from a record low of 0.97% in March. Similar measures have also risen in the euro area and the U.K.A blistering rally in the price gold, a traditional hedge against inflation, also signals rising demand for protection against a potential pickup in prices. Pictet Asset Management’s chief strategist, Luca Paolini, said this week that the fund has an overweight position in bullion given risks including that of “liquidity-induced inflation.”BlackRock added that the BOE could choose to boost its quantitative easing program again by the end of the year, while traders in money markets are pricing negative interest rates in 2021. Governor Andrew Bailey said after Thursday’s decision that negative rates “are part of our toolbox, but at the moment we don’t have a plan to use them.”U.K. 10-year real yields, which strip out inflation, are hovering close to record lows at around minus 3%. The rate on similar-maturity conventional bonds is currently at around 0.11%.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.