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The commercial aerospace giant raised its retirement age for CEO Dave Calhoun, 64, and announced that 54-year-old CFO Greg Smith is retiring.
The commercial aerospace giant raised its retirement age for CEO Dave Calhoun, 64, and announced that 54-year-old CFO Greg Smith is retiring.
(Bloomberg) -- Cryptocurrency-exposed stocks are recovering from a bloody four-day slide that had wiped out roughly $6.1 billion in value from a basket of companies tied to the fortunes of the volatile digital-asset world.Marathon Digital Holdings Inc.’s 17% jump led the way on Friday, as the shares halted a nine day losing streak. The gains come as Bitcoin climbs back from a slide of more than 15% on Thursday. Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk triggered the volatility late Wednesday by souring on the token’s energy demands. Microstrategy Inc. rose 6.8% on Friday, while Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Holdings jumped 16% for the best day in a month.The turnaround for companies that have ridden Bitcoin’s coattails came as more retail investors gravitated toward even greater speculative plays like Dogecoin. Bitcoin rose 2% to $50,275 at 4:01 p.m. in New York, while a Bloomberg gauge of cryptocurrencies rallied 8.3% after the worst two-day slide since late February.Riot Blockchain Inc. jumped 17% for its largest gain in more than two months while Argo Blockchain Plc and On-Line Blockchain Plc stormed back in European trading. Coinbase Global Inc. was an outlier. The largest U.S. crypto exchange slumped 2.5% as strong quarterly income failed to excite traders.While crypto bulls cheered Friday’s bounce, Jack Dorsey’s Square Inc. poured some cold water on the excitement. The company is not planning to buy more Bitcoin for its corporate treasuries after losing $20 million on a $220 million investment in the last quarter, according to a Financial News report.Elon Musk’s stunning tweet late Wednesday triggered the free-fall for Bitcoin as the billionaire brought concerns surrounding the energy usage of the mining required for the currency to light and forced Wall Street to grapple with an uncertain outlook. Worries deepened after a Thursday Bloomberg News report that Binance Holdings Ltd. is under investigation by the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service.(Updates share movement throughout, adds detail on Square report in fifth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
The IRS detailed on how it will handle a mixup involving a tax break for jobless benefits that became law a month after many already filed returns.
Two of the world's most prominent billionaires Tesla Inc.'s CEO Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey are facing off over the merits of bitcoin, with the future of the world's No. 1 crypto likely hanging in the balance.
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Churchill Capital Corp IV (NYSE:CCIV) stock is trading under $18 as of this writing, a far cry from its astonishing 52-week high of $64.86 per share. Several stocks suffered due to the wider EV selloff, but few were hit as badly as CCIV stock. I still believe, though, that the blank check company got a raw deal. Source: gg_photography / Shutterstock.com Shares of Churchill rose by more than 470% after a merger between the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) and Lucid Motors was announced. The excitement was understandable. After all, Lucid is led by ex-Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) engineering executive Peter Rawlinson. Plus, unlike several other companies in the space, Lucid is gaining a lot of traction in preorders. Lucid has sold out every available reservation for its Lucid Air sedan in Dream Edition trim, priced at a whopping $170,000 (minus rebates and options). That kind of momentum is hard to come by in the electric vehicle (EV) space. Just ask Hyliion (NYSE:HYLN), which is still struggling for preorders despite an innovative plug-and-play electronification product for existing Class 7/8 trucks and tractor-trailers.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips If you are more of a day trader, the merger has not closed and the ticker has not started trading. Usually, that is when these SPAC stocks start to lose a bit of steam. All things considered, the steep drop has created a buy-the-dip opportunity that is too good to ignore. CCIV Stock Is Poised for a Comeback As I write this piece, CCIV stock has started moving towards its PIPE placement price of $15. Usually, this price is $10. The increase occurred because CCIV was changing hands for nearly $60 when the Lucid Motors merger was announced. 10 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks for Your Reliability Short List From a technical standpoint, the chart is not good. It has broken support at the 20-day moving averages. The 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is also neutral at 37.7. It’s strange for CCIV stock to find itself in this position. I believe it’s linked to the sense that SPACs are cooling off in favor of investments in traditional industries. Additionally, regulators are coming down hard on the SPAC world, which has brought deal volumes down significantly from the first quarter of the year. All that being said, with the merger, Lucid Motors will have approximately $4.4 billion to finance its expansion. The company is also preparing to start making the Lucid Air, the company’s answer to the Tesla Model S, in the second half of 2021. And as I mentioned earlier, preorder momentum is strong. Plus, a pop is inevitable once the stock starts trading and we get our first earnings reports and delivery numbers. At least, that’s the pattern we have seen with the U.S.-listed Chinese electric vehicle (EV) makers Li Auto (NASDAQ:LI) and XPeng (NYSE:XPEV). Upset the Applecart Finally, a few reports show that Lucid Motors is in talks with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Now, I am not trying to say that an Apple deal would not be big for the company. Any agreement between the two companies will be extremely fruitful for Lucid. But I am a bit gun-shy after the Workhorse (NASDAQ:WKHS) USPS debacle. For the uninitiated, retail traders bet the house that Workhorse would get a USPS contract to assemble 50,000 to 165,000 new vehicles for its fleet to be delivered over the next 10 years. However, USPS awarded Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK) the contract in a surprising turn of events. As a result, shares lost $2 billion in value after the electric vehicle maker missed the Next-Generation Delivery Vehicle contract. I do not think there is any chance of that happening to CCIV stock. But investing in this stock should not be based solely on the Apple deal, as enticing as it is. Even when you set aside the benefits of the potential deal, there is a lot to look forward to when it comes to Lucid Motors. Solid Stock, Wrong Timing It makes sense that investors are now pouring capital into traditional areas such as housing and lumber stocks. As vaccines continue to roll out and the year progresses, we will see a massive resurgence in companies that did not get a lot of love last year. But that does not mean that EVs are suddenly a bad place to park your capital. Each stock needs to be judged on its own merits. Despite the industry trend, CCIV stock has potential and is a good contrarian play for your portfolio right now. It doesn’t matter if you are a day trader or a passive investor at this point. Once the merger is complete and the ticker starts trading, you can decide if it’s good to exit then. On the date of publication, Faizan Farooque did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. Faizan Farooque is a contributing author for InvestorPlace.com and numerous other financial sites. Faizan has several years of experience in analyzing the stock market and was a former data journalist at S&P Global Market Intelligence. His passion is to help the average investor make more informed decisions regarding their portfolio. More From InvestorPlace Why Everyone Is Investing in 5G All WRONG It doesn’t matter if you have $500 in savings or $5 million. Do this now. Top Stock Picker Reveals His Next Potential 500% Winner Stock Prodigy Who Found NIO at $2… Says Buy THIS Now The post Churchill Capital IV Looks Poised for a Comeback appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The agency is plagued with setbacks that are causing a major backlog of returns.
Here's how to tell if dogecoin's rebound is more bark than bite, according to technical analysts following the popular crypto.
Last week, we witnessed a classic “buy the rumor, sell the news” event with the cryptocurrency Dogecoin (CRYPTO:DOGE). Many Dogecoin enthusiasts were hoping that Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk’s stint hosting the television show “Saturday Night Live” would lead to higher prices. After all, Musk has been known to pump the price of this cryptocurrency on Twitter and has been one of its biggest supporters. With so many Dogecoin holders anxious to see what the Dogefather had to say Saturday, the price of cryptocurrency rallied hard into the event to hit a record high of $0.74. Unfortunately, Doge investors learned that sometimes these types of events simply cannot live up to the hype. The price of Doge dropped more than 30% following the premiere of the show after Musk failed to deliver the praise for the cryptocurrency investors were hoping for. Traders can learn a lot from this story, particularly since this “buy the rumor, sell the news” scenario repeats itself time and time again in financial markets. It highlights just how difficult it can be to trade based on the news and should be viewed as a cautionary tale. With that said, perhaps the most important lesson here is that instead of gambling on Dogecoin, why not learn a trading strategy that can deliver real results? For example, Mindful Trader has created a data-driven swing-trading strategy that can potentially help you grow your account. Because he has analyzed and dissected historical stock market price data to test his trading strategy, you won’t have to worry about trying to guess right on binary events like the one mentioned above. Instead, you can use a statistical approach with proven results to take your trading to the next level. Signing up for the Mindful Trader service gives you access to tutorials and all the trading rules he uses for successfully generating returns with stocks and options trading. He also provides data-driven stock picks that he trades himself, which allows you to learn while following his suggestions. Whether you are a beginner trader or a seasoned veteran, Mindful Trader has something for everyone. Since Mindful Trader uses a swing-trading strategy that relies on price movement, not hope, you will always be confident in making a trade. That means you won’t have to trade the news and rely on hype to potentially generate returns like those unfortunate Dogecoin investors mentioned above. Check out this link to learn more about Mindful Trader’s trading strategy and why it’s such a smart alternative to gambling with Dogecoin. See more from BenzingaClick here for options trades from BenzingaThese OTC Securities Had the Most Trading Activity in April3 Advantages to Binary Options Trading with Nadex© 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
"Market makers were heavily short puts in the range of $52,000 to $50,000, and I estimate were forced to sell nearly 2,900 bitcoin," one trader said.
Dogecoin will likely transition from a proof-of-work protocol to proof-of-stake, speculated Alex Mashinsky, the chief executive and founder of The Celsius Network on Friday during a webcast hosted by his lending platform on YouTube.
When in February Glauber Contessoto decided to invest his life savings in Dogecoin (CRYPTO: DOGE), his friends questioned his mental soundness. Now that this decision has made him a millionaire (on paper), many may also be bewildered by his decision to not liquidate the investment. What Happened: Contessoto told The New York Times that his friends and family called him "crazy" when he made the decision that made him a millionaire. “It’s a joke coin. It’s a meme. It’s going to crash," he said his friends told him. Still, the markets are hardly following good sense these days, and Dogecoin has grown to become a network more valuable than blue chip companies Ford Motor (NYSE: F) and Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ: KHC). Like many others, Contessoto read about Dogecoin on Reddit. Then he made the unusual decision of going all-in on the coin: He maxed out his credit cards, borrowed money on Robinhood and spent everything he had. The value of Contessoto's investment is now about $2 million, making him a perfect example of what the article describes as "a new kind of hyper-online investor who is winning by applying the skills of the digital attention economy — sharing memes, cultivating buzz, producing endless streams of content for social media — to the financial markets." Such investors aren't interested in investing rationally. Instead of deciding what to invest in based on fundamentals, they invest according to what is funny or futuristic-looking or by how many celebrities are tweeting about it. “Memes are the language of the millennials," Contessoto said. "Now we’re going to have a meme matched with a currency.” Playing The Story: Contessoto explained that he believes that "Dogecoin has the best branding of all cryptocurrency" and that all the other coins appear "super high tech and futuristic," while Dogecoin "just looks like: 'Hey, guys, what’s up?'” While that may not be the most scientific of explanations, he believes that this is a big plus given that newbies investing in cryptocurrency for the first time might prefer investing in something more fun and recognizable. This Dogecoin millionaire believes that the coin's price will continue its ascent and does not want to miss out on future profits. He has already lost hundreds of thousands since the coin was at its all-time high, but he plans to continue holding and only liquidate 10% next year, once his earnings will be classified as long-term capital gains and taxed at a lower rate. See more from BenzingaClick here for options trades from BenzingaCardano And Polygon Skyrocket To New All-Time Highs As Investors Seek Elon Musk's Next Favorite CryptoHere's How You Can Get Shiba Inu For Free© 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
An improving economy and rising inflation are likely to pull rates higher before long.
With the right asset allocation and withdrawal strategy, investors may not worry so much about the large sum of money in their accounts.
Mortgage rates fall again to hold at sub-3% levels for a 4th consecutive week. Inventories continue to push house prices higher, however…
Institutional investors do not take kindly to inflation and they sold. 1. If indexes fall below their moving averages, take action: Traders and investors alike should watch moving averages, especially the 50-, 100-, and 200-day. When the indexes were sliding a few days ago, the S&P 500 (SPX) for example, did not break its 50-day moving average at 4050.
(Bloomberg) -- Billionaire George Soros’s investment firm snapped up shares of ViacomCBS, Discovery and Baidu as they were being sold off in massive blocks during the collapse of Bill Hwang’s Archegos Capital Management.Soros Fund Management bought $194 million of ViacomCBS Inc., Baidu Inc. stock valued at $77 million, as well $46 million of Vipshop Holdings Ltd. and $34 million of Tencent Music Entertainment Group during the first quarter, according to a regulatory filing released Friday. A person familiar with the fund’s trading said the company didn’t hold the shares prior to Archegos’s implosion.Archegos, the family office of former hedge fund manager Hwang, fell apart during the last week of March after amassing large leveraged positions in a concentrated portfolio of U.S. and Chinese companies. At its peak, the family office had more than $20 billion of capital and total bets exceeding $100 billion.Hwang was wiped out in just days after investments including ViacomCBS and Discovery tumbled, triggering margin calls from global banks, who then sold the stocks in the big block trades. The fiasco is expected to cost the finance industry about $10 billion, has prompted an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and caused heads to roll at Credit Suisse Group AG, where the hit exceeds $5 billion.The 13F filing provides one of the first examples of how a hedge fund attempted to capitalize on the distressed remains of Archegos. It also offers an insight into Soros’s investment firm, which is run by Chief Investment Officer Dawn Fitzpatrick.She told Bloomberg in March that she was willing to jump on dislocations in the market, investing $4 billion during the pandemic-induced swoon a year ago, including buying residential mortgages on the cheap. Soros returned almost 30% in the 12 months through February and manages $27 billion across a range of strategies.“When there’s a dislocation, we’re prepared to not just double down but triple down when the facts and circumstances support that,” Fitzpatrick, 51, said in a “Front Row” interview on Bloomberg TV.Soros also increased its bet on Amazon.com Inc. and homebuilder DR Horton Inc., which is now its second-largest public equity position.The 13F, which money managers overseeing more than $100 million in U.S. equities must file quarterly, revealed that Soros held $4.5 billion of U.S. equities, down $77 million from the prior quarter.The biggest exit in the quarter was Palantir Technologies Inc. Soros sold 18.5 million shares valued at about $435 million. The firm originally revealed it owned a stake in the controversial data-mining company controlled by Peter Thiel in November, but rapidly issued a statement saying the original investment was made in 2012 and it regretted the decision.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Sanjeev Gupta’s plans to save his sprawling metals empire were mired in confusion on Saturday as a key financial backer sent mixed messages about its support in the wake of a U.K. fraud probe.On Friday, the Serious Fraud Office launched an investigation into possible fraud and money laundering at Gupta’s GFG Alliance That initially prompted White Oak Global Advisors LLC -- which had recently offered loans to his U.K. steel businesses and one of his Australian units -- to say it wasn’t in a position to continue discussions with a company facing a probe.Hours later, a spokesperson for the San Francisco-based lender said it was continuing efforts to refinance Liberty Primary Metals of Australia, “subject to financial due diligence and acceptable governance.” Last week it had agreed terms with Gupta to refinance the unit.The apparent reversal throws the fate of Gupta’s businesses into further confusion. It’s unclear whether the loan to the Australian unit, which includes the Whyalla steelworks, will still go ahead as planned or depends on the SFO investigation.White Oak declined to comment Saturday on the status of a reported 200 million pounds ($282 million) of lending to Gupta’s U.K. businesses, The company also wouldn’t comment on a report in the Financial Times saying White Oak may be reluctant to walk away because it has a financial exposure to Gupta’s businesses after buying up debt from the steel tycoon.GFG said Friday it will co-operate fully with the SFO investigation. It declined to comment on White Oak’s decision.Gupta has been scrambling to find new financing after Greensill, his biggest lender, fell into insolvency. His group employs 35,000 people across 30 countries, all which may be in danger of losing their jobs if the tycoon can’t secure replacement loans. He faces an uphill battle, with the SFO probe likely to deter many potential financiers.The exact scope of the SFO investigation isn’t yet clear. Four banks stopped working with Gupta’s Liberty House Group trading business, starting in 2016, amid concerns about what they perceived to be problems in paperwork provided by Liberty, Bloomberg News has reported. In one example, the company had presented a bank with what seemed to be duplicate shipping receipts. A spokesman for Gupta has denied any wrongdoing.The two-month period from when it started looking into GFG and its financing by Greensill to announcing the formal probe is a quick turn-around for the SFO, which often takes years to publicly confirm it’s taking action against a company.It will now start to gather evidence, including securing devices and documents. However, it’ll likely take years for the office to make any tangible updates to the investigation, including whether it decides to charge individuals as part of the probe.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Lawmakers are looking for quick action to improve an existing forgiveness program.
Electric vehicle (EV) charging stocks have witnessed some euphoric movements in the recent past. There are strong reasons to believe that the EV charging industry will witness healthy growth in the coming years. However, most of electric vehicle charging stocks seem to have run ahead of their fundamentals. It therefore makes sense to wait for a correction before considering fresh exposure to electric vehicle charging stocks. Let’s first talk about the industry tailwinds. In March 2021, Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest Management opined that Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock price could hit $3,000 by fiscal year 2025. This would imply a market capitalization of $3 trillion for the electric vehicle company. To some, this price target might sound unrealistic. However, I would not rule-out the possibility of the target being achieved.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Going by the trend and various estimates, it’s not just the next ten years that belongs to electric vehicles. The next two decades will witness sustained growth for the EV industry. According to Deloitte, the EV industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 29% over the next ten years. If this growth estimate holds true, there needs to be a big investment allocated towards charging infrastructure. It goes without saying that electric vehicle charging companies are positioned for strong growth. Estimates suggest that the EV charging station market was worth $9.24 billion in FY2019. The market size is expected to increase to $70 billion by FY2026. This would imply an attractive CAGR of 33%. 10 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks for Your Reliability Short List Let’s therefore talk about some quality electric vehicle charging stocks, which are presently overvalued, but worth keeping on your investment radar. Blink Charging (NASDAQ:BLNK) Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I (NYSE:CLII) ChargePoint Holdings (NYSE:CHPT) Tortoise Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE:SNPR) 4 EV Charging Stocks to Avoid: Blink Charging (BLNK) Source: Sopotnicki / Shutterstock.com BLNK stock touched an all-time high of $64.50. The stock has subsequently corrected to current levels around $30. However, valuations remain stretched, and it might make sense to wait for further correction. To put things into perspective, the company reported revenue of $6.2 million for FY2020. The company’s stock currently trades at a market capitalization of $1.37 billion. In terms of business growth, the outlook is positive. As adoption of electric vehicles increases in U.S. and Europe, the company stands to benefit. The company already has several products for residential and commercial charging solutions. With more products in development, the company seems to be high on innovation. On May 11, Blink Charging also announced the acquisition of Blue Corner. The latter is an EV charging company based in Belgium and has a portfolio of 7,071 charging ports. It’s worth noting that Europe is a faster growing EV market than the United States. Blink Charging is likely to continue pursuing aggressive organic and inorganic growth. I would however be more comfortable in considering exposure when the stock trades at 40 to 50 times revenue. Electric Vehicle Charging Stocks: Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I (CLII) Source: Scharfsinn / Shutterstock.com EV charging companies have mainly listed through special purpose acquisition companies. In January 2021, EVgo Services announced a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) business combination with Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I Acquisition. The deal values EVgo at $2.6 billion. However, the company’s revenue guidance for the current year is $20 million. Therefore, the company is valued at 130 times revenue. Clearly, the business combination is at stretched valuation. In terms of positives, the company will have $575 million in net proceeds from the business combination for aggressive expansion. Further, EVgo already has commercial relationship with companies that include Tesla and General Motors (NYSE:GM). The company also has fast charging solutions for ride-share operators like Uber (NYSE:UBER) and Lyft (NASDAQ:LYFT). Coming back to the company’s growth guidance, EVgo expects to deliver revenue of $596 million for FY2025. For the same year, adjusted EBITDA is guided at $193 million. However, the company will be free cash flow positive only in FY2026. In general, growth projections from companies listed through SPACs have been on the optimistic side. Therefore, even from a FCF perspective, valuations look stretched. 7 Great Growth Stocks to Consider for Your Short List It therefore makes sense to wait for the SPAC business combination to complete. Once EVgo is listed, there will be a better entry opportunity. Electric Vehicle Charging Stocks: ChargePoint Holdings (CHPT) Source: YuniqueB / Shutterstock.com CHPT stock is probably among the most attractive electric vehicle charging stocks. For FY2022, the company expects revenue of $198 million. At a current market capitalization of $6.3 billion, the stock is trading at 32 times revenue. It’s worth noting that CHPT stock has already corrected from a high of $49.48 to current levels around $21.30. However, an important point to note is that ChargePoint reported revenue of $144.5 million in FY2020 and $146.5 million in FY2021. It remains to be seen if the company can meet the guidance of $198 million in revenue for FY2022. The coming quarters will provide some insight. Therefore, it makes sense to wait for one or two quarters before considering a meaningful exposure to the stock. In terms of business positive, ChargePoint has presence in the U.S. and is expanding presence in Europe. Further, the company’s revenue is diversified. Besides network charging systems, the company also derives revenue from software solutions. The latter is likely to boost long-term cash flows. Electric Vehicle Charging Stocks: Tortoise Acquisition Corp. II (SNPR) Source: Alexandru Nika / Shutterstock.com On Feb. 8, 2021, Volta Industries announced that the company will go public through a business combination with Tortoise Acquisition. The deal values Volta at $2.0 billion. SNPR stock surged to a high of $18.3 on the announcement of the business combination. However, the stock has corrected to around $10. I would still be cautious, considering the company’s valuation at $2.0 billion. For FY2021, Volta Industries has guided for revenue of $47 million. Therefore, the company is valued at 43 times current year revenue guidance. Volta Charging does have a robust growth projection. The company expects revenue to surge to $826 million by FY2026. I would take that estimate with a pinch of salt. Further, the company expects to be EBITDA positive by next year. As of FY2020, the company had 1,507 charging stations installed. Of this, 1,112 were already contracted. Further, the company expects to ramp-up the number of charging stations to 26,242 by the end of FY2025. In addition, charging station screens serve as a source of advertising revenue for the company. Currently, the company has 3,014 installed screens and a pipeline of 20,136 screens. Therefore, over the next five years, the company will have a diversified revenue model. 7 Stocks to Start your Robinhood Portfolio With Just $2,000 I believe that it makes sense to wait for the closing of the business combination. Once Volta Industries is listed, the stock can be considered. On the date of publication, Faisal Humayun did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in any of the securities mentioned in this article. Faisal Humayun is a senior research analyst with 12 years of industry experience in the field of credit research, equity research and financial modeling. Faisal has authored over 1,500 stock specific articles with focus on the technology, energy and commodities sector. More From InvestorPlace Why Everyone Is Investing in 5G All WRONG It doesn’t matter if you have $500 in savings or $5 million. Do this now. 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(Bloomberg) -- Stock sales are reaping a windfall for the world’s richest shareholders.Corporate insiders including Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos and Google co-founder Sergey Brin have ramped up stock sales recently, cashing in on a 14-month long bull market that’s helped boost fortunes to the tune of trillions.U.S. public company insiders offloaded shares worth $24.4 billion this year through the first week of May, with about half sold through trading plans, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s almost as much as the $30 billion total they disposed of in the second half of 2020.Large shareholders frequently sell stock in planned intervals, often through pre-arranged trading programs. Yet the prolonged rally in equities markets has made the value of these disposals, whether planned or opportunistic, strikingly high.There are multiple reasons an investor of any size might be motivated to sell. After the pandemic-defying rally, valuations are increasingly under pressure from rising inflation. Investors are wary the post-Covid recovery could prompt tightening measures from the Federal Reserve. And President Joe Biden’s proposed tax hikes -- including a near doubling of the capital gains rate -- have created uncertainty.Bezos, EllisonWhatever the reason, the sales are flooding the market with yet more liquidity, the consequences of which will ripple through philanthropy, the art market, real estate and other niches.Bezos has sold $6.7 billion worth of Amazon shares this year. While a relative pittance for the world’s richest person, it’s more than two-thirds the value of shares he sold in 2020. Larry Ellison unloaded 7 million Oracle shares in the past week for total proceeds of $552.3 million. Charles Schwab has sold $192 million worth of shares of his eponymous brokerage this year.Brin, who has signaled that he intends to sell as many as 250,000 Alphabet Inc. shares, has disposed of $163 million worth of stock in recent days, his first sales in more than four years, filings show.Mark Zuckerberg and his charitable foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, meanwhile, accelerated their sales of Facebook stock in the fall. Zuckerberg or his charity has divested shares at a near-daily clip since November, for a cumulative total exceeding $1.87 billion.The surging markets have exacerbated the concentration risk of the single-stock-dominated fortunes typical of many tech billionaires, said Thorne Perkin, president of Papamarkou Wellner Asset Management.“From a portfolio-management perspective, it makes sense to spread it around,” he said.Covid EconomyAlso among the biggest sellers are some noteworthy beneficiaries of the Covid economy. Zoom Video Communications founder Eric Yuan and used-car retailer Carvana Co.’s Ernest Garcia II have together received more than $1.75 billion from stock sales since March 2020, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. George Kurtz, chief executive officer of cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, has sold shares worth at least $250 million over that period.Zoom founder Yuan -- the poster child, in many ways, for the coronavirus economy -- has stepped up his sales this year as the firm’s share price slumped. In 2020, he typically offloaded about 140,000 shares a month through a trading plan, which generated more than $350 million over the course of the year.Since March, he’s sold almost 200,000 shares a month on average, yielding him about $185 million. He also donated more than a third of his stake in the San Jose-based company as part of “typical estate planning practices,” according to a spokesman. Some of the cash from his share sales fund donations to unspecified “humanitarian causes.”(Updates with Charles Schwab’s sales in seventh paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.