|Bid||3.0100 x 28000|
|Ask||3.0800 x 36100|
|Day's Range||3.0200 - 3.2150|
|52 Week Range||2.8500 - 6.9600|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.56|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||Oct 29, 2019 - Nov 4, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||4.99|
I've gotten Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) stock very wrong for years, both as an investor and as a columnist. Since 2017, I've predicted in multiple columns that FIT stock would jump. Since 2016, I've bought a sizable amount of FIT stock at various price points, and the shares have tanked. The company's recently announced deal with Singapore,however, could be the catalyst that redeems both me and Fitbit stock.Source: Faiz Zaki / Shutterstock.com Over the years, I've thought that FIT stock would climb, driven partly by demand from insurers and employers who would look to use its devices to save money by making their clients and employees healthier through exercise. I also believed that FIT stock would be boosted by the increasing ability of its devices to detect disorders and diseases like sleep apnea, low blood glucose levels, and atrial fibrillation.On the insurer and employer front, FIT expects to generate about $100 million of revenue this year. But that's about 20% of what I thought it would be taking in from those sources by 2019. And it hasn't announced any real meaningful health-monitoring achievements yet.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHowever, the Singapore deal shows that my positive thesis on FIT stock is alive and well. Here are four reasons why that's the case. Singapore Chose Fitbit's Products to Boost HealthSingapore's officials said they chose to distribute Fitbit's products to citizens in an effort to "… encourage physical activity, healthy eating and better sleep quality among users." The fact that a highly advanced,wealthy government -- albeit the government of a small country -- has faith in Fitbit's ability to improve its citizens' health shows that there are experts who believe in the positive impact of its devices. * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill That bodes very well for the company's ability to convince insurers and other governments to make similar deals. And of course, more of these types of deals will lift Fitbit's results and Fitbit stock. Other Asian Countries Could Follow Singapore's LeadSingapore is a small country, but it's culturally and geographically fairly close to many larger countries. That list includes Thailand, Vietnam,South Korea and, most importantly, China. If Singapore's deal with Fitbit improves the health of its citizens and saves it money, other Asian countries are likely to make similar deals, boosting Fitbit's results and meaningfully lifting FIT stock. Fitbit Is in the Sweet SpotMany Wall Street analysts and pundits have said there's no way that Fitbit can compete against cheaper Chinese trackers on the one hand and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Apple Watch on the other. But for a long time, I've contended that FIT is in a sweet spot because its devices are much cheaper than those of Apple yet have a much better reputation -- and probably are much better made -- than the Chinese devices.Singapore reported that it had considered devices from multiple companies before choosing FIT, and Fitbit CEO James Park said that Apple was one of the competitors that it beat for the deal. So the fact that FIT won the contract shows that my "sweet spot" theory has some merit. The Services Business Is ViableThe fact that Singapore opted to incentivize its citizens to buy FIT's exercise guidance and one-on-one coaching service shows that the country believes that those services are useful. Those services differentiate FIT from its competitors and have very high margins. As a result, Singapore's decision is very positive for the outlook of FIT stock. The Bottom Line on Fitbit StockThe deal with Singapore has renewed my faith that Fitbit's devices will be appealing to insurers and employers. Moreover, the valuation of FIT stock, which has a market cap of less than $800 million, is quite low. Consequently, I recommend that investors buy shares of FIT stock now.As of this writing, Larry Ramer owned shares of FIT stock. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More * 11 Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now * 6 China Stocks to Buy on the Dip The post Fitbit's Singapore Contract Looks Like a Big Deal for FIT Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Fitbit news for Wednesday includes FIT stock increasing as it signs a deal with Singapore.Source: Shutterstock This deal will have Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) working with Singapore's Health Promotion Board. It will have the two working together on a project that will promote Fitbit to citizens in the country. The Health Promotion Board wants to use data collected by Fitbit devices to better understand the nation's health.The idea behind this Fitbit news is that the data from Fitibt devices will be part of the Smart Nation initiative. The program from Fitibt is called the Live Healthy SG. Signapore wants to use these programs to influence the behavior of its citizens to help them live healthier lives.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe program will go a long way toward getting more Fitbit devices into the hands of the country's citizens. This includes an offer for a free Fitbit Inspire HR when signing up for one year of the Fitbit Premium service."Our partnership with the Singapore Health Promotion Board is a recognition of our work to date, and we are confident that the powerful combination of our devices, software and services will motivate Singaporeans to improve their health, while also tangibly helping a nation to improve health at scale," James Park, cofounder and CEO of Fitbit, said in a statement. * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill Pre-registration for Live Healthy SG is going to be starting in the middle of September. The Fitbit news release notes that the program will get its official start sometime in late October.FIT stock was up 2% as of noon Wednesday. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.The post Fitbit News: FIT Stock Up on Singapore Deal appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Fitbit Inc said on Wednesday it signed a contract with the Singapore government to provide fitness trackers and services in a health program it said could reach up to one million users. Fitbit will supply its trackers free of charge on the condition users spend S$10 ($7.22) each month, for a year, on the company's premium subscription. "The program's goal is to ultimately reach up to one million people," a spokeswoman for Fitbit said in an email.
Fitbit Inc. shares are surging in Wednesday morning trading after the company announced that it would be working with Singapore's Health Promotion Board to offer Fitbit devices and services to Singapore residents as part of the country's public health program. The collaboration represents Fitbit's "first major integration of a digital health platform and wearables into a national public health program globally," the company said in a release. Participants will have access to health coaching and monitoring tools as part of the program. Fitbit shares are up 6.4% Wednesday, but they've dropped 38% over the past three months as the S&P 500 has risen 2.2%.
Fitbit will supply its trackers free of charge on the condition users spend S$10 ($7.22) each month, for a year, on the company's premium subscription. "The program's goal is to ultimately reach up to one million people," a spokeswoman for Fitbit said in an email. "This is Fitbit's first major integration of a digital health platform and wearables into a national public health program globally," the company said in a statement.
Fitbit (FIT), today announced that it will be collaborating with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) on a healthy population project in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative. The HPB is Singapore’s government agency that implements policy and programs to improve the nation’s health.
Ten years ago, a hardware startup launched a fitness device onstage at TechCrunch 50. The $99 gadget combined a pedometer with a diet-monitoring system, designed to help wearers meet their fitness goals.
Although Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has suffered over the past few weeks, Apple stock jumped after Trump admitted CEO Tim Cook has a point about being hurt by the China trade war.Source: Shutterstock Reuters reported that Cook had told Trump tariffs would benefit rival Samsung (OTCMKTS:SSNLF). He "made a very compelling argument," according to the President, who said he was "thinking about it." China is moving production of its Mac Pro line to China from Texas.That statement, and a three-month delay in higher tariffs, was all that was needed to send AAPL stock up $3 in overnight trade, before losing $1 on Aug. 19. Apple was due to open Aug. 20 at $210.10, a market cap of $960.5 billion.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsApple is now trading close to where it was when it announced earnings July 30. Apple stock had risen slightly because the earnings beat analyst estimates, but have since been hammered by the tariff news. Apple Stock and the Summer of TweetWith little actual news hitting the market, trading on tweets has become a parlor game among traders and the machines they feed. Apple stock has now been through a round trip of $90 billion in market cap this month, money first lost, then regained, solely on Trump tweets.While crying children and angry Congressmen can't move the President, apparently Wall Street is one constituency he will change for. The tariff delay came after JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) issued a report estimating the average American family could lose $1,000 to the tariffs if they are fully implemented. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential The waffling over AAPL has some analysts saying the trade war is now over, and that China won. While some former Trump Administration insiders are demanding he stay the course, saying it's a battle between democracy and authoritarians, the fact is trade wars are unhealthy for economies and other living things. AAPL Needs a HitWith interest rates falling to their lowest levels in years, investors have become more forgiving of AAPL stock. It currently trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of nearly 18, even though its 77 cent per share dividend yields just 1.49%. Apple has become a no-growth company. Sales for fiscal 2019, which ends in September, may not exceed last year's $265 billion.Apple iPhone sales are slowing. While high-profit service revenue continues to rise, and it still has money in the bank, operating cash flow is falling and earnings are also behind last year's pace.AAPL needs another big revenue stream. The Apple Watch dominates its category but remains too closely tied to the iPhone to reach the broader market. An Apple Watch 5 is now being anticipated, with rumors it will offer sleep tracking, but only untethering from the iPhone would move the needle on sales.Apple has about half the smartphone market, but the Watch could still use access to the other half. Apple has 35% of the smartwatch market, with China's iMoo now second, Samsung third and dozens of other companies, including Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), fighting for the rest. The Bottom Line on AAPL StockApple stock is vulnerable to the tariff war because its growth is stalling. It badly needs a new fast-growing revenue streams.Apple is now getting half its revenue from the slow-growth iPhone. Wearables and accessories are now the fastest-growing part of the company, services its most profitable segment. Almost 20% of revenue comes from China, even more from Europe, making AAPL stock vulnerable on both the cost and income side to the trade war.AAPL is fully valued. Investors should ask themselves whether Tim Cook has any more tricks up his sleeve before putting new money to work in AAPL stock.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear, available at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in AAPL and JPM. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Can Apple Stock Finally Escape Tariff Concerns? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Fitbit's health care business is showing considerable gains in a rapidly growing market with competitors like Apple and Garmin.
Good news about tariffs on iPhone, iPads, Macs, etc not kicking in until Dec 15 more than offset things like the FAA restricting some risky devices on flights, an antitrust probe in Russia and other.
The major bright spot in Apple’s (AAPL) recent earnings was the growth in its “Wearables, Home and Accessories” division—but don't overlook Apple Watch.
Second-quarter earnings generally were strong. 75% of S&P 500 components, according to Factset Research, posted a positive bottom-line surprise for the quarter. But several stocks in the market -- among them Uber (NYSE:UBER) stock -- fell sharply after weak earnings reports that made them, in many investors' eyes, stocks to sell. * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall These 10 stocks all tumbled after second quarter releases. In some cases, those declines have led to attractive, if high-risk, bull cases. For others, the sell-offs seem like signals of more trouble ahead. In all cases, however, earnings reports mattered -- and will likely color the stories going forward.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Uber (UBER)Source: Shutterstock To be fair, Uber didn't have a terrible quarter. Revenue, adjusted for a one-time driver bonus related to the company's IPO, still increased 26% year-over-year in Q2. And while UBER stock did fall almost 7% the day after earnings, it had gained over 8% the day of the after-close report, thanks to an earnings beat from rival Lyft (NASDAQ:LYFT).That said, UBER stock continued to decline in the following days, losing 21% of its value in just four sessions. That's over $16 billion in lost market value in less than a week. That's almost certainly the biggest loss on an absolute basis in the market this earnings season. UBER now trades at an all-time low, though admittedly it has only been public for just over three months.It's not at all clear that the decline is a buying opportunity. Uber remains unprofitable: its Adjusted EBITDA loss more than doubled year-over-year. UBER stock isn't cheap on a revenue basis, either. Its market capitalization remains over $56 billion, despite the fact that there are real long-term questions about the company's business model.In recent years, we have seen 'hot' IPOs tumble sharply: both Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Snap (NYSE:SNAP) come to mind. At least at the moment, UBER stock looks like it could follow that trend. Given that both of those stocks dropped more than 50% from their IPO price, UBER could have further downside ahead. 2U (TWOU)Source: Shutterstock Only one company saw a bigger post-earnings decline, on a percentage basis, then educational technology provider 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU). TWOU shares fell a stunning 65% in a single session the day after its second-quarter earnings report. That decline was topped only by Sanchez Midstream Partners LP (NYSEAMERICAN:SNMP), which dropped 69% and filed for bankruptcy less than a week later.Some investors saw the decline as an overreaction: TWOU shares have bounced 22% since. But there are real risks here.TWOU's guidance badly missed Street estimates on the bottom line -- and the company now is slowing its revenue growth as it focuses on controlling spending. One analyst called the report a "breaking of the company's model." And it's not like TWOU was soaring heading into the release. In fact, the stock posted a one-day drop of 25% after the Q1 release in May, and headed into second quarter earnings down almost 60% from its 52-week high. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul That said, for intrepid investors, there's a case to try and time the bottom. TWOU now trades at just 2x revenue. Its role in online education should drive some growth going forward, even if it will lag the 39% year-over-year increased posted in Q2. After the last two quarters, it would take a lot of gumption to own 2U stock into another earnings report. But perhaps, at least, TWOU can't perform much worse next time around. Kraft Heinz (KHC)Source: Shutterstock The disastrous run continued for Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC) in the second quarter. KHC shares fell 8.6% after earnings and tacked on another 6.1% decline the following day. KHC trades at an all-time low, and from both a short- and long-term standpoint, it's not difficult to see why.Q2 was yet another disappointing quarter. Sales declined 1.5% year-over-year on an organic basis, including a nearly 2% drop in the U.S. Adjusted EBITDA fell 19%; adjusted EPS dropped 23%. And those numbers are a reflection of a longer-term strategy that simply isn't working.3G Capital, with the help of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A,NYSE:BRK.B), put Kraft and Heinz together, while planning to follow 3G's "zero-based budgeting" strategy. That strategy instead has starved Kraft Heinz brands of needed marketing and innovation spend, leading the company to underperform in an already-difficult consumer packaged goods space.There's a case to bet on a turnaround here. I made such a case at the beginning of the year, and many hedge funds have been buyers of late. But KHC's new CEO seemed to suggest no improvements were on the way any time soon -- and the crushing debt load created (in part) by the merger can continue to weigh on the equity here. It may seem incredible, but bond markets now reflect a not-insignificant chance that KHC stock goes to zero. Any investor buying KHC for a turnaround -- or its dividend -- should keep that in mind. GoPro (GPRO)Source: Shutterstock In recent years, investors have fled hardware manufacturers like GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO). Second quarter earnings reports across the group prove why -- and will make it very difficult for the market to trust the sector any time soon.For GoPro, Q2 numbers weren't that bad. Revenue actually increased roughly 3% year-over-year, though the Street was looking for growth almost double that. Management forecast a strong second half and sounded an optimistic tone toward next year. Meanwhile, the midpoint of EPS guidance suggests GPRO stock trades at a roughly 10x P/E multiple.But investors weren't buying it -- literally. GPRO shares fell 13% after earnings. They're now just shy of an all-time low reached in December. And as I wrote last month, the short case here still seems to hold. GoPro has the action camera market mostly to itself; the problem is that the market simply isn't growing. Execution hasn't been great, and margins are somewhat thin. * 7 Safe Dividend Stocks for Investors to Buy Right Now And at a certain point, investors are going to tire of bidding GPRO up on hopes of a turnaround -- only for the company to disappoint and re-test the lows. In fact, it's likely that most investors already have. Fitbit (FIT)Source: Shutterstock There are more than a few parallels between Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) and GoPro. Both stocks soared after their IPOs (though GPRO stock saw a much bigger bounce), only to reverse to steep and almost uninterrupted declines. The two companies have been undertaking various turnaround strategies -- new products, cost-cutting, etc. -- for years now, none of which really has taken hold. And both firms are looking to subscription revenue as a way to offset the margin pressure on hardware sales.Fitbit, however, has it worse at the moment, in a number of ways. Its stock isn't just challenging an all-time low: it closed at one on Wednesday. FIT dropped 21% following earnings, against the 13% decline in GPRO, after the Q2 release came with a full-year guidance cut. And unlike GoPro, Fitbit isn't a market leader anymore: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) clearly has taken the smartwatch crown, with Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN) also a legitimate player.For GPRO, there is at least is a case that the stock is cheap enough that even some growth can, at some point, drive the stock higher. FIT stock doesn't even have that case. The company does have a ton of cash: some $565 million (including marketable securities) at the end of the second quarter, against a market capitalization below $800 million. But it's also burning some of that cash, with even Adjusted EBITDA guided to a loss for the full year.Given market share erosion, it's hard to see how that reverses. The same is true of Fitbit stock. Arlo Technologies (ARLO)Source: Shutterstock For IP camera manufacturer Arlo Technologies (NYSE:ARLO), GPRO and FIT should have served as cautionary tales. ARLO stock has somewhat followed the same trend as its hardware peers, but the gains were smaller and the declines came much sooner.ARLO now has fallen 82% from its IPO price a little over a year after it debuted on the public markets. That includes an 18% decline after second quarter earnings earlier this month.It could get worse. Given that Arlo was spun off from NETGEAR (NASDAQ:NTGR) on the last day of 2018, it likely can't sell itself before 2021 without creating an enormous tax liability. But the company, at this point, may not be able to survive on its own. It's guiding for an adjusted operating loss in the range of $100 million this year. If that guidance is hit, Arlo will end the year with roughly $100 million in cash.In other words, performance needs to get better -- and quickly -- or else solvency becomes a real concern next year. But sales are declining as is and even that full-year guidance looks at risk. Arlo needs a huge Q4 just to hit its full year outlook -- and must then keep that momentum going into 2020. * 7 Stocks Under $7 to Invest in Now That might be difficult. Competition remains intense. Arlo still is discounting heavily: adjusted gross margin is guided to just 9-12% in the third quarter. The company is relying on the launch of its Ultra 4K camera and a video doorbell to drive sales growth -- but it has basically zero room for error. Arlo needs a huge holiday season this year, or the stock might be at zero before the next one. Groupon (GRPN)Source: Shutterstock It's not just hardware companies that turn into busted IPOs. Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) doesn't sell physical products, but it feels a bit like those hardware stocks.GRPN, too, is testing an all-time low after a disappointing earnings report undercut turnaround hopes. It is looking for subscription revenue with the launch of its Groupon Select offering.Groupon at least is profitable -- and has a fortress balance sheet, with almost $400 million in cash net of debt. But revenue is declining, and cost-cutting opportunities likely limited at this point. And the broad problem that I highlighted in April remains. This isn't really a 'tech' company -- not with some 2,000 salespeople on staff. The business model runs through the Internet, but it's not a high-margin platform story like Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) or Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY).Instead, it's a tough, low-margin, labor-intensive business with high customer turnover. It's a business that simply hasn't been able to drive consistent growth. Until that changes, GRPN stock is going to stay cheap. Align Technology (ALGN)Source: Shutterstock A year ago, Align Technology (NASDAQ:ALGN) could do no wrong. Shares of the Invisalign manufacturer were soaring in a hot market. Valuation was a concern, admittedly. But ALGN stock seemed like the kind of stock where investors would keep paying up for its growth.A jittery market ended the rally at the beginning of October. Soft Q4 guidance given with Q3 earnings later that month sent ALGN tumbling. The stock lost more than half its value in the fourth quarter alone. But a new year led to a new rally: by early May, Align Technology stock had risen 58% in 2019.Those gains now are gone. ALGN has fallen 47% and has reversed to a 16% loss for this year. Once again, it was weak guidance that tripped up the stock, as the company cited a slowdown in growth in China and choppy performance among teens in the U.S.ALGN is tempting on the decline. This still seems to be a wonderful business model. Growth should continue, particularly in developing markets. Management remained confident after Q2 that revenue in China would rebound. And while competition is a risk, Align seems the leader in clear aligners -- which should take more share from traditional braces over time. * 7 Stocks to Buy With Over 20% Upside From Current Levels The one catch is that the stock simply isn't that cheap yet. ALGN still trades at 27x 2020 consensus EPS. With fears about the Chinese economy dominating the market, and a "falling knife" stock chart, even investors intrigued by the stock might do well to show some patience. Farfetch (FTCH)Source: nikkimeel / Shutterstock.com There are two common drivers of big downward moves. A company can miss earnings expectations -- or it can make an acquisition with which investors disagree. Luxury marketplace Farfetch (NYSE:FTCH) did both this month -- and its shares declined 44% as a result.The company is spending $675 million to acquire New Guards Group, a so-called "brand platform" that has launched luxury labels. That buy was announced the same day as Q2 results and lowered full-year guidance for GMV (gross merchandise value). So disappointing was Farfetch's outlook that RealReal Inc (NASDAQ:REAL), a used luxury good marketplace, fell 23% in sympathy.FTCH shares have managed to hold a bottom since, however, even in a market seemingly primed to punish luxury sellers. And there's a case that investors can buy an attractive growth story at a much cheaper price. Oppenheimer still sees a clean double. FTCH stock now trades at a more attractive ~4x multiple to 2020 revenue estimates. And the New Guards acquisition is a part of a strategy for Farfetch to develop and sell its own products, in addition to those of other boutiques.In a market where growth stocks still aren't cheap, or close, FTCH looks at least reasonably valued by comparison. And if management's strategy is on point, the post-Q2 declines in retrospect will look like a massive buying opportunity. DXC Technology (DXC)Source: Shutterstock There may not be a better stock for contrarian investors right now than DXC Technology (NASDAQ:DXC), the result of a merger of Computer Sciences Corporation with assets from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE).DXC shares are down roughly two-thirds from all-time highs reached in September. The stock trades at less than five times the low end of updated 2019 adjusted EPS guidance -- and barely four times the high end. There are worries, notably in the consulting business. But a sharp sell-off of late, including a 30% one-day decline after second quarter earnings, seems like an overreaction.That said, investors do need to be careful. Selling pressure hasn't let up yet, though weaker broad markets are a factor. DXC does have a decent amount of debt: almost $10 billion against a market capitalization now just above $12 billion. DXC is cheap relative to guidance, but that guidance was cut sharply after the second quarter and could see another reduction before the year is out. Contrarian investing in this market has been difficult, if not dangerous.Still, a sub-5x P/E multiple is attractive. There should be room for cost cuts going forward. Investors need to understand just what they're getting into -- but it's hard to find much in the way of cheaper stocks than DXC.As of this writing, Vince Martin is long shares of NETGEAR. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall * 5 Stocks to Avoid Amid the Ongoing Trade War * 7 5G Stocks to Buy Now for the Future The post The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Fitbit Inc. shares continue to slump in the weeks following the company's disappointing financial outlook, with the stock dropping below $3 in intraday trading for the first time on Thursday. The stock is down more than 6% on the day and more than 30% so far in August. Fitbit slashed its full-year forecast in conjunction with its earnings report on July 31, disclosing that its new Versa Lite smartwatch isn't selling as well as expected and that the company misjudged consumer preferences on the marketing and pricing of wearables. Fitbit's stock has fallen 42% so far this year, while the S&P 500 has risen 14%.
When Boston University professor Ed Damiano set out to raise a new tranche of funding for a startup last year, his hopes were low: Diabetes device makers were struggling to raise money in a field that was being increasingly dominated by two players.