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In a new safety report, Uber reveals the company has received over 3,000 reports of sexual assault related to its 1.3 billion rides in the United States last year. Yahoo Finance's Zack Guzman, Emily McCormick and Alexis Keenan discuss with Strictly Cookies CFO Courtney Comstock.
Uber released a report outlining almost 6,000 reports of sexual assault involving passengers or drivers in the U.S. between the years of 2017 and 2018. Yahoo finance's Alexis Keenan joins On the Move to discuss.
Ride-share giant Lyft is defending its commitment to safety after 19 women allege they were sexually harassed, abused or raped by Lyft drivers. A lawsuit filed Wednesday says the company’s “response to this sexual predator crisis amongst Lyft drivers has been appallingly inadequate." Jamie Yuccas reports.
This year has been riddled with U.S.-China trade war rumors, impeachment talk and all sorts of notable initial public offerings. But 2019 has also been a year that saw the S&P 500 repeatedly hit all-time highs. Going into what many have predicted will be a strong 2020, what should smart investors be taking away from the last 12 months? In this episode of "Moneyline" with Matt McCall, he has the perfect packing instructions. Grab your suitcases (or your portfolios) and listen up.The big indexes, especially the record-setting S&P 500, have certainly been in focus lately. But there's one McCall thinks deserves a bit more attention. The Russell 2000, home to a collection of small-cap stocks, rallied just before Thanksgiving to reset a 52-week high. What does this mean?For investors, an easy way to track this index is through the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEARCA:IWM).InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAfter several months, the IWM exchange-traded fund crossed resistance at $160, and now it appears poised for a 2020 breakout. Using history as his guide, McCall says it's looking likely that the coming year will be a good one for the market, and for small-cap stocks overall. Since the creation of the Russell 2000, almost every time such a breakout has occurred, the following 12 months have brought impressive rallies. McCall's PodcastSo, investors should be gearing up to watch small-cap stocks after the ball drops. But those aren't the only names worth watching in the market. So far, 2019 has brought almost 350 IPO stocks to the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq. Can you name more than 10?Big IPO names definitely drew attention this year, but not all for the right reasons. Uber (NYSE:UBER), Lyft (NASDAQ:LYFT) and Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) have largely disappointed. Plus, poor WeWork didn't even make it to its big day. * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends Just as with any group of stocks, IPO stocks did offer a few diamonds in the rough. One, a competitor to Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK), went public in August 2019. This company, Dynatrace (NYSE:DT), looks perfect to McCall based on the pattern it has forming on the chart. Unlike novice investors, he looks for what he dubs the "J-curve." After a post-IPO rally, these new public companies often drop, sometimes below their opening price. This is exactly what DT stock did. Now, though, it's breaking out again, signifying that it's completing the "J."At this point, Dynatrace stock looks rather interesting to McCall, but he's not making a "buy" call yet. DT specializes in application performance monitoring, incorporating the cloud and artificial intelligence. It certainly has huge potential in 2020.Keep your eyes on these small-cap and IPO stocks headed into the new year. And don't forget to tune in to "Moneyline" with Matt McCall for more market insight and his analysis on this past decade's highest-returning names. Your financial freedom could be just around the corner.Matthew McCall left Wall Street to actually help investors -- by getting them into the world's biggest, most revolutionary trends BEFORE anyone else. The power of being "first" gave Matt's readers the chance to bank +2,438% in Stamps.com (STMP), +1,523% in Ulta Beauty (ULTA) and +1,044% in Tesla (TSLA), just to name a few. Click here to see what Matt has up his sleeve now. Matt does not directly own the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid * 5 ETFs for Oodles of Monthly Dividends The post Small-Cap Stocks Are Ready for a Strong 2020 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The past decade saw a ton of innovation from incumbent companies — like Amazon, Google, and Facebook. But new companies emerged as well and made their mark.
Back in April, Pinterest (NYSE:PINS) came public in a high-profile offering, with the shares jumping 28% on its first day of trading. The stock price would hit a high of $36 by late August. But since then, things have not gone too well. Keep in mind that Pinterest stock is actually below its initial offering price, which was $19. This puts the market cap at about $10.5 billion.Source: tanuha2001 / Shutterstock.com Part of the reason for this has been the rotation away from consumer internet initial public offerings (IPOs). For example, Uber (NYSE:UBER) is off 33% from its IPO while Lyft (NASDAQ:LYFT) is down even more. All in all, investors are looking beyond the top line and instead want to see a pathway to profitability.In a way, this is actually good news for the PINS stock price. Note that -- at least on an adjusted basis -- the company has been able to show modest profitability.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut unfortunately, it has still not been enough. The latest earnings report was not necessarily encouraging, and yes, this was the main reason that Pinterest stock has taken a dive.Now the company did beat on the bottom line, with adjusted earnings of 1 cent a share. By comparison, the consensus was for a loss of 4 cents a share.The problem? Well, revenues were off a bit. They came in at $279.7 million, while the forecast was for $281 million. No doubt, in today's tough environment, there is little room even for a small miss!Yet, I think this has been an overreaction. * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends Let's face it, Pinterest is still growing at a torrid pace. The quarterly ramp in revenue was 47% year-over-year -- and it is also important to note it is getting tougher to churn out the growth as the revenue base increases.Besides, Pinterest is continuing to invest in bolstering the platform. For example, there is more relevancy and personalization, such as with using algorithms for recommendations. This should not only allow for a more engaging experience, but also improved click-through rates and monetization.Next, Pinterest has revamped the design for its Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android apps. Much of this is the result of extensive user feedback. There has also been more of an emphasis on lessening the friction of the user experience.Oh, and Pinterest is broadening the concept of topics for pinning. To this end, there is a collection for well-being activities, such as to deal with stress and anxiety. As seen with the huge success of the Noom app, this approach does have lots of potential. Bottom Line on Pinterest StockWhen it comes to social networks, there needs to be great care with the monetization. As a result, Pinterest has been methodical -- but this does not mean it has been a laggard either. The company has continued to improve the ad features, in terms of bidding, targeting and analytics. There have also been interesting partnerships for shoppable pins, such as with Shopify (NYSE:SHOP).But perhaps the biggest opportunity for PINS stock is the global market. During the latest quarter, worldwide monthly active users (MAUs) increased by 28% to 322 million. There was double-digit growth in nearly all countries. In fact, Pinterest currently sells ads in 28 countries, up from 19 in the second quarter.Something else: the global average revenue per user (ARPU) is 90 cents; That is, there is room for improvement here.Thus, Pinterest should be a solid growth play. The company also provides an immersive user experience, which is critical for today's e-commerce shopper and is unique when compared to other platforms like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY). So, with the recent weakness in Pinterest stock, there is an opportunity here for investors.Tom Taulli is the author of the book, Artificial Intelligence Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid * 5 ETFs for Oodles of Monthly Dividends The post Pinterest Stock: Should You Pin It To Your Portfolio? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Alibaba (BABA)-backed AutoX applies for testing its self-driving vehicles, without in-car driver backup, thereby stirring competition in the autonomous-vehicle tech space.
The way that the two ride-sharing giants have managed to expand the market for rides is the key to understanding their appeal to some.
Gig economy companies are finally starting to take more responsibility for the safety of their customers, campaigners say, after drastic moves from Uber and Airbnb this week. The figures shocked some observers, but the increased transparency won Uber praise from campaigners against sexual assault. “Sexual assault is vastly under-reported, and this is a groundbreaking step in raising awareness and encouraging survivors to share their stories,” said the National Network to End Domestic Violence, a US campaign group.
(Bloomberg) -- Uber Technologies Inc. found more than 3,000 allegations of sexual assaults involving drivers or passengers on its platform in the U.S. last year, part of an extensive and long-awaited review in response to public safety concerns.The ride-hailing company released an 84-page safety report Thursday, seeking to quantify the misconduct and deaths that occur on its system and argue that its service is safer than alternatives.U.S. customers took about 1.3 billion trips last year, Uber said. About 50 people have died in Uber collisions annually for the past two years, at a rate about half the national average for automotive fatalities, according to the company. Nine people were killed in physical assaults last year, Uber said.Uber drivers reported nearly as many allegations of sexual assault as passengers, who made 56% of the claims. There is little comparable data on assaults in taxis or other transportation systems, and experts have said the attacks are widely under-reported. The assault claims reported to Uber ranged from unwanted kissing to forcible penetration.“Uber is very much a reflection of society,” said Tony West, Uber’s chief legal officer who helped spearhead the two-year research effort. “The sad, unfortunate fact is that sexual violence is more prevalent in our society than people think. People don’t like to talk about this issue.”Uber had committed more than a year ago to release a safety study, a promise Lyft Inc. made soon after. Lyft, the second-biggest ride-hailing provider in the U.S., has yet to publish a report. On Thursday, Uber said it would regularly share data with Lyft and other companies about drivers accused of serious safety lapses and continue publishing safety reports every two years.Uber has faced a steady stream of complaints in court across the country over driver misconduct, and Lyft has recently seen an explosion in legal claims by passengers. Just in California, at least 52 riders have sued Lyft this year over allegations they were assaulted or harassed by their drivers, according to filings reviewed by Bloomberg.“We remain committed to releasing our own safety transparency report and working within the industry to share information about drivers who don’t pass our initial or continuous background checks or are deactivated from our platform,” Lyft spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna said in a statement.Any number of deaths or violence is a reminder of the risks inherent to taking a ride with a stranger and the limited oversight the company has over what occurs. By publishing the data, Uber is taking an unusual step for a company, by drawing attention to the dangers of its product. The stock fell about 1.5% in extended trading after Uber put out the report.Uber shares had already fallen more than 35% from its May initial public offering through Thursday’s close. Its largest shareholder is Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp., which has struggled with its bets on Uber, WeWork and other startups in recent months.Uber has faced similar complaints in countries beyond the U.S. The company was sued in 2017 by a woman who alleged top executives violated her privacy after one of its drivers in India allegedly raped her.Regulators in London cited uncertainty about Uber’s ability to ensure the well-being of its passengers as a reason they revoked the company’s license to operate there last week. Uber will be able to continue operating in the U.K. capital as it appeals the decision. Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive officer, said at an event earlier this week that “a precursor to trust is transparency.”According to the study, the proportion of assaults to total trips decreased by 16% last year as Uber implemented new safety tools, such as contacting drivers and customers when the system identifies unusual activity, as well as adding a button to dial 9-1-1 from the app. “I do think Uber is one of the safest ways to get from point A to point B,” said West.Uber disclosed five categories of sexual assault allegations. In 2018, Uber received 1,560 reports of non-consensual touching of a sexual body part, 594 reports of non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part, 376 reports of non-consensual kissing of a sexual body part, 280 reports of attempted non-consensual sexual penetration and 235 reports of non-consensual sexual penetration.The extent of sexual misconduct, while staggering, isn’t unique to Uber, said Ebony Tucker, executive director at Raliance, an advocacy and consulting firm focused on preventing sexual violence. Uber’s findings “didn’t surprise any of us,” she said. “Sexual assault is pervasive. It’s everywhere.”Counting assaults is a complicated exercise. Only about a third of claims the company received about penetration without consent were reported to the police, Uber estimated. In about a quarter of cases, Uber said its team didn’t successfully communicate with the victim after the initial report. Women reported 89% of the rape allegations, the company said.Uber opted not to disclose many other troubling forms of sexual misconduct that it had previously identified as possible reporting categories. For instance, the company didn’t say how many times drivers and riders made inappropriate comments to one another, nor did it disclose incidents of indecent exposure.But advocates for victims of sexual violence called the decision to release data a potential watershed moment. “It’s really unprecedented for a company to collect this kind of systematic data over time and then share it with the public,” said Karen Baker, chief executive officer of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, which advised Uber on the study. Baker said she has urged other companies in the hospitality and transportation industries in the U.S. to follow suit.Both Baker and Uber’s legal chief said the company may see an increase in reports of sexual misconduct in the future. That would actually be a positive sign, Baker said, because it would reflect victims’ confidence that their claims would be taken seriously.(Updates with Lyft statement in eighth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Robert Burnson.To contact the reporters on this story: Eric Newcomer in San Francisco at firstname.lastname@example.org;Lizette Chapman in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Mark Milian at firstname.lastname@example.org, Anne VanderMeyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
An average of eight people reported sexual assaults while using Uber’s service each day in the US, according to a first-of-its-kind safety report released by the car-booking app on Thursday. While the numbers are difficult to put in context for a service that offers more than 3m trips a day, the raw figures are jarring: in 2018 Uber reported 3,045 incidents of sexual assault in the US, ranging from non-consensual kissing to non-consensual sexual penetration. Sexual assault of the most serious kind occurred 235 times last year — more than four times a week.
A new lawsuit alleges the company tried to "conceal" knowledge of a pattern of sexual abuse committed by its drivers.
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