🍋 Back in the Bullpen

Wall Street's post-Labor Day RTO crackdown, plus Bill Gates' $100M Bud Light bet, and the $4.5B stock rally from prison.

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“I completely understand why someone doesn’t want to commute an hour and a half every day. Doesn’t mean they have to have a job here either.” — Jamie Dimon


Good Morning! A South Korean battery material tycoon has seen his wealth balloon by $4.5 billion this year thanks to a 919% surge in his company's (Ecopro) stock price. But there's a kicker - he's been enjoying the rally from prison, serving an insider trading sentence. Meanwhile, Bill Gates's Foundation Trust rolled the dice on a $100 million bet – Bud Light’s stock comeback.

The U.S. economy’s looking so rock-solid that the Federal Reserve is gearing up to double their 2023 growth projections later this month. But one Fed official thinks they can ‘proceed cautiously’ on future rate hikes. With states trying to ban TikTok, China retaliated by banning government employees from using iPhones - tough for Apple since the country is responsible for nearly 20% of its revenue. And Instacart's getting ready to IPO, and could set a price range as early as Monday.


Back in the Bullpen

Wall Street’s still trying to coax its workforce back to the office. And post-Labor Day, they’re finally starting to drop the hammer.

NYC’s return-to-office push is wavering in general - but banks are acting with more urgency to get bankers back at their desks. Citi’s bringing up in-office work expectations during performance reviews, Goldman’s cracking down on employees that aren’t in five days a week, and banks like HSBC will start enforcing stricter in-office requirements next month.

“I completely understand why someone doesn’t want to commute an hour and a half every day, totally got it,” Jamie Dimon said this month. But he took a shot at remote employees and quipped “doesn’t mean they have to have a job here, either.”

Two-thirds of hybrid and remote financial services workers say they'd quit if they had to come back to the office five days a week.

Takeaway: It feels like this RTO push is different. Wall Street had to tread lightly during Fall 2021 - bankers were drowning in work and firms couldn’t afford excessive turnover. But with the power back in MDs and corporate execs’ hands, bankers might have no choice but to come back 3-5x per week.


Markets Rundown


Stocks closed lower over inflation and rate hike concerns.

Movers & Shakers

  • (+) NextGen Healthcare ($NXGN) +15% after Thoma Bravo announced they’ll take $NXGN private for $1.6 billion.

  • (+) Dexcom ($DXCM) +7% after the glucose monitor maker cited rising use even amid rise in weight loss drugs.

  • (–) Apple ($AAPL) -4% because China banned iPhone use for government employees.

Private Dealmaking

  • Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline operator, bought three utilities from Dominion Energy for $14 billion

  • Ascend Elements, an EV battery recycler, raised $542 million

  • Josys, an IT software application management startup, raised $93 million

  • Envisics, a developer of holographic tech for cars, raised $50 million

  • CH4 Global, a climate change solutions startup, raised $29 million

  • Harmonya, a data analytics provider for consumer brands, raised $20 million

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