🍋 Sir, This is a Gambling Parlor

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"In stocks - as in romance - ease of divorce is not a sound basis for commitment." — Peter Lynch

Good Morning and Happy Eid to those who celebrate! Twitter employees' weekends were probably filled with a lot of frustration. Current CEO Parag Agrawal had to hold a company-wide meeting on Friday to answer employee questions, mainly about the anticipated changes that are attached to future owner Elon Musk. Meanwhile, Musk was preoccupied with a Twitter back-and-forth with AOC. Musk says the Democratic Party "has been hijacked by extremists," and AOC made digs at "some billionaire with an ego problem." Musk responded to that tweet, saying “Stop hitting on me, I’m really shy." A wild turkey in DC had quite the weekend too. More than half a dozen agencies in the area are in pursuit of the turkey that has been on a violent rampage, attacking people who walk and bike on a local trail.

1. Story of the Day: Sir, This is a Gambling Parlor

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger had some hot takes at this year's Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. Buffett referred to the stock market as "a gambling parlor," and said he thinks all the speculative betting is "obscene." 

The annual meeting was made up of typical components, like votes on shareholder proposals. Decisions to make the board's chairman independent, and for the company to disclose climate risk, were shot down in the end. The majority of the meeting though, was a long analogy of the markets being a casino.

Buffett lamented that large American companies "became poker chips." Right-hand man Munger said, "It's almost a mania of speculation." "We have people who know nothing about stocks being advised by stockbrokers who know even less," he continued. Munger also took a shot at Robinhood, calling it "disgusting" and said the app was rightfully "unraveling." Munger's other major diss was aimed at Bitcoin, saying it's, "stupid, evil, and makes me look bad."

Berkshire is actively involved in all the casino games going on, after sitting on the sidelines for a while. They made a deal to buy insurer Alleghany Corp, bought millions of shares of HP and Occidental Petroleum, and increased their stake in Chevron. They've also got 9.5% in Activision it turns out. All this activity has shrunk their cash pile to a casual $106 billion. So, I guess you can't hate the player, have to hate the game.

Short Squeez Takeaway: It's nice to hear what these investing legends have to say about the current state of markets, but it's almost a bit hypocritical. They are leveraging the volatility of the markets, and potentially contributing to the downfalls of retail "gamblers" just like everybody else. 

Source: WSJ, CNBC, Axios, Bloomberg

2. Markets Rundown

Stocks gave back the gains earned on Friday, finishing lower on the week. Underwhelming earnings from Amazon and Apple played a big part in this, as did inflation and China's latest lockdown.

Movers & Shakers

  • (+) Mohawk Industries ($MHK) +8% on the stronger than expected quarterly report, beating revenue estimates of $2.85 billion, with $3.02 billion coming in.
  • (-) Amazon ($AMZN) -14% after issuing weak revenue guidance and sharing a $7.6 billion loss on investment in EV company Rivian.
  • (–) Verisign ($VRSN) -14% because they missed on earnings at $1.43 a share, with analyst estimates of $1.50 a share.

3. Top Reads

  • Amazon could overturn New York union vote (Fox)
  • Just Eat Takeaway may have to do more than just sell Grubhub (WSJ)
  • Florida's $1 billion problem with Disney (WSJ)
  • Leaving Apple to the accountants (NYT)
  • Hens free from bird flu quarantine (BBC)
  • Netflix cancels Meghan Markle series ‘Pearl’ amid cutbacks (CNBC)
  • Can you actually afford that new house? (NYT)
  • Qantas puts in order for Airbus jets (Fox)
  • "Jay Powell is a hero" (MW)

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6. Daily Visual: Rough April for Stocks

Daily month to date change for S&P 500 from Mar 31 to Apr 29, 2022

Source: Axios

7. Daily Acumen: Why Buffett Doesn’t Use Twitter or Email

“There's two things I was told in life many, many years ago that turned out to be terrific advice. One is to praise by name and criticize by category. Somebody told me that 40 years ago and Tom Murphy 40 years ago said, ‘Warren, you can always tell somebody to go to hell tomorrow. You haven't lost the option.’ Both of those pieces of advice have been very good.

And I would say that both email and Twitter really can cause you to stray from that very easily 'cause if you can just whack out something, it's very easy to tell somebody to go to hell in ten seconds if you get mad at 'em. And the very act of having that available instead of writing a letter or doing something of the sort, I think has made a lot more things come outta the-- that people shouldn't have said. I think they'd do better following my philosophy, but I think it's harder to do that-- if you can tweet something out in five seconds, or go to email and - do the same thing.”

Source: Warren Buffett

8. Crypto Corner

  • Bored Ape Metaverse frenzy
  • What New York mining moratorium could mean for crypto
  • Samsung Asset to list blockchain ETF on Hong Kong exchange
  • SuperRare NFT market place will open a gallery in SoHo
  • DAO buys a team in Ice Cube's basketball league
  • Political cartoon shared by Elon Musk to be sold as an NFT

9. Memes of the Day

   

    

                                            

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