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Today in the Market (5/6/2024)

Good Morning! On Monday, the U.S. markets ended close to their highest point, with the S&P 500 achieving its strongest three-day performance in 2024.

So how well did the S&P 500 do alongside the other indexes? The S&P 500 steady increase of 1.03%, while the Dow Jones had a bumpy day, but still finished up 0.46%. The Nasdaq continued to climb and finished the day up 1.19%.

SEC VS. ROBINHOOD?

The trading platform Robinhood (HOOD) stated it has received a notice from the SEC that the platform may be subject to an enforcement action linked to its cryptocurrency operation in the U.S. 

So what was this notice? The company received what is known as the Wells notice, which indicated that the staff of the SEC had reached a “preliminary determination” to propose the action owing to breaches of registrations as a securities broker and transfer agent.

So what does this mean for Robinhood? According to the statement made by the company, a possible action by the SEC may result in a civil complaint and a public court procedure. This could lead to a fine, a cease and desist order, and other restrictions on the company’s cryptocurrency operations.

Is Robinhood worried? The chief legal officer of Robinhood stated that the assets available on their platform should not be considered securities. With that, they are eager to communicate with the SEC to demonstrate the lack of strength in any potential case against Robinhood Crypto, both in terms of factual evidence and legal grounds.

BOEING GOES TO SPACE!

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Boeing (BA) intends to begin the launch of its Starliner spacecraft tonight, which will transport a pair of NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). This is big for Boeing as well because this spacecraft has never carried a crew into space!

Why else is this important? Boeing sees Starliner as an opportunity to demonstrate its ability to safely transport people to space and address the increasing scrutiny of its quality control protocols. For NASA, this presents a chance to decrease its reliance on SpaceX for space flights and incorporate a new spacecraft into its fleet of space taxis.

Why is Boeing doing this? Boeing and SpaceX were given contracts for up to $6.8 billion by NASA ten years ago to fulfill the responsibilities of the Space Shuttle program, which is to transport people to the ISS. Since 2020, SpaceX has successfully completed nine crewed trips for NASA, while Boeing has only conducted two test flights of the Starliner, and none of them included a human crew. However… with the ISS scheduled to be decommissioned in 2030, Boeing would only be able to complete a maximum of six more trips for NASA

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