Peter Thiel-backed Luminar Technologies Inc. briefly touched an all-time high within days of emerging as a standalone company as investor excitement over developers of laser-sensors that enable autonomous driving (lidar) ramped up.
Shares’ prices of Luminar Technologies Inc., the Beverly Hills, California-headquartered Lidar-sensor manufacturer for autonomous driving technology, witnessed an exploding rally at its Nasdaq-debut on Thursday.
By now, I’m sure at least some of you are getting quite tired hearing about special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs. Seemingly every other market debut is a SPAC, essentially a backdoor way of doing an initial public offering. Nevertheless, Gores Metropoulos (NASDAQ:GMHI) stock has attracted much attention and for good reason.
The SPAC boom just became a little bigger. Gores Holdings IV, a special-purpose acquisition company that raised $425 million at the start of the year, has agreed to combine with United Wholesale Mortgage in a reverse merger that will value the mortgage origination provider at roughly $16.1 billion, marking the largest SPAC merger on record, the company said.
Even amid plagues, summer is the time for road trips. (Maybe especially amid plagues, when travel restrictions make a terrestrial trip more workable than flying.) But as we head into Labor Day and take a look back at the season, we’ve noticed a distinct lack of road shows.
Reinvent Technology Partners, a new special purpose acquisition company formed by famed investor and serial entrepreneur Reid Hoffman, Zynga founder Mark Pincus and veteran hedge fund manager Michael Thompson, filed Monday for a $600 million initial public offering.