Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report sent ripples throughout Wall Street this morning when it was announced that the e-commerce giant was purchasing grocer Whole Foods (WFM) for $13.7 billion.
However, just hours after the acquisition was first announced, U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) urged a review of the proposed deal.
"I am concerned about what these deals mean for suppliers and neighborhood grocery stores. The Justice Department and FTC must undertake a review that considers not just the merger's impact on prices, but also the impact on jobs and wages," Khanna wrote.
He argued that the U.S. needs to "re-orient" its antitrust policy to account for the harm done to the American worker caused by economic concentration, and that consolidated industries "stifles" innovation.
"American markets work best when there is fair competition among many businesses-none of which have a dominant market share," Khanna added.
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Snap is bleeding value: Snap Inc. (SNAP) - Get Snap, Inc. Class A Report fell nearly 5% by the close of trading on Wall Street Thursday, but never dipped below the $17 price that shares were sold at on March 2, when the company debuted on the Nasdaq with a $3.4 billion IPO. By the end of that first trading day, with shares rising more than 44%, Snap was valued at just under $33 billion.
Since then it has been all downhill for Snap, TheStreet's Martin Baccardaxreports.
Investors have questioned the relevance of the company's Snapchat app in a market dominated by messaging services such as Facebook's (FB) - Get Facebook, Inc. Class A Report WhatsApp and the business-focused Slack Technologies. Wall Street has also raised questions about its ability to monetize the billions of messages it handles each day.
The stock is now 41% south of the all-time high reached on March 3. Snap's market cap has shrunk about $13 billion.
General Electric remains hot on everyone's minds: Change is in the air within the executive ranks at industrial giant General Electric (GE) - Get General Electric Company (GE) Report, which of course could mean deep cost cuts to jump-start a stalled stock price.
"The change is welcome," TheStreet's founder Jim Cramer said during an exclusive conference call with members of his Action Alerts PLUS club for investors about long-time CEO Jeff Immelt handing off the baton to John Flannery. "Flannery will make the tough cuts that Immelt seemed incapable of making. We're looking for $2 billion in savings."
Alibaba wants to dominate:TheStreet's Natalie Walters is live with the second part of her exclusive interview with Alibaba's (BABA) - Get Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Sponsored ADR Report vice chairman Joe Tsai. Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma recently made the bold prediction that the Chinese e-commerce giant would hit $1 trillion in gross merchandise value (GMV) by the 2020 fiscal year, and eventually serve two billion customers by 2036. Although Alibaba currently dominates the enormous Chinese market, achieving such lofty goals obviously would require a significant global expansion.
TheStreet takes you through Alibaba's big plans.
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