M&A remains a hot topic of discussion, especially given that TheStreet's sister publication, TheDeal, hosted its 16th annual Deal Economy conference in New York on Thursday, featuring Jim Cramer and some of the top dealmakers in the financial world.
Cramer's got targets to look out for, though he is cautious about dealflow in 2019. Among his top takeover candidates for 2019, he highlights New Relic (NEWR) , Tableau Software (DATA) and Splunk (SPLK) as software companies that are attractive. Getting more granular into software, Cramer suggests Veeva Systems (VEEV) , a cloud-based platform for healthcare companies, could also be attractive to the likes of Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google. In addition to software, Jim looks at consumer packaged goods and media where he says deals are also likely to happen given industry headwinds that are forcing the hand of consolidation.
Amazon Keeps Building New Toys: While Cramer was busy projecting 2019 for the world of M&A, TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa was digging into one of the companies that is driving much of the change that is causing companies to consider M&A: Amazon (AMZN) . Jhonsa talks about the evolution of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in relation to a host of announcements at Amazon's re:Invent conference this week. "A year ago, Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy declared that his company builds out its offerings based on what customers are asking for, rather than what rivals are up to," writes Jhonsa. " That customer-centric mindset feels very much alive today." Jhonsa explains that AWS has unveiled dozens of new services that collectively address numerous customer pain points and strengthen Amazon's hand in a slew of cloud services fields witnessing very strong developer interest and usage growth. Among those services are: AWS Outposts, a solution that enables hybrid cloud deployments by letting companies run AWS services on servers installed within their own data centers and a slew of new services to aid machine learning work. The services run the gamut from an AWS-optimized version of TensorFlow that's promised to more efficiently use GPUs (typically Nvidia's (NVDA) ) when training AI models, to a solution for simplifying data-labeling when training models. Read more about what else AWS has in store below.
Markets today: Stocks ended modestly lower on Thursday, Nov. 29, following the prior session's Federal Reserve-fueled rally as investors awaited developments from this weekend's summit between Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 27 points, or 0.1%, to 25,339, the S&P 500 declined 0.22%, and the Nasdaq was down 0.25%.
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