Who’s That Telesat?

Even if you spend all day looking at markets, there are always new stocks, assets, and other things to discover. Today, many are likely hearing of Telesat Corporation for the first time after its shares soared over 50%. 👀

The small-cap Canadian satellite operator offers mission-critical communications services to broadcast, enterprise, and consulting customers worldwide. It primarily focuses on enterprise customers in governmental and commercial markets that direct-to-consumer competitors like SpaceX’s Starlink or Amazon’s Kuiper target. 📋

It’s been a bit of a sleeper since it came public at the end of 2021 on the Nasdaq and Toronto Stock Exchange, falling as much as 80% from its highs through the end of last year.

So what’s sending the stock back into orbit today? 🛰️

News that it’s swapping suppliers for its planned Lightspeed global internet network, potentially saving it about $2 billion. While the company expects to begin launching the first Lightspeed satellites in mid-2026, investors were thrilled to see this major cost savings. 🤩

Additionally, its second-quarter net income rose to $520 million, and revenues declined just 4% YoY. That caused executives to reaffirm their full-year 2023 revenue guidance.

The in-line results and cost-saving news were enough to renew investor interest in Telesat’s long-term prospects. $TSAT shares jumped 53% to one-year highs on the news. 🚀

Another “Space Race” Failure

Space companies are a big craze among investors. After all, the vast depths of space present vast opportunities for profit…right? Unfortunately for investors, the equation hasn’t been that simple. 😢

First, let’s start with Astra Space, which came public via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in early 2021. At the time, the company raised $500 million in cash at a $4.1 billion valuation, hoping to achieve its goal of cheaply and rapidly producing small rockets. 🚀

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News You Auto Know

While the focus was elsewhere, some auto industry news flew under the radar. Let’s recap. 📰

First up, General Motors union workers ratified their record deal with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. It looked dicey there for several days after seven of GM’s eleven U.S. assembly plants rejected the terms. However, today, it was confirmed the deal passed with roughly 54.7% of the 36,000 autoworkers who voted supporting it. With GM’s vote out of the way, investors await results from Ford and Stellantis workers, who are expected to approve the deal by a 2:1 margin.

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Siemens Seeks Support

Roughly four months after we last discussed Siemens Energy, the company is back in the news. 📰

Before getting into today’s news, the energy giant made headlines in June after scrapping its profit forecast and warning that major setbacks at its wind turbine subsidiary (Siemens Gamesa) could last years. That sent shares tumbling 37% in about two days, also pressuring Siemens AG, which owns about 35% of the company.

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