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LAFDI market report - Friday 7th August

The Liberum Financial Disruptors Index finished the week virtually flat, marginally outperforming the wider market. With several Index constituents reporting second quarter earnings this week, the overall sideways move of the index masks some big moves in the individual stocks. Indeed two stocks produced 25%+ moves on the week.

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Weekly return



MSCI World


Top 5 performing Stocks in last week


TREE US Equity



TAXI US Equity



NEWS US Equity



OPAY LN Equity



FLT US Equity


Worst 5 performing Stocks in last week


ONDK US Equity



MNY AU Equity



SGM US Equity



CACC US Equity



NSM US Equity


  * Returns are calculated for the week to local market close on Thursday.

LendingTree, the US based online lending broker, reported its second quarter earnings on Monday and increased its full year outlook. The company now expects full year revenues to lie in the $225-230 million range, significantly up from the previous $202-208 million guidance. The market took this news very well with the stock up 40% at one point before falling back slightly. Over the week the stock closed up 38%. The LendingTree CEO and chairman, Doug Lebda, was similarly upbeat on the earnings call:

“The online lending market continues to expand and Lendingtree is positioned perfectly to capture an increased share of a burgeoning market. Our continued business strength in both mortgage and non-mortgagee categories gives us confidence to increase our guidance for the remainder of the year.”

Medallion Financial’s stock enjoyed a bounce this week, closing up 9%. This comes after an exceptionally poor run over the past 12 months over fears about the impact of Uber on the business model.

At the other end of the spectrum, the week’s biggest loser was OnDeck, the US online small business lender. It’s shares fell 28% on the week after it reported its second quarter earnings and reduced its full year revenue guidance on Monday. Despite a 69% growth in loan origination on the same period last year, investors were left disappointed. OnDeck’s shares are now trading at $9, less than half the IPO price of $20 in December last year.

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