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Fly Charts: Flying Google Taxis and Trading in Audi for Skoda

From an Adidas comeback to Dorsey's choice, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.
ALPHABET INC-CL A
-1.37
At Closing, May 25th
1084.08 USD
ADIDAS AG
-0.05
At Closing, May 25th
193.70 EUR

Good morning! This is Fly Charts, the daily charts-only newsletter from Gadfly; sign up here. From an Adidas comeback to Dorsey's choice, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.

The Only Way to Travel

Sorry, Larry Page. Aerial taxis aren't a fix for urban transportation problems. They'll just be another way for rich people to avoid them.

Source: David Banister, "Sustainable Transport and Public Policy"

Runt of the Litter

Google's decision to ban crypto ads puts Square/Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a very awkward position. It's another reminder that he needs to choose between the two jobs.

Source: eMarketer/AdWeek

Czech Cash Machine

Skoda used to be the butt of jokes. But now it's more profitable for VW than Audi.

Source: VW

Note: VW doesn't break-out earnings for Lamborghini and Bugatti. Margins exclude special items.

Falling Behind

Adidas has lost its valuation premium to rival Nike. But the company has lots of tools it can use in its effort to catch up.

Source: Bloomberg

And don't miss Shira Ovide on the Amazon bogeyman: "The company has grown so large and difficult to comprehend that it’s worth taking stock of why and how it’s left corporate America so thoroughly freaked out. Executives at the biggest U.S. companies mentioned Amazon thousands of times during investor calls last year, according to transcripts—more than President Trump and almost as often as taxes. Other companies become verbs because of their products: to Google or to Xerox. Amazon became a verb because of the damage it can inflict on other companies. To be Amazoned means to have your business crushed because the company got into your industry. And fear of being Amazoned has become such a defining feature of commerce, it’s easy to forget the phenomenon has arisen mostly in about three years."

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