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WeWork stocks tank 50% on news of potential bankruptcy.

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Shares in coworking company WeWork have tanked by almost 50% to a record low on media reports it plans to file for bankruptcy. Its market cap has fallen from US$47 billion at its peak to around US$121 million now.

Trouble at the NYSE-listed company has included a failed 2019 IPO attempt, the unceremonious exit of its co-founder Adam Neumann and pandemic-led remote work options.

Yet Japanese investor Softbank, has sunk billions into the startup that has never turned a profit. Now its long-term office leases will need to be written off or restructured.

*Stock data as of the market close. Commodities and crypto data in USD.

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Market News: Shares in investment manager Regal Partners jumped in early trading on the ASX yesterday after it announced the 50% acquisition of rival Taurus Funds Management, which specialises in mid-tier and junior miners.

Regal paid $28 million for the stake in Taurus which will expand its presence in credit and resource royalties and boost funds under management to $8 billion.

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