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MORGAN STANLEY: 3 things could slow red-hot FAANG stocks in 2018

FAANG stocks could be a victim of their own success in 2018, says Morgan Stanley. The outperformance of the tech-focused group could leave it vulnerable to some trend reversals that could weigh on performance, according to the firm.

All good things must come to an end. Which is why Morgan Stanley has already started brainstorming about what could derail torrid gains for scorching-hot tech stocks.

The FAANG group — which consists of


SEC head Jay Clayton weighs in on cryptomania

SEC chairman Jay Clayton weighed in on the crypto-mania sweeping Wall Street in a wide-ranging note Monday. Clayton warned investors about threats associated with cryptocurrencies and ICOs, a crypto-based fundraising method.

Jay Clayton, the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Committee, weighed in on the crypto-mania sweeping Wall Street in a statement Monday.

"The world's social media platforms and financial markets are abuzz about cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings," Clayton said. "There are tales of fortunes made and dreamed to be made."


TOP TECH ANALYST: Almost nothing will stop the FANGs in 2018 (FB, AAPL, NFLX, GOOGL)

Tech has outpaced the broader market by a wide margin in 2017. But it wasn't all smooth sailing, as many of the largest companies faced public and regulatory scrutiny along with company-level issues. Mark Mahaney, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, told Markets Insider that he sees little risk to the future growth of the largest tech companies.

Tech has been the fastest-growing sector this year, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 nearly doubling the gains of the S&P 500.

But tech has made its share of negative headlines this year.


Early human ancestors started migrating around the world far earlier than scientists thought

The traditional origin story for modern humans says that early groups migrated out of Africa 60,000 years ago. Most non-Africans can trace their origin to those migrations, but new evidence suggests that humans actually migrated out of Africa as far back as 120,000 years ago. Those early groups may have brought tools and culture with them, and they interbred with other hominin species that existed at the time.

Tens of thousands of years ago, the first Homo sapiens — modern humans — started to cross mountains, deserts, and even oceans to leave Africa, where our species first evolved, and populate Asia and Australia.

The traditional understanding has been that this "Out of Africa" movement, as it's often referred to, happened approximately 60,000 years ago. Researchers still agree that most present day non-Africans trace the majority of their lineage to the large migration that occurred then.


The Google vs Amazon fight over YouTube is the perfect reason why you should buy a Roku

Google and Amazon are fighting, resulting in the removal of the YouTube app from Amazon streaming devices starting January 1, 2018.  Consumers lose in this major corporation fight.  The best way to avoid becoming a victim of this corporate fight is to buy or switch into the Roku non-partisan ecosystem.  Roku has Amazon's and Google's streaming services, including YouTube.

 

If you haven't heard, Google and Amazon are fighting

Long story short, Google will remove the extremely popular YouTube app from all of Amazon's Fire TV streaming devices, as well as the Echo Show smart-home device.

The YouTube "ban" on Amazon devices will go into effect starting January 1, 2018. 


The Winklevoss twins think bitcoin could 'go up another 20 times' and trounce gold

The Winklevoss twins think bitcoin could appreciate 20 times and trounce gold. Others say the cryptocurrency is in a bubble.

 

Traders in the new bitcoin futures market appear bullish on the red-hot coin.

Contracts for the January futures contract on Cboe Global Markets were trading well-above the spot market for bitcoin, at over $17,500 a coin on Monday.

But most traders are nowhere near as bullish as the Winklevoss twins. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, whose bitcoin holdings are worth more than $1 billion, told Fox Business Monday the coin could reach well above $300,000 a coin.


Aston Martin's $255,000 electric car arrives in 2019 and will be better than anything Tesla has to offer, CEO says

Aston Martin's first electric car, the RapidE, is expected to arrive in 2019.  The vehicle will reportedly cost $255,000, and only 155 will be sold.  Aston Martin's CEO says that the ultra-exclusive car won't compete with Tesla's vehicles because it will be more luxurious than anything the electric carmaker offers. 

Aston Martin is building an all-electric sedan that the company's CEO claims will be in a league of its own. 

CEO Andy Palmer said that the new vehicle, called the RapidE, is designed for exclusivity, and he suggested it will be better than anything Tesla has to offer, according to a report from Car and Driver.


The new Audi Q5 is one of the most high-tech cars you can buy — these are its best features

Kelley Blue Book gave the Audi Q5 its 2018 Best Auto Tech Award for luxury brands. The car has three available trims that start between $41,500-$50,800. It has an impressive array of safety features that can detect surrounding cars and pedestrians to prevent or limit the damage from collisions.

If you're looking for a luxury car with advanced technology, it can be difficult to find an option that has standout features without breaking six figures.

That's why Kelley Blue Book gave the Audi Q5 its 2018 Best Auto Tech Award for a luxury brand. With its standard set of features, the car costs under $45,000, and fully loaded, it still doesn't reach $60,000.


Peter Thiel is betting on magic mushrooms to treat depression — and he's not the only one

A for-profit company that Peter Thiel invests in has plans to start clinical trials of magic mushrooms for depression within the first three months of 2018. Psychedelics appear to disrupt the brain's activity patterns in a positive and life-changing way. Several research institutions are studying psychedelics for their potential to treat depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD.

When Clark Martin tripped on magic mushrooms for the first time, he felt as though he'd been knocked off a boat and left for dead.

"It was like falling off the boat in the open ocean, looking back, and the boat is gone. Then the water disappears. Then you disappear," he told Business Insider in January.


Coinbase's cryptocurrency exchange crashes briefly

The Global Digital Asset Exchange, the cryptocurrency exchange run by Coinbase, was down briefly Monday afternoon. The exchanged resumed trading at 2:57 p.m. ET. 

 

Coinbase, the US-based cryptocurrency trading platform, saw its Global Digital Asset Exchange crash for a brief time Monday afternoon.

The exchange stopped executing trades for clients at around 2:50 p.m. ET, according to an alert on its website, citing issues relating to their application programming interface, the technology that communicates information between computers.

"All markets are now in post-only mode and we are preparing to re-enable trading," the company said. "New maker orders will be accepted, but no matches will occur." 

The company had things back up and running by 2:57 p.m. ET.