( Laura A. Oda )
FedEx, UPS confront busiest holiday season on record

The next week is a 24/7, backbreaking, sleep-deprived haul for couriers such as FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the U.S. Postal Service, the last connections between shoppers and their much-anticipated gifts -- and there is no room for mistakes. 
Shares of Hortonworks, based in Santa Clara, popped 65 percent Friday, and San Francisco-based New Relic soared 48 percent on its first day of trading. The startups -- which make cloud software that allows companies to collect, store and analyze huge swaths of data from their business operations -- raised a combined $211 million, a reflection of the momentum the so-called 'big data' industry has gained in Silicon Valley.  
 
Richard Drew
Lending Club on Thursday soared 65 percent in its Wall Street debut, becoming California's largest initial public offering of the year, lifting the startup's valuation higher than all but 13 U.S. banks, and positioning the once-rogue Internet lending sector to take aim at transforming the financial industry.