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5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday


Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:

1. Markets

Traders on the floor of the NYSE, March 18, 2022.
Source: NYSE

U.S. stock futures bounced Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the week by breaking a five-session winning streak. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended four-session winning streaks. The catalyst: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell vowed to take “necessary steps” to fight what he called “too high” inflation. He left the door open to more aggressive 50 basis point interest rate rises in the future. The Fed raised near-zero rates by 25 basis points last week, the first hike in more than three years. Central bankers signaled six more 25 basis point increases this year. The 10-year Treasury yield on Tuesday continued to climb, hitting a high of nearly 2.36%, its highest point since May 2019.

2. Ukraine fighting

Ukrainian forces said early Tuesday they retook a strategically important suburb of Kyiv. However, Russia continued to squeeze other areas near the capital and its attack on the embattled southern port of Mariupol raged on unabated. U.S. President Joe Biden, who’s heading to Europe later in the week to meet with allies, said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “back is against the wall” and could resort to using chemical weapons. The White House also warned of potential cyberattacks, urging American companies to “immediately” harden their defenses.

3. Dow stocks

Dow stock Nike rose roughly 6% in Tuesday’s premarket, the morning after reporting fiscal third-quarter earnings and revenue that beat estimates. Nike cited robust demand in North America but opted not to provide forward guidance against a backdrop of uncertainties around inflation, Russia’s Ukraine war and clogged supply chains.

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun told employees the aircraft maker offered the full support of its technical experts in the investigation of the crash of a China Eastern Airlines 737-800 with 132 people on board. The jet crashed in mountains in southern China early Monday. Boeing, a Dow stock, advanced modestly in premarket trading, one day after dropping 3.6%.

Dow stock Disney, down more than 6% in a month, was steady in the premarket ahead of a week of planned employee walkouts, starting Tuesday, in protest of CEO Bob Chapek’s delayed denunciation of Florida’s so-called Don’t Say Gay bill. Chapek said Monday that the company made a mistake by previously remaining silent on the legislation in the state home to Disney World.

4. Buyback boosted

Alibaba shares jumped 8% in U.S. premarket trading Tuesday after the Chinese e-commerce giant said it would increase the size of its share buyback program by 66% to $25 billion. Alibaba has repurchased about 56.2 million American depositary receipts, worth about $9.2 billion, under the previously announced buyback program. ADRs are shares listed in the U.S., and they act as proxies for foreign companies. Alibaba is looking to boost investor confidence as its stock has lost around two-thirds of its value since hitting an all-time high in October 2020.

5. New factory

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday is set to open the electric auto maker’s first manufacturing facility in Europe, cutting the ribbon at the Berlin factory. Tesla sees the plant producing up to 500,000 vehicles annually. A lengthy delay in licensing the facility meant Tesla had to service earlier European orders from its Shanghai factory, which increased logistics costs. Select clients on Tuesday will get Model Ys made in Berlin. Musk said new orders from the plant could be delivered as soon as next month.

— CNBC reports Arjun Kharpal, Sam Shead and Lauren Thomas as well as The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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