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5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, October 17, 2022.
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Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day:

1. A real rally, or not?

Stocks had a great day to start the week. The Dow surged 550 points, and the S&P 500 jumped over 2.6%. But Monday was especially kind to the Nasdaq, which rose 3.4% to notch its best day since way back in late July. Can this last, though? Futures on Tuesday morning indicated we could be in for more gains. So far, companies have delivered decent earnings reports, and, after creating so much market turmoil with a tax-cut-heavy economic plan, the UK government has reversed course (even if the prime minister is in the hot seat). But nothing is simple as long as inflation remains high and the Fed is dead set on hiking rates to cool prices. “I think this is going to be one of those bear market rallies that has people scratching their heads,” Guy Adami, director of advisor advocacy at Private Advisor Group, said on CNBC’s “Fast Money.” Follow live market updates here.

2. Microsoft confirms layoffs

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during the Microsoft Annual Shareholders Meeting at the Meydenbauer Center on November 28, 2018 in Bellevue, Washington. Microsoft recently surpassed Apple, Inc. to become the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.
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Microsoftmore employees as the tech giant faces slowing revenue growth, particularly as the PC market cools down, the company confirmed to CNBC on Monday. “Like all companies, we evaluate our business priorities on a regular basis, and make structural adjustments accordingly,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. The number of layoffs is unclear, but the move comes three months after Microsoft cut less than 1% of its workforce, which was 181,000 strong as recently as summer 2021. Axios, citing an unnamed source, had reported earlier Monday that the new round of cuts affected under 1,000 workers.

3. More air strikes in Ukraine

Police officers stand guard in a street after a drone attack in Kyiv on Oct. 17, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Ukraine reported more explosions in cities as Russia pressed its deadly air assault on urban centers. Ukraine’s government pleaded for more air defense help from its western allies as it worked to fix infrastructure problems caused by the Russian strikes. “Ukraine is under fire by the occupiers. They continue to do what they do best – terrorize and kill civilians,” President Volodomyr Zelenskyy said. Elsewhere, Danish officials said explosions were the cause of a major gas leak suffered by the Nord Stream pipelines in late September. Other authorities have said the explosions indicate sabotage. Read live updates here.

4. Netflix earnings after the bell

A scene from Netflix’ “Stranger Things” Season 4.
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Investors have some big questions for Netflixits last earnings report, when it reported fewer subscriber losses than projected, Netflix said it would snag a million subscriber adds during the third quarter. And what is the company doing to keep viewers coming back? According to a new article from The Wall Street Journal, Netflix has been trying to figure out how to do that while it adjusts its business model.

5. ‘A difference between life and death’

A vial of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) booster vaccine targeting BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub variants is pictured at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, September 8, 2022.
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It’s getting colder, and the holiday season will get into full swing soon. That means more parties and dinners – and more people getting sick, whether it’s from the flu, the common cold or Covid. Seniors still face the highest risk of hospitalization and death from Covid, even as vaccines and treatments have become stronger and more prevalent. That’s why the White House’s Covid czar is urging seniors to get boosters as soon as possible. “If you’re over 50, certainly if you’re over 65, you’ve got to go get these vaccines because it actually, literally could save your life,” Dr. Ashish Jha said Monday. “It’s a difference between life and death.” Indeed, earlier this month, Jha said that about about 70% of people dying from Covid these days are 75 and older. More than 300 people in the United States are dying each day from the disease.

– CNBC’s Carmen Reinicke, Jordan Novet, Sam Meredith and Spencer Kimball contributed to this report.

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