5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday

By | July 27, 2021

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

1. Wall Street dips after another day of record high closes

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), July 21, 2021.

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U.S. futures were under some pressure Tuesday, one day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq logged a fifth straight session of gains and another day of record high closes. The Federal Reserve holds its two-day July meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the future for rates, bond-buying, and inflation on the agenda. Big Tech earnings are set to start arriving after the bell Tuesday. The second-quarter earnings season has been stronger than expected. So far, 88% of S&P 500 companies reported a positive EPS surprise, according to FactSet. If that’s the final tally, it would be the highest since FactSet began tracking the metric in 2008.

2. Big Tech earnings start after the closing bell

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple (L), Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft (C) and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.

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3. Tesla tops $ 1 billion in quarterly net income for first time ever

SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk looks on as he visits the construction site of Tesla’s gigafactory in Gruenheide, near Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2021.

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Shares of Tesla rose about 1.5% in Tuesday’s premarket, the morning after the electric automaker reported earnings of $ 1.45 per share on $ 11.96 billion in revenue. Both beat expectations. Tesla passed $ 1 billion in quarterly net income for the first time, 10 times higher than the year-ago period. The company also reported a $ 23 million impairment related the bitcoin it holds on its balance sheet. The world’s largest cryptocurrency plunged more than 40% in Q2, so Tesla’s holdings would be worth much less than the nearly $ 2.5 billion at the end of the first quarter. During Tesla’s post-earnings conference call, CEO Elon Musk said he won’t likely appear on future calls unless he has “something really important” to communicate.

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4. GE, UPS best estimates on earnings, revenue

Larry Culp, CEO, General Electric

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Shares of General Electric jumped more than 3.5% in premarket trading, after the struggling conglomerate exceeded estimates with second-quarter earnings and revenue. GE on Tuesday also said it expects 2021 free cash flow to be $ 3.5 billion to $ 5 billion, up from its prior forecast of $ 2.5 billion to $ 4.5 billion. Free-cash flow is closely watched by investors as a sign of the health of GE’s operations and ability to repay debt.

UPS CEO Carol Tome meets with workers

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Shares of United Parcel Service dropped about 2% in the premarket, after the delivery giant on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that beat estimates. Under CEO Carol Tome, UPS has been reining in costs and focusing on high margin packages under her “better not bigger” strategy.

5. House select panel on Capitol attack to hold first hearing

U.S. Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY), with Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and members of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol speak to reporters after meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 1, 2021.

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The House select committee investigating the deadly pro-Trump invasion of the U.S. Capitol will hold its first hearing Tuesday. The panel will hear directly from four law enforcement officers about their struggles to defend the Capitol from the mob. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who was ousted from GOP leadership after refusing to stop criticizing Donald Trump for falsely claiming the 2020 election was rigged, is one of two Republicans appointed to the committee so far. The other Republican is Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously rejected two of GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy‘s picks for the committee.

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