Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day:
1. Stocks attempt to rebound
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Futures rose Tuesday morning after stocks’ attempt to keep a rally going fizzled Monday. Investors are still weighing the risks of supercharged inflation as rates rise and more people are beginning to fear a potential recession. Investors will have more economic data to consider, as well. The June consumer confidence report is due at 10 am ET on Tuesday, while S&P Case-Shiller is slated to report on the rate of home price growth in April.
2. Big banks and dividends
JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon listens as he was introduced at the Boston College Chief Executives Club luncheon in Boston, Massachusetts, US, November 23, 2021.
Brian Snyder | Reuters
Several Wall Street banks raised their dividends after passing their annual Federal Reserve stress tests. Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs announced a couple of the biggest increases – 20% and 25%, respectively. However, two other big names, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, decided to keep their dividend levels flat, despite passing the stress test. “We will continue to use our capital to invest in and grow our market-leading businesses, pay a sustainable dividend and we will retain capital to fully satisfy our future regulatory requirements,” JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said in a release.
Lagarde on recession concerns
ECB President Christine Lagarde could signal that the Governing Council is leaning towards ending net purchases in the early part of the third quarter.
Michael Probst | Pool | Reuters
Europe, destabilized by Russia’s war on Ukraine, is contending with declining growth and an energy crisis. But European Central Bank leader Christine Lagarde is trying to tamp down concerns about a potential recession this year in the euro zone. “We have markedly revised down our forecasts for growth in the next two years,” she said Tuesday. “But we are still expecting positive growth rates due to the domestic buffers against the loss of growth momentum.” Lagarde also said the central bank would raise rates faster, if needed, to curtail inflation.
JetBlue raises its offer, again
LaGuardia International Airport Terminal A for JetBlue and Spirit Airlines in New York.
Leslie Josephs | CNBC
The JetBlue-Spirit-Frontier saga is heading to a climax this week. Spirit shareholders are slated to vote on fellow discount airline Frontier’s acquisition offer Thursday. JetBlue isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet, though. JetBlue boosted its offer price for Spirit yet again Monday evening, days after Frontier sweetened its own bid and Spirit’s board said it preferred to merge with Frontier. Either merger would create the fifth-largest carrier in the US
5. Nike beats, but challenges remain
People walk past a store of the sporting goods retailer Nike Inc at a shopping complex in Beijing, China March 25, 2021.
Florence Lo | Reuters
Nike posted quarterly earnings and revenue Monday that surpassed Wall Street’s expectations – even as the company grappled with skyrocketing inflation in the US, a war-addled European market and tight covid lockdowns in China. Investors aren’t impressed, however. Shares of Nike fell into premarket trading. The shoe and sportswear maker said it’s still dealing with major problems in the supply chain, including longer shipping times and elevated transportation costs.
– CNBC’s Yun Li, Silvia Amaro, Hugh Son, Leslie Josephs and Melissa Repko contributed to this report.
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