5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday

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1. Stocks set to fall after Dow, S&P 500 slide from record closes

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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U.S. stock futures fell Tuesday as investors consider quarterly results from four Dow components and look ahead to Netflix earnings after the bell and an Apple product event in the afternoon. Apple is expected to unveil new iPads, iMacs as well as device tracking AirTags. Tobacco stocks were under pressure after The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House may order tobacco companies to cut nicotine levels in all cigarettes.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average started the week off sliding from Friday’s record close. The S&P 500 also fell modestly from its previous record close. The Nasdaq lost 1% on Monday after coming up just shy on Friday of the tech-heavy index’s February record close. The 10-year Treasury yield was steady early Tuesday after ticking above 1.6%. However, it remained below last month’s run of 14-month highs.

2. Four Dow stocks report earnings, including J&J and IBM

Dow stocks Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Travelers reported results before-the-bell. IBM, also a Dow stock, issued quarterly earnings late Monday.

  • J&J beat estimates on first-quarter earnings and revenue, including $100 million in sales of its Covid vaccine, which is on hold in the U.S. as health regulators investigate rare but severe blood-clotting issues. CFO Joseph Welk told CNBC on Tuesday that he hopes the “benefit-risk profile will play out” for the company’s vaccine. Shares fell in the premarket.
  • P&G topped expectations on earnings and revenue in its fiscal third quarter as consumers maintained Covid buying trends like purchasing more cleaning supplies and started buying beauty products again. Shares fell in the premarket.
  • Travelers reported better than expected earnings in the first quarter. Revenue basically matched estimates. The insurance giant raised its dividend and added $5 billion to its buyback program. Shares rose 1% in the premarket.
  • IBM issued first-quarter earnings and revenue that exceeded estimates. The enterprise technology and services provider reported revenue growth after four quarters of declines. Shares rose nearly 3% in the premarket.

3. United Airlines issue its fifth consecutive quarterly loss

Travelers arrive for flights at O’Hare international Airport on March 16, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Shares of United Airlines fell 2.5% in Tuesday’s premarket, the morning after the carrier reported a wider than expected first-quarter loss of $7.50 per share, its fifth consecutive quarterly loss. Revenue of $3.22 billion dropped nearly 60% from last year and fell short of estimates. Higher fuel costs and still-dampened demand due to Covid hurt results. However, United does except to return to profitability later this year as Covid vaccinations ramp up and governments loosen travel restrictions.

4. Elon Musk says Autopilot was not enabled in Tesla crash in Texas

A Tesla logo on a Model S is photographed inside of a Tesla dealership in New York.
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Elon Musk denied that Tesla‘s automated driving systems were involved in a fatal crash in the Houston suburb of Spring, Texas, on Saturday. The Tesla CEO tweeted Monday: “Data logs recovered so far show Autopilot was not enabled.” Local police said nobody was in the driver’s seat when the 2019 Tesla Model S veered off the road and burst into flames. The two men in the car died. Two federal agencies, the NHTSA and the NTSB, are investigating the accident, along with local police. None have completed their investigations, and their preliminary findings are not conclusive.

5. In Minneapolis, a fortified city awaits Chauvin verdict

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin attends closing arguments during his trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd with his defense attorney Eric Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 19, 2021 in a still image from video.
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More than 3,000 National Guard soldiers, along with local and state authorities, have locked down Minneapolis in case of unrest when a verdict is reached in the trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder in last year’s death of George Floyd. The jury of six white people and six people who are Black or multiracial was set for its first full day of deliberations Tuesday. The White House is privately weighing how to handle the upcoming verdict, including whether President Joe Biden should address the nation, aides and officials told The Associated Press.

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