Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:
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U.S. stock futures were mostly flat Friday morning, the final day of trading in the first week of second-quarter earnings reports. Dow futures implied an opening gain of roughly 35 points, while futures for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were little changed. A day earlier, the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 53.79 points, or 0.15%, to finish at 34,987.02. The broad S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 0.33% and 0.7%, respectively. The 30-stock Dow is on pace for its fourth positive week in a row. The Nasdaq, however, is on track to sever an eight-week win streak, and the S&P 500 is on pace to break its three-week win streak.
Wall Street will get a look at American’s recent spending habits at 8:30 a.m. ET, when the Commerce Department releases June retail sales figures. Economists expect retail sales to decline 0.4%, according to Dow Jones. In May, retail sales fell more than the Street projected.
This week’s earnings reports were highlighted by the major U.S. banks. Looking ahead to early next week, IBM is scheduled to report Monday, while Netflix, United Airlines and Chipotle Mexican Grill are set to post results Tuesday.
Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen speaks during a daily news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House May 7, in Washington, DC.
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told CNBC on Thursday she expects “several more months of rapid inflation,” before price pressures begin to subside. “I’m not saying that this is a one-month phenomenon. But I think over the medium term, we’ll see inflation decline back toward normal levels. But, of course, we have to keep a careful eye on it,” Yellen told CNBC’s Sara Eisen in an interview, which aired after Thursday’s closing bell.
The latest consumer price index and producer price index, released earlier this week, both came in above Wall Street’s expectation, showing the pickup in inflation during the U.S. economy’s pandemic recovery remained present in June.
On the hot housing market, Yellen said it’s a “very different phenomenon” than the housing bubble that burst around the 2008 financial crisis. However, she said, “I do worry about affordability and the pressures that higher housing prices will create for families that are first-time homebuyers or have less income.”
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination effort at Green Road Community Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. June 24, 2021.
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The U.S. plans to issue an advisory warning to American businesses about “what may happen” in Hong Kong, as the Chinese government further exerts influence over the semi-autonomous region, President Joe Biden said Thursday. Biden said the situation in Hong Kong, a major Asian financial hub, “is deteriorating” and criticized Beijing for “not keeping its commitment” to the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Additionally, Reuters reported the Biden administration is preparing a round of sanctions on Chinese government officials for their role in cracking down on democracy in Hong Kong.
The Biden administration’s planned actions reflect the continued tensions in the U.S.-China relationship, which also was frosty under Biden’s predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
The Intel logo is displayed outside of the Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.
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Shares of Intel rose about 0.6% in premarket trading Friday, following The Wall Street Journal’s report that the semiconductor company is in talks to acquire GlobalFoundries for roughly $30 billion. The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, reported Intel’s potential deal for the U.S.-based chipmaker may not come to fruition. GlobalFoundries, which is owned by Mubadala Investment Company, a United Arab Emirates sovereign wealth fund, had reportedly been exploring a blockbuster initial public offering.
Intel, under the leadership of new CEO Pat Gelsinger, plans to invest billions in building two chip factories in Arizona and launch a new foundry unit. An influential company in the history of Silicon Valley, Intel has in recent years lagged behind Asian rivals such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
A son hugs his mother as a concessions worker hands over napkins and soda inside the AMC movie theater at the Westfield Century City shopping mall in Los Angeles, California, on Monday, March 15, 2021.
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Los Angeles County, the nation’s largest, is requiring people to wear face masks indoors again due to a rise in coronavirus cases, driven by the highly transmissible delta variant. The mandate, which also applies to people who have been vaccinated against Covid, goes into effect before midnight Saturday.
L.A. County had dropped its mask requirement for fully vaccinated individuals about a month ago, coinciding with the state of California lifting most of its most-pandemic era restrictions. The county’s public health officer, Dr. Muntu Davis, said Thursday the are was now seeing “substantial community transmission.” The majority of cases are being record in people who have not received the Covid vaccine.
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. overall have increased recently, as public-health officials across the globe grow concerned about the delta variant.